Many homeowners are switching to synthetic roofing shingles made of PVC and strong plastic that can withstand rain, snow, and hailstorms. However, are they more effective than traditional asphalt shingles? Let’s learn more about them below.

What are Synthetic Roofing Shingles?

Synthetic roofing shingles are made entirely of plastic and have a look and feel similar to that of traditional shingles. They are designed to mimic the look of cedar, wood, slate and other natural materials, but are more durable, energy-efficient and lower-maintenance than their natural counterparts.

Made From Strong PVC and Plastics

Most synthetic roofing shingles are made from polyethylene, a type of plastic material. Some roofing shingle companies will use a combination of materials, including a polyethylene-based underlayment that is bonded to asphalt shingles. Alternatively, some shingles use only one type of material, with an underlayment and top layer of rubberized asphalt or fiberglass combined together.

Emulates Traditional Roofing Materials

Synthetic roofs emulate traditional roofing materials as closely as possible. The design of the roof and the material used to make it determine how accurate the emulation is.

Lower Cost But Lasts Longer

A synthetic roof is typically lower in cost because it lasts much longer than asphalt shingles. PVC is lower in cost and effective as roofing materials because it is recyclable, does not retain moisture, and is environmentally-friendly.

Bill Ragan Roofing has an excellent post that can convince you about the efficacy of synthetic roofing materials. Read more below.

1. Synthetic shingles are durable and long-lasting

One of the biggest advantages of synthetic shingles is how durable they are. DaVinci shingles have a Class 4 impact rating, which is the highest rating a roofing material can have.

This means they stand up well to anything that hits your roof, including extreme weather, such as hail. You can also walk on the shingles without worrying about breaking them like you would with normal slate or cedar shakes.

Because of this durability, synthetic shingles are one of the longest-lasting roofing materials on the market. As long as the roof is installed correctly, you can expect to get around 40-50 years of life out of synthetic shingles.

2. Synthetic shingles are lightweight compared to slate

Real slate roofs are incredibly heavy. Because of this, your house actually has to be built or framed to carry the weight of the slate tiles.

When this happens, it really adds to the cost of getting an already expensive slate roof. This leads us to the next advantage of synthetic shingles, they’re lightweight.

When getting a synthetic slate roof, you don’t have to worry about the weight issue that comes with a new slate roof. You won’t have to retrofit your home or do anything else to ensure your walls don’t fall and have your roof cave in on you.

This saves you money and time but still gives you the natural slate look you want.

3. The cost of synthetic shingles compared to slate or cedar shake

Slate roofs and cedar shake roofs are huge investments. The truth is, most homeowners won’t be able to afford these kinds of roof systems.

But comparing synthetic’s price to the roofing material it mimics depends on the type you choose.

A synthetic slate roof will always be cheaper than real slate. Synthetic shingles are usually around half the price for the shingles and components compared to real slate. (Continue reading here to learn more)

You can always count on us at Cub Roofing for all your roofing installations and repairs. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.