Roof Check Recommended During Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013
KANSAS CITY, KAN. - During Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12, 2013) experts at DaVinci Roofscapes remind homeowners to carefully inspect their roofs — especially if they have flammable cedar shake roofs.
“With the number of major wildfires in the United States increasing each year, roofs made from wood can increase the risk of a catastrophic loss for homeowners,” says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. “Even if the fire is not an immediate threat, wind-driven sparks and embers can ignite an untreated wood shake roof and spread to the entire home. A DaVinci polymer roof provides the same look as wooden shakes but retains its Class A fire rating for the life of the roof with no need for periodic retreatment.”
This is why Rosewall recommends homeowners replace wood roofing materials with alternatives such as polymer roofing tiles. Made to resemble cedar shakes, fire-resistant Multi-Width Shake, Bellaforté Shake and Valoré Shake products from DaVinci are rated Class A for fire retardance and come with a 50-year limited warranty.
“Flames simply don’t spread on our polymer shake roofs,” says Rosewall.
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) recommends the installation of a Class A fire-rated roofs for homes located in wildfire-prone areas, if a roof is unrated or if a homeowner has an older roof on a home that’s ready for replacement. IBHS identifies unrated roofs as being the most vulnerable and recommends homeowners have their roofs inspected by a professional roofing contractor.
In some areas of the country, such as in California, laws are being implemented that require homeowners to replace wood shake roofs with fire resistant roofing materials. The Roof Covering Ordinance that went into effect January 1, 2009, requires that all wood shake roofs within the San Bernardino County Fire Safety Zones be replaced by July 1, 2014. Homes and commercial properties have until that date to comply with the new law.
Similar building codes, ordinances and requirements exist for the installation and replacement of wood shake and wood shingle roofs in other areas, including Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. And, in Boulder, Colo., wood shakes and wood shingles are prohibited from being installed. After January 1, 2014 it will be against the law in Boulder to repair major portions of wooden roofs rather than replace them with non-flammable roofing materials.
DaVinci has created a line of polymer-composite synthetic shake tiles that offer all of the natural, rustic beauty of real cedar shingles – but without any of the natural drawbacks of real wood. State-of-the-art polymer chemistry is used to create an appearance of a natural cedar product in both hand-split and machine-sawn varieties.
Each DaVinci composite roof shingle is lightweight, impervious to freeze/thaw cycles, impact resistant, maintenance free, color fade resistant, Class A fire rated (with specified underlayments), UL 2218 Class 4 impact rated, and wind resistant to 110 mph.
DaVinci shake roofing tiles feature both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend in the Multi-Width product line for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths on the tiles help create a natural, non-repeating look that can be laid in a straight or staggered pattern. All DaVinci shake tiles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects, making them ideal for installation in a wide variety of geographic areas.
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 limited 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 National Roofing Contractors Association, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council. For additional information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit www.davinciroofscapes.com.