If you are looking for a “lifetime” roofing system that will provide superior durability and add a distinctive touch of timeless beauty and curb appeal to your home, then consider investing in a natural slate roof. For centuries slate has been highly acclaimed for its natural beauty and longevity, unmatched by other materials. Investing in a slate roofing system is a significant financial commitment, so it’s important to learn about the advantages and drawbacks of slate before you make a buying decision.
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Slate Roofing Services
Whether you need a brand-new slate roof installation or replacement, Skywalker Roofing is there to offer top-quality service. With decades of combined on-the-job experience, we have everything it takes to deliver what you need. As one of the largest roofing contractors in the Piedmont Triad, we provide customers with personalized attention and precise workmanship for any type of roofing material, including both original and composite slate.
Slate Roof Repair
As a preferred roofing contractor, we understand that slate is durable, attractive, and also slightly more expensive than shingles and metal roofs. However, a benefit to consider is the fact that a leak in your slate roof can be fixed without the need for a full roof replacement. We offer slate roof repair for all our North Carolina customers, and we’ll do everything we can to reclaim the slates that are in good condition and only replace the ones that can’t be reused.
Our slate roof repair process is comprehensive and starts with a thorough evaluation of the problem. We check for missing and damaged slates, and identify if the flashing and valleys are in good shape and whether the roof can simply be repaired. Once we identify the situation, we provide you with estimates of work with price and warranty details. Before we begin repairs, we’ll install a special setup that prevents us from walking directly on slates. We replace the missing or broken slates by removing the old nails using a special tool called a slate ripper. We then remove all pieces of broken slate, install slate hook, and hang new slate. Sometimes we may also need to change the flashing or valley, but if so we make every effort to reuse the existing slates.
Original vs. Composite Slate for Roof Replacement
If you’re in the market for a roof replacement or new roof and are pondering about slate, we can install the best slate to fit your budget and the architectural style that you need. If you want an upscale look for your home or business, consider the many advantages of original slate. While it’s more expensive than composite slate, with its long-lasting nature, durability, and unmatched beauty, it’s an enduring way to enhance the architectural look of any building.
Composite slates, also known as synthetic slates, offer big savings to you. While the traditional slate ranges from about $25 per square foot to over $40 per square foot, composite slate only runs between $7 to $20 per square foot. In addition to the materials savings, you’ll save money on composite slate installation too, as it’s much easier and faster than natural slate roof installation. It’s likely that you could save thousands of dollars by switching to synthetic slate.
Slate roofing is an art. Skywalker Roofing will lay individual tiles on the roof pitch, blending colors and sizes to create a look of distinction. When your handcrafted slate roof is completed, it will be naturally water repellent, fireproof and highly resistant to the elements.