Slate roofing is one of the most beautiful roofing options you can choose for your home, but it also comes with many drawbacks and a hefty price tag. A great alternative to natural slate roofs are composite slate roofs. With composite slate roofs you will experience the same beauty of natural slate roofs without the high cost or disadvantages of natural slate. A composite slate roof is made up of engineered polymer as well as other fillers that combine to make a gorgeous, durable and affordable option for your roofing needs.
Benefits of a Composite Slate Roof
Cost Effectiveness – Composite slate roof materials are much less expensive than natural slate. It is also much less expensive to install a composite slate roof than a natural slate roof, which makes a composite roof an all around less expensive alternative to a natural slate roof.
Lightweight – A slate roof is very heavy since it is natural stone and therefore breaks very easily, putting your materials at risk even before your roof is installed. Composite slate is very light in comparison since it is made up of recycled rubber and plastic. Composite slate is molded to give the appearance of real stone without the weight of heavy stone.
Increased Curb Appeal – A composite slate roof is just as gorgeous as a natural slate roof, increasing the curb appeal of your home. As an added benefit composite slate roofs are available in a wider variety of colors and styles since it is a manufactured roof. Natural slate roofs are limited to the colors of the natural stone that are available.
Durability – Composite slate also typically lasts much longer than natural slate. Most composite slate roofs are also virtually maintenance free, fire proof, wind resistant and freeze/thaw resistant, giving you a much longer life out of your roof.
Protection from Mold – Since composite slate roofing is manufactured, the materials that are used can be chosen for their mold resisting properties, helping you to keep mold out of your home.