Authentic slate, clay tile, and cedar shake shingles are a sought-after, sleek-looking roofing material, but come with architectural consequences. Slate and clay tile shingles are heavy and fragile, often requiring additional structural support. Although weather-resistant, clay tile and slate roofs can crack or split which requires maintenance.
Cedar shakes have a higher risk of fire damage and insect attraction, which can damage the appearance and physical soundness of the roof.
Synthetic slate, clay tile, and cedar shingles creates the same elegant look as their authentic counterparts, but the added benefits of synthetic shingles include:
- Durable - Most manufacturers offer a 50-year or limited lifetime warranty on synthetic shingles.
- Fade-resistant - Synthetic roofs resist color fading from sun exposure.
Synthetic shingles are "green" building alternatives, with the same sleek and unique look of authentic shingles but a lower cost. Some synthetic shingles are constructed from post-consumer materials while some are made from new plastic and/or rubber. Many insurance companies offer premiums to home-owners with synthetic roofs, because of their environmental benefits and durability. All considered, synthetic roofing offers a value in respect to cost, look, and durability.