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While asphalt roofs are by far one of the most popular roofing materials, some homeowners want to give their home a unique look or increase the home's resale value through the installation of premium roofing materials. Two popular premium materials include natural slate roofing and clay tile roofing. Both materials have very different advantages that may make slate tiles right for one home and clay tiles right for another. Before any decisions are made about purchasing roof materials, it is recommended that expert Union County roofers be contacted.

Natural slate tiles have been used as roofing materials for centuries due to their durability and long lifespan. When installed on the roof, they can have a gray or bluish appearance. When they are properly maintained, they can be expected to last at least a century or more. In addition to its longevity, slate tiles are considered to be one of the most fire resistant roofing materials available on the market. The stone is resistant to extreme weather, such as hail and snow damage. If a tile is damaged, that tile can be removed and replaced without having to replace the entire roof.

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Clay roofing tiles come in many different shapes, from the classic half barrel shape to flat pieces that resemble shingles. Like slate roofing, clay tile roofing also has a long lifespan, with correctly installed tiles lasting well over 100 years. The tiles are also resistant to damages caused by hail, snow and fire. Unlike slate, clay tiles come in a variety of colors and shapes and can complement almost any home's exterior. The tiles are also not susceptible to mold or rot, which helps to reduce the amount of maintenance that is needed to keep the tiles in good condition.

Both types of roofing materials do have a major downside, however. Because they are premium materials, they can cost quite a bit more than asphalt shingles. Additionally, both types of roofing must be installed by an expert roofer, as a certain amount of expertise is needed to correctly install the slate or clay tiles. Incorrect installation can lead to broken tiles and extra expenses.

Because the advantages for both slate and clay are similar, it really comes down to the look that the homeowner is going for. Slate tiles may help the home blend into the surroundings while clay tiles may work better on homes that have a Spanish or Mediterranean theme. The roofers may have samples and advice that can help a homeowner make a decision.

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