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Roof Envy

Have you ever wished you could have an elegant new roof like your neighbors? You may have a case of "roof envy." Don't worry, there's an easy -- and surprisingly affordable -- cure.

Thanks to advanced technologies, polymer roofs have become the "must have" roofing product for homeowners investing in new roofs. Featuring impact-resistant and energy-efficiency qualities, these man-made roofs require no maintenance and come in a wide variety of colors.

Backed by a 50-year limited warranty, the patented snap-fit, self-locating Bellaforte 12-inch slate roofing tiles include an integrated rain gutter, leading edge tab and rain dam. The roofing tiles use 20 percent less material than traditional synthetic and natural slate shingles, saving resources and reducing the tile weight.

The authentic look of a Bellaforte tile roof, coupled with its resistance to fire, has caused sales of this impressive product to soar during the past year. The affordable roofing tiles resist insects, rot, and high winds, making them ideal for every imaginable geographic weather situation.

"When you consider you're investing in a roof that will last for five decades you get a true feeling for the value of a polymer roof," says Mark Clement, professional contractor and host of MyFixItUpLife.com. "When I installed my DaVinci Roofscapes roofing tiles, I had neighbors come right up to the house and touch the tiles. They simply couldn't believe the polymer tiles could look so authentic like real slate. Now I've seen them replacing their own roofs with this product!"

For California homeowner Dan Baer, the selection of a polymer roof has his neighbors burning with envy. In 2008, the Baer family watched as a raging wildfire came within a half mile of their home. That was too close for comfort for Baer, who was concerned about the old wooden shake shingles on their roof at the time.

"More than 50 homes burned in our area during that one fire," says Baer. "If the winds had been stronger, our home would have been included. Our new Bellaforte polymer tiles are rated Class A for fire retardance, which gives us tremendous peace-of-mind. This was an investment I was happy to make because the benefits are so great."

In the middle of the country, Oklahoma homeowner Kathy Bradshaw is also pleased with her selection of a polymer roof that resists hail and storm damage. "Because these tiles are fire resistant and can stand up to severe weather conditions, we're able to save on our homeowners insurance," says the Bradshaw. "One of our neighbors was so impressed with the look and quality of the roof that they've scheduled to have Bellaforte tiles installed on their home this month."