Modern Slate and Shake Roofs from Your Benton Harbor Roofing Contractor

A roof made with slate tiles or cedar shake shingles can have a very impressive look. In the late 1800s they were the favorite choice of homeowners for roofing materials. However, that preference has waned largely because today shake and slate roofs are costly to buy, install, and maintain. If debating between traditional slate tile and cedar shake shingles or asphalt shingles, homeowners should carefully examine the long-term benefits these new technologies will bring.

Slate tiles and wood shake requirements

Beyond the high initial material cost for slate tiles and cedar shakes, installation requires an extra-strength frame system to withstand the weight. Both require a serious maintenance commitment from a homeowner.

Slate shingles require special tools and skills for installation. A slate roof also needs annual maintenance to ensure any tile cracks are quickly discovered and sealed. Common problems with slate include flashing failures, damage caused by wind-blown debris, and failure due to improper installation.

Today, cedar wood shakes should be avoided, as they can be a dangerous fire hazard. Even though most are treated with a fire retardant, that protection degrades with the passing of time and shakes could become kindling for a house fire. Cedar shakes require regular inspections to ensure their fire retardant remains effective. However, many insurance companies will no longer insure homes with cedar shake roofs even if they’re treated with fire resistant chemicals.

The modern alternative

Asphalt shingles are available today that give a roof an impressive appearance very similar to actual slate tile and cedar shakes. They have that elite look desired by homeowners without the added construction expenses and upkeep requirements. Above that, they cost far less and offer much better protection against high winds, hail, and other weather.

Modern asphalt shingles can provide that highly sought-after estate appeal of slate and shakes, while still adding a stylish texture to a roof’s appearance. Manufactured with the latest technologies, they offer more than just aesthetic appeal. These new shingles protect a home far better from the damage caused by extreme weather and other hazards.

Sherriff-Goslin, your Benton Harbor roofing contractor, carries shingles called StormMaster® Slate and StormMaster® Shake to help meet customer demand for these two distinct looks. They are made with advanced SBS polymers that provide greater protection in extreme weather conditions. Along with the highest impact rating available, Class 4. StormMaster® shingles are also backed with a 20-year Premium Protection Limited Warranty. These shingles even feature Scotchgard™ Protector that resists black streaks caused by algae growth. This ensures the roof color will continue to look good year after year. Contact us today for more information!