Homeowners Want Durable Roofs

Results of a nationwide consumer study, conducted by Harris Interactive©, show that 88 percent of the respondents indicate that the durability of a roofing product will have “a lot of influence” on the product they select when it comes time to purchase a new roof.

In the 2011 DaVinci Roofscapes’ Homeowners Exterior Preferences Study, more than 1,000 homeowners overwhelmingly indicated that durability and longevity were the two key aspects that will influence the type of roof they purchase for their homes in the future.

“Extreme weather events have increased in frequency and severity in the past decade and that has changed the way people think about their roofs,” says Ray Rosewall, CEO and president of DaVinci Roofscapes. “Damaging winds and hail are increasing in frequency and severity and are now occurring in almost every state. With the dramatic weather changes we’ve experienced recently it’s no wonder homeowners name durability as their number one influencer when considering the purchase of a new roof.”


When do homeowners plan to replace their roofs and what influences that decision? In the same study, 65 percent of homeowners indicated they would be prompted to replace their roof if it became damaged from severe weather. (See Weather Concerns Top-of-Mind with Homeowners When Making Plans to Replace Roof) Another 23 percent reported that their current roof is old and will soon need to be replaced, with an additional 13 percent indicating that their roof is near the end of its warranty and needs to be replaced.

Top 10 Influencers

Homeowners ranked the following factors as having “a lot of influence” in the decision-making process for the type of new roof to purchase:

  • 88 percent – Durability

  • 83 percent – Longevity/Built to Last

  • 72 percent – Low/No Maintenance

  • 71 percent – Resistant to Severe Weather

  • 69 percent – Has a Warranty

  • 57 percent – Fire Resistancy

  • 55 percent – Material Roof is Made Out of

  • 50 percent – Price

  • 41 percent – Colors Available

  • 24 percent – Complements the Neighborhood Setting

“Everyone is cost conscious but it’s interesting to see that homeowners are putting more value on the inherent quality and durability of the alternatives when looking at the cost of a new roof,” says Rosewall. “We believe this truly reflects the thought process of the homeowner that a roof is an investment in their home, and as such, they will get more value from a quality roof versus a lower cost bargain-basement priced roof.

“Every feature rated by homeowners on this top 10 list of roofing purchase influencers is available in our polymer shake and synthetic slate roofing tiles. With a 50-year roof, DaVinci designer roof tiles are a solid investment in an easy-care luxury roof that’s built to last and give the homeowner peace-of-mind.”


For the Love of Slate!

Love the look of slate on a roof, but concerned with the weight and breakage factors? Then you're a smart homeowner!

For centuries heavy slate has been used for a variety of construction purposes (including slate roofs). The breakability of slate (both for the cleavage and grain) makes it possible to split slate into sheets. Marry up the durability and availability of slate and you've got a product with a winning look. But, it's still heavy and can break when you don't want it to.

Enter the age of man-made products. This is a time when lumber decking has been replaced by composite boards and low-maintenance vinyl siding now substitutes for real wood siding. The great news is that the same advances have been made for slate.

Synthetic slate roof shingles manufactured by DaVinci Roofscapes perfectly mimic real slate, but with far more advantages than the natural product. Lightweight and easy to install, imitation slate tiles are used every day to create luxury roofs across America. From individual homes to condominiums to hotels to schools, the advantages of fake slate roofing tiles have made composite slate a preferred product for builders, remodelers, roofers and architects.

When selecting a DaVinci slate alternative roof, you're investing in a roof that comes with an impressive 50-year warranty --- plus it resists impact, fire and high winds. (See Check Out Polymer Slate Roofing Options) This manufactured slate roofing product is also an economical choice, costing approximately one-half the installed cost of natural slate.

To make your life easier --- and your home or project more beautiful --- DaVinci offers the option of single-width and multi-width simulated slate roofing alternatives. Made from state-of-the-art engineered polymers, our durable products come in 49 standard colors and a wide variety of color blends. So, no matter what kind of slate roof you're looking for, you're bound to fall in love with DaVinci sustainable roofing products.


Tips for National Roofing Week - July 6-12, 2014

How do you know if it's time to replace your roof? How do you find a qualified roofer? And, how do you find a roof that resists fungus and algae? National Roofing Week from July 6-12, 2014, is the ideal time to gain insights and answers to these roofing questions and so many more!

Organized by the National Roofing Contractors Association, National Roofing Week helps increase homeowner awareness about maintaining and replacing roofing systems. "The roof is one of the most important physical features of the home," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. "It's vital for homeowners to routinely evaluate the condition of their roof and make smart decisions on when it's time to replace their roof."

Working with DaVinci Roofscapes, home improvement expert and contractor Mark Clement with MyFixitUpLife has developed several roofing tips for homeowners.

Tips for Evaluating Your Roof

  1. Using either a ladder or binoculars from across the street, 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. If you have a steep sloped roof or a roof with multiple valleys, hire a professional roofing contractor to inspect your roof. They have the proper safety equipment to accurately inspect your roof and know exactly how to look for rodent and animal damage around chimneys along with worn out areas of the roof.

  3. 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 area. 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.

  4. If you have a real cedar roof, consider your geographic location. Many West Coast homeowners are proactively replacing these wooden roofs with fire- and impact-resistant polymer shake roofs. Along with helping protect the home from potential wildfires, these roofs oftentimes come with a homeowner insurance discount.

    "If a new roof is in your future, strongly consider one made of composite products that resist impact-, fire- and even insect infestations," says Clement. "For my home, I chose a polymer slate roof from DaVinci with a 50-year limited warranty. This roof will be around longer than me.

    "When you select a polymer roofing product, you're investing in long-term security for your home. In addition to the great look, the roof requires minimal maintenance over the years. An added bonus is that these roofs are so impressive that many insurance companies offer discounts on homeowner insurance to people who have them."

"If you’re thinking about replacing the roof on your home, make sure to invest as much time in finding a qualified roofing contractor as you do in selecting the right roof for your house," says Clement.

Need more tips? See Be Picky When Picking a Roofing Contractor and Who Can Install DaVinci Polymer Roofing?


From the Architect's Corner - Replacing Old Shakes (Before & After)

When talking to architects about the products they are going to recommend to their clients, most of the time our conversation veers towards what the client's current roof has on it. More often than not, if somebody is looking at our synthetic shake shingles, they already have cedar shake (or a product made to look like cedar shakes) on the roof and it is time for a replacement. Sometimes a certain roofing material just works for the home's style, and you need to find something that pretty much matches what is currently installed.

Towards the end of their useful life, a cedar shake roof not only looks shabby, but is more susceptible to wind or hail damage, which can lead to leaking and other problems. A polymer shake roof by DaVinci will resist deterioration over time and comes with a 50-year warranty. See before and after pictures below of this home's luxury roof replacement, a Bellaforté Shake roof in the Verona color blend. The material style and color didn't change much, but the new tiles clearly spruce up the overall look of the roof. 

Happy Friday, Architects!





Worry-Free DaVinci Roofs

We don't want to scare you ... but are you, your family and your home ready for any situation?

June is Disaster Preparedness Month. If you're in a geographic area that's prone to bad weather associated with tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes or floods, you can benefit from the information and checklists found on the government's "Ready" site.

It's important to have a game plan in place to guarantee the safety of your family and valuable possessions --- including your home. If you live in a weather-sensitive area, make sure to evaluate the status of your roof each year and after major storms. Even if a roof "looks good" from the ground, worn out shingles can quickly give way to leaks. That's why it's important to have a professional roofer evaluate your roof on a regular basis.

If you find you're in the need of an impact-, fire- and weather-resistant 50 year roof, then it's time to learn more about composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Our sustainable roofing products include synthetic shake shingles and composite slate tiles in a variety of colors and price points. Best of all, each tile can be considered "disaster resistant" because they are impervious to impact and fire. Whether you're getting hail the size of tennis balls or hurricane force winds, the designer roofs from DaVinci are unfazed and undamaged, helping to protect your home and loved ones.

To learn more and prepare your home to withstand Mother Nature's fury, see Check Your Roof Before 2014 Hurricane Season Starts and Weather Proof Roofing - That's DaVinci For You!


Featured Project - Waukegan, IL

The Haines House, located in Waukegan, IL, is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Lake County. Formerly the home of past Chicago mayor John C. Haines, it currently houses the Waukegan History Museum and services as the headquarters for the Waukegan Historical Society. DaVinci Shake shingles were chosen for the museum as a maintenance free way to keep the historical look of the building. The polymer roof tiles were installed by DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program Member All American Exterior Solutions, located out of Lake Zurich, IL. 

This luxury roof system, not only looks just like natural cedar shake, but it comes with a 50 Year Warranty, Class A Fire Rating, Class 4 Impact Rating, and a 110 mph wind rating

DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program Member
All American Exterior Solutions

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History in the Making

Most historic project makeovers you read about focus on structures that are hundreds of years old. But in Johnson City, New York, the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church is just 37 years old, yet it promises to be written up in future history books.

That's because the traditional Ukrainian design of the church structure includes three massive domes. Each one is 80-feet tall --- and each one is covered in our single-width Valoré composite shake roofing material from DaVinci Roofscapes.


Church founders selected the Tuscano blend of light, medium light, medium and dark autumn colors to top their unique church structure. The shake alternative roofing product was selected after the original cedar shake roof deteriorated.

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

Valoré synthetic shake roofing tiles embrace the art and science of roofing and offer exceptional aesthetics and performance without destroying a budget. The synthetic cedar shake tiles resemble the hand-split shake tiles found on upscale residences throughout the world, but require none of the maintenance.

Available in 9-inch tile widths with a deep 5/8" profile shadow line, Valoré lightweight roofing tiles are Class 4 impact-rated, rated Class A for fire resistance and won't support the growth of fungus or algae. This 50 year roof offers exceptional value for any residential or commercial project. And that's a lesson for the history books!

For information on synthetic roofing material used on other churches, visit Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead.


DaVinci Slate Roofing Rivals Natural Slate

If you're thinking of a natural slate roof for your home, think again.

The beautiful look of real slate can be offset by the weight of the product and its typically high cost. Instead, consider a slate alternative that offers the same beauty as the natural product, but is lighter in weight, resists impact, fire, mold, algae and insect infestations.

DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate is carefully engineered to provide the authentic look and durability of natural slate using virgin resins. 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.

DaVinci offers a line of slate products to fit every project. One of the company's most popular slate lines, Bellaforté, provides a manufactured slate roofing product that 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.

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

No matter which simulated slate roofing tile you select, DaVinci products are all 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 slate shingles 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.

For more information on DaVinci Slate products, visit Polymer Slate Profiles: Features and Benefits.


New DaVinci Roof = Cash in Your Wallet

Purchasing a new DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic shake or slate roof can be a wise investment for any homeowner. Now there's proof that your sustainable roofing choice can have a positive impact on your wallet!

Along with the 50-year roof limited warranty from DaVinci, homeowners are also reporting they're saving on their yearly homeowner insurance premiums thanks to selecting lightweight roofing solutions from DaVinci.

For Sally B. and her family, American Family Insurance reduced their yearly premiums by $1,000 after they selected an imitation shake roof after roof hail damage mandated a change. In Kansas, the Buscher family happily discovered a similar discount situation after installing a DaVinci composite shake roof. Their homeowner premiums were reduced by 40%!


Homeowner Andrew Marenin in Colorado found himself in a similar situation. He replaced his 22-year-old natural cedar roof shingles with a Bellaforté Shake shingle roof and got a discount on his homeowner's insurance from State Farm as a result.

“After my roof had hail damage, my independent adjuster told me we’d save 25 to 30 percent on our annual homeowner’s insurance because the DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roof we purchased resists severe weather, hail and fire,” says Marenin, a resident of Centennial, Colorado. “After seeing my new roof, he was so impressed by its quality and reasonable pricing that he told me he was seriously considering getting this product for his own home!”



Contact your insurance carrier and ask what kind of discount YOU could get from having a designer roof from DaVinci installed on your home. Make sure to tell them that DaVinci lightweight roofing tiles resist hail, severe weather, high winds, insects and fire!

Need more proof that you should invest in an eco friendly roof? See Hail Bounces Off DaVinci Synthetic Roofs.


Return Those DaVinci Scraps!

While June is officially National Recycling Month, at DaVinci Roofscapes we focus on recycling every month of the year.

That's because we offer a unique program that encourages roofers and contractors to return our environmentally friendly roof scraps and cuttings from a project to our plant for recycling. They can also return used tiles after the life expectancy (50 years) of the sustainable roof. The tiles will be recycled keeping waste out of the landfill.

"At DaVinci we manufacture tiles with engineered polymer, organic fire retardants and inorganic pigments that are safe for the environment," says Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services at DaVinci Roofscapes. "Any of our manufactured slate or composite shake materials that fail to meet finished specs are re-purposed as starter tiles. And, all DaVinci imitation slate roof tiles and polymer shake roofing tiles are 100% recyclable."

DaVinci synthetic roofing materials must be returned to our manufacturing plant in Lenexa, Kansas to be recycled. Contractors can contact us at 800-328-4624 or CLICK HERE for details on how to return tile scraps, waste from the jobsite and removed tiles.

Here's a unique aspect of our recycling program: if a job site is within 500 miles of our plant, DaVinci will send prepaid FedEx Ground labels for the shipment back to us of up to four boxes of scrap materials. That means the recycling effort is good for the environment ... and your wallet!

See also Are DaVinci Tiles Made from Recycled Materials? and The Beauty of Being Eco-friendly.


Contractors Return to DaVinci Products

In Vail, Colorado the iconic Clock Tower's roof was in bad condition last year. “The Clock Tower might not have made it through another winter with the existing roof,” says Alberto Ortega, vice president of Plath Construction, Inc. in Eagle, Colorado. “We got the new DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roof installed in late November just before the start of snow season. These polymer slate roofing tiles resist extreme weather conditions and are basically maintenance-free, so they should last for decades.”

The roofscape of Vail is dotted with projects completed by Ortega and his team during the past few years. Several of the buildings feature DaVinci’s Castle Gray color blend of light, medium and dark gray tones to create a cohesive appearance. The Vail Transportation Center, Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and several government buildings are all close to the Clock Tower and feature designer roofs with DaVinci Slate alternative products in the Castle Gray blend. Plath Construction has also installed the DaVinci Shake product on a deli building in the downtown area and on the upscale Talisman Condominium project in the heart of the Vail Village.

“Aesthetic appeal is just one reason the DaVinci products are repeatedly chosen for projects in Vail," says Ortega. "Their excellent long-term performance in our demanding roofing environment of an 8100-feet elevation makes them a smart choice for our businesses, landmarks and homes.”


Vail isn't the only location that relies on DaVinci composite roofing. "Half of the roofs I install these days are polymer shake or slate products,” says Stacy Stines, owner of Stacy Stines Roofing out of Elk Park, North Carolina and a DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor. “The benefits are so tremendous for these low-maintenance roofing materials that there are entire communities in this mountainous area that mandate replacement roofs all be made of fire-resistant polymer material.”

Stines has replaced almost ten roofs on homes in the Valle Cay community near Boone, North Carolina. “Once someone sees this product installed, they love it and want it on their own home,” says Stines. “The roof has a good profile and dimension to it, the color blends are terrific and the advantage of knowing you have a roof backed by a 50-year limited warranty is extremely impressive.

Visit Featured Project - Aspen, CO and Interview with Stacy Stines of Stacy Stines Roofing in North Carolina for more details on these projects.



Lesson Learned: Life After Hail Damage

After severe hail damaged all 35 condo roofs at the Catawba Shores lakeside community in 2012, the homeowners association vowed not to let costly storm damage impact their homes again.

“The hail damage caught us by surprise," says Jim Packard, president of the Catawba Shores Homeowners Association in Port Clinton, Ohio. "But we quickly learned that real wood shakes just don’t hold up against Mother Nature. The damage was so bad that our insurance company subsidized the cost of all the replacement roofs.”

After researching the community’s options and meeting with a contractor from Industrial Tech Construction and a representative a DaVinci Roofscapes, the Catawba Shores community committed to the man-made Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles.

“We’re all extremely pleased with the authentic appearance of these synthetic shake tiles and how they’ve given a fresh, new look to our condos,” says Packard. “More importantly, we feel we made the right selection with DaVinci since these roofing tiles are impact-, hail-, insect-, algae- and fire-resistant. We estimate that we’re saving more than $10,000 per year on the ongoing maintenance costs from our old roof, and we’ve got the peace-of-mind that these roofs will help protect our units from fire and hail.


Bellaforté Shake composite roofing tiles have a multi-width appearance replicating hand-split real cedar shakes. The tiles feature slanted sawn edges and staggered lengths.

The 12-inch Bellaforté Shake tiles feature multiple profiles that enable roofing contractors to create a staggered appearance that simulates a natural rough hewn wood shake roof. Just as with other DaVinci luxury roof products, the Bellaforté Shake lightweight tiles are 100 percent recyclable and come with a 50-year limited warranty.

See Bellaforté Shake Tiles Generate Four Times More Sales than Anticipated for more great news on Bellaforté Shake products!


History Repeats Itself … With DaVinci Roofing Tiles

The second week of May is National Historic Preservation Week --- and at DaVinci Roofscapes, this is a celebration we really support!

Many historic restoration projects nationwide feature green roofing options from DaVinci, including DuSable Museum, Printers Union Home, Animas Museum and St. Clement Church.

One of our favorite residential projects involves the replacement of a roof on a 111-year-old Queen Anne style home in Vinton, Iowa.

Homeowners Carol and Ray Knoff had previously found a 300-year-old roof tile from a historic home in Des Moines. They decided to replicate the red to gray roof coloring and came to DaVinci Roofscapes for assistance.

“We knew we’d need a top-quality roofing manufacturer to custom create the color for the slate tiles on our home so we started to research options,” says homeowner Carol Knoff. “All of our investigative work brought us to DaVinci Roofscapes. The team there worked with us to develop a color combination of Midnight Gray and Cottage Red that really ‘pops’ and gives a positive first impression of our home while helping define the roof lines and architectural style.”

For the complex, multi-pitch roof areas of their home, the Knoffs selected Bellaforté Slate polymer tiles. The tiles feature a patented fastening system for precise installation and superior wind performance. The 12-inch slate Bellaforté roofing tiles, which are backed by a 50-year limited warranty, have achieved some of the strictest testing ratings in the country, including the Miami Dade Notice of Acceptance (NOA) and Florida Building Code (FBC) qualifications.

A portion of the Knoff’s historical home features a three-story tower with a music and sitting room on the top floor, capped with an old-fashioned turret. DaVinci Multi-Width Slate was installed on the cone-shaped portion of the roof to both accent the turret and complement the single-width Bellaforté Slate used on the majority of the home.

“It’s wonderful to now have this new custom color polymer slate tile on our roof," says Knoff. "The bold custom colors created by DaVinci give the house a unified look that complements the detail work of the house trim, siding and stone pathways.”

DaVinci Faux Slate Roofing a Favorite for Historic Restoration Projects gives you more details on designer roof solutions from DaVinci!


Check Your Roof Before 2014 Hurricane Season Starts

If you live in a coastal area, the names Arthur, Bertha and Cristobal may make you shudder. That's because those are the designated names of the first three hurricanes in the 2014 Hurricane Season that starts on June 1.

This week (May 25 -31) is National Hurricane Preparedness Week and experts advise you to check on the condition of your roof now --- before hurricane season starts.

"Your roof should be checked annually to make sure it's holding up well after previous storms and to make sure it's able to handle upcoming severe weather conditions," says Mark Clement, co-host of MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show and a professional contractor. “Repeated exposure to strong weather can take a toll on the home. Always review and evaluate the effectiveness of the entire home ‘envelope’ each year at the beginning of the hurricane season.

“Start at the top of your home and evaluate the condition of your roof, then work down to your windows, entry doors and garage doors. These are the four most critical areas of the home during hurricane season because if any one of these areas is compromised, then wind and pressure can enter the home with devastating results.”

The experts at DaVinci Roofscapes recommend checking to determine if there are missing shingles, curling or splitting shingles, lifting shingles or loss of granules on your roof. Both straight line winds and pressurized winds can cause different damage --- from uplifting the shingles off the roof to pushing intense wind-driven rain and flying debris onto the roof.

“Weather conditions have changed so much in recent years,” says Clement. “My recommendation is to always select an impact-resistant composite roof for the home. Even though we live inland in Pennsylvania, we put a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roof on our house.

“This environmentally friendly 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.

"In addition, DaVinci synthetic shake and imitation slate roofing tiles are rated Class A for fire retardance and have achieved the highest rating for straight line wind testing at 110 mph. The manufactured slate roof also has a limited 50-year warranty for added peace-of-mind.”

See DaVinci Featured on "Weather Proof" on The Weather Channel for more details on how DaVinci synthetic roofing material stands up to severe weather.


To Slate, or Not to Slate ... That is the Question

It's not really a trick question. If you want your roofing tile to be heavy, brittle and expensive, then select real slate. However, if you are looking for the look of natural slate, but also want a green roofing option that is a lightweight roofing material and has a 50-year roof warranty, then select DaVinci Roofscapes slate alternative.


The DaVinci imitation slate roofing tiles I installed on my home look better than natural slate tiles," says Mark Clement, co-host of MyFixitUpLife radio show. "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.”

As Clement and other homeowners have discovered, DaVinci composite slate roofing tiles have many advantages over asphalt shingles, cement tiles and even real slate. “I appreciate the thickness and realistic look of the synthetic classic slate for our home’s style, but I could just have easily chosen the Bellaforté snap-fit polymer slate,” says Clement. “Both are made from 100 percent pure resins and have inorganic colors and pigments infused throughout each tile. The idea that I could get a custom color to match my exterior really got my attention.”

DaVinci's designer roof tiles are recyclable and can be requested in DaVinci EcoBlend colors that actually help make the home more energy efficient. The award-winning EcoBlend products have been rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) to reflect sunlight and heat away from the home.

For more tips on synthetic slate roofing, see Spring --- and Slate --- Are in the Air.


From the Architect's Corner - DaVinci Shake Accents 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!



Add "Curb Appeal" and Value to Your Home During National Home Improvement Month

Welcome to National Home Improvement Month. According to professional contractor Mark Clement, May is the ideal time to make improvements to the exterior of your home. By upgrading your home's curb appeal, you increase the value of your house and make a positive impact on visitors.

"According to Remodeling magazine's 2014 Cost vs. Value* study, home improvement projects involving curb appeal have very strong return on investment numbers for homeowners," says Clement, co-host of MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show. "Their research shows that in a mid-range priced home, up to 67.8 percent of the cost of a roof replacement can be recouped when selling a home.

Clement points out that homeowners should start each May with a "top-down" evaluation of their home's exterior products. "Begin by checking out the appearance and functionality of your roof, siding, windows, trim and doors," says Clement. "Look for products that are worn out, need repair or re-painting, or simply should be replaced. Tackling these projects in May means you'll have more time to enjoy the results and a carefree summer."

Clement recommends the following checklist for checking your roof during National Home Improvement Month to make sure your home is in top condition:

  1. Using either a ladder or binoculars from across the street, look for problem areas, such as missing or broken shingles, along with roofing tiles that may be “flapping” in the wind.

  2. If you find problems with your roof, consult a professional roofer for their insights and recommendations.

  3. Make sure to research the benefits of polymer shake and slate roofing tiles. These impact- and fire-resistant tiles come in a wide variety of colors. Some roofing tiles, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes that Clement chose for his home, are sustainable and recyclable. They also have a 50-year limited warranty.


For more tips for your home, see Ready for National Home Improvement Month?

The 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value study results can be found here. The Farnsworth Group, an online market research company, programmed and hosted the 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value web-based survey. REALTOR® Magazine and the National Association of REALTORS® distributed an online survey to more than 200,000 member agents, brokers and appraisers to obtain estimates of resale value. RemodelMAX, a publisher of estimating tools for remodelers, used Clear Estimates remodeling software to generate cost estimates for all 35 projects in the study in 81 cities.


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.


Omaha Homeowners Embrace DaVinci Roofscapes

If you want to know how people in Omaha feel about DaVinci Roofscapes impact-resistant products, just knock on almost any door. After severe weather and hail damaged homes in Nebraska last year, more than 250 broken and dented roofs were replaced with polymer slate and composite shake roofing tiles.

"We love the upgraded look the DaVinci roof has given our home," says Jill Baron, who had Bellaforté Slate installed on her home. "Our neighbors who replaced their roof with natural cedar shakes look cheap by comparison.

"We had no problems at all during this past winter with our new roof and we're confident going into tornado season that we'll be protected from hail damage this year. I highly recommend the DaVinci roof and have told several friends about it."

Just down the same street, the Koslosky family is also enjoying their new Bellaforté manufactured slate roofing product. "The simulated slate roofing complements our stucco and stone home," says Kathryn Koslosky. "This roof improved the look of our home to the point that neighbors stopped and asked what product we used so they could use it to replace their damaged roofs."

Koslosky reports that another positive benefit of requesting the DaVinci composite slate roof is that Fireman's Fund reduced their homeowner's insurance premium by 20 percent.

"When comparing the 50-year life of this roof to the 25-year life of a cedar roof, insurance savings and peace-of-mind, the DaVinci Bellaforté roof is the value winner," says Koslosky. "It's the last roof I plan on replacing."

To learn more about Bellaforté products, see Bellaforté Roofing Stands Up to Rough Canadian Weather and Bellaforté = Strong + Beautiful in Oklahoma.


Boys and Their Toys ....

What happens when two home improvement experts take a flame torch and baseball bat to DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate and shake roofing tiles? Click HERE to see the video of Joe Truini and Allen Lyle of Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford television show test our DaVinci composite roofing in their workshop.

Joe swings his baseball bat repeatedly at the plastic slate tiles with no impact damage. And, to make the challenge more difficult, he freezes our simulated slate roofing tile and then whacks away at it again ... with the same "no problem" results. His impression? That unlike natural slate that can become brittle and break easily, DaVinci fake slate tiles can withstand the pounding of his bat (and most hail storms!) along with frigid weather.

Next, Allen lights up his propane torch to try and set the DaVinci fake cedar shake tiles on fire. No go. As Allen learns, the flame won't easily spread on our fire-resistant composite shake tiles. Why? Because unlike natural cedar shake roof materials that almost instantly spread flames when a burning ember hits it, DaVinci shake roofing materials are manufactured to resist flame spread --- and they're backed by a 50-year Limited Lifetime Warranty!

For more details on imitation slate tiles, see Roof Check Recommended During Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013 and March Winds and Hammers Don't Impact DaVinci Roofing Tiles.