In the National Association of Home Builders' “What Home Buyers Really Want” survey, 59% of the consumers polled put quality first versus only 11% who preferred appearance.
Boral Roofing’s new Gemstone Collection is composed of six new colors derived from earthy southwestern hues. For now, the company plans to only release the roof tiles later this year in California, but it says distribution to more states may be on the way in the future. The Gemstone Collection will be available in most concrete tile profiles. 800.669.8453, boralamerica.com
CertainTeed’s Presidio metal roofing replicates the appearance of natural clay tile and wood shake. Made from a steel alloy, the panels have anti-corrosive properties and are Energy Star qualified. Presidio is manufactured with up to 50% recycled material and is 100% recycleable when removed from the home. 800.233.8990, certainteed.com
DaVinci Roofscape’s Single-Width Slate 12-inch tile aims to be more like authentic slate, with a smokey gray finish and a thicker look. The tiles feature a quarried style that looks more substantial but weighs the same as previous DaVinci offerings. Available in eight variations, the 12-inch tiles will be included in DaVinci’s blended bundles. 800.328.4624, davinciroofscapes.com
Ply Gem released its engineered slate product a little over a year ago to much fanfare. Now, the manufacturer is back with an engineered cedar tile made via the same process as its synthetic slate. The tile takes on the rustic appearance of cedar shake, but is more durable than actual wood. And unlike cedar, which can detach from a home in a storm or burn during a fire, the tiles are impact- and fire-resistant, 888.975.9436, plygem.com