If you are looking to buy a premium roofing material, you need to be ready to drop a lot of money on your roof. Copper is a durable roofing material that can give your home a distinct look, but if you do not like the metallic look that a copper roof will create, you might consider looking at a slate roof instead. Slate is a stone that is split into small sheets to make individual tiles. It can give your home a natural look and a lot of durability. Making a choice between copper and slate just depends on knowing what you are looking for. 

An Analysis of Copper

A copper roof can last for well over one hundred years and will be virtually impervious to the elements. Thus, when you buy a copper roof, you buy the peace of mind that you will not have to worry about roof damage creating unexpected repair and replacement costs. In order for a copper roof to withstand the elements, it has to develop a patina. Copper patina will give your roof a dull green-grey look—a la Statue of Liberty. Once this patina forms, it will prevent your roof from corroding any further. Acid rain can erode this patina, so if you live in an area that gets a lot of acid rain, a copper roof might not last as long as it should. Moreover, if you don't like the patina look, you should consider using a different roofing material.

An Analysis of Slate

Slate can last for up to two hundred years, but you have to make sure you get the right kind of slate. Before you buy slate roofing tiles, you need to inquire about which quarry they were harvested from. Slate from different parts of the country will have a different composition, which makes them more or less resistant to weathering. Another concern with slate is the weight as it is one of the heaviest roofing materials on the market. You might have to beef up your roof to prevent your roof from collapsing under the weight of slate. If you live in a snowy area, then you also have to make sure your roof will be able to stand up to the added weight of snow. 

Asphalt shingles come at a discount price when compared to copper and slate, but shingles will only last for about twenty years. Paying for premium materials will cost a lot of money up front, but not only will they improve the look of your home, but they will also help your roof to last longer. 

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