Synthetic (rubber) slate tiles

Synthetic (rubber) slate tiles

Synthetic (rubber) slate tiles have been the roofing material of choice for centuries throughout Europe and the United States for estate homes, libraries, and cathedrals. The beauty of authentic slate comes at a high cost, however, in terms of production, installation, and durability: It’s expensive to quarry, heavy to lift for transport and installation, fragile to cut and nail, and cracks easily once installed.
synthetic (rubber) slate tiles are a modern improvement on a construction classic. Made from combinations of plastic and rubber, synthetic slate is designed to mirror the beauty and uniqueness of authentic slate without the expense of installation headaches. And synthetic slate shingles last longer.

How is Synthetic Slate Roofing Made?

Plastic and polymer composite manufacturers mold individual slate tiles with ridges to look like natural slate. Recycled rubber and plastic sometimes form the basis of rubber slate tiles. Steel roof tiles are shaped like slate roof tiles but have less texture. Asphalt manufacturers offer premium shingles that share a textured attribute with slate.

1. Strong Impact-Resistance

Rubber is almost impervious to impact, which is why it has a Class 4 impact rating – the highest rating given for a roofing tile. This means that the tile can withstand a 2-inch steel ball dropped multiple times from 20 feet, without cracking. Rubber slate shingles perform very well in areas prone to hail storms.

2. Easy to Install

A typical installation of rubber roof shingles is similar to that of asphalt shingles. The first step is to apply an ice and water shield around the perimeter of the roof and in the roof valleys. Second, install roofing felt or a synthetic roofing underlayment over the roof deck and nail the rubber roof tiles down, following the manufacturer’s directions.

3. Low Cost

The great thing about rubber shingles like rubber slate is that it doesn’t cost as much as the real things. Rubber slate costs about $165 to $509 per square (1 square = 100 square feet). When actual slate costs about $500 to $1200 per square.

4. Wind Resistant

Rubber flat roof tiles, properly installed, are designed to withstand wind speeds up to 110 mph, which is a Class D rating per UL 2390.

5. Recyclable

Rubber shingles are recyclable, and they are made out of recycled materials. One rubber shingle can be made out of 95% recycled materials like tires. This helps reduce the waste of all our excess tires.

6. UV Resistance

Rubber shingles are often made out of recycled tires. Tires contain a material called Carbon Black which makes them strong against UV radiation. This property is inherited by Rubber shingles making them UV resistance. Another benefit of this is that they will retain their color for longer periods.

7. Weight

The weight of rubber shingles or rubber slate is a lot less than real slate or concrete tiles. The weight is about 200 to 400 lbs per square. That is significantly less than the weight of real slate which is about 800 to 1500 lbs per square.
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