The tiles are made from polypropylene and have been approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council. They'll become available in March as part of the EcoBlend roofing line offered by the Lenexa, Kansas, based company. Two other companies also make CRRC-rated products in the polymer and composite category, CertainTeed and Inspire Roofing Products of Wixom, Michigan. DaVinci uses an additive that reflects ultraviolet and infrared light, reducing loads on air conditioning equipment. Ratings from the non-profit CRRC are becoming increasingly important as building codes call for greater energy efficiency. DaVinci says polymer roofing is getting more popular with consumers and contractors now asking for it. The company says the roofing is following the same trajectory as vinyl siding--avoided by consumers in the beginning, but later recognized for its performance characteristics.
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