Class A Synthetic Roofs Resist Wildfires


KANSAS CITY, KAN. - January and February records show that the start of 2009 has seen the least amount of moisture since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) started keeping records in 1895. The extremely dry weather, mixed with strong winds, represents the perfect recipe for wildfires.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, almost 12,000 wildfires have been logged during the first 60 days of this year. That represents the most two-month wildfire activity recorded in a decade.

"The ongoing dry conditions across the country increase the value of a roof made of fire-resistant synthetic roofing tiles," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes®. "It's heartbreaking to watch the videos of peoples' dreams going up in flames as a result of wildfires. Most importantly, it's avoidable. While most natural wood shake and shingle roofs are tinderboxes waiting to ignite, synthetic roofing systems have extremely high tolerance to flames."

Synthetic slate and shake roofing tiles manufactured by DaVinci have been tested and achieved a Class A rating for fire retardance. This means that the roof will withstand extended fire exposure. With a roof bearing a Class A rating, homeowners know that their roofs will resist the spread of fire and help protect the roof deck while not producing flying firebrands and embers.

Surviving a Wildfire

According to the report "Living With Fire" recently released through the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, wood shake and shingle roofs increase the risk of structural loss due to wildfire. The report cites that, depending on the amount of brush clearance near a home, houses with untreated wood roofs were up to 21 times more likely to be destroyed by wildfire than those with fire resistant roofs.

How can a home survive a wildfire? While there are no guarantees, you can dramatically improve the odds for survival by clearing vegetation and bushes around the home and by having a fire resistant roof overhead.

"We use independent, third parties to test our roofing materials to assure they meet or exceed Class A ratings so that homeowners have the peace-of-mind of knowing their homes will be secure," says Rosewall. "Our roofing tiles have also achieved the highest rating for straight line wind testing at 110 mph, Miami Dade Florida wind certification, and a Class 4 rating for impact resistance. This means the roofing tiles can resist wildfires along with the falling and flying debris during wildfires.

"Whether your home is in California, Texas, Georgia or North Carolina, you're currently experiencing severe drought conditions and an increase in severe weather events. Having a DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic roof overhead means you have gone the extra mile to increase the odds that your home, personal belongings and family treasures will be there when the wildfires, hail and severe weather have passed."

DaVinci Roofscapes use virgin resins to assure product consistency and longevity in their roofing tiles. The proprietary engineered polymer incorporates fire retardant and state of the art UV and color stabilizers specifically formulated to withstand the wide variety of challenging environments that roofing materials are exposed to year after year.

DaVinci Roofscapes has manufactured award-winning synthetic slate and shake roofing since 1999. The polymer roofing tiles are virtually maintenance free and far more cost effective than the natural product. DaVinci leads the industry in tile thickness, the tile width variety and the greatest selection of subtle earth-toned colors. For additional information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit our website.



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