Washington, DC

slate or shingles
Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

“Dear PoPville,

My house has slate roof on the front of my house. My roof started to leak, and a roofer came out to look at it. He says some shingles have fallen off, and the shingles are brittle and failing, and the entire roof should be replaced.. He took pictures and it’s true, some of the shingles are falling off and cracking. The roof is more than 80 years old.

I received an estimate for replacement with regular, architectural shingles for about $4,000, or replace with slate at $6,000.

Does anyone have experience with this? Is it worth replacing with slate, or should I go with regular shingles?”


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