Benefits of Synthetic Slate Roofing Materials

When looking for materials to refurbish or repair a roof, there is no shortage of roofing types to choose from, each made from a wide assortment of different materials. When considering slate roofing to repair an older or historical building, you should also look at synthetic slate roofing as an alternative because it offers many advantages. Here are just some of the reasons synthetic slate roofing is an excellent choice for roof restoration.

Durability: Synthetic slate roofing is notable for its toughness. Unlike real slate, it will not chip, break or shatter. Not only is synthetic slate physically hard to break, it’s also resistant to the sun’s UV rays due to being made with ultraviolet inhibitors.

Affordable: Installing synthetic slate is often less expensive than the real thing in terms of overall cost. Now in many cases, the most expensive synthetic slate will not cost much less than real slate. However, synthetic slate is far cheaper to install due to being less fragile and also weighing 80 percent less than real slate making it easier to install and less time consuming.

Easier Installation: As noted above, installing synthetic slate roofing is far easier than natural slate. First, its increased durability means you can walk on it during installation without damaging it. Second, synthetic slate can be easily cut with basic cutting tools to fit as opposed to standard state which requires more exact cutting before installation due to how fragile and heavy it is. Lastly, synthetic slate weighs 80 percent less than standard slate, meaning you don’t have to reinforce the existing roofing supports to handle any additional weight. All of this saves time and money.

Environmentally Safe: Synthetic slate roofing is considered a green material. Many types of synthetic slate are made out of recycled materials allowing you to reuse disposed of, but still viable raw materials. Even when synthetic slate is made out of entirely new materials, the slate itself is still recyclable at the end of a roof’s life or when it is replaced.

Impact Resistance: Synthetic slate roofing is highly resistant to extreme weather conditions, and many brands of slate roofing have an impact rating of four (the highest possible rating) when officially tested and certified by professionals. This makes it highly resistant to heavy rain and hail which can be quite common in some areas.

Fire Resistance: Synthetic slate roofing is also often highly rated in terms of fire resistance. Out of the three possible roof fire ratings of A, B, C slate roofing is rated at the highest level,  A. In practical terms an A rating means that slate roofing is fire resistant and when burning does not cause the fire to spread to other parts of the roof.

Wind Resistance: Depending on the environment, wind can be a common occurrence. Slate roofing due to its durable design can withstand winds up to 110 miles per hour. This means not only will it not be damaged by the wind, it also won’t be dislodged from the roof.

At Heather & Little, we have over 90 years of experience in fabricating ornamental sheet metal and roofing materials for the restoration of historical buildings and for private residences across North America. Contact us today for more information.  

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