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Home Improvement - Faux Slate Shingles Roofs

Updated on April 28, 2015

Synthetic Slate Shingles

OK, it is official, I simply love faux slate shingles. Imagine the look of real slate and forgoing the weight and expense of the heavy slate roofing? Yet, the faux material is indiscernable to the naked eye that is is different.

Add in the copper and you now have the look and feel complete with the texture of the slate roof.

Yes, faux slate would be my first choice for a roof - for a vintage home or even new - I believe the slate is timeless and will work on a modern day ranch as well as a vintage cape cod.

The color choices cover the entire rainbow - the choices are almost boundless.

I don't know the price differences but would love for someone in the field to fill us in.

Obviously, less than real slate but more than asphalt singles? Roughly by what percentage? Inquiring minds want to know. Please leave comment below. If you have a faux shingle roof, no need for full dollar disclosure just the percentages. Is is 20% more than a 30 year asphalt roof? 30% or 50% - inquiring minds do want to know.


DaVinci Roofscapes' offers fake slate, composite shake, or synthetic cedar shake. DaVinci manufactures synthetic cedar shake or a synthetic slate shingles.


Why a Synthetic Slate Roof?

Great options for homeowners who love the look of natural slate but want to pocket the savings over the natural slate. Synthetic is a great option. It will replicate the look of natural slate tile complete with the rough edge and stone-like texture. But why use a synthetic roof?

  • Low-maintenance
  • Savings and durability
  • Faster installation & less waste
  • Lighter weight product
  • Many products offer a 50-year warranty
  • Wide range of color options

What are the Color Options?

The classic slate is the gray color but there are a wide variety of colors.

Additionally, a pattern where multiple colored tiles are combined together is another great options that adds a charm and a more realistic look.

Why is Installation Easier?

Simply because the product is lighter. Yet, many light weight products carry a 50 year warranty.

Yes, real slate will probably last 100 years but for the savings you might be willing to sacrifice that longevity.

Slate Roof

Slate Roofing Tiles
Slate Roofing Tiles | Source

Color Options - Patterns Too

Most products are green building approved. But the real charm is the color options. The options and the combinations are almost limitless.

A friend always recommended a variegated look for carpets so that it they would not show the dirt.

Same is true for a roof, consider a combination to avoid any shadows over the life of the roof. Remember, this is a lifetime decision - often the warranty period is 50 years!


Synthetic Slate - A Smart Choice - A Green Choice Too

Combining beauty and durability, the new synthetic slate roofing products have revolutionized the industry.

Dimensional but lightweight, these products are fire, wind and impact resistant.

Many synthetic slate products are made from recycled materials.  

© 2010 Ken Kline


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      Chandra Haekal 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for the informative post guys...

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      Wood flooring is a classic and great investment in your home. When selling my homes, that was always one item the realtor asked about in detail. I always regretted not investing in this classic flooring. My last home I finally installed real bamboo-sadly no one realized it was real-they thought it was laminate.

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      8 years ago

      thank you for the great post...



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