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Who doesn’t love the natural beauty and elegance of slate? But for many of us, the cost of slate roofing is more than our budget will allow. Happily, there’s an alternative that looks just like slate, but is less expensive. Plus, it performs better than natural slate.

Say Hello to Composite Slate

Composite slate, also called synthetic slate, is designed to look like natural slate roofing but is made using a combination of different materials rather than 100% slate. Composite roofing, in general, has three main types: plastic roofing, rubber slate and concrete roofing. Slate options are available under the first two types.

  1. Plastic roofing: This type of synthetic composite roofing is comprised of recycled, polyolefin or commodity thermoplastics, which are nonporous materials used to make consumer and industrial products. Synthetic composite slate roofing has the look of a natural slate roof, but is more lightweight, making it less costly and easier to install.
  2. Rubber slate: Made from recycled tires, rubber slate roofing replicates the appearance of authentic slate and provides just as much durability.

Both plastic slate roofing and rubber slate roofs weigh less than the natural stone, so extra structural support is not needed on your home. Plus, both composite roofing types are environmentally friendly and make your home more energy efficient year-round.

Synthetic Slate Has Many Advantages

It may be less expensive, but synthetic slate roofing still provides high performance. Take a look at some of the advantages of composite slate tiles over natural slate:

  • All Weather Durability – Material tests have proven that synthetic slate performs well in all types of weather conditions and in climates with extreme hot and cold temperatures. This inexpensive slate roofing also features inhibitors against the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, higher impact resistance properties against hail or wind-blown debris and tough fire resistant standards. It also lasts longer than roofs with authentic slate and is basically maintenance free.
  • Stronger – Since it’s not a natural stone, composite slate is less likely to break before and during installation, during a severe storm, or from a fallen tree branch. Unlike natural stone slates that easily chip or crack, the materials in composite slates make them virtually unbreakable.
  • Mold Resistant – As manufactured roofing, certain synthetic slate roofing materials are resistance to mold and algae growth.
  • More Color Options – Unlike real slate, which is limited in color to that of the natural stone, composite slate offers many color choices. Plus, you have a greater variety of design shapes and styles, too.

Quality Composite Slate Shingles Matter

Manufacturing quality of synthetic slate shingles plays a key role in ensuring you get the highest grade of composite roofing. That’s why the Roofing Annex only installs products from the leading roofing manufacturers. Quality matters with a slate roofing system to avoid any shortcomings in performance and lifespan.

Learn More About Your Slate Roof Options

The Roofing Annex installs both natural slate tiles and synthetic slate roofing materials. Both have their differences and pros and cons. While it’s usually better to go with the natural product when you can, composite slate shingles provide a nice alternative to those who want the look of slate without the higher costs. If you’re unsure which option is right for you, the Roofing Annex can provide you with comparison information and prices. If you want a slate roof, synthetic roofing gives you a viable and affordable option.