Do you dare to know the truth about natural slate? If you already know that there is absolutely no alternative in comparison to natural slate, consider yourself more educated than most. Keep reading if you want to know more of the “slate” truth.
First, let’s briefly cover the simple definition of “slate”, which is a fine-grained gray, green, or bluish metamorphic rock easily split into smooth, flat pieces.
Any product not matching the above description shouldn’t even be portrayed as slate. Unfortunately though, manufactures manipulate homeowners into thinking there is an equal or close substitute . Alternate materials, otherwise known as the synthetic of its kind, are being marketed to homeowners, claiming their product is superior to a rock that has taken millions of years to form. The same rock that has been installed on a roof over 100 years ago still protects that exact structure today as it did then. Can you say that about something fabricated?
Dare to compare the differences, as Tom Stortz with John Stortz and Son illustrates in “Why Synthethic “Slate” Is Destroying an Industry”. In this article, he highlights excerpts from a synthetic manufacturers installation guide about the quality, cost, aesthetics, durability and warranty of that product, bringing to light the very contradiction of it.
We introduce this article not only because we are so passionate about natural slate, but because The Roofing Company is a huge advocate for education; educating our team, customers and an audience searching for the right products to invest in. The slate industry has been suffering from misinformation and misguidance by manufacturers marketing a cheaper, easier and lighter product that tries very hard to mimic natural slate. We are here to tell you that there is no way to fake it! Slate is slate.
On that note, would it shock you to know that you CAN get real slate that is lighter, more affordable, and faster to install and repair than traditional slate? If we have peaked your interest, read more about it or feel free to ask us about lightweight slate. It’s all still natural slate. The main differences between them are shingle weight and the installation and repair processes. Whether it’s traditional or lightweight, The Roofing Company maintains several thousands of Buckingham and Vermont slate homes in the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas.
Bottom Line truth, Tom Stortz states, “There is no substitute for slate. It’s time tested, eco-friendly, fire-resistant, and beautiful. Rubber shingles are creating a huge dumpster in our ocean because they cannot be destroyed, and this goes along with their dubious nature of the product.”
Don’t fake it. Slate it.A local well known college, CNU (Christopher Newport University), has already undergone two well known imitation slate failures in the past 15 years.