Composite Shake Shingles + Metal = Beautiful Roof

In the open areas of Brock, Nebraska, wind storms and severe rain can have a truly devastating impact on cedar roof shingles. So, when the Butler family decided to replace their cedar shake roof, they searched for a Class A Fire Rated roofing product that was impact-resistant and had a 50 year roof warranty.

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"We started searching online for long-lasting roofs and discovered the polymer shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes," says Kim Butler. "At the same time we remembered the appeal of steel roofs we'd seen in Montana. Somehow we knew we wanted to combine the two products."

The Butler family selected Multi-Width Shake from DaVinci in a Mountain blend of three brown tones for the primary area of their designer roof. A secondary roof area composite shakenow features an aging artisan metal roof. Combined with other exterior textures (including brick, cedar and copper), the home has a unique appeal.

"We really like how metals patina with age to give a rustic look," says Butler. "With a steel roof and copper gutters, we believe the slow progression of the patinas will bring long-term beauty and durability to our home. Add in the DaVinci composite shakes and we have a winning combination.

"It used to be that with each rain and wind storm we were losing pieces of our original wood shingles from the roof. Now we have a composite shake roof overhead that we trust will provide us with decades of service."

Jealous of the Butler home? See Roof Envy - A Tale of Two Roofs!

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Simulated Slate Roofing the "Go To" Product for Champion Roofing

Asphalt shingles often deteriorate over the years and are subject to roof hail damage. That's exactly what happened to homeowner Ann Butler of Lake Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania. When it came time to replace her roof, she relied on the advice of friends and experts. Her search led her to simulated slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"This is another example of a project where DaVinci synthetic slate roofing products made a huge difference for a homeowner," says David Chiampi with Champion Roofing. "I've used composite roofing from DaVinci for a variety of designer roof jobs. It's my 'go to' roof when homeowners ask me for sustainable roofing that's durable, low-maintenance and long-lasting.

"With the Butler house, we're talking about a 35-year old ranch style home with an aging, leaky roof. The homeowner wanted a reliable designer roof and had seen the DaVinci fake slate on another home. I was pleased to support their product selection. These lightweight roofing tiles are an all around good product, with a 50 year roof warranty that provides peace-of-mind for consumers."

Champion Roofing, a DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor program member, has a solid history of installing luxury roofs. Chiampi and his team rely on the composite roofing product as a solution for roofing problems in the northeast Pennsylvania marketplace.

"We have no challenges installing this Class A Fire Rated sustainable roofing product," says Chiampi. "Whether it's the single-width polymer roof tiles or the Multi-Width Slate we put up on the Butler residence, installation is fast and easy, and the results are outstanding. This imitation slate roofing product brings new life and style to every home."

Want to hear what other roofers have to say about steep slope roofing and DaVinci products? See Contractors "Hail" DaVinci Roofscapes

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Condo Community Chooses Impact- and Fire-Resistant DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles

The luxury ski resort area of Beaver Creek, Colorado received 186 inches of snowfall in 2013 ... and already has more than 188 inches of snowfall recorded for 2014. What helps protect the Dakotas at Arrowhead Townhome Association in nearby Edwards, Colorado from such massive amounts of snow? Their new roof featuring impact-resistant DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake tiles.

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"We had some leaking issues with the aging cedar shake roofs and new rules looming regarding approved roofing materials in Arrowhead for our 30 units at the Dakotas and decided now was the time to reroof," says Kimberly Rowland, director of association services at Bold Solutions, the property management companies for the Dakotas. "Real wood roof shingles are no longer allowed when doing a full roof replacement in this area due to fire risk and difficulty securing insurance, so we explored the options of synthetic shake shingles."

The team at Bold Solutions worked closely with the board, the roofing committee, the Arrowhead design review board for the association and other stakeholders to make a decision on new polymer roofing. When professionals from Turner Morris Roof Systems offered the fire-resistant Bellaforté simulated shake roofing tiles from DaVinci as an alternative roofing product, the group was impressed.

"We've installed DaVinci products on a dozen different commercial roofing projects in Colorado because they're the only product we've found that works well in our climatic region," says Scott Cunningham, mountain project manager with Turner Morris Roof Systems. "These roofs are impact- and fire-resistant with the natural look of real cedar with great shadow lines, but with all the advantages of a man-made product. Best of all, they have a 50-year limited warranty, so this is a great investment for the Dakotas community."

The final selection of Bellaforté synthetic shake tiles in the Mountain-Variblend color blend of three mountain browns was chosen for the project in the autumn of 2013.

"We looked at the 'total cost of ownership' when evaluating which roofing tile to purchase," says Rowland. "In doing our research, we found that the investment in these durable roofing tiles would potentially be offset by the expected longevity and low maintenance costs represented by Turner Morris and DaVinci," says Rowland. "From an aesthetics standpoint, the Dakotas at Arrowhead owners are very pleased. We have recommended the DaVinci product to other homeowner associations along with the services of Turner Morris."

Colorado residents aren't the only ones that love composite cedar roof shingles! North Carolina Embraces Polymer Shake Shingles showcases homes on the East Coast that are excited about DaVinci polymer shake roofing materials!

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Profile: Turner Morris Roof Systems

Ask Scott Cunningham with Turner Morris, Inc. how he feels about DaVinci Roofscapes and get ready to be captivated.

"DaVinci is a true stand alone (roofing material) in the synthetic world," says Cunningham, mountain project manager with Turner Morris Roof Systems in Colorado. "The product itself is durable and withstands the stringent demands of our high alpine environment. This is the only product we've found that works well in our climatic region."

Cunningham should know. In the past eight years his company has installed more than a dozen commercial roofing projects in Colorado using DaVinci synthetic roofing material.

"The impressive thing is that DaVinci stands behind its product," says Cunningham, a member of the DaVinci Masterpiece Contractors program. "I have been installing DaVinci imitation slate and composite shake for eight years and have never had any significant product issues. The problems that I have seen throughout the years have been specifically contractor installation defects, and unforeseen issues with snow and ice migration due to Mother Nature.

"I always recommend that extra caution should be taken when switching traditional cedar shakes to synthetic shake roofing as their insulation value and breathability is very much different."

 

A major project recently completed by Turner Morris is the reroofing of 30 condo units with simulated shake roofing from DaVinci. "These roofs are impact- and fire-resistant with the natural look of real cedar with great shadow lines, but with all the advantages of a man-made product," says Cunningham. "Best of all, they have a 50-year limited warranty, so this is a great investment for the community."

 Turner Morris isn't the only Colorado roofer who believes in cedar shake roofing alternatives from DaVinci. See Contractors Return to DaVinci Products for another great story!

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Hail No Match for DaVinci Roofscapes Polymer Roof Tiles

What do quarters, golf balls, grapefruit and tennis balls all have in common? The answer is that they're all used to describe the size of hail that comes down during severe weather.

Back in 2010, Thad Jennings, president of Jenco Roofing out of Oklahoma City described some of the worst hail storms he'd seen in the city's history. "There were hundreds of destroyed roofs everywhere," says Jennings. "Every ceramic, concrete, metal, asphalt and composite roof I’ve seen in this area has been damaged by the hail storms.

“However, the synthetic slate DaVinci roofs we’ve installed over the past several years on homes in the same area are completely unaffected. It’s like a Superman roof that nothing can touch. The synthetic roofing material looks like it was just installed yesterday."

In another area of Oklahoma, roofing installer Jim Hofegartner believed this was the worst hail storm he’d witnessed during his 35 years as a roofer. (See Grapefruit-Sized Hail Bounces Off DaVinci Synthetic Roofs)

“There were grapefruit-sized hail and 60 mph winds that pounded our area,” says Hofegartner, president of Central Roofing and Construction Company in Luther, Okla. “A DaVinci Aberdeen slate roof we installed a few weeks prior to the storm in Nichols Hills received minimal damage --- especially compared to the concrete tile roof next door that was totally destroyed.”

According to Hofegartner, the windows and siding of the home were broken and chipped, but the major sections of the simulated slate roofing was not damaged. “We’ve had several homeowner association representatives come by to see this roof along with other people in the neighborhood,” says Hofegartner. “They’re all impressed with how well this synthetic slate roofing stood up to these severe weather conditions. I expect this will positively influence people to invest in polymer roofs now that they have to replace their ruined roofs.”

Standard simulated slate roofing and composite shake style roofing tiles manufactured by DaVinci are Class 4 impact rated, meeting the UL 2218 Impact Test. The 50 year roof limited warranty of the luxury roofs brings added peace-of-mind to homeowners.

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Simulated Shake Roofing Without the Hassles of Real Cedar Roofing

What's that disgusting black and green coating you often see on cedar shake roofing products? Mold. Fungus. Algae. And, it can even grow in yellow, sickly green and red colors. That's NOT the kind of color you want on your roof!

Homeowners who desire the beauty of cedar roofing without the rainbow of growth problems can turn to DaVinci Roofscapes for a shake alternative with all the right colors. Made of virgin polymers that resist algae, mold, fungus and insects, DaVinci synthetic shake shingles come in dozens of standard colors and eye-pleasing color blends.

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Forget about the worries of rotting wood, decay and fire hazards. DaVinci fake cedar shake tiles resist impact, high winds and fire, along with fading, curling and ugly mold growth. And, because each DaVinci shake blend is formulated from different wood tones -- with both wavy and straight grains throughout the designer roof blend -- you get a natural variation in colors to give you a realistic shake tile roof look. (See Shaking Up Roofs)

Need another reason to have DaVinci simulated shake roofing overhead? Then consider this: DaVinci products have a Class A Fire Rating and a Class 4 Impact Resistance Rating to help withstand whatever Mother Nature sends your way. Package all that together with a 50 year roof warranty and you'll turn green with envy ... and that's a color we CAN get on your luxury roof!

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Historic Oklahoma City Church Gets Fire Brick Red Polymer Roof

Almost two decades after the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the heavily-damaged St. Paul's Cathedral and Parish House near the blast site finally have new, long-lasting polymer roof tiles overhead.

The 1904 Norman-Gothic church structure, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was badly damaged during the tragic Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. The bombing lifted off the roof and splayed the walls outward.

In the rebuilding aftermath, a roof was added that failed during the ensuing years. Now, after extensive research, the church has invested in a composite slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes in an attractive fire brick red color.

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"Our Roof and Restoration Committee did extensive research into roof replacement options and also consulted with our architect, Mass Architects, Inc.," says Mike Murphy, a member of St. Paul's church and a director at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. "The primary reasons we selected the DaVinci Multi-Width Slate product were the low-maintenance factor coupled with the roof's impact- and fire-resistancy features. The 50-year limited warranty available from the manufacturer and the ability to get the roofing tile in the fire brick red color we wanted really sold us on the product.

"The roof put on after the bombing was a hard, composite material. Over time they failed, with an abundance of breaking and leaking. Our research brought us to DaVinci, and we're very pleased with the results. The new roofs have been up since early in 2014 and the bright, attractive red color now serves to highlight our location in the community."

For additional composite roofing stories involving churches, see Religious Structures and DaVinci Slate and Polymer Shake Roof Accents Ukrainian Church

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Energy Awareness Month Insights for Your Luxury Roof

Happy Energy Awareness Month! To start off your celebration, home improvement expert Mark Clement suggests you focus on your roof.

"If your roof is older and inefficient, it can either absorb too much heat from the sun or 'leak out' the comfortable air in your home, which can increase your energy bills," says Mark Clement, co-host of the MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show and website. "I recommend homeowners make smart, energy-efficient investments in their homes beginning with ENERGY STAR® qualified products."

Polymer Slate RoofClements says it's easy for homeowners to seek out the ENERGY STAR approval when purchasing windows, doors and simulated slate and shake roofing for the home.

“A product that meets ENERGY STAR requirements for a specific geographic area is constructed to help make the home as energy efficient as possible," says Clement. "Using several ENERGY STAR qualified products together can really help ease the energy burden on the home, which can help save homeowners a great deal of money each year on energy costs.”

When it comes time to replace the roof, Clement advises looking for a “Cool Roof” that will help lower the home’s overall energy costs. A Cool Roof is measured by two properties, solar reflectance and thermal emittance. (See Save Energy with Cool Roof Colors)

EcoBlend polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes have been verified by the independent Cool Roof Rating Council to meet or exceed requirements for ENERGY STAR qualified roofing products to reflect sunlight and heat away from the home, helping increase the overall energy efficiency of the structure. (See Ask Us About Our ENERGY STAR® Qualified Products!)

"Along with having a 50 year roof warranty, these durable, impact-resistant polymer roofing tiles  resist hail damage and fire," says Clement. "This composite roofing is a smart investment to both save on energy and create a best-in-class designer roof for the home."

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Featured Project - Wichita, KS

Did you know that Wichita, Kansas is the most populated city in the state of Kansas (in case you are wondering, Lenexa, where our plant is located, is the 9th)? Heiland Roofing, a member of the DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program since it's beginning, has installed dozens of DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofing in the area.

Wichita, along with most of the state of Kansas, is known for its unpredictable weather and it's very distinct seasons and temperature fluctuations. Sub-zero temperatures in the winter and 100 degrees and above in the summer is a normal year. These varying temperatures are rough on cedar shake roofing materials, yet shakes tend to be the prominent look in the market. Pre-mature aging, breakage, blow offs and annual maintenance is a tune all familiar to local homeowners. DaVinci's polymer roofing was introduced to Wichita more than a decade ago and the Class 4 Impact Rating, 110 mph wind certification and 50 year warranty has made it a successful product for Heiland Roofing ever since. 

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Heiland Roofing & Exteriors 
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Chicago Housing Market Rebounds with High-End Projects

Smart business practices and an impeccable track record have paved the way for Smart Roofing, Inc. to take advantage of strong Chicago area residential project growth in 2014.

With more than 13,000 roofing projects completed in the past 21 years, Smart Roofing has deep roots in the Chicago marketplace. The company's dedication to using quality products --- including polymer slate and synthetic shake roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes --- has positioned it to take advantage of new construction and remodeling projects.

"There are more calls than we can handle this year," says Rich Bondarowicz, co-founder and vice president of Smart Roofing out of Chicago. "Our market has rebounded beautifully and we're working on several new 6,000+ square foot roofing projects right now. Due to our reputation for quality roofing, even in the downturn years we were doing fairly well, but now we're experiencing incredible growth."

Smart Roofing specializes in high-end residential roofing projects within a 50-mile radius of Chicago, but also works on remodeling and commercial projects. Their team of 20 full-time roofers are specially-trained for installations of a variety of roofing products, including eco friendly roof projects with composite roofing tiles.

"We've installed a variety of DaVinci polymer roofs in the past five years on everything from spec homes to remodels to commercial projects," says Bondarowicz, whose company is a member of the DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor program. "There are two types of homeowners these man-made roofs really appeal to in our area. The first is a customer who has wood shake and hates the annual maintenance hassles. These people are tired of rotting or decaying wood product, but love the look of shake. They embrace the DaVinci polymer shake roofing options because of their authentic look and low maintenance.

"The second customer is serious about getting a slate roof, but is turned off due to the cost, weight and potential for hail damage. For these folks the DaVinci slate tiles become the ideal solution because the polymer tiles are cost-effective, lightweight, resist hail and strong winds, and have a 50-year warranty. It's a win-win scenario."

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Slimy Slate Roofs

Yuk. That's the first word that comes to mind when some homeowners discover that their natural slate roof tiles have algae growth, bird poop stains or even moss growing between the tiles.

Travel through Europe and you see these slimy slate roof conditions everywhere. While it may be "charming" and add "character" to the roofs overseas, none of us want the ongoing maintenance hassles or cracking problems of a natural slate shingles on our home in the United States.

Thank goodness for polymer roofing advancements. Started 15 years ago, DaVinci Roofscapes manufactures imitation slate tiles that resist algae, mold, fungus and insects. The fake slate tiles are part of a lightweight roofing solution for the home that offers the beauty of slate, but without the headaches of yearly maintenance. (See DaVinci Slate Roofing Rivals Natural Slate)

Best of all, DaVinci synthetic slate shingles resist curling, cracking and fading. They also come with a 50 year roof warranty ... and the cost of installing a DaVinci composite slate roof system can be up to 50% less than quarried slate installation!

For more information on DaVinci Single-Width and Multi-Width simulated slate roofing with a Class A Fired Rating, see Fred Flintstone's Boss Would Love DaVinci Slate Tiles.

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From the Architect's Corner - Vertical Applications

Cedar roof shingles are commonly used as siding and on mansard roofs. But with the shake look comes those pesky bugs, broken shakes (after even small hail or wind storms), and maintenance to keep them from looking in disarray. In working with architects, I see all kinds of photos or renderings of homes where a portion of where their clients want to tile is essentially a vertical wall. What we offer is the look of shake, but with little or no maintenance and will last 50 years. Pictured below is a mansard roof where they used Bellaforté Shake in the Mountain VariBlend.

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Happy Friday, Architects! 

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Condos, Churches and Colleges ... Oh My!

At DaVinci Roofscapes you'll find us "topping" off all types of commercial projects around the country from banks to shopping centers to hotels.

Imitation SlateLeading our effort to share the attributes of polymer roofing products with commercial project managers is Mike Ward, our national sales manager in charge of vertical markets. Mike's favorite acronym to throw around these days is "TCO" ... and here's why:

Q: Mike, what does "TCO" stand for?

A: TCO stands for Total Cost of Ownership. This is what property owners, investors and other stakeholders look at carefully when making a purchasing decision. It involves an analysis of the total cost of making a product investment.

Q: How does TCO relate to DaVinci's synthetic roofing material?

A: A TCO analysis involving a decision on roofing products for a theme park, condo community or even a restaurant evaluates how much the roof costs versus the long-term payback potential. For DaVinci composite roofing, we fare great because our imitation slate and shake alternative tiles are low maintenance products backed by a 50 year roof warranty. We also score high because our luxury roof products never need to be treated for mold, insects or algae.

Q: What other aspects help DaVinci roofs be a good investment for commercial projects?
A: Actually, the same features that make the slate alternative and simulated shake roofing good for homeowners make it even better for commercial projects. For example, DaVinci tiles have the highest impact rating, are fire-resistant and can even be power washed. Our sustainable roofing tiles resist water absorption, curling, cracking and fading ... making them durable for many years.

Simulated Shake RoofingQ: What are some easy-to-recognize commercial projects where the general public might see DaVinci synthetic roofing material?

A: That's easy. Various restaurant chains such as Cheddars, Bahama Breeze and Starbucks; some Bass Pro Shops, The North Face store, along with well-known institutions such as Notre Dame, Mount St. Marys College and the campuses of the State University of New York.

Q: Finally, where can people find you if they're interested in DaVinci products for commercial projects?

A: I'm always happy to talk about commercial projects and our eco friendly roof systems. Call me at 1-888-362-4957.  

For more details on green roof construction, see DaVinci Roofscapes Goes Commercial!

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Contractors "Hail" DaVinci Roofscapes

What do quarters, golf balls, grapefruit and tennis balls all have in common? The answer is that they're all used to describe the size of hail that comes down during severe weather.

Back in 2010, Thad Jennings, president of Jenco Roofing out of Oklahoma City described some of the worst hail storms he'd seen in the city's history. "There were hundreds of destroyed roofs everywhere," says Jennings. "Every ceramic, concrete, metal, asphalt and composite roof I’ve seen in this area has been damaged by the hail storms.

“However, the synthetic slate DaVinci roofs we’ve installed over the past several years on homes in the same area are completely unaffected. It’s like a Superman roof that nothing can touch. The synthetic roofing material looks like it was just installed yesterday."

In another area of Oklahoma, roofing installer Jim Hofegartner believed this was the worst hail storm he’d witnessed during his 35 years as a roofer. (See: Grapefruit-Sized Hail Bounces Off DaVinci Synthetic Roofs)

“There were grapefruit-sized hail and 60 mph winds that pounded our area,” says Hofegartner, president of Central Roofing and Construction Company in Luther, Okla. “A DaVinci Aberdeen slate roof we installed a few weeks prior to the storm in Nichols Hills received minimal damage --- especially compared to the concrete tile roof next door that was totally destroyed.”

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According to Hofegartner, the windows and siding of the home were broken and chipped, but the major sections of the simulated slate roofing was not damaged. “We’ve had several homeowner association representatives come by to see this roof along with other people in the neighborhood,” says Hofegartner. “They’re all impressed with how well this synthetic slate roofing stood up to these severe weather conditions. I expect this will positively influence people to invest in polymer roofs now that they have to replace their ruined roofs.”

Standard simulated slate roofing and composite shake style roofing tiles manufactured by DaVinci are Class 4 impact rated, meeting the UL 2218 Impact Test. The 50 year roof limited warranty of the luxury roofs brings added peace-of-mind to homeowners. (See Tennis Balls of Ice Demolish Roof)

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Get Your Roof Ready for Autumn

Summer sun may still be beating down on us, but it's not too early to get your home's exterior ready for autumn. As a bonus, the regular maintenance you do now on your home adds to its curb appeal and means less work when the weather turns colder.

Sustainable RoofingStart with your roof and gutters. Before your beautiful oak and maple trees shed all their leaves, check out the condition of your both your roof and gutters.

Using either a ladder or binoculars from across the street, look for problem areas in your roof, such as missing or broken shingles, along with roofing tiles that may be “flapping” in the wind. These are indications that roof repairs or a new roof may be in your future. If that’s the case, research the benefits of synthetic shake and simulated slate roofing tiles. These impact- and fire-resistant tiles come in a wide variety of colors and require minimal upkeep. Some roofing tiles, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes, help prevent roof hail damage and are classified as an environmentally friendly roof. They also have a 50 year roof warranty.

Next, check out your gutters. Too many homeowners underestimate the importance of the gutter system on the home. Several times a year you should to make sure your gutters are clean, unclogged, securely attached to your home and remain sloped for proper drainage. Plus, make sure the water running off the roof doesn’t cause damage to your building's structure, landscaping or property below the roof.

For more tips see Springtime Home Improvement Tips for Knowing When It’s Time to Replace The Roof on Your Home and Top Tips for National Home Improvement Month.

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Wedding Guest: DaVinci Polymer Slate Roof

Bridal veils and scaffolding don't mix well. That's why, when the popular Addison Oaks - Buhl Estate in Leonard, Michigan needed a new roof, the installation had to be scheduled during the winter months.

"Approximately 30,000 guests visit our historic venue yearly," says Dan Shaw with Oak Management, which manages the manor. "We have hundreds of weddings in our English Tudor-style manor home each year, so the roof had to go up during our slower winter months."

Royal Roofing in Orion, Michigan was up to the challenge. They recommended and installed a Multi-Width Slate lightweight roofing solution from DaVinci Roofscapes during the early winter months of 2014.

"The previous roof tile was a violet/pink color that we were able to match with a violet-colored DaVinci imitation slate roof," says Tim Frisch, project manager with Royal Roofing. "The DaVinci product was specifically chosen because it provided the look of the original roof on the building and has a 50 year roof warranty."

Scaffolding surrounded the 1927 vintage building as the Royal Roofing team went to work. The uniquely-styled building has nine chimneys, a series of low-sloped dormers, an entrance turret and a variety of gables. "Our men loved the workability of the synthetic slate shingles," says Frisch. "We had no problems at all with the installation and we're recommending it for other residential and commercial projects in our area."

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Completed on schedule despite heavy snowfall and chilly temperatures, the new roof now enhances the destination venue. "What has been most intriguing since the renovation is the amount of time people spend gazing at all the copper craftsmanship and the new shake tile roof," says Shaw. "Guests seem mesmerized as they walk up to the building. It's fun to watch!

"We have the picture-perfect setting for weddings and other special occasions. Now, thanks to DaVinci and Royal Roofing, those pictures just got better!"

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Win a FREE ROOF from DaVinci Roofscapes!

Do you feel lucky? Martha Zechman of Galloway Township, New Jersey certainly does! She's one of the winners of a free designer roof from DaVinci Roofscapes in the 2013 Great TOH Giveaway sponsored by This Old House magazine.

As a prize winner, Martha was able to receive up to $25,000 of free Bellaforté synthetic slate roofing, which she chose in a Castle Gray color for her 40-year old English Tudor style home.

"The new composite slate roof is beautiful," says Martha. "It truly looks just like a natural slate roof. The 50 year roof warranty makes it a great investment, in addition to the fact that it has the reputation of withstanding the elements of weather better than asphalt roof shingles."

 

Now it's YOUR TURN to win! Enter the 2014 Great TOH Giveaway by September 1st and you could have a new synthetic shake or imitation slate Bellaforté roof on your home by this time next year!

There are two ways to enter. Simply purchase the August 2014 issue of This Old House magazine, scan the pages using the Blippar free app available on iTunes and you’re entered into the drawing. Or, visit www.thisoldhouse.com/win to enter online. And, you can increase your chances to win your luxury roof by entering every day through September 1st!

Don’t miss out … there are only days left to enter to win! For more details ... see $75,000 of FREE Bellaforté Roofing!

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Easy Beachfront Living Under DaVinci Roofscapes Slate Roofs

Hanging out during hot summer days just got cooler for visitors to Buckroe Beach in Hampton, Virginia. A large central shelter pavilion and three smaller structures within the city park were all updated earlier this year and now have synthetic slate shingles from DaVinci Roofscapes roofs overhead.

The bay front park features almost a mile of clean beaches where kayaks and paddleboats are available for rent. The free-use picnic structures feature grills and tables, with a children's playground and restroom facilities located nearby.

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The new synthetic slate gray roof tiles on the shelters replace roofs that were worn out over time by salt air and sea spray off the Chesapeake Bay. The shelters also receive harsh exposure to high winds and relentless sun, which is why simulated slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes was selected.

polymer slateBoth Bellaforté Slate and Single-Width Slate composite slate roofing were used on the shelters. The roofing tiles resemble classic traditional slate tile found on upscale residences and commercial projects throughout the world, but requires none of the maintenance. Modeled after actual slate, the synthetic slate roof shingles are backed by a 50-year limited warranty and resist fire, impact, moisture, curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects!

The easy-to-install lightweight roofing tiles are made with a non-porous material, so the beach shelter rooftops won't absorb water. And, state-of-the-art ultraviolet and color stabilizers help protect the rooftop from color fading. For more details on impressive sustainable roofing products from DaVinci, see Check Out Polymer Slate Roofing Options.

 

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Cedar Point Hotel Gets Bellaforté Roof

Theme parks generally rely on "off season" time to do major renovations, including roofing projects. But, what happens when the down time in mid-winter features almost a dozen days of below zero temperatures and more than 60 inches of snowfall? Getting up on the roof can be a cold, challenging activity.

"One of the reasons polymer Bellaforté slate roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes were chosen for the Hotel Breakers re-roofing project was because the installation could be done in cold weather without having to warm the roof tiles before installation," says Jim Carson, vice president of A-STAR out of Macedonia, Ohio. "The hotel is at Cedar Point theme park on the shores of Lake Erie. That's a challenging situation, especially since we experienced the worst Cleveland winter in 30 years right in the middle of the installation!"

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Carson and the team at A-STAR relied on coordination of the project and clear direction from John G. Johnson Construction Company, building moisture consultant Felice & Associates, and Kary Project Management. "Given all the details and considering this was the first time we installed Bellaforté tiles, the challenges on this very difficult and high profile project were minimized," says Carson. "These teams were great to work with and it also helped significantly to have skilled technicians from DaVinci provide on-site training on the proper installation of Bellaforté tiles."

Backed by a 50-year limited warranty, all DaVinci polymer roofing products are designed to remain flexible at extreme temperatures, making it possible to install synthetic roofing materials during all types of weather.

Opened more than 100 years ago, the Hotel Breakers is the original on-property Cedar Point hotel. Situated on the Cedar Point beach and just a two-minute walk from the theme park, the hotel interior features rich architectural details including original Tiffany glass and a beautiful rotunda.

Bellaforte Slate "There are 650 rooms and suites in this large property, so we used about 425 squares of a custom Milano blend of Bellaforté imitation slate in our first phase of the re-roofing," says Carson. "The combinations of gray and purple tones in the roof sets off the hotel beautifully.

"Once the park closes this autumn the same Bellaforté synthetic shingle will be used to re-roof the second phase of this project, which will be even bigger since it will use up to 700 squares."

Want to learn more about Bellaforte slate roof alternatives? See Roofer Admires Weather Resistancy of Bellaforte Roofs.

 

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20 Sure Fire Ways To Create Curb Appeal

August is the perfect month to enjoy your outdoor living spaces. It is also National Curb Appeal month so while you are outside it would be a great time to be thinking about your fall home improvement projects.

To help your home make a great first impression I put together Curb Appeal ROI and My Top 10-Tips For Creating "Top Down" Curb Appeal. These two tip sheets are designed to make sure your home grabs the right kind of attention and that you know how to get a good return on your investment of time and money. 

Curb Appeal Tips and Tricks

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Top 10 Tips For Creating "Top Down" Curb Appeal

  1. The roof plays a major role in creating curb appeal because it can be up to 30 percent of what you see as you approach a home. Blend the color of your roofing material with other elements of the home exterior to create an overall cohesive look.
     
  2. Window frames can either blend in or standout; it all depends on the color you choose. Selecting a green, chocolate or bronze painted frame can add a powerful punch to your home's curb appeal.
     
  3. Add color to trim and decorative millwork to call attention to architectural details and enhance the design appeal of your home.
     
  4. Update the color of your shutters for big curb appeal results. Rather than black, try inky blue, chocolate brown or deep forest green. Consider soft gray or taupe to replace white.
     
  5. From classic and conservative to punchy and playful, the color of your front door tells the world something about the people who live inside. Think about what the color of your front door say about you.
     
  6. The front door offers you the most flexibility in color choices and is a great place to add a "pop of color" to a home's overall neutral color scheme. Think out- of- the- box and consider a pumpkin orange, nautical blue or harvest gold color for your front door.
     
  7. Draw attention to the front porch by adding bold hues. A colorfully-painted ceiling or new outdoor furniture can update your porch. Pillows and cushions in a mix of colors and prints create a welcoming tone.
     
  8. Replace rotting or peeling wood porch rails, columns or porch posts with low-maintenance polyurethane or PVC pieces for a clean, attractive look.
     
  9. Garage doors are a prominent feature of many homes, taking up 30 percent of the front view of the house. Replacing old garage doors with fashionable new doors can instantly increase your home’s curb appeal.
     
  10. The colors of your home's exterior and landscaping should complement each other. Choose colors for your plants with the same eye for design you use when selecting accessories for your interior.
     

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  11. Broken, loose, discolored or damaged shingles give a negative impression about the overall condition of your home. Repair your roof or replace with a colorful polymer slate or shake roof with a 50-year warranty.
     
  12. Windows with energy-efficient glass packages and low-maintenance vinyl frames keep a home comfortable and help save on energy bills.
     
  13. Replacing a standard window with a bay or bow window can add character to a home's exterior and make the interior feel larger.
     
  14. Cover any wear and tear with a fresh coat of paint. Power wash the entire exterior and repair any areas that are outdated, rotted, or rusted before applying paint. Investing sweat equity can dramatically increase your curb appeal.
     
  15. You don't need to go wild with color to get noticed. A home with neutral siding can make a statement with color on the front door, shutters or trim.
     
  16. An easy-care stained or painted fiberglass door creates a focal point for the front of your home. Surround the door with decorative trim -- such as pilasters and a crosshead -- to make a powerful statement.
     
  17. Add window boxes, accent pots or hanging baskets filled with colorful flowers and plants to draw the eye and make people smile.
     
  18. Downplay garage doors by painting to match the main color of the home and adding complementary trim elements, like a trellis over the opening.
     
  19. Surround your home with colorful shrubbery and plants with landscape lighting. Invest in hiring a professional to help plan your landscaping for the maximum impact.
     
  20. Bushes and plants surrounding the base of your home add color, soften the transition between the lawn and house, and hide the foundation.  Fill in any bare spots and tame any overgrown areas.

Your next step is to go outside and use this information to focus on ways you can add more value and design appeal to your home's exterior. 

These 20 tips will get you started. Then here are a few other articles to give you great ideas for creating curb appeal--

Color From The Top Down Gave This Home $5,000 In More Curb Appeal

How To Give Your Home Personality

Your Home Is Telling You What Exterior Colors To Use. Are You Listening?

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