Repairing Slate Roofs
Slate is one of the most durable materials in roofing. Because Michael J Harris Inc. serves many communities with older homes, they have become “slate specialists.” Remember, we guarantee our work.
The homeowner who owns the roof on a historic home in South Orange (pictured above) needed to have us replace one of the lower roofs with new slate. Because slate is an expensive material, many home owners decide to go with a slate imitation or shingle roof instead. But for those homeowners with historic homes, slate is the ideal choice for maintaining the home’s architectural integrity.
We recommend slate roofs be properly finished with copper flashing and gutters. As you can see it makes a huge visual difference. We also highly recommend adding snow guards because slate can be slippery when wet and the guards alleviate huge sheets of snow coming down at once. Dumping big sheets of snow can take down the gutters and ruin the landscaping. They are relatively inexpensive to install.
Slate is an all natural material mined from quarries – many of which are in Vermont. They come in different colors and can be combined to form a pattern. With so many to choose from, make sure to get samples and see which sets off your house the best. Here are the major options we offer in slate roofs:
Not all roofing contractors specialize in slate roofs. Make sure to interview potential contractors about their past experience repairing and/or replacing slate roofs to ensure they have the necessary expertise. While more expensive, slate roofs last longer and add a textural beauty to a home. If properly maintained, they can last forever.