I own a house built in 1910 with a slate roof. I had a number of loose and missing tiles on the roof and hired a roofing contractor that specialized in slate roofing to do repairs and maintenance.
When the workers came out to do the work, I discovered that they use synthetic slate shingles to replace missing shingles (or is it tiles?). They told me you can’t even get new slate which seemed questionable. They never mentioned using synthetic slate tiles when they came out to give me a quote nor when I received that quote in writing.
Anyway, I was in a rush and was surprised with the materials when they showed up to do the work so I let them proceed. However, after reading about synthetic slate online, I’m not sure that I should’ve done that.
A couple facts:
- My home inspection report states that I have a “Vermont slate finish…A few had been replaced with West Virginian slates.”
- No scaffold or tower was required for the repairs. They just used ladders.
- How much should the installation of 15-20 synthetic slates cost? Most of the slates are easily accessible. I’ve yet to pay for the repair and I want to make sure I’m not being ripped off.
- Should I have the synthetic slate replaced with actual slate?