Safer More Attractive Roofs

| 6/15/2011 8:52:10 AM

 A Real “Shake”-Up Introduces Safer, More Attractive Roofs

roofsThe roof is one of the most critical ways a family can protect the investment and comfort of a cherished home. With today’s roof innovations, composite designs can deliver the best of all worlds for homeowners: beauty, extreme durability and maintenance-free living. Even the timeless charm of cedar shake style – historically tied to upkeep headaches and fire risk – benefits from many advancements. These frequently asked questions about InSpire™ Cedar Shake roofing explain the differences from traditional wooden shake and how the new alternative makes a beautiful roof easy to own.

What is InSpire Cedar Shake?
InSpire Cedar Shake is an innovative, authentic and durable mineral-filled polyolefin roof tile that delivers the genuine beauty and texture of cedar roofing without any costly regular maintenance or issues inherent with wood.

What is the difference between InSpire Cedar Shake and wooden cedar shake?
InSpire Cedar Shake won’t rot, warp, split, peel or otherwise decay. InSpire carries a limited lifetime warranty. Wooden roofs can experience failure from decay in less than 10 years.

How authentic is composite cedar shake?
InSpire Cedar Shake is meticulously crafted to reflect natural cedar. Detailed texture variations mirror the peaks, valleys and graining seen when shakes are hand-split from cedar.

What is a Class A fire rating?
A Class A fire rating is the highest fire rating available for roofing systems under Underwriters Laboratories testing, an industry benchmark. The InSpire Cedar Shake roofing system’s Class A rating means it is “effective against severe fire test exposures.” Most natural cedar treated with fire retardant is rated Class C, effective against “light” fire exposures.

How durable is InSpire Cedar Shake?
It carries a Class 4 impact resistance rating, the highest rating available, which in practical terms means it is highly resistant to hail. InSpire is impermeable and has a 110 mph wind uplift rating, allowing it to handle fierce wind-driven rain. Testing shows no damage from UV exposure, temperature cycling or vigorous freeze-thaw tests.

What kind of maintenance is required with InSpire Cedar Shake?
None. There is no need for periodic chemical treatments or regular debris-cleaning of the roof, as is the case with natural cedar.

Is InSpire Roofing easy to install?
Yes. Large nail guides and alignment tabs make the roofer’s job easy and no special tools are needed. Unlike other composite tiles, InSpire’s uniform coloring means no color blending from different bundles is needed. No site-bending of tiles is required since InSpire features InFlex™ pre-cambering for roof-hugging integrity. These efficiencies make installations cleaner and faster.

How is InSpire different from other composite roofing?
InSpire carries a limited lifetime warranty. Other composite shakes are only covered for 50 years. InSpire is thicker for a more genuine look of authenticity. A sustainable product, it’s designed to last for life, never needs chemical treatments and qualifies for several green building certification programs.

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3/28/2014 12:47:22 AM

Composites are definitely the way to go whenever a homeowner wants a material that could pose hazards. For example in many homeowners want the wood shake look, but the area is known for annual burn bans and other fire hazard warnings. Composite shake shingles are a great answer to that whole equation. Additionally, depending on the insurance agency, there could be potential savings by using a composite shake shingle that has fire retardant/resistant properties.

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