Slate is a classic and hearty roofing material that adds elegance and distinctiveness to your home, place of worship, or business. Although slate can cost more to install, that initial expense is mitigated by its incredible longevity. With proper installation and routine maintenance slate roofs can last for a century (or longer).
General roofing contractors often include slate repair services in addition to their conventional roofing services, but few roofing contractors actually specialize in the fine art of historic slate, clay tile, and copper roofing. Treating slate like any other roofing material can have disastrous consequences.
A premium material like slate deserves a specialist. This is true for new roof installations, but also slate repairs as small as a single tile replacement. The orientation of the tile; how to match with existing tiles; the manner in which the new tile is installed; evaluating the nearby area for wood rot or other damage; etc, are all skills unique to slate roof contractors.
And while many roofing contractors offer slate roof repair among their many services, The Durable Slate Company specializes only in historic roofing, which includes clay-tile roofs, and metal (especially copper) roofs, and copper gutters. Slate roofing is our craft and our art.
While slate is rock hard, it is not impervious to damage. If hit hard enough – or if an inexperienced contractor steps in the wrong place – a slate roofing tile can crack. Cracks allow water into undesirable places, causing leakage, and eventually rot or other damage. Slate roof cracks should be repaired immediately. Likewise for misaligned tiles, which might let in animals or debris, in addition to water.
Worse than cracks are missing tiles. In this case, more of the underlying roofing structure is exposed to the elements, which can more quickly damage nearby tiles and other parts of your roof. Slates work best together, without chinks in the armor. If you notice any missing slates, have them fixed right away. Water can infiltrate tender areas of your roof, causing mold, mildew, and rot, as well as algae. All of these are evidence of excess moisture, cause damage to the slates and roof, and are indicators of more serious problems elsewhere.
Durable Slate craftsmen continuously improve their skills in the field, as well as through our industry leading, in-house training program and facility. Slate roofing expertise is a rare skill and we’ve trained some of the best.
Our roofing estimators do not work on commission, so there is no incentive to bloat your bottom line. Our honest and free* roofing evaluations are thorough and we do our best to inform you every at every step. It’s important to us that you, our customer, understand the process, its beauty, and why attention to detail matters for the health and longevity of your slate roof.
We are committed to excellence in all things. We call this The Durable Way. Business integrity, honesty, and transparency, and an obsession with doing the job right the first time. We believe that work done right shouldn’t be repeated fruitlessly. It should last. And so should your roof.
Our work is award winning, long lasting, and true to our name, incredibly durable.We are more than mere roofers; we are master craftsmen and this is our art.
We are available to work throughout the Eastern United States, with offices located in Washington D.C., Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. We service Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, the Carolinas, and beyond.