Shingles are a staple of Western roofing for decades. They can be used to cover houses and businesses, as well as everything else. They are a popular choice because of their aesthetic appeal, durability, versatility, and affordability. The downside is the high cost of authentic slate shingles and the logistical challenges involved in cutting them. The financial aspect of slate shingles is difficult to swallow, from the transportation costs to the difficulty in cutting and nailing.

Synthetic slate shingles are now an affordable alternative. They often come at a lower price and can be used as a roof. These synthetic shingles, made from rubber and plastic, have the same aesthetic appeal as their natural counterparts. They are made by injection molding materials in metal molds that were created from authentic slate. There are many types of rubber available. The plastic can be made from virgin or recycled rubber. It can also be replaced with mineral dust or cellulose fibers. Recycled materials are especially eco-friendly.

All synthetic slate can be recycled after the roof’s end of its life. They are also more resistant to the sun, which is important for those living in hotter areas of the country. Synthetic builds have the advantage that they can be modified to achieve any attributes we want. Synthetic slate is often equipped with impact modifiers that allow them to withstand more storm damage.

Builders should not overlook the logistical and transportation benefits. They are considerably lighter than their authentic counterparts at 1.25 pounds each tile. The roof structure can also support the weight of the tiles without additional reinforcement. This further reduces costs. These tiles are great for large projects, including multi-housing developments. Another advantage is the ease with which each tile can be modified. Even a utility knife can shape them to fit the roofing contours. This contrasts with authentic tiles, which are more difficult to cut and pose a greater risk of cracking.

Synthetic slate has a very long life expectancy. Synthetic slate roofs last for up to 100 years, compared to the 15 to 30 year lifespan of a more traditional roof. This is a significant savings and value, especially when you consider the upfront cost. You can learn more about Synthetic roofing by doing your research. Then, reach out to trusted local contractors to find out more about what they can offer and what their costs are. You can probably get a quote for your particular building requirements. Make sure you check their reviews to ensure that they are trustworthy. Good luck with roofing!

This post was written by a roofing professional at KCG Roofing. KCG Roofing is a premier roofing contractor that does Longboat Key Roofing! KCG Roofing has the experience and expertise to replace or repair your roof with quality materials and excellent craftsmanship. All our roofs are backed by a 15-year leak-free guarantee, the highest in the industry. We have been family-owned and operated for over 40 years.