After almost 100 years atop Grace Episcopal Church in Mansfield, Ohio, the heavy original slate tiles were replaced in late 2014 with lightweight polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

“We would categorize the original slate as in poor to average condition,” said Roman Koval, business manager at Cleveland Commercial Roofing. “This was a soft slate that was costing thousands of dollars each year for the church in upkeep. Selecting the durable Single-Width Slate.

The synthetic slate roofing tiles are carefully crafted using virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable product. The 12-inch wide tiles are modeled after actual slate and resist impact, severe weather and fire. Backed by a Lifetime Limited Materials Warranty, the imitation slate tiles offer the church decades of easy maintenance care.

“Our church dealt with the high mounting costs of maintaining our real slate roof for many years,” said Rev. Joe Ashby with Grace Episcopal Church. “The slate needed constant attention and wasn’t energy efficient. After we saw the authentic appearance of the product, we knew we found the solution to our problem.”

The aesthetic appeal of the roof boasts an authentic quarried look to replicate genuine slate. “Those people who don't know we had the church re-roofed still think we have the slate roof—that’s how realistic the slate appearance is of the polymer roofing product,” said Ashby. “We’re exceptionally happy with our choice and have already recommended it to another church in our area.”

Koval and his team are also recommending the polymer slate for other commercial projects. “This product was easy to work with and did not carry the heavy weight of actual slate,” said Koval. “This made the installation process much more efficient for our crew. I would recommend the products for other slate re-roofs and historical restoration projects. At this point we're actually recommending it for another church project in our area.”

Cleveland Commercial Roofing was started in 1993 as IKO Roofing. Today the company focuses specifically on commercial roofing projects in Ohio and the surrounding states. For more information, see

The experienced team members at DaVinci Roofscapes develop and manufacture industry-leading polymer slate and shake roofing systems with an authentic look and superior performance. The company leads the industry in the greatest selection of colors, tile thickness and tile width variety. The company’s reliable products have a limited lifetime warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. All high-performing roofing products are proudly made in America where the company is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Roofing Contractors, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council. For information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit