Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 26 - June 1

Chances are if you live in a hurricane prone area you are aware of how to be prepared - however, you can never be too prepared. Actually, the more aware you are of your home and/or business' vulnerability in a hurricane, the more precautions you will take.

The National Hurricane Center is a great online resource to learn all about hurricanes and how to be prepared for them.

One of the ways in which we have prepared for hurricanes is by making a product that can withstand hurricane force winds up to 110MPH.  Did you know that Bellaforté fake slate and fake cedar shake are excellent roofing solutions for a hurricane prone areas? Our Bellaforté tiles all carry Miami Dade, ICC-ES ESR-2119, and TDI approvals. As well, Bellaforté has passed the ASTM D 3161 Wind Test and is certified to 110MPH.

You might be interested in this video on our YouTube channel, The Weather Channels "Weather Proof" demonstrates what can happen to roofing material during high winds.

What are some of the ways in which you prepare for a hurricane?  Have you been through one? What are some of the things in hindsight you wish you would have done before the hurricane came through? We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!


Roof Fire Ratings

Roof fire ratings are established by test methods to ensure that certain standards are formalized to protect human life and property. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard E108 is one such test method and materials are classified as a Class A, Class B or Class C Fire rating through this method. Class A is the highest, whereas Class C is the lowest. A roofing product that has Class A Fire rating meets all three requirements which are: ability to resist spreading of flames on surface, ability to resist fire penetration from the exterior to the underside of the rock deck and ability to resist recurring intermittent flame. DaVinci Roofscapes offers manufactured slate tile that has Class A or Class C Fire Rating according to ASTM E108 specifications.

Only materials that will guarantee your safety and the safety of your property and surrounding properties during a fire should be used for roofing. This will help to avoid lawsuits and frustrations from choosing the wrong type of materials. It is also important to be fully aware of specific state laws and see how they apply to different types of buildings and your roofing project.

DaVinci uses polymer roofing materials in our line of products which are: Fancy Shake, Multi-Width Shake, Multi-Width Slate, Valoré Shake and Valoré Slate. The Valoré shake and slate, Fancy Shake and Multi-Width Slate have a Class A Fire rating, whereas the Multi-Width Shake has a Class A or Class C Fire Rating depending on the underlayments used in installation of the product. All products have outstanding performance to guarantee a 50 year roof service life or beyond.  


Help Your Roof Survive Spring Storms with DaVinci Slate or Shake - Class 4 Impact Ratings

Spring storms are known to wreak havoc on many homes and commercial buildings in the United States. However, your roof may be spared if you have a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer tiles that offer a Class 4 Impact Rating.  Our lightweight roofing systems meet this specification and can help ensure that the service life of your roof goes way beyond just a few years while guaranteeing your safety.

With the revolutionary impact rating system developed by Underwriter Laboratories (UL), you can have peace of mind during spring storms or hail storms. UL uses what is known as the UL 2218 standard to classify the impact resistance of roofing materials. A class rating of 1 to 4 is assigned, with 1 being the lowest and 4 being the highest. Roofing materials that are classified with a Class 4 Impact Rating have the greatest impact resistance and are less likely to become damaged from impact.  

The type of roof you install may also affect your insurance premiums if you live in a state where roof damage from spring storms or hail is common. How much you can save will depend on your insurance provider. Whether you are considering re-roofing or are in the process of building your home, choosing the right type of roofing material can save you from future headaches. With DaVinci slate and shake green roofing materials, you just might keep your insurance expenses down while ensuring you roof is safe.

Check out our video below to see how the Class 4 Impact rating test works:





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.


Impact Resistant Roofing

A roof is the barrier that protects our home from the outside elements, acting like a shield on top of a home. We count on that "shield" every time it rains, and especially when those water droplets turn into pelting ice and hail. Although hail might crack older stone slate and asphalt shingles, another little thought of problem is flying debris and tree branches that may impact the roof during severe storms. Many times a flying tree branch that could do serious damage to an old brittle roof will just bounce off a Class 4 impact rated roof.

Tiles that help to protect a home from such disasters are those that have a Class 4 impact rating. A Class 4 rating is the highest possible impact rating that roofing tiles can earn based on the UL 2218 impact rating test. In this test, a steel ball is dropped from specific heights on the roof to see how well the tiles and deck stand up to the impact. However, that heavy ball isn't just dropped onto any part of the roof - it is plunged onto the most vulnerable parts of the roof to ensure that the test is the most accurate it can be.

All of our polymer slate and shake tiles have been given a Class 4 rating and thus help to provide a tough shield for the top of any home or business.

To learn more about Class 4 Impact Ratings watch this video below to see a simulated version of how the Class 4 rating is tested:



To learn more about the ways in which DaVinci Roofscapes products help protect a home with elegance, contact us by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.


From The Architect's Corner - The Design Advantages of Synthetic Roofing Solutions Preview

Lately I have been promoting our new course, The Fresh Approach to Choosing Exterior Color, but if you are in need of a more technical course we've got one for you as well. The Design Advantages of Synthetic Roofing Solutions offers course users a detailed summary of polymer roofing products including information on testing, composition of the products, and comparison to polymer tiles to other types of materials like natural slate and cedar shakes. It is one hour in length, worth one Sustainable Design Credit (HSW) and is available 24/7 online for free.

In the course we discuss testing the products and the methods that we use to pass ASTM guidelines. For example, to test for a Class A Fire Rating the material is affixed to a deck and an intermittent flame is applied. In order to pass, the flame must not burn through the deck for at least 90 minutes.

Sound interesting? Need a Sustainable Design Credit? Click here to download our course, The Design Advantages of Synthetic Roofing Solutions.



Happy Friday, Architects!


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.


DaVinci Roofscapes Products Earn ENERGY STAR® Rating

Just in time for October’s National Energy Awareness Month, DaVinci Roofscapes® has announced that eight of the company’s EcoBlend® polymer roofing tiles have qualified as ENERGY STAR® compliant. DaVinci has now become an ENERGY STAR partner and offers the eight EcoBlend roofing options in the company’s Slate, Shake, Fancy Shake and Bellaforté product lines.

The independent Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) has verified the testing that the EcoBlend tiles from DaVinci meet or exceed requirements for the ENERGY STAR program inclusion to reflect sunlight and heat away from the home. DaVinci EcoBlend tiles that are now ENERGY STAR qualified include Weathered Gray (in Medium, Medium Light, Medium Dark, Light and Dark) and Gray (in Dark, Light and Medium) colors.

“EcoBlend tiles reflect sunlight and heat away from the home, helping increase the energy efficiency of the overall structure,” says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. “Higher emissivity and reflectivity rates lead to reductions in the cooling load and, in return, increase energy efficiency. Builders, remodelers, roofers and homeowners interested in maximizing the energy efficiency of homes and other buildings should be requesting EcoBlend tiles to help achieve this goal.”

EcoBlend roofing tiles can help property owners save on energy costs, improve the comfort of the structure and mitigate global warming. According to CRRC, homeowners can recognize an average energy savings ranged from seven to 15 percent of total cooling costs by using a cool roof that helps reduce temperature fluctuations inside the home. ENERGY STAR reports that Americans spend about $40 billion annually to air condition buildings. ENERGY STAR qualified roofing products reflect more of the sun’s rays and can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings.

A Cool Roof is measured by two properties, solar reflectance and thermal emittance. Both properties are measured from 0 to 1. The higher the value, the cooler the roof. During independent testing, DaVinci EcoBlends measured in a range of 0.31 to 0.36 for solar reflectance and in the range of 0.88 to 0.89 for thermal emittance.

According to the CRRC, another benefit of a Cool Roof is the reduction in air pollution from the emissions of the roof itself will help reduce heat islands around cities and populous areas. These are important considerations for builders, roofing contractors and homeowners wishing to make a positive impact on the environment.

To learn more about DaVinci Roofscapes products, contact us by email or call 1-800-328-4624.


It's Fire Prevention Week - How Important Is a Strong Fire Rating for a Roof?

Cedar Shake AlternativeOctober 7 - 13, 2012 is National Fire Prevention week. One of the most important things you can do is have a fire escape plan that will help you and your family escape a house fire safely and quickly. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you have planned 2 ways out of your home in the event of a fire, and more importantly, practice your escape plan as a family. 

Another way you can help insure that your family has time to escape a house fire is by looking at your roof and the fire rating of the materials used on your roof. The importance of using fire-resistant roofing materials has been demonstrated time and time again for as long as people have been living in houses. The dangers and devastation associated with house fires has been one of the major factors in the evolution of roofing materials. For example, once people discovered that they could use slate and clay tiles instead of grass or wooden shingles to cover their home, many switched to the new product because it was much more resistant to fire. Laws were passed in many European and North American cities that called for fire resistant materials on roofs because several towns and cities had already experienced terrible, tragic fires.

Fire resistant materials and building codes have helped to lower the incidence of house fires, but the threat hasn't gone away. The stronger the fire rating that building materials have the better, and especially so for the roof. If a fire starts on a roof, it's more likely to spread and grow due to increased air flow, so it's worth investing in roofing materials with high fire ratings like our fake slate and shake. Engineered for durability and fire resistance, our polymer roof tiles have earned the highest fire rating possible (a Class A fire rating) when used with proper underlayments.

For more information on National Fire Prevention Week and creating your own escape plan, please visit the NFPA website.

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


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.


Cedar Shake Fire Resistance

Simulated Shake RoofingA house fire is one of the worst things that can ever happen to anyone. If you and loved ones are lucky enough to get out of the house in time, you may suddenly find yourself homeless with most of your treasured items destroyed. It's devastating, to say the least, so we of course do everything possible to prevent fires from happening in the first place. One of the basic means of preventing fires is by following fire regulations in the building code for any given area.

In many places, roofing materials have to comply with a certain fire rating. For this reason, it may be ill-advised to use traditional, untreated cedar shake in these areas. Although wooden materials like shake look beautiful and have been a prized roofing material for centuries, they are a lot more flammable  and can't compare to the Class-A fire rating of our polymer roof tiles.

Do you have a DaVinci fake cedar shake roof? Please share your photos with us so we can show your roof on the blog!

To learn more about  our realistic, polymer shake, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.


Tile Roofs with Extreme Weather Resistance

It seems like extreme weather is becoming more common in many areas of the country. Given the damage Green Roofs Sustainablethat hail, high winds, and wild fires can inflict, this is a frightening prospect. It's best to be prepared, and one of the easiest ways to get ready for extreme weather is by using roofing materials that can stand up to these extremes. Since the roof is the part of a structure that will bear the brunt of falling tree limbs, flying debris, massive hailstones, high winds, and other hazards, this is where a home or business should be shielded the most.

When properly installed, our products put a layer of protection on the home that helps to keep it intact during rough, home-damaging weather. Engineered with seriously tough composite materials, our polymer tiles are meant to shield a structure during extreme weather. They do it by being capable of withstanding winds up to 100 miles per hour, by keeping driving rain from finding its way into a home, and by having a high impact rating. The high fire rating also helps to protect the home from burning embers that take to the air during wildfires. We are so sure of the strength of our tiles that they also come with a 50 year warranty!

To find out more about the strength of DaVinci Roofscapes products, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.



DaVinci Composite Shake vs. Cedar Shake in a Fire Test

A fire in a house or business is one of the most frightening things that anyone can ever face. Since a few small flames can turn into a major, tragic fire in a matter of minutes, building fire codes are one of most basic, most important factors that are taken into consideration during construction of a new home or office. A big part of preventing fires comes from using non-flammable and fire-resistant materials - that's where our products come into play.

One of the advantages of shake made from polymer resins (as opposed to the actual wooden variety) is that it can be engineered to be highly resistant to fire. We did just that, and our efforts paid off in creating tiles that have earned a Class A fire-rating. To get that high rating, our products have to stand up to testing where they can withstand severe exposure to fire originating from sources outside the structure. The tests are done with a flaming brand placed right on the tiles that is then allowed to burn until it goes out or burns through the roof. Watch the video to see how our materials compare to wooden shake being subjected to the exact same test!

Do you have a DaVinci shake roof? Share your photos with us!

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


Synthetic Slate Shingles on the Coast in a Hurricane Prone Area

Coastal living involves such beautiful things in life, like the gentle sound of the sea, exciting salt-tinged air, beach-combing, and amazing sunsets. Unfortunately, for those who live in areas prone to hurricanes, it can also involve high winds, driving rain, and evacuations. Homes and businesses in these areas need some extra protection from the elements and our polymer roof products help provide the type of shield they need.

While some industrial roofing materials can also aid in protecting structures during hurricanes, they aren't always esthetically pleasing. However, there's no need to turn your house into an unsightly fortress when you can use our composite slate and shake to both help protect and beautify your home. High winds that would probably damage some types of asphalt shingles won't have as big of an affect on our tiles because they are rated to withstand winds of 110 miles per hour. As well, our Class 4 impact rating will also help protect the roof from flying debris that could potentially poke holes in less durable roofing materials.

Danny Lipford of the show, "Today's Homeowner" put our materials through a few of his own impact and fire tests. See how they stand up to everything from a blowtorch to a baseball bat in the video!

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


Built to Withstand Strong Wind Conditions of Hurricanes and Storms

Hurricane season officially lasts from June 1st to November 30th of each year, and areas of the country that experience the brunt of these volatile storms learn very quickly to stay vigilant and prepared for the sometimes devastating effects of these severe weather conditions.

DaVinci SlateFor those who want to weather these storms with the least amount of damage, it is important to safeguard your surroundings and take steps to protect it from injury prior to hurricane season.  Areas of particular concern for every homeowner are the walls, windows and roof of their homes. Wind and rain can make quick work of blowing out windows, damaging exterior walls and shingle roofs. Often people who live in hurricane prone areas will find shingles all over the yard after a strong storm.

We can help prevent the typical damage associated with these storms with our lightweight roofing solutions that are rated Class 4 for impact tests and wind certified to 110 miles per hour. When hurricanes hit, they often blow objects that hit windows, doors and roofing.  Additionally, severe thunderstorms often found in these same areas during different seasons will produce hail storms in addition to heavy rain.

Our slate and cedar shake alternative tiles are built to help resist roof hail damage and the impact of blown objects. To see for yourself how high winds and debris can destroy basic roofs, this video demonstrates an asphalt roof under heavy wind as well as how our roofing materials withstand and avoid damage associated with strong winds.


What Is a Class C Fire Rating?

Synthetic Slate CostA house fire is one of the most devastating things that can happen to someone. In a matter of minutes, a fire can turn your cozy home into a charred shell. If you and your loved ones are fortunate enough to escape with your lives, you are then left with the reality of losing your treasured home along with all of your possessions. It's a terrifying, humbling experience that no one should have to go through, but at least there are many ways to prevent such a tragedy from happening.

The threats posed by fire have been an essential concern ever since people started living in houses. It has influenced the types of materials used in construction and construction regulations for hundreds of years. In modern times, scientific techniques have made it possible to create a fire-rating system for roofing materials. For this reason, a fire-rating is provided in the description of both wooden materials and synthetic shake.

Roofing tiles can earn one of three main ratings that range from "A" to "C". If you see a box of roofing tiles with a class C rating, this means that the material in question can withstand a 1" by 1" burning brand when it is placed directly on the shingle. This also means that such materials cannot withstand the heat of a 12" by 12" burning brand. With class C rated materials, a 12" by 12" brand burns right through or ignites the bottom of the deck. This is a far cry from Class A materials (such as synthetic shake by DaVinci Roofscapes) that can withstand the heat of a 12" by 12" burning brand.

To learn more about the fire resistance of DaVinci Roofscapes products, contact
DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.


Lightweight Roofing Solutions Offered by DaVinci for High Wind and Impact Damage Concerns

Simulated Slate RoofingWe all have some basic concerns when it comes to roofs. First and foremost, we want that roof to keep the elements on the outside of a home or business. Really, the only thing that a leaky roof tells you is that it's time to fix something - whether it's a new roof or a damaged shingle.

Everyone wants a roof that's going to provide a long-lasting barrier to wind, rain, and snow. We of course also want that roof to withstand any hail thrown at it by summer storms along with high winds that threaten to rip off roofing tiles and send them to parts unknown.

Taking those basic considerations in mind, we developed polymer roof tiles that provide solutions to high winds and damage caused by hard hitting hail. We know that our products are going to stand up to strong winds and hail because all of our imitation shake and slate has been given a class four rating when subjected to the UL 2218 impact rating test and are certified to resist winds up to 110 miles per hour. That means that DaVinci tiles stayed put when subjected to constant, high winds generated by a fan and still looked beautiful after being hit twice by a two inch diameter steel ball dropped from a height of 20 feet.

Do you have a roof that uses DaVinci Roofscapes products? Please send us photos to share on the blog!

To learn more about our products, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.


How Do Composite Roofing Materials Earn a Class A Fire Rating?

Lightweight Roofing SystemsRoofs are meant to protect people from the elements, but they should also help keep inhabitants safe from one of the most frightening and deadly hazards that can happen to any home or A fire is probably the worst thing that can happen to any structure and roofs can play a very important role in determining whether or not a small fire becomes a tragic inferno. If a fire starts inside or on top of a roof that uses flammable roofing materials such as thatch or dry wood, the flames can grow to consume the entire structure in a frighteningly small span of time. Roof fires also make it easy for the flames to jump to adjacent houses and buildings.

To lessen the threat from fires, people started using slate or terra cotta roofing materials centuries ago. Quarried stone was eventually replaced by cheaper asphalt shingles and now days asphalt is being replaced by  polymer tiles. More durable and better for the environment, quality polymer materials from DaVinci Roofscapes also have a Class A fire rating. This means that our materials have earned the highest ratings for fire resistance when subjected to rigorous tests for this purpose.

To learn more about the fire resistance and beauty of roofing tiles engineered with composite materials, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.


Help Protect Your Home from Hurricanes with Polymer Roof Tiles

Lightweight Roofing SolutionsHurricanes are a real concern for anyone who lives near the ocean in the Southeast United States. Those massive, churning storms can cause flooding, create tragedies, and literally tear down structures with their powerful, gale force winds. When a hurricane hits your area, you are at the mercy of the elements. Nevertheless, you can up the odds in your favor if you have a strong, solid roof. The reason for this is because the roof acts like armor in helping to protect the structure of your home or business from high winds that hurl debris and threaten to peel off roof tiles. Of course, you have to use the right sort of roofing materials to keep the armor intact.

DaVinci composite roofing tiles do a great job protecting your home against hurrican force winds. On many roof  types, tiles engineered by DaVinci Roofscapes are rated to withstand Class 5 Hurricane Zone Force winds and a Class 4 impact rating. The importance of having a roof that can withstand high winds is especially important because it only takes a few tiles getting blown off to dramatically weaken the rest of the roof. Those holes provide routes for high winds to enter and possibly tear off the rest of the roof.

Contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 to learn more about the durability and beauty of DaVinci roof tiles.


Fire Resistance in DaVinci Lightweight Roofing Solutions

Fire resistance, wherever you live, is always an important thing to consider when it comes to the roofing product that you are going to choose for your home or building. However, there are certain areas of the United States (and all around the world for that matter) where wild fires can pose a serious problem.

As a result, while others might be searching for wind resistance or impact resistance,  you might be curious about the fire resistance in our shingles.

Here's a breakdown of the fire resistance certifications for both our polymer slate roof systems and cedar shake alternative roof systems:


  • Multi-Width - Class A - ASTM E 108 with one layer 30# ASTM D 226
  • Single-Width Valoré - Class A - ASTM E 108 with one layer 30# ASTM D 226
  • Bellaforté - Class A - ASTM E 108 with two layers Fontana VulcaSeal G-40


  • Multi-Width - Class A - ASTM E 108 with one layer Fontana VulcaSeal G-40
  • Single-Width Valoré - Class A - ASTM E 108 with one layer Fontana VulcaSeal G-40
  • Fancy Shake - Class A - ASTM E 108 with one layer of Fontana VulcaSeal G-40

Below is a photo of the burning brand test done on our synthetic slate shingles, you can see a photo of the burning brand test done on our cedar roof shingles and learn more about the burning brand test on this blog -  Class A Fire Rating by Tim Gentry.

Cedar Shake Alternative

You can see more videos that display the longevity and durability of our products on our YouTube channel.

* See DaVinci Installation Instructions for details.