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KANSAS CITY, KS – What’s the worst job to have around Halloween when pranksters are engaged in everything from decorating trees with toilet paper to egging homes? Try being the principal of a high school or the dreaded math teacher who fails the star quarterback in his class.
From the unhappy surprise of yards decorated with shaving cream to cars displaying soaped up windows, Halloween has long been known as open season for potential home damage due to pranks. And, if you live in the town of Morton, Illinois or within a 90-mile radius of Peoria, Illinois, you’ll want to make sure you have a DaVinci Roofscapes® impact-resistant roof overhead to keep flying pumpkin damage to a minimum.
According to the University of Illinois, 90 percent of pumpkins grown in the United States are raised within 90 miles of Peoria. And, Morton is the self-proclaimed “Pumpkin Capital of the World” so pumpkins are readily available for Halloween antics.
“Creativity, teenagers and a vast supply of pumpkins are a unique combination that could spell trouble for some homeowners,” says Mark Hansen, vice president of sales for DaVinci Roofscapes. “Fortunately for homeowners with our polymer slate and shake roofing tiles overhead, even flying pumpkins won’t damage their roofs.
“These roofing tiles are impact- and fire-resistant. They stand up to hail and severe weather conditions, so while the roof may look like a pumpkin pie explosion, if a few pumpkins get targeted at a home at least there won’t be any lasting damage.”
While Hansen isn’t worried about the average sized 10- to 16-pound pumpkin landing on a DaVinci roof (especially since 90 percent of pumpkins are made up of water), he does have one concern. “We’re hoping the world’s largest pumpkin — weighing in last year at 2,009 pounds — stays on the ground where it belongs!” says Hansen. “We can’t imagine anyone being able to catapult that massive pumpkin towards a home, but trickery does live on Halloween. Even if that worst case scenario occurs, we have a solution … a custom orange roof to blend right in with the pumpkin — something everyone in Illinois should have!
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 our website.
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