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Pros and Cons of Composite Slate Roofing

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If a whole is the sum of its parts, then composite shingles are the sum of the best the roofing industry has to offer. Composite shingles utilize the strength and durability of materials like asphalt and the aesthetic appeal of materials like laminate. When combined, these materials create a roofing option unlike any other. Composite slate roofing is an increasingly popular type of composite roofing – but what sets it apart from other roofing options? Find out more about the pros and cons of composite slate roofing.

Pros and Cons of Composite Slate Roofing

What Is Composite Slate Roofing?

As mentioned above, composite roofing is created by combining various components that contribute to a strong roof, including asphalt, slate, shake, laminate, and/or wood. Each of these components contributes to a highly durable, unique shingle variety. Composite slate roofing, also known as synthetic slate, is designed to look like natural slate roofing – but it is much more affordable, durable, and versatile than traditional slate roofing. This is great news for homeowners who appreciate the beauty of authentic slate but don’t want to deal with its high cost and fragility.

Pro: Durable

Traditional slate roofing is extremely expensive to quarry. It is also heavy to lift for transport and installation, fragile during the cutting phase, and prone to cracking once installed. Homeowners interested in a lower-maintenance option should opt for composite slate shingles, which typically don’t have these problems. Unlike traditional slate roofing, composite slate roofing does not crack, split, peel, or warp. Composite slate shingles are also more resistant to mold growth and algae, making them a good option for areas prone to high levels of moisture and severe weather. Finally, composite slate shingles can be replaced on an individual basis if damaged, saving the homeowner money on re-roofing. For all of these reasons, composite slate shingles typically carry a warranty of up to 50 years – more than double the length of a traditional slate roof warranty.

Pro: Highly Customizable

Manufacturers create composite shingles according to homeowners’ unique needs. For this reason, composite slate shingles are a great choice for the discerning homeowner looking for a specific color, shape, or size. Additionally, composite shingles can be customized to provide added protection against UV degradation and other external factors.

Pro: Eco-Friendly

Depending on your choice of materials, composite roofing can be a great option for eco-friendly homes. Some composite slate roofing contains recyclable materials, including post-industrial plastics, hemp fibers, and even recycled roofing materials.

Con: Potential Fire Rating Issues

Keep in mind that, while most composite shingles are fire resistant, some synthetic products don’t live up to industry-wide fire rating specifications. If you live in an extremely dry area prone to fire damage, make sure to work with a professional to determine if composite slate is right for you.

Con: Higher Upfront Costs

The initial cost of installing composite slate shingles is more expensive than asphalt and architectural shingles; however, composite slate is much less expensive than clay tile and authentic slate. Keep in mind that, despite the higher upfront cost, composite slate roofs can last for decades, reducing costs down the line.


Composite slate shingles offer the aesthetic appeal of traditional slate at a fraction of the cost – and with much higher levels of durability. Given composite slate’s eco-friendly nature, long warranty, and unparalleled longevity, the pros of composite slate far outweigh the cons.

If you live in southwest Missouri, contact Taylor-Made Roofing for help with your roof. Our experts can help you explore new roofing options, maintain an older roof, perform emergency repairs, complete tear-offs and recovers, and perform remodeling services. With over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial roofing, Taylor-Made Roofing is a company that you can trust with all of your roofing needs. Our family-owned business offers quality services, a reassuring warranty, and free estimates. For more information regarding roofing options, please give us a call at 417-326-8778 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!

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