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Comparing Roofing Systems: Synthetic Cedar Shake Vs. Natural Cedar Shake Shingles

If you’re trying to decide on the perfect material for your next roofing project, look no further than the synthetic line offered from Brava Roof Tile. This impressive line of roofing material comes in all styles— including the classic cedar shake tile favored by so many homeowners. Unlike natural alternatives, composite roof tiles last longer and look better than many natural materials. Read on for just a few reasons you might want consider synthetic cedar shake over “the real thing.”

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Going synthetic is rarely anyone’s first choice when building a new home (or replacing materials on an existing one), but the quality craftsmanship invested into composite roof tiles is changing all of that. The casual observer would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between a synthetic cedar shake roof and a natural one, as synthetic has an equally (if not more) impressive curb appeal than it’s natural alternative. Because synthetic cedar shake is made of 100% recycled materials, these roofing systems are also fully-customizable with regard to color, shape and texture. Your neighbors won’t be able to tell your roof isn’t made of natural wood, and you’ll get all the extended lifetime perks of having chosen the better material.


Speaking of lifespan, synthetic has the longer one. Unlike natural wood material which is prone to rot and requires frequent replacement, synthetic roofing is backed by a 50 year warranty, and expected to last much longer than that. It’s flexible material withstands high winds, water and fire damage better than natural alternatives, and the highly malleable material molds to the shape of your roof to offer the ultimate protection.


Because this material is expected to last so long (without expensive repair costs) it’s undoubtedly one of the best investments you can make for both your home and wallet. Install it once and forget about it— and no more clambering up onto the roof after a bad storm to check if all the pieces are still in place.


One of the best features of synthetic is by far its easy installation. While natural materials such as cedar shake roofing can only be installed in ideal weather conditions, synthetic cedar shake tiles can go in any time of year with the use of a nail gun. Without the extra weight that can accomodate natural roofing systems, you won’t need to worry if your home can support the new roof. Composite roofing materials are as lightweight as it gets, putting extra labor and construction costs off the table.


Made from 100% post-consumer recycled material, these roofing systems are the ultimate green investment for your home. Because they don’t require the further extraction of natural resources (or replacement every few years) this material constitutes a huge reduction on the overall waste that can go into building a home or replacing a roof. If and when your home does need to be taken down, those materials won’t be taking up any landfill space— they’ll just be recycled all over again.


Justin Young

Justin Young

Justin young has been in the construction trade for nearly 25 years, focusing on insurance restoration and roofing. While attending Arizona State he worked in new construction custom homes until the opportunity came to get back into restoration and roofing. Roofing came full circle and Justin was promoted to General Manager of a local roofing company. As that progressed he ventured out on his own to start his own company, Polaris Roofing Systems. He prides himself on being on the cutting edge of roofing materials, applications and roof quality. Justin enjoys spending time with his 2 young children and wife. Justin prides himself, his company and continued growth on the people around him and the integrity for which it stands for.

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