Get Weather Resistant Roofs with DaVinci Roofscapes

Simulated Shake RoofingSince 2001, DaVinci Roofscapes have topped many buildings with first-rate roofs in both the commercial and residential sectors. These roofs stand out in the market due to their weather resistant properties and durability. In fact, they have been proven to offer superior resistance to the harsh weather conditions like hail, strong storms, high winds, intense heat and humidity a roof may face over time.

DaVinci products are designed to realistically replicate the look of natural wood shakes or slate tiles and are offered in multiple profiles with a virtually unlimited color selection - you can even create your own custom blend! Our roofing products have passed rigorous tests for fire resistance (Class A rated), impact resistance (Class 4 rated), and wind resistance. An added bonus, our simulated shake and slate roofs do not retain or absorb moisture, thereby providing resistance against damage created by the repeated thaw and freeze cycles.

In fact, our roofs have performed very well in one of the harshest climates in the United States - the mountains of North Carolina that are often rainy and don't give the roofs time to dry out. This creates a haven for bugs, fungus, algae, etc. and can lead to a lot of damage on a roof. Stacy Stines of Stacy Stines Roofing shares his experience with the performance of DaVinci products in this climate in a conversation we had with him a few months ago. To read his story, click here.

To learn more about the DaVinci products, drop us an email or call us at 1-800-328-4624.

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Class A Fire Ratings - What Does that Mean?

Regular readers of our blog probably see us mention "Class A fire rating" from time to time. Although you can probably guess that a Class A rating translates to a top tier fire resistance rating, you may have wondered how our tiles earned that distinction and what exactly it means. Well, let's start off by saying that the Class A rating is the highest rating for fire resistance that can be earned by roofing products. There are also Class B and C ratings and each of those refers to products that off a lesser resistance to fire.

These ratings are determined by a standardized test given to roof coverings known as the ASTM E108. It tests for how well the roofing tiles resist the spreading of flames on their surface, the ability of the material to resist fire penetration from the exterior to the underside of a roof deck, and resistance to recurring intermittent flame".  All of our polymer roof tiles have been given a Class A rating for fire based on these tests, and this means extra protection for your home and business.

To learn more about our Class A Fire Ratings, read this blog written by our Vice President of Technical Services, Tim Gentry. As well, in the video below you can see our DaVinci Shake going through the fire test:

 

 

To learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Protect Your Property with a DaVinci Roof

A home is one of the largest investments we make, and homeownership often comes with a few trials and tribulations, including roof maintenance, repair and replacement. We depend on our home to protect us from the elements, keep us safe and warm on those cold, dark winter nights, and keep us cool on those blazing hot summer days. When a roof is in need of repair or replacement, that protection we seek can be compromised as the roof has significant exposure to fierce winds, pounding rain, destructive hail, windblown debris, and annual freeze and thaw cycles.

Roofing materials that can stand up to the roughest of the elements are what is needed to help shield your property from damage and keep you and your family safe and sound. DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roof tiles can help provide that type of protection. Our tiles are specifically engineered, with proper installation, to withstand high winds (up to 110 mph), have achieved a Class A fire rating giving them a high degree of fire resistance, and have earned a Class 4 impact rating.

An added bonus, the realistic appearance and many color blends of our tiles mean that you don't to sacrifice beauty to protect your property.

To find out more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact us by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Polymer Shake Roofing

Cedar Shake AlternativeWooden shake lends a quaint, classy look to any home or business. It's a rustic look that brings us back to other times and quiet neighborhoods where the streets were lined with stately evergreens. However, as beautiful as cedar shake is, it has serious disadvantages such as a lower degree of resistance to fire when compared to other roofing materials, can require more maintenance, and can contribute to deforestation. However, a solution to those disadvantages can be found in tiles that look just like shake but come with none of those problems. The material used to make such tiles is polymer resin and it's shaping up to be the perfect substitute for the wooden variety of shake.

We make shake out of polymer resins and instead of being susceptible to fire, our tiles have earned the highest fire rating given to roofing tiles (a Class A fire rating). Unlike wooden products that can absorb water and eventually rot or crack after freeze and thaw cycles, our shake will last for at least 50 years with very little or no maintenance. Since DaVinci shake tiles are made from polymer resin (instead of trees) and are 100 percent recyclable, they are also a lot more eco friendly than their wooden counterparts. As far as appearance goes, they also look just like gorgeous wooden tiles and are available in a much larger array of colors than the cedar variety.

Do you have a DaVinci shake roof? Please send us your photos to share on our blog!

To learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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New Year...New Roof!

Synthetic Slate CostThe start of a new year can often remind us that our homes may need repairs or remodeling. If your roof is several years old, or has been subjected to severe hail storms and/or high winds, 2013 could be the year to replace it. Although replacing a roof is a big project, a new roof gives you the opportunity to really research and find the right product to better protect your home from even the worst weather elements. Investing in a DaVinci Roof can offer top notch protection for your home that includes a Class A fire rating, high ratings for impact and winds up to 110 mph, and resistance to insects, mold, algae, fungus and more.

Our tough, lightweight tiles have earned those high ratings because they were designed to truly protect a home (or business) while lasting for at least 50 years. It's like polymer armor for the top of the house that looks fantastic! Since we craft our fake slate and shake tiles from carefully engineered pure virgin resins, we can make them in any color, and they end up looking just like natural stone tiles and wooden shakes. If 2013 turns out to be the year you need a new roof, make a resolution to protect and beautify your home with a DaVinci roof.

To find out more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact us by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Take a Tour of the DaVinci Plant! See How Our Polymer Roof Tiles are Made!

Have you ever wondered how we make our polymer slate and shake tiles? Now you can check out the process in a new video hosted by Mark Clement of MyFixitUpLife where he takes you on a tour of the DaVinci Roofscapes' plant.

To explain how we make our durable, Class A fire rated tiles, he starts the tour in our QA lab and an overview of the science behind the process. Since our products are made with virgin resins, unlike quarried stone or split wooden tiles, precise measurements are needed to assure that our tiles are engineered with a precise chemical composition that results in products that are tough, pliable, and Class A rated for fire.

He then moves on to the part of the factory where the tiles are actually made. Resin particles are blended with pigment and then heated to 500 degrees. That mixture is then sent to a molding machine where it's compressed with 300 to 1000 tons of pressure to make our Multi-Width, Valoré, and Bellaforté signature tiles.

The tiles then need to be quick-cooled after all of that heat and immense pressure and although they are still warm when they come out of the machine, they are ready to beautify and protect your home and business. However, before they are shipped, we also sort the tiles by width and color to help contractors save time and money at the job site.

Take a peek at the video below to take your own personal tour of plant with Mark!

To learn more about the benefits of a DaVinci roof, contact us by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

 

 

 

  

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Installation Tips for DaVinci Tiles

DaVinci polymer roof tiles weren't developed just to protect homes and businesses from nasty Lightweight Roofing Systemsweather, insects, and fire. Along with high wind and impact ratings and a Class A fire rating, they are also engineered for easy installation in a variety of situations. For example, one of the benefits of using our multi-width tiles is a reduced need to cut tiles. Roofing expert Tim Gentry shows how this is done in a post about installing multi-width tiles in his blog.

In another post, he gives an interesting, easy tip on measuring the gap between tiles when installing DaVinci shake and slate. For quick and easy measurement of the 3/8 inch gap between tiles, he talks about how you can use the edge of a DaVinci starter shingle as a spacer because it measures 3/8 inches.

Tim has written several blog posts offering tips for easier installation of our products. Be sure to follow his blog posts, "Tim's Tips", to get the most up to date tips from Tim!

To learn more about the benefits that our products bring to a roof, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Installation Tips for Bellaforté Tiles

Synthetic Slate Cost Bellaforté tiles by DaVinci Roofscapes come with many advantages that make them a popular choice for business and homeowners in search of an elegant roof that will last for decades. Like our other tile profiles, Bellaforté fake slate and shake have high ratings for fire (Class A), wind, and impact (Class 4). In addition to being available in a huge variety of colors and color combinations, they are also easy to install.

For great Bellaforté installation tips, be sure to read roofing expert Tim Gentry's blog. When we first introduced Bellaforté tiles, we recommended a straight, horizontal installation and a defined vertical pattern. This seemed to be easiest since each tile has a ledge on its back that sits on the tip of the tile below it. The vertical pattern seemed tougher to do but feedback from contractors showed that a random vertical pattern was also easy and looked great!

Tim also talks about steep slope installation with toeboards in this post. The process is similar to installing snowguards on Bellaforté tiles and he also shows how easy it is to retrofit a roof with much needed snowguards.

To learn more about the benefits of Bellaforté tiles, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Clarifying a Common Misconception - Polymer is Rubber…

Polymer roof tiles are some of the most modern types of roofing products, and are becoming more popular due to the large number of advantages they offer over natural slate and shake, as well as other types of roof tiles. Since polymer tiles have been in existence for much less time than older roofing materials, there are a few misconceptions about polymer. The most common is that polymer is rubber.

Imitation Slate ShinglesAlthough this misconception may have been generated by the somewhat pliable nature of polymer products, referring to them as "rubber" is not correct. "Polymer" is a kind of highly refined plastic that (in this case) is developed and designed for roofs. The huge benefits that polymer tiles bring to a roof stem from the fact that this material can be crafted in a laboratory to solve a variety of roofing issues. For example, our engineers have worked to come up with a "polymer recipe" that will withstand high impacts, be impervious to water and freeze/thaw cycles, be resistant to fire (our tiles have a Class A fire rating), and have a high wind rating (rated up to 110 mph).

No, DaVinci polymer tiles are not rubber, but a very tough, long-lasting, carefully designed plastic material that is also available in a huge range of colors.

To learn more about how our polymer products can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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DaVinci Shake Profiles

The classic look of a shake tile roof is simply stunning. Natural cedar shake is beautiful but comes with a lot of maintenance and worry. DaVinci Roofscapes polymer shake looks just like the real thing, offering the same beauty with a few added benefits. Our shake tiles offer a Class A fire rating, are rated to resist wind up to 110- mph, are Class 4 impact rated, and come in three profiles each of which is modeled after real cedar tiles. Those three profiles are:

  • Fake Cedar ShakeMulti-Width DaVinci shake: These roofing tiles are reminiscent of the texture of natural cedar shake with displays of deep-grained surface that reflect the natural textures and the look of "premium shake". Available in a full spectrum of authentic cedar colors, each DaVinci Shake blend is formulated from different wood tones creating a natural variance in color, enhancing the realistic appearance and blending beautifully with its surroundings.

 

  • Single-Width Valoré shake: Valoré tiles resemble hand-split shakes tile found on residences throughout the world. The profile of this fake shake deepens shadow lines to give the roof a more dramatic appearance. Available in one width, it works well for people interested in a simple, clean design.

 

  • Bellaforté shake: With an average tile thickness of one inch, this profile resembles jumbo shake. The leading edge tab on these beautiful tiles gives them excellent performance in windy conditions, and they have a lower carbon footprint because less material is needed due to their 12 inch width.


All of our shake profiles are also available in a huge array of color combinations including EcoBlend cool roof colors that help reduce heating and cooling costs.

To learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

 

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DaVinci Slate Profiles

Natural slate is beautiful but expensive, heavy, and needs regular maintenance. And when compared to Imitation Slate Shinglesour composite slate tiles, it's easy to see why home and business owners are opting for our version of this classic roofing material.

DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate products are durable, won't crack and crumble like the stone version, come with a Class A fire rating, Class 4 impact rating, high wind rating, and are resistant to freeze/thaw cycles. Since our tiles are much lighter than stone tiles, cost of installation and transportation are also less.

In addition to all the benefits, our slate tiles come in three authentic looking profiles, two of which can be installed in a straight or staggered coursing, depending of the look you desire. The available profiles are:

  • Multi-Width Slate: Our multi-width composite slate is carefully engineered to provide the authentic look and durability of natural slate. Formulated from a palette of 23 earth tones, our slate tile blends offer a broad spectrum of blends to complement any home.

 

  • Single-Width Valoré: Available in a full spectrum of authentic slate colors, this is thicker than most other resin slate tiles and is perfect for people interested in a roof with a simple, natural design.

 

  • Bellaforté: Beautiful tiles that are just as realistic as our other slate profiles, their 12 inch width helps reduce the amount of material needed and thus the cost of installation and the carbon footprint.

 

All of our slate profiles are available in a nearly endless combination of colors, including EcoBlend cool roof colors that can help reduce heating and cooling costs.

Do you have a DaVinci slate roof? Send us your photos to share on the blog!

To learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Solving Roof Issues with Tim Gentry - Part Two

Tim Gentry, Vice President of Technical Services at DaVinci Roofscapes, has a wealth of knowledge to share about roofs, roof installation, and testing of our products. His expertise comes from years spent installing roofs all across the Midwest and in Tahoe, NV. Tim shares his first hand knowledge regularly on our blog. Below are more of "Tim's Tips" we hope you find helpful.   

  • The Dreaded MoldIf you make changes to an older home to make it more energy efficient and you live in a climate where it gets cold in the winter, you probably should make changes to the attic ventilation as well. Homes that were built before the energy crisis of the 1970's rarely had moisture ( and mold)  issues related to ventilation. Back when I was a kid houses breathed. There weren’t double and triple paned windows, weather stripping was rare, and homeowners didn’t shoot expandable foam into every nook and cranny. Take one of those old homes and tighten it up everywhere and suddenly ... Read Full Blog 

 

 

 

  • Baby It's Cold OutsideOur engineered resin system is designed so that the tiles remain flexible in cold temperatures and can usually be installed in temperatures as cold as 20 degrees F. When installing DaVinci Slate and our composite Shake in cold temperatures you must make sure that the tiles have been stored flat and are flat when installed. You must make certain that the space between tiles is at a very minimum 3/16”.... Read Full Blog

 

 

 

 

  • Class A Fire RatingWhat does a class A fire rating mean on a roofing product mean? It means that the roof covering has undergone extensive fire testing using the ASTM E 108 test standard at the Class A level. Class A is the best classification available.

    For polymer roof coverings there are three tests.... 
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To get more tips from Tim, follow his blog "Up on the Roof".

 

 

To learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes byemail or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Featured Project - Leawood, Kansas

According to a 2011 study conducted by Harris Interactive and sponsored by DaVinci Roofscapes, 88% of homeowners see the exterior of their home as one large picture rather than just a sum of many parts (click here to read more). So what does that mean? Curb appeal is HUGE to most homeowners!

DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program Member Johnston Contracting of Lenexa, Kansas knows we love a good before and after shot, and sent these over as a testimonial on how a roof replacement can add curb appeal without really having to change much. This homeowner went from natural cedar shake to Bellaforté Shake so while the overall look is the same, new tiles (that also feature a Class A Fire Rating, Class 4 Impact Rating, and are mold and algae growth resistant) give this already beautiful home an extra boost.

 

DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program Member:
Johnson Contracting
Lenexa, Kansas
913-406-8652
 

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From the Architect's Corner - Before and After

Sometimes a roof doesn't need an entire facelift with a new tile profile or a new color, just an almost identical replacement will make a world of difference! Below is a before and after shot of a home that went from natural cedar shakes to Bellaforté Shake.

Bellaforté Shake can give you the rustic look of jumbo cedar shakes, but with a Class A Fire Rating, a Class 4 Impact Rating and is resistant to mold and algae growth.

Bellaforte Shake before and after

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Benefits of DaVinci Shake

We love the look of natural shake, so much so that we created a polymer version that has the classic, quaint appearance of the natural wooden variety without the upkeep and shortcomings. Available in styles that replicate hand split or machine sawn wooden shake, DaVinci Shake tiles are also:

  • Fake Cedar Shake100% recyclable: Scraps and cuttings from a jobsite as well as tiles after the life expectancy of the roof can be sent back to our plant in Kansas City, KS for recycling.
     
  • Rated Class A for fire: This makes our shake far more resistant to fire than natural wooden shakes (which sometimes earn a C rating or lower).

 

  • High wind and impact ratings: All of our shake roof tiles offer a wind resistance rating up to 110 mph (ASTM D 3161) and a Class 4 Impact Rating (UL  2218).

 

Another important benefit of our polymer shake tiles is the availablility in a huge variety of colors and color blends. Instead of searching around for the right color or settling on a color blend that isn't exactly what you want, our color studio makes it easy to create the best color combination for your home or business.

Do you have a DaVinci shake roof? Please send us your photos to share them on this blog!

To learn more about how DaVinci shake can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Bellaforté Shake - The Newest Member of the DaVinci Roofscapes Product Family

Have you seen the newest member of the DaVinci Roofscapes family of products? Many have seen our Valoré, Multi-width, and Bellaforté Slate tiles, but our Bellaforté Shake is so new that some folks haven't yet been introduced.

Bellaforté ShakeLike all of our other products, Bellaforté Shake offers Class A fire rating, Class 4 Impact Rating, and High Wind Resistance. With these tiles, your home or business will have the classic look of natural shake with added protection against fire, impact, and high winds up to 110 mph, plus a 50-year-limited warranty.

This beautiful shake is designed to look just like the real, hand cut wooden variety by incorporating staggered lengths with slanted sawn edges and comes in multiple color blends.

To learn more about the benefits of using Bellaforté shake to beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.
 

 

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From The Architect's Corner - A Haunted Tavern and a DaVinci Roof

This week's TV line up is chalk full of all of our favorite shows' Halloween episodes. If you're a cable junkie (as I am) you've probably noticed that every channel is turning spooky for the week and running mystery shows, ghost stories, and featuring other strange or scary places or events.

Weathered Gray ShakesSo, in that spirit, today's post is going to feature the spookiest DaVinci Shake installation I know about - Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford, Pennsylvania. A 1760s historic landmark, the tavern is said to be haunted. Several ghost sightings and odd events have taken place in this tavern. If you are willing to be a little creeped out, click here to read some of the folklore surrounding this tavern!

Back in 2006 the owner of this establishment, Melissa Jacbos, contacted me about putting a composite shake roof on the gift shop and (a few months later) the tavern she owned. She was interested in something that was Class A Fire Rated and was easier to maintain than natural shakes. The building is a registered national landmark so complete authenticity was required. A synthetic cedar shake roof, in the Weathered Gray blend, was purchased and installed without any interference from the ghosts that frequent the restaurant (so they must approve)!

Have you ever worked on a (DaVinci) project that has a unique history? Email me about it! mstone@davinciroofscapes.com

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Minimize Roof Damage in Extreme Weather with DaVinci Polymer Roof Tiles

Recently many people experienced an unprecedented storm that did unimaginable damage to their homes, businesses, communities and lives. All of us at DaVinci Roofscapes wish a quick recovery to all who were affected.

Many of us have experienced the typical spring storm. While just about any roof can withstand gentle Spring rains, the true test comes in the form of extreme Lightweight Roofing Solutionsweather. Over the course of a year, roofs on homes from coast to coast are subjected to nature's wrath and not all of them pass the test with flying colors. High winds have stripped asphalt tiles off of homes in many a town. Driving hail and wind-blown debris have damaged roofs with low impact rated tiles while other roofs finally showed cracks after years of freeze and thaw cycles.

Extreme weather is a challenge for just about any roof. That's why it's worth it to invest in a roof designed to stand up to everything from harsh impacts to high winds and fire. All of our roofing products help protect a home or business from hail and debris with tough composite materials that have been given a high impact rating. Also, our tiles are rated for winds up to 110 mph for superior wind resistance and have earned a Class 4 Fire rating (with proper underlayments). In addition to having Class A fire, high wind and Class 4 impact ratings, DaVinci tiles are designed to be impervious to freeze and thaw cycles.

Do you have a DaVinci Roof? Please share your photos for our blog!

To learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products protect homes and business in the face of extreme weather, contact us by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.
 

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Helpful Terms to Know for Your Roof Installation

When the time comes to install a new roof, homeowners are suddenly confronted with numerous unfamiliar terms. If you don't work in the construction industry, you'll quickly find out that a roof is a lot more than just wood, shingles and gutters. To help de-code the roofing terminology, the following are a few common terms that are helpful to know:

  • Ridge: A horizontal line formed by two surfaces at the top of a roof where two slopes meet. Basically, it's peak of a sloped roof. 
  • Hip: A sloping ridge that forms the junction between two slopes on a part of the roof that comes out an a 90 degree angle from the main section of the roof.
  • Rake: This refers to the vertical edges on a gable roof. In other words, the rake is the part of the roof edge that connects the ridge to the eaves (the areas just below the lower ends of the roof).
  • Flashing: This refers to the pieces of sheet metal placed on joints of a roof to help keep water from leaking into the structure. Flashing can be made of a variety of metals, some of the most common being copper, aluminum, and steel.

There are several other terms related to roofs. To learn about some of them along with information about our Class A fire rated fake shake and slate, contact contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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The Week of October 7-13 is Fire Prevention Week. Do You Know the Fire Rating of Your Roof?

Most Americans focus on things like football, homecoming games, and Halloween parties during the month of October. This year, the week of October 7-13 is dedicated to something much more serious - fire prevention. Although doing all you can to prevent a structure fire is important at all times of the year, thinking about how you can make your home that much more resistant to fire may end up saving your life.

Lightweight Roofing SystemsThe roof in particular is something that a lot of people overlook. Folks might change the batteries in smoke detectors and check the fire extinguisher, but they might not even think of the roof as being a hazard. With there being so many different types of roofing materials, there is also a variation in fire ratings.

For example, a roof with untreated wooden shingles probably has a much lower fire rating than a roof covered by our fake cedar shake. In addition to looking just like authentic wooden shingles, our cedar alternative tiles, when installed with the proper underlayments, carry a Class A fire rating (the highest fire rating possible). This means that roofs using our products with proper underlayments not only look beautiful, they are also more resistant to fires than their natural counterparts.

Do you have a DaVinci roof that uses our composite shake? Send us pictures to post on the blog!

Learn more about how all of our tiles earn a Class A rating for fire by emailing or calling us today at 1-800-328-4624.

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