Brava Old World Composite Slate vs. Natural Slate Tile

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Are you thinking about installing a slate roof? Do you currently have a slate roof that continuously needs repair, and are wondering if you should re-roof your home?

We understand that a natural slate roof is a real thing of beauty, but we also understand that slate tile requires lots of maintenance and repairs over the years. As time passes, mother nature slowly takes back the slate that was once quarried from her soil. Environmental elements cause natural slate to become brittle and flaky forcing homeowners to constantly replace and repair damaged areas or even their entire roof!

When searching for the best slate roofing alternatives, Brava Old World Composite Slate has everything you need. Wanting to compare natural slate tile vs synthetic slate is a great idea!

Compare Brava Old World Synthetic Slate with Natural Slate

ASTETICSBrava Old World Slate Natural Slate
Authentick LookYesYes
1” ThicknessYesYes
Premixed Color BlendsYesNo


Fire Retardant: Class A or CYesYes
Wind Resistance: 110+ mphYesYes
Impact Resistance: Class 4YesVaries
Freeze/Thaw ResistantYesNo
Maintenance FreeYesNo
Hail WarrantiedYesNo


Factory Blended SkidsYesNo
Solid Accessories for Realistic InstallationYesYes
Estimated Waste FactorLowHigh
Gun Nailed in Cold WeatherYesNo

Brava Old World composite slate roof tile is hands down the best alternative to slate roofing. Our manufacturing process starts by inserting recycled plastics into precast molds of real slate tile. Our revolutionary compression mold technology can add any color or color combination to your slate, producing a 100% custom color for your home’s roof. No other synthetic slate manufacturer can say the same. We understand that our composite slate tile needs to mirror the appearance of natural slate and produce the look you want for your home or commercial building.

Our synthetic slate tile is much more durable than quarried slate and contains ultraviolet inhibitors to reduce wear from the sun. In addition, Brava Old World Slate is available in Class A or C fire rating, and has a Class for 4 impact rating. All of our products are hail warrantied as well. And when the storms rolls in, you can be comfortable knowing that our composite slate are tested and approved to withstand wind speeds of up to 188MPH with ring shank nails and up to 211MPH with high wind screw

Have a look at some of our customers’ synthetic slate tile reviews.

10 Features of Brava Old World Synthetic Slate Roof Tile

  1. Authentic design
  2. Class A or C fire rating
  3. Class 4 impact rating
  4. Lightweight
  5. 1″ thick profile
  6. No breakage
  7. No special tools needed, cuts and nails with ease, and able to walk on roof
  8. Colored throughout, not only on surface
  9. Made in the USA
  10. Composed of recycled material to create a beautiful and durable roof that itself is fully recyclable

Benefits of Brava Old World Synthetic Slate Roofing

  • Architecturally elegant
  • Extremely durable, virtually no breakage
  • No additional structural support needed
  • Installation cost savings
  • Available in any color or color combination
  • Natural, authentic appearance
  • Added protection – eligible for insurance premium discounts
  • Realistic variegated color and optional staggered application
  • 50 limited warranty
  • Environmentally friendly roof, green roofing product

Brava Old World Synthetic Slate Colors

*Any custom color or color combination available

  • Solid Colors
  • Charcoal
  • Mocha
  • Onyx
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Red
  • Variegated Colors
  • Victorian
  • English
  • Atlantic
  • Cottage
  • European
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Brava roof tiles are manufactured from 100%-recycled materials and can be recycled again if the roof ever has to be replaced, making them sustainable and environmentally friendly. With a 50-year limited lifetime warranty they can be shipped almost anywhere in the world. Contact us today to get your free samples and discover why Brava is the first choice for homeowners around the world.

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