While many homeowners would love to have the durability and beautiful appearance of a slate roof, for many of them it's simply out of their price range. However, by using synthetic slate (also known as composite slate) roofing you can get the best of both worlds, with high durability and beauty combined with a reasonable price tag.
Choosing synthetic slate over traditional slate will save you money and a number of ways. For instance, because it is made with synthetic materials, synthetic slate is a good deal cheaper than real slate. Real slate shingles can cost up to $40 a square foot, depending on which specific type you select. Synthetic slate can be purchased for as little as $7 a square foot.
Along with the savings you'll realize on materials, you'll also save a lot on the labor involved in installing a slate roof. This is because the process of installing a synthetic slate roof takes much less time than it does to install a traditional slate roof. Combined with the savings on materials, you might save thousands of dollars by choosing to use synthetic slate.
Since traditional slate is made out of stone, synthetic slate roofing offers you significant advantages in regards to weight. Made out of recycled plastic and rubber, lightweight synthetic slate weighs so little that it can usually be installed directly over your current roof without putting significant strain on your home structural members.
When you use synthetic slate, its high-quality appearance increases your home's curb appeal. In fact, because of the versatility and variation you can get with synthetic slate, it can be used to complement virtually any architectural style. Professionals and homeowners alike recognize that synthetic slate provides an inexpensive and effective substitute for traditional slate.
Durability and Performance
While not as long-lasting as traditional slate, synthetic slate is still extremely durable. Synthetic slate is also fire resistant, low maintenance and can withstand the harshest weather conditions. Homeowners concerned about the environment will appreciate the eco-friendly nature of synthetic slate. Manufactured from recycled materials, the tiles themselves are also completely recyclable when (many years later) it's time to replace the roof again.
Synthetic slate roofing, from companies like Custom Cupola & Steeple Co Ltd, can also help you with your home energy costs. This is because it is available in a range of colors that will reflect away the sun's heat and reduce the load on your air conditioning system.