When thinking about purchasing a slate roof for your home, there are two different kinds for you to choose from: natural and synthetic slate. But which one is better for your home? Let’s take a moment to talk about the difference between these two different slate options.
Natural slate is a durable, stain-resistant option for your roofing. This material is also naturally fireproof and is often used for cladding and landscaping as well as roofing. Unlike other types of roofing, natural slate was formed over thousands of years of sedimentary deposits and compression. Slate splits naturally and is beautifully textured with layers. It helps create a rustic look for your home. Slate will also give you various shades of colors within the same piece. Most slate comes in colors like black, brown, dark gray, red, or green. One drawback is that the natural stone is thinner and could break if it is installed incorrectly. Natural slate is one of the heaviest roofing options available on the market today. Your home must be built to withstand the weight of the heavy stone tiles.
Synthetic slate roofing is also known as composite slate roofing or composite slate shingles. These shingles are manmade and look exactly like natural slate. These shingles are made of an engineered polymer base and are fire retardant, UV resistant, and has thermal stabilizers. This roofing is also extremely durable and will last for many years to come. Many of the top manufacturers have a 50-year limited warranty and can last up to 100 years. It is generally maintenance-free and is freeze, wind, and fire-resistant. Synthetic slate mimics the look and feel of natural slate with realistic colors and textures. This slate option is also more affordable than its natural counterpart. Unlike natural slate, synthetic slate is lightweight and can be used on any home.
Both of these options are eco-friendly and can be recycled after they have served their purpose on your roof. Not every home can be fitted with natural slate but there is always the synthetic option for your roof. For more information or to have your slate roof installed, call Absolute Home Solutions today!
Slate Roofing Options with Absolute Home Solutions
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