Synthetic slate roofing is making a name for itself among the roof market for being both affordable and beautiful. Those who like the look of refined slate roofs, but don’t want to pay the lofty price-tag of a real slate roof can now use synthetic slate roofs to achieve the same look.
How It’s Made
One of the things that makes synthetic slate roofing so unique is how it’s made. Synthetic slate roofing is made up of fiberglass and vinyl. Some versions even use recycled materials such as plastic or rubber. These synthetic materials weigh a lot less than traditional slate materials. This makes it a good option for older homes that can’t withstand the weight of real slate roofs.
Why They’re A Great Alternative
There are a lot of advantages to installing a synthetic slate roof. Some of them are:
- Replacement shingles – Synthetic slate roof shingles or shakes can be used as a replacement for real slate shingles or shakes. So, if you own a home made of up real slate shingles or shakes, and one of them breaks, rather than replacing it with a pricey slate shingle, try replacing it with a synthetic slate shingle. Your wallet will thank you.
- Durability – Real slate roofing is brittle and sensitive to light. Sometimes, it’ll even break in the winter. But with synthetic slate roofing you’ll never have to worry about that. Synthetic slate roofing is durable and designed to withstand storm damage.
- Longevity – Synthetic slate roofs also last pretty long. With proper care and inspections, synthetic slate roofs can last for up to 100 years.
- Green – Because synthetic slate shingles and roofing systems are sometimes made up of recycled materials, they can be recycled when it’s time for a replacement. So, instead of throwing away your old roof, you can simply, recycle it.
As with most roofing installation projects, it’s best to make sure you talk to a professional first to get the best advice and help. Call our office 972-542-7774 or contact us online today for more information.