Clay and Slate Roofing in the Northeast

If you are thinking about replacing the roof of your home, you may find yourself confused by the variety of options to choose from, and the differences between these choices. Not only do you find yourself confronted by an array of styles and colors of roof shingles, but there are a few different selections when it comes to their material. How are you supposed to decide which style of shingle is right for you?

The Right Roof For Your Location

Here in Delaware, two popular styles of shingle are clay tiles and slate roofing. Clay tiles are commonly found on homes with Spanish style architecture, and are manufactured in a variety of colors, which make it easy to coordinate with any home exterior. Clay tiles are very beautiful and give a distinctive style to a house with their characteristic overlapping qualities. They can bring in significantly higher home appraisals than other roofing materials, and houses with clay tile roofs tend to sell better and faster than comparable houses with asphalt shingles. Also, when it comes to long-term durability, clay tile is some of the longest-lasting roofing material, with some centuries-old tile roofs still existing today. The clay tiles are Class A fire resistant, and can resist damage from hailstones as large as golf balls. However, anyone who is considering clay tile roofing material should be warned that some climates, particularly those with frequent, heavy rains or consistently cold temperatures, are not a good fit for the tiles, so weather should be taken into consideration before you go with a clay tile roof for your house.

Slate is another popular roofing material here in the Northeast, chiefly for its maximum endurance and durability. Because slate roofs are made of stone, they are naturally non-combustible and fire resistant. Slate roofs are also durable enough to withstand even the harshest weather conditions, and will not retain snow or ice, which is important to take into consideration for areas that receive a great deal of snow in the winter months. Slate is one of the most expensive roofing materials available, but the initial big investment can have a big payoff in the long term, since a slate roof can last over 75 years if properly installed and maintained. Additionally, owning a house with a slate roof can reduce homeowners’ insurance premiums because of their resistance to damage.

Roofing From Robert Michael Construction

Regardless of what style roof you choose, Robert Michael Construction is your source for quality installation and first-class customer service. We are New Castle County’s top choice for roofing installation and repair. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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