If you’re looking for a roofing material that you will never need to think about replacing once it’s installed, you might consider going for a slate roof. Not only will it last for up to 100 years, a slate roof is also resistant to weathering from natural elements. To top it all off, slate is known for its organic beauty, and will automatically increase your home’s value.

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Investing in a slate roof will also mean you pay lower insurance premiums because the roof is fire-resistant. It also means lower energy costs since slate offers natural insulation. Even so, it’s important to have a balanced view of both the advantages and disadvantages of a slate roof. The following post gives you just that:

Slate Roofing Pros and Cons – Slate Roof Facts, FAQ, & Pricing Details

If you are looking for a “lifetime” roofing system that will provide superior durability and add a distinctive curb appeal to your home, consider investing in a natural slate roof. For centuries, slate has been highly acclaimed for its natural beauty and remarkable longevity, unmatched by other materials. Investing in a slate roofing system is a major financial commitment. Therefore, it is critical to learn about advantages and drawbacks of slate before you make a buying decision. Read full post at Roofing Calc…

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Slate is definitely an expensive roofing choice, so it should pay off in curb appeal and longevity. This is the kind of roofing material that makes a statement on its own, so you won’t need solar panels on it as a status symbol. In fact, if you wish to make use of solar power from your slate roof, there’s actually a solar thermal system that’s been designed not to cover up the obviously beautiful roof, as is typically the case with solar panels.

Solar thermal system integrates invisibly into slate roof

For some, solar panels are a status symbol; that’s why so many people put them on their homes instead of fixing air leaks or changing light bulbs. The Onion made fun of it a couple of years ago…

Others prefer quiet money, believing the old dictum that “if you’ve got it, don’t flaunt it.” For example, real slate roofs are about the most expensive you can buy, but they last almost forever and they are really beautiful. The last thing you are going to want to do is cover them up with photoelectric or solar thermal panels. Solar energy is one thing, but an elegant roof is another thing altogether. Read more at Tree Hugger…

Another downside to having a slate roof is that it’s probably not a good option if you don’t also have tight security in your home, or you live in an area where thieves can gain access to your roof. As the following story about a UK school reveals, thieves may consider your roof their opportunity to clinch thousands of dollars overnight – literally.

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Thieves steal six TONNES of slates from Dewsbury school roof as neighbours sleep

The headteacher of a Kirklees school has slammed thieves after they stole six tonnes of Yorkshire stone slates overnight forcing it to close today.

Janet Thompson, of Hanging Heaton CE Junior & Infant school, High Street, Dewsbury, said the “sickening theft” has meant some 140 children had been deprived of a day’s education and inconvenienced many families.

Mrs Thompson who has taught at the school for seven-and-a-half-years, said she was alerted to what had happened after the school’s caretaker discovered the damage and phoned her. Read full article at The Examiner…

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