Composite Shake Shingles + Metal = Beautiful Roof

In the open areas of Brock, Nebraska, wind storms and severe rain can have a truly devastating impact on cedar roof shingles. So, when the Butler family decided to replace their cedar shake roof, they searched for a Class A Fire Rated roofing product that was impact-resistant and had a 50 year roof warranty.

fake shake roof


"We started searching online for long-lasting roofs and discovered the polymer shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes," says Kim Butler. "At the same time we remembered the appeal of steel roofs we'd seen in Montana. Somehow we knew we wanted to combine the two products."

The Butler family selected Multi-Width Shake from DaVinci in a Mountain blend of three brown tones for the primary area of their designer roof. A secondary roof area composite shakenow features an aging artisan metal roof. Combined with other exterior textures (including brick, cedar and copper), the home has a unique appeal.

"We really like how metals patina with age to give a rustic look," says Butler. "With a steel roof and copper gutters, we believe the slow progression of the patinas will bring long-term beauty and durability to our home. Add in the DaVinci composite shakes and we have a winning combination.

"It used to be that with each rain and wind storm we were losing pieces of our original wood shingles from the roof. Now we have a composite shake roof overhead that we trust will provide us with decades of service."

Jealous of the Butler home? See Roof Envy - A Tale of Two Roofs!


Simulated Slate Roofing the "Go To" Product for Champion Roofing

Asphalt shingles often deteriorate over the years and are subject to roof hail damage. That's exactly what happened to homeowner Ann Butler of Lake Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania. When it came time to replace her roof, she relied on the advice of friends and experts. Her search led her to simulated slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"This is another example of a project where DaVinci synthetic slate roofing products made a huge difference for a homeowner," says David Chiampi with Champion Roofing. "I've used composite roofing from DaVinci for a variety of designer roof jobs. It's my 'go to' roof when homeowners ask me for sustainable roofing that's durable, low-maintenance and long-lasting.

"With the Butler house, we're talking about a 35-year old ranch style home with an aging, leaky roof. The homeowner wanted a reliable designer roof and had seen the DaVinci fake slate on another home. I was pleased to support their product selection. These lightweight roofing tiles are an all around good product, with a 50 year roof warranty that provides peace-of-mind for consumers."

Champion Roofing has a solid history of installing luxury roofs. Chiampi and his team rely on the composite roofing product as a solution for roofing problems in the northeast Pennsylvania marketplace.

"We have no challenges installing this Class A Fire Rated sustainable roofing product," says Chiampi. "Whether it's the single-width polymer roof tiles or the Multi-Width Slate we put up on the Butler residence, installation is fast and easy, and the results are outstanding. This imitation slate roofing product brings new life and style to every home."

Want to hear what other roofers have to say about steep slope roofing and DaVinci products? See Contractors "Hail" DaVinci Roofscapes


Simulated Shake Roofing Without the Hassles of Real Cedar Roofing

What's that disgusting black and green coating you often see on cedar shake roofing products? Mold. Fungus. Algae. And, it can even grow in yellow, sickly green and red colors. That's NOT the kind of color you want on your roof!

Homeowners who desire the beauty of cedar roofing without the rainbow of growth problems can turn to DaVinci Roofscapes for a shake alternative with all the right colors. Made of virgin polymers that resist algae, mold, fungus and insects, DaVinci synthetic shake shingles come in dozens of standard colors and eye-pleasing color blends.

Fake Cedar Shake


Forget about the worries of rotting wood, decay and fire hazards. DaVinci fake cedar shake tiles resist impact, high winds and fire, along with fading, curling and ugly mold growth. And, because each DaVinci shake blend is formulated from different wood tones -- with both wavy and straight grains throughout the designer roof blend -- you get a natural variation in colors to give you a realistic shake tile roof look. (See Shaking Up Roofs)

Need another reason to have DaVinci simulated shake roofing overhead? Then consider this: DaVinci products have a Class A Fire Rating and a Class 4 Impact Resistance Rating to help withstand Mother Nature's wrath. Package all that together with a 50 year roof warranty and you'll turn green with envy ... and that's a color we CAN get on your luxury roof!


Seafood, Sausages and Popcorn!

Anyone for seafood, sausage or pizza? Those are specialty month celebrations in October. Along with it also being designated Popcorn Poppin' Month and Stamp Collecting Month, this autumn month promises lots of fun.

While you can celebrate chili, caramel and pork in October, the folks at DaVinci Roofscapes also encourage you to look at some of the more serious designations. October 6-12 is Fire Prevention Week (something we take very seriously since DaVinci offers Class A Fired Rated polymer roofing) and all of October is National Crime Prevention Month.

For those kind folks among us, October 5 is Do Something Nice Day, the 22nd is Make a Difference Day and the first is World Smile Day. However, if you're feeling a bit grumpy, we have a day for that too! October 15th is National Grouch Day ... and the 26th is Howl at the Moon Night!


Energy Awareness Month Insights for Your Luxury Roof

Happy Energy Awareness Month! To start off your celebration, home improvement expert Mark Clement suggests you focus on your roof.

"If your roof is older and inefficient, it can either absorb too much heat from the sun or 'leak out' the comfortable air in your home, which can increase your energy bills," says Mark Clement, co-host of the MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show and website. "I recommend homeowners make smart, energy-efficient investments in their homes beginning with ENERGY STAR® qualified products."

Polymer Slate RoofClements says it's easy for homeowners to seek out the ENERGY STAR approval when purchasing windows, doors and simulated slate and shake roofing for the home.

“A product that meets ENERGY STAR requirements for a specific geographic area is constructed to help make the home as energy efficient as possible," says Clement. "Using several ENERGY STAR qualified products together can really help ease the energy burden on the home, which can help save homeowners a great deal of money each year on energy costs.”

When it comes time to replace the roof, Clement advises looking for a “Cool Roof” that will help lower the home’s overall energy costs. A Cool Roof is measured by two properties, solar reflectance and thermal emittance. (See Save Energy with Cool Roof Colors)

EcoBlend polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes have been verified by the independent Cool Roof Rating Council to meet or exceed requirements for ENERGY STAR qualified roofing products to reflect sunlight and heat away from the home, helping increase the overall energy efficiency of the structure. (See Ask Us About Our ENERGY STAR® Qualified Products!)

"Along with having a 50 year roof warranty, these durable, impact-resistant polymer roofing tiles  resist hail damage and fire," says Clement. "This composite roofing is a smart investment to both save on energy and create a best-in-class designer roof for the home."


From the Architect's Corner - Lake Houses

DaVinci Shake - Weathered GrayIf your client has a lake house, he or she will be looking for exterior materials that can protect the home from the elements, especially in the months they are not there. Whether a palatial house or a small lake cabin, a DaVinci Roofscapes' polymer slate or shake tile roof is a great investment for a second home as it lives up to the highest standards available for a roofing material. Class A fire rated, Class 4 impact rated, freeze/thaw resistant and with a wind rating of 110 mph means your clients can live worry free during the off season. A luxury roof by DaVinci also means a natural, rustic look to fit in with the rustic look of a lake community.

Happy Friday Architects!


It's "Ask a Stupid Question Day"

How many times in life have you heard a teacher or parent say, "there's no such thing as a stupid question." Well ... maybe there is. Why else would today be designated as "Ask a Stupid Question Day."

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we understand the general homeowner may not be familiar with the "ins and outs" of our polymer roofing products. After all, it's a complicated formula we use to create our impact-, fire-, insect- and algae-resistant simulated shake roofing and imitation slate shingles. That's why we want to share with you some of the most frequently asked (and not stupid!) questions we get about our composite roofing products.

Q: How do you get the color in your composite roofing tiles?

A: We use extra-strength crayons to color each tile. No, seriously ... DaVinci lightweight roofing tiles are made of an engineered polymer with virgin resins and the colors are blended throughout each piece in the manufacturing process. We call it "color through and through." The polymer is also impregnated with fire retardant and the most advanced UV and thermal stabilizers available.

Q: How can you prove that your synthetic roofing materials will resist hurricane force winds and hail?

A: We use simulated weather conditions to make sure our sustainable roofing products can withstand severe weather conditions and meet the highest Class 4 Impact Resistance codes to provide a more secure home for you and your family. Our designer roof tiles have also achieved a 110 mph wind resistance rating, equivalent to Category 4 hurricane conditions. See for yourself ...

Click HERE to view all of our product testing videos.

Q: If my house burns down, will the fire-resistant roof still be standing?

A: Well, no. It's impossible for a roof to still stand if there's nothing to hold it up. However, a DaVinci Class A Fire Rated roof resists the spread of flames, so if you're in an area with wildfires and sparks "jump" or land on your roof, the DaVinci manufactured slate and shake alternative roof will not ignite. (Don't believe us? Check out our video)

Want more answers to your questions? Visit our extensive DaVinci Roofscapes FAQ section on our website.


Slimy Slate Roofs

Yuk. That's the first word that comes to mind when some homeowners discover that their natural slate roof tiles have algae growth, bird poop stains or even moss growing between the tiles.

Travel through Europe and you see these slimy slate roof conditions everywhere. While it may be "charming" and add "character" to the roofs overseas, none of us want the ongoing maintenance hassles or cracking problems of a natural slate shingles on our home in the United States.

Thank goodness for polymer roofing advancements. Started 15 years ago, DaVinci Roofscapes manufactures imitation slate tiles that resist algae, mold, fungus and insects. The fake slate tiles are part of a lightweight roofing solution for the home that offers the beauty of slate, but without the headaches of yearly maintenance. (See DaVinci Slate Roofing Rivals Natural Slate)

Best of all, DaVinci synthetic slate shingles resist curling, cracking and fading. They also come with a 50 year roof warranty ... and the cost of installing a DaVinci composite slate roof system can be up to 50% less than quarried slate installation!

For more information on DaVinci Single-Width and Multi-Width simulated slate roofing with a Class A Fired Rating, see Fred Flintstone's Boss Would Love DaVinci Slate Tiles.


From the Architect's Corner - Recently Featured Projects

Many of my conversations with architects include discussing other projects similar to the ones they are working on themselves. Here are some recently featured projects that showcase the variety of home styles and building types that our lightweight roofing tiles top. It is always important to note, that all tiles manufactured by DaVinci Roofscapes are made of the same material, a high quality engineered polymer and what makes them different is the design. So whether you are looking at Multi-Width Slate or Bellaforté Shake, you're going to be getting a tile that is Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated, Wind Rated to 110 mph and comes with a 50 year warranty

Featured Project - Forth Worth, TX

A brick exterior will be one of the biggest fixed features on your home. Click here to learn how navigate picking a roofing color to go with brick. 

Featured Project - Midwest City, OK 

Not every roof has a slope, but sometimes there is just enough to add a luxury roofing material as an accent! Click here to read more. 

Featured Project - Nags Head, NC

I worked on this project from spec to finish! Click here to read more about these custom shakes installed on a retail store in a high wind zone.

Featured Project - Waukegan, IL

The Waukegan Historical Society chose DaVinci Shake for the Haines House, home of former Chicago Mayor John C. Haines and current residence of the town's history museum. Click here to read more. 

Happy Friday, Architects! 


Help Deter Wildfire Spread with DaVinci Class A Fire Rated Polymer Roof Tiles

From coast-to-coast, the number "1" is very important when it comes to wildfires. All it takes is one lightning strike, one smoldering ember from a campfire, or one dropped cigarette to spark disastrous results --- especially in several drought-stricken states.

On July 1st, the National Interagency Fire Center issued their report that several key areas of the country will have above normal wildland fire potential through the summer months. Areas include portions of California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. And, there's potential for this "above normal" classification to expand to New England states in August.

Why are we sharing this scary weather prediction? Because DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing tiles are Class A fire rated with the proper underlayments. That's important to know --- especially if you install roofs in the geographic areas listed above.

As you might imagine, choosing "A" rated lightweight roofing systems is smarter to selecting a "B" or "C" rating on your roofing products. And, in some locations, an A rating is required by local codes.

Having attained a Class A fire rating means our composite shake and synthetic slate tiles have attained the best fire rating that is available in the market. It also means that our composite roofing products meet the following criteria:

  • Intermittent Flame - an assembly of tiles is subjected to an intense flame with a strong air current for two minutes then turned off for two minutes. This procedure is repeated 15 times. After the final flame cycle the air current is continued and the assembly observed for an additional hour to look for failure.

  • Spread of Flame -  flame and air current are applied for 10 consecutive minutes and then observed until the flame deck recedes. Once the flame deck recedes the assembly is checked for maximum spread of flame. 

  • Burning Brand - a burning brand is placed on an assembly of roofing tiles with a high volume of wind behind it. The decking of the assembly is constantly monitored for 90 minutes to see if any fire burns through.  If fire burns through the roof deck anytime during the 90 minute trial, the tiles fail.

    To see our video on fire burning demonstrations, visit Fire Codes and Your Roof: Class A vs. Class C Codes


Featured Project - Priest River, ID

Multi-Width SlateDid you know that our Multi-Width Slate product was the first product we manufactured when the company started in 1999? With 5 slate widths, 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" tiles in every bundle, this luxury roof tile comes in a variety of multi-color or single-color blends. For this project, the homeowners chose Slate Black to complement their gray siding and cedar shingle accents. These tiles look amazing AND they have top performance ratings with a Class A Fire Rating, Class 4 Impact Rating, wind certification to 110 mph and they also come with a 50 year material warranty.

Click here to contact us and obtain a color sample for your home's new roof.

Granite Enterprises, Inc


Troubled Shake Shingle Bridge Over Calm Waters

One of the most famous sites in Switzerland is the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne. This 204-metre long covered wooden bridge was constructed in 1333 to defend against any attack that might come from nearby Lake Lucerne.

In 1993 fire destroyed the bridge, but locals quickly had it rebuilt because of its prominence in the city. What a shame that almost 20 years ago the reconstruction couldn't include a synthetic cedar shake roof.

While picturesque, the natural cedar shake roof on the bridge is covered with algae and heavy winter storms have taken a toll on the bridge. Perhaps when it's time to replace the cedar roof shingles the Swiss will consider Multi-Width Shake roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Created to accurately resemble shake tile roofs, the DaVinci synthetic shake roofing product comes in six different natural color blends and resists algae, insects, moisture and mold. The hand-split composite shake roofing tiles from DaVinci are carefully crafted to guarantee a sustainable roofing product.

Polymer ShakeThe multiple widths (4-, 6-, 7-, 8- and 9-inches) of the fake cedar shake help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in a straight or staggered pattern. And, both wavy and straight grains are blended throughout for an authentic look.

Backed by a 50-year limited warranty, DaVinci shake alternative roofing tiles are impact and wind resistant. Plus, they have a Class A fire rating ... which would give this bridge with a fiery history peace-of-mind for the future.

Want to shake up your roof? See Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake and Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci.



Building Code Basics

The arrival of Hurricane Arthur on the East Coast over July 4th weekend shines the spotlight once again on building codes and the need for advanced polymer roofing products. As is the case in most situations, those coastal area properties constructed to meet the high standards of the Miami-Dade County codes fared better than those built to lower standards. Fortunately, more and more coastal areas are adopting those strict standards.

According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), building codes are needed to establish "predictable and consistent minimum standards that are applied to the quality and durability of construction materials."

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we take building codes seriously --- as should you. In general, codes are put in place and enforced to ensure the safety and health of building occupants. In the long run, stronger codes can be extremely cost-effective because of their enhanced safety and performance features.

Because we want our composite slate and synthetic shake roofing tiles to meet the strictest of building codes, we've made sure they pass the Miami-Dade County codes (click HERE).

Specifically, the DaVinci Slate roofing tiles we have created passed the Miami Dade County, Florida NOA No 06-308.03 test. These durable imitation slate roofs have also passed the following tests:

- passed the ASTM D 471 water absorption test

- passed the ASTM G21 Fungus (algae) test with no algae growth

- passed the ASTM D 638 tensile strength test with no meaningful reduction of strength on long-term weathering of material strength


If you're using our DaVinci Shake products, you'll find these cedar shake alternatives:

- are rated Class A for fire retardance in the Fire Test UL 790 with a VersaShield underlayment and Class C with an approved synthetic underlayment.

- passed Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) qualifications

- passed Miami Dade County, Florida NOA No 07-1203.03

Still concerned about codes and roofing? Then check out Bellaforté Achieves Miami Dade NOA and Severe Weather Worries? Not With A DaVinci Roof!  


Featured Project - Woodstock, IL

It's going to happen. That cedar shake roof will need to be replaced soon. Maybe not today, but now is a great time to start thinking about what type of roof you want to put on after your cedar shakes have fully discolored, split and withered up. So what is on your want list? Something that will maintain it's color? Maybe you want an environmentally friendly roof (i.e. - no trees harmed). Or perhaps something that will last longer than 15 years and resist a hail storm or a strong gust of wind? Maybe something made in the USA? We can provide all of these things, plus at a price point that is comparable to a new, natural cedar shake roof. 

These homeowners in Woodstock, IL did it. They chose Bellaforté Shake in the Verona color blend to replace their shake roof, giving their entire home a face lift in the process. Contact us today to learn more about Bellaforté Shake, which boasts a Class A Fire Rating, Class 4 Impact Rating and 110 mph wind certification. 

AB Edward Enterprises, Inc




Earth, Wind & Fire

The popular musical team from the 1970s, Earth, Wind & Fire, were known for songs like "Boogie Wonderland" and "Shining Star." But, with a group name like Earth, Wind & Fire, you have to wonder if they might have really been "wanna-be roofers" in disguise.

After all, this singing team sang about "Reasons" and "System of Survival" which tie in perfectly with the desire of many homeowners for impact-, high wind- and fire-resistant DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing tiles. (See DaVinci Roofscapes -1 ... Mother Nature - 0)

Since homeowners these days must deal with severe weather conditions no matter where they live, it's understandable that they'd say "I've Had Enough" and switch to composite roofing. And, when considering the benefits of DaVinci manufactured slate or synthetic cedar shake, those same homeowners may break out into "Got to Get You Into My Life."

Homeowners quickly discover that "After the Love Has Gone" with their older roof products, DaVinci's benefits come shining through, and, dare we say, are a "Shining Star" in the marketplace. The Class 4 impact rated tiles are also rated Class A for fire retardance in the ASTME E 108 fire test. These same durable tiles have the highest ratings for straight line wind testing at 110 mph in the ASTM D3161 test (same as UL 997 Wind Uplift), have passed the TAS-125 certification test for wind uplift resistance in High Velocity Hurricane Zones and passed the TAS-100 certification test for wind driven rain.


Want more reasons to "Keep Your Head to the Sky" and consider DaVinci eco friendly roofing products? These impressive synthetic roofing materials have passed the accelerated weather ASTM 4798 test that replicates 4,500 hours of exposure (the equivalent of six months exposure to extreme temperature conditions, moisture and thermal shock) and have passed the freeze-thaw ICC-ES Test (Acceptance Criteria AC07, section 4.9) with exposure to temperatures from -40 F to 180 F in 22 hour cycles for approximately a month.

So, if you're concerned about earthly conditions such as wind and fire that could negatively impact your roof, take a tip from the famous band and sing another refrain of "Got to Get You Into My Life."


Featured Project - Waukegan, IL

The Haines House, located in Waukegan, IL, is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Lake County. Formerly the home of past Chicago mayor John C. Haines, it currently houses the Waukegan History Museum and services as the headquarters for the Waukegan Historical Society. DaVinci Shake shingles were chosen for the museum as a maintenance free way to keep the historical look of the building. The polymer roof tiles were installed by high-end contractor All American Exterior Solutions, located out of Lake Zurich, IL. 

This luxury roof system, not only looks just like natural cedar shake, but it comes with a 50 Year Warranty, Class A Fire Rating, Class 4 Impact Rating, and a 110 mph wind rating

All American Exterior Solutions

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DaVinci Slate Roofing Rivals Natural Slate

If you're thinking of a natural slate roof for your home, think again.

The beautiful look of real slate can be offset by the weight of the product and its typically high cost. Instead, consider a slate alternative that offers the same beauty as the natural product, but is lighter in weight, resists impact, fire, mold, algae and insect infestations.

DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate is carefully engineered to provide the authentic look and durability of natural slate using virgin resins. Available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths, bundles of the sustainable roofing product arrive at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork. The composite slate is crafted to display rough edges and natural stone-like surface textures and comes at an impressive 1/2" tile thickness.

DaVinci offers a line of slate products to fit every project. One of the company's most popular slate lines, Bellaforté, provides a manufactured slate roofing product that includes a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge to help reduce the installation time for the products. A square of Bellaforté slate roof shingles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

Single-Width Slate roof tiles offer exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. Single-Width imitation slate tiles are available in a 12" tile width with a 1/2" thickness and is modeled after natural slate pieces.

No matter which simulated slate roofing tile you select, DaVinci products are all 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. All DaVinci synthetic slate shingles resist water absorption, which eliminates freeze-thaw issues and allows for installation in most weather conditions. And, every imitation slate tile from DaVinci is 100 percent recyclable and comes with a 50-year limited warranty.

For more information on DaVinci Slate products, visit Polymer Slate Profiles: Features and Benefits.


History in the Making

Most historic project makeovers you read about focus on structures that are hundreds of years old. But in Johnson City, New York, the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church is just 37 years old, yet it promises to be written up in future history books.

That's because the traditional Ukrainian design of the church structure includes three massive domes. Each one is 80-feet tall --- and each one is covered in our single-width Valoré composite shake roofing material from DaVinci Roofscapes.


Church founders selected the Tuscano blend of light, medium light, medium and dark autumn colors to top their unique church structure. The shake alternative roofing product was selected after the original cedar shake roof deteriorated.

"We're both amazed and pleased that these man-made roofing tiles could have such a positive and beautiful impact on our facility," says Rev. Teodor B. Czabala, Jr. "The new polymer shakes look almost identical to the older wooden ones, but these will last so much longer."

Valoré synthetic shake roofing tiles embrace the art and science of roofing and offer exceptional aesthetics and performance without destroying a budget. The synthetic cedar shake tiles resemble the hand-split shake tiles found on upscale residences throughout the world, but require none of the maintenance.

Available in 9-inch tile widths with a deep 5/8" profile shadow line, Valoré lightweight roofing tiles are Class 4 impact-rated, rated Class A for fire resistance and won't support the growth of fungus or algae. This 50 year roof offers exceptional value for any residential or commercial project. And that's a lesson for the history books!

For information on synthetic roofing material used on other churches, visit Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead.


Class A Fire Rated Roof Tiles... What Does that Mean?

shake brandWhat 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.

1. Intermittent Flame - an assembly of tiles is subjected to an intense flame for two minutes then turned off for two minutes. This is cycled 15 times to see if there is failure in the roof deck.

2.  Spread of Flame -  flame and air current are applied for 10 consecutive minutes and then checked for failure. 

3. Burning Brand - This is my personal favorite...not that I liked starting fires as a child. In this test, a burning brand is placed on an assembly of roofing tiles with a high volume of wind behind it.The decking of the assembly is constantly monitored for 90 minutes to see if any fire burns through. If fire burns through the roof deck anytime during the 90 minute trial, the tiles fail. Below are pictures of DaVinci's Class A Fire rated slate and simulated shake roofing. DaVinci tiles PASS these tests with flying colors.


Check Your Roof Before 2014 Hurricane Season Starts

If you live in a coastal area, the names Arthur, Bertha and Cristobal may make you shudder. That's because those are the designated names of the first three hurricanes in the 2014 Hurricane Season that starts on June 1.

This week (May 25 -31) is National Hurricane Preparedness Week and experts advise you to check on the condition of your roof now --- before hurricane season starts.

"Your roof should be checked annually to make sure it's holding up well after previous storms and to make sure it's able to handle upcoming severe weather conditions," says Mark Clement, co-host of MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show and a professional contractor. “Repeated exposure to strong weather can take a toll on the home. Always review and evaluate the effectiveness of the entire home ‘envelope’ each year at the beginning of the hurricane season.

“Start at the top of your home and evaluate the condition of your roof, then work down to your windows, entry doors and garage doors. These are the four most critical areas of the home during hurricane season because if any one of these areas is compromised, then wind and pressure can enter the home with devastating results.”

The experts at DaVinci Roofscapes recommend checking to determine if there are missing shingles, curling or splitting shingles, lifting shingles or loss of granules on your roof. Both straight line winds and pressurized winds can cause different damage --- from uplifting the shingles off the roof to pushing intense wind-driven rain and flying debris onto the roof.

“Weather conditions have changed so much in recent years,” says Clement. “My recommendation is to always select an impact-resistant composite roof for the home. Even though we live inland in Pennsylvania, we put a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roof on our house.

“This environmentally friendly roof has achieved Class 4 ratings for impact resistance along with the Miami Dade County Acceptance (High Velocity Hurricane Winds) and the Texas Department of Insurance, showing that the roofing tiles can withstand hurricane-force winds.

"In addition, DaVinci synthetic shake and imitation slate roofing tiles are rated Class A for fire retardance and have achieved the highest rating for straight line wind testing at 110 mph. The manufactured slate roof also has a limited 50-year warranty for added peace-of-mind.”

See DaVinci Featured on "Weather Proof" on The Weather Channel for more details on how DaVinci synthetic roofing material stands up to severe weather.