Helping Your Roof Stand Up to Mother Nature

roof standing up to mother nature
May 3, 2022 at 6:00 a.m.

By DaVinci Roofscapes.  

It just keeps happening. Mother Nature shows no mercy to homeowners … or their roofs. Especially those made of asphalt shingle, real cedar or older metal. 

Whether hail the size of peas or baseballs, when storms strike, roofs take the brunt of Mother Nature’s wrath. Between pounding hail and high winds, older roofs just don’t stand a chance. Sometimes, even newer roofs, when not made of impact-resistant materials, also feel the fury of severe storm systems. 

Benefits of composite slate and shake 

One of the smartest ways to help protect your home, family and prized possessions, is to invest in a composite roof. Your top goal should be to research and find a manmade roof that meets Class 4 impact ratings, like those outlined in Miami-Dade County. 

It’s important to know your building code basics. And, you should choose your roofing tiles based on what codes they successfully pass during extensive testing. For example, composite slate and shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes not only pass high wind tests (up to 110 mph) but Class 4 impact tests and Class A fire testing requirements. In the long run, roofing tiles that meet strong codes can help protect your home and save you money on reduced homeowner policy rates

What homeowners and roofers are saying 

Three minutes of hail changed everything for homeowners in Omaha, Nebraska. After a storm in 2019, almost two dozen homeowners invested in DaVinci composite roofs. 

“When the sun came up, we could see that almost every home in the Walnut Lake subdivision had major roof damage,” says Dan Cheshire, a resident of Stevens Plaza. “The only homes spared were those constructed more recently with DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roofing.” 

“My real cedar shingle roof was only 2 years old when the storm hit,” says homeowner Patty Mollner, a resident of Stevens Plaza. “This is a new house. The roof should have been in good shape. 

“When I had to decide on a replacement roof, I went with the composite shake. What sold me on the DaVinci roof is the durability, and the fact I won’t ever have to install a new roof again! Living in Omaha you get used to replacing roofs after storms. I wanted to break that cycle.” 

The same thing happened to homeowner Deal Imel in 2010. His Oklahoma City home was devastated by a storm that rained down hail the size of tennis balls. Afterwards, Imel relied on CMR Construction and Roofing, LLC out of Tulsa. The company, licensed in 20 states, has installed dozens of DaVinci roofs nationwide chiefly because of their appearance backed by their ability to withstand severe weather conditions. 

“The DaVinci product has the beauty of natural slate, but with less cost and less weight, so it’s extremely popular in our area,” says Kevin Smith, project leader for the Imel house, with CMR Construction & Roofing, LLC. “Of all the synthetic slate products that have entered the market, DaVinci is the only one that has withstood the test and lived up to expectations. Many of its competitor’s products exit within just a few short years in the market. DaVinci is the only product I recommend if a customer is looking for polymer slate products.”  

Product specifics 

Because different home styles require different roof styles, DaVinci Roofscapes offers a wide variety of composite slate and shake roofing products, in 50 different colors. Their assortment of multi- and single-width products are all made of pure virgin resins fortified with state-of-the-art UV stabilizers for the greatest degree of color control and consistency. 

DaVinci products are engineered to look better, longer. The tiles are modeled after actual slate and hand-split shake for natural, non-repeating beauty that endures in any climate --- from seaside to snowy mountains. 

For additional storm survival stories featuring composite roofing, see: 

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June 18, 2022
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