Polymer or synthetic composite shingles, as they are known, are made of engineering materials and sometimes contain a mixture of recycled plastic and rubber. They come in many different styles and profiles, and are made to replicate the look of traditional asphalt shingles, wood planks and stone shingles. They are manufactured by injection-molding petroleum-based materials into molten metal forms from real slate. Some brands of synthetic slate shingles are made of virgin rubber or plastic, while other products incorporate recycled rubber or plastic, mineral powder, or cellulose fibers.
Recycled content usually consists of high-quality post-industrial materials; only a few incorporate post-consumer recycled materials. A complete roof replacement with these synthetic shingles can be quick and easy. One-piece construction and lightweight makeup make the product easy to move and nail. No special tools are needed during installation, but the product is extremely durable.
Composite roof tiles are made from recycled plastics and other sustainable materials. Plastic materials used to produce composites can include fiberglass, recycled paper products, and asphalt. Composite roofing products are mainly composed of polyethylene or polyurethane. Essentially composite roofing materials are plastic shingles that are very durable.
Many of these composite tile roofs are fire resistant and have no moisture ingress problems like traditional roofing materials. Some composite tile roofs are even resistant to mold, algae, and mold growth. Most composite roofing shingles won't crack, peel, or split and come in a variety of colors, making them a desirable choice for homeowners looking to improve their roof. Let's look at the frequently asked questions about composite roofing and composite tile roofing.