Whether it’s for your home or for your business, installing a slate roof is one of the best things you can do to improve the safety of your building.  Slate has been used as a building material for centuries due to its incredible durability and longevity. If safety is one of your top concerns for your new home or office, slate is a smart choice.  Here are some of the top safety benefits of slate.

Fire

Slate is a natural stone that is extremely resistant to heat and fire.  Unlike other manufactured roofing materials, slate can actually help contain fires if they start near your roof.  Some roofing materials are highly flammable, which can be incredibly dangerous during a fire. By choosing slate roofing, you’re removing a significant amount of flammable material in your home and are replacing it with fire-resistant slate.

Weather

If you live in an area that experiences extreme weather, slate is an excellent roofing material.  Slate won’t be impacted by heat, rain, or wind like other roofing materials will. When you have a quality slate roof installed, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your roof won’t be damaged by the weather. When you choose other roofing materials, you’re going to have to have the roof repaired periodically after extreme weather.  With slate roofing, you won’t have to worry about repairs and upkeep after a storm. Slate is the most resistant roofing material available on the market today.

Mould

Mould growth in your home can end up being extremely expensive to fix if it isn’t addressed quickly.  Unless the mould is growing where you can see it, it can be difficult to know when your home is impacted by mould.  Excessive mould not only compromises the structural integrity of your home, it can cause a wide range of health issues for you and your family. Slate is naturally resistant to mould because it does not absorb water.  Other common building materials like wood and plaster absorb water, which is a common cause for mould growth.  Installing a slate roof on your home will force rainwater away from your home where it can cause mould to grow.  Some roofing materials are not as effective at directing water away from your home, or they may not be as water-resistant as slate. Durability If you’re looking for a roofing material that’s going to last, you should choose a slate roof.  Some slate roofs can last well over a century with proper care and maintenance. The extremely durable material will stand up to virtually anything. From extreme weather to fires, there’s nothing that slate can’t handle.  While other roofing materials are often less expensive than slate, you get what you pay for.  Cheap roofing materials often require much more maintenance and repairs, which could end up costing you more in the long run.  They also have a much shorter lifespan than slate roofs, meaning you’ll have to replace your roof much sooner than if you would with a slate roof.

Murnane Slate Roofing

Your roof is one of the most important features of your home.  It protects your home from the elements and keeps your family safe.  There is no safer or more reliable roofing material than slate. We know how important it is to have a reliable roof on your home.  Whether you’re looking to build a new home or renovate your existing one, the team at Murnane Slate Roofing can help. Give us a call or send us an email today to get started on your slate roofing project.