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Traditional or Synthetic Slate Roofing: Which Is Best For Your Roof?

Trying to decide between traditional slate or synthetic slate roofing? 

Traditional and authentic slate roofs have been around for centuries. In fact, Many homes built in the late 19th and 20th century still have their original slate roof intact. This type of roof is often chosen for its durability and long lasting beauty.

The only problem? Authentic slate roofs come with a HIGH price tag – it is costly to manufacture, transport and extremely fragile. All of these things make authentic slate less than ideal for most homeowners. 

For those who love the look of authentic slate roofing but don’t want the high price tag, there is an even better option: synthetic slate! This is a new take on an old classic and offers even more benefits than the authentic version without sacrificing the traditional look. 

We are proud to work with one of leading synthetic slate roofing manufactures – DaVinci Roofscapes. Over the past 30 years, they have perfected the art of creating synthetic slate and we are proud to offer this roofing option to homes and businesses alike. Why should you choose this type of specialty roofing for your next project? Read on to find out!

Custom Residential Roof with Synthetic Slate Shingles
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1. Durability 

Synthetic slate roofs are class four impact resistant, Class A fire rated and can withstand winds upwards of 110 MPH. That means a Davinci Roofscapes slate roof will protect your home from just about anything Mother Nature throws your way. 

This is a major benefit for synthetic slate roofing when compared to other roofing materials. Asphalt has the lowest durability and can be dented, torn, and blown off by the elements. Metal is great, until it gets hit by a hail storm and covers the roof with irreparable dents. Synthetic slate roofing on the other hand can easily handle the elements without showing signs of ware. 

Smokey Gray Synthetic Slate Roofing
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As a DaVinci Roofscape Masterpiece Installer, we have proven to have the skills and experience to install slate roofs. Learn more about our certifications here

2. Eco Friendly 

Even green asphalt shingles have to be replaced every 15-20 years. Over 11 million tons of asphalt roofing waste is dumped into US landfills each year!  Due to the longevity of slate roofing, slate shingles need to be disposed of much less often, thereby minimizing the carbon footprint.

3. Low Maintenance

Traditional roofing materials like asphalt shingles are prone to a variety of maintenance issues including buckling, curling and deterioration as they age. That is not the case with Davinci synthetic slate roofs! They are waterproof as well as resistant to severe weather and perfect for colder climates. Slate roofs can withstand high winds, hail, heavy snow, and rain plus they are not affected by insects, fungus, mold, rot or other issues that are common with traditional roofing materials. 

deteriorating asphalt shingle roofing

4. Curb Appeal

Most homeowners are drawn to slate because of the longevity of the material but end up choosing it because of its beauty! There isn’t a roofing material on the market that has a more elegant appearance. 

In addition, slate roofing tiles are perfect for almost any home and can accommodate almost any style or architecture. Slate roofing tiles come in varying sizes and thicknesses, as well as a wide range of colors, including gray, green, purple, black, red, and mottled tiles that sport several colors mixed together.

Black Synthetic Slate Roofing
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5. Energy Savings

Depending on the slate roof manufacturer, this type of roof could save you money in energy costs! The tiles themselves reflect heat away from your home which in turn reduces the heat load in your attic. This can significantly reduce the cost to cool your home in the summer and heat your home in the winter. 

Is Synthetic Slate the Right Choice for Your Home?

While slate roofs may cost more upfront when compared to traditional roof materials, the benefits far outweigh the initial price tag, especially since it will likely be the last roof you ever have to install on your home! When trying to decide between synthetic slate or traditional, typically we encourage synthetic. While traditional could last a little longer, there is a substantial price difference between the two. If you are looking to get the most value for your roof, synthetic slate roofing is the way to go. 

Regardless of the roofing material you decide on, the most important factor that will determine the performance of your roof is who you hire to install it. Finding a quality contractor to trust with the installation process is key to getting the most value out of your roof. This will ensure your roof is properly installed, qualify you for any manufacturer warranties, and depending on the contractor, you could also be covered by a workmanship guarantee. 

Interested in learning more about slate roofs or getting a project quote? Contact us at DuraShield today to learn more and make sure to follow us on Facebook to see photos of our latest slate roof projects! 

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