Spring Storms - Get Your Roof Ready

LENEXA, KAN. - After a rough winter with record-breaking low temperatures and snowfall amounts, homeowners across the Midwest are preparing for potentially devastating spring weather that can come with high winds, hail and strong storms.

In 2013 many homeowners — especially those in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska — became storm-weary as 943 tornados were reported throughout the United States. Some of those residents, like Julie McSweeney of Omaha, Neb., were fortunate that only flying debris from high winds and hail damaged their homes. However those weather conditions were enough to require McSweeney to require a new roof.

Homeowner Reflections

“After terrible hail storms devastated hundreds of homes in our area last year we began seeing many impact-resistant DaVinci Roofscapes® polymer roofs installed,” says McSweeney. “We wanted a worry-free, beautiful, best-in-class roof that could withstand future storms and we got it with our new Bellaforté® Slate roof.”

One of the most popular product lines available from DaVinci Roofscapes, Bellaforté polymer roofing tiles include a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge, helping to reduce the installation time for the products. A square of Bellaforté tiles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight also reduces the total installed cost by lowering the transportation costs.

All DaVinci tiles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects, making them ideal for installation in a wide variety of geographic areas. They also resist impact from flying debris and hail associated with storms. Just as with other DaVinci products, the Bellaforté tiles are 100 percent recyclable and come with a 50-year limited warranty.

Insights from a Professional

One Omaha roofing company spending 16 hours a day, 7 days a week reroofing homes in the Omaha area last year was Weatherguard, Inc. After hail storms careened through the city and that left craters in roofs the size of tennis balls, the company installed more than 100 DaVinci roofs in 2013.

BFSHEspressoNE0040“Storm damage was so severe in 2013 that it stripped some roofs of their tiles and broke shingles right off other roofs,” says Trent Lovewell, vice president of operations for Weatherguard, Inc. “Our sixty employees were constantly busy installing the Bellaforté slate and shake polymer tiles to replace damaged roofs. This is our preferred composite roofing product because it’s impact-resistant, has a strong warranty and offers a great cost value to the homeowner.”

The family-owned business recommends homeowners across the country evaluate their roofs before the start of the next wicked weather season this spring. “Look for blown shingles or leaks, granules coming off or curling,” says Lovewell. “These are signs your current roof is in trouble. If you find these indicators, make sure to contact a qualified roofer now to help protect your home and family from bad weather conditions associated with tornados.

“We’ve been installing the DaVinci roof products for 10 years and find that they really perform exceptionally well in this geographic area. The bonus is that they add beauty to the home while being backed by a 50-year warranty.”

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 50-year limited 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.


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