InSpire Mixes from InSpire Roofing Products eliminate the need for color-blending at worksites. Made of six mixes (Asheville, Greencastle, Manchester, Sedona, Smoky Gray, and Cranbrook), each of which contains three to five colors, the tile collection is factory mixed using crafted color ratios and shipped ready for applications, easing installation. With the appearance of natural slate, the tiles have a third of the weight and are made of resins and natural limestone that has been compression-molded. The tiles contain up to 10% recycled content and are Class A or Class C fire resistant, Class 4 impact resistant, and have a 110-mile-per-hour wind uplift rating. They also contribute toward LEED points. inspireroofing.com
Jennifer Brite is a design journalist and public-health scientist who is currently pursuing a doctorate in public health with a concentration in epidemiology and demography at the City University of New York. For ARCHITECT, she writes about new products and sustainable design.