FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Codes & Testing

Brava tiles do not naturally degrade over time because UV protection is built into each tile.Brava also uses patented natural mineral based colorants which do not degrade like synthetic colorants.

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

Yes. Brava uses accredited labs for all the required and additional product testing. All of Brava’s products are Class 4 impact rated. Brava offers Class A and Class C fire ratings. However, unlike the competition, Brava Shake and Slate offer a stand alone Class A fire rating. No special underlayments required.

Brava has been tested and proven to withstand extreme winds with standard application we warrant to 80 mph winds. With modified installation we warranty up to 110 mph winds. Special considerations can be made if needed. Please get in contact with us for more information.

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 they can be installed in the winter months. Not all competitor products are safe to install in all climates and temperatures.

Compared To Other Products

Yes, but they are slippery when wet.

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 and maintenance costs. 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. Brava is also virtually maintenance free. 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 nail-able

Brava products are recyclable

Brava cedar shake comes pre-blended 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 little to no breakage, it is more economical to install. With our patented production process, Brava creates a closed cell shake. There will be no mold/mildew/lichen growth which means no maintenance and a longer lasting roof.

All of Brava's products are all closed cell. Meaning there is very little, if any, water absorption which eliminates freeze/thaw cycle effects. This also protects against mold/mildew/lichen growth practically eliminating costly maintenance.

There are several important areas that distinguish Brava from the competition. First, Brava roofing offers the only third-party-tested and Miami-Dade County certified composite Spanish tile on the market. In addition, Brava’s patented multi-color products are unrivaled in the composite roofing industry. All of Brava’s products are Class 4 impact rated – the highest rating possible. Brava Old World Slate and Brava Cedar Shake are molded from their traditional counterparts. Our surface detail and mineral colorants give us the most authentic appearance.

Composite roofing products last longer, are far more durable than traditional cedar shake, slate and Spanish barrel tiles, and are much more aesthetically and architecturally pleasing than asphalt shingles and concrete tiles. 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.

There are several important areas that distinguish Brava from the competition. First, we offer a full product collection of Shake, Slate and Spanish Barrel synthetics. Brava offers the only third-party-tested and Miami-Dade County certified composite Spanish tile on the market. In addition, Brava’s patented multi-color products are unrivaled in the composite roofing industry. All of Brava’s products are Class 4 impact rated – the highest rating possible. Brava Old World Slate and Brava Cedar Shake are molded from their traditional counterparts. Our surface detail and mineral colorants give us the most authentic appearance.

Estimation

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. We do provide take off assistance if a scale drawing is provided.

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 and maintenance costs. 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. Brava is also virtually maintenance free. It is a little different in trying to compare Brava to other composite roofing materials. 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 nailed

Brava products are recyclable

How Do I Buy BRAVA Products

Please contact us today and we can help you get a quote!

Installation Questions

NP-1 or Geocel 3500 are approved for use with Brava.

No. To qualify for Brava warranty, existing material must be removed prior to Brava installation. 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.

Yes, Brava can be installed in cold weather. You can install Brava in temperatures down to 32°F (0°C).

Brava offers an accessory item for pitch changes and even barrel gables/eaves. Ask your representative about our flexishake and flexislate for your curved roof projects.

Yes. Brava has been used on many mansard roofs.

Yes. There is a nominal amount of thermal expansion, so it is imperative that you install with a gap of 3/8" between Brava Shake and Slate pieces.

Brava does not require certified installers. We do have Preferred Contractors throughout the country who are experienced with our products and would be happy to connect you with them. Otherwise, an installer who has experience with slate, shake or clay tile will be able to install Brava’s roofing products. You do not need to use a certified installer or Preferred Contractor for a valid warranty as long as the installation instructions are followed.

No. Battens are not required for Brava's Shake or Slate profiles. Brava recommends using battens for the Spanish Barrel profile, but again, it is not required. Ultimately, it is up to the contractor and project specifications.

Fastener length will depend on several factors (profile, wind rating requirements, fastener type, etc). However, fasteners need to be long enough to penetrate through the deck or minimum 3/4" into the decking. Brava offers a full line of accessory items so you can order the whole roof system.

Brava requires ring shank coil roofing nails, or #10 screws. Both options need to be corrosive resistant. Brava offers a full line of accessory items so you can order the whole roof system. All of Brava's accessories come with the matching 50 year warranty.

Yes, however, you must penetrate through the fastener pad on the back side of the tile. You can find our full install instructions in the resources section of our website.

Brava offers a solid tile accessory which can be used in valleys and along gables to give the authentic look of slate or shake. No need to be concerned about those cut edges with our solid accessory.

Brava requires a 30lb felt minimum underlayment but recommends using a synthetic felt. Ice & Water on all eaves, gables, valleys, dormers, and roof penetrations. Brava offers a full line of accessory items so you can order the whole roof system.

Brava recommends 8" or 9" COBRA Ridge vent, 8" self-adhering membrane for hips on Shake and Slate profiles. Zepher Roll/Block for our Spanish Barrel profile. O’Hagin Spanish Vent is also approved. Brava offers a full line of accessory items so you can order the whole roof system.

Brava is considered steep slope roofing. Brava’s standard is 4/12 pitch and higher. If your project falls outside that scope, please contact us and we will provide guidance.

Brava's installation manual states flashings should be used around all roof projections, such as walls, chimneys, dormers, parapets, vent pipes, skylights, etc. Proven durable flashing materials are copper, tin, lead, galvanized iron and stainless steel.

Brava offers a full line of accessory items so you can order the whole roof system. We offer fasteners, underlayment, Ice & Water, ridge vent, and more. Please ask your representative how to help you get a whole roof system delivered to your project.

Brava offers a full line of accessory items so you can order the whole roof system. We offer fasteners, underlayment, Ice & Water, ridge vent, and more. Please ask your representative how to help you get a whole roof system delivered to your project.

Brava offers a full line of accessory items so you can order the whole roof system. We offer fasteners, underlayment, Ice & Water, ridge vent, and more. Please ask your representative how to help you get a whole roof system delivered to your project.

Brava Cedar Shake: Comes in 12 piece bundles (4 pieces each 12", 7", and 5"). When installed at a 10" exposure, 169 pieces cover 1 square.

Brava Old World Slate: Comes in 10 piece bundles. When installed at a 10" exposure, 117 pieces cover 1 square.

Brava Spanish Barrel: Comes in 10 piece bundles. When installed at a 13.5" exposure, 90 pieces cover 1 square.

Contact us! We have a team of technical representatives to answer all of your questions!

Each bundle of Brava arrives at the jobsite factory sorted for color and width variations. It is still best practice to pull tile from multiple pallets during installation.

Look, Feel and Style

Brava can meet all your color needs. We have a team of color experts who work diligently to provide the most realistic blends for all our profiles. We can match virtually any color utilizing our revolutionary multi-coloring process which produces variation throughout each tile individually. We call this our fingerprint effect. No two pieces of Brava roofing will be identical. This allows the appearance of the product to have authentic color variation.

Our synthetic slate roofing is molded from pieces of traditional slate roofing. Using our patented mineral-infusion process, we ensure no two Brava tiles are exactly alike, replicating the authenticity and beauty of nature for the most natural-looking tiles in the world.

Yes. Brava utilizes our revolutionary multi-coloring process to blend colors together, which produces variation throughout the entire tile, not only on the surface. This allows the product to have authentic color variation and flow.

No. Brava's roofing products have a range of 257-430 lbs/sq. One of Brava's advantages is that we give you the look of heavy natural products without needing additional structural support. Brava weighs slightly more than a high quality asphalt shingle. Brava roofing minimizes weight but does not compromise stability.

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

Sustainability

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.

Yes. Brava offers a Title 24 approved, cool roof rated product line. Please reach out to us to hear more about this option if it is required in your area!

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.

Brava is made of compressed recycled plastics, natural mineral colorants, UV stabilizers and other sustainable materials. This creates the most authentic, durable, and realistic synthetic roofing in the market.

Warranty

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