Do you love the natural beauty of slate roofs, but cannot afford to pay the premium price? In this case, synthetic slate roofing shingles can give you exactly what you want: the look of natural slate, but with the advantage of being more durable, lighter weight, and costing only a fraction of the price of real slate.
What is synthetic slate?
Synthetic slate roofing shingles are also known as composite slate shingles. When looking into buying synthetic slate roofing shingles, you should be aware that they can be manufactured from a number of different synthetic materials that can vary in quality.
1. Synthetic slate roofing shingles can be made of plastic/polymer composite. They’re made as individual slate tiles with the exposed end molded with the ridges. Often these synthetic shingles are made with recycled plastics.
2. Synthetic slate shingles can also be made of recycled rubber or a combination of rubber and plastic. Rubber-based synthetic slate roofing shingles are usually more flexible than synthetic slate tiles made from other materials.
Benefits of synthetic slate shingles
Durable and long lasting
Unlike real slate that can be brittle and prone to crumbling when exposed to extreme weather condition such as hail, synthetic slate shingles will remain in tact and protect your home in any weather conditions. They earn the highest rating for impact resistance (class 4), which means that they can withstand hail and ice storms. Synthetic slate roofing shingles are also engineered to be highly fire resistant; they are not readily flammable and do not spread fire.
Moreover, synthetic slate shingles are carefully engineered to last, with most manufacturers offering a 50 year warranty. Unlike other roofing materials, synthetic slate shingles require virtually no maintenance during their long service life. This means that with synthetic roofing shingles, you will be investing into a hassle free roof that you will most likely never have to replace again.
Much cheaper than real slate
You can save a lot of money by switching from real slate roofing material to synthetic slate roofing shingles. Synthetic slate can cost almost 50% less and you will also save money on the installation, since synthetic slate roofing shingles are much easier to install than real slate, which is heavy and brittle.
One of the major benefits that distinguishes synthetic roofing shingles, from other roofing materials is its relatively light weight. This can have a number of advantages: 1. If you are doing a re-roof, you will be able to install synthetic roofing shingles over your old roof, without straining the structure of your house. This will also enable you to save money on the installation, since you will not have to remove and dispose of the old roof, all of which costs extra. Moreover, if the structure of your house cannot support a very heavy roof to begin with, then synthetic roofing shingles are a great choice for a new roof.
If you are an environmentally conscious homeowner, looking to use green roofing materials, synthetic roofing shingles would fit the bill. Synthetic slate shingles have earned the designation as an ENERGY STAR® Qualified Product, a label given to products that use less energy, save money on energy bills, and help protect the environment. Synthetic roofing shingles are also made out of recycled plastics and this also means that they can be recycled at the end of their long service life, instead of going to the landfills.
Great curb appeal
Synthetic slate roofing shingles are engineered in a way that it is almost impossible for a casual observer to tell the difference between them and real slate. Consequently, synthetic slate roofing shingles significantly increase the curb appeal of your home by providing a premium, elegant look. Synthetic roofing shingles come in a variety of attractive, energy-saving colors that will complement the trim, brick and siding of your home, as well as reflect the sun’s heat to help you save energy.