Slate roofs are beautiful and extremely durable. For centuries, they have been the go-to material for homes, churches, government facilities and commercial buildings. Homeowners love them for their attractive appearance and the value they add to a home. But slate can be expensive, heavy, and difficult to install. This is where synthetic slate tiles come in.
Emulating the look, feel and longevity of natural slate, synthetics are substantially lighter and less labor intensive. Roof loads can be reduced by up to 20% while labor costs can decrease by as much as 30%. The lower weight and cost make the look of slate available to wider group of homeowners and building structures.
When it comes to eco-friendliness, synthetic slate uses a combination of materials made up of 80% post-industrial recycled materials. These materials coupled with modern technologies make it an attractive choice for those looking to reduce the impact on diminishing natural resources and reducing their carbon footprint.
Synthetic slate roofs also provide fantastic performance. They can last as long or longer than most other roof types and are typically more durable in terms of freeze-thaw resistance, damage from large hail, and breakage from falling trees or blowing debris. They are also easier and less expensive to repair than natural slate.
At DNB Roofing, we are always on the hunt for value added materials. At 1/3 to the weight of natural slate, synthetic slate can be installed on standard roof structures requiring no additional support. They also offer the added benefit of energy savings through the use of cool roof colors while being environmentally friendly to produce. These features help reduce carbon footprints and provide a “greener” roofing choice. By providing “greener” choices we can all help create a cleaner and more sustainable future for our children and future generations.
What is the composition of slate roofing?
Synthetic slate roofing looks very much like real slate, except it’s comprised primarily of recycled rubber (EPDM) and plastics (TPO). They can also include other polymers, clay, fiber cement, rubber, steel, and asphalt.
How are they installed and sold?
Synthetic slate is typically sold by the square (or 100 square feet) and come in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. They are traditionally installed using stainless steel ring shank roofing nails and, in some instances, require blending prior to installation. The blending process involves taking tiles from different pallets and bundles prior to installation on the roof. This spreads color variations throughout the roof surface, avoiding al blotchy appearance. It’s also recommended that frequent inspections from the ground or other vantage point be conducted to ensure that
What types are available?
All slate roofs are natural. Both the color and how long your slate roof will last depend on the type of rock the tiles were cut from. Some of the hardest types can last 150 to 200 years. Softer slates like those quarried in parts of Pennsylvania have a lifespan of 75 to 90 years. It’s always good to familiarize yourself with the different type of slates available, and the warranties associated with each. Lastly, if you’re replacing or reinstalling an old slate roof due to structural damage, be sure to about recycled roofing products. You may be able to sell or purchase reclaimed materials to lower your overall cost on the project.
Are slate roofs a good investment?
Yes, slate roofs are an excellent investment if the upfront cost is affordable. Their durability and ease of maintenance make them a premium choice for the discerning homeowner that plans to live in the home for more than 20 years.
To find out more about slate roofs and the choices available, feel free to contact our sales team via this website or by phone during regular business hours. We’d love to hear more about your project.