Are you looking for a way to achieve the look ofslate roofing without the cost? Slate has been the roofing material of choice for centuries, but it is expensive to produce, install and maintain. Fortunately, there’s an alternative: synthetic roofing! Synthetic roofing materials are a modern improvement on a construction classic – composed of various types of plastic and rubber, they are able to mimic the look of authentic slate roofing for a fraction of the cost. If you’ve been thinking about adding a new roof to your home and you want to find out if synthetic roofing is right for you, call R.M. Banning today! If you'd like to learn more about how homeowners are choosing the replace their roofing material with slate-like alternative, make sure to check out our blog entry about a farmhouse renovation in the Victorian style.
Benefits of Synthetic Roofing
Low cost, realistic aesthetics and greatly improved durability are the hallmarks of synthetic roofing. But even these are just some of the reasons why they are so popular among homeowners!
Here’s a look at some of the major benefits of synthetic roofing:
Sustainability – injection-molded into forms cast from authentic slate, synthetic slate shingles are commonly made from recycled plastic, mineral dust or cellulose. Recycled content consists mainly of high-quality post-industrial materials as opposed to post-consumer recycled materials. Even if your synthetic roof is made of “virgin” materials, your shingles can still be recycled at the end of your roof’s life.
Durability – unlike slate, which cracks easily when handled and does not resist damage very well, synthetic roofing is more flexible and can take the brunt of a hailstorm, wind storm or any other inclement weather. Many synthetic shingles also contain advanced UV inhibitors to reduce sun damage. In fact, synthetic roofing has an estimated lifespan of 40 – 60 years.
Safety – synthetic slate typically contains impact modifiers that help it withstand damage – most are UL-certified for Class 4 impact resistance, the highest level for roofing materials. Many synthetic slates are also rated as Class A fire-resistant, meaning they are not readily flammable and won’t spread fires.
Easy transportation and installation – synthetic roofing materials are considerably lighter than most other roofing materials, making them easy to transport and install with no special weight considerations. Synthetic shingles can also be easily field cut using just a utility knife and nailed into place with a pneumatic gun – no need for precision cutting and nailing!
Need Synthetic Roofing Services in Northern Virginia?
In terms of roofing material costs, synthetic roofing falls squarely in the middle of the scale – more expensive than asphalt and architectural shingles, but less expensive than clay tile or authentic slate. And with its high durability and life expectancy, repair and maintenance costs for your synthetic roof should stay low! That said, if you need synthetic roofing services in Northern Virginia, call R.M. Banning today. We offer a number of synthetic roof services, including:
- Synthetic roof installation
- Synthetic roof repair
- Synthetic roof replacement
Our Virginia synthetic roofing contractors have over 30 years of experience in roof replacement and have completed hundreds of projects in the area. We have achieved the SELECT Shingle Master Roofer status from the CertainTeed Corporation, an accreditation help by less than 1 percent of all roofing contractors in the country.
If you’ve read enough and you’re ready to learn more, call R.M. Banning and ask about synthetic roofing today!
At R.M. Banning, we can install or repair synthetic roofing in:
Alexandria, Annandale, Aquia, Arlington, Ashburn, Bristow, Burke, Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Dale City, Dulles, Dumfries, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fort Belvoir, Franconia, Gainesville, Great Falls, Haymarket, Independent Hill, Lake Ridge, Linton Hall, Lorton, Manassas, Manassas Park, McLean, Montclair, Mount Vernon, Newington, Nokesville, Oakton, Occoquan, Reston, Springfield, Stafford, Sterling, Triangle, Tysons Corner, Vienna and Woodbridge.