A new slate roof offers the stunning looks and life-long protection no other roofing material on the market can provide. Slate roofs have been known to withstand nearly hundreds of years use without any damage.
Slate is one of the most aesthetically pleasing and durable of all roofing materials. It is indicative at once of the awesome powers of nature which have formed it and the expertise and skill of the craftsman in handshaping and laying it on the roof. Installed properly, slate roofs require relatively little maintenance and will last 60 to 125 years or longer depending on the type of slate employed, roof configuration, and the geographical location of the property. Some slates have been known to last over 200 years.
Slate roofing tiles are still manufactured by hand using traditional methods in a five step process: cutting, sculping, splitting, trimming, and hole punchingSlate is available in a variety of colors. The most common are grey, blue-grey, black, various shades of green, deep purple, brick red, and mottled varieties.
Color permanence generally provides no indication of the durability of slate. Rather, time has shown that the Vermont and New York slates will last about 125 years; Buckingham Virginia slates 175 years or more; and Pennsylvania Bangor SoftVein slates in excess of 60 years; Pennsylvania HardVein slates and Peach Bottom slates, neither of which is still quarried, had life spans of roughly 100 and at least 200 years respectively. The life spans provided should be used only as a general guide in determining whether or not an existing slate roof is nearing the end of its serviceable life. ** National Park Service
Choosing to replace your roof with slate is a wise decision. A new slate roof installed by Bradley Construction will add style, value and protection to your home. Check out some of the links to learn more.
Bradley Construction Inc has installed slate roofs on some of the most prestigious homes in the DC Metro area. Contact us today for an initial consultation and estimate.
Bradley Construction Inc. is a premier Maryland roofing contractor. We handle roof replacements,repairs and construction throughout Maryland, DC and Virginia including the following communities:
Rockville, Potomac, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Washington DC, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Poolesville, Damascus, Frederick, New Market, Columbia and other communities within Montgomery County, Frederick County, Howard County, Carrol County, Prince George’s County and Fairfax County, VA.