Getting It Right
Creating alternatives to traditional roofing materials has proved a steep and slippery slope for a surprising number of manufacturers, but in recent years, several companies have developed composite shingles that successfully mimic the look of real slate and wood shake roofing.
DaVinci Roofscapes, LLC, offers a comprehensive line of composite shake- and slate-type products. It is a polymer-based product with top impact and fire ratings, plus a strong warranty. Shown here: DaVinci's Multi-Width Slate in Castle Gray.
CertainTeed’s line of slate-like shingles is a dead ringer for the real thing, from its surface texture to its rough-chiseled edges. Shown here: CertainTeed's Matterhorn Slate in Storm Slate.
CertainTeed's lightweight Matternhorn shingles arguably improve upon the genuine article. You can select from shake, slate and barrel tile available in a range of colors, including energy efficient "cool roof" shades that are capable of lowering rooftop temperatures. Shown: Certainteed's Matterhorn Tile in Tuscan Stone.
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