Your Guide to Synthetic Slate Roofs

Your Guide to Synthetic Slate Roofs

Asphalt. Metal. Cedar. Slate. Synthetic Slate. Tile. 

How does a homeowner decide which material is best for their home and budget? The decision can be overwhelming! As we venture down the path of determining the roofing material, it is wise to honestly consider each, and then slowly narrow down the selection. 

Shull Roofing in Salina can assist with this tough task. We have seen it all when it comes to roofing! And we know what works and what doesn’t. We can help narrow down the decision-making process during an easy, no-obligation inspection of your home. The safety of your home and family, and your complete satisfaction are key priorities we hold dear.

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Synthetic slate is a roofing material that many don’t consider, but should! Here are some amazing benefits to this often-overlooked material,  


This material is designed to replicate real slate, however, it is made of a combination of rubber, plastic, asphalt, cement, and steel.  Real slate is not recyclable or reusable at the end of its life and can end up in our landfills. Synthetic slate can be reused for a variety of uses. Here are a few:

  • Edging around a garden
  • Pond lining
  • Outdoor mural
  • Plant markers
  • Birdhouse


Natural slate is quite heavy and when placed on a roof, may need extra support built into the frame of the home. It can cost nearly 300 pounds per square, which is a 10ft x 10ft area. Synthetic is approximately half that weight. That alone makes the cost more budget-friendly when compared to natural slate. 


That leads us to the price of synthetic vs natural. Natural slate can cost nearly twice as much as synthetic slate roofing. Considering the weight factor, the structure of the home may need extra support so that is an added fee as well. Natural slate tends to break off or become brittle therefore repairs are more often when compared to synthetic.

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Long Lasting

Synthetic slate tiles are fire resistant, impact resistant, and can withstand extreme weather conditions such as severe winds, strong storms, and beating hail. Natural slate tiles may have a difficult time keeping up with the durability that their counterpart can withstand. ‘Due to the strength offered by synthetic, the life span is nearly 100 years. This roofing material will most likely outlive the home itself! 


Are you desiring for your home to “pop” and stand out from the other homes on the block? Is your home an architectural design that would excel in appearance with synthetic slate? This material is for you! This beautiful material looks so much like real slate, it even has chisel marks on it. Just keep that a secret from your neighbors and they will think you spent a fortune! 

Shull Roofing offers DaVinci and DECRA products for your slate needs. Both are excellent manufacturers specializing in slate products. 

DaVinci offers:

  • High fire rating
  • Wind rating
  • Impact rating
  • State-of-the-art UV stabilizers to hold the color

DECRA offers:

  • High-endurance
  • Energy-efficiency
  • Stone-coating process

Take the time to discuss with us which company would best suit your needs. We greatly look forward to working with you and seeing your home come alive with synthetic slate roofing. Give us a call today and let’s discuss!