Engineered Slate & Shake Roofing Systems

Superior Slate and Shake Roofing

Inspire Roofing Products will protect your most valuable asset while adding authenticity, beauty, and quality that will remain a lifetime. From our carefully engineered designs to our 100% virgin resin material, our synthetic slate and synthetic shake roofing systems will perform even under the most extreme weather conditions and is backed by our industry leading 50 year Limited Lifetime material & labor Warranty. Our team of trusted advisors takes pride in ensuring complete satisfaction for all our property owners, suppliers, and installers.
 
Inspire's Aledora composite slate offers a thick appearance with highly defined edges, varied widths, and carries the authentic look of natural slate at a fraction of the cost. Our Classic composite slate is a commercial grade thickness manufactured from our own compression mold machines which allows a unique color variation to each tile. Both of our premium polymer slates are designed with an InFlex cambered design to add extra strength against high wind and heavy rain. If you desire the rustic, wood shake look but need a sense of security, our Class A Fire Rated roofing material, Arcella Shake, will meet all your roofing needs. 
 
Look to Inspire for the highest level of authenticity, quality, and lifetime cost savings to protect your top investment with Inspire's premium composite roofing systems. 
 
Special Features & Superior Performance
  • Inspire Roofing tiles molds are an exact replica of quality natural roofing slates. Stone clevage and unique edges are replicated exactly under intense pressure when manufacturing our durable roofing slates and shingles. 
  • Inspire Roofing Products has Specification listing with ARCAT, to include CAD drawings and BIM Modeling
  • Inspire Roofing Products provides Technical Bulletins for certain roofing applications
  • Inspire offers custom mixes that feature a variety of beautifully balanced color
  • Homeowner Insurance discounts through State Farm Insurance Company
Realistic Replication & Authentic Looks
Inspire Roofing tiles molds are an exact replica of quality natural roofing slates. Stone clevage and unique edges are replicated exactly under intense pressure when manufacturing our durable roofing slates and shingles.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How Does Inspire Slate Compare With “Real” Slate On Price?
 
A. The answer to this question is …”what type of slate?” Most slate sold in the US is imported from China with a minimal warranty and of variable quality. Inspire Slate is similarly priced to a good quality guaranteed Spanish slate, but has many inherent benefits. One extremely relevant and cost-saving advantage is that fixing times are vastly reduced. Please see the Features and Benefits section of this site for further details.
 
 
Q. How Is The Material Fastened To The Surface?
 
A. Galvanized steel nails driven through the slate, either manually or by nail gun. No drilling, clipping or hooks required.
 
 
Q. What Is The Minimum Roof Pitch Inspire Tiles Can Be Installed On?
 
A. 14 degrees (on a fully-boarded roof). This is very useful for extensions and other applications where the available roof slope may be limited.
 
 
Q. Why Are They Curved? A Natural Slate Is Flat.
 
A. This is intentional. The induced camber flattens and creates a tight fit when nailed in place.
 
 
Q. Is An Eaves (Soldier) Course Needed?
 
A. Yes. Standard slating principles apply.
 
 
Q. How Are The Ridges/Hips Fixed?
 
A. Nailed and overlapped. Dry-fix system much more secure than a bedded ridge. Cement does not adhere well to Inspire Slate.
 
 
Q. Does The Color Fade Drastically?
 
A. No, Inspire Slate is UV stable with the same color through-out.  It will weather, as does any roof covering, depending on location and exposure.
 
 
Q. How Do You Cut The Tiles?
 
A. Fine-toothed saw, disc cutter, or scored with a utility knife.
 
 
Q. Will Moss/Algae Grow On Inspire Slate?
 
A. Once again, this depends on the location and exposure of the site. Algae grows better on a laminar material, Inspire Slate is not laminar. To deter growth, string a copper wire across the length of the ridge.
 
 
Q. Is It A “Green” Recycled Product? What’s It Made From?
 
A. It’s not recycled… but it’s RECYCLABLE. Inspire Slate is made from limestone and virgin resins. Consequently there is greater control over the mix and the manufacturing process. The main problems experienced with using reclaimed inconsistent raw materials are due to the lack of control in the manufacture which can result in splitting, curling, etc. There are no such problems with Inspire Slate.
 
 
Q. How Are The Tiles Packaged/Delivered?
 
A. Individually strap-banded bundles of 25 slates… 1600 per pallet (or less). There is a delivery charge depending on location.
 
 
Q. Can The Material Be Used For Vertical Cladding?
 
A. Yes.

Slate Roofing

We know natural slate was used as a roofing material as far back as 1287 in North Wales, England. Slates extreme durability against weather and fire makes it one of the strongest and most durable roofing materials known to man. In the U.S. slate roofs were first introduced in the 1600’s around the Boston and Philadelphia regions and it wasn’t until the first U.S. quarry opened in Pennsylvania that slate became more common in that area. Availability, cost of materials, specialized labor and long installation times continues to make natural slate roofing a very expensive option as it has always been.
 
Inspire composite slate is created in high-pressure molds made from the finest natural slates and is a more practical roofing choice. Unlike stone slate, Inspire composite slate is lightweight, offers easy fast installation, normally looks better due to its color uniformity, and offers a 50 year lifetime limited warranty. 

Shake Roofing

Inspire composite shake roofing mimics natural Cedar wood split shake roofing. Unlike natural wood shake, Inspire roofing shake will not bend, warp, split, dry out, be a fire hazard, or blow off!

Natural split wood shakes are tapered in thickness and manufactured from western red cedar, cypress, pine and redwood trees. Cedar shakes and cedar shingles are available pressure treated with fire retardants and chemical preservatives for increased fire resistance, and to prevent premature rot and decay. Natural wood shake roofing is prone to insect damage and has a shortened lifespan in humid environments. 

Many insurance companies will not insure wood shake roofing as it is a fire hazard. If installed over a specialized underlayment, Inspire roofing can be rated with Class-A fire resistance, which usually results in insurance savings.