Slate composite is a relatively new material in the roofing realm, and it’s very similar to natural slate tiles. Like slate tiles, this roofing material is built to last. And once again, the benefits don’t stop there. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of slate composite roofing.

The Benefits of Slate Composite Roofing

Composite slate tiles are lighter than natural slate tiles, and they have fewer imperfections. HGTV points out that composite (or synthetic) slate tiles are also more durable than natural slate. They note:

“Synthetic slate shingles are more durable than authentic slate, as they contain advanced ultraviolet inhibitors to reduce wear from the sun. Safety is built-in. Synthetic slate typically contains impact modifiers to help withstand storm damage; in fact, most are certified by Underwriters Laboratories for Class 4 impact resistance, the highest level for roofing materials. Many synthetic slates also have the highest fire-resistance rating—Class A—which means they’re effective against severe exposure to external fires, are not readily flammable and do not spread fire.”

In addition, slate composite roofs are rather sustainable. While it takes energy to attain and shape the materials necessary to build a composite slate tile, these materials can be recycled. Synthetic slate tiles also aren’t nearly as heavy as natural slate tiles. In fact they can be less than a quarter of the weight. That means that you won’t have to retrofit your home in order to support the weight of slate tile.

The Drawbacks of Slate Composite

Now, the cost of composite slate is similar to the cost of natural slate, as Virginia Slate Company points out:

“The current price for the “Fake” slate is approximately $350.00 for the material plus the trim and accessory pieces plus the cost of shipping which reflects an estimated cost of $400.00 per square. Natural Slate runs from about $350.00 to $500.00 per square delivered to the job site. The price of Natural Slate is normally determined by whether the slate chosen is an unfading or “weathering” slate, the size of the slate, current inventory of production levels of the particular size chosen, the quantity of slate requested and what the shipping requirements are.” On the other hand, while composite slate isn’t much cheaper, those costs can add up.

Aesthetics

Since these tiles are man-made, they can be made in any number of colors. Most colors mimic the look of slate tile roofs. You’ll find a flurry of greys, blacks, reds, browns, blues, and greens in a composite slate manufacturer’s catalog. That means plenty of choices for consumers. If you have an aesthetic for your home in mind, we can cater to your desires. As we just mentioned, composite slate tiles are built to mimic real slate. As such, they have a nearly identical look, especially from ground level. Composite slate tiles can even have a textured surface which mirrors real slate.


Count on Red Dog’s Roofing

Here at Red Dog’s Roofing, we work with all sorts of roofing materials, including metal roofing, asphalt shingles, wood shakes, and, of course, slate and slate composite roofing. When you’ve decided on the right roofing material for your roof, we’re your next step. We provide premier roofing services for folks throughout Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner, and the surrounding area. Count on our team of trained and certified roofers, and rest assured knowing that we’re an Owens Corning™ Preferred Contractor company. Learn more about the Red Dog’s Roofing team, and get started by scheduling an appointment for your roof build.