LENEXA, KAN. – Given the early start to Hurricane Season 2015 with the arrival of Tropical Storm Ana in mid-May, experts at DaVinci Roofscapes advise homeowners to act now to prepare their homes for potentially volatile weather this summer.
"Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 24-30, with the hurricane season officially starting on June 1," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. "If you live in an area prone to direct or indirect threats of hurricanes, there are always four areas of the home that should be evaluated each year: windows, entry doors, garage doors and the roof.
"These are the key features of the home that can be most affected by the strong winds, rain and flying debris associated with a hurricane. If any of these areas are compromised, then there's a strong chance that Mother Nature will reach inside the home with devastating effects."
Rosewall recommends that homeowners in geographic areas prone to severe weather evaluate their roofs before hurricane season. "It's wonderful if your roof successfully stood up to strong weather conditions in the past year, but it's important to make sure your roof is still in good shape before the next round of bad weather hits," says Rosewall. "You can examine the roof yourself or have a professional roofer assess the roof for any damage you might not be able to see from the ground. They can also make repairs or recommend a roof replacement."
If a new roof is suggested, homeowners should consider an impact-resistant polymer slate or shake roof that has been tested to withstand strong winds. Composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes has been tested for wind and impact resistance and can be installed in high velocity hurricane zone areas.
Tree branches, yard items and loose items can become dangerous debris in high winds. The damage from these airborne items can be devastating. Having a roof that has achieved a Class 4 rating for the UL2218 tests reduces this risk. All of DaVinci's polymer roofing products have achieved a Class 4 rating, which is the highest grade possible. This means that DaVinci's composite roofing has a greater chance of helping protect the home during severe weather.
The durable DaVinci tiles have also achieved the Miami Dade County Acceptance and Texas Department of Insurance criteria for high velocity hurricane winds. The roofing tiles have the highest rating for straight line wind testing at 110mph in the ASTM D3161 test and have passed the TAS-125 certification test for wind uplift resistance in High Velocity Hurricane Zones.
All DaVinci tiles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects, making them ideal for installation in a wide variety of geographic areas. A Lifetime Limited Material Warranty gives peace of mind to homeowners purchasing DaVinci products.
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. DaVinci leads the industry in the greatest selection of colors, tile thickness and tile width variety. The company's reliable products have a lifetime limited material warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. All DaVinci 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 www.davinciroofscapes.com.