Slate Roofing Prices
Slate is one of the less common roofing materials lately, but was one of the most popular from (at least) the early 1600's until the mid-1800's, when cheaper and easier to install alternatives began to be available. Often, slate is used in roofing big buildings, i.e. churches and government buildings, but is still used in residential roofing as well, though not on such a large scale. Another reason slate is less common today is the cost. Slate roofing prices can be as much as ten times more than average asphalt shingles. However, the initial cost may be worth the long-term savings. Slate roofs, on average, can last anywhere from 75 to 125 years or more; some have been known to last over 200 years.
Comparing slate roofing prices to other roofing choices
Slate roofing prices are considerably more than asphalt, metal or even clay tile. Although the price may be higher, there are some added long term savings that are worth considering when thinking about slate. One benefit of slate is that, once installed, you might not ever have to worry about it again, aside from inspecting annually. The lifespan of a slate roof is even longer than metal or clay tile. Metal lasts anywhere from 30-40 years, clay tile can last 100 years or more, but slate roofs, on the average, can sometimes last up to 200 years.
A new asphalt roof for an average-sized sized home can cost anywhere from $4000-$6000 installed, a wood roof would be around $7000-$10,000. A slate roof, including installation, will cost about $70,000-$10,000.
Roofing prices for alternatives to slate
As new and innovative ways to use materials such as recycled plastics and wood fiber in home construction, more alternatives to slate roofing have become available. At this point in time, roofing prices are still relatively high, but as more people choose this type of roofing, prices will go down. One of the most popular of these new materials is fiber-cement. This material can be shaped to look like any other material (slate included), is much lighter-weight than traditional roofing materials, and because it is made from mostly recycled materials fiber-cement is an environmentally friendly product as well.