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Replace your Roof with Synthetic Roofing

Roofing June 28, 2010 Sonia



 

Synthetic Roofing provides a beautiful and durable replacement alternative.

 

 

Gaping holes and messy leaks are two obvious signs that a roof needs to be replaced. But, sometimes the signs are less obvious. According to experts at DaVinci Roofscapes, there are some “insider tips” for knowing when it’s time to replace your roof.

“Certainly if your roof is approaching the end of its life cycle—which is usually 20 to 25 years for asphalt shingles—it’s time to think about a new roof,” says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. “However, a calendar shouldn’t be the only way you determine if it’s time to replace your roof.”

DaVinci synthetic slate is a fraction of the weight of natural slate.

DaVinci synthetic slate is a fraction of the weight of natural slate.

Pre-collated bundles of roofing tiles arrive at the job site.

Pre-collated bundles of roofing tiles arrive at the job site.

According to Rosewall, you will want to seriously start thinking about replacing your roof with a synthetic roof when …

• Your neighbors have new roofs and you want to maintain the value of your home.

• Your neighbors have not added a new roof and you want to increase the resale value of your home.

• Your geographic area has seen an increase in severe weather conditions, (including hail or tornados) that require a stronger roofing material to handle the dramatic weather changes.

• Your existing roof is functional, but has staining that detracts from the look of your home.

• You want to switch to a low-maintenance roof that has a 50-year warranty.

• You don’t want to worry about wood rot caused by wood shakes and termites.

• Excessive snow in your area has caused substantial damage to your roof.

“Too often homeowners wait until their roofs are old and worn out before considering an upgrade,” says Rosewall. “Certainly curling, splitting and missing shingles are all warning signs that a roof needs to be replaced. However, with the changing weather patterns in our country combined with the need for homeowners to add value to their properties, consumers should be vigilant about looking for signs of wear along with upgrading their roofs.”

Substrate for DaVinci products must be a solid deck and 15/32

Substrate for DaVinci products must be a solid deck and 15/32″ APA-approved plywood or 7/16″ approved OSB.

DaVinci roofing tiles should be installed with copper, stainless steel or hot-dipped galvanized nails.

DaVinci roofing tiles should be installed with copper, stainless steel or hot-dipped galvanized nails.

 

Rosewall recommends that, when researching new roof options, homeowners seriously consider low-maintenance synthetic roof systems. “Roofing tiles made from 100 percent pure virgin resins have consistency throughout each tile,” says Rosewall. “For DaVinci products, state-of-the-art UV stabilizers are embedded throughout the polymer to create a durable synthetic roofing tile which resists mold, algae, fungus and insects, with virtually no curling, fading and cracking so they’re headache-free.

There are two ways to start applying DaVinci Slate Hip and Ridge at the bottom of a hip. The first way is to install a double course of DaVinci Slate Hip and Ridge on the bottom of the hip. The second method for starting a hip will involve mitering the first two slates installed.

There are two ways to start applying DaVinci Slate Hip and Ridge at the bottom of a hip. The first way is to install a double course of DaVinci Slate Hip and Ridge on the bottom of the hip. The second method for starting a hip will involve mitering the first two slates installed.

“All DaVinci synthetic roofing tiles are backed with a limited 50-year warranty, are Class A rated for fire retardance, Class 4 rated for impact resistant and have the highest ratings attainable for straight-line wind testing at 110 mph. Just imagine having a beautiful, virtually maintenance-free slate or shake synthetic roof that adds value to your home while protecting it from severe weather conditions.”

DaVinci Slate may be cut with a utility knife or with a circular saw. Carbide tooth blades are recommended for maximum blade life.

DaVinci Slate may be cut with a utility knife or with a circular saw. Carbide tooth blades are recommended for maximum blade life.

Ease of installation is another welcome advantage of synthetic roofing. DaVinci roofing tiles install faster than natural slate. Written and video installation instructions are provided so roofing installers should need no additional training to install DaVinci products. For more information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit www.davinciroofscapes.com.

 

The Pros and cons of Different Roofing Materials

Three-tab asphalt shingles are relatively easy to install, inexpensive and look good on ordinary homes. However, they can be a poor environmental choice because they go to a landfill after 20 years, they perform only moderately well, and they don’t add any special design appeal to a home.

Real wood shingles or shakes look good on some styles of homes and are moderately priced, however they have little or no resistance to fire or impact unless specially treated. They also attract insects, have relatively poor long-term performance and are generally considered a poor use of our natural resources.

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Real slate shingles also provide a good look on some styles of homes and can be considered very long-lasting when installed properly. However, they are very expensive and extremely heavy. During installation you can have a significant amount of waste from cracking and breaking of slate tiles.

Metal roofs are perfect for some very specific home designs. They have a unique look to them, are lightweight and snow can easily slide off of them. Watch out when it rains or hails, though … these roofs are noisy on the inside of the home during storms.

Synthetic roofing tiles provide a high-performance option for homeowners. The tiles come in a variety of styles, including slate and shake, are lightweight and have long-term durability. These tiles are moderately priced and a good environmental choice. While the look complements many home styles, synthetic roofing tiles are moderately priced, so they’re not affordable for everyone.


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