Mansard Roofing at Donges Bay Elementary School

When Roofing Consultants, Ltd. was brought in to make recommendations on improving the building envelope of Donges Bay Elementary School, one of their first thoughts was the roofing. The school, which houses 460 students, needed the replacement of both flat and mansard roofing.

"The mansard application was old cedar shakes, many of which were well past their prime," says Eric Raatz, senior consultant with Roofing Consultants, Ltd. "Some of the cedar shakes were starting to curl. Water had run down this siding-type application for years, so there was also organic growth on the shakes. Overall, it was clear that improvements were needed."

For the very visible mansard tile shake application at the Mequon, Wisc. school, the team at Roofing Consultants, Ltd. decided to specify multi-width composite shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"We felt that a synthetic shake would last longer than natural shake and have some advantages for this application," says Raatz. "Our team compared several types of synthetic shake tiles and the DaVinci product was remarkable.

"We were especially impressed by the fire rating of the product and the algae resistance. We took a torch gun to several products and the DaVinci tiles held up incredibly well. Add to that the authentic look of the simulated cedar shakes was great and the 50-year warranty was appealing for everyone involved."

With five locations throughout the Midwest, Roofing Consultants, Ltd. offers engineering, architectural and building envelope specialists to support commercial projects. The licensed engineering firm includes many staff members who have earned credentials through RCI Inc., the Roofing, Waterproofing and Building Envelope Institute.

Raatz and his team specified EPDM (ethylene propylene dienete polymer) for the flat section of the roof for its durability. The synthetic rubber roofing membrane, which is unseen from the ground, served the needs of the project. For the more visible aspects of the school's mansard roof, white sheet metal trim was added to accent the rich deep color of the DaVinci Tahoe Blend shake tiles.

"The finished product is tremendous," says Raatz. "The look is great and we enhanced the durability of these synthetic shakes by going a step 'above and beyond' by recommending that ring shank stainless steel nails were used. This roofing application will last for decades!"

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Coastal Commitment

DaVinci RoofscapesWould you want to live on the California coast? Sure there's great weather and tremendous views, but there's also serious weather conditions to contend with on a regular basis.

Consider the salt air, sea spray and winds that whip up against coastal homes. Then there's the unrelenting ultraviolet rays from the sun. And, to cause even more worries, there's the threat of wildfire spread during various times of the year. All of these elements can combine to cause headaches for coastal homeowners.

Architectural West magazine recently ran an article on how polymer roofing meets the heavy demands Mother Nature places on homes along the California coast.  We're sharing that article with you (click HERE) so you can learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic shake and slate shingles stand up to Mother Nature --- and win!

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50+ DaVinci Shake Roofs and Counting

 

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Family means everything to Chris and Terry Neemann. So, when their sons decided to join the family roofing business the couple was proud to rename their company from Neemann Roofing to Neemann & Sons, Inc.

"We're a family-owned business that appreciates living and working in the Lincoln, Nebraska area," says Chris Neemann. "Our sons --- Travis, Trevor and Trent --- all work alongside us to provide excellent customer service."

That focus on customer service has led the Neemann family to installing more than 50 DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofs in the past eight years.

"Typically we're doing replacement wood shingle roofs that are failing due to old age or storm damage," says Neemann. "We've been very pleased with the DaVinci simulated shake shingles. Our customers love both the appearance of the Single-Width Shake tiles and the long-term warranty that comes with them."

Of the DaVinci re-roofing jobs the Neemanns have completed, a few stand out. "We worked with the DaVinci team to create a custom five-color blend of tiles that turned out beautifully for one home," says Neemann. "On another project, the team worked with us to create a Multi-Width Shake blend that perfectly matched the house. In one community alone we've done at least half a dozen reroofing projects with this durable material. Hail is definitely a problem in our area --- but once a roof has been replaced with the DaVinci product we know the problem has been eliminated."

According to Neemann, the consistent quality of the composite shake tiles from DaVinci isn't the only thing that has impressed her family. "We've had great customer service over the years that supports our projects and has helped build our business," says Neemann. "We're going to continue recommending DaVinci to our customers because we believe in the product and we've repeatedly seen that it makes a positive addition to homes."

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The Neemann family aren't the only roofers to endorse shake roofing shingles from DaVinci. For more roofer insights, visit DaVinci Roofscapes Shake Up Log Cabins and Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos.

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Banking on a DaVinci Synthetic Shake Roof

The Auburn Hills retail development in Wichita, Kansas is home to several storefront businesses, including a dentist, a chiropractor and a branch of KANZA Bank. To give Auburn Hills an updated look, DaVinci synthetic shake tiles were recently installed.

shake shingles"The previous concrete tile roof was installed in 2001," according to John E. Boyer, IV, chairman of the board at KANZA Bank out of Kingman, KS. "This community of businesses needed new roofing that would showcase the structures in a positive manner.

"We all did our homework before investing in DaVinci roofing. Heiland Roofing recommended the product and their referrals backed up the recommendation. The lighter weight of this polymer roof, matched up with the attractiveness of the product was a real win for us. They also had a variety of styles and colors for us to choose from and the 50 year limited warranty was very appealing."

For KANZA Bank and the other businesses at Auburn Hills, the durability of the roofing product was a key consideration. Midwest weather is never easy, and having a roof that can withstand high winds and snowfall means security and peace-of-mind for the business operators.

"Frankly, the attractiveness of the roof exceeded our expectations," says Boyer. "We've had numerous compliments on the roof from our customers, employees and other tenants. This DaVinci roof has really made the entire retail center stand out in the neighborhood."

TIP: Other banks have used composite roofing too ... click HERE to see how Tower Bank in Indiana used DaVinci polymer roofing!

 

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Tick Tock: Real Cedar Shingles Wear Out

Nothing lasts forever. And, for many homeowners with cedar shake shingles, they find that time runs out far too quickly on their roofs.

Real shakes simply don't last as long as homeowners would like. That was the case at Regent Villas in Northfield, Illinois. After just 17 years, the cedar roofs above three buildings were already failing and started leaking and rotting, providing ideal conditions for insects to thrive.

Fake ShakeEarlier this year homeowners in the community of 33 condo units decided enough was enough.Tired of the problems with their roofs and frustrated by the cost and life expectancy of a new cedar roof, they did their research. While the master association's covenants required all roofing to be replaced with real cedar shakes, they found a better solution from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Homeowners got an amendment to the covenants and determined that an investment in Bellaforté Shake roofing in a Chesapeake-VariBlend color would be their best solution.

"The realistic appearance of the DaVinci tiles plus the 50-year warranty were very helpful in our decision making process," relates Lee Flanagan, CMCA, AMS, vice president and property manager with Braeside Condominium Management, Ltd. "We're pleased with the results of the reroofing and I'd tell any condo or homeowners association that wants to either create or preserve the appearance of cedar shingles that the DaVinci product is a valid option. The cost is somewhat higher, but the benefits are considerable in terms of pleasing aesthetics, longevity and durability.

"There's another property I manage with 112 townhomes with cedar roofs. The roofs are in bad shape and we're already considering the DaVinci synthetic shake as a valid material option."

The team at D-Wing Construction tackled the re-roofing of the Regent Villas. "We tore off and removed the existing rotting cedar shake roof down to the wood deck," says Keith Weber, commercial sales director for D-Wing Construction. "We rebuilt the substrate installation with multiple courses of ice and water shield, leak barrier membrane at all of the gutter edges, up through the valleys, along all walls and around all the roof penetrations, and covering the entire roof with an acceptable synthetic felt.

"The transformation was incredible --- beautiful but subdued. Those roofs went from looking shabby to having a clean, up-to-date shake appearance that will last far beyond the life of a real new cedar roof. This was my first experience working with the Bellaforté product. Given the results, our client's satisfaction, and that we have already received a referral through this project, I'm confident we will be using the DaVinci product again in the future."

Learn how other multi-family communities gained by adding DaVinci composite roofing at Condo Community Chooses Impact- and Fire-Resistant DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles and Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos

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Recycling ... Today and Every Day

Today is America Recycles Day ... and at DaVinci Roofscapes we're doing our part!

We've invested in new equipment that reduces our scrap product overall. However, that still leaves approximately 800,000 pounds of polymer roofing tiles that we will recycle and reuse at our plant in Kansas this year. (See DaVinci Roofscapes Recycles 365 Days a Year)

Why so much waste? Because each time we "switch" to running a different color through our processing equipment (and remember, we have 50 colors!) there's a transition between the colors. Those transition tiles are off spec and are recycled. The composite roofing tiles are segregated by color and then ground up and molded into starter shingles, which are generally unseen on the roof.

"Because every roofing tile we create is 100 percent recyclable, our operations are extremely environmentally-friendly," says Bryan Ward, vice president of operations at DaVinci Roofscapes. "In 2016 we've taken our commitment to recycling a step further by investing in a new grinding recycling system that handles purge (melted chunks of polymer that can weigh approximately 50 pounds) as well as off spec product."

    

 

The smart recycling efforts taking place at our facility every day reduces the amount of waste being sent to landfills. By the end of 2016 we will have recycled almost three million pounds of processed polymer in six years. That's a lot of recycling ... with some solid benefits for the environment.

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Roofers Applaud Lifespan & Looks of DaVinci Roofs

Contractors and roofers can be a valuable source of information for consumers. While a homeowner may replace their roof only once or twice in their lifetime, roofers and contractors can replace up to 50 roofs a year! That means they know their business ... and they know roofs.

When we asked some roofers across the country what aspects of synthetic shakes and slate tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes they like most, lifespan and appearance topped the list.

Listen to what they say ...

Lifetime Roof"The look, the lifespan and how the tiles increase the value of the home are the three reasons I would give a potential customer as to why they should buy a DaVinci synthetic shake or slate roof. We've been installing this roofing product since 2005 and it's a roof a homeowner would never have to worry about again."

Barbie Copp
Copp Roofing & Construction, Inc.

"The eye-catching aesthetics of a DaVinci roof will greatly improve the look of your home. Key benefits of fire resistance and wind uplift resistance will give you security living under a DaVinci roof. And, the longevity and lower maintenance costs of a DaVinci roof, compared to asphalt and cedar, make this roof a smart investment decision for your home."

Mark Dalrymple
Butcher & Butcher Construction Co., Inc.

"Putting budget aside, DaVinci polymer roofing performs and looks better than asphalt shingles, wood shake and stone coated steel. The DaVinci product represents the closest match to real slate that we've seen in the current roofing market. The appearance, lifespan and weight of this product versus real slate are the top three reasons I recommend composite roofing."

Tony Polotto
University of Notre Dame

"DaVinci is a great lightweight product. It's more durable than slate as far as hail impact, and it has a higher fire rating and lasts longer than real wood shakes."

Joe Whitmore
Century Slate and Solar

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Take a Mulligan on Your Roof

Don't you wish you could sometimes "take a mulligan?" If you're looking for the right time to have a "do over" on your roof, then today's your day --- it's National Mulligan Day!

This is the day to give yourself --- and your roof --- a second chance at making each other happy.

Class A Fire RatedWhether you're considering a new roof because your old one has failed and is leaking, or if it just doesn't help the curb appeal of your home, now is the time to research options ... like synthetic roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Sometimes in life you're forced to have a "do-over" on your roof. That's what happened to Harry Leist, owner of Olde Liberty Station restaurant in Virginia. When a fire destroyed his renovated 1890 train-station-turned-restaurant, Leist decided to rebuild -- and do away with the heavy slate tiles that were on the original structure.

The fire in 2009 had Leist thinking that man -made polymer slate tiles with a Class A fire rating would be a good option for the rebuild.

"This roof is terrific --- it looks the same as it did the day the job was finished," says Leist. "Our Bellaforté imitation slate roof has held up extremely well despite some really high winds of more than 50 mph along with some truly deep snowfalls we experienced here in Virginia during the past seven years.

"There are no leaks or any other problems with our roof. If I had to make this decision all over again, I would do the same thing. The DaVinci composite slate roof looks terrific and does what it's supposed to do."

If you're ready to "take a mulligan" on your roof, contact us at DaVinci Roofscapes. And, to learn more about other successful re-roofing products, see Condo Community Chooses Impact- and Fire-Resistant DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles and Out of the Mouths of Contractors.

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How To Handle Falling In Love With More Than One At A Time

Recently I worked with a couple who asked my advice on a topic I don't often discuss. They had fallen in love not just once but twice and needed my help.

They were remodeling their home exterior and had been doing their homework on which products and colors they wanted to use. By the time this couple contacted me they had already fallen in love with a DaVinci Slate roof in Smokey Gray. It is a great choice for their home.

They had also fallen in love with the idea of painting the siding of their home brown. They had seen other homes in their New England town that were brown and liked the look. They had looked at many dark browns but it was Benjamin Moore Falcon Brown 1238 that they loved.

DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-width Slate in Smokey Gray alongside Benjamin Moore Falcon Brown 1238

What this couple saw once they painted a section of their home and placed the roofing tile samples next to the dark brown was that the two didn't work well together. The two were both dark and although different in color similar in value (darkness or lightness) and they started to have their doubts that the two colors they fell in love with were going to work well together on their home. That is when they contacted me to give them my thoughts.

Both colors they selected were lovely on their own but were not the best choices together. Their home was large and you could see a good amount of the roof. There home was also shaded by many trees. Even with contrasting trim and a welcoming color on the front door the overall look would still be too dark and could seem a bit ominous. At the same time I understood that they had a vision of their home in brown and gray that they weren't ready to give up on.

Following my "top down" method for selecting home exterior colors it didn't take long before these homeowners and I came up with an alternative we all were happy with.

From two loves to true loves --
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Benjamin Moore Bear Creek 1470

We started with the Smokey Gray roof and then looked for a brown that was a little lighter and slightly more gray. After sampling a couple of colors it was Benjamin Moore Bear Creek 1470 that captured the hearts of my homeowners. It isn't a huge change but the color was just different enough to change the exterior dynamic and created exactly the look these homeowners first had in mind.

You might think the reason people make mistakes with choosing color is that they aren't good at picking colors but believe it or not that isn't always the reason. Often is is because they get an idea in their mind and don't know how to create the look unless they use the same exact colors they've seen. Or they might find more than one color that they just love and are blinded to the fact that they don't work well together.

Over the years, I help many homeowners who are purchasing a gorgeous polymer slate or shake roof from DaVinci Roofscapes to choose the right color for their roof as well as the other elements of their exterior. From the choice of 50 color and a whole range of blends it is easy for homeowners to fall in love with one that they really want to use.

The next step is to make sure that all of the elements that will be used on the exterior work together. Since a DaVinci roof last a very long time and plays a major role in creating curb appeal, I always say to start from the top down. 

The roof can be 30 percent or more of what you see as you approach a home. Blending the color of your roofing material with other elements of the home exterior will create an overall cohesive look. When the roof and the main are working together it allows you to have many choices for your trim and accent colors. This also makes it easier to change the color of your front door or shutters and give you home a new look in a few years down the road. 

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Back to School 101: What Roofing Protects My Children?

Backpacks are ready and children of all ages are soon headed back to school.

We expect our teachers to be geared up, classrooms to be prepared and school facilities to be equipped for the onslaught of returning students.

At many schools, colleges and universities across the country, the buildings where students will spend their days studying are protected by impact- and fire-resistant composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Get ready to be impressed. Here are just some of the outstanding educational facilities now boasting DaVinci imitation slate and synthetic shake roofing on their buildings:

  • Polymer RoofingWashburn University
  • Valparaiso University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Nebraska
  • Florida State University
  • Rivers Education Center
  • Mohawk Avenue School
  • State University of New York (SUNY)
  • Sara Bea Learning Center at Notre Dame
  • Willard Elementary School
  • St. Joseph University
  • Trinity Pawling School
  • Princeton University
  • Colorado State University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Mount St. Mary's
  • College of New Jersey

 

Why are so many educational buildings relying on our polymer roofing? Durability and beauty are two key features that smart school administrators like about DaVinci Roofscapes. Plus security. Our products have a 50-year limited warranty on commercial structures and are resistant to everything from high winds to severe weather and impact.

Before you send your children back to school this year ... ask the question of "what roofing is protecting my children?"

Read more about our eco-friendly roof shingles on schools at  DaVinci Roofscapes Get A+ in the Classroom, Back to School with Polymer Roof and Forget "Back to School" --- it's "Back to Roof" Time.

 

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Flying Garbage Cans? No Problem with a DaVinci Roof

Is there any chance we'll meet Tomas, Virginie and Walter this year? Those are the last three storm names that would be used for the 2016 Hurricane Season, which ends November 30.

Even though it's unlikely all the names on the hurricane list will be used this year, there is a very good chance that high winds and severe weather will continue to impact many areas of the United States. That's why high-wind resistant DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofing shingles are a good choice for homes all across the country.

Sustainable RoofCan you imagine the conditions your roof goes through at winds of 30, 50 or even 90 mph? A reporter with the Associated Press wanted to experience these conditions for himself, so he went to a wind tunnel laboratory at the University of Maryland. After getting harnessed in, he had the team crank up the winds ... all the way up to 100 mph.

Click HERE to see the video of how the winds impacted his body. Clearly, if he wasn't anchored and harnessed in, he would have been blown away. Now think about your roof.

During severe weather --- not even hurricane conditions --- high winds can rip some roofing tiles right off the roof. And, flying debris during a storm can deeply damage some roofs. Not DaVinci polymer roofing.

Our roofs are manufactured and tested to stand firm in extreme weather conditions. (see DaVinci Roof Tiles: Engineered to Withstand Hurricane Force Winds) DaVinci roofs meet the ASTME D3161 test for withstanding 110 mph sustained winds. Our simulated shake roofing and composite slate roof tiles also have a Class 4 impact rating (UL 2218 Impact test) ... so if a tree limb falls on your DaVinci roof or a flying garbage can hits it, you don't have to worry about broken tiles.

Learn more about how DaVinci synthetic roofing materials can help keep your property safe at Worried? Sleep Easier with a DaVinci Roof Overhead

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Nailed It!

Fifty years is a long time. Imagine how much your body ages during five decades of living. Now imagine how much sun, wind and weather exposure a DaVinci Roofscapes designer roof receives in 50 years.

We've made sure our dependable composite slate and synthetic shake roofing tiles will hold up year after year. If you're a roofer, it's up to you to make the right decision on the nails you use to assure that the DaVinci roof tiles you install now will indeed stay on the luxury roof for at least 50 years.

At DaVinci, we recommend using copper, hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel nails. Why? Because our roofs will last for decades, you need to make sure that the nails you use will also last that long. After all, you don't want callbacks down the line that the roof is fine, but the nails you used are popping or rusting!

Once you've made your nailing selection, keep this tip in mind: Remember to nail down the bottom tab on both Bellaforté composite slate and synthetic shake roofing products. It's important to secure the tabs for a firm, confident installation that can help prevent damage from high winds and severe weather. And, don't be stingy with those nails! Every DaVinci roof shingle should be secured using two nails, with dimensions of a 3/8" head by 1/2" length.

Need more nailing tips from our polymer roofing experts? Then check out Nailing No-No's and Which Nails Should I Use for a Composite Slate Roof?

 

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DaVinci Roofscapes Recycles 365 Days a Year

In 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring June as National Recycling Month. The goal was to draw attention to the benefits of recycling, with one of the chief benefits being the diversion of waste from landfills.  

Sustainable RoofAt  DaVinci Roofscapes, we're completely behind recycling efforts --- not just in June, but every month of the year.

During Earth Day this past April, DaVinci announced that our company recycled more than 800,000 pounds of polymer in 2015 (see 2016 Earth Day: DaVinci Roofscapes Recycled 800,000 Pounds of Polymer Last Year). Now we've taken extra steps to enhance the scrap material recycling of our imitation slate shingles and fake cedar shake tiles. We're on track to recycle more than a million pounds of scrap in 2016.

Why do we have this much waste? Chiefly because we offer so many colors of our composite roofing product (see 50 Shades of DaVinci).

Every time we switch color runs in the manufacturing process of our composite roofing products there's a "run off" of product as one color ends and the new color begins. As the colors transition, the tiles are off spec and are recycled. These tiles are segregated by color and then ground up and molded into starter shingles, which are generally unseen on the roof.

The important aspect here is that every roof shingle we manufacture is 100 percent recyclable, so our manufacturing operations are very environmentally-friendly. Not one roof tile ends up in a landfill. That's something we celebrate during National Recycling Month and every day at DaVinci.      

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Color Risks Not To Take

Have you ever wanted to be bolder with your color choices? Try something that really stands out or shouts "wow"? If so, I say, 

"Go for it!"

The only caveat I'll add is that you make wise choices about where, when and how you get adventurous with color.

Don't Turn A Short-Lived Fascination Into Your Long Term Solution

If you want to top off your look with bright blue strands like Katy Perry or rainbow highlights like Selena Gomez give it a try. It would be best to wait until after an important job interview or big day to dye your hair but other than that, why not? You can take that color risk. If you don't love your unconventional hair color no problem. Your hair will grow out or you can recolor it or maybe it was only temporary to begin with. It is a color risk but one without big consequences if it goes wrong.

The time not to take a color risk is when you are topping off your home with a new roof. A roof with a lifetime warranty last a long time so you are going to live with that decision for many years. That doesn't mean you only have to go with black or gray although those are often great choices. All of DaVinci Roofscapes 50 colors are inspired by nature what I consider "can't go wrong" colors. Still if you need some guidance we are here to help. Start by going to the Color Studio where you will find lots of great guidance. If you still need help you can get in touch by going to "Get Advice From Our Color Expert"

Multi-Width Slate in Aberdeen was a wise not risky choice for this home.

When Choosing Colors And Patterns, Don't Create Confusion

In fashion mixing prints and patterns is often said to be one of the riskiest trends. However, when you get it right, it can give you a show stopping look. For mixing patterns in fashion you may hear that the way to go is to stick with the same color families in the prints. That can work but you don't have to use all of the same colors. The real key is to make sure that one of the patterns, regardless of the colors, acts as a neutral. Not necessarily that it is a neutral color but neutral because the pattern doesn't call too much attention to itself. So go ahead and combine patterns with many colors. Just keep in mind that all of the prints can be different but only one or two can really stand out. 

When choosing a roof or other materials with texture or pattern for your home you need to keep that same advice in mind. For example, when choosing roofing tiles, you can choose a single color with soft variation, several similar colors or multi colors. The same is true in materials such as stone or brick. It is the variation between the colors that accentuates the pattern. When you mix these different colors, textures and patterns on a home exterior they cannot all compete for attention. If your home is a solid color brick that can act as your neutral when adding a patterned roof such as DaVinci Slate in Aberdeen, Vineyard or European blends. If you brick has lots of variation of colors in it then the roof should not include lots of color or pattern variations or it will compete with the brick pattern. A roof that is more solid in color will allow the brick to stand out and the two elements will work together to create a cohesive look.

You Can Overdo Accessories But Not Accent Colors

As Michael Kors says, "I've always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman's outfit." I couldn't agree more and encourage to take risks with color and style when it comes to accessorizing your style. Personally, I follow the "more is better" philosophy of Iris Apfel. Take risks with your accessories and accent colors. And if you aren't sure it works take this bit of advice from Coco Chanel, who gave this advice about dressing with accessories, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

The way I think about accents and accessories for you home exterior is almost the opposite of the way I think about these things in fashion. On your exterior more is not always better. A few well-placed color and accent pieces are going to give your home the best look. Too many will keep your eye jumping from place to place never allowing it to focus on any one spot. Figure out the one or two things about the front of you home that make a statement. Then you can find ways to use embellish or call attention to these features. Color is a great way to have those elements grab the spotlight. Painting your front an eye-catching color calls attention to your entrance. An accent roof can highlight an attractive bay window. The colors on your patio that link to the colors inside can fool the eye and make the interior space feel larger.

You Don't Need To Be Cautious With Color

Once you understand where, when and how it makes sense to take risks with color and when it doesn't you can make choices that work well for you. So go on and get a bit bolder with your color choices. Sometimes risks are worth taking.

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From the Architect's Corner - Choosing a Color

With 50 individual colors and 7 product lines to choose from, we'll admit that we offer a lot of choices to our customers. Spending my days working with architects and other design professionals, I see the work that goes into making sure you choose not only the right product for your clients, but also the right color for their homes or projects. We offer a variety of tools to help, any of which we'd love for you to take advantage of:

1. The Project Specialist - at DaVinci Roofscapes, everybody who is interested in learning more about our products is a customer, not just somebody who works in the building material field. We have folks here at the plant who are dedicated to talking exclusively to homeowners. They can attest, the majority of their days are spent on the phone with folks who are ready to roof, but need assistance in choosing a color. They are happy to take a look at photos of the house (or future house), paint samples, siding samples, or brick/stone samples, and make suggestions on what product and color may look best. To get in touch with a Project Specialist click here

2. Color Expert Advice - for several years now we've been working with Kate Smith, a Color Expert and owner of Sensational Color. Kate has written two books for us, the most popular outlining her F.R.E.S.H. Approach, which guides homeowners and designers on a simple and methodical way at choosing exterior color. You can download these books for free by clicking here, or, if you are in need of some credit hours, you can take the continuing education course that is online and based off this book. Click here and you will jump over to AEC Daily for this free online learning course. 

3. Samples - This is probably the most important thing in choosing color. You can't decide until you see it in person, and we offer samples of any product in any standard color for free. While we can do the best we can with good photography of our blends on our website, blogs, and literature, seeing the samples outside, in the sun, next to the building's other major fixed features is the only way to choose a color. We offer color chips, individual tiles, and sample boards in every product in every color blend, and we're happy to send as many as you need for your project. 

Also, we will always stress the importance of putting your samples outside (even nailing them up on your roof, if you can) and watching them for several days in all lighting. This is recommended as a photo is just a snapshot of a color at one moment in time. The color of a roof can shift throughout the day, all due to lighting, so it is important that a color is approved after seeing it at all times of the day. See below. These photos show the same product and color blend, but they look pretty different because of the lighting at the time of day the photo was taken, as well as other factors, like the direction of the house, the cloud cast, and the time of year. One photo shows the Mountain Blend looking pretty brown and the other shows it looking more gray. Same product and color, different lighting.

Fake Shake

 

Happy Friday, Architects! 

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2016 Earth Day: DaVinci Roofscapes Recycled 800,000 Pounds of Polymer Last Year

We've got big environmentally-friendly news to share!

Sustainable RoofingIn honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, we're letting everyone know that DaVinci Roofscapes almost tripled the amount of processed polymer the company recycled in 2015 over the previous year. Improved processes allowed us to recycle more than 800,000 pounds of polymer materials in 2015.

"Earth Day 2016 is a significant time for our company to share the good news about our enhanced recycling efforts," says Bryan Ward, vice president of operations at DaVinci Roofscapes in Lenexa, Kansas. "We're grinding down materials and reusing them in starter shingles.

"Our overall operation procedures and commitment to the environment has permitted DaVinci Roofscapes to recycle more than two million pounds of processed polymer in the past five years. That's a tremendous amount of material re-use that would otherwise have gone to landfills."

 

Environmentally Friendly RoofDaVinci Roofscapes produces polymer slate and shake roofing tiles in 50 standard colors, plus custom colors. Each time our manufacturing operation changes color runs, there is a transitioning between colors. Those transition tiles are off spec and are recycled. These tiles are segregated by color and then ground up and molded into starter shingles, which are generally unseen on the roof.

"Because every roofing tile we create is 100 percent recyclable, our operations are extremely environmentally-friendly," says Ward. "In 2016 we'll take our commitment to recycling a step further by investing in a new grinding recycling system that handles purge (melted chunks of polymer that can weigh approximately 50 pounds) as well as off spec product. With this new piece of equipment, we anticipate recycling more than a million pounds of polymer a year going forward!"

 

 

 

Want more GREEN DaVinci news? See DaVinci Roofscapes Supports Recycling Efforts and Return Those DaVinci Scraps!

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Composite Slate Accents Tuscarora Academy Museum

Fake SlateThe historic Tuscarora Academy Museum in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, which was founded in 1836, boasts a long history. The recently-reroofed structure is the only surviving building of the Tuscarora Academy, the site of the first secondary school in Juniata County.

The interior of the museum hosts an old walnut post office, a doctor's office, a typical boarding room for students and timber belonging to the David H. Wilson GAR Post 134. But, it's the outside of the structure that is causing some added interest these days.

"Our team was brought in to remove 50-year old asbestos shingles on the roof," says Philip Mead, estimator with KLA Roofing & Construction, LLC of Everett, Pennsylvania. "They needed to get the asbestos removed and sought a low-maintenance product that could withstand our harsh winter weather."

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission researched several roofing alternatives before selecting Single-Width Slate synthetic tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Polymer Slate"We had a four-man crew install the composite slate roof and they liked working with the product very much," says Mead. "I actually heard one person say that they wish we would get more projects like this one because it went so smoothly!"

The KLA Roofing & Construction team installed the Smokey Gray roof during the summer of 2015. The company, who works on many commercial roofing projects across Pennsylvania, specializes in historical restoration.

"Roofing requires an understanding of a structure's form, how it bends and how water will flow over it," says Mead. "If a certain area of roof will take on a high level of rain-flow, it might be wise to spend a little extra time sealing that particular area. Another area of the roof might need extra wood to support it. A crucial piece of properly laying a roof is understanding nuances like these. That's what we brought to the Tuscarora Academy project that helped make the re-roofing projects such a success." 

Tuscarora isn't the only historic museum to feature DaVinci's composite roofing. See Museum Rooftops and Happy National Museum Day! for more insights.

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Find Out What Color The Easter Bunny Chose For His Lifetime Roof

Recently I was asked to provide color consulting services for a very special client, The Easter Bunny. Mr. Bunny needed to put a new roof on his home. After researching all of the options, he wanted a luxury roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. But, like many homeowners, he wasn't sure how to choose just the right color. They asked me to give him my color advice.

With good reason I thought that Mr. Bunny would want a custom blend that was as bright and colorful as the eggs he dyes each year. I explained that we could make a special color roof or roof tile blend in any color his warm and fuzzy heart desired. I even showed him a couple of examples of a beautiful blue and perfect pink that we had custom blended for two princesses living in Florida to spark his imagination. Much to my surprise that wasn't what he had in mind at all.

One of the things that had attracted him to DaVinci, in addition to its resistance to impact, hail and fire, was that all 50 polymer roofing colors were inspired by nature. Rather than a brightly-colored storybook roof, he wanted one that would blend in with the surroundings. While he likes his egg dyeing studio to be bright and attention-getting, for his home Mr. Bunny wanted to create a hideaway that insures that after the busy Spring season he will be able to rest and relax undisturbed. Now that I understood, I was able to go in a different direction with my recommendation. I narrowed it down and had the awesome DaVinci customer care team send out samples for him to look at on his roof.

Because it was so close to Easter I decided to send him a little surprise that would drive home the point of just how natural the synthetic slate and shake roofing tiles look. I dyed a very special dozen eggs in a variety of DaVinci colors. The eggs arrived with the roofing samples and a note challenging Mr. Bunny to hide these eggs around his home and hold a special egg hunt to see if his friends could find these eggs. I felt confident that these special eggs would be camouflaged so well that they would be hard to find, if they are found at all.

Luckily after the special egg hunt, as I expected, even his color specialist had a difficult time finding the eggs hidden among the stones, soil, grasses and other colors of the natural landscape. Eventually those with the most discerning eye for color were able to find most of the eggs but there are still two or three yet to be located.

The Easter Bunny is satisfied. He confidently selected the mix of colors I had recommend in Bellaforte Slate. Now when Mr. Bunny hops down the trail to his burrow after a long season he will be welcomed to his own private hideaway. With a solid roof overhead in a color that blends with his natural surrounding he can relax into a much-deserved rest.

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Gray on the Rooftop

Up on the roof, shades of gray attract the attention of homeowners nationwide year-after-year. How does DaVinci Roofscapes respond to that desire for gray? By offering an abundance of polymer roofing options in shades of gray!

Composite Slate Roof"Fourteen of our 50 standard composite roofing colors reflect a shade of gray," says Mark Hansen, vice president of sales and marketing at DaVinci Roofscapes. "That's because so many people request gray colors for their designer roofs. We continue to add shades of gray to meet the demand of homeowners nationwide.

"The Smokey Gray color we introduced in 2015 has become an instant favorite. Slate Gray, our number one seller, comes in a refined gray, like a grey wolf.

"However, Smokey Gray is more charcoal in nature with a deep richness. Some of the best custom blends we've seen recently include both of these popular gray colors plus a Medium Gray or Light Chesapeake."

Can't get enough of gray? See our stories on The Power of Gray and Don't Hide Your Gray!

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Featured Project of the Year - EPIC Exteriors

We're on week three (of four) of blogs showing off the four Featured Projects of the Year leading up to this year's International Roofing Expo (Click HERE to see week one and HERE to see week two). Up this week is a home located in the exclusive city of Mission Hills, Kansas installed by EPIC Exteriors out of Kansas City. This home was one of the first in the area to use our newest color blend, Smokey Gray. Smokey Gray was introduced last year as the 50th color added to our color line, and provides a classic look in the Single-Width Slate. 

This home also has an architectural detail you don't see every day - a turret. At DaVinci Roofscapes we know turrets can be labor intensive, so we offer the option of a custom turret package. With the custom package the contractor sends us the measurements of the turret and we custom cut each piece and create a layout for a more detailed installation guide. 

Come by booth # 1275 at the IRE February 17-19th to see this project, along with the other three winners, featured in our booth! Congratulations EPIC Exteriors! 

EPIC Exteriors
913-712-8342
www.epicexteriorskc.com

 

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