Polymer Slate Roofing Tiles Offer Fire Resistant Benefits

The patented snap-fit, self-locating Bellaforté polymer slate roofing tiles installed on Yesterday's Restaurant replaced old, burnt-up asphalt shingles.

The patented snap-fit, self-locating Bellaforté polymer slate roofing tiles installed on Yesterday’s Restaurant replaced old, burnt-up asphalt shingles.

For almost 50 years the Spalliero family has served up authentic southern Italian and American cuisine at Yesterday’s Restaurant in Hazlet, N.J. That service stopped on March 14, 2010, when a late-night fire closed the restaurant for eight months.

“There was never a doubt that we’d rebuild,” says Vinny Spalliero, owner of the Bayshore community restaurant. “This business is family owned and operated, so we pulled together to get back in business as quickly as possible.”

When Yesterday’s Restaurant reopened in November of 2010, the 8,500-square-foot banquet and restaurant facility had a new, fire-resistant roof overhead.

“I picked out the slate gray Bellaforté roof because it had the look I was going for. It matched up with the stone and stucco siding features we added to the building after the renovation,” says Spalliero. “The polymer roof is a durable product and the fire resistant benefit gives us all added peace-of-mind.”

Roofer John Blair with Garden State Roofing was also pleased with the product choice made for the restaurant. “I’ve installed other DaVinci Roofscapes roofs in the past when we needed products with aesthetic appeal, and we’ve always had superior results,” says Blair, president of his 40-year old roofing company that services central and northern New Jersey. “Our business is also family-owned, so I know how important it was to everyone at Yesterday’s Restaurant to get back to work quickly. The snap-fit application of the Bellaforté product went smoothly and was easy to install.”

The patented snap-fit, self-locating Bellaforté roofing tiles installed on Yesterday’s Restaurant replaced old, burnt-up asphalt shingles. Featuring an integrated rain gutter, leading edge tab and rain dam, the polymer Bellaforté tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.

Bellaforté polymer slate roofing tiles use 20 percent less material than traditional synthetic and natural slate shingles, saving resources and reducing the tile weight. A square of Bellaforté roofing tile weighs just 185 pounds, helping reduce both installation time and landfill load due to reduced construction waste.

“What really clicked for us was that the DaVinci roofing products are backed by a 50-year limited warranty,” says Spalliero. “That means that these tiles will hold up through the next generation of our family that operates this restaurant.”

DaVinci Roofscapes has manufactured synthetic slate and shake roofing since 1999. The polymer roofing tiles are virtually maintenance free and more cost effective than the natural product. DaVinci offers tile width variety and has a large selection of earth-toned colors. Company products have a 50-year warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. DaVinci makes its products in America and is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council.

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