Slate tile roofing looks elegant, requires little upkeep, and comes with a high price tag. If you have always wanted slate tile for your roofing material, you should know that the specific pros and cons of this material make slate best suited for some particular styles of roofs. Here are two roof styles that work well with slate tile roofing.
A hipped roof has four sides that have similar lengths and modest slopes that allow the roofs to meet together at the peak. The shape creates a roof with a large surface area that is well supported with roof bracing and that's mostly visible from the curb.
Slate tile works well for a hipped roof, if the surface area requirements allow the tile to remain within your budget, due in part to the high visibility of the roof. You want an attractive roofing material on the hipped roof since the roof is so large and likely a focal point of your home.
The bracing on a hipped roof is sufficient to support the weight of the stone tiles, so you don't have to worry about any potential roof collapses the way you would with a less braced roof style like the gable.
A mansard roof is the style typically seen on Victorian revival or inspired homes. The mansard has an upper flat roof that connects with four nearly vertical sides that drop down over the sides of the house and are accented with ornamentation and protruding windows. The upper flat roof isn't visible at all, but the side roofs are highly visible form the curb and can make or break the look of your home.
Slate roofing works well on the sides of the mansard because there is enough bracing and the highly visible positioning makes the slate the star of the show. Your roofing contractors can even install the slate in a brick pattern to add more dimension and visual interest to your mansard roof.
You don't necessarily need or want to use slate on the upper, flat portion of the mansard roof. The flat roof needs help with water runoff and waterproofing, which slate can provide but at a pretty high project cost considering no one can see the top roof. Consider using metal or asphalt on the upper roof and sticking with slate only on the four visible sides.
Discuss your options in further detail with your residential roofing services company.Share