Getting a slate roof on your house is a great idea because slate is extremely durable and long-lasting. It also looks good and can add a lot of character to a house. If you are left with extra slate roofing tiles after the roof is complete, you can use these for projects around your house. While there are things you can use them for inside your house, here are two great ideas for using them on the outside of your house.

Gardens, Walkways, and Patios

If you have a significant amount of tiles leftover, you could use them to build a patio floor or walkway in your yard, or you could use them to highlight certain areas of your yard. You can place it around a garden area, or near your swimming pool. Slate tiles are thick and durable and will hold up well when used for these areas.

When using slate tiles for any of these purposes, it's important to start off by adding a layer of gravel to the area. The gravel will give it the support it needs and this helps it stay level.

Slate tile does not need to be sealed when used for this purpose. If you seal it, the sealant is likely to chip off leaving it with a dirty, worn-out appearance.

Decorations For Your House

The other thing you can use leftover slate tiles for is to create decorations for your home. Because the tile matches your roof, it is the perfect material to use for decorating your home. Here are two ideas to consider using with your leftover tiles:

Address Sign

Most homeowners like having their house number somewhere on the house, and you can use leftover slate tiles to make a house number sign. This sign would match perfectly and is inexpensive.

To make a sign, you will need to purchase metal house numbers, epoxy, and something to place on the back of it to use for hanging it up. Once you have these things, you can place the epoxy on the front of the sign and attach the house numbers to it.

Welcome Sign

The other option is to make a welcome sign or a name sign. You could purchase metal letters for this and include any wording you would like.

Slate tile lasts anywhere from 50 to 200 years, and using your leftovers for decorating your yard and home is a great idea. If you have not yet replaced your roof but are considering a slate roof, talk to a roofing contractor to learn more.