Slate Roofing, Residential
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It’s the most beautiful and durable roofing material known to man. For centuries, it’s been the roofing material of choice for the world’s greatest buildings. In fact, some slate roofs have lasted for literally hundreds of years, enduring all of the ravages that Mother Nature could throw at them.
Roofing slates are manufactured from natural stone. Slate is metamorphic rock that formed under intense heat and pressure underground. As stone, it is very hard and will not saturate with water, and is completely fireproof. Yet it has a characteristic that allows it to be split into thin pieces that become roofing slates. Since slate is stone, it is impervious to weather, sun, hot and cold, so you can expect a slate roof to last a very long time.
Slate Roof Cost
Because of its longevity, slate is very cost effective over the life of the roof. Not only is the stone naturally highly rugged, it is very resistant to mold, mildew and other sources of contamination. Maintenance costs are therefore minimal.
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Slate roofing is a popular choice for homeowners in Evanston due to its durability, longevity, and attractive appearance. Installing a slate roof requires careful planning and attention to detail, as well as a skilled crew to ensure the job is done safely and efficiently. Key components of this successful slate roof installation in Evanston included copper gutters, copper valleys and trim, new flat EPDM roofs, and proper safety set up.
Slate roofing is a durable and long-lasting roofing material, but it requires a skilled and experienced crew to install it properly, something Smart Roofing takes great pride in. Slate roofing also heavily relies on good quality slate, which Greenstone Slate is known for. Natural slate sourced by Greestone Slate from Vermont quarries provides a beautiful, natural slate, and Smart Roofing has been ordering this slate for decades. Prior to installation, each slate was carefully selected for size, thickness, and color to ensure a consistent appearance on the roof. Some slates were cut to size and fitted into place, with each one overlapping the one below it to provide a tight seal against water penetration. The slates were then securely fastened to the roof deck with the appropriate copper fasteners and adhesives to ensure a long-lasting bond.
Copper gutters and valleys are an essential part of a slate roofing system. The gutters serve to channel rainwater away from the roof and into a drainage system, while the valleys direct water flow between two roof sections. Copper ridge and trim pieces were added to increase longevity as well as improve the appearance of this slate roof in Evanston. Copper is a popular choice for these components due to its strength, corrosion resistance, and attractive appearance. Proper installation of the copper gutters, valleys, and trim pieces is critical to the longevity and performance of the roof, and our sheet metal crew did a great job.
Working on a roof can be dangerous, and safety was our top priority when installing this slate roof in Evanston. Our trained crews used scaffolding and a man lift, which provided a stable and secure platform for the crew to work from, reducing the risk of falls and other accidents. The crew also wore appropriate personal protective equipment, including fall protection harnesses, safety glasses, to minimize the risk of injury.
With the Smart Roofing team on your side, a slate roof can provide decades of protection and beauty to any home in the Chicago North shore area.
SMART Roofing, Inc. is a full-service roofing contractor serving Evanston and its surrounding North shore suburbs. Select SMART Roofing, Inc. as your Evanston Roofing Contractor with plenty of experience with slate roofs, flat roofs, and copper sheet metal work. From roof assessments and repairs to installations of virtually every type of new residential roof and commercial roof, our commitment to excellence, stellar customer service and exceptional results are the “SMART” roofing difference. Contact the roofing experts at SMART Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404 to learn more about Greenstone Slate products, visit greenstoneslate.com, or email us for your residential or commercial roofing needs.
All roofs are equal in our eyes, whether they are asphalt shingle, cedar shake, clay tile, or slate. There is no better way to show our thinking than by displaying the various types of roofs we have completed. Here is a recent roof installation we did in Oak Brook, where we installed a new slate roof, along with sections of flat EPDM and TPO roofs, copper bay and dormer roofs, and copper ridge and hip pieces.
Slate roofs are very durable and look natural and beautiful when done properly. When tied together with copper trim pieces, copper gutters, and copper bay and dormer roofs, this slate roof in Oak Brook is guaranteed to last generations and look as good in 50 years as it looks now. Slate is almost always sourced from the Northeast for the best quality, and this slate was supplied by Evergreen Slate Co. from New York. The installation of this slate roof was on a new construction home, which eliminates the need for tear-off of old roofing, making the process much more streamlined and efficient.
All of the roofing elements on this Oak Brook slate roof were chosen for a specific reason. The slate was chosen to provide the house with a more sophisticated appearance, while still looking modest and natural, and of course for the durability. Since slate is a naturally occurring material, there are no naturally formed hip and ridge pieces. In many cases, individual slates are cut on an angle and pieced together to form a 2 piece hip or ridge. Over the long lifespan of slate, these pieces can sometimes separate and cause issues. This is exactly why Smart Roofing Inc. decided to install copper ridge and hip pieces. The copper will never separate or degrade, and will never cause any issues while the slate remains intact. We installed white TPO membrane on the flat roof, to promote sun reflectivity, and due to the multiple penetrations. TPO membrane is welded together which offers one of the best water barriers available. We also installed a section of EPDM membrane in the back of the house, which was chosen for its ability to stretch and conform to unusual shapes. Overall, Smart Roofing Inc. was chosen for our expertise installing slate roofs, along with our extensive knowledge of flat roofing and sheet metal work. We are very proud of the final product and are very happy to have this slate roof in Oak Brook in our portfolio.
SMART Roofing, Inc. is a full-service roofing contractor serving Oak Brook and its surrounding suburbs. Select SMART Roofing, Inc. as your Oak Brook Roofing Contractor with plenty of experience with slate roofs. From roof assessments and repairs to installations of virtually every type of new residential roof and commercial roof, our commitment to excellence, stellar customer service, and exceptional results are the “SMART” roofing difference. Contact the roofing experts at SMART Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, to learn more, or email us for your residential or commercial roofing needs.
A slate roof will last for generations. That was exactly our mindset when replacing this 90 year old slate roof in Evanston. Smart Roofing Inc. takes great pride in being slate and tile roof experts, especially considering how many people will continue to see our work for the next 50+ years! This roof was done with gray color slate in various sizes from Greenstone Slate. When installing slate it is always important to inspect each piece and make sure it is free of imperfections or cracks that might shorten the life span. Any rejected slate pieces are put off to the side, and only the best slates are used for the roof.
Aside from replacing this slate roof, we added some architectural copper work to tie it all together. New copper ridges and valleys make the roof shine and copper cladded vents that will endure the test of time along side the slate roof. Evanston is a great wooded neighborhood that creates just the right lighting to showcase all the accents of this new slate roof and beautiful copper work. From selecting the proper source of slate, to making sure they are installed properly, to tying everything together with sheet metal work, Smart Roofing Inc. is very excited to show off this slate roof replacement in Evanston.
SMART Roofing, Inc. is a full-service roofing contractor serving Evanston and its surrounding suburbs. Select SMART Roofing, Inc. as your Evanston Roofing Contractor. From roof assessments and repairs to installations of virtually every type of new residential roof and commercial roof, our commitment to excellence, stellar customer service and exceptional results are the “SMART” roofing difference. Contact the roofing experts at SMART Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, to learn more about slate roofs and sheet metal work , or email us for your residential or commercial roofing needs.
Smart Roofing, Inc. is pleased to share this natural slate roof being installed on a coach house in Oak Brook. This type of roof is known as a Mansard roof.
Mansard roofs are otherwise known as French roof designs. This style of roof or curb roof includes a four-sided hip roof style with two distinct slopes. The steeper angle can be found on one side, and the window creates an extra floor of space in a home, called a garret. The name ’mansard’ actually means the attic or space inside the roof structure rather than just the shape of the roof. Due to its design in the extremely close to nature of this attic space, a Mansard roof format is a green roof design that is very well respected for its efficiency as well its use of space management. (www.myroof.com)
This Mansard roof consists of Natural Slate by Evergreen Slate. Slate quarried for roofing stock is of dense, sound rock and exceedingly tough and durable. A Natural Slate Roof can last a century, giving excellent long-term value. Evergreen Slate is the largest producer and supplier of slate in the United States. Since 1916, the company has taken pride in providing its customers with high-quality products and excellent customer service, as the leader in the slate roofing industry.
Smart Roofing, Inc. will also be replacing the roof on the main house of this Oak Brook property in the Spring with this beautiful Natural Slate product. Be sure to check back for those photos!
In the meantime, contact the roofing experts at Smart Roofing, Inc.at (847) 797-0404, to learn more about our roof products and services, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your other residential or commercial roofing needs.
The roofing professionals at Smart Roofing, Inc. are completing another beautiful roofing project in the Chicago Northwest Suburbs using LudoSlate by Ludowici.
LudoSlate interlocking tile has the texture and varied thickness of natural hand-split slate and can be laid staggered for a more rustic look. The tile have a ceramic finish that comes in 11 standard colors as well as custom colors or blends and is warranted for 75 years in all climates. Unlike rubber or plastic slates, LudoSlate has 120 years of proven technology behind it, is Class A fire resistant and will never curl or fade. LudoSlate is lightweight, easy to install, and maintenance-free.
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