Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ Brava Roof Tile

FAQ

1. What makes Brava's roof tile better than other composite roofing?

There are several important areas that distinguish Brava from the competition. First, Brava Tile offers the only 3rd party tested and Miami-Dade County Approved composite Spanish tile on the market. In addition, Brava’s multi-coloring offerings are unrivaled in the composite roofing industry, and all of Brava’s products are Class 4 impact rated- the highest in the industry. Brava’s roofing products are also fully recyclable. Brava Old World Slate and Brava Shake have a thickness twice that of any other composite product on the market, and our surface detail is taken from natural products for an authentic appearance.

2. Why choose composite roofing?

Composite roofing weighs less than clay, concrete, or slate. Therefore, there is no need for additional structural support when roofing with composite products. Since Brava uses recycled material, our composite products save the environment. In addition, energy is not being wasted mining slate, extracting clay or harvesting trees. Composite roofing is more durable and aesthetically pleasing than asphalt shingles. Our products are noted for high performance and longevity.

3. Are Brava Tile fully sustainable?

Yes. Brava prides itself on the use of recycled materials in their products. Brava’s roofing products are also fully recyclable; keeping used building materials out of landfills.

4. Have Brava’s roofing products been tested?

Yes. Brava uses accredited labs for all of the required and additional product testing. All of Brava’s products are Class 4 impact tested. Most of the products are also available in Class A fire. These are the industry’s highest requirements. Class C fire products are available for those consumers who do not need the Class A rating, but unlike the competition, Brava Class C can achieve a Class A rating with the proper underlayment system. Most of the ratings are achieved over standard underlayments, unlike the competition which require special costly underlayment systems to reach their test levels.

5. Does Brava offer different colors?

Yes. Brava can meet all your color needs. We can match virtually any solid color or utilize our revolutionary multi-coloring process to blend Spanish tile, slate or shake colors together which produces variation throughout the entire tile, not only on the surface. This allows the appearance of the product to have authentic color variation and flow.

6. How does Brava Shake compare to cedar shake roofing?

Brava composite cedar shake shingles come in three different widths and varies in thickness from 5/8” to 7/8”, the thickest on the market, making it indistinguishable from hand split cedar shake. It is available in solid colors or multi-color blends, and since there is no breakage, it is more economical to install. The Class A fire rating allows for it to be installed in all applications.

7. Do Brava’s Slate Roofing profiles look like natural slate?

Our composite slate images are taken off of real slate. Brava Roof Tile offers two distinct slate roofing profiles. Brava Old World Slate is 1” thick, making it the thickest composite slate product on the market, offering the aesthetics of expensive quarried slate. Brava Old World Slate is twice the thickness of competing products. Brava Slate is a thinner product for those consumers looking for a softer less defined appearance. Both products are available in multi-colored or solid.

8. Are Brava’s Spanish Tile, Slate or Cedar Shake heavy?

No. Brava’s Spanish Class A tile is one of the lightest composite tile available and is actually lighter than many asphalt roofs. Brava Old World Slate, Brava Slate and Brava Shake minimize weight but do not compromise stability. All of Brava’s products can be installed over standard trusses.

9. Is there a possibility that the cavity back will show when the roof is installed?

No. Brava offers a solid tile accessory to be used in valleys and along gables to give the authentic look of slate or shake. The solid tile accessory makes installation easier as the installer is not trying to arrange different sized pieces to assure a full tile ends at the valley or gable. This adds to the realistic look of the roof.

10. Is Brava’s roof tile suitable for all climates?

Yes. Brava Roofing Products can withstand freeze/thaw cycles, as well as extreme heat. They are also resistant to mold as they will not absorb water. And feel free to gun nail them in the cold. Not all competing products are safe to install in all climates and temperatures.

11. How are Brava products installed?

Brava products are installed using standard industry practices. No special tools are required. Because our products are lightweight, there is no need for costly additional structural support of accommodating the extreme weight of clay, concrete or slate. And yes they are gun nailable.

12. Can a Brava roof system be installed over an existing roof?

As with any roofing product, the best procedure to use when re-roofing is to tear off the existing roof and use industry approved underlayments to assure the best performance over the lifespan of the roof. But this can be done. It will not affect the material warranty, but it will affect the wind and fire ratings. So usually the benefits of tearing off outweigh going over an existing roof.

13. What do Brava roofing products cost?

Brava’s products will be comparable in cost to other high-end roofing such as slate, shake, clay tile, and other composites. The cost savings will be most evident in the installation as Brava roofing is more economical to install and does not require costly additional structural support to accommodate the extreme weight of quarried slate, cedar shake or clay tile. It is a little different in trying to compare Brava to other composite tile. Brava has the following advantages which make it far more attractive than the competition:

  • Brava Old World Slate has a 1” thick profile
  • Brava offers truly multi-colored tile in all of its profiles
  • Brava Shake varies in thickness from 5/8” to 7/8”
  • Brava products are gun nailable
  • Brava products are recyclable
14. Does Brava calculate the number of squares needed for my project?

No, not usually. Your roofing contractor is the best source for this information. Brava is happy to answer any questions for the installer to assist with the process. If it is needed, we do know individuals who can help as long as you can supply a to-scale drawing. We also regularly advise the use of Eagleview to estimate but your installer should be the final word.

15. What is the warranty?

Brava has a 50-year limited warranty, which is very competitive in the industry.

16. How do I buy Brava products?

Just use the contact us link and we will walk you through the process for your specific location whether in the US or around the world.

17. Where can I see samples?

Just use the request a sample link and a sales representative will contact you about having samples sent directly or directing you to a local showroom.

18. Who do I contact for technical information?

Contact us! We will do our best to answer all your questions.

19. Do you have certified installers?

Brava does not have certified installers, however, an installer that has experience with slate, shake or clay tile will be able to install Brava’s roofing products. We also have many installers that are experienced with our products and we can help to get you in touch with them. You do not need to use a certified installer to activate the warranty as long as the installation instructions are followed.

20. What is the life expectancy of Brava’s roofing products?

All of Brava’s products are covered by a 50-year limited warranty.

21. Do you have Dade County approval?

Yes, we are Miami-Dade County Certified which is the most stringent certification in the country.

22. What is a green roof?

Green means sustainable and durable. Sustainable takes into consideration the burden on the environment as well as the extended lifespan of the roof. Since Brava uses recycled material and is recyclable, we work to ease the burden on landfills. Brava’s products are very durable and will outlast asphalt, coated roof coverings, and cedar shakes.

23. What is a white roof?

White roofs also known as cool roofs offer a high degree of reflectivity, thus minimizing the amount of radiant heat absorbed by the earth. Brava Spanish Class C is the only white composite tile on the market. One property that helps a roofing material stay cool is how well a material reflects sunlight. Lighter-colored materials, such as white tile, have high reflectance, which keeps heat from entering a building. A roofing material's shape also affects how well it sheds heat. For instance, curved tile roof systems usually allow air to circulate between tiles, helping remove solar heat.