Polymer Slate Roof Eases Homeowner Concerns
After Mary Katherine Hirsh was evacuated from her home in November 2011 due to a firestorm sweeping through her Reno neighborhood, she knew it was time for a new roof. According to a local fire official, the original 42-year-old wooden shakes on her Country French style home were a tinderbox waiting to burn.
“The idea that a stray cinder landing on my roof could ignite the entire home was scary,” says Hirsh, a Nevada resident. “I immediately started researching roofing options and focused in on fire-resistant polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes®.”
Exactly a year after the original firestorm, Hirsh sleeps better at night with her new polymer slate roof overhead. “I couldn’t wait to get those wood shakes off this home,” says Hirsh. “We built this house with those shakes and I loved them, but now I have a roof I can really rely on to help keep me safe.”
Hirsh reports that the slate style suits her home’s design more than the original wooden shakes. She investigated slate options but rejected them due to the potential for cracking due to freeze and thaw conditions in her area. “With slate I would have paid yearly fees just to maintain the roof,” says Hirsh. “Now with this new polymer roof I won’t have to worry about it ever again. The 50-year limited warranty from DaVinci means that this house is protected for decades in the future.”
Selecting the Right Roofing Contractor
As part of her research for the new roof, Hirsh interviewed a wide variety of roofing contractors. “I knew I found the right roofer when Ken Perry of Fletcher Roofing and Siding went up on the roof and came back down to give me first-hand knowledge of how badly the wood shakes had been ‘chewed up’ by the sun and wind,” says Hirsh. “I selected this roofing company because of their dedication to doing the job perfectly while protecting the landscaping around my home.”
One of the things that impressed Hirsh the most was the daily care and clean-up performed by the team at Fletcher Roofing and Siding. Careful draping of shrubbery, removal of debris and sweeping the yard with magnets to remove nails kept Hirsh happy during the five-week installation.
“This was the first time we installed DaVinci tiles and it was an extremely easy product to work with,” says Luke Fletcher, owner of Fletcher Roofing and Siding, Inc. out of Reno. “Since finishing the Hirsh project we’ve done several other bids using this product. The aesthetic appeal of the roof is incredible, along with the authenticity of the slate.
“Everyone who sees this house believes it’s natural slate. I anticipate we’ll have a big business for the polymer shake tiles in our marketplace too. I’m grateful that Mrs. Hirsh did her research and introduced us to this exceptional roofing product.”
Along with being fire-resistant, the DaVinci Multi-Width Slate product installed on the Hirsh home resists rot, impact, fire and insects. To complement the house, Hirsh selected the standard European blend from DaVinci, which includes light, medium and dark gray tones along with light and dark purple.
“This roof looks perfect on the home,” says Fletcher. “And, knowing there are 49 standard colors of DaVinci roof to choose from — plus unlimited custom color options — gives me the flexibility to meet the color needs of all my customers in the future.”
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 Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council. For additional information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit our website.