This week, we’re covering the increase in the number of slate roofs in the country, and why more business owners and homeowners are switching to slate as their primary roofing material. Because it doesn’t fade when exposed to the sun like so many other materials used in roofing, it is the primary choice of homes and businesses who plan for the future. If you take the environmental considerations into account, shingles and tiles take up a massive percentage of the country’s landfills, as they are frequently torn down and thrown away. When you use a material like slate, you’re almost guaranteed to not need to replace it within your lifetime, and if well-maintained, it can last for a century or more
We spoke to an expert on the topic, Damian, from Mr Shingles a leading provider of Slate Roofing in Sydney: “Aside from the fact that it’s very visually stunning, this material is also one of the most robust available in construction,” Damian explained, “While it requires minimal maintenance, if you do maintain it and clean it relatively frequently, it will last around 100 years or possibly more. This is the main reason why so many companies and homeowners in the country are switching over to it when compared to traditional wooden or asphalt shingles.”
Ensuring that Australia has a bright ecological future is one of our goals, which is why we should encourage more institutions to consider using this roof material. If more schools, privately-held companies, and homes switched over to it, we’d be able to free up a lot of space in landfills. It’s also noted for its imperviousness to the elements, to pests, and its resistance to water. We hope that new buildings constructed in the coming decades will carefully consider the ecological impact of the materials that they use, and build for the long term.