A multitude of materials have been used to provide a shield from the elements over the years. However, it is often argued that slate is the oldest solution still in existence. This is no great surprise, as such material offers a number of natural advantages that are difficult to duplicate; even through the use of cutting-edge technological solutions. So, what exactly is slate? How did it form and why is it still an excellent roofing material to consider?
Stepping Back in Time: the Formation of Slate
Believe it or not, the slate that may be present on top of your earth is millions of years old. Slate began as a material known as silt that was deposited on the bottom of oceans and lakes. Over millions of years, this silt solidified to form a layered rock.
Not only is this material very dense (providing an impermeable membrane against water), but its flat structure is ideal when used as roofing tiles. Although slate is a very tough stone, it can be easily cut to different sizes. This makes it a cost-effective and viable roofing option.
The Benefits of Slate as a Roofing Material
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, slate is extremely durable and ideal barrier against the elements. Slate can last for hundreds of years if cared for properly; one reason why it is a prominent feature of many older properties. Slate is available in a number of attractive colours and shades, so it can easily match the existing decor of your home.
These are some of the main reasons why a growing number of customers are choosing to have a slate roof installed by Multiform Roofing. Would you like to learn more about your options or do you wish to schedule a no-obligation consultation? If so, one of our representatives is always standing by.