Fire. A homeowner's worst nightmare.
It happened recently to the Matthews family in California. A chimney fire caused by hot embers and ash got through the spark arrestor and ignited the dry, combustible cedar shake roofing at the top of the chimney.
Fortunately the Alameda Fire Department responded quickly to stop the fire from entering the living areas. However, the damage to the roof was severe, requiring the old shake shingles to be replaced.
"We're part of the Seastrand Homeowners Association of 28 homes that overlook the San Francisco bay and skyline," says Ron Matthews. "Coincidentally, the HOA was in the process of approving DaVinci Roofscapes products for roof replacement in our community. After our fire, they approved the Class A Fire Rated polymer roofing immediately."
Matthews selected Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles in a Mountain VariBlend for his home and had the team at Roof Guard Roofing Company Inc. install the new composite shake roof.
"There are several reasons why we like our new cedar shake alternative roof," says Matthews. "The lifetime limited warranty on the product plus the Class A Fire Rating are 90% of the reason behind the total replacement. The fact that the polymer shake product is an authentic-looking alternative and that we were ready for the roof replacement sealed the deal.
"The DaVinci synthetic shake roofing actually looks BETTER than real shake tiles. All of my neighbors were very anxious to see the finished roof and they have nothing but positive comments about it. I believe we'll see many more of these DaVinci roofs in our neighborhood in the coming years."
Seastrand Homeowners Association isn't the only HOA selecting lightweight roofing tiles from DaVinci. See Condo Community Chooses Impact- and Fire-Resistant DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles, Bellaforté Shake Roofs Chosen by Florida HOA for Townhomes and HOA Selects Polymer Roofing for more stories.