Polymer Roofing Shingles:
Polymer roofing shingles are becoming more popular. These shingles resemble wood cedar shake, slate, or tile and your neighbors will never guess it is artificial. They’re lighter and thus easier to handle and install than clay, asphalt, wood cedar shake or slate. They require less maintenance and can last twice as long as cedar shakes. Also, polymer surfaces are smooth—with no granules to tumble into gutters, so they’re well suited for rainwater collection. Synthetic roofing tends to weigh about the same as standard or architectural asphalt shingles, but cost can be three times as much as asphalt shingles. They can also be a bit trickier to install, as the shingle colors have to be mixed properly to have a natural look and so that the view of your roof elevation will not look blotchy.