Cool Roofing

Inspire is a member of CRCC - the Cool Roof Rating Council and promotes environmentally sustainable living by decreasing your home’s carbon footprint. Our cool roofing lowers monthly energy costs by cutting peak cooling demands as much as 15%. Innovative color technology deflects the sun’s heat from rooftops, keeping homes cooler. Inspire can even boost your LEED points.

In many parts of the country, homeowners can recoup some of the costs of energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades through rebates and other financial incentives. For more information, visit this Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency at for a current list of incentives in your area.

Ask about our 50-year Limited Lifetime Warranty. Depending on light conditions, our roof tiles will reflect different amounts of color intensity.  Actual colors may vary from those shown on the screen.

What is Cool Roofing

A cool roof is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. Cool roofs can be achieved by coloring,  highly reflective materials or coverings.  Nearly any types of buildings can benefit from a cool roof, but consider the climate and other factors before deciding to install one. Standard or dark roofs can reach temperatures of 150°F or more in the summer sun. A cool roof under the same conditions could stay more than 50°F cooler thus saving energy and money by using less air conditioning.

The Benefits of Cool Roofing

Standard or dark roofs can reach temperatures of 150°F or more in the summer sun. A cool roof under the same conditions could stay more than 50°F cooler thus saving energy and money by using less air conditioning.

Frequently Asked Questions About Inspire Roofing

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.

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  • 6"; 6 1/2"; 7"; 7 1/2" and 8" exposure options
  • Available for Aledora, Classic Slate, and Arcella Shake
  • Non-repeating, staggered or straight application
  • True authentic slate colors to choose from
  • Class A or Class C Fire Rating
  • Class 4 Impact rating
  • 110 MPH Wind Protection

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


Comparing Inspire Slate Roofing Against Natural Slate Roof Tiles

Natural slate roof tiles are the most durable of all roofing materials. Unfortunately, natural slate roofing is very heavy, and is the most expensive material to purchase and Install.  For the natural beauty of slate roofing without its high cost and weight, look to the Inspire slate alternatives - Aledora™ thick and Classic slate roofing. High pressure molds made from premium natural slate roof tile are used to make Inspire composite roof tiles so they perfectly replicate the textured surfaces and edges of premium natural slate roofing. Our synthetic Aledora slate and Classic slate roofing is indistinguishable from natural slate - yet it has an even more refined appearance and is significantly easier to install. We offer a full range of natural and rustic roof colors and cool roof materials. Inspire roofing leads the industry in synthetic slate alternatives by providing a hand-cut slate appearance for a fraction of the cost, manufactured in the USA using cutting edge technology and the finest virgin raw materials.