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View informative videos about slate roof repairs and installation produced and shared by the National Slate Association.

Where did my slate come from?

The most common installed by slate roofers in Norfolk and Newport News is the Blue/Black Buckingham slate variety from Buckingham County, Virginia. Buckingham County is only about 4 hour’s north-west of Hampton Roads. There are also several green and buff-colored slate roofs in the Hilton Village section of Newport News that were quarried and shipped from the slate valley area in Vermont.

How much can i expect to pay for a slate roofing company?

The cost of installing a new slate roof can be relatively expensive compared to other forms of roofing materials, sometimes several times more. But while the upfront cost of installation is high, the cost per year over its lifespan is the lowest of all of its competitors. It is impossible to list a general cost of a newly installed slate roof as there are too many variables. The roof size and pitch, the size of the slate, which type of slate will be used and the roof details all factor in on the figuring of the cost of a slate roof.

How long does a slate roof last?

Depending on the type of slate, a slate roof can last hundreds of years. Buckingham Slate warranties their product for 150 years. Having the lowest water absorption rate of any American slate, it is safe to say it should outlive the home it was installed on.

Do slate roofs require maintenance?

Our slate roofing company requires no more maintenance than any other style of roof. Just like all roofs, they should be inspected by professional slate roofers every few years or so. Homeowners should conduct their own inspections yearly. Start in the attic and look for water stains. The exterior can be inspected by use of a simple pair of binoculars right from the ground. Look for slates that are missing, broken, sliding out or have holes in them. If an area of your roof is obstructed, be creative, just be safe!

How do I know if my slate roof needs to be replaced?

Typically, slate roofs will last well over 100 years. Buckingham slate roofs have been known to last over 150 years. It is rare the slate itself fails. If a slate roof leaks, it is usually a failure in the details of the roof. Pipe collars, valley metal, and wall flashings are common leak sources. Over 95% of the slate roofs I have looked at over the years were easily repaired. Only one roof I have inspected required replacement due to fastener failure. The few that require replacement was due to prolonged leaking that destroyed the substrate. Only trust the opinion of a certified slate roof repair company and trained slate roofers. The Roofing Company houses an on-site facility, Hampton Roads Roofing and Slate Roofing Training Center, where new slate roofers learn and the expert slate roofers train and educate. Slate roofing services take a special skill set and one that we can ensure you we have.

Impact Resistant Shingles can save you on homeowners insurance!

In many states, the use of impact-resistant roofing products makes you eligible for significant insurance premium discounts.

Natural slate roofing is recommended for the ultimate impact resistance. Slate easily passed UL 2218 Class 4, the toughest impact test (slate shingles show no evidence of cracks or ruptures on front or back). At the request of the National Slate Association, more lab testing was conducted to confirm the ability of roofing slate to withstand hail damage. Our slate roofing company uses the best material on the market.

Now to my final question…

How do you select the right slate roofing company?

Slate roofing practices haven’t changed in the last 100 years yet so many roofs are repaired incorrectly. I have personally seen anything from nails through the face of the slate, plastic product used instead of real slate, tar slapped on anything that looks like a leak, and the most common incorrect repair of them all, the metal straphanger. When trying to find experts in roofing in Virginia to properly diagnose and repair your slate roof is simple, educate yourself! First, ask your neighbors for references. See who they have used in the past. Often you will hear who NOT to use which is just as important as whom you should call. Your next step is to read. Many slate roof owners have enjoyed Joseph Jenkins’s book “The Slate Roof Bible”. This is a very informative book on the history of slate roofing in the United States. It also has a very extensive section on slate roofing repairs and the proper ways slate roofers conduct those repairs. You should also only hire a contractor who has been certified by the various slate roofing governing bodies such as the  National Slate Association and the Slate Roofing Contractors Association. Their websites are indispensable when it comes to finding the right contractor and properly trained slate roofers to repair your roof.

Don’t let a poor decision in contractor selection lead to further damage and additional costs that may have been avoided by doing a little research.

The Roofing Company services the Peninsula region and have improved the homes of thousands of homeowners in Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, Newport News, and Virginia Beach. Visit our Contact Us page or give us a call for more info.

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I recently had my roof replaced by The Roofing Company, a very large home that is now an Air B&B. It was excellent on on every level... the crew were exceptional and the end result was simply fantastic. My Project Manager was Rick Mulligan, and he was absolutely wonderful. Rick kept me in the loop at every phase, and answered any questions for me. He was polite and professional, and I couldn't be more pleased with his management of the project, and of the crew. I would absolutely recommend Rick and the Roofing Company to anyone having their roof done. Enough said, "THE PROOF IS IN THE ROOF!"
mon zrom
20:57 09 Dec 19
When we decided to replace our roof, hiring a company that stood behind their work and had the backing of the manufacturer was important to us. We really did our homework and talked to a handful of companies before going with The Roofing Company, and we are so glad we did. Everyone we worked with was professional and knowledgeable. Chuck Simpson was a great resource for us and has gone out of his way to be certain that everything is perfect. I actually look forward to seeing him each year for our roof inspection! Kudos to the whole team too.
Rockin' Robin
00:57 18 Nov 19
Thank you for sending such a diligent worker to my home this afternoon. Ken Ashcom came to inspect my roof for a possible rodent entry. He was sent alone to check out my very sleep roof. Ken tried multiple ways to get close to the area I was concerned about. He succeeded and told me that is was an area with copper flashing and no repair was needed. Ken also told me that my roof was in perfect condition, but I needed the gutter covers cleaned off. I truly appreciate Ken going beyond the duty call and examining my entire roof and gutters. Ken is a valuable employee to The Roofing Company!November 7, 2019
Dana Copeland
23:04 07 Nov 19
We were in desperate need of a new roof on a portion of our house. Chuck Simpson with The Roofing Company was recommended to me by a reliable friend in the construction business. Setting up a meeting with Chuck was easy. He came out to assess the roof and explained everything there was to know thoroughly with no pressure. The price was right so we went for it. The Project Manager we worked with was Rick. Setting up the job with Rick was an easy process. He explained everything about what we could expect. The day of the job, the crew showed up on time and knocked it out quickly the same day. We weren't around so Rick kept me in the loop as the job progressed. The roof looks great and we couldn't be happier with everything. Thank you to Chuck, Rick, and the rest of the team we worked with! I have already recommended The Roofing Company to a family member as well as a friend, and would recommend them to you as well.
Eric Schweizer
21:25 25 Sep 19
The Roofing Company is a great company for all types of outdoor repairs. I had my roof replaced and it made the house look brand new! This is the third year since they installed it and they still come out and check on it. They are very professional and knowledgeable. It was the best decision I ever could have made. Keep up the good work!
Kevin Bremby
22:51 27 Sep 19
Great place to do business with! Chuck came out and gave all of the options we had regarding replacing a section of our roof. Worked around our specifications and James had it done in 1 day. Highest quality work and a clean workspace when they were done. We are so happy with this choice.
Ben Lengel
12:43 12 Dec 19
I highly recommend The Roofing Company for your exterior renovations! I have been using this company for repairs for the last 5 years and have had nothing but good experiences. Brian is very knowledgeable when discussing different repair options and recommendations. He is fair and trustworthy. My go-to repair team is Mike and his crew. He always keeps me in the loop and performs quality work every time! These guys are the best!
James Hayes
21:13 27 Dec 19
I appreciated James Zajd coming by for a happy check. He was very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. The roof was in great shape with no issues When the roof was installed the workers were very professional and kept the area neat in cleaning up the debris that occurred taking down the old roof
bays zajd
23:30 26 Dec 19
I did some checking on roofers before settling on The Roofing Company. While cost was a major issue, I was also concerned about quality. After all, this was an investment that I wanted to last more than a quarter century. Ultimately I settled on The Roofing Company primarily for quality and reasonable cost. The foreman for the job - Rick - supervised the entire process and had the whole show rolling right on time. As projected the roof was stripped down to the wood, cleaned and re-roofed in a single day. The crew sheltered the shrubs exposed to the old shingles, got the nails cleaned up, and left a good-looking, new roof. They also cleaned out the gutters and provided some other actions at no additional cost - just simple kindnesses. Two points I also want to share: first, if you are ex-military the company will help you obtain a refund of around $500. Second, The Roofing Company insists on using storm-resistant shingles (well above normal shingles) for that next hurricane. They believe in them so much that they lowered the cost of storm-resistant shingles below the cost of normal shingles. Consider that when you're shopping.
Dean Rhody
16:32 31 Dec 19
I am so happy that I chose The Roofing Company to complete my roofing repairs! After the bad wind storm we had, I noticed that I had multiple shingles down and an exposed part of my roof. I moved into my house a year ago as a first time home buyer and I have never had any need to contact a roofer. I called around and what I loved most about The Roofing Company is that they provide free estimates (as long as you aren't selling the house) and that they really worked with me to get someone here as soon as possible. Brain came out to do the estimate and he explained the process to me and he was very kind and knowledgable and the estimate was very reasonable. The person that came out and completed the work was Adrian and he was amazing!!! Even though I wasn't home, he kept me updated via text messages (since I couldn't accept calls at the time) and he sent me detailed email messages with pictures showing the before and after pics and all the work that was completed. He not only repaired the shingles, but he inspected my roof, fixed some of my gutters and resealed my PVC pipes at no extra charge!!! Adrian went above and beyond and when he came back to finish the job, he was very kind and understanding! I will definitely be using The Roofing Company for all my roofing needs in the future and would recommend them to anybody in the area!
Laurie Guerin
21:49 10 Feb 20
The responsiveness of The Roofing Company from start to finish was top notch. We filled out an online request form at night for a roof replacement estimate and were contacted immediately. Ken came out to the house and spent well over an hour and a half inspecting not only the roof but the attic as well. He presented us with several options, explained everything in detail and answered all of our questions. After performing our due diligence and receiving quotes from other companies, we ultimately chose The Roofing Company based on their presentation, professionalism and pricing. We were contacted by Debbie at the office who set an install date approximately two weeks out. We were happy to be contacted by Greg a day later who said he could fit us in a bit earlier than expected. He then came out to the house a few days before the install to set our expectations and review the entire process.The crew showed up on time, performed the install flawlessly and then cleaned up thoroughly after themselves. It was as if they were not even there.. except for the new roof of course.If you are on the fence about which company to select for your roofing needs, you owe it to yourself to choose The Roofing Company. We will be recommending to our friends and family any chance we get.Special side note to The Roofing Company - Please give Ken, Greg and the support staff back at the office a big pay raise. They deserve it.Andrew and Lora
giddy upp
14:54 18 Mar 20
The Roofing Company did a great job on our replacement roof. This is the second time we have used them (once for a flat roof), and both times they were professional, timely, clean, and had great follow up. Rick was a great project manager for this job.
James and Deirdre Wells
20:01 15 Sep 19
The re-roofing of my 1921 Bungalow has not gone as smoothly as I had hoped, however The Roofing Company has stepped up to the plate and sent people out to repair the leaks. Don't know what went wrong but they have stood behind their work and have made it right.
Glenn H
22:41 17 Jun 18

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