Inspire Synthetic Slate Roofing

danvirsseAugust 9, 2012

Since we were able to find so little feedback from people who had used the various synthetic slate products on their homes, I thought I'd post our experiences now that we've completed the installation of ours.

The product was easy, though time consuming to apply. A power nailer would have sped up the project, but my DH (being quite fanatical) insisted we hand nail. It is definitely more costly than asphalt shingles, and since we didn't have to pay someone to install it, was in our budget. We love the way it looks with the old brick exterior.

Ours shown in the photo is the green/black blend, but they offer both blended and solid colors. If anyone would like more info, I'd be happy to respond.

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tell us more -- how big is your roof? how much did it cost? do you have a picture showing it in the context of the whole house?

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 2:10PM
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I don't have a picture of the house with the shingles. I have added another photo that shows the brick and windows (though the trim isn't on them yet). I'll try to get better pictures on the weekend and post them then.

Our roof is 16 square and the bill for the shingles was approx $7500.00. We did the install ourselves.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 5:05PM
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Synthetic slates have a decidedly mixed history, marked by early failures, 50 year warranties soon gone with the companies that manufactured and sold them and even class action suits.

Proper installation seems to be the key.

The ones I have seen have a high sheen that instantly marks them as not the real thing.

Here is a link that might be useful: Artificial Slate Roofing

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 11:15PM
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I like the look of the roof. Well done!

    Bookmark   January 23, 2014 at 12:43AM
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