March 23, 2023

A Synthetic Slate Roof

In this episode of Site Visit with NS Builders, I take you back to the Needham project—there’s a lot going on with multiple trades onsite. Roof framing is wrapping up, ice and water shield is being put down, and the carpenters are installing the windows.


GRACE Ice & Water Shield roofing underlayment has been installed in preparation for the synthetic slate roof. Natural slate becomes brittle over time; it can chip and crack and it is very heavy. Synthetic slate is designed to last for decades, resists cracking, and is lightweight. We’re using DaVinci Slate and selected a synthetic multi-width slate. Not only does it look amazingly authentic, but the multi-width tiles provide the greatest degree of flexibility. For example, when getting to the last two or three feet of a run, you can select different size shingles to lay out so that you can land right on the edge—staggering the sizes at the start and end of a run is recommended. 

It's exciting to see the homeowner’s aesthetic vision for this roof transforming into a beautiful reality.    


Here’s a killer detail—some of the tall windows on the first floor are actually going to sit right on the floor on the inside. So it’s critical that we tie in the flooring, baseboard, and all the detailed interior work so that the bottom of the window sits exactly where it needs to be. 

These windows are big—some the size of a door. So inside the crew is using a laser and working off a benchmark so that the windows are perfectly positioned and square. The windows are a huge element in the overall design of this home—so we’re doing everything possible to make sure each and every one is installed correctly and square.  

It’s time to discover what NS Builders can intentionally design and build for you! Contact us today to get started on your custom dream home. Together, we can make it happen. 

—Nick Schiffer


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