Synthetic Roofs: A Smart Investment


KANSAS CITY, KAN. - How can you invest money in your home that will absolutely pay back by adding value to the house and protect your prized possessions? Just look up at your roof. According to experts at DaVinci Roofscapes®, there are many good reasons to look twice at the roof over your head — from fire protection to added curb appeal.

"We've all heard horror stories of how wildfires on the West Coast can burn down a home in minutes," says Ray Rosewall, president and chief executive officer of DaVinci Roofscapes. "However, homes with synthetic roofing tiles that have Class A fire retardance ratings are better protected from the flames. That's the kind of product you want working to keep your family, home, and belongings safe."

According to Rosewall, there are several unique reasons why homeowners should replace their roofing shingles with synthetic roofing tiles, including:

  • The last freeze/thaw caused a couple of real slate tiles to "flake" and slide off your roof ... on to the neighbor's new car.
  • Your five-year-old daughter wakes up screaming in the middle of the night because the bugs that love to breed in the real wood shake shingles in your roof are now in her bed.
  • Your neighbor's shake roof caught on fire when fireworks landed on their roof last July 4th.

While these are extreme cases, Rosewall suggests that there are also more practical everyday reasons to use synthetic roofing tiles, including:

  • Add a "wow" factor to your roof that increases curb appeal and value of your home.
  • To maintain or restore the style and look that your home had when it was built with authentic looking slate or shake tiles.
  • Energy savings can be achieved with Cool Roofing colors that reduce the heat absorbed by your roof while at the same time helping Mother Earth.
  • Cost savings on homeowners insurance with fire-resistant synthetic roofing tiles.

Class Act

For added peace-of-mind and extra security for your home, Rosewall recommends carefully reviewing the testing information of the roofing products you're considering for your home. DaVinci Roofscapes slate and shake roofing tiles boast a Class A rating for fire retardance and a Class 4 rating for impact resistance. The products have also achieved the highest rating for straight line wind testing at 110 mph. This means the roofing tiles are tested to withstand everything from hail to wildfires to hurricane conditions.

"These roofing tiles are so durable that they've passed the Miami Dade County Acceptance for high velocity hurricane winds and they've gained the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) acceptance," says Rosewall. "The right roof overhead truly can protect your home. By selecting roofing tiles that have met all these stringent tests, many homeowners are eligible for added homeowner insurance benefits and reductions."

Why DaVinci

When selecting a synthetic roof, Rosewall recommends doing research to find the best products, warranties and manufactured products. "You want to search for the 'no worries' type of roof that provides the highest levels of safety and security plus is backed by a 50-year warranty," says Rosewall. "In addition, the roof needs to be natural-looking. For slate and shake synthetic roofs, that can be achieved by selecting roof tiles that are thick, available in multiple widths and come in a palette of blended color options to complement the home.

"Our DaVinci products offer all these advantages, plus they're virtually fade-free, perform exceptionally well in severe weather conditions and resist insects, mold, algae and other nuisances that can occur with other roofing types."

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. Company products have a 50-year warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. DaVinci proudly makes its products in America and is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council. For additional information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit our website.



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