||Composite Slate Roofing
|Shingles made from splitting natural stone
to produce slates have long been used as
a roofing material. Recent technology has
enabled manufacturers to create this beautiful
look without the considerable expense of
real slates. Composite slates are made by
mixing particles from materials such as pulverized
stone with plastic polymer resins that are
heated and compressed into molds that resemble
the shapes and texture of natural slate.
These shingles are as fire and wind resistant
as slates, but they weigh far less. They
are also less likely to crack due to inclement
weather conditions or heavy foot traffic.
If you are thinking of buying
roofing, consider the following:
- The composite slates come in the natural
slate colors of grey, black, green and red.
This allows for an authentic mixing of shades,
resulting in a realistic appearance.
- Most of these shingles come in 5 and 7 inch
widths, so a variety of roof patterns are
possible. Starter course, hip, and ridge
shingles are also available.
- Composite slates are easier to install than
natural slates. They are easier to cut, and
they can be attached with a pneumatic nail
gun. They can also be hand nailed if that
method is preferred.
- When properly installed, composite slate
shingles will provide a durable roof that
is as maintenance free as natural slate.
If you live in an historic district or are
hoping to take advantage of tax incentives
for historic renovation, check with your
state or local historical commission before
using composite slate roofing to make sure
that using a slate substitute is allowed.