Available in 18 colors and seven blends, InSpire simulated slate roof tiles are made of a 100%-recyclable blend of virgin resins and natural limestone that has been compression-molded, resulting in a strong, durable, and lightweight alternative to traditional slate. The manufacturer uses multiple molds to create tile pieces with different edges and surfaces, replicating the look of authentic slate. The tile will not lift, cup, warp, break, or delaminate, and it can stand up to Class 4 hail and winds in excess of 110 mph.
Kevin Putman, project manager with Dublin, Ohio-based ConTrak, specified 9,500 InSpire slate roof tiles in charcoal grey for the roof and exterior of an 80-student, 30,000-sf housing unit for the Ohio State University chapter of Evans Scholars in Columbus. The facility is scheduled to open in January 2009.
WHY KEVIN PUTMAN SPECIFIED INSPIRE ROOF TILES FOR THE EVANS SCHOLARS HOUSING COMPLEX AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY:
“Because the slate is a plastic roofing material, it is more durable, weighs less, and is more cost effective than authentic slate. Plus, it comes with a 50-year warranty.”
“We were able to save the client money because the material is cheaper. Also, the product keeps the building’s weight down, further reducing structural costs.”
“The slate is also environmentally friendly because it is made from a fully recyclable mix of limestone and resins.”