Exploring Synthetic Roof Materials

Updated April 25, 2019

Synthetic Roof Materials & Their Durability

Synthetic roof shingle materials are a great option for those who live North Carolina! The heat, sea, rain and snow all take a toll on one’s roof. For those reasons, a synthetic roof, like those offered from Brava Roof Tile, are a great option due to their durability. Now, you may ask, what is a synthetic roof? A synthetic roof from Brava is made up of 100% recycled high quality plastic. This means that it is very durable and will not easily let in water, and is better for the environment! Because this type of material does not let in water like asphalt or natural tiles do, it lasts much longer and requires far less maintenance.

Different Shingle Style

Synthetic roof shingles & tiles are typically offered in three styles: shake, barrel tile, and slate. Each has its own advantages over its natural counterpart, but all are able to offer an authentic look with unrivaled performance. They are also a great eco-friendly option since those from Brava are made from recycled material, and can be completely recycled at the end of their lifespan.

Low Maintenance Roofing Choice

Synthetic shake tiles are able to offer a great look that mimics that of real shake. However, where natural shake needs a lot of maintenance, synthetic materials do not. The plastic material does not allow in the same kind of moisture that natural wooden shake does, so it does not grow mold and such. Natural shake also comes in limited colors, but synthetic shake from Brava can come in any color you can imagine! Another positive to choosing synthetic shake is the lifetime is 50+ years, and natural shake is only 20-25.

A Better Shingle Alternative

Similarly, synthetic slate is a great alternative to natural slate. The main factor is that synthetic slate is much lighter than its counterpart so it does not need additional support to be installed. Synthetic slate is also available in a multitude of colors, whereas natural slate is very limited and rarely has the variegation that synthetic offers. For this option, both synthetic slate and natural slate have lifespans of 50+ years, but natural slate does require routine maintenance that synthetic does not.

A Better Looking Roof

Natural barrel tile is a unique roofing look, but is only enhanced by switching to synthetic barrel tile. Synthetic barrel tile is very light compared to the natural counterpart and does not require additional support when being installed or repaired, just like with the slate options. Synthetic barrel tile can also come in a wide variety of colors and variations. This is where synthetic offers a better look than natural, since natural clay is only formed in a few colors and is hard to find some that is variegated. Another aspect to consider is lifespan. Natural clay barrel tile’s lifespan is between 20-30 years depending on how well it is maintained. On the other hand, synthetic barrel tile’s lifespan is 50+ years and requires little to no maintenance!

Overall, synthetic roof products are a great way to switch to an eco-friendly, durable roofing product without sacrificing the look of your roof. If you want more information or need a roof replacement contact Roof King!

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