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Slate Roofing Options

Slate offers a beautiful, timeless quality to homes unequaled by other products in terms of aesthetics, durability and strength. American-made slate shingles from Vermont quarries are made from the toughest, most durable and non-porous slate available in the world. With gorgeous grain and less than 3% porosity, authentic slate is the highest quality, longest lasting roofing material on the market. However, installing slate roofs in Grand Rapids and West Michigan, where winter elements wear on any material, takes an experienced and professional installer. Premier is uniquely qualified for slate roofing installation and repair, having years of experience working with  this incomparable, natural building material. We can assess your home to ensure that it’s structurally suitable for a slate roof installation, or prepare a restoration project for your existing slate roof.

Reasons to Choose Slate (if budget and structure are suited):

  • Appearance— Homeowners are drawn to slate because of its beauty. A wide palette of  sizes, thicknesses, and colors, are available, including gray, green, purple, black, red, and mottled tiles.
  • Longevity— Joseph Jenkins of Traditional Roofing Magazine writes that slate roofs “can and should be routinely built to last at least a century. In fact, 150 years is a reasonable expectation of a roof’s longevity if the roof is properly constructed.”
  • Fire Resistance—  Unlike many other roofing materials, slate tiles themselves are completely fire proof. That’s a big advantage when it comes to preventing fires caused by air borne sparks from adjacent house fires.
  • Environmentally Friendly— Due to its longevity and the fact that it is a natural product, slate roofs represent a dramatic reduction in the amount of roofing waste that goes to the landfill. Though Premier increasingly finds ways to recycle and reduce landfilling of its asphalt shingles, traditionally, asphalt roofing that needs replacement every 20 to 30 years will still produce more waste than a roof that is designed to last 100 years or more.

Alternatives: Composite Slate

Another alternative Screen shot 2015-03-13 at 3.44.30 PMfor those who love the look of slate at a fraction of the cost is composite slate shingles, hips and ridge accessories like those produced by our preferred manufacturer, CertainTeed. The Symphony series makes a stunning statement in good taste the recreates the craft of the slater’s hammer with impeccable precision. Fine lines. Earthen tones. Gradations of stone on stone. Symphony orchestrated the ideal cross between nature and technology with composite slate shingles, hips and ridge accessories that outperform on ease of installation and resistance to cracking and cold.


Is it Natural Slate or Composite Slate?

If you love the look of slate, but can’t tell whether the home shown in the image above is natural slate or composite, contact us for a Free Estimate. We’ll tell you the answer and price up both options for you!



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