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The Benefits of Composite Shake & Slate Roofs

When it comes time for a new slate or shake roof, it’s important to consider the different options available. Slate is often referred to as a ‘forever roof’ since homeowners will only need to put one slate roof on in their lifetime. Many types of slate roofing styles range from textual and graduated installations to mixed colors and patterns. Slate is also naturally fire and mold resistant, and its low water absorption makes it resistant to frost damage and any kind of breakage due to freezing.

Synthetic slate and shake roof tiles are a type of roofing made from recycled polymers. These synthetic roofing materials are specifically engineered for their durability, reduced weight, and resistance to damage, making them a great option for homeowners seeking a versatile roofing material to replace existing natural slate or shake roofs. If it is time to replace your roof – or if you’re building new – keep reading to learn about the benefits of choosing a composite slate or shake roof.


One of the main reasons composite slate and shake roofs have become such a popular option in the past several years is their reputation for durability. Having your roof replaced is a huge undertaking, and you want to ensure that your new roof will last as long as possible. Fortunately, composite roofing materials are designed specifically for longevity and durability, meaning that a composite roof is likely to be the last one you’ll ever need, with an estimated lifespan of up to 50 years.

Composite roof tiles maintain their look, shape, color, and structural integrity for many years, making them a great investment in your home. Polymer roofing products are excellent at resisting moisture, mold, and algae growth. In addition, they are wind-resistant rated up to 110 miles an hour, and UL fire and impact resistance rated. This means that no matter what mother nature throws at you, a composite roof is better equipped to protect your home and investment than most other alternatives.


Even as composite roof tiles grow in popularity and are adopted by more and more homeowners, it doesn’t mean that your home has to look like every other house on the block. One of the biggest advantages composite roofing materials boast is the sheer variety of available colors, designs, styles, and textures, allowing you to achieve the aesthetic you’re looking for, all while benefiting from their durability and longevity.

Their through-body colors mitigate fading and eliminate any color chipping off. A wide range of color palettes are available to choose from, or for a truly unique look custom color blends can be formulated to meet any need.


Another advantage of choosing a composite roof is its positive environmental impact. Not only are composite roofs made from various upcycled materials, but many of the materials in your composite roof can be recycled at the end of their usable lifespan. Additionally, composite roofs are designed to provide your home with excellent insulation, which can help reduce the amount of energy it takes to heat/cool your home, lowering your overall carbon footprint.


Perhaps one of the most appealing benefits of composite roofing is affordability, especially considering its longevity compared to other materials. Their wind, fire, and impact durability paired with their low maintenance and upkeep means that they represent an excellent ROI for the property owner’s investment. Some synthetic slate and shake manufacturers, such as EcoStar, offer a 50-year warranty.

Additionally, due to the durability and longevity of composite roofing, your roof will not need to be repaired or replaced for many years. So, while it’s true that the initial upfront cost may be higher than other alternatives, the cost over time for a composite roof is significantly lower than other materials, making it a great investment in your home’s future.

When it comes time to replace your home’s roof, you’ll want to research all your options to ensure you pick the perfect material to meet your needs. To learn more about the benefits of composite roofing contact EcoStar today.

Your New Slate Roof: Natural or Composite Slate?

When constructing or refurbishing a house, there are several decisions you’ll need to make regarding your home’s exterior. The style, design, size and colors of the exterior elements (siding, roofing, trim, shutters, stone) are all important features that need to work together – for both curb appeal and longevity. When thinking about the roof, there are several things to consider. The color is important of course, but factors such as the roof’s ability to withstand various weather conditions and its ability to help moderate the temperature inside the house also make a difference. 

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Your New Roof: Authentic vs Composite Shake?

If you’re considering a new cedar shake roof for your home, congratulations! The look of cedar shake is hard to match. 

It’s no coincidence that cedar shake shingles has been such a fan favorite. The wood offers a stunning countryside appearance that adds a rich dimension to the home’s curb appeal. 

Fortunately, unlike in the ‘70s and ‘80s when natural cedar shake shingles were the only option for most homeowners, today there are a number of durable and eco-friendly composite shake shingles that are a great alternative to natural cedar shake. Here, we compare natural and composite shingles.

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Tips for Choosing a Color for Your Roof

There are a lot of things to consider when you’re choosing a color for your roof, especially when you realize you’ll be living with your color choice for a long time!

Maybe you’ve noticed a home in your neighborhood with a roof that looks awkward against the rest of the house. Or maybe you’re at your lake house and you look across and see a roof color that stands out like a sore thumb in an otherwise serene view. Some of the things to consider when you’re selecting a residential roof color have to do with the specific structural and aesthetic details of your home. Some have to do with the environment your home is in.

In this guide we’ll give a brief overview of some of the things you may want to consider as you select a color for your new or remodeled home.

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Some Energy Saving Tips to Help You Reduce

Here at Ecostar, we pride ourselves on not only being energy efficient, but helping others create environments that are as energy efficient as possible. So, in honor of Energy Awareness Month, we’ve put together this list of tips to help you reduce your carbon footprint.  Read More >

Contractor Spotlight: GCI Home Improvements

GCI Home Improvements opened its doors in 1996. It serves the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area, most notably towns like Great Falls and McLean in Virginia and the towns of Potomac, Bethesda and Chevy Chase in Maryland. GCI Home Improvements specializes in roofing, and also does windows, siding and gutters. The company prides itself on the fact that the same crew has been working together for over twenty years.

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