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Everything You Need To Know If You’re Considering Slate Roofing

If you’re looking for a roofing material that you will never need to think about replacing once it’s installed, you might consider going for a slate roof. Not only will it last for up to 100 years, a slate roof is also resistant to weathering from natural elements. To top it all off, slate is known for its organic beauty, and will automatically increase your home’s value.

Investing in a slate roof will also mean you pay lower insurance premiums because the roof is fire-resistant. It also means lower energy costs since slate offers natural insulation. Even so, it’s important to have a balanced view of both the advantages and disadvantages of a slate roof.

Slate is definitely an expensive roofing choice, so it should pay off in curb appeal and longevity. This is the kind of roofing material that makes a statement on its own, so you won’t need solar panels on it as a status symbol. In fact, if you wish to make use of solar power from your slate roof, there’s actually a solar thermal system that’s been designed not to cover up the obviously beautiful roof, as is typically the case with solar panels.

Another downside to having a slate roof is that it’s probably not a good option if you don’t also have tight security in your home, or you live in an area where thieves can gain access to your roof. As the following story about a UK school reveals, thieves may consider your roof their opportunity to clinch thousands of dollars overnight – literally.

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Tips for Choosing a Roofing Contractor

You need to repair your roof but aren’t sure who to call. What’s a homeowner to do?

As a homeowner, repairing or replacing your roof is one of the most important and expensive projects you’ll come across. That’s why choosing the right roofing contractor is key, and doing a basic Google search isn’t going to cut it. What you need is a few extra steps:

1. Choose a local contractor
Hire a contractor located close to you. That way, if something goes wrong during the installation process or you need a quick repair, you can rest assured knowing that help is just minutes away.

2. Request a portfolio
It’s one thing to hear about recent projects, but it’s another to actually see them. Ask for visuals of past projects to take a closer look at the quality of work the contractor provides. Any reputable contractor should be able to provide you with a list of past work.

3. Ask about insurance
Before hiring the company for the job, ask to see an insurance certificate. This certificate will list your name and address as an additional insured. The benefit? If something happens on the job you’ll be covered.

4. Talk about relationship with suppliers
A great roofing contractor has a close relationship with their suppliers and come in handy when you need a favor. Bonus tip: ask suppliers for a recommendation about a contractor you have in mind.

5. Discuss availability
Another trait of a good contractor is availability. When you have questions and need immediate answers, you want a company who is readily available for all of your needs. It’s important to observe customer service scheduling an appointment and observing how quickly they can come to your home or business (though keep in mind that availability does change seasonally).

6. Go with your gut
All things considered, choosing the right contractor comes down to trusting your gut. Once all the information is gathered, do a process of elimination or recognized which contractor stood out to you the most – why?

Have questions about your roof? We’ve got your answers. At Landmark Exteriors, we offer only the top-quality roofing materials to provide our customers with durable, weather-resistant, guaranteed roofing solutions. Our experienced and well-trained installation professionals are experts at installing and are ready to take on your next home renovation project! To speak with our professional staff about a new roofing installation, give us a call at 203.838.3838 or visit us on the web.

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