Learning About Roofing Services

Roofing Materials: Slate Vs Asphalt

Picking out a material for your roof can be a very difficult process, since there are so many options to choose from. To help you narrow down your options, here is a comparison of two of the most popular roofing materials: slate and asphalt.


Slate is one of the most expensive materials out there, but there is a very good reason for that high price tag. Slate will last you generations, which means that your roof may not need to get replaced until your grandchildren are adults and running the house.

That being said, slate is also pretty heavy. This means that you need to make sure that your roof can support the added weight. More importantly, you will need to factor the weight into your calculations when it comes to installing the roof. If you are planning on doing the job yourself, then the added weight could make moving and installing the tiles much more difficult.


Asphalt is the opposite of slate in many ways, offering a much shorter lifespan at a significantly lower price. It's a good choice if you want a roof that will blend in with the rest of your neighborhood and won't generally require too much maintenance.

Asphalt also comes in a wide variety of colors, which means that you can pick an option that best fits your needs. You don't need to stick with any one color, which means that you can mix and match to create a very unique style.

How long does each option last?

Slate is going to last you 60 years at the minimum, with a maximum around 150 years. On the other hand asphalt will only last you about 20-30 years.

This means that you may need to replace an asphalt roof anywhere from 3 to 5 times over the lifespan of a single slate roof. While an asphalt roof may seem a lot cheaper upfront, you will need to consider the additional costs of these replacements, along with the stress of needing to worry about replacing your roof on a regular basis.

How much does each option cost?

Asphalt will cost you about $50 per square. For the same area, expect to pay $300-$600 for slate. A square is actually 100 square feet, which can be a little confusing, especially when different sites and resources use both. Make sure not to get overly excited about an extremely low price for slate, because that may just be the price per square foot, rather than the price per square.

For more information, contact Ray's Accurate Roofing or a similar company.