Classic Slate

Whether you have a modern home or historic mansion, Classic Slate adds splendor, elegance and tradition no matter the structure. The cost of a slate roof using natural roof slates is costly and time consuming. Inspire Classic Slate is authentically shaped and has textured surfaces and edges molded from authentic natural slates, is easy to install, and it's controlled uniformity looks better than most natural slate roofing. Inspire Classic Slate delivers the appearance of natural roof slates to your home because Classic Slate is indistinguishable from natural slate - yet it has an even more refined appearance. Classic Slate will not crack, break or delaminate either. Classic Slate's product formulation and manufacturing processes will provide durability, performance, and longevity for many years to come. By providing a lightweight and easily installed product, you will save money with lower installation costs in comparison to natural slate. Our synthetic slate roofing tiles are 17.5" long and 12" wide (1/4" thick) and have an maximum exposure of 7.5". 

Ask about obtaining a FREE sample tile today and see for yourself why more and more people are turning to synthetic slate!

Depending on lighting conditions, our roof tiles will reflect varying levels of color intensity. Actual colors may vary from those shown on the screen.  

  • Graphite #733 - CR

  • Red Rock #809

  • Grey/Black Blend #718

  • Charcoal Black #801

  • Sage Green #815 & Charcoal Black #801

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.

Classic Slate

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    Charcoal Black (801)
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    Grey Black Blend (718)
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    Mist Grey (803)
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    Steel Grey (804)
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    Brandywine (806)
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    Sage Green (815)
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    Red Rock (809)
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    Olive (814)

Classic Mixed Colors

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    Nottingham (788)
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    Concord (789)
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    Coachman (790)
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    Brunswick (791)
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    Wintergreen (792)
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    Wintergreen (792)



  • 6"; 6 1/2"; 7" and 7 1/2" Exposure options
  • 1/4" thick slate
  • Non-repeating, staggered or straight application
  • True authentic slate colors to choose from
  • Chipped edges and rich textures create the most realistic look in the industry
  • Low-maintenance with maximum durability
  • 110 MPH wind protection
  • Class A and Class C Fire rating
  • Class 4 Impact rating



  • Homes looking for a natural slate roof
  • Residential & commercial
  • Homes where there is a threat of hail or fire
  • When you want the look of natural slate, but not the weight

Slate Roof Tiles

Natural slate roofing was installations date back to 1287 in North Wales, England. Due to its extreme durability against weather and fire, only the wealthy could Install slate on their castles and churches. As it was in that time, and today, natural slate stone roofs are very time consuming and expensive to install. 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 available for local use. These quarries have long since closed, and todays natural stone slate roofing comes mainly from China and Spain. 

Inspire Natural Slate is an exact shaped replica of natural 3/8 stone slate roofing. Unlike natural stone slate, Inspire Classic slate is made in America, very easy to install, and offers a 50 year limited lifetime limited.