Slate roofing is, for many, one of the most beautiful types of roofing systems available. Not only is it beautiful, it is also extremely durable. But, the drawback is, it is on the upper end of cost.
Thankfully, however, homeowners now have another option when it comes to slate roofing. Enter faux slate.
What is it? Faux slate is a roofing material that is made up of many different types of material. As of this writing, there is not one established medium for faux slate, which means choosing faux slate also means choosing just which type of composite you want. Here is a look at a few of the most popular types.
Made of polymers and materials that are in the plastic family, plastic polymer slate is made as individual tiles molded with ridges to look like real slate.
A combination of cement and fiber mix, fiber cement faux slate evolved from the fiber cement siding that is typically formed into long planks. However, in the case, the fiber cement is formed into individual tiles.
Like a few other newcomers to the roofing market, rubber faux slate is made of recycled rubber. However, even within this type there are variations as some of these rubber tiles are made of recycled tires while others use rubber-based materials that are usually more flexible than other faux slate tiles.
While not always classified as faux slate, many asphalt shingle manufacturers have a version of asphalt shingle made to look like slate. While whether they truly do look like slate is up to interpretation, they do provide a textured look on a roof that differentiates them from traditional asphalt shingles.
Clay faux slate tiles are, in many ways, just like traditional clay roofs, however, they are made into tiles that resemble slate. In all other ways, they perform just as typical clay roof would.
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