What’s So Great About Synthetic Composite Roofing?

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What’s So Great About Synthetic Composite Roofing?
July 28
By Luke Wilson | Roofing

The Background of Composites and Roofing Applications

You’re probably familiar with composite materials being used as a wood alternative for some common construction materials. This particular type of material is more commonly referred to as “plastic wood” or WPC, and is a very popular solution for outdoor decks and porches. Apart from decking, composites made from combinations of plastics and wood fibers are also used to create beams, posts, fences, landscaping, and siding, along with other types of flooring.

What you may not have realized, is that composites have made their way into roofing material products as well. This type of composite roofing is often made from recycled polymers, plastics, and other sustainable materials, and there are several manufacturers who’ve started making these types of roofing products. But in more recent years, some true synthetic roofing products have come about, as well.


What’s the Difference Between Composite Roofing and True Synthetic Roofing?

The term composite typically refers to a combination of things. Composite can honestly be used to describe any combination of wood, vinyl, fiber cement, or any number of recycled materials. These composites certainly carry some performance and maintenance advantages over comparable “natural” materials, but they can also come with their own sets of drawbacks. Modern synthetic roofing, on the other hand, is produced from something else entirely. For example, DaVinci Roofscapes use pure, virgin polymer resins to create their exterior roofing products, and the results are really pretty impressive.

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What Makes Synthetic Roofing Something Worth Considering for YOUR Roof

Folks around the world have been drawn to the timeless appeal of real slate tile and real cedar shakes for many generations. But while the natural appeal of each certainly has its place, the fact of the matter is that slate and cedar each carry their own drawbacks, respectively. Thanks to the advent of modern synthetic materials, you now have a better roofing solution available to you. Synthetics like DaVinci do a remarkably good job of living up to the look of nature, while delivering greater performance capabilities without nearly as many maintenance, repair, or replacement concerns.

Here are a few features of quality synthetic roofing which should gain your attention:

• Every Bit as Beautiful

Synthetic roofing is modeled from actual slate and real wood shakes. The result is a natural-looking, non-repeating pattern that’s truly beautiful, not to mention long-lasting and generally worry-free.

• Colors That Won’t Fade

Synthetic tiles and shakes of distinction are made from pure virgin resins, which are fortified with effective UV stabilizers. What does that mean in terms of color retention? Essentially, the original color you choose is the color you’ll get to keep, for life!

• Much More Durable with Less Maintenance

Rotting, cracking, and curling are all potential issues with any type of wood shake. And while natural slate is a durable material, it still isn’t immune to the time-worn ravages of weathering. A well-made synthetic roofing product, on the other hand, basically defies the elements with a low-maintenance durability which is engineered to last you for a lifetime.

• Not Fazed by the Wind

Some roofing manufacturers like to purport that their materials are wind-resistant, but they don’t back up that claim with any real data. A good synthetic roofing, on the other hand, should be engineered to withstand the equivalent of a wind burst from a Cat 5 hurricane wind, and will be able to withstand sustained winds of up to 110 mph. That’s what REAL wind resistance looks like!

• Delivers Solid Fire Protection

When it comes to roofing materials, nothing is truly fireproof – but synthetic roofing really does come pretty close. Good synthetics carry a Class A fire rating, which means they’re the least likely to ignite and thus more effective against fire exposure. If protecting your home from fire threats is of primary concern to you, then synthetic roofing is certainly worth considering.

• Resistant to Impact Threats

Synthetic roofing is actually more impact-resistant than some pretty tough materials, including both metal and concrete. Reputable synthetics carry a Class 4 impact rating, placing them above other roofing material solutions like asphalt, natural slate, natural shake, concrete, and metal.

• Amazing Product Warranty

Some roofing product manufacturer warranties can sound pretty good, but synthetic roofing warranties are often better. Some types of synthetic roofing come products come with a lifetime warranty that’s good for up to 50 years!

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DaVinci Slate Roofing

If you like the look of slate but would like to consider the advantages of a synthetic product, look no further than DaVinci Slate. It carries all the benefits listed above, while also providing an unparalleled level of aesthetic beauty and reliable performance. Here are some specific features and options that are available with DaVinci Slate:

  • Widths of 6”, 7”, 9”, 10”, or 12”
  • ½” tile thickness
  • Can be installed with exposures of 6”, 7”, 7.5”, and 8”
  • Modeled after the look of real slate, in painstaking detail
  • Available in an impressive selection of color options
  • Also available in true Cool Roof options, which are ENERGY STAR-certified
  • Resistant to fading, rotting, & cracking, and impervious to threats from common pests


DaVinci Shake Roofing

Natural wood shakes look nice, but DaVinci Shakes honestly perform better, and they also look fantastic in their own right! Here are a few features and options worth noting with DaVinci:

  • Widths of 4”, 6”, 7”, 8”, or 9”
  • 5/8” tile thickness
  • Can be installed with exposures of 9” or 10”
  • Modeled after real wood shakes with realistic grain patterns, deep grooves, and impressively durable construction
  • Available in a wide variety of attractive colors
  • Also available in true Cool Roof options, which are ENERGY STAR-certified
  • Resistant to fading, rotting, & cracking, and impervious to threats from common pests
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Why Choose Skywalker for Your Synthetic Roofing Installation

Synthetic roofing products deliver what you love about natural slate or wood shakes, while also adding some additional features and low-maintenance performance that you won’t get from “natural” roofing materials. Even so, if you don’t partner with the right local roofing partner, it’s possible that your materials might not get installed correctly in the first place!

Looking for the highest-rated, most-trusted local roofing company to serve your needs in NC or VA? Skywalker Roofing is a proud, preferred provider of DaVinci products, and we also install other popular roofing materials, including metal, asphalt shingles, slate, tile, shakes, and any other material you may prefer. Basically, if you want to see it on your roof, we can make it happen for you!

We’re proud to serve the NC Piedmont Triad, Piedmont Triangle, Lake Norman area, and greater Roanoke & Southwestern VA region, and Skywalker would be happy to serve your residential or commercial roofing needs too. But don’t just take our word for it – be sure and check out what hundreds of satisfied customers have to say about us on Guild Quality! Connect with us today at ☎ +1 (336) 627-5596; we’d love to show you the Skywalker difference!

Luke Wilson

Luke Wilson

Owner - Skywalker Roofing

Luke Wilson started working on roofs with his dad when he was a teenager, and eventually launched Skywalker Roofing in 2003. Skywalker operates in 5 locations across NC & VA, and now includes windows, siding, and other exterior services. Luke also hosts the popular Roofing Mythbusters series on YouTube.

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