Choosing your roofing materials can be very hard, especially that nowadays, different materials have been made to suit your need, as well as your desire, better than the others. One of the newly and continuously improving roofing material industries is synthetic roofing materials.
Synthetic Roofing Materials are engineered, designed, and manufactured to mimic different looks and styles of the popular roofing materials like slate, tiles, or natural wood but their performance is much better and long-lasting.
These are the benefits of synthetic roofing materials:
1. Longer life span
Some naturally made roofing materials like shingles, tiles, or wood shakes may fit with your aesthetic but have shorter service longevity especially if it was hit by extreme weather conditions. Composite synthetic materials however are designed to replicate the look of these materials but are made to last longer because of the materials used. So compared with the natural roofing materials that may last only for 20 years, synthetic roofing materials can last longer for 50 years or longer, especially when installed and maintained well.
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Synthetic Roofing Materials are now also made from recycled materials like post-industrial plastics. Lesser use of raw materials reduces carbon footprints. These materials do not have to undergo a long process because it only needs to be cut to re-roof. Because of its longevity, it is also less likely to degrade over time so you don’t need to change it.
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3. Durable/ Impact Resistant
One of the biggest advantages of synthetic roofing materials is that they are durable while some materials are under Class 4 Impact Rating, which is the highest impact classification a roofing material can acquire. These synthetic roofing materials are made to withstand harsh storms and weather, impact from hailstorms, and other damages.
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4. Fire Resistant
Many synthetic roofing materials are now made to comply with the fire-resistant rating, Class A. This just means that it is not flammable and less likely to catch a fire when it is exposed to external heat or fire.
5. Fade Resistant
Synthetic roofing materials are coated with additives that can resist the harmful effect of external factors like the heat of the sun. These roofing materials can still look new even after many years.
In computing the cost you need for your roofing system, you must both consider the material cost and installation cost. Installation costs consist of the labor you need to install and transport the materials. Because synthetic roofing materials are lightweight, you might need a lesser cost for the transport as well as during installation will cost lesser because it won’t take longer than the traditional roofing materials. Choosing synthetic materials will cost you way less in the long run.
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Types of Synthetic Roofing Materials:
Polymer Composite Shingles
Polymer composite shingles are engineered from recycled plastics and rubber. They can be designed to mimic the styles and profiles of traditional shingles but are more durable and maintenance-free. They are lighter than asphalt shingles and cost lower during production.
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Synthetic Rubber Slate or Tiles
Traditional Slates are expensive and hard to install because of how heavy it is. However, synthetic rubber slates or tiles are made from recycled plastics, rubber, polymer, and fiber that weigh less than slate or tiles. Therefore, transporting and installing synthetic rubber slates or tiles are easier and cost lesser.