Metal Shingles vs Slate Tiles
Slate roofing tile has a long and storied history, and is generally known as one of the highest quality, longest lasting roofing materials on the market. On the other hand, the high cost, difficult installation, and relative fragility of slate roofing tile means it’s not ideal for everybody.
Slate tiles are EXTREMELY expensive. They can cost anywhere from $10-$80 per square foot! That’s a huge investment for a roof. Almost five times more expensive than more traditional roofing materials.
Longevity is where slate roofs beat out all competition. A slate roof is routinely built with the expectation of lasting over 100 years. Even up to 150 years is a realistic expectation for a Slate roof. A metal roof will hold it’s own, lasting up to 50 years, and costing far less than the slate options.
Slate roofs are extremely fragile. Just walking on it, or doing any kind of work on your roof may result in serious damage to your tiles. Replacing broken tiles is extremely difficult as well. It’s almost impossible to find a tile that matches the rest of the roof. Metal roofs are extremely durable, and if there is ever an issue with a shingle, it’s extremely easy to find and replace it.
Slate roofs are relatively easy to maintain. It’s recommended to have a yearly inspection in the spring to see if any tiles have cracked or chipped over the winter. These tiles will have to repaired or replaced. Metal roofs require no maintenance. You will never have to worry about cracking or chipping metal shingles.