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We care about education in Australia and in all countries abroad. I'm a former teacher and current lecturer. This blog is my humble attempt to examine education from a new perspective and find solutions to the numerous problems that educational institutions face today, from funding to social issues.

How Slate Roofing can save Sydney schools money

With funding for schools seemingly decreasing every year, administrators are working hard to cut costs and find ways to save their school districts money in both the long and short term. I think I’ve found a way that schools in the area could save quite a bit of money, especially when they consider how much money they’ll be spending on repairs over the next couple of decades. I think it would be wise for schools in Australia to start thinking about implementing slate roofing on their campuses, as slate is a material that doesn’t visually weather or fade, and it is incredibly resilient.

Why Slate?

Slate is resistant to erosion by natural and unnatural phenomena. Since it is a hardy, non-porous material that is virtually impervious to insects and animals, it is a wise investment. Some of the most well-built structures from past centuries still have roofing made of this material today, and they are virtually unchanged from when they initially were initially installed earlier in the 20th and 19th centuries. Why shouldn’t schools embrace this ancient and effective technology when it comes to their roof designs? It is an attractive material visually, and it is impervious to most forms of everyday damage.

Weatherproof and cost effective

With modern weatherproofing and chemical science, the natural obduracy of this popular building material is further enhanced. With weatherproof coating and chemicals, it can hold up even longer against nature’s trials and stand the test of time for much longer than ever seen in the past. This is why I propose that schools and educational institutions across Australia highly consider investing in this idea. It wouldn’t cost all that much money, as there are plenty of providers in the area who can finish the job for relatively low rates compared to the national average. I recently spoke to Damian at “Mr Shingles”, a slate roofing Sydney provider. Damian convinced me that the investment wouldn’t be costly and it would be worth every cent.

Slate tiling is perfect for Australia’s harsh environment

Because we live in a harsh environment that is hot year-round compared to most other western countries, it is especially important to ensure that the building materials we use are very efficient and resistant to erosion, bleaching, and damage from the elements. I can think of no better material than this when it comes to ensuring that the roofs of our campuses are fully protected against all forms of damage, and it would no doubt help save millions and millions of dollars over the next 100-200 years at least, if not more if the materials were fully proofed with modern chemicals.

If you’re an administrator or you’re currently overseeing a construction project for educational institutions, please consider advising them on the potential short and long-term savings of implementing this strategy.