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Inspire Roof Slates - Light, Tough, Durable & Easy To Install Composite Roofing Tiles
"Classic" Inspire Roof Slate Colours
Inspire slates are available in 2 colours - plum and pewter grey. The slate is a lightweight composite material manufactured in the USA that is almost indestructible.
Pewter Grey Slates
Pewter Grey (704)
"Classic" Inspire Roofing Slate - Specifications, Warranty & Cost
- Size - 445 x 305 x 7mm (18"x12")
- Weight - 12.35kg / square metre
- Density - 1323kg / cubic metre
- Coverage - 18 pieces / square metre depending on pitch
- Crate weight - 1200kgs
- Crate dimensions 1200x900x1080mm
- Cost - $74 + GST per covered metre (depending on roof pitch and lap)
- Matching ridge caps - 5.5 pieces/ lineal metre
- 50 Year Limited Warranty
- Suitable for low risk bush fire areas
Bellstone Project Images of Inspire "Classic" Slate
Inspire Plum Slate Roof - Gold Coast, QLD
The slate was installed by Bryan Battersby, Jacaranda Roofing. The project builder was Austen Ritchie Building Co.
The ridges and valleys were all done in copper.
Pewter Grey Slate - Burwood Heights, Sydney
The stunning image above were taken of a home in Burwood Heights, Sydney - one of the first buildings to be roofed in Pewter Grey Inspire slates in Australia. The exemplary work was carried out by Kingsley Denning, NSW Slate Roofing.
The ridges were finished in terracotta. Other alternatives are matching Inspire ridge capping, lead roll and copper.
Inspire Roofing Slates - Dulwich Hill & Orange, NSW
Image above left - Pewter Grey roof slate on the roof of a home in Dulwich Hill, Sydney and right on an old sandstone home in Orange, NSW.
Different Molds Provides Slate Individuality - Like Real Slates
Natural slate variation across the roof is achieved by using multiple molds with different edges and surfaces, giving the look of authentic slate.
Inspire is easy to handle and impressively light; they are unbelievably strong and once on a roof are indistinguishable from genuine slate.
Inspire Classic Roof Slate - List of Features
(1) Made from recyclable plastic and dolomitic limestone, Tapco's Inspire slate has the random texture and edges of natural slate.
(2) Inspire slate is lightweight, easy to handle and can be fixed by either hammer and nail or nail gun.
(3) A production induced camber ensures the slates follow the roof contours for maximum wind uplift protection.
(4) Inspire slates have excellent weathering characteristics; they will not curl, lift or delaminate, and are impermeable to water.
(5) When tested to BS476 part 3, an AA fire rating was achieved. They comply with Australian standards.
(6) Inspire slates are backed by a 50 year transferable, limited warranty.
Inspire slates can be installed with a hammer and copper or stainless steel nails 40mm in length. The slate can be cut with a Stanley knife. The Inspire ridge capping in the image above matches the slates.
Each slate has pre-marked, recessed nailing locations for correct fixing that offer protection against water infiltration. The slates also feature overlap reference marks corresponding to roof pitch as well as horizontal spacers to ensure quick, accurate installation.
Roof Pitches & Slate Requirements
For battened roofs that are most common in Australia, the minimum roof pitch is 22.5 degrees. Inspire may be used down to 14 degree pitches but only if the roofs are boarded. The following table provides guidelines on pitch and gauge in relatively benign wind conditions. Strong winds and rain will require more conservative lapping.
Ridge Caps & Accessories
Ridge caps, hips, slate vents, ridge vents and end caps are available in matching colours to the slates but only by special order. Pewter ridge caps are in stock.
Some of our customers prefer to use terracotta ridge caps and have asked about adhesives. Flexipoint is certainly an option worth considering. Other customers prefer copper or lead roll similar to the ridge capping used on many heritage buildings.
Compliance with Australian Building Standards - View Report
The full report is available (5.04MB) in downloadable pdf format.
Comparison Inspire Classic roof Slate vs Welsh Slate
The image above illustrates the similarity between the 2 products but there are also a number of differences.
The Welsh slate is slightly more blue in colour and has a distinctive grain that runs longitudinally down the slate. It is also longer and thinner; the slate in the image is also pre-holed.
The Inspire product is as the name suggests, more plumb in colour with a patterned surface that provides character.
The Inspire Slate Camber - Brilliant Design Feature
Inspire slates are packed in bundles of 25 Inspire slates weighing just over 16kgs - very easy to pick up with one hand! You may notice that the bundle (pictured right) is slightly concave upward in shape due to the slate's camber.
The camber is a brilliant idea as the slate flattens out on the roof when nailed down allowing an extremely close fit with the slate below.
This design changes the dynamics and performance of the product when compared to natural slates - it creates downward pressure on the slate lowering wind uplift and water infiltration. The camber allows Inspire slates to be used on roof pitches as low as 14 degrees. Traditional slates are rarely used under 26 degrees.
Inspire Slates - Maintain Heritage Look at Less Than Half the Cost
There are many beautiful churches in Australia that have beautiful old Welsh slate roofs dating back to the late 1800s. Some of these roofs are still performing well but others are starting to require work as battens rot out and slates decay. Church organisations are finding it difficult to fund the costly restoration work required for so many buildings.Inspire slates offer small home & terrace house owners and churches a cost effective option of maintaining the look of slate. In the US, Inspire slates have been approved for use by the Conference for Catholic Facility Management (CCFM) and have been used on a number of churches.
Summary of Classic Roof Slate Attributes
Advantages over Real Slate
Lighter - easy to lift & fix with less weight on roof structure
Indistinguishable from authentic slate, once on a roof
Virtually unbreakable & won’t chip or crack
Vandal proof – won’t crack when walked on, once fixed; will withstand the roughest foot traffic
Hail proof – unlike real slate (lower insurance costs?)
May be used on much lower (14 vs 26 degree) roof pitches
Shared Advantages with Slate
Retains colour; non fading
Non-flammable; class A & C fire ratings (US)
Impermeable to water
Unaffected by polluted air
50 year manufacturer’s limited warranty
Lighter – 1/3rd weight of Welsh slate (capitals); less weight on the roof;
Lighter - easier and quicker to lift up onto the roof; less injury
Less abrasive, less cuts & abrasions, safer for roofers, lower worker’s compensation costs
Quicker to fix & easy to cut with Stanley knife – lower fixing costs
Nail gun fixed – fast to install, lower fixing costs
Availability of matching accessories – ridges, vents, verge cappings
Cheaper to buy than most authentic slates
Cost of installation is much lower than that of authentic slate despite slightly higher wastage from cuts though this will depend on the hip/valley ratio as hip cuts can be re-used on valleys
Manufactured by a company genuinely committed to being environmentally responsible
Manufacturing process meets Ecoscore / LEED guidelines
Each slate contains 10% recycled product
Each slate is 100% recyclable
More Environmental Credentials
(1) The Tapco Group that manufactures Inspire slates, complies with all standards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
(2) The Tapco Group supports the use of sustainable construction practices and energy efficient design in all new and remedial construction projects.
(3) The Tapco Group by formulation and design, manufactures its products and contributes to achieving points according to the LEED Green building Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
(4) Tapco slate has been used on a number of projects in the UK and the US which use green building technologies.
Inspire Slate Use on Green Building Projects
Tapco Inspire slate has been used on a number of projects in the UK and the US which use green building technologies.
Hill Holt Wood (UK) is a 14.2 hectare deciduous woodland situated on the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire border. Tapco Inspire slate was used on the Community Village Hall which can be rented for conferences, family events, weddings, parties and meetings. This building is part of the new Community Village created using entirely sustainable materials sourced locally where possible and utilising many innovative building techniques.
Last year in the UK, Tapco Inspire slate was chosen by The Prince's Foundation and was featured on The Prince's House at the Ideal Home Show in Earl's Court, London. The Prince's House is the Natural House and a blueprint to help support sustainable housing developments for the future. The Prince's House was developed using eco design principles and green building products.
In the US, Inspire slate will be used on the Pensmore house in Missouri - the largest home to be built in the state of Missouri. For information about this project which will be using entirely sustainable and energy efficient technologies, go to www.pensmore.com