Slate shingles are perhaps the richest and most elegant roofing product available. Castles and cathedrals, palaces and the most distinguished residential homes have had slate shingles on their roofs for long lasting protection and aesthetic appeal. Slate shingles provide homes with colors that are rich and textures that are smooth and uniform. Slate roofing shingles can last a century, even more, depending on the quality of the slate. Installing a slate roof comes at a cost, as the list of superlatives would imply, a cost sometimes as high as the rest of the house. Its other downsides include brittleness, a result of the metamorphosis that created the slate in nature, and nail corrosion, allowing the slates to slip and slide.
While slate shingles used to be popular in the United States early in the 20th century, they have long been replaced by synthetic slate shingles. Such slate composite shingles are lighter in weight and cheaper in cost. At a quarter the weight of slate shingles, lighter even than asphalt shingles, they are easier to transport and install, further saving on costs. Normal roofs can support synthetic slate shingles, and standard nails will support them without breaking under the weight. Saving the expense of real slate shingles and the complicated installation does not mean you must compromise on the look of your home. Your roof will look just like the real thing with synthetic slate shingles.
Use Roof 101 to find the slate composite shingles that fit your aesthetic, budget and functional requirements. Tell us about the project you are interested in and we will contact you with a service offer for choosing, installing or repairing slate shingles, divinci slate shingles or other synthetic slate shingles from the best manufacturers.
The following instructions assume you already know the dimensions and design of the roof trusses you intend to build. If you do not, or need specially designed roof trusses (and not manufactured ones) contact a Roof 101 professional for assistance.