Slate Roof Tiles

Comparing Slate & Clay Tile Roofs

When it comes to roofing materials, the first thing that comes to mind for most North American homeowner is asphalt shingles. Long known as the standard of the roofing industry, homeowners across the country have trusted asphalt shingles for decades to keep their home’s protected. However, before asphalt shingles were used, there were other materials, some of which are still used today, including slate & clay tiles. While they aren’t as popular as they once were, both of these roofing materials are still fantastic roofing options, used by homeowners who are looking to give their home an extra touch of ambiance. Are you interested in learning a bit about each material and how they compare to one another? Keep reading below to learn more!

Curb Appeal

When it comes to the aesthetic of each roofing material, they are both beautiful options in their own right. Slate roofing is known for it’s rustic-looking, gray slabs, although it is available in a variety of colors. It is widely regarded as being one of the most beautiful roofing options, and an array of color options ensures you can find the right fit for your tastes. Clay tile roofing offers an ever wide array of color options, as the material can be dyed a variety of different colors, as well as a variety of shapes, including Mission, Spanish, Flat, & French styles! This wide variety of colors and shapes ensures you can always find the right option for your home!


Next up, let’s discuss the durability & longevity of each material. Both material have enjoyed long histories as some of the world’s most popular roofing materials due in large part to their incredible longevity. In fact, these two materials are well known for being two the longest lasting materials on the market. Clay Tile is durable and weather resistant, and when properly installed, you can expect a clay tile roof to last up to 100 years, and potentially even longer with a bit of preventive maintenance along the way. Slate is even more durable than clay! Slate roofing is essentially impervious to the elements, and the only way it be truly be damaged is with blunt force, such as falling branches. This means that it’s not uncommon to see slate roofs well over 100 years. In fact, if you drive around the New England countryside for long enough, you’re bound to see a slate roof with it’s year of installation built into the pattern of the roof, some of which may date back two or three hundred years!

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in installing a new slate or clay tile roof on your home this spring, reach out to our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing today to get started! You can reach out to our team today by calling us at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

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