Slate Roof Tile Splurge for vintage character restoration
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Slate Roof Tile: Splurge

Showing off prominent rooflines to their best advantage since the mid-1800s, slate can last lifetimes and come in an array of earthy colors.

The third, fourth, and fifth generations of the family that sells this Vermont-quarried slate have personally attested to its durability, estimated at over 100 years. It's also naturally acid resistant, noncombustible, and able to withstand freeze-thaw cycles.

Natural slate in black, about about $5 per square foot uninstalled; Sheldon Slate Products
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