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Columbus Roofing: Article About Benefits and Drawbacks Of Fake Slate

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Synthetic or fake slate tiles are an affordable option when compared to real slate. They are durable and can be purchased in various thicknesses and sizes in order to more closely resemble real slate. There are even synthetic slate tiles that fit around turrets and curved roofing sections. However, before choosing a fake slate for a residential home, all homeowners will want to thoroughly research the pros and cons before hiring a Columbus roofing contractor.

Along with being more affordable than real slate, synthetic slate is also lighter. Real slate weighs between 7 and 10 pounds per square foot. Synthetic slate weighs between 2 and 4 pounds per square foot. This means that the home is not likely to need extra supports from trusses. While synthetic slate is considered a premium roofing product, it costs less to install than real slate, and it's easier to install when compared to real slate.

Synthetic slate tiles are just as fireproof and weather resistant as real stale tiles and are often given Class 4 ratings for both, which is the highest rating for any roofing product. This means that a synthetic slate roof will not catch fire or spread fire even when confronted with burning embers. Many manufacturers even add waterproofing and UV proofing to their products to add years onto the tiles' lifespan.

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Synthetic slate is extremely durable. It will not chip or crack, and it is resistant to hail damage. Fake slate can also be recycled into other products once it reaches the end of its life, which makes it an environmentally friendly product.

While synthetic slate is exceptionally durable, it will not last as long as real slate. Real slate can last well up to 150 years when it is properly maintained.

Fake slate only imitates real slate. This means that from a distance, synthetic slate looks just like real slate, but upon closer inspection, the finer details, weathering and chipping are not present in fake slate, no matter how good the mold.

Synthetic slate does not add value to the home beyond what installing a new roof would add. Real slate, on the other hand, adds value to the home, as well as curb appeal.

Homeowners that install fake slate onto their roofs still need to perform regular maintenance and have their roofs regularly inspected. While fake slate can last up to 50 years, the flashings and vents need replaced more often.

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