Slate Shingles: Solid Siding

Reviewed by:
Rosemary Thornton
Want a roofing and siding material that can last 75 years or more, and will resist acid rain, endure extreme heat and cold, and never catch fire?

Slate, first used as a roofing material in the 13th century, has higher installation costs than other materials. But it can last for many decades (with proper maintenance).

Slate shingles for roofing or siding are offered in thicknesses ranging from 3/16" to 1". Nail holes are drilled at the factory.

  • Slate shingles measure 12" to 20" wide; 3/16" to 1" thick.
  • Prices start at $5 a square foot (September 2006).
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