Faux slate roof is probably the best attempt to get the “real slate roof” look while avoiding or at least minimizing the disadvantages of a real slate roof. Real slate tiles are extremely sturdy and will last several years but is very heavy and very expensive.
Synthetic (faux) slate tiles are made from rubber, plastic or a combination of materials. It doesn’t have the pattern or color of real slate but because it is all the way up the roof the difference is almost indiscernible.
At a Glance:
Price – Faux slate is cheaper (about 30%) compared to real slate.
Performance – Faux slate is a lot lighter compared to real slate so you do not need to spend more money on installing or improving the structure to support the weight. It contains advanced ultraviolet inhibitors that reduce wear or damage from the sun making it more durable compared to real slate.
Installation – Because synthetic slate roofing is considerably lighter compared to real slate roofing there is no need to invest in improving your house’s structure to support the load.
Durability – It looks like real slate but is not as durable. It can withstand normal wear and tear but not nearly as good as the real material.
Does not Increase Value – Using synthetic slate roofing does not increase the value of a house when it is appraised. However, using real slate does increase value.
Synthetic slate has a higher number of safety features because it typically contains impact modifiers that help withstand any damage that the roof takes during a storm as well as a high resistance to fire. Synthetic slate roofing is also environmentally friendly, at the end of its lifetime all types of synthetic slate can be recycled.