When it comes to diamonds, food and fabric, synthetic can be a dirty word. But synthetic roofing materials are a new and affordable twist for builders looking for superior performance from a steep-slope roof.
Available since 1993, synthetic refers to products that have been manufactured to replicate slate, asphalt shingles, metal panels, concrete and clay tiles, wood shakes and other materials used to cover steep-slope roofs.
Synthetic roof coverings are relatively new and lack a proven track record. Also building codes do not recognize any synthetic roof coverings, so you need to check with the local building department before installing these products. Still, they do have benefits, including:
- Green: Made from recycled plastic or rubber, synthetic roof coverings are a durable and environmentally-friendly option.
- Better Than the Real Thing: There are some advantages to using synthetic roof coverings compared to their traditional counterparts. Synthetic slate, or “fake slate,” for example, weighs substantially less than natural slate. The weight reduction allows synthetic slate to be installed over conventional roof decks.
- Sustainable: The coverings are highly flexible. Some products purport to be mold- and algae-resistant, and claim to offer superior protection against impact and weather conditions.
- Warranties: Guarantees can be long because of the lifespan of these materials. For example, EchoStar products are available with a 50-year Gold Star or limited material warranty and a 110 mph wind warranty.
In business since 1985, ROOFCORP can help you decide if a synthetic roof coating is suitable for your roofing project. Contact us today and learn more about these products.