Real Slate Versus Composite Slate Roofing
Spoiler Alert: real slate roofs are heavy. According to one slate roofing company, they estimate the weight of natural slate roofing as anywhere between 800 and 1,500 pounds per square.
That type of weight means installation of slate roof tiles is a slow, heavy process. Each piece has to be individually taken to the roof and secured in place (by some very tired installers!). And, even more importantly, if you're going to have all that weight on a roof, you need to make sure your home's "bones" can handle that weight on its structure.
Enter DaVinci Roofscapes composite slate — the lightweight roofing solution.
DaVinci offers a variety of manufactured slate options, including Multi-Width, Single-Width and Bellaforté Slate. These products weigh substantially less than natural slate materials, yet they're even more durable when it comes to impact resistance.
The lighter weight imitation slate means roofing installers can transport our lightweight roofing tiles up to the roof quicker, handle the product faster and install it in less time than real slate roofing materials. And, it means that the structural system of the home won't be compromised.
There's more. Unlike natural slate, imitation slate shingle's won't crack or break. Plus they have impact resistance and come in a wide array of colors.