Four Synthetic Shake Materials That You Can Use As Alternatives To Real Wood


Real wood shakes are an attractive roof material, but they are not ideal for homes in all climates; in dry and hot climates that can be a fire hazard and in wet climates, they have a shorter life. If you live in a climate where wood roofing is not the best choice of materials, you may want to consider some other products to get the look of shake. Many synthetic shake materials are made from everything from metal to concrete and even plastics. If you want the look of shakes, but not the problems of wood roofing, here are four synthetic shake materials that you can have installed on your home:

1. Stamped Metal Shake Roofing Products

Metal is a material that has been used for roofing products longer than conventional asphalt shingles. If you want to have a long lasting roof, stamped metal roofing products are a great choice. These can come in many classic designs, as well as in the shape of wood shakes. With powder-coating techniques, these metal shakes can also have the color, texture and appearance of wood. These will outlast conventional asphalt and many other products that are available, but may be a little more costly to have installed.

2. Cement Fiber Composite Shakes With Improved Designs

Cement fiberboard was a synthetic shake product that was used until the 90s as a fireproof alternative to wood shakes. Many of the early products were defective and had problems, but there are new fiberboard products that are more durable and resistant, which can be used as a synthetic shake material. These are ideal for dry climates because of their resistance to fire. If you decide to have fiberboard shakes installed, it is a good idea to talk with your roofing contractor about the products and warranty of these shingles.

3. Composite Shakes Made Of Recycled Plastics

Composite shakes are another option, which are made from timber industry waste and recycled plastics. These materials are very durable, green and closely resemble the look of real wood shakes. They are also more affordable than some of the other synthetic shake products available. If you want to have a shake roof that closely resembles real wood, these will be a great choice. They are also ideal for wet climates where things like decay and weathering due to moisture can be an issue. In dry climates, they are not as ideal because they can warp, fade and become defective in excessive heat.

4. Rubber Roofing Shakes And Slates

Rubber roofing shakes and slates are another choice of synthetic products. These often consist of recycled products like composite shakes. They can also be made completely of synthetic rubber materials, which are very durable and ideal for roofing in many different types of climates. This is the same type of material that is used for EPDM roofing membranes on commercial roofs with flat surfaces.

These are some of the many synthetic shake materials that you can use on your home as an alternative to wood roofing products. If you want to have one of these systems installed on your home, contact a professional roofing contractor (such as one from US Roofing) and ask them about some of these products.


19 February 2015

Construction Needs in Times of Disaster

I live in the middle of the desert, so I never thought that flooding would be a problem. However, a few months ago my town was hit with a huge storm. These freak storms are called "Hundred Year Storm" because the chances of them happening are once in a hundred years. Needless to say, no one was prepared for the aftermath--especially not the city sewage system. All this extra water had no where to go, and suddenly, I found my basement flooded. It wasn't a fun experience, but we dealt with it the best we could. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into different options for sewage, water lines, and other related things. We're now even looking into building a new house. This blog is the result of my ongoing research.