Slate and tile are of the oldest, highest-quality and longest-lasting roofing materials on the market. Highly resistant to water, wind, hail, frost, fire, and insects, both slate and tiles roofs are extremely durable and will be the last roof you’ll ever need to buy. Sure, both have high upfront costs but when you consider the life-cycle costs of slate and tile, the value is nearly unmatched.
Made from metamorphic rock, slate is 100% natural, mined directly from the earth and then split into pieces roughly ¼” thick. Being natural, each piece of slate is unique, and your building’s appearance will be enhanced by the natural texture, luster, and unfading color. Slate can be combined in different sizes, colors, patterns, and textures to achieve a seemingly endless number of aesthetic looks. Natural, recyclable, environmentally friendly, low-maintenance, and with a longevity beyond 100 years, slate’s attributes combine to make it a nearly perfect choice for a roofing system.
Tile may be the most customizable roof material ever. Usually formed from clay, tile can be molded to virtually any shape. Whether a tile is of the Shingle, Spanish, Interlocking, or Mission variety, it can be glazed in just about any color imaginable. Naturally finished (unglazed) tile will always offer some of the warmest feeling, but tile can be glazed to match an owner’s or designer’s exact specifications as tile lends itself well to a host of different architectural styles. Strong, sustainable, versatile, energy efficient, and with a durability measured in centuries, not decades, tile is an unbeatable choice for your roof.
Manufacturers such as DaVinci Roofscapes offer “composite” or polymer products that are amazingly close in appearance to natural slate and wood shingles. These products are modeled from actual slate and hand-split shake for natural, non-repeating beauty and decades of enduring and worry-free beauty. Because of its light weight, DaVinci products can be installed on virtually any sloped structure. High-wind resistant, fire resistant, lasting color, impact resistance and freeze-thaw resistant, DaVinci Roofscapes products carry a limited lifetime warranty.