Learning About Roofing Services

Roofing: Slate Vs Clay

If your roof is getting old or was damaged, then you will need to decide if you want to fully replace your roof. However, there are a lot of different materials out there, and each is suited to a different purpose. To help you decide on how you will handle your roofing situation, here is a comparison of two of the most popular high-end roofing materials: slate and clay.


If you are looking for the best of the best, then slate is one of the most popular options. Boasting excellent longevity and a great classy appearance, slate is a good choice if you are in it for the long haul.

As far as drawbacks are concerned, slate can be pretty expensive. It also tends to be quite heavy, which means that installation can be tough. Moving those tiles up to your roof can be a lengthy and difficult ordeal, which can translate into higher rates for contractors.


Clay is similar to slate in many ways. Clay is also very expensive and will last a long time, yet is also pretty heavy. The main differences show up in the appearances of the two materials. While slate is generally darker and closer in appearance to natural stone, clay is often much brighter and more vibrant. This means that clay is a better option if you want a home that looks more exciting or alive.

How long does each option last?

Slate and clay can both easily last over 100 years. Not only will you not need to replace your roof in your lifetime, but your children might not need to replace the roof either. This can result in pretty serious value and peace of mind, since you won't need to stress out about the prospect of replacing your roof on a regular basis.

Of course, this assumes that you take proper care of your roof and don't allow it to take damage. If you live somewhere that has very high winds, then you need to also worry about the possibility of heavy objects hitting your roof at high speeds, which can force you to repair or replace your roof, which can cost quite a bit.

How much does each option cost?

Clay often runs between $250 and $500 per square, while slate is $300 to $600 per square. This means that clay can be cheaper, but that will depend quite a bit on where you buy it and how good of a deal you get.

It's also important to note that a square is actually 100 square feet. It's important to not get confused by the two measures, especially when it comes to comparing prices between two separate vendors, since one might use square feet while the other uses squares.

Contact a roofing contractor, such as David Saner Roofing, for more info.