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Comparing Roofing Systems: Synthetic Slate Vs. Natural Slate Tile

Is it about time to replace the roof on your home? Synthetic roofing systems, like those offered from Brava Roof Tile, are one of the newest solutions on the market, and have recently taken the industry by storm. Made to replicate the exact look and texture of natural roof tiles, synthetic tiles outperform their alternatives all while being made from recycled composite material. They last longer, endure more extreme weather conditions, and add an incredible amount of curb appeal to any home. Are you interested in a synthetic roofing system for your home in the Flagstaff or Phoenix area? Read on for a few reasons you should consider synthetic slate tile over “the real thing.”

synthetic slate vs natural slate


It’s hard to believe a synthetic slate tile could look as good as a natural one, but it’s true. Neighbors and industry professionals alike will have a hard time telling the difference just by glancing at your new composite roof, and you’ll enjoyed all the perks of ordering a fully-customizable product that comes in a variety of colors and grain patterns. This composite material can easily be matched to any home exterior, whether you want a classic slate gray roof or something a little more modern.


Slate roof tiles are one of the most classically-designed roofing systems available, and yet the actual value of the material leaves something to be desired. While this tough brittle stone can withstand a lot, it can’t endure everything the way synthetic slate shingles can. The extreme malleability of composite slate tiles makes them extremely resistant to the elements, even in places where natural slate fails. Here in Arizona, roof hail damage is fairly common, but not on synthetic roofs. While natural slate often suffers during periods of extreme thawing or freezing temperatures, synthetic roofing easily holds its own. Synthetic tiles are also much more resistant to wind, water, and fire damage than natural alternatives and can even withstand pressure and friction in ways that the brittle composition of slate tile can’t.


Backed by a 50-year warranty, synthetic roofing was designed to last, which means no more replacing broken slate shingles after a bad storm or rough thaw season. And these composite tiles were made to last much longer than even the 50 years, which means you can virtually install them once and forget about it.


Other factors to consider when replacing an existing roof on your home are weight and installation costs. While slate tiles remain heavy, brittle, and difficult to work with, synthetic slate tiles are one of the easiest installations in the industry. Completed in any season with the simple use of a nail gun, this material can even be put on as an afterthought before the rough winter season sets in.

Essentially made of stone, slate tile is an incredibly heavy roofing system to add to a home that may not have been designed to accommodate that kind of weight. Often times home require additional construction work and support to support this level of weight, and that ends up adding expense and time to your roofing project. Synthetic slate roofing weighs a mere fraction of natural slate and can be installed onto virtually any home.

Contact the Flagstaff Roofing Experts at Polaris  today! Call now: (928) 699-4840


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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