From the Ground Up: Smart Building Product Choices for Homeowners

Whether you're building a new house or remodeling a cherished older property, the product choices you make are critical to the long-term enjoyment of your home.                 

"I advise consumers to 'start from the ground up' when thinking about the product needs for their home projects," says Mark Clement, professional contractor and co-host of MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show. "Invest time to research products so you're comfortable with the final outcome."

Synthetic Roofing MaterialsClement says a great starting point is the basement. "The foundation selection can determine if you'll be able to use the basement for simple storage space or as an active living area," says Clement. "By starting with energy-efficient precast concrete panels from Superior Walls, you can get a basement that is dry and comfortable for year-round use that also adds resale value to the home.”

Moving up the house exterior, the largest "holes" in the home need special attention. Of course we're talking about windows.

"When you think that a pane of glass is all that really separates you from the weather outside, it becomes very important as to what that glass and its frame are made of," says Clement. "For my money – and for my home – we selected Simonton windows with fusion-welded vinyl frames and Argon-gas fill to maximize energy efficiency.”

Other "holes" that need filling are the main entry door and secondary doors leading to your patio, deck or garage. Clement recommends fiberglass doors for the main entry due to their resilience to dents, dings and rot.

"I've seen many fiberglass doors in the Therma-Tru product line that either have a smooth finish for painting or have a realistic woodgrain that can be stained in oak, mahogany, walnut or cedar," says Clement. You can also “dress them up” with low-maintenance urethane and PVC trim pieces. "Decorative Fypon products I've worked with are easy to install, resist rot and insects along with adding curb appeal to the home,” he says.

Finally, Clement reminds homeowners not to overlook the roof. The right roof selection can last for 50 years, while a bad choice could be "gone with the wind" if severe weather strikes.

"We invested in a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roof for our home and have never regretted the choice," says Clement. "This composite roof resists impact, fire and high winds.”

Need more tips? See Springtime Home Improvement Tips for Knowing When It’s Time to Replace The Roof on Your Home.


Get Educated: Consumer Awareness Week is April 19 - 24

There's no better time than Consumer Awareness Week to learn about the many benefits of having a synthetic shake or slate roof on your home.

Whether you're in the market for a new roof right now or think a new roof may be in your future, we can help you get educated on the advantages of polymer roof tiles at the DaVinci Roofscapes website. This is the go-to site to find out important information on composite roofing, such as:

  • Every DaVinci tile resists fire, high wind and high impact.

  • DaVinci Shake roof tiles last 2-4 times longer, provide superior impact performance and maintain fire resistance over the entire product life when compared to cedar shake roofing.

  • All DaVinci products have passed the accelerated weather ASTM 4798 test that replicates 4,500 hours of weather exposure (the equivalent of six months exposure to extreme temperature conditions, moisture and thermal shock).

  • Color consistency organic colorants are infused throughout every DaVinci tile during the manufacturing process.

  • Every DaVinci tile is 100% recyclable.

  • DaVinci roofing products are backed by a 50-Year Limited Warranty

  • DaVinci Slate costs less than installed natural quarried slate of a similar thickness.

  • We have 49 standard colors ... and a multitude of appealing color blends. Or, you can have a custom color created for your luxury roof.


Looking for more education? Check out DaVinci Roofscapes -1 ... Mother Nature - 0 and DaVinci Roofscapes - Protects Your Roof For The Next Half Century!



Frogs, Mushrooms and Kites

Forget "April Showers" ... if you really want to celebrate something this month, try frogs, kites and grilled cheese! That's right, there are month-long celebrations for some very unique items in April including straw hats, brussels sprouts and pecans.

A few dedicated April observances are things we'd personally choose not to celebrate --- such as World Rat Day on April 4 and Root Canal Awareness Week from April 1 through 6. But then there's Consumer Awareness Week from April 19-24. We like that week at DaVinci Roofscapes, because we think all consumers should be made aware of the benefits of polymer slate and shake roofing tiles!

Our "Made in the USA" cedar shake alternative and simulated slate roofing products are backed by a 50-Year limited lifetime warranty .... something that is also cause for celebration on April 22 --- Earth Day!

But, in case you like celebrating the less-traditional landmark holidays, mark your calendar for April 16. That's the "Day of the Mushroom," National Save the Elephant Day and National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day!

Oops ... if you live in the Midwest, don't forget that there's something else important happening this month --- April is Tornado Awareness Month!


Featured Project - Irving, TX

When the folks over at Christian Brother's Roofing showed me these birds eye perspective photos, the first thing I said to them was, "I have to put these on my blog!" Located in Irving, Texas this Bellaforté Shake roof in the Abruzzo blend perfectly caps this home's massive brick exterior. Besides adding an aesthetic quality to the home, the unique design of these imitation cedar shake roof tiles makes them an eco friendly roof choice. Bellaforté Shake tiles are 12" wide by 15" long. The tiles self-align, and that feature, along with the built in rain gutter, means that the tiles install at a 12" exposure. Because of that, you only need 100 tiles to fulfill a square, reducing materials needed for installation and therefore reducing the overall footprint of this particular roof. Also, this shake shingle roof system comes with a 50 year warranty, and will outlast a natural shake roof by many years. 

DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program Member
Christian Brothers Roofing
Grand Prairie, TX

polymer shake      

Spring --- and Slate --- Are in the Air

Winter weather has finally melted away and it's time for a new roof. Your old natural slate roof took quite a beating during the harsh weather these past few years and you're ready to replace it.

Not so fast.

Before having a new slate roof put on your home, you owe it to yourself to research the benefits of simulated slate roofing products --- like Multi-Width DaVinci Roofscapes and Bellaforté slate products.

Warranted for 50 years, DaVinci Roofscapes composite slate roofing tiles have many advantages over natural slate products. They don't crack and chip off like natural slate, are easier to maintain and won't break your budget.

Polymer slate from DaVinci comes in three profiles:

  • Multi-Width DaVinci - this is our original product. It comes in 5 different widths - 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths...bundles arrive at the job site pre-sorted by color and size.
  • Single-Width Valoré - we came out with Valoré after we received requests from a number of homeowners to have a product that was one size only - 12" tile width and same as the Multi-Width - the bundles come job site ready and pre-sorted by color blend.
  • Bellaforté - we came out with Bellaforté for even easier installation as well as a product that had superior wind resistance performance.  Bellaforté tiles are 12" tiles as well.


Since DaVinci offers a manufactured slate tile, you can be assured of excellent test results and certifications. Plus, DaVinci products are so realistic-looking that many people can't tell the difference between natural slate and synthetic slate roof tiles.

“The DaVinci slate roofing tiles I installed look better than natural slate tiles, says Mark Clement, host of MyFixitUpLife. "The look is so realistic that people pass by and can’t tell the difference between them and real slate. They always bet me that these are real slate shingles. I come up a winner every time with these eco-friendly roofing tiles.”

For more information on DaVinci lightweight roofing solutions, see How Could Imitation Slate Be Better Than the Real Thing?


2014 Tornado Season - Get Your Roof Ready

After a rough winter with record-breaking low temperatures and snowfall amounts, homeowners across the Midwest are preparing for a potentially devastating 2014 Tornado Season.

Bellaforte SlateIn 2013 many homeowners --- especially those in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska --- became storm-weary as 943 tornados were reported throughout the United States. Some of those residents, like Julie McSweeney of Omaha, Neb., were fortunate to escape the loss of their homes, but ended up having to replace their roofs as a result of severe hail damage.

"After terrible hail storms devastated hundreds of homes in our area last year we began seeing many impact-resistant DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofs installed," says McSweeney. "We wanted a worry-free, beautiful, best-in-class roof that could withstand future storms and we got it with our new Bellaforté Slate roof."

One Omaha roofing company spending 16 hours a day, 7 days a week reroofing homes in the Omaha area last year was Weatherguard, Inc. Due to roof hail damage that left craters in roofs the size of tennis balls, the company installed more than 100 DaVinci synthetic slate and shake roofs in 2013 after storms careened through the city.

"Storm damage was so severe in 2013 that it stripped some roofs of their tiles and broke shingles right off other roofs," says Trent Lovewell, vice president of operations for Weatherguard, Inc. "Our sixty employees were constantly busy installing the Bellaforté slate and shake polymer tiles to replace damaged roofs. This is our preferred composite roofing product because it's impact-resistant, has a strong warranty and offers a great cost value to the homeowner."

The family-owned business recommends homeowners across the country evaluate their roofs before the start of the next wicked weather season this spring. "Look for blown shingles or leaks, granules coming off or curling," says Lovewell. "These are signs your current roof is in trouble. If you find these indicators, make sure to contact a qualified roofer now to help protect your home and family from bad weather conditions associated with tornados.

"We've been installing the DaVinci sustainable roofing products for 10 years and find that they really perform exceptionally well in this geographic area. The bonus is that they add beauty to the home while being backed by a 50-year warranty."

See also All Hail DaVinci Roofing Tiles! and Featured Project - Residential Job - Omaha, NE.        


Saving Green and Feeling Green with a DaVinci Roof

With St. Patrick's Day celebrations just a few days away, everyone is thinking green. That's great ... especially if you have a real love of green and need a new roof!

First, you can "save green" by investing in a 50-year roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. These eco-friendly (dare we say "green roofing systems") also come in the color green --- as in light green, medium green and dark green polymer slate tiles or in green stone, light, medium and dark greens in composite shake. Check out all the colors at the DaVinci Color Selector site and feel free to play with our Color Designer tool to create a colorful blend that best suits your style.

And, while inside the Color Studio site, don't be afraid to stray from the color green ... there are 49 available colors for luxury roofs available from DaVinci, plus you can create your own custom color. So, whether your colorful soul tells you to personalize your composite roof with a blend of robin's egg blue, bluejay feathers and ocean blue ... or even heart-stopping red or shamrock green, we can make the colors for your luxury roof that make you fall in love with your home over and over again!

For more colorful tips for your next imitation slate or shake roof, visit Shaking It Up with Color Blends


Slate or Shake --- Which DaVinci Roofscapes Product is for Me?

The good news is that you've made the decision to get a new roof. The GREAT NEWS is that you've decided to invest in a 50-year roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. Now, where do you go from here?

While some people say the next decision is color, slow down and decide first if you'd like a polymer slate roof or a composite shake roof. The synthetic slate product is made to resemble real slate tiles, while the imitation shake resembles natural cedar shakes.

Just because you may have shake or slate on your roof currently doesn't mean you can't "change things up" with a totally new roof look. Or, perhaps you have an asphalt shingle roof now and you're not sure what type of plastic roofing materials to select.

Start by looking at pictures of different homes with similar styles to yours to see what others have put on their roofs. (HINT: the Masterpiece Photo Gallery on the DaVinci website is a great place to look!). You may also want to get some different plastic slate and simulated shake roof samples to lay on your roof and hold up near your siding to see what appeals to your home's style. (HINT #2 - Check out the "FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior" downloadable guide to see a variety of home styles with different roofs!).

Whichever you select --- synthetic slate shingles or synthetic shake roofing, know that you're in good hands with the DaVinci product. These roofing products resist insects, fungus, algae and mold. They come in a variety of profile lines, and DaVinci leads the industry in tile thickness, tile width variety and the greatest selection of subtle earth-toned colors.

DaVinci Roofscapes has manufactured award-winning, lightweight roofing systems since 1999. The environmentally friendly roofing tiles are 100 percent recyclable. And, as a bonus all homeowners will appreciate, the virtually maintenance-free imitation slate and shake shingles are far more cost effective than the natural product.

For more insights, visit Check Out Polymer Slate Roofing Options and Invest in Your Roof.         


DaVinci Advice: Call the Pros

Oh, what wicked winter weather the country experienced this year. Now, as the snows melt away and ice dams dissolve, it's time to evaluate the condition of your roof.

What to look for? The experts at the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) recommend making the investment to have a professional roofing contractor inspect your roof. Why use a professional? Because many steep sloped roofs require the proper safety equipment to accurately inspect and can be dangerous for nonprofessionals to tackle. Plus, there's the possibility that a homeowner on a roof could do unplanned damage to the roof, voiding the warranty. And, let's be honest ... do you really know what to look for?

Sure, anyone can tell when roofing shingles are missing, but a professional roofing contractor can also look for signs of early wear on specific roof areas and repair minor problems. They know how to look for animal and rodent damage on the roof and around chimneys, along with evaluating and clearing out your gutters before spring rains start.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we believe that investing in a professional roofing contractor to inspect your roof is a smart homeowner decision. Another smart decision is investing in a 50-year roof made of composite slate or imitation shake that resists roof hail damage, fire and other problems. Ask your roofing contractor about lightweight roofing solutions from DaVinci when you have your roof evaluated this spring!

The experts at DaVinci provide more homeowner advice at Repair or Replace… Know When to Say When to help you and your home get ready for the spring of 2014.


DaVinci Roofscapes Takes on Las Vegas!

No time to take a breather during February for any of the DaVinci Roofscapes team members. Show floor traffic at both the 2014 International Builders' Show and the 2014 International Roofing Expo --- both held in Las Vegas --- was strong and steady.

A renewed excitement in the housing market recovery brought more than 75,000 building industry professionals to the largest builders' show in the world --- and at times it felt like many of those people were crammed into the DaVinci booth checking out our polymer roof tiles and luxury roof products. During the three-day event in early February, the hot topics in the DaVinci booth were the eco friendly elements of composite slate and shake roofing tiles along with the color options available in synthetic roofing materials.

"Universally, at both of these major trade shows, industry professionals were impressed with the high-performance aspects of our polymer slate and shake roofing tiles," says Wendy Bruch, marketing manager for DaVinci Roofscapes. "Show attendees spent time talking about the benefits of our plastic roofing materials and how consumers are specifically asking for roofing products that offer a 50 year roof warranty and peace-of-mind against strong weather conditions.

"We're being told that homeowners are eager to invest in smart roofing choices and to express the style of their home exterior starting with their roof. Whether selecting a cedar shake alternative or a simulated slate roofing product, roofers report that consumers are becoming quite adept at selecting authentic-looking designer roof alternatives for their homes."

For more trade show insights, visit February Means Las Vegas for DaVinci Roofscapes and What Happens in Vegas....         


March Winds and Hammers Don't Impact DaVinci Roofing Tiles

Watch out as those strong March winds blow ... they could bring loose limbs and trees down onto your roof.

Many areas of the country had too much rain last year and an abundance of snow this past winter. That means root systems and branches could be especially vulnerable to falling when those heavy March winds kick in!

If you're looking for a way to help protect your home, consider an impact-resistant DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate or shake roofing system. Pennsylvania-resident Mark Clement, host of MyFixitUpLife radio show and a professional contractor, installed a DaVinci imitation slate roof on his home two years ago and now sleeps worry-free below his eco friendly roof.

“My DaVinci composite slate roof has achieved Class 4 ratings for impact resistance along with the Miami Dade County Acceptance (High Velocity Hurricane Winds) and the Texas Department of Insurance, showing that the roofing tiles can withstand hurricane-force winds," says Clement. "In addition, DaVinci imitation slate and shake roofing tiles are rated Class A for fire retardance and have achieved the highest rating for straight line wind testing at 110 mph. The roof also has a limited 50-year warranty for added peace-of-mind for myself and my family."

Want to see just how durable the composite slate and shake roofing tiles from DaVinci are as compared to other types of roofing products? Then click HERE to see a video of Mark swinging a hammer at various roofing products --- including synthetic roofing materials!

Looking for more details on the resilience of DaVinci green roof systems? Check out this story: DaVinci Resin Slate and Shake Roofing


Heard it on the Roofline ...

If you're a homeowner, you'll buy a roof once, maybe twice, in your lifetime. If you're a roofer, you're making roofing material purchases constantly.

With that in mind, it makes sense to listen to what roofers are saying about DaVinci Roofscapes products. These are the professionals who have the choice of selecting and installing any type of roofing product they desire --- yet they return again and again to DaVinci synthetic shake and slate roof shingles.

“I’m a big believer in polymer roofing products for our geographic area. The security that comes from this Florida community now having these roofs overhead is unmatched. Homeowners get peace-of-mind, low maintenance and years of guaranteed top performance.”

     ~Al Christiano, senior account manager for Empire Roofing in Florida


We install several DaVinci roofs each year on residential and commercial projects. This (the roof on the LeConte Center in Tennessee) was the largest project we’ve had the opportunity to install polymer roofing material and it went very smoothly. The result is a roof that blends in with its natural setting, is very durable, requires virtually no maintenance and will last for decades to come.”

     ~Joe Whitmore, vice president of operations for Detail Slate and Tile in Tennessee



“Our team has completed numerous residential projects in the past with DaVinci Roofscapes products and every client has been extremely pleased.

     ~Scott Riopelle, owner of Interstate Roofing in Colorado


“We used Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing tiles for this project (a home in California) which really helped the job go smoothly because they’re typically lighter in weight than actual wood shakes. DaVinci has a reliable product that provides my customers an alternative to actual slate, wood or tile. Homeowners realize the cost savings is in the reduction of maintenance needed over time for these products, plus the 50-year limited warranty that gives them peace-of-mind.”

     ~Guy Galitski, president of G.G. Roofing in California


“You can’t just throw anything up a roof and hope it will work — especially not in coastal areas. I believe this roof (on Captain George's Seafood Restaurant) will work perfectly because of its anticipated long life span, low maintenance needs for the restaurant owners and the product testing results. This DaVinci roof is Class 4 impact rated, Class A rated for fire retardance and tested for high wind endurance. It’s darned hard to beat those qualifications in a roof!

     ~Rex Simpson, general manager of Gallop Roofing & Remodeling in North Carolina


Want to hear more? Visit Out of the Mouths of Contractors and Interview with Stella Amador of Florida Quality Roofing!


DaVinci Roofs Crown Condo Communities

All across the country condo and townhouse communities depend on DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate and shake roofing solutions to help keep units safe from fire, severe weather and daily weather conditions.

In Florida, condo resident at Jupiter Ocean Grande discovered the hard way that the metal roofs on their high-rise homes and facility buildings started rusting and fading less than five years after installation.

To solve their roofing headaches, the homeowners association turned to compositive roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes. Backed by a 50-year limited warranty, the impact-resistant tiles meet high wind velocity codes, making them ideal for this coastal community.

“We had many challenges when selecting a replacement roofing product,” says Richard P. Eannarino, president of the Jupiter Ocean Grande homeowners association. “First, we needed a replacement roofing product that would meet our area building codes and could stand up to hurricane-force weather conditions, including 125 mph winds. Second, since we’re less than 500 feet from the ocean, we needed a tile that would resist salt air, sea spray and potential damage from the sun. Third, we needed a color match to our original metal roof since we won’t be able to complete all the reroofing work at the same time.

“The Bellaforté Slate product meets all our needs. The imitation slate tiles resist curling, cracking and fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects. And, as a huge benefit, the company was able to create a color match for the steel green color of the original metal roof. This has turned out to be a win-win situation for our entire community.”

Another resort-location community that has found that environmentally friendly roof materials have solved their roof problems is Elk Track Town Homes in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Each of the town homes in the community sells for between two and five million dollars, so the investment of custom roofing colors is essential. One of the key reasons DaVinci synthetic roofing tiles were selected for the Elk Track Town Homes projects was the company’s ability to custom match the colors of the tiles to the existing roofs in the community.

“Both the Design Review Board at Beaver Creek and the homeowners association for the town homes had to approve the product choice and the color before we could begin,” says Mark Belitt, owner and vice president of Arapahoe Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc. out of Broomfield, Colorado. “There’s a standard six-blend ‘Beaver Creek style’ throughout the village area that DaVinci was able to match up perfectly.”

Visit California’s Mai-Kai Condos Stand Out with New DaVinci Multi-Width Shake Roofing for another successful DaVinci Roofscapes condo story!


March is Time for Spring Roof Check-Up

Traditionally thought of as a "transition month" from winter to spring, March is more than just a time to think of burst of flowers and the wearin' of the green.

Start your March by celebrating National Women in Construction Week from March 2 - 8. There are nearly one million women employed in the construction trades nationwide, including 3,444 members of the National Association of Women in Construction. And, right in the middle of the week --- on March 7 --- is Employee Appreciation Day. That's a special time at DaVinci Roofscapes when we salute our dedicated workers who craft our polymer roofing tiles.

The week of March 2-9 focuses attention on National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. There's no better time than now (and before National Procrastination Week starts on March 9th) to check the condition of your roof before spring storms start up ... and perhaps add an impact-resistant DaVinci composite slate or imitation shake roof to your home!

Contractor and home improvement expert Mark Clement with MyFixitUpLife offers these tips to evaluate your roof this springtime:

  1. Check your roof (from a ladder or from a neighbor’s home with binoculars) to determine the condition of your roof. Look for problem areas, such as missing or broken shingles, along with roofing tiles that may be “flapping” in the wind. These are all indications that a new roof may be in your future.

  2. Don’t forget to check the sides of your roof. The southern exposure weathers significantly faster than the other sides of the roof, so make sure to carefully examine this one. Also, shallower pitches weather faster than steeper pitches. So again, if your roof has a shallow pitch — like a shed dormer — make certain you can clearly see it to get a true indication of the condition of your roof.

  3. If you’re in the market for a new roof, investigate polymer roofing tiles as a good option. These impact-resistant slate and shake tiles are man-made in a wide variety of colors. Some tiles, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes, have a 50-year limited warranty and are ideal for all types of weather conditions, including hurricanes and hail.

  4. Since the installation of a new roof exceeds the capabilities of most homeowners, make sure to research and hire a professional roofer. Check to make sure your roofer is insured, licensed and certified. Ask for a written job estimate and references along with warranty information for both the roof you select and his installation services.


For more home preparedness tips visit National Hurricane Preparedness Week and April is Tornado Awareness Month.


Roof Replacement: Do Your Research Before You Buy

No matter what the reason --- a leaky roof, hail damage or just old age --- when it's time to add a  new roof make sure to do your research before purchasing a replacement roof.

Take a tip from homeowners John and Joyce Mastronardo, who own a 1920s English Tudor style home outside of Philadelphia. "We didn't make the roofing decision lightly," says John Mastronardo. "We completed extensive research before making the decision on what to put on top of our 2,600-square foot home.

"We wanted to preserve the look and feel of the original slate roof along with the overall character of the home. But, as with most people, I had a budget. The cost of a synthetic slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes was much more affordable than using real slate.

“The more I learned about the synthetic DaVinci roofing tiles, the more I liked them. The product perfectly complements the stone, brick and stucco features of our home. As an added benefit, the product comes with a 50-year roof warranty. Even if the costs were equal, I’d still choose this DaVinci product because of all the inherent benefits of synthetic roofing tiles.”

For the Mastronardos, the re-roofing experience for their home went so well that they decided on the spot to move ahead and have their garage, pool cabana and patio roofs redone with the slate alternative roof materials.

In Minnesota, homeowners Barbara and Thomas Meyers also relied on solid research before purchasing their Bellaforté Shake shingles from DaVinci.

“I wanted something that looked like real wood shakes but performed better,” says homeowner Thomas Meyers. “I was tired of our older wood shakes deteriorating with different weather conditions. Plus, mold would accumulate on the wood shakes and the shakes were fading. Overall, dealing with this roof was a huge headache.

“After doing research on DaVinci Roofscapes and discussing the product with our contractor, we decided our best option was the Bellaforté Shake product that resists impact, wind, algae and mold. I’d definitely recommend the roof to family and friends, and I believe the Bellaforté Shake product is a sensible long-term investment for our home.”

Start your own roofing research today by visiting and visit Invest in Your Roof for more research insights.


The Proposal ... No Diamond Ring Required

Recently our DaVinci Roofscapes team members have offered insights on our blog about how to locate and interview roofing contractors. Once that process is over, the next step in the process is to request a written proposal.

This proposal should provide a clear, written understanding for all parties on exactly what will be done by a contractor and what the cost will be to you. When requesting a written proposal, the experts at DaVinci recommend you consider asking for the following items:

  1. The exact materials to be used in the project (including the underlayment, type of flashing, nails and and roofing materials) and the manufacturers of these products.

  2. General idea of timing for the job. Certainly weather plays a role in any outside project, but a qualified contractor should be able to give you a specific timeframe for a start-to-finish re-roof project.

  3. If you're having your current roof torn off, define in the contract that the roofing contractor is responsible for damage both inside and outside (including water damage if there is a rain storm) the house once the tear-off begins.

  4. Ask to review the written warranty you will be given when the job is completed. Look for a warranty with strong service and product guarantees especially during the first few years in case there are immediate problems. Plus, look for a 50-year roof warranty on durable composite roofing tiles.

  5. Request that the project site be cleaned up every day and old materials hauled away. Use of magnetized sweepers can be requested to remove screws and nails that fall to the ground.

  6. If you are purchasing a composite slate or simulated shake DaVinci roof and live in areas prone to snow, make certain the proposal includes snow guards.

  7. If there are roofing permits required in your area, have them spelled out in the proposal along with defining who secures and pays for them.

  8. Have any special code requirements detailed in the proposal for your area.

  9. Payment terms should be clearly defined for your review.

  10. Worker's compensation and liability insurance details should be spelled out in the proposal along with the contractor's willingness to issue a certificate of insurance (in your name) if they are awarded the contract.


Looking for more insights on working with roofing contractors? Visit the "Consumers" section of the National Roofing Contractors Association website for valuable tips. You can also find more helpful information at Why Choose a DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor? and Who Can Install DaVinci Polymer Roofing?


Five Top DaVinci Install Tips

Looking for some great tips for installing DaVinci polymer roofing tiles? People always ask me for tried-and-true hints for better installation. So, here are a few key points to keep in mind:

#1 - Install snowguards during the roof installation rather than retrofitting them later. It's easier to get snowguards in place when the DaVinci roof  tiles are initially installed than going back in a year or two and fitting them in place.

#2 - Be careful with your chalk lines. Blue chalk is probably the better choice over red or black (red chalk will almost certainly permanently stain our tiles). When it says "permanent chalk" on the bottle, you should believe it. And the big hint when installing DaVinci composite roofing tiles in a staggered application is to snap lines on the underlayment and then lay the tips of the tiles to those lines rather than marking the synthetic roofing materials.

#3 - Try using a rake tile on gable ends when installing the Bellaforté Shake products. It makes these luxury roof tiles easier to install because you don't need to be too concerned with how precise your cuts are on the gable end --- the rake tile covers up all the cuts. And, if you install the rake tile with the optional screw in the butt of the tile (on the fascia side) you will definitely enhance wind performance.

#4 - Avoid wasteful tile cuts for valleys by finding the correct angle and then cutting your polymer tiles with a circular saw. Then use all the accurate valley cuts and use the leftovers to finish the hips.

#5 - Nail DaVinci steep slope roofing tiles with copper, stainless steel, or hot-dipped galvanized nails during installation. The reason for this recommendation is that we expect our synthetic roofing tiles to last for a very long time (yes, a 50-year roof is what we hope every project achieves!) and we don’t want the fasteners to rust, become ineffective, and be the mode of failure of the Class A Fired Rated roofing system.

For more "Tips from Tim" visit Solving Roof Issues with Tim Gentry Part One and Top Installation Tips from Our Tech Guru!


From the Architect's Corner - Beating the Objections Week 4 - What is Your History?

As I come up on my 10th Anniversary here at DaVinci, I no longer feel like I am talking about anything new. For years I have been discussing color blends, impact ratings, installation details and everything else that goes into selling our polymer slate and shake roof tiles. A few years ago somebody (oddly I remember the saying, but can't remember who said it) told me, "What's new to you, is new to them (your customers), but also what's old to you is new to them." This resonated with me, and so for the 4th week where I discuss common objections (click here to read week 1, week 2 or week 3), I wanted to touch on our history within the category of composite roofing. 

When we started developing this product in the mid 1990s, we decided to use injection molding techniques using one of the most stable types of materials: An Engineered Polyethylene (polymer) Resin System. At that time lightweight roofing tiles comprised of a variety of materials, but made to look like slate, wasn't anything new. Products made of fiber cement and other materials had been around for years, and some had met success and others...not so much.  According to Tim Gentry, VP of Technical Services and a developer of the DaVinci Slate and Shake products, "That knowledge [of other product's successes and failures] along with new technologies allowed us to create the highly engineered polymer system and the unique injection molding color system we use today." 

So when people ask, which they do, how long the product has been on the market and what it is made of, I feel good about discussing our history which dates back more than 15 years, and how the quality of our process and our polymers has allowed us to expand from one product line to seven in under a decade, and we that have roofs up in all 50 States, Canada and some pretty exciting international projects to boot. 

Click here to go to our free, online continuing education course which goes even more in-depth on the composition, testing methods and features and benefits of our polymer roof systems.

Click here to read Tim Gentry's blog on the history of synthetic slate roof shingles. 

Happy Friday, Architects!


Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake

New Year's Eve celebrations at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta had the popular theme of "Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake" during the early 1990s. The all-night event included music options to match the mood of every partygoer.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we make every day a "roof party" with our synthetic shake roofing products. While these cedar shake roof alternatives don't dance, they're the talk of any house party when they sit on the roof overhead!

Made in the U.S.A. by experienced professionals, the full line of polymer shake roofing tiles at DaVinci add value and prestige to homes across America. DaVinci Multi-Width Shake shingles display the texture of natural cedar shake with a deep-grained surface. Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths along with a virtually limitless color palette, the multi-width fake shake product features both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths of the 5/8" profile on the tiles help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in either a straight or staggered pattern.

Bellaforté composite shake roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge to help reduce the installation time for the products. A square of Bellaforté tiles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

And, if you want to get fancy about your cedar shake alternative roof, look at DaVinci Fancy Shake polymer roof tiles. They provide a more refined cedar look when compared to traditional hand-split shake shingles. With the clean, smooth look of a machine-sawn shake, Fancy Shake is available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with a tile thickness of 7/16". Using multiple widths helps create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid at a straight or staggered pattern.

Finally, shake up your home with the single-width Valoré Shake product line. These lightweight roofing materials embrace the art and science of roofing to offer exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. Valoré Shake comes in a 9" tile width with a 5/8" profile to provide deep, attractive shadow lines.

All DaVinci designer roof tiles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects, making them ideal for installation in a wide variety of geographic areas. Plus, they are 100 percent recyclable and come with a 50-year limited warranty ... so party on!

For more information on our shake products, please visit Four Shake Profiles - What's the Difference? and Roof Check Recommended During Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013.


Fred Flintstone's Boss Would Love DaVinci Slate Tiles

Even Fred Flintstone's cantankerous boss Mr. Slate would be proud to have DaVinci Roofscapes slate polymer roofing products named in his honor. Modeled after natural slate pieces, these lightweight roofing tiles wouldn't break the back of any dinosaur to get them out of Mr. Slate's quarry!

Each DaVinci simulated slate roofing tile is lightweight, impervious to freeze/thaw cycles, impact resistant, maintenance free, color fade resistant, Class A fire rated (with specified underlayments), UL 2218 Class 4 impact rated, and wind resistant to 110 mph. All DaVinci synthetic tiles resist water absorption, which eliminates freeze-thaw issues and allows for installation in most weather conditions. And, every imitation slate tile from DaVinci is 100 percent recyclable and comes with a 50-year limited warranty.

DaVinci Multi-Width Slate is carefully engineered to provide the authentic look and durability of natural slate using virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable product. Available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths, bundles of the sustainable roofing product arrive at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork. The composite slate is crafted to display rough edges and natural stone-like surface textures and comes at an impressive 1/2" tile thickness.

One of the newer profiles available from DaVinci Roofscapes, Bellaforté manufactured slate roofing includes a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge to help reduce the installation time for the products. A square of Bellaforté slate roof shingles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

Valoré Single-Width Slate roof tiles offer exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. Valoré Slate is available in a 12" tile width with a 1/2" thickness and is modeled after natural slate pieces.

Best of all, every DaVinci luxury roof tile resists curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects, making them ideal for installation in a wide variety of geographic areas. Visit Check Out Polymer Slate Roofing Options for more information on our slate roof alternatives!