Report from the International Builders Show: Plastic continues to edge out slate, wood


Roofing shingles, siding, decking, and railing molded from virgin plastics, a combination of virgin and recycled plastics, and plastics and natural fillers are all popular options in the building and construction world. For example, InSpire Roofing Products, a Tapco Group company, introduced its next-generation premium roofing products that combine the natural beauty found in slate along with what it calls the most technologically advanced methods and materials.

Multiple molds are used to create InSpire products with different edges and surface finishes, giving the product the look of authentic slate. Strength and durability are achieved using a proprietary blend of virgin resins and natural limestone that has been compression molded. InSpire Roofing products come in a wide variety of colors to match any exterior décor....
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