Storm damage is one of the leading causes for roof replacement. This damage can be from wind, hail, rain, snow, or a combination of all of these weather issues. When you face a roof replacement due to storm damage, you may be wondering if the material you currently have can be upgraded to help reduce the chances of damage in the future. The answer is that there are many materials that are durable and can help reduce the chances of storm damage. Slate is one of those materials. Here are some of the benefits.
You may not think of fire resistance when you think of weather damage. The truth is, there are several issues related to weather that can directly cause a fire to your home. For example, you may have heavy winds or lightning storms. Both of these can easily cause fallen power lines that can spark near your home or land on the roof of the home. These power lines are still live with electricity and can lead to fires. With a slate roof, you help reduce the damage from these potential fires with a high fire resistance rated material.
In order to help reduce the chances of storm damage to your roof, you need a material that is not only durable for the short term, but for the long term as well. Many roofing contractors suggest slate roofing because of its ongoing longevity. It is designed to last longer than traditional roofing materials. This means it will not break down as quickly and will hold up against the weather for a longer period of time. The longevity does range, but if you are comparing it to traditional asphalt shingle roofing, you will see a longer-lasting roofing material.
Resilience in Varying Weather Situations
There are some points during the year when your weather changes drastically over the course of just a few days. This could mean having a weather condition that has high heat and bright sun at the start of a week and heavy rains or damaging winds by the end of the week. You may also see a drastic change in temperature that would otherwise break down roofing material. Slate will hold up during these drastic changes and deliver resilience and durability against various conditions.
If you believe making an upgrade to a slate roof is a good idea for your home, contact your roofing contractor. They can assess the current roofing situation and determine if making the upgrade is an option during your roof replacement. They can also discuss other roofing replacement options that may benefit your need to reduce storm damage in the future.