Composite Slate Roofing Tops St. Louis Estate

Roof envy.  That's what neighbors have for a stunning DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roof on the estate of a St. Louis homeowner.

Installed by Duration Construction, the custom blend of simulated slate roofing includes 25% Slate Gray, 20% Light Gray, 20% Dark Stone, 20% Green Stone and 15% Dark Purple. The distinctive custom blend was requested by the homeowners to get the exact look they desired.

"One of the unique aspects of working with DaVinci Roofscapes is that people are not locked in to any dictated color choices," says Shawn Wittenberg, president of Duration Construction. "There are 50 colors to choose from and DaVinci can easily create a custom blend like they did for this project. That means our customers are always happy with their roofing choices." (See 3 Reasons A Custom Color Could Be The Best Choice For Your Project)

 

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For this estate, Wittenberg and his team installed DaVinci slate alternative roofing materials on three structures on the property: the main house including two wings, the pool house and a barn. They replaced a different roof system that was cracking, breaking and had severe color fade issues.

"I've installed more than 40 DaVinci roofs over the years and I'm certain these homeowners will be happy with these synthetic slate shingles," says Wittenberg. "I've found that DaVinci products hold up extremely well compared to all the other brands I've used in the past. Most importantly, I've never had a single call back with any problems with a DaVinci roof.  That speaks volumes for the quality and durability of the product.

"I stick with DaVinci composite roofing products for many reasons. Tops on my list is that it looks amazing, it's easy to install and homeowners have a lifetime warranty on the materials!"

 

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Picking the Brain of a Roofing Expert

Shawn Wittenberg knows roofs ... and he knows a great deal about DaVinci Roofscapes. Having installed 40 DaVinci composite roofs over his career, he's the expert you want to connect with if you need insights on polymer roofing. So, we're bringing his expertise right to you!

Q: Your company, Duration Construction, generally installs roofs within a 50 mile radius of St. Louis. What type of roofing projects does your team do?

A: We install a variety of specialty roofs in residential and commercial markets. And, we're expanding to Kansas City, Omaha and Illinois.

Polymer RoofingQ: When did you start installing DaVinci roofs?
A: I began installing DaVinci lightweight roofing systems in 2004. I recently drove by the first DaVinci roof that I installed more than 10 years ago and it still looks great!

Q: What do people seem to appreciate most about simulated shake roofing and slate roof alternatives from DaVinci?

A: People love how well the DaVinci product replicates the look of real slate and cedar shake roofing. They also appreciate the ability to get the look they want with the wide range of available colors. Other key factors that help sell this product are its durability and virtually maintenance-free aspects.

Q: What about homeowner insurance discounts?

A: Absolutely. I've found that most insurance companies give discounts when there's a composite slate roof or synthetic shake roofing overhead. Sometimes the discount can reach upwards of 22 percent off annual premiums.  That's really significant for a homeowner and something that should be considered when investing in a DaVinci designer roof.

Q: What would you tell your friends and family if they asked you about DaVinci roofs?

A: I tell anyone (and everyone!) that DaVinci is one of the most durable and best-looking manufactured roofing products on the market.  It's my top choice next to real slate.

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Unique Church Roof Accented with Synthetic Shake Roofing

One of our favorite church roof renovation projects at DaVinci Roofscapes took place in Johnson City, N.Y in 2011. That's when the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church got new simulated shake roofing. (See Polymer Shake Roof Accents Ukrainian Church)

Shake RoofingWhat makes this such a special project? The traditional Ukrainian design of the church structure. Topped by three 80-foot tall domes, the massive building looks like it's made completely of wood shakes on the siding and roof. But, look closer and you'll see that the roof is really made of our synthetic shake tiles.

Church leaders say that the architectural style of the landmark church mimics those structures found in the Ukraine. And, the composite shake roofing is a perfect match to the original cedar shake roof.

"The new polymer shakes look almost identical to the older wooden ones, but these will last so much longer," says Rev. Teodor B. Czabala, Jr. "The wood exterior of the church has been cleaned and stained, so now the structure looks perfect. We're both amazed and pleased that these man-made roofing tiles could have such a positive and beautiful impact on our facility.

"We searched for a product that would not need replacing for many years. Our research brought us to the DaVinci shake roofing tiles. We're thrilled with the 50-year limited warranty on the product and how these polymer tiles have already stood up to the weather conditions in our area."

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Steeple People

Churches all across the country with eye-catching steeples often refer to themselves as "steeple people." These days the term should probably be changed to "synthetic steeple people."

Steep Slope RoofingThat's because many churches, looking for attractive, low-maintenance coverings for their steeples, are turning to synthetic roofing material from DaVinci Roofscapes.

In Ohio, Seville Presbyterian Church is the latest place of worship to select composite roofing for their steeple. The 3,000-pound, 27-foot tall steeple sits atop a 15-foot, two-piece base. The refurbished steeple now boasts a white custom color DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roof, allowing it to remain a focal point in the community.

While impressive, the Seville Presbyterian Church steeple appears dwarfed when compared to the soaring 86-foot tall steeple at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Centennial, Colorado. This steeple was recently refurbished with DaVinci Multi-Width Shake in the Autumn blend to complement the church's design and setting. (see Unique Design Uses DaVinci Roofscapes Shake on Top and Sides of Colorado Church)

"We selected the DaVinci products for the steeple and roof because of their aesthetics and resistance to impact and hail," says Jim Wolfe, a 30-year member of the church. "Because our previous roofs were destroyed in hail storms we placed special emphasis on finding a top-quality roofing product that would have a 50-year limited warranty. We don't want to deal with this issue again in our lifetimes."

From specialty "onion shaped" domes covered in simulated shake roofing atop the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in New York (see Polymer Shake Roof Accents Ukrainian Church ) to our imitation slate shingles on the chapel at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Ohio (see Contractors Go to Church with DaVinci Roofscapes), at DaVinci Roofscapes we're definitely embracing the term "steeple people!"

            

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Designers Impressed by DaVinci Roofscapes Composite Slate Roof

You've probably heard the old saying, "When One Door Closes, Another One Opens." That's exactly what happened for one North Carolina homeowner when the roof on their new home failed after just seven years.

A manufacturer flaw resulted in the need for a total replacement roof on a home designed by Design House out of Wilmington, North Carolina. While the firm generally doesn't specify specific products for their home designs, they're so impressed with the replacement DaVinci Roofscapes composite slate roof that they're re-thinking their stance.

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"We normally do not call out actual products on our designs," says John Croom, partner with Design House. "However, after seeing the results of the new DaVinci manufactured slate roof we certainly plan to recommend DaVinci in the future.

"The replacement DaVinci roof on this home looks beautiful. The sophistication of the simulated slate roofing captures the essence of our vision for this home. The mixture of colors and textures really provides the 'Olde English/French' character we were striving to achieve with the design."

The DaVinci European blend was selected by the homeowners for their replacement DaVinci Multi-Width Slate designer roof. The five-color blend consists of Light Gray, Medium Gray, Dark Gray, Light Purple and Dark Purple to create a realistic slate roofing application. (See 50 Shades of DaVinci for more imitation slate roof colors!)

"The color selections available from DaVinci are definitely impressive," says Croom. "From a design perspective we believe offering both the singular and blend color options will be extremely appealing to homeowners in our area."

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New Profile for DaVinci Multi-Width Slate Roof Tiles

We've taken a great product and made it even better! The DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate polymer roof tiles have now Fake Slate Roofbeen enhanced with a more authentic slate tile look.

Earlier this year DaVinci announced the new design improvements for the Single-Width Slate 12-inch simulated slate roofing tile (see More Realistic DaVinci Single-Width Slate Profile!). Now we've incorporated those great quarried looks into the Multi-Width Slate alternative roof tile.

Why is DaVinci making this change to our designer roof tiles? Because we're always striving to make improvements --- even to a product as successful as our composite slate tiles.

"A significant amount of time and energy has been invested in design improvements to create slate tiles with thicker, more realistic profiles that accurately replicate genuine slate," says Rosewall. "The edges of these composite slate tiles now have a more quarried look to them. Deeper impressions in the tiles make them appear thicker, even though they're the same weight as the previous tiles. This is just one example of how we're continually refining our products and making improvements that enhance the overall aesthetical appeal of DaVinci polymer roofing products."

Not to worry ... while we have increased the design appeal of our Multi-Width Slate roof shingles, we haven't changed any of the exceptional durability aspects of this popular simulate slate roofing product. You'll still find our Multi-Width product resists fire, impact, high winds and insect infestations. And, our multiple synthetic slate roof tile widths help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance on the roof. Whether you select a straight to staggered pattern in one of our 50 colors, you'll be impressed with the authenticity of our imitation slate tiles.

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Today Is National Color Day!

DaVinci Roofscapes is all about COLOR. From their color studio to the 50 colors in unlimited combinations they offer and all of the color insights and advice they have allowed me to share as their color expert over the years their appreciation for color shows.

National Color Day is also all about COLOR. October 22nd is a day set aside for celebrating the color-filled world we live in. It is also a day to learn how colors influence our mood, productivity and behavior in our everyday lives. So rather than talk about how to choose color for your roof or other elements of your home exterior I wanted to give you a glimpse into the meanings that colors convey.

The psychology and symbolism of each color has a profound impact on the choices you make consciously, unconsciously and subconsciously. Below is a quick look at some of the most common associations for each color.

Yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment, happiness and carries the promise of a positive future. Yellow can instill optimism and energy, as well as spark creative thoughts.

Orange sparks more controversy than any other hue and true orange elicits a stronger “love it” or “hate it” reaction. Fun and flamboyant orange radiates warmth and energy.

Red is inherently exciting and the amount of red is directly related to the level of energy perceived. Red draws attention, and a keen use of red as an accent can immediately focus attention.

Pink combines the passion of red with the purity of white. Bright pink has the same high energy as red; softer pinks are associated with romance, sweetness, and a desire for the more carefree days of childhood.

Purple embodies the balance of red’s stimulation and blue’s calm. With a sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a color often well-liked by very creative types.

Blue is the overwhelming “favorite color.” Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable, and committed. The color of ocean and sky, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives.

Green is the pervasive color in the natural world and we are so used to seeing it everywhere. The natural greens, from forest to lime, green is tranquil and refreshing. Green is the color of peace and ecology.

Brown says stability, reliability, and approachability. It is the color of our earth and is associated with all things natural or organic.

Gray is the color of intellect, knowledge, and wisdom. It is perceived as long-lasting, classic, and often as sleek or refined. It is a color that is dignified, conservative, and carries authority.

Black is authoritative and powerful; because black can evoke strong emotions, too much can be overwhelming. Black represents a lack of color but also is associated with prestige, high quality and sophistication.

White projects purity, cleanliness, and neutrality. Doctors don white coats, brides traditionally wear white gowns, and a white picket fence surrounds a safe and happy home.

I hope you enjoyed this short color break. If you want to learn even more about color psychology, symbolism and meaning I invite you to visit my website SensationalColor.com. Now back to our regularly scheduled blog post about color for your home.

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Unique Design Uses DaVinci Roofscapes Shake on Top and Sides of Colorado Church

Soaring 86 linear feet into the air, the steeple for the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Centennial, Colorado is just one of many impressive features of the sprawling church complex. Built in three stages starting in 1980, the contemporary style church has an interior design like the center of a rose, stained glass windows and a roof system that dips down along the sides of the building.

Real cedar shake shingles were originally installed on the roof, steeple and sides of the structure. These were replaced in 1990 after receiving extensive roof hail damage. Now, after an extensive product search that included "looking at every type of roof material possible," Bellaforté Shake and DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake create a united look on the church exterior. An Autumn blend of brown tones was selected to complement the church's design and setting.

"We learned our lesson and were not about to put cedar shakes on our structure again," says Jim Wolfe, a 30-year member of the church. "Our committee of nine people now understands every potential roofing product on the market after our exhaustive search.

"We selected the DaVinci products because of their aesthetics and resistance to impact and hail. Because our previous roofs were destroyed in hail storms we placed special emphasis on finding a top-quality roofing product that would have a 50-year limited warranty. We don't want to deal with this issue again in our lifetimes."

To learn more about other churches relying on polymer shake and synthetic slate roofing from DaVinci, see Historic Oklahoma City Church Gets Fire Brick Red Polymer Roof and Praying for a New DaVinci Roof.

 

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Nailing No-No's

"Oh no ... my contractor didn't read the instructions and used the wrong nails!"

Polymer RoofingThat was the bewildered cry of one Pacific Northwest homeowner recently. She knew something was wrong because she was starting to see "rust stains" on her fairly new DaVinci Roofscapes designer roof.

After a quick visit by one of DaVinci's technical experts, the reason was easy to determine --- her roofing installer had used framing nails instead of an appropriate 50-year fastener (see Stainless Steel Nails) to secure her composite roofing in place. There's no easy solution for this problem, so it's best to verify with your roofer beforehand that they're using stainless steel, or hot-dipped galvanized nails when installing DaVinci steep slope roofing tiles.

Here's another nailing no-no. Don't forget to nail down the bottom tab on both Bellaforte 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.

Finally, DaVinci Class A Fire Rated roofing tiles are thick and realistic-looking, so installers need to make sure to install our imitation slate and polymer shake tiles with a minimum 1-1/2" roofing nails. The nails must be long enough to penetrate through the roof deck and exceed it by 3/16". And, if you're in high wind areas, make sure to use ring-shank nails. For more nailing tips, visit Which Nails Should I Use for a Composite Slate Roof?

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Under Construction

You might not be able to tell it from these pictures, but this "under construction" house in upstate New York will soon be a landmark home.

Nancy and Scott Adams are reconstructing "The Suplina House" designed by Nancy's grandfather Andrew Geller, a respected mid-century modernistic architect. This particular home was originally erected 50 years ago. This is the first Andrew Geller house to be built in more than 25 years.

A main design feature of the house are the cedar shake "sails" that make up the siding and also the designer roof. When Nancy and Scott decided to recreate Geller's design, they brought it up to code and then started looking for materials to complement the exterior.

 

"After thoroughly investigating current roofing materials on the market, we feel that the DaVinci shakes (outside of real cedar) are the only material Nancy's grandfather would have approved of," says Scott Adams. "Geller was as much an artist as he was a designer and architect, so we can't help but think he'd approve of a product named DaVinci!

"We feel this is a perfect fit; a 20th century design using a 21st century roofing product that stays true to tradition."

For this exciting project, Nancy and Scott have chosen DaVinci Single-Width Shake roofing in the Autumn-VariBlend color for the home. Stay tuned to future blogs as we show the house taking shape and how fantastic we believe the simulated shake roofing will look on the top and sides of this designer home!

Want to use synthetic shake for your siding project? See Polymer Shake - Not Just for Your Roof. Think Siding.

 

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What Colorful Exteriors Say About You

What Colorful Exteriors Say About You
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Over the years as I've worked with hundreds of homeowners I have found that people will often pick colors for their home exteriors that reflect something about their own personality. Different "pops of color" can tell passersby a good deal about your personality.

What do the colors of your home's exterior say about you? Here are the personality traits most often associated with these popular colors used as main or accent colors on a home exterior:


Green --- boasts that you have traditional values, are down to earth, well-balanced and nurturing.


Blue --- tells people that you are relaxed, at ease, sincere and even a bit conservative.


Orange --- says that you are friendly, assertive, adventurous and optimistic.


Brown --- shows that you are honest, approachable, sturdy, reliable and wholesome.


Yellow --- reveals that you are cheerful, a leader or organizer, and that you have a modern, open outlook.


Red --- expresses a confident nature where you like to be the center of attention and sometimes exhibit signs of impulsiveness.


Purple --- discloses that you are a "free spirited" person who is comfortable taking risks and dreaming big.

 

Whatever color you have chosen for your exterior DaVinci Roofscapes has the perfect color for your roof. With 50 nature-inspired colors to choose from you are sure to find a combination that reflects your personality.

Does your home show your true colors? Leave a comment and let me know.

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3 Reasons A Custom Color Could Be The Best Choice For Your Project

As the color expert for DaVinci Roofscapes I have had the opportunity to give hundreds of roof color recommendations. Most homeowners and contractors prefer the authentic colors and natural textures of quarried slate, hand-split cedar or machine-sawn shakes that DaVinci offers. With 50 standard colors available, I rarely find that I need to suggest custom color polymer roofing tiles. Still there are times when a custom color or blend is the perfect solution. Here are three times a custom color would be the best choice:

Matching An Existing Color

BELLAFORTE SLATE custom poymer tile roof

When you are trying to match an existing or unique color customizing your roofing is often the best answer. Jupiter Ocean Grande condo community in Jupiter, Florida needed a roof that matched the original color of their metal roof that had begun to rust and fade within just a few years of installation. Now the condo is topped with the same color as the original roof but with polymer Bellaforté Slate tiles that will stand up to the salt-laden air, wind, and rain of the Florida coast.

Replicating A Historic Roof Design

Older homes often used many colors arranged in patterns on their roofs. This another instance where creating a custom color or arrangement of colors can be your best choice.

BELLAFORTE SLATE custom poymer tile roof

When homeowners Carol and Ray Knoff were ready to replace the roof on their 111-year-old Queen Anne style home they knew exactly what they wanted. They wanted to recreate 300-year-old roof tile in a synthetic roofing material. 

The Knoffs chose to work with DaVinci Roofscapes and were not disappointed. “The DaVinci team worked with us to develop a color combination of Midnight Gray and Cottage Red for our Bellaforté Slate polymer tiles that really ‘pops’ and gives a positive first impression of our home while helping define the roof lines and architectural style,” says Knoff.''

Another example of how DaVinci slate was used to create a historic look is the Darocha's home. This homeowner selected DaVinci’s Single-Width Slate polymer tiles to complement the historic look of her home. She created a custom blend of colors for the roof, combining the European-VariBlend of dark purple plus light, medium and dark gray slate tiles with black tiles.

“I wanted the black added in to the roof so it would gain more attention,” says Darocha. “The unique mixture of the five color shades looks terrific and very historically accurate on the structure.”

Creating A Roof That Is You-nique

Inspired by their love of warm earth-tone colors and touches of safari-themed items found inside their home, Jack and Angie Craig transformed the outside of their colonial-style house with stand-out paint colors and a custom-color roof design created by DaVinci Roofscapes and Epic Exteriors.

The four earthy colors of polymer roofing tiles were staggered on the Craig's roof to create an inspiring pattern. By using a custom blend of Light Clay, Medium Light Autumn, Medium Autumn and Black, the homeowners were able to make an exterior design statement with their roof that reflected their personalities.

Is A Custom Color Right For You?

Are you thinking about a custom color for your home or building? See more examples of custom color roofing solutions and the answer to some of the most frequently asked questions about creating custom color roofing.

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DaVinci Roofscapes: Proudly Made in America

At DaVinci Roofscapes we fly the American flag proudly on June 14th --- Flag Day --- and every other day of the year. That's because we're a Made in America company.

Made in AmericaEvery one of our imitation slate tiles and simulated shake roofing pieces are made in Lenexa, Kansas at our company headquarters. For 16 years we've hired American workers and remained dedicated to keeping the manufacturing of our polymer roofing products contained completely in the United States.

What does that mean to you? Faster service and delivery of our composite roofing products --- when you need them and where you need them. Flexibility for us to work with you quickly to design a custom color or support a challenging roofing installation project. Focus on your specific color needs by using Made in America resins to manufacture our 50 different colors of lightweight roofing materials.

“We’re extremely proud that all of our products are made in the United States and that we support our economy by providing jobs for hard working folks around the country,” says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO at DaVinci Roofscapes. “We’re part of the multiplier effect because our ‘Made in America’ commitment also means we purchase from suppliers located only in the United States. So, with every roofing tile we sell we’re helping our economy to expand in many, many ways.”

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From the Architect's Corner - DaVinci Shake Paired with a Flat Roof

We don't (typically) get a lot of interest on behalf of homes or buildings with flat roofs. Makes sense, as we manufacture a steep slope roofing product. Sometimes DaVinci Slate or Shake roof tiles can still be installed on overhangs which accent the building. We see this often with commercial buildings or strip malls, and DaVinci polymer roof tiles cap many projects like that. What we don't see as often is a flat roof with overhangs on a residential project. The project below, installed in Oklahoma, has our composite shake roof tiles as accents on this home. So architects, something to consider the next time your design incorporates something like this. Our products all come with a Class A Fire Rating, Class 4 Impact Rating, 110 mph wind certification and are a 50 year roof. Not to mention that they look great, and can compliment these types of projects in a very natural way. 

Happy Friday, Architects!

 

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Affordable Beauty with Bellaforté

Fake SlateThere's both an art and a science behind the creation of our polymer roofing tiles at DaVinci Roofscapes. The result of our team's efforts are beautiful, long-last composite roof tiles that stand up to Mother Nature for decades.

When we created the Bellaforté product line several years ago, we added a product that brings exceptional value to homeowners. An affordable investment for any homeowner, Bellaforté Slate comes in 12" tile widths, while Bellaforté Shake also comes in 12" widths but has multiple profiles to simulate a multi-width staggered rough hewn wood shake.

Bellaforté Slate and Shake lightweight roofing tiles make installation easy for roofers --- saving materials and cutting down on installation costs. With the Bellaforté self-aligning ledge, roofers can reduce installation time and assure consistent quality and installation on your roof.

Bellaforte ShakeBacked by a Lifetime Warranty, Bellaforté shake and slate roof tiles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects. And, with 50 colors to choose from, you're sure to find the luxury roof color for your home!

Need more details on our strong and beautiful Bellaforté green roofing materials? Then visit Bellaforté Roofing Stands Up to Rough Canadian Weather.

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Color Contest Home Exterior Remodel Recommendations Recap

 

Have you voted in this year's Shake It Up Color Contest yet? If not, there is still time to cast your vote for your favorite home makeover and help the homeowner win the grand prize. Since time is getting short, here is a recap of the three before and after images along with a quick review of the changes that were made to each home. Take a look and then take a moment to vote for your favorite.

Tennessee Homeowner Hopes Third Time's The Charm!

For anyone one that thinks there is only one perfect color scheme for a home -- think again. For the third year in a row that this home has been selected as a finalist in the Shake It Up Color Contest and each year (see year 1 and year 2) I have come up with a different look. I like each of the different color schemes and am curious as to which one the owners like best. Do you have a favorites? Tell me in the comments below.

 

Following my FRESH approach to selecting exterior colors, I decided that this year I would go neutral with the siding and trim colors and let the roof be the color star. A 

The gray color from one of the tiles in the roof was carried into the peak beneath both gables using Benjamin Moore Timber Wolf 1600 a lighter tint of a similar color -- Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC-170​ -- was used for the trim.

The front door was replaced with a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft American Style Collection fiberglass entry door stained in cedar with a doorlite and sidelites in the Aborwatch decorative glass style.

New shutters were added and urethane timber square pot shelves both from Fypon were placed around the front windows. Fypon Urethane Timber Stained Brackets above the door and near the dormer window added nice architectural accents to this home.

The columns on the front and side porch were covered with Fypon's popular Column Wraps. I also replaced the privacy lattice on the side porch with a stained grid work that complimented the other elements of this home.

Last I recommend sprucing up the landscaping and adding pavers for a walkway and edging the area in front of the home.

Of the many colors schemes that could update the look of your home, I find this one especially pleasing and hope you (and the homeowners) do, too. 

Contest Finalist Sees Their Home With New Colors, Roof, Door and More

The Tucker family rhymed their way into one of the top finalist spots in the Shake It Up Color Contest. Based on their makeover-worthy words I put together recommendations to shake up their Cape Cod home. I wonder if this new look will inspire the homeowners to write another poem?

Home Exterior Makeover For Color Contest Finalist - Tucker

 

Starting with color from the top down I replaced the roof that was too light in color with a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate in Slate Gray. It made an immediate and very noticeable improvement.

Black is a popular door color choice for a brick home however in it looked more like a dark void than an inviting entrance. To give the entrance a more welcoming I chose a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft Canvas Double Doors with 2/3 Lite 1 Panel with Longford glass.

Then I choose a paint color that complements the brick color -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6941 Nifty Turquoise as a cheerful update for the entryway.

The shutters were replaced with Fypon Double Raised Panel Shutters. Instead of matching the shutters to the door color I selected a darker shade in the same color family. Sherwin-Williams SW 0064 Blue Peacock was my choice to frame the windows and set off the turquoise on the door.

The Tucker's have been dreaming of adding a porch to the front. To help them make that dream a reality a small gabled roof and Fypon Balustrade System create a strong focal feature on the front of this previously unassuming exterior. The products used to create this look were

  • Fypon Square Plain Columns -  10-1/2X10-1/2X108 SMOOTH
  • 5” Baluster Top & Bottom Rail with BALUSTER PANELSQUARE 28X28X1-1/4 on sides
  • BAL2x28SQ can be used to fill space if needed one the side of each panel square 

Last, replacing the existing walkway with a curved design and more landscaping softens the approach and moves the eye towards the entrance.

Virginia Woman Earns A Diploma And A Home Exterior Makeover!

The dreams to earning her college diploma recently became a reality for this Virginia homeowner. Now she waits to find out if her dream winning the 2015 Shake It Up Color Contest is also going to come true.

 

Contest Finalist Earns A Diploma And Home Exterior Makeover!

Going bold with color was the recipe for remodeling this adorable home. The existing roof was replaced with a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake in TahoeThe warm brown is a perfect color choice and with its 50-year guarantee it will last this grad though to retirement.

For the siding I recommend Benjamin Moore Cottage Red PM-15 with Benjamin Moore Cloud White 967 for the trim.

The missing door was replaced with a Therma-Tru Fiberglass Classic-Craft Canvas Door CCV205 painted Benjamin Moore Gargoyle 1546 and the existing railing plus another to match on the other side of the door were constructed from Fypon Balustrade System - BTR5X96, BAL2X32SQ.

The outdated windows were replace with double hung windows with grids in the upper sash only to create a "band" that carries your eye across the front of the home. The trim around the windows adds a nice architectural element.

Last the landscaping was spruced up and the walk and steps covered with pavers.

I think these design ideas are ones that will make this recent grad proud to call this house home.

Now that you've got a recap of the remodels for the three color contest finalist it's time to vote for your favorite home exterior makeover --

Vote for your favorite makeover now!

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Contest Finalist Earns A Diploma And A Home Exterior Makeover!

The dreams this Hampton, VA resident had for her home had to be put on hold until she completed college. With diploma now in hand we offer her "Congratulations" both on the big accomplishment of completing college AND on being chosen a finalist in the 2015 Shake It Up Color Contest.

 

Contest Finalist Earns A Diploma And Home Exterior Makeover!

 

Here is what Ms. Delgato told us about her home and the vision she has for a rustic yet chic look befitting a professional woman.

Throughout college I always said I was going to get chickens and renovate the house after graduation. I’m proud to say that I am graduating and ready to do both! Since I already have a pot belly pig, I want to “shake up” my home by going with an urban farm/rustic chic theme. The exterior will be painted barn red with white trim. The old paint would be removed from the porch to allow the wood to show with a stain matching the doors for protection. As you can see the porch door blew off during a storm so I would like to put something more durable up. Therma-Tru’s ⅔ lite 1 panel plank with clear glass would be a sturdy alternative that would go great with the theme. Therma-Tru’s 2 panel plank soft arch front door would be the perfect compliment to that for our front door. I would also use Fypon’s quick rail  in white to replace the broken/paint chipped porch railing I have now. To top it off DaVinci Roofscapes makes roofs with a rustic flair. The Multi-Width Shake in Brownstone would add the perfect finishing touch.

 

Home Exterior Renovation Recommendations

To shake up this adorable home start from the top down. Replace the existing roof with DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake in TahoeThe warm brown is a perfect color choice and the shake profile fits with the vision you have for a rustic look. Not only is it a great fit for your home now but with its 50-year guarantee it will last you through to retirement.

Barn red is another excellent idea. I recommend Benjamin Moore Cottage Red PM-15 as the color to paint your siding. It is a deep, rich red that has historic appeal. Set the red off with Benjamin Moore Cloud White 967

I would not stain the porch or paint in a contrasting color. Doing so would break up the front of your home and make it look smaller and disjointed. Using a single color on the siding will give your home more curb appeal and increase the perceived value. You can always accent the property by using stained wood on the chicken coop or storage sheds.

Next replace your missing door with a Therma-Tru Fiberglass Classic-Craft Canvas Door CCV205. I considered other styles of door when I saw this one with its lines and curved detail I immediately liked how it gave the entire home the feeling that it was grander than its modest size. Paint the door in a medium tone that matches the roof. Benjamin Moore Gargoyle 1546 or a similar color that blends with your roof will be the perfect color. If you want to have a door with 2/3 lite you could use this on the interior door that leads into your home.

Replace your exiting railing and add a matching one on the other side of the door using Fypon Balustrade System - BTR5X96, BAL2X32SQ.

The jalousie windows have a dated look and are not the best choice for the climate in the Tidewater Virginia area. I recommend replacing the windows so that they are all the same. Replace with double hung windows with grids in the upper sash only. The windows create a "band" that carries your eye across the front of the home. The trim around the windows adds a nice architectural element.

Last you could spruce up the landscaping and cover your walk and steps with pavers similar to the ones shown in the rendering.

 I hope these design ideas are ones that will make a recent grad (and her potbelly pig and chickens) proud of their rustic/chic/farm house.

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Slate Roofs Without the Headaches

Years ago, people with real slate roofs had a type of prestige associated with their home ... but there were also many headaches.

Durable, beautiful and long-lasting, natural slate roofing materials are also extremely heavy and difficult to install. Plus, there's the concerns of splintering and cracking of slate plus the extreme cost of the product.

DaVinci Roofscapes to the rescue. For homeowners craving the look of natural slate tile roof but cringing from the costs and problems associated with slate roof tiles, DaVinci offers a variety of simulated slate roofing options, including Multi-Width Slate, Single-Width Slate and Bellaforté Slate. (see Getting Serious About DaVinci Slate Roof Tiles)


Slate Roof Alternatives
 

No matter which of our realistic-looking synthetic slate roof shingles you select, you get outstanding features and benefits to bring beauty and value to your home. From our Lifetime Warranty to our Class 4 impact rating, our slate roofing materials are reliable. And, if you live in an area prone to severe weather, you'll also gain peace of mind knowing that DaVinci composite slate resists winds up to 110mph and is fire resistant.

With DaVinci slate shingles, you get the prestige of a natural slate roof without the headaches. Your toughest decision may be the selection of one (or more!) of our 50 colors available for your next luxury roof!

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Unlimited Possibilities with DaVinci Roofscapes

Like a tempting, over-flowing buffet line at a quality restaurant, DaVinci Roofscapes provides an endless array of designer roof possibilities for homeowners.

First, there are the colors --- oh, the colors! Whether you're looking for a stately, refined gray or an eye-catching violet, we have the color you desire to perfectly complement your home exterior. In fact, we have 50 different colors AND we can combine different shades to create a personal blend of polymer roofing just for you. If you can't find a color that doesn't perfectly meet your desires, just bring us your favorite paint color swatch, jacket or nail polish and we can create a custom roof color to meet your needs!

Designer Roof

 

Second, the composite roofing choices. DaVinci offers simulated shake roofing and composite slate in our lightweight roofing materials. And, we don't stop there. We have both multi-width and single-width offerings in our plastic roofing materials ... plus good-better-best options for pricing.

Unlimited possibilities at DaVinci Roofscapes is more than just a tagline --- it's our way of life.

For more than 15 years we've proudly created slate roof alternatives and synthetic cedar shake roofing that authentically replicates the real product, but offers so many more advantages. Our sustainable roofing gives you peace-of-mind with our Class A Fire Rating, high wind and severe weather tolerance and lifetime limited warranty.

Need more details? Then visit Which DaVinci Slate is Right for My Home? and DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options.

 

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Hi! I'm Allen Lyle...

One of the, I guess you would call it, “quirky” things about being in the profession I’m in is that total strangers often walk up to me and ask home improvement questions. I kid you not, I was standing in Wal-Mart the other day and a lady walks up with three different types of fasteners and says, “I want to hang a new flat-screen TV on a brick wall. Which of these would work best?” Not a “Hi” or “I sure love the television show.” Just walks up and BAM….Truthfully, I never mind helping with advice, but next time, at least introduce yourself!

Speaking of advice, just last week we got a call on the radio program asking about the best type of roofing materials. This particular caller asked our opinion about metal roofing vs. traditional asphalt shingles. They wanted to make sure I understood that they were looking for something that would last.

So I asked the caller about other roofs in the neighborhood and no one else had metal. My response: “I really don’t think a metal roof would complement either your house or the surrounding homes. Have you thought about a polymer roofing product?” You’d have thought I was speaking in tongues!

I explained how this is a man-made product designed to look like a natural material and her immediate response was, "Oh no, no, no. I don’t want a plastic-looking roof.”

Now, I love it when this happens, because all I have to say is, “Let me tell you about DaVinci Roofscapes" ….and I get to talk about the realistic looking composite slate and synthetic shake products.

I’m particularly fond of the new 12" Single-Width Slate profile I just saw this year at the International Builders' Show. I was inches away and still couldn’t tell the difference between it and a true piece of slate ... it’s that good. But given a choice, I’d pick these imitation slate tiles over real slate any day of the week.

I’m a true skeptic, so I put it to the test. Not that I needed to, because DaVinci has done a good job of making sure their products meet some pretty high standards, but I have to see for myself.

I took one of the fake slate pieces and placed it in the freezer for a few hours. Once I removed it, I took a baseball bat to it with swings that would make Hank Aaron, and even The Babe himself, envious. Not a crack, split or splinter.

Next, a propane torch……you want to call this fire resistant? Watch me set it on fire……and…. nothing. I’m not kidding you, this is impressive material. Plus, this manufactured slate tile is much lighter in weight than a true slate roof, so installation is faster and easier. With all these features, I can practically guarantee that you’re going to have the best-looking and most durable roof in the neighborhood.

... at least you will until the neighbors catch on and put DaVinci on their roofs; but, with 50 available colors at DaVinci, everyone can get the same durability and beauty without it looking the same!

Allen Lyle
Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford
Radio Show Co-Host

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