Learning About Roofing Services

Is Slate Or Asphalt Better For Your Roof?

Picking out a roofing material can be pretty tough. To make the process a little simpler, here is a comparison of the costs of two of the most common roofing repair materials: asphalt and slate.

Asphalt Roofing

Your first option is to get asphalt, which is the most common residential housing material out there. However, it is important to figure out exactly why asphalt is so popular.

Cost – Firstly, asphalt is going to cost you $50 per square. This is a fraction of the price of other materials, which is the driving reasoning behind many asphalt roofs. That being said, the initial price alone doesn't mean very much if the lifespan is too short.

Lifespan – The lifespan of a good asphalt roof is anywhere from 20 to 30 years. Depending on your perspective, this may seem short or long. It is several decades long, which means that you may not need to replace the roof before you sell your home, but it is also a lot shorter than other comparable options.

Value – The two above factors end up giving you a value that is between $1.67 and $2.50 per square feet per year. As you will see below, this is often one of the cheapest options, but it does force you to replace your roof more regularly as well.

Slate Roofing

Slate is a lot more expensive and is often used in homes that are going for a classier appeal or wish to flaunt their wealth. Slate tends to be very heavy and dark, which results in a very unique appearance.

Cost – Slate is going to cost anywhere from $300 to $600 per square foot. The massive amount of variance depends quite a bit on where you live, but your financial installation costs will be determined by just how hard it is to actually install the slate on your roof. Since it tends to be so heavy, it can be more difficult to transport and install, which will result in higher costs for you.

Lifespan – Although the above numbers may seem pretty high, slate can also last up to 150 years if properly maintained. That being said, some slate may only last you 60 years, which can result in much higher expenses over time.

Value – With the two ranges above in mind, you can expect to pay between $2.00 and $10.00 per square foot per year. While this tends to be a lot higher than asphalt, it is also much cheaper than most people expect. In a favorable situation, slate may even cost you less than asphalt while simultaneously giving you an extremely unique and classy appearance that doesn't need to be replaced anytime soon.