FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Codes & Testing

Yes, Brava roofing is designed to endure various climates, from intense heat to freeze/thaw cycles, without water absorption or mold concerns.

Yes, Brava has achieved Miami-Dade County Certification, meeting the highest level of certification standards in the roofing industry. This includes Wind Uplift, Wind and Wind Driven Rain, and other severe weather testing and certification.

All tiles are manufactured to uphold the highest quality control standards and withstand the harshest of weather conditions. Brava tiles are tested and approved to withstand wind speeds of up to 188MPH with nails and up to 211MPH with high wind / screw installation. Verify building specifics, product type, code requirements, and installation methods for more detail.

Brava tiles boast inherent UV protection, ensuring they do not degrade over time, thanks to their patented natural mineral-based colorants.

Compared To Other Products

Brava stands out with its third-party-tested, Miami-Dade County certified products, a unique multi-color offering, and the highest impact rating (Class 4), all contributing to its superior market position. Brava's true to life look and profile stand out against the competition.

When searching for a cedar shake roof alternative, Brava’s synthetic shake roofing tiles should be at the top of your list. Our polymer shingles have all of the true to life natural beauty and rustic split textures of real cedar, combined with the incredible benefits of a composite roofing material.

Brava composite roofing surpasses traditional materials in durability, aesthetics, and environmental benefits, saving energy and reducing mining or harvesting impacts.

Brava Roof Tile's products offer comparable initial costs to high-end roofing but excel in reducing long-term maintenance and installation expenses, making them a cost-effective solution.

Brava's comprehensive product line, certified quality, and unmatched color variety in composite roofing make it the most appealing synthetic roofing choice.

Yes. However, avoid walking on the roof whenever possible. Excessive or careless roof traffic may cause damage. When maintenance or other needs require accessing the roof, use caution as it can be slick when wet or dry.

With closed-cell technology, Brava products prevent water absorption, thereby mitigating freeze/thaw effects and reducing maintenance.


Brava's pricing aligns with other high-end roofing options but stands out in terms of reduced maintenance and installation costs, offering long-term economic benefits.

While Brava does not typically calculate square footage, they offer support to installers for precise estimation and can provide take-off assistance when scale drawings are available.

How Do I Buy BRAVA Products

Contact Brava directly for a personalized quote and detailed purchasing information. https://www.bravarooftile.com/...

Installation Questions

While Brava Roof Tiles are designed to be fastened at specific locations for optimal performance, fastening outside these areas is possible as long as the fastener penetrates through the fastener pad on the back side of the tile. This ensures that the tile is securely attached to the roof deck, maintaining the integrity of the installation. Always consult Brava's full installation instructions to ensure compliance with their guidelines.

Installation can meet warranty requirements when installed material is above 32° F (0° C), ensuring a year-round roofing solution in most areas.

Brava provides detailed bundle coverage information in our Installation Guides and Product Data Sheets ensuring accurate planning and order quantities for various tile profiles. Check with your Brava Sales Representative.

To maintain warranty standards, Brava requires the removal of previous roofing materials, promoting optimal performance and lifespan.

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 a minimum 3/4" into the decking. Brava offers a full line of accessory items so you can order the whole roof system. Corrosion-Resistant Ring Shank Roofing Nails or Screws are recommended depending on application, code, and warranty requirements.

Corrosion-Resistant Ring Shank Roofing Nails or Screws are recommended depending on application, code, and warranty requirements. DO NOT USE smooth shank roofing nails. Corrosion-resistant screws (#8, #9, or #10) are recommended for the highest wind performance and warranty coverage. Fasteners must penetrate a minimum of 3/4"into the roof deck or completely through the deck. Verify code requirements for the specific product being installed.



Flashing should be installed by a licensed professional using industry best practices and meeting all applicable codes. Proven durable flashing materials include copper, tin, lead, galvanized or painted steel, and stainless steel. Each roof will be different but common areas which need flashing include places where the roof surface meets a wall (sidewall/headwall), valleys, penetrations, eaves, and rakes.

Brava requires a minimum of 3/16-inch spacing between all Shake and Slate field tiles, Solid, and Starters. This is required due to normal thermal expansion and contraction during daily and seasonal temperature cycles. Installation without this minimum may negatively effect appearance and will void warranty coverage. Using a recommended 3/8-inch keyway spacing will ensure compliance with this standard.

Brava recommends the use of OSI Quad, Geocel 3500, and Masterseal NP-1 adhesive/sealant with all Brava Roof Systems.

While Brava does not mandate certified installers, they endorse Preferred Contractors experienced with their products and provide a valid warranty as long as installation guidelines are followed. Training for Brava installers is highly recommended. Brava Technical Support offers Online, Remote, and In-Plant Training for all products. https://www.bravarooftile.com/...

Brava products are designed for steep-slope roofing applications. Brava recommends a minimum slope of 4:12. When installed on a 3:12 slope, a self-adhered waterproof underlayment, such as Ice & Water Shield, should be used on the entire slope. For low slope or flat roofs (2:12 or lower), a flat roof system should be installed (PVC, TPO, EPDM, ModBit, etc.) and then transitioned to Brava on slopes of 3:12 or greater. If your project falls outside that scope, please contact Brava Technical Support.

Corrosion resistant fasteners, such as stainless-steel, hotdipped zinc coated, copper or corrosion resistant ring shank roofing nails with a 3/8” diameter head may be used while ensuring building code and penetration requirements are met.

Brava Cedar Shake and Brava Slate can be installed on curved and non-standard roof shapes. Depending on the radius of the curve and specifics of the roof, Solid Shakes or Solid Slates may be recommended or required. Brava Spanish Barrel Tile is designed to be installed in straight courses but still may be compatible with non-standard roofs.

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

Brava's dedicated team of technical representatives is available to address all queries and provide expert guidance. https://www.bravarooftile.com/...

Brava recommends using a synthetic underlayment and suggests finding an underlayment that matches the durability and limited lifetime warranty of Brava's Roof Systems. In some regions, fully adhered underlayment (ASTM D1970) is common on the whole roof (check venting requirements). ASTM D1907 underlayment is required in all valleys and is recommended at eaves and rakes. At a minimum, underlayment of not less than 30 lb. felt (ASTM D 226 Type II) should be used. Comply with applicable codes and regional industry best practice.

Brava recommends Cobra Exhuast Vent for roof ridge ventilation on Shake and Slate and O'Hagan Vents for Spanish roofs.Gable and soffit vents should be utilized as required for adequate ventilation. Ensure roof and attic ventilation meets code and industry best practices. Insufficient roof ventilation may lead to roof deck failure.

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.

Yes, Brava tiles have been successfully utilized for various vertical applications, including mansard roofs and siding. When installed as siding, some warranty limitations may apply. (link to tech bulletin)

Brava's installation process does not require wooden battens for their Shake or Slate profiles. Battens are recommended (but not required) for the Spanish Barrel profile based on project specifics. See Installation Guidance for details. https://www.bravarooftile.com/...

Look, Feel and Style

Yes! 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.

To request a sample, please visit our website. https://www.bravarooftile.com/...

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 between 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.

Return Policy

1. All sales are final.

2. Returns require approval.

3. Returns are typically approved for products that are clean, well-packaged, sorted, and in new condition. We reserve the right to refuse a return for any items that do not meet these standards.

4. A restocking fee of 30% plus freight applies to all non-stocking returns.

Storage Policy

1. Notification of Ready Orders: Once your order is ready to ship, a Brava Shipping Coordinator will contact you.

2. Initial Holding Period:
If you are not ready to receive your order, we will hold the material for 30 days without any charges.

3. Cancellation of Orders:
If your order remains in storage for longer than the initial 30-day period without communication or action from your side, Brava reserves the right to cancel your order. In such a case, the material will be repurposed for other orders. See cancellation policy for additional fees.

4. Storage Charges:
Should your order need to be stored for longer than 30 days, a storage rate will apply. The storage rate is $50 per pallet per month, which equates to $1.66 per day (prorated). This charge will be incurred for each day beyond the initial 30-day period that your order remains at our facility.


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.

Yes. Brava takes sustainability into consideration by reducing the burden on the environment and landfills as well as the extended lifespan of the roof. Brava uses up to 95% recycled plastic and is fully recyclable.

Yes. Brava offers a Title 24 approved, cool roof rated product line. https://www.bravarooftile.com/...


All of Brava’s products are covered by our Limited Lifetime Warranty. https://www.bravarooftile.com/...