Beauty That Lasts

Why Pay For Slate When You Can Get The Look For Less?

Angie Lewis, Writer
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Love the look of a slate roof, but don’t want to spend the big bucks required to install one? Atlas Roofing has a solution.

Without a doubt, the natural beauty of slate adds gorgeous curb appeal to a home. However, its cost averages $5 to $8 per square foot for materials alone and $10 to $20 per square foot installed. In addition, most roofers don’t have the necessary training and experience to properly install a slate roof, which can lead to major and costly problems down the road.

Now, you can get the sleek look of slate at a fraction of the cost with Atlas Roofing’s StormMaster® Slate asphalt shingles. At less than $2 per square foot for materials and about $3 per square foot installed, slate shingles will not only give you a great-looking roof, they’ll also provide many of the same benefits as the real thing. (Actual prices may vary based on the current market and by contractor.)

The Good

Because it’s a natural stone, slate offers superior durability and longevity when used on a roof. Thanks to its high density, slate is waterproof and resistant to temperature fluctuations that can increase heating and cooling costs. It also holds up well in inclement weather and inhibits mold and fungus growth.

Available in a variety of colors, slate maintains its striking appearance for decades.

The Bad

While slate is an extremely durable material, it can break if stepped on or hit by wind-blown debris. Replacing a broken piece with a perfectly matched tile is nearly impossible because each lot of slate varies in colors and patterns.

A slate roof can also experience flashing failures due to improper installation or repairs, as well as deterioration.

In addition, slate can weigh anywhere between 8 and 15 pounds per square foot or 800 to 1,500 pounds per square (100 square feet), which some homes are not structurally able to support. A home that can’t support the weight will require additional reinforcement before slate roof tiles can be installed.

The Beautiful

Why spend even more money before buying a slate roof or end up with mismatched tiles when one gets damaged? Atlas Roofing’s StormMaster Slate architectural shingles can achieve the beauty of slate — and a lifetime of protection — without breaking the bank.

StormMaster Slate are UL 2218 Class 4 shingles — the highest available impact-resistance rating — and have proven stability in high-wind conditions.

In addition to their exceptional performance, StormMaster Slate shingles feature the power of Scotchgard™ Protector, which offers a lifetime warranty against the ugly black streaks caused by algae to keep your roof looking new for years.

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Not sure which roof colors would best complement your home? Check out the Atlas Roof Inspiration Center, where you can choose from several shingle visualizer tools to bring your slate look to life.

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