Synthetic shingles, designed to emulate the appearance of real cedar shakes and slate, can be a smart choice for those who desire to maintain the historical integrity of a building or who simply want to avoid higher roofing and maintenance costs. These plastic-based products are difficult to distinguish from genuine slate and cedar, yet they are resistant to mold, mildew, insects, fire and impact, and will not rot, crack or peel. These characteristics, along with easy installation and a broad array of colors, make synthetic slate and shake shingles an attractive option.
The Benefits of Synthetics
At approximately one-half the cost of natural slate, synthetic slate roofing is an economical and eye-catching alternative. Because a synthetic slate is formed of engineered polymers, it provides the look of genuine slate without the natural flaws that cause slate to break or flake. CertainTeed offers a luxury line of synthetic slate that is backed by a 50-year warranty and boasts ENERGY STAR® certification.
Traditional cedar shakes have long been prized for their rustic appeal, but suffer from all the inherent drawbacks of wood. Polymer-composite synthetic shakes closely replicate the look of real cedar in both hand-split and machine-sawn styles, yet require no maintenance and last for 50 years.
Certified Installation of Synthetic Shingles
While beautiful and practical, synthetic slate and shake products are four times more expensive than asphalt shingles. However, they are not as difficult to install and maintain as cedar and slate, making them a reasonable alternative for many homeowners and property owners desiring a high-end finish. Campopiano Roofing can provide capable guidance as you decide whether this product is right for you, as well as certified professional installation.
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