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5 Reasons to Choose Slate Roofing

Made from a fine-grained foliated metamorphic rock, slate is a beautiful and functional choice of roofing for residential home and commercial buildings.

Low Water Absorption

Water resistance is arguably one of the important characteristics of roofing, and thankfully this is an area in which slate roofing shines. It boasts a water absorption index of less than 0.4%, making it virtually waterproof.

Doesn't Freeze

Because of its low water absorption properties, slate roofing isn't susceptible to frost/freeze-related damage. When other roofing materials freeze, they become brittle, frail and prone to breakage. Slate, however, repels water, which in turn protects it from the effects of water.

Natural, Classic Style

Slate roofing first gained popularity during the mid-to-late 1800s, thanks in part to the use of steam engines in its manufacturing. Even today, slate roofing retains this natural, classic style -- something that's not available in many other types of roofing.


While some roofing materials last just a decade, slate can easily last a century or longer. In fact, there are many historic buildings from the 19th century that still contain their original slate roofing, attesting to its long-lasting properties.


A fifth reason to choose slate roofing is because it's fireproof. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), lighting strikes caused more than 22,000 house fires in the United States from 2007 to 2011. Being that it's made of rock, slate roofing won't catch fire when struck by lighting or any other significant heat source.

To learn more about slate roofing and whether or not it's right for you, contact us today. Premier Exteriors is Nebraska's trusted roofing, siding, window, deck and gutter installation company.

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