Contest Finalist Earns A Diploma And A Home Exterior Makeover!

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

 

Contest Finalist Earns A Diploma And Home Exterior Makeover!

 

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

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

 

Home Exterior Renovation Recommendations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the finalist in the 2015 "Shake it Up" Color Contest

Vote for your favorite makeover now!

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Slate Roofs Without the Headaches

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

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

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


Slate Roof Alternatives
 

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

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

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Unlimited Possibilities with DaVinci Roofscapes

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

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

Designer Roof

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Hi! I'm Allen Lyle...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy Earth Day!

April 22 is here ... the 45th anniversary of Earth Day! Celebrated worldwide, Earth Day focuses our attention on taking steps to save our environment by doing smart things like recycling.

At DaVinci Roofscapes we encourage recycling in two ways.

DaVinci Recycling ProgramFirst, we recycle polymer roofing tiles at our Kansas facility. Any composite slate or composite shake tiles that fail to meet our finished high standards are recycled for use in our starter tiles. Since every DaVinci composite roofing tile is 100% recyclable, this means we use all of our materials, helping keep roof tiles out of landfills.

Second, we have two recycling programs (see Return Those DaVinci Scraps!) that provide a way for roofers to return scraps, cuttings and unused synthetic roofing material to our plant for recycling. Waste products from a job site can be returned to our plant in the first program for recycling ... and in the second program expired tiles (those older than 50+ years old) can be returned for recycling.

Just as it's important that all our sustainable roofing products are Made in America (see DaVinci Roofscapes Applauds "American Made Matters Day"), it's also important that we keep our earth as clean and healthy as possible. So, when it comes time to celebrating Earth Day this year know that the team at DaVinci is with you ... in spirit and in our recycling efforts!

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Class A Fire Rated DaVinci Roof Selected After Restaurant Fire

When roofer John Blair heard about a fire that destroyed Yesterday's Restaurant in Hazlet, New Jersey, he knew the restaurant would be rebuilt. After all, the Spalliero family had served up authentic southern Italian and Simulated Slate RoofingAmerican cuisine at the restaurant for almost 50 years before the tragic fire in 2010.

Blair was pleased that his company was chosen for the roofing job for the new restaurant --- and especially excited about the owner's choice of a Class A Fire Rated Bellaforté composite slate roof.

“I’ve installed other DaVinci Roofscapes roofs in the past when we needed products with outstanding aesthetic appeal, and we’ve always had superior results,” says Blair, president of Garden State Roofing. “Our business is also family-owned, so I knew how important it was to everyone at Yesterday’s Restaurant to get back to work quickly.

"The snap-fit application of the Bellaforté product went smoothly and was easy to install. This roof has a high-end look at a reasonable price.”

The patented snap-fit, self-locating Bellaforté sustainable roofing tiles installed on Yesterday’s Restaurant replaced old, burnt-up asphalt shingles. Featuring Faux Slate Tilesan integrated rain gutter and leading edge tab, the synthetic slate roofing tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.

“There was never a doubt that we’d rebuild,” says Vinny Spalliero, owner of the Bayshore community restaurant. “This business is family owned and operated, so we pulled together to get back in business as quickly as possible.

“I picked out the slate gray Bellaforté roof because it had the look I was going for that matched up with the stone and stucco siding features we added to the building after the renovation. The polymer roof is a nice, durable product and the fire resistant benefit gives us all added peace-of-mind.”

Want to read about more restaurants using lightweight roofing materials? See Serving Up DaVinci Roofs

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Architect and Builder Team Up on Simulated Slate Roofing Project

Architect Christopher Derrick is like most people --- he sticks with what works. For his roof specifications, that often means recommending DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roof tiles.

“When the home style fits with a composite roofing product, I always recommend DaVinci,” says Derrick, principal and founder of Derrick Architecture out of Wheaton, Ill. (See DaVinci Polymer Tiles Meet Needs of Chicago Area Architect )

Over the years Derrick has worked with a variety of builders to construct his single-family custom home designs. Most recently he partnered with Charleston Building and Development to create two custom homes in Naperville, Ill. that feature Bellaforté Slate tile roofs.

“Working with Chris is exciting because he’s so creative and passionate about his home designs,” says Adam Van Someren, president of the residential division of Charleston Building and Development based out of Naperville. “He brings both historical perspective and solid product recommendations to his work.

“The Bellaforté product looks very realistic. I’ve seen other man-made plastic slate roofing products before that looked too fake. The DaVinci products look natural and complement the home styles very nicely.”

 

 

For their most recent project, Van Someren points out that using Bellaforté slate tiles probably saved the homeowner more than $50,000 as opposed to having natural slate on the roof.

“Considering the high cost of natural slate, the waste you get with cracked and broken pieces, plus the additional support required for the roof and rafters to support the weight of natural slate, the Bellaforté is a great option,” says Van Someren. “This product really has it all. Good looks, lightweight and durability. There’s definitely a value there with Bellaforté.”

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Roofing ROI

It’s no secret that home upgrades cost time and money. But certain projects can actually save you money in key areas and improve the resale value of your home, while making it more beautiful and livable now.

Fake Shake RoofThe roof is an integral part of a house’s curb appeal. It’s also a vital protective layer between the elements and your family. Polymer roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes has the advantage of being impact-, fire- and weather-resistant, as well as beautiful.

A new roof can pay off, according to “Remodeling" magazine, which cites a 71.6 percent recoup of costs in their 2015 Cost vs. Value study.

Here's some great advice: skip over bargain-basement priced roofs, even if you’re on a budget. What’s important is finding a luxury roof that will be virtually maintenance free for years to come. You may pay more out of pocket now, but you’ll save big on repairs, inspection and maintenance in the long run. (See A DaVinci Slate Tile Roof - An Investment In Your Home's Aesthetic And Re-Sale Value!)

Manmade imitation slate and simulated shake roofing offer the authentic look of natural materials but are more resistant to chipping, flaking and splintering over time. And, with the 50 standard colors available from DaVinci, you can focus on your home’s 'top down' curb appeal to create a cohesive exterior.

Looking for another way to save? Ask your insurance company about any discounts that may be available each year to you on homeowner's insurance because you're investing in synthetic roofing material!

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Celebrate National Color Therapy Month

Bellaforte Composite ShakeNational Color Therapy Month is a time to celebrate the healing powers of color. In a month where spring blooms are just beginning to poke through the ground, March’s lively greens, pops of yellows, soft pinks and reds are all reminders that winter is finally giving way to spring. National Color Therapy Month recognizes the power color has to renew, revive, and replenish our energy.

Color Therapy has been around for thousands of years, used as an energy healing method. Whether you have ever visited a color therapist or perhaps never even heard of it, we are all practicing some level of color therapy daily. Subconsciously, we utilize color in our lives to feel a certain way. Throw on a red sweater or paint your front door red and we stimulate our energy to high levels and send that out into the world. Blue has relaxing powers and is often a ‘favorite color’ because of its soothing qualities. Pink is youthful, fun and happy.

DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Synthetic Slate Roof ShinglesIn honor of a full month devoted to color, I suggest switching things up in your home. Infuse positivity and renewal with greens and splashes of happy yellows. Replace the covers on your outdoor furnishings with an eye-catching color. Think about how you could add fresh color for your home exterior. Working from the top down think about how color on your roof or any of the other elements of your exterior can enhance your home. Begin with the 50 shades of DaVinci. Think about what you want to convey to the world as you select colors to create a cohesive scheme.

Use Color Therapy Month as a time to explore how you can use color to enhance your home and your life. To learn more about the effects of color see A Glimpse Into The Meaning, Symbolism & Psychology of Color.

 

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The Best Shades Of Gray Paint For A Home Exterior

 

The Best 50 Shades Of Gray Paint

 

When DaVinci Roofscapes customers need answers to their roof color questions or advice to help guide them through the process of choosing a roof color blend to beautifully complement their home I am available to guide them. I have helped hundreds of homeowners to choose the right synthetic shake or imitation slate tiles in all of the 50 colors available. Of all the nature-inspired roof colors, gray is always a favorite because it blends beautifully with virtually all of the most popular home exterior colors.

polymer roof tiles

 

I know the top six gray roofing colors -- Weathered Gray, Chesapeake, Slate Gray, Castle Gray, European, Smokey Gray -- but also wanted to know the top gray paint colors for a home exterior. So I asked the experts at seven popular paint brands to reveal their favorite gray paint colors. Here is what they shared:

 

Behr

  • Gateway Gray MQ6-22
  • Anonymous 780F-5
  • Porpoise 790E-3
  • Mined Coal PPU18-18

 

"In the past, the color gray was thought of as cold or flat. The grays of today incorporate a variety of color undertones that lend to their versatility. A gray exterior provides a sleek backdrop for the landscape and hardscape features of a home. Grays add an inviting, balanced feel to exteriors without competing with other design features." -- Erika Woelfel, Director of Color Marketing at Behr Paints
 

Benjamin Moore

  • Stonington Gray HC-170
  • Thunder AF-685
  • Storm AF-700

 

"Grays are typically preferred for historic homes. People tend to use gray on the outside of the home because they look at nature and the existing colors. For example, gray can be extracted from the pavers and stonework. We've seen a trend of homeowners using gray so the house blends into the existing landscaping. While gray can be subtle and understated, it makes a statement. Twenty years ago gray was mostly used for industrial spaces. Now it's chic and modern and people are using different gray tones to create a monochromatic look." -- Ellen O'Neill, Benjamin Moore Creative Director
 

Full Spectrum Paints

  • Ash
  • Dove
  • Driftwood
  • Putty
  • Smoke
  • Spanish Moss
  • Thundercloud

 

"What I love best about gray is that there's an endless variety of undertones. It's the perfect neutral for a roof or exterior paint because it's easy to find a shade that marries well with any surroundings. " -- Ellen Kennon, Creator of Full Spectrum Paint

 

Pittsburgh Paints

Light Gray

  • PPG1001-2 Aria
  • PPG1001-3 Thin Ice
  • PPG1009-1 Tundra Frost
  • PPG1013-1 Raddison

Medium Gray

  • PPG1004-5 Pewter Mug
  • PPG1008-4 Gray By Me
  • PPG1009-4 Gray Stone
  • PPG1013-4 Silver Charm

Dark Gray

  • PPG1001-5 Dover Gray
  • PPG1009-5 Phoenix Fossil
  • PPG1010-7 Zombie
  • PPG1013-6 Gray Flannel

 

"Gray is arguably the new "It" neutral, having sneaked up on beige and white. Whatever you put against it works and feels melded together.-- Dee Schlotter, Sr. Color Marketing Manager, North America, PPG Architectural Coatings

 

Pratt & Lambert

  • 28-26 Gig's Grey
  • 28-17 Lava
  • 29-26 Armory
  • 29-19 Monumental
  • 33-10 Zephyr Hills
  • 14-25 Whale
  • 33-30 Gray Moire
  • 32-20 Flint
  • 18-18 Graphite

 

“Grey is a truly important color for the home exterior. Grey transcends architectural style, regional preferences, historical record, culture, nature, seasonal changes...the list goes on. When I color style grey exteriors, I like to use a variety of cool and warm shades, in combination with bold, exciting colors for door and shutter. If I had to pick, my favorite grey's have a tendency to be warm. In fact, my own 100 year old house is painted Woodwitch 32-22, with Designer White trim & front door Mesa Tan 7-20.” -- Susan Wadden, Color Marketing + Design Manager – Pratt & Lambert
 

Sherwin-Williams

  • Agreeable Gray SW 7029
  • Mindful Gray SW 7016
  • Anew Gray SW 7030
  • Amazing Gray SW 7044
  • Worldly Gray SW 7043
  • Dorian Gray SW 7017
  • Mega Greige SW 7031

 

Gray for exterior works so well with many of the natural stone colors used on homes today. The warmer side of gray blends well with the natural environment and surrounding landscape in many regions of the country. Anew Gray and Mega Greige are two of the most popular for exterior." -- Jackie Jordon, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams
 

Valspar

  • Polished Silver 4008-1B
  • Voyage 4006-1B
  • Urban Sunrise 4004-1B
  • Woodlawn Colonial Gray 6004-1B
  • Oatlands Subtle Taupe 6005-1B

 

"With an increase in consumer confidence in the housing market, there is a desire to shed the previously popular "beige” from walls and explore a more contemporary aesthetic. To do this, consumers are looking toward the cool side of the spectrum for inspiration and gray is proving to be the perfect transitional hue. Similar to the shift in identity of brown from mud to luxury, the meaning of gray is shifting from industrial to intelligence.

Grays can take on many personalities that vary depending on its undertone, whether it’s violet, blue or green. It is also a strong neutral that can support surrounding colors within a space without losing its true personality." -- Sue Kim, Valspar Color Strategist
 

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And the Award Goes to ...

It's awards season. Every time you turn on the television there's a different awards program to watch. Up next .. the Oscars on February 22nd.

Which movie will run away with the most awards --- American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood? Or will it be Selma, Imitation Games, Theory of Everything or one of the other nominees?

polymer roofAt DaVinci Roofscapes, we're rooting for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Why? Because we like DaVinci Slate for the hotel roof, of course!

We're actually lobbying to have a "Best Roofing" category added to all the awards competitions for next year. Just think about it ... Birdman almost flies off a roof, the American Sniper was situated on a roof in several scenes and the old-style roofs in Selma are showcased throughout the movie.

What would the criteria be for winning the "Best Roofing" award? How about beauty, durability and worry-free maintenance for the life of the roof? And, don't forget impact, fire and high wind resistance. Then add in unlimited color options ... including 50 shades of standard colors and the ability to create your own custom color or blend.

And, of course you need to have a proven track record to win an award. For DaVinci, that includes composite roofing on thousands of homes across America along with inspiring roofs that can be found on hotels, restaurants, country clubs, churches and even university buildings.

We think it's pretty obvious. When the envelope is opened in the "Best Roofing" category, the Oscar goes to .... DaVinci Roofscapes.

 

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The Power of Gray

Polymer Slate RoofFrom steely gray ties on men to naturally graying hair on women, "going gray" is the newest way for people to express themselves. Identified as a "commanding color" that signifies stability, elegance and dependability, gray is the new power color for 2015.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, 14 shades of gray are offered as options for the company's imitation slate and synthetic shake roofing tiles. The company's newest color, Smokey Gray, is the darkest shade of gray available from the company and reflects a deep, rich blackish gray reminiscent of real slate. The dark charcoal color gray can be combined with softer gray tones on a roof, such as Light Weathered Gray, Medium Light Chesapeake or Slate Gray, to create unique roofing profiles.

 “When you look at a home’s exterior it’s completely acceptable to ‘go gray gracefully’ with different shades of natural stone, flint and granite on the roof,” says color trends forecaster Kate Smith with Sensational Color. “A gray fake slate or composite shake roof offers exceptional versatility to the home exterior because the different grays in the roofing tiles complement almost any color siding or exterior accents.

“A gray luxury roof has a stately, refined look without being dull. And, a blend of grays is a wise choice that will live up well over the years and allow a homeowner to change out the colors of their siding, trim or main entry door. The universality of a multi-hued gray composite slate roof means it will look just as regal in 50 years as it does the day it’s installed.”

 

DaVinci offers 50 different standard roofing colors, including 14 shades of gray: Smokey Gray, Slate Gray, Medium Gray, Light Gray, Dark Gray, Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray, Medium Light Weathered Gray, Medium Dark Weathered Gray, Dark Weathered Gray, Light Chesapeake, Medium Light Chesapeake, Medium Chesapeake and Dark Chesapeake.

Visit the free DaVinci Color Design Program tool to create your own custom color blend using DaVinci’s 50 standard colors.

Can't get enough of DaVinci color options for our synthetic roofing material?  See Colorful DaVinci Roofs Help Businesses Stand Out and No Blender Needed.

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DaVinci Roofscapes Showcases New Products at IRE

Mardi Gras will be in full swing when roofers from across the nation arrive in New Orleans for the 2015 International Roofing Expo on February 24-26.

While street parties, parades and beignets may be a lure to get attendees to New Orleans, the real excitement will be happening inside the Morial Convention Center. And, booth #1357 will be a focal point of celebrating as DaVinci Roofscapes introduces its new Single-Width Slate 12-inch tile profile and new Smokey Gray color tile.

The new slate roof tiles from DaVinci boast a more authentic quarried look that accurately replicates genuine slate. Edges of the composite slate tiles have a more quarried look to them and deeper impressions in the tiles make them appear thicker, even though they're the same weight as the previous tiles. These stand-out refinements of the slate alternative tiles will also be seen this year on Multi-Width Slate and Bellaforté Slate tile profiles.

The other highlight of the DaVinci booth will be the showcase of 50 Shades of DaVinci --- with the company's newest color, Smokey Gray, launching.

The deep, rich blackish gray of Smokey Gray captures the look of real slate and reminds some people of a dark, stormy night or of charcoal. The distinct Smokey Gray color is now available as a standard color option in the DaVinci Multi-Width and Single-Width Slate simulated slate roofing product lines, along with the Bellaforté Slate line.

Can't wait for IRE? Then see our DaVinci Roofscapes to Launch New Profile at 2015 International Builders' Show story!

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Ask the Experts: Snow Guards

If you install polymer roofing in a snowy region, you need to know Lars Walberg. As the president of Rocky Mountain Snow Guards, Inc., Lars and his son Clay are experts at snow retention systems. At DaVinci Roofscapes, we work closely with Lars and thought you'd benefit from learning more about his company and experiences.

Q: What sets your company apart in the marketplace?

A: We're one of only four manufacturers in the United States that design and sell complete snow retention systems for any type of roofing system, whether on a residence or commercial project. We sold more than 900 systems last year. And, we offer a 50-year warranty on our systems when installed in accordance with our designs.

 

Q: Your site shows a wide variety of snow retention systems. How does a roofer know which one is best to use on their roofing project?

A: The best thing to do is go to our website, www.rockymountainsnowguards.com. That's where a contractor can go to SEARCH BY ROOF TYPE to find the appropriate snow guard and retention system for their project. There's also an online request form there or roofers can call us at 877-414-7606.

 

Q: Let's talk specifically about synthetic roofing materials. What advice do you have for roofers installing or retrofitting composite slate or synthetic shake roofs?

A: First of all, roofers need to understand that all polymer roof tiles are slippery and won't hold snow, regardless of the pitch. Snow will definitely slide off composite roofing, even if you have a low 4/12 pitch. In fact, show will accumulate more on a lower pitch than on a higher pitch before it slides, which can cause greater potential for damage.

 

Q: So, what should a roofer do?

A: Make sure snow guards are properly specified and installed --- and don't skimp on them. We run into situations where contractors buy a box of 50 or 100 snow guards for a 40 or 50 square roof. One or two snow guards per 100 square feet of roofing area just won't do the job. The polymer designer roof needs a "system" to reduce the potential for a "catastrophic release" where all the snow comes down in an avalanche and has the potential to harm people and property.

 

Q: Finally, what's the most popular snow retention type product for DaVinci imitation slate shingles and simulated shake roofing?

A: The SnowTrapper line is the most popular of our products for DaVinci luxury roofs. We have different models that work for each DaVinci product for both new and retrofit applications and we're happy to work directly with roofers on their product selections.

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Kick Off Your Year with a New DaVinci Roof

63,000+ people will huddle in the University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1st waiting for the kickoff of Super Bowl XLIX. Those lucky football fans will have front row seats to sports history while most of America watches the mega show on televisions in their homes.

If you're one of those gathered at home with family and friends to cheer on your favorite team, take a moment to think about the roof over the player's heads --- and your own roof. In Phoenix, the stadium roof is made of two translucent "Bird-Air" fabric retractable panels (each weighing about 550 tons!) and the entire roof takes about 15 minutes to open.

What type of roof do you have over your home?

Cedar Shake Roof

 

If your roof isn't living up to your high standards ... or if it has started to leak, curl or break apart ... now may be the time to kick off the year with a new designer roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Made in the U.S.A. of dependable composite roofing materials, our Class A Fire Rated roofs are available in both imitation slate and synthetic cedar shake. Constructed of lightweight roofing materials, DaVinci roofs resist hail and impact damage, severe weather, fire and insects. And, so you can show your team spirit, we even have 50 standard colors available for our synthetic roofing material!

Choosing an eco friendly roof from DaVinci is a winning experience. From our easy-to-use online Color Designer tool to our free FRESH Home Exteriors guidebook, we're here to support your game-winning moves in selecting the luxury roof that is perfect for you and your home.

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Patchwork Problems Not a Worry with DaVinci Imitation Slate Roofs

We've all seen them. Patched-up roofs that resemble grandma's old quilt more than they do an attractive luxury roof.

When roofing problems happen with some types of roofs --- like broken or cracked slate roof tiles, insect-infested cedar roof shingles or curling asphalt shingles --- there's no choice other than to patch up the problem and grimace.

We want you to know that roofs don't have to resemble an old patchwork quilt. When selecting DaVinci Roofscapes simulated slate roofing you get a 50 year roof you can depend on. No more worries about algae or mold growing on slate, or shattered slate pieces from a falling branch that have to be replaced. Impact- and fire-resistant imitation slate shingles are lightweight and durable, able to resist high winds and severe weather conditions.

Best of all, the color is blended throughout each slate alternative roof tile in the manufacturing process, so you can depend on consistency of color for decades to come. If you're considering slate roof alternatives, we invite you to consider these three outstanding synthetic slate roofing options from DaVinci:

 

 

> DaVinci Multi-Width Slate: Available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths making it easy to create a natural, non-repeat appearance in either a straight or staggered pattern. Authentic-looking slate roof shingles can be ordered in a variety of colors or blends.

>DaVinci Single-Width Slate: Crafted using only virgin resins to guarantee a stainable roofing product, single-width tiles are available in 12" widths. This composite slate roof brings you a clean, simple design with the authentic look of natural slate.

> Bellaforté Slate: Designed with snap-fit features for each imitation slate tile that creates a built-in rain gutter, Bellaforté simulated slate roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab that secures the lightweight tiles to drastically improve wind performance. Available in a 12" tile width in a variety of colors and blends.

 

Which DaVinci Slate is Right for My Home? can help you select the manufactured slate tiles best suite for your home!

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No Sissy Shakes

Boing! Up pops a real wood shake from your roof. Unable to stop itself from curling and warping over time, real cedar shake roofing often causes problems and replacement concerns over the years.

 

These "sissy shake shingles" may look pretty the first year or so after they are installed, but they're unreliable over time. Plus, they're a fire hazard and can't withstand severe weather and high winds prone to some areas of the country.

What to do if you really like the look of cedar roofing and want it on your home? Explore the many options for cedar shake alternative roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

 

Manufactured to resist curling, fading, high winds and especially fire and impact, Class A Fire Rated simulated shake roofing from DaVinci is backed by a 50 year roof limited warranty to give you peace-of-mind. This sustainable roofing option creates an environmentally friendly roof that can make you the envy of the neighborhood. (See Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci for more details!)

When it's time to replace your real shake roofing materials, visit our DaVinci website to learn about these great synthetic shake roofing shingles:

> DaVinci Multi-Width Shake: Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths that can be installed in a non-repeating fashion in either a straight or staggered pattern. A deep 5/8" profile has both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend to create enviable shadow lines.

> DaVinci Single-Width Shake: 9" shake alternative tiles resemble hand-split cedar shake roofing. The 5/8" profile deepens shadow lines replicate real cedar roofing.

> Bellaforté Shake: The 12" tile width with multiple profiles simulates a multi-width, staggered rough hewn wood shake. And, at 1" average tile thickness, Bellaforté Shake designer roof tiles are reminiscent of natural jumbo shakes.

> Fancy Shake: With a clean, smooth look replicating machine-sawn shake, these 7/16" thick shake shingles provide a polished beauty for your roof. Available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with bundles arriving at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork.

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Santa's Reindeer Add DaVinci Polymer Roofing to their Wish Lists

Why should children get the best gifts during the holidays? This year, Santa's reindeer have started their own "wish list" that includes peppermint-flavored lichen, full-body insulated sweaters and impact-resistant polymer roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.
 
"It's hard on our hoofs to land on millions of slate roofs in a single night," says Blitzen, spokes-deer for Santa's nine reindeer. "We have the weight of Santa's sled filled with toys, to say nothing of Santa's ever-increasing waistline, to pull through the sky. When we land, the reindeer are looking for durable composite roofing that can really support our weight and be easy on our hoofs!"

At DaVinci, creating impact-resistant composite slate and simulated shake roofing tiles that can withstand strong winds, severe weather and reindeer-landings is a daily occurrence. The earth-bound elves at the Kansas-based company focus on being good all year long and creating reliable sustainable roofing products 365 days a year.
 
"Last year Rudolph made a mistake and brought the sleigh down too quickly on a shake tile roof that he thought had DaVinci shake shingles," says Blitzen. "It was ugly. With the weight of the sleigh and Santa aboard, our hooves went right through those darned cedar roof shingles and we had our legs dangling through a living room ceiling. Rudolph won't make that mistake again!"
 
While Blitzen and the team can't depend on rooftop lights to guide their way and identify DaVinci simulated slate roofing and composite shake roofs, the spokes-deer says they have worked out an alternate identification roof method.
 
"We always know when there's a DaVinci 50 year roof below us because their colors shine through in the sky," says Blitzen. "From New York to California, we've seen these colorful roofs on homes all across America and we look for them to guide our way. I can't say it officially on the record, but the European blend of five gray and purple shades is our personal favorite."
 
With the introduction of the new Smokey Gray color in January of 2015, DaVinci will offer 50 different colors for their realistic slate and shake alternative roofing tiles. The company's polymer roof tiles are Class 4 impact rated, making it possible for them to handle severe weather conditions and unscheduled sleigh landings. The roofing tiles have passed the highest rating wind tests, so even if weather conditions are blustery on December 24th, Santa and his reindeer will have no difficulties landing on the secure DaVinci luxury roofs.

It's not just the reindeer who love synthetic slate roof shingles from DaVinci ... Reindeer-Resistant Synthetic Roofing High on Santa's Wish List!

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High Praise for Bellaforté Roof

It happened again. The last time it was during a garage sale. This time it was when my minister came to visit and I was trying to show off my new landscaping.

What happened? Instead of looking at my gorgeous red maple and blooming fuchsia baskets, my minister turned to me and said, "Is that slate on your roof?"

Since that was the exact same reaction I received a few months ago from people who took notice of my roof instead of the priceless junk I was selling, I had to laugh. No matter who comes to my home, my Bellaforté roof seems to steal the show.

I don't own a McMansion ... in fact, far from it. My small ranch-style home has less than 1,500 square feet with vinyl siding and sits on a nice lot. But, what really sets my house apart these days is the DaVinci polymer roofing overhead. My synthetic slate roofing captures the attention of first-time visitors and even garage sale shoppers!

The truth is, I don't blame people for noticing my plastic slate roof. In fact, each time it happens I silently pat myself on the back for making a smart purchasing decision.

After a freak hail storm demolished my asphalt shingle roof, I turned to DaVinci for a 50 year roof. I didn't want to ever worry about replacing my roof again. What I didn't know when I made the decision to purchase simulated slate roofing was that my roof would be the talk of the neighborhood. Now apparently it's also the talk of my church. I just may have to have a "roof blessing" party in the near future!

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DaVinci Slate Roof Solves Homeowner Problem

Problem: Philadelphia area homeowner John Mastronardo needed to replace the original slate roof on a 1920s English Tudor style home he purchased plus the home's garage, pool cabana and patio areas. The poor condition of the 80-year old slate, plus missing tiles made the roof replacement a top priority.

Solution: Cost-effective and long-lasting DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width polymer roofing tiles in a Castle Gray blend of light, medium and dark gray tiles.

Reasoning:  “We wanted to preserve the look and feel of the original roof along with the overall character of the home," says Mastronardo. "But, as with most people, I had a budget. The cost of a synthetic slate roof from DaVinci 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 warranty. Even if the costs were equal, I’d still choose this DaVinci product because of all the inherent benefits of synthetic roofing tiles.

“From the street, you simply cannot tell that these are not real slate tiles. My neighbors stop me all the time to ask about the roof. They’re surprised to discover it’s a synthetic product. You can see the wheels turning in their minds. There are so many of my neighbors who have old slate roofs that need replacing. I’m quite certain we’ll see a growing number of these roofs in this neighborhood in the coming years.”

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