The Tidewater gets Polymer Slate.

I took a qDIY Blog Cabinuick trip to the Tidewater in Virginia yesterday to accompany Kate of Sensational Color for her interview with DIY's Blog Cabin. Check out the rehab of this fabulous bay home they are giving away. DIY blog readers chose DaVinci's polymer slate Brownstone blend to top the home.

 Bay view






Did you know that on the east coast it's typical to use oyster shells on driveways or in landscaping? I didn't but here's a picture of the mounds of oyster shells waiting to be crushed and used at the DIY house. 






Oyster Shells Oyster Shells

Thanks to Kate I got to see a little bit of Williamsburg and visit the College of William and Mary. We also had lunch in Yorktown at the quaint Carrot Tree Restaurant. 


Campus Carrot Tree



What is UL's 2218 Class 4 Impact Rating

You may or may not know that DaVinci Polymer Roofing Materials have a Class 4 Impact Rating. But what you might not know is that a Class 4 Impact Rating is the best impact rating that you can achieve as a product manufacturer of roofing tiles.

Underwriters Laboratories is not-for-profit independent testing organization that was founded in 1894. The UL 2218 test - which is the test for impact rating - was mandated by insurance companies because they had experienced large losses from replacing hail damaged roofs.

In some parts of our country, roofs with UL rated materials can qualify for an insurance premium discount. Of course, you might want to get in contact with your homeowner’s insurance provider or your business insurance provider to find out if such a discount applies to your home's or building's roof. 

The UL 2218 test evaluates the effect of impact from the steel ball at locations on a roofing assembly selected to be most vulnerable, such as (but not limited to) edges, corners, unsupported sections and joints. 

Based on how the roof passes the test, it will get classified as Class 1, 2, 3 or 4. 

Simulated Class 4 Impact Test On Our Luxury Roof Products:

If you are considering a DaVinci Roof, you will be pleased to know that DaVinci Roofing Products have passed Class 4 impact ratings.

Learn more about DaVinci lightweight roofing systems and see what other top rated rating we achieved by talking to a DaVinci product specialist


Don't Hide Your Gray!

Baby boomers and homeowners of all ages should forget about hiding their gray and embrace “going gray” --- at least on their roofs. That’s the advice of national color expert Kate Smith with Sensational Color.

Slate Gray
“When you look at your home’s exterior it’s completely acceptable to ‘go gray gracefully’ withdifferent shades of natural stone, flint and granite on the roof,” says Smith. “A gray polymer slate or wood shake roof, like those offered by DaVinci Roofscapes, offer exceptionally versatile because the different grays in the roofing tiles complement almost any color siding or exterior accents.”
Smith points out that gray is one of the most common colors used on roofs because of both its connection to materials originally used on roofs (like heavy natural slate) and due to the comfortable muting of gray tones. “As a color source you can never go wrong mimicking nature,” says Smith. “Grays blend in well with natural surroundings of any form of landscaping. A gray roof doesn’t appear “jarring” to the eye in bright daylight and actually helps the home to have a softer, more muted tone overall.”

When selecting a gray roof, Smith recommends choosing a blend of grays to further “relax the eye.” One of her favorites, the Milano blend in the Bellaforté polymer slate product line, includes Light Gray, Medium Gray, Dark Gray and Dark Purple roofing tiles. For a roof that replicates cedar shake, but has all the advantages of a synthetic roof, DaVinci’s Harbor Gray blend in the single-width Valoré Shake product line includes Light Chesapeake, Medium Light Chesapeake, Medium Chesapeake and Dark Chesapeake.
Bellaforte Slate, Milano Valore Shake, Harbor Gray
“Soft, natural grays work extremely well with a wide variety of color schemes for the remainder of the exterior of the home,” says Smith. “Gray roofs look especially soothing when combined with blues, yellows and purples. However, they can also help complement a white house that has accent colors such as red or green in the front door or shutters of the home for pops of color.

“Overall, you really can’t go wrong with a gray roof. It indicates 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 windows. The universality of a multi-hued gray roof means it will look just as regal in 50 years as it does the day it’s installed.”

DaVinci offers 49 different standard roofing colors, including 14 shades of gray: Light Gray, Medium Gray, Dark Gray, Dark Stone, Slate Gray, Light Tahoe, Medium Tahoe, Medium Dark Tahoe, Dark Tahoe, Light Weathered Gray, Medium Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray, Medium Dark Weathered Gray and Dark Weathered Gray.

A DaVinci Color Design Program is available to homeowners with a Color Design tool. The free on-line tool allows people to create their own custom color blends using DaVinci’s standard colors.

Contact DaVinci's project specialist to learn more.


Extreme How-To: How to Install a Synthetic Slate Roof

Synthetic Slate InstallationCheck out the April issue of Extreme How-To and get tips for installing imitations slate shingles. 

Our friends Mark and Theresa Clement from MyFixitUpLife just completed a how-to article on installing their synthetic slate roof. They take you step-by-step on installing our polymer slate steep slope roofing option. 


Color with the Cajun Contractor

DaVinci's own Mark Hansen talks color with the Canjun Contractor. Listen to Mark describe how our cedar shake alternative and imitations slate tiles can be customized for your steep slope roofing project.

Title: DaVinci, Cajun Contractor interview


Why to use snow guards

Don't let this happen to you. See why you should install snow guards on your roof.


Snow tends to slide off roofs in huge chunks. Have you had many a peaceful winter nights disturbed by the thunderous noises that accompany the snow that falls off your roof? Then you would know exactly what we are talking about. Though the noise in itself maybe a nuisance, it is hardly a consideration when you think of the consequences of this sliding snow.

There might be a stranger, neighbor or your own family member standing at the exact spot where the chunk of snow falls from your roof. The injury sustained in such instances can be fatal. The very thought is enough to rob you of your peaceful winter night demeanor. This is where snowguards come in. Alpine Snowguards help retain the snow on your roof until it melts. The snow thus slides off your roof in a dispersed manner, without any risk to life or limb. These snowguards can be installed on any luxury roof, be it one of our fake slate or fake cedar shake roofs.

Are you interested in any DaVinci products? Get in touch with our customer service department. If you’ve already installed Alpine Snowguards, do share your experience with our readers by leaving a comment below.



Learn more about Polymer Slate and Shake with Buildipedia

Hear from DaVinci's Color Consultant Kate Smith and Wendy Bruch talking about our manufactured slate tiles and cedar shakes. Buildipedia's Justin Lesch spotlights the colorful steep slope roofing products.


See you at the Builders Show

Stop by our booth at the International Builders Show and checkout our newest roofing colors and blends. Located in booth #W5571, where will showcase new color blends for our manufactured slate and shake roof tiles.
Valore Slate, Sabino Bellaforte, Sedona
While you are there, you can also meet the sustainable roofing experts themselves as the booth will be stocked full of representatives from the Technical, Sales, and Marketing departments here at DaVinci.  We'd love the opportunity to talk to you about our polymer slate and simulated shake roofing materials and answer any questions that you might have. 
We hope to see you in Orlando!

Color from the Top Down

Our color options really make DaVinci composite shake and manufactured slate tiles stand out in the marketplace, and on your home. You can choose from a variety of standard DaVinci blends, or use our virtually limitless color palette to create your own unique look. We offer 49 standard colors, which can be mixed and matched to create your own custom pattern. If you don't see the color you're looking for, we have the capability to create a custom color or match almost any color.

Get Creative!
Craft your own blend with the Color Designer tool to create your own blend from our palette of 49 colors
DaVinci Color DesignerHomeowners interested in creating their own color blend for their roof can begin their efforts with the new Color Designer just launched on our site. The tool offers the ability to easily see how different colors work together, making it easy to select exterior roofing colors to complement the home. 
One of the best aspects of the Color Designer tool is that you can create your own custom color blend using any of the dozens of roofing colors offered by DaVinci. People can have fun designing their own color schemes or selecting an existing blend.

Start creating your own blend or contact a DaVinci project specialist to learn more about how you can create your own blend or custom color to complement your home.


DaVinci Roofscapes Launches Color Design Program - Acclaimed Color Expert to Lead Effort

Homeowners who are sometimes paralyzed with the fear of making the “wrong choice” of a color for a replacement roof can now relax. DaVinci Roofscapes has launched the comprehensive DaVinci Color Design Program. Anchored by national color expert Kate Smith, CMG, the extensive program includes the introduction roofing colors and blends, a new Color Design on-line tool and personalized color consultation assistance.
Our synthetic slate and shake roofing tiles are warranted for 50 years, so it’s a big decision for some homeowners to select a single color or color blend roof that they’ll be comfortable with for an extended period of time. We provide more color options for polymer roofing than any other company, so we’re taking the steps to make it easy for homeowners to get the one-on-one support they need to select roofing colors that best complement their home’s style.
Color Expertise
Kate Smith, Chief Color MavenKate Smith, chief color maven and owner of Sensational Color, will lend her expertise to the DaVinci Color Design Program. A professional member and chair holder of the Color Marketing Group, Smith is a sought-after color expert who has authored numerous color trends reports, developed professional color certification courses and written the book “Color Confidence: Color for Your Home Interior.” Her newest book, “Color Confidence: Color for Your Home Exterior” will be published in 2011. 
Through her affiliation with DaVinci, Smith will provide guidance and insight to homeowners seeking to create “top down/whole house” complementary color combinations starting with roofing colors and blends.

“No homeowner should feel locked in to a standard roof color,” says Smith. “Color selection for a roof can be influenced by the style of the home, the geographic setting or a homeowner’s personal style. Now that DaVinci offers 49 different roofing colors and 28 unique roofing color blends as options, this allows homeowners to get actively involved in selecting a roof that beautifully reflects their preferences.”

Smith explains that choosing a color blend for a roof may seem counterintuitive to the “color shy” person, but it actually provides the homeowner with more flexibility. “Blends of colors --- whether earth tones or bolder terracotta colors --- can more easily create a harmonious exterior for a home than a single color roof can accomplish,” says Smith. “The key is choosing a blend with similar colors, like DaVinci’s new Harbor Gray blend. This includes light, medium light, medium and dark tones of Chesapeake to create a warm, inviting feeling. The similar colors create a visual blend rather than seeing all of the contrasting colors.”

Need Help Deciding? Let our Color Consultant Help You Create Your Vision. 
If you’d like a professional to help you create your own color blend to perfectly match or complement your home, our Color Consultant can guide you to ensure your utmost satisfaction. 

DaVinci Roofscapes Introduces New Roofing Colors.

We recently introduced eight new colors and eight new color blends to our offering of durable polymer slate and simulated shake roofing tiles. With the addition of these colors, we now offers the largest roofing color selection in the industry with a total of 49 colors and 28 standard color blends.
It’s important for homeowners to have a wide selection of colors to choose from --- some with subtle shifts in color --- so that they can create a look that reflects their personality and style. Our wide variety of standard colors, and our unique ability to offer custom colors, enables people to enhance the other exterior elements of their home like siding and trim. 
New Roofing Color Blends
  • Milano – Light Gray, Medium Gray, Dark Gray and Dark Purple colors in the single-width Valoré Slate and Bellaforté product lines.
  • Cambridge – Light Brown, Medium Brown, Dark Stone and Dark Tan colors in the single-width Valoré Slate and Bellaforté product lines. 
  • Sedona – Medium Terracotta, Dark Terracotta, Light Clay and Dark Clay in the single-width Valoré Slate and Bellaforté product lines. 
  • Sabino – Dark Mountain and Medium Autumn in the single-width Valore Slate product line and Dark Mountain and Medium Autumn in the Bellaforté product line.
  • Sonora – Medium Terracotta, Dark Terracotta, Light Clay and Dark Clay in the multi-width Slate product line.
  • Canyon – Dark Mountain, Medium Autumn and Dark Autumn in the multi-width Slate product line.
  • Harbor Gray – Light Chesapeake, Medium Light Chesapeake, Medium Chesapeake and Dark Chesapeake in the single-width Valoré Shake product line.
  • Chesapeake – Light Chesapeake, Medium Light Chesapeake, Medium Chesapeake and Dark Chesapeake in the multi-width Shake and Fancy Shake product lines.
Polymer Slate - Bellaforte, Sabino Plastic Slate - Valore Slate, Milano Polymer Shake - Valore Shake, Harbor Gray
Need Help Deciding?
Let our Color Consultant Help You Create Your Vision. If you’d like a professional to help you create your own color blend to perfectly match or complement your home, our Color Consultant can guide you to ensure your utmost satisfaction. Since our tiles are guaranteed for 50 years*, we can help you be absolutely sure that your DaVinci roof is exactly what you envisioned.

See DaVinci at the 2011 Builders' Show

Stop by our booth at the International Builders Show where we will showcase our newest roofing colors and blends at the 2011 International Builders’ Show in Orlando, January 12-15, 2011. Located in booth #W5571, our exhibit features the revolutionary Bellaforté line of interlining and self-aligning slate tiles, Valoré, Fancy Shake, and original Slate and Shake products.

Builders ShowWhile you are there, you can also meet the sustainable roofing experts themselves as the booth will be stocked full of representatives from the Technical, Sales, and Marketing departments here at DaVinci.  We'd love the opportunity to talk to you about our polymer slate and simulated shake roofing materials and answer any questions that you might have. 

We hope to see you in Orlando!

Manufactured Slate Tiles and Shake Shingles – What is it made of?

Bellaforte SlatePlastic slate and cedar shake alternatives are typically comprised of a variety of engineeredpolymers, rubbers, UV and color stabilizers, and natural or cement components with fiber or polymer bonds. We use 100% virgin resin (TPO) in our manufactured slate tiles and shake shingles. While other synthetic tiles may be manufactured from recycled materials such as tires or milk bottles, it is our opinion that the variability found in recycled materials could compromise the long term viability of a roof. Roofing tiles are exposed to extremely harsh conditions (extreme weather, extreme UV, extreme temperature). The only way to assure that a synthetic slate or shake will provide good service for 50 years or more is to consistently produce those tiles to very exacting standards. We do not feel it is possible to meet our high standards for quality and durability using recycled materials.

Rainbow of Roofing Colors

Pumpkin Patch. Blueberry Harvest. Sunset Gold. If you can visualize it, DaVinci Roofscapes can create the perfect-match custom color for your luxury home or steep slope roofing Custom Red Slateproject. We specialize in manufacturing polymer slate and cedar shake tiles, and have the capability to create any conceivable color for your roof.
If someone has a sample of the color they desire --- whether a fabric swatch, a paint chip color or even the hair off a golden retriever, we can match it.
Mix it Up
For those people who want to “mix it up” using the 19 existing DaVinci standard palette colors, they can create their own blend using our Custom Blend Tool. You can quickly “mix and match” traditional DaVinci colors on-screen into different blend combinations. Within seconds, you can see how two, three, four or five unique standard colors would look when blended together on a roof.
Custom Slate Blend
Contact our Project Specialist to help you with your project.

Are Weather Patterns Changing?

Possibly so with a freak hailstorm and tornadoes in Arizona this week. Three tornadoes tore through northern Arizona destroying homes while the previous day Phoenix experienced a hail storm obliterating siding, gutters and roofs.
Check out this home video from Phoenix and the destruction done to the homes siding.

As seasonal severe weather conditions intensify throughout the country, many people wonder how they can protect their homes from hail associated with strong storms. Sometimes reaching the size of softballs, hail can destroy a standard roof in less than 10 minutes. As one of four key “force intrusion areas” of the home (along with windows, entry doors and garage doors) severe winds and hail stones can compromise your roof during a storm with tragic results. Once air pressure moves through a hole in a roof and into the home during a storm, it can literally blow out the walls and windows of the home.

According to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), one of ten steps to building a disaster-resistant roof includes selecting an impact-resistant roof covering tested to the latest standards for wind and impact resistance. FLASH recommends using the standards of ASTM D 3161 enhanced or UL 2390 for wind resistance and UL 2218 for impact resistance. To achieve these ratings, companies use independent, third parties to test their roofing materials.

Introduce Hail-Resistant Steep Slope Roofing by DaVinci Roofscapes. Our polymer slate and cedar shake alternative roofing tiles Class 4 impact rated, meeting the UL 2218 Impact Test. The tiles are backed by a 50-year warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. The steep slope roofing material has successfully been independently tested, meeting ASTM D 3161, to resist straight line winds at 110 mph. 

Interested in learning more about these impact resistant roofs? Contact our product specialist to learn more.

What people are saying about Bellaforté polymer slate

Donny Dewey, Contractor Bellaforte Slate
“Most of my Bellaforté polymer slate customers are in hail prone areas, they simply love the look and like the fact they won’t be hassled with reroofing every time a hailstorm roars through. In Duncan, OK my customer had an aluminum roof that was totaled three times in six years before we replaced with Bellaforté.” 
“I am looking forward to working with the DaVinci product in the future!” Donny 
Kathy Bradshaw, Homeowner 

“We looked into many options when deciding to replace the asphalt shingle roof on our home. Our research brought us to the DaVinci Roofscapes web site. The Bellaforté roof that’s now on our house is absolutely beautiful — it’s the icing on the cake for our 3,800-square foot ranch-style home.” 
Harry Leist, Proprietor 
“The Bellaforté imitation slate roof looks so much nicer than the previous roof. From street level, everyone thinks it’s real slate. However, this is better than heavy real slate. It’s a cost-effective solution that is backed by a 50-year warranty. That means we won’t have to worry about reroofing this building again for many decades to come.”
Sergio Cisneros, Contractor 

“I’ve never worked with such a good roofing product before. The snap-fit aspect of the Bellaforté tiles made installation go so quickly we were completely amazed. I’m recommending this roofing tile to all my customers. Right now I’m working on reroofing a house with 22 squares of Bellaforté and I’m confident the homeowners will love the final product. The slate look is so authentic, but the weight and durability of the product are so much better than real slate.”

New Polymer Slate For Your Roof

DaVinci's Bellaforté polymer slate roof tiles were featured on Danny is a home improvement advice expert and hosts Today's Homeowner and the radio show Home Front.

Looking for a slate roof alternative? Checkout what Danny has to say about DaVinci's polymer slate steep and get your 50 year roof.

Danny found some innovative new roofing, siding, and ceiling products on display at the International Builders’ Show. They include:
Synthetic Slate Roofing: The Bellaforté line of synthetic slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes features a self aligning design for fast installation and reduced labor costs while giving the look of real slate.

Grapefruit Sized Hail?! Again?!

Last week in Wichita, Kansas hail pummeled the area. Hail the size of baseballs was reported over much of Wichita, and stones the size of grapefruits and tennis balls were also reported. Oklahoma City experienced similar size hail in May of this year. One stone may be the largest in Kansas history with a diameter of 7.75". .

Check out the video to see the hail storm that passed through on September 15th.

Hail, often in the size of grapefruits, has severely damaged roofs, not to mention the high winds and heavy rain associate with these storms that have additionally caused significant damage.
However, one roofing product endured the rough weather with no damage: DaVinci Roofscapes. Whether simulated shake roofing or fake slate, the roof that had DaVinci products withstood the heavy rains, strong winds, and massive amounts of hail as if no storm had transpired. 
DaVinci products are the best line of roofing, primarily because they are all tested to withstand extreme winds, and carry a Class 4 Impact rating. When you install a DaVinci composite slate roof that carries this Class 4 Impact rating, many insurance companies will offer a reduction on your premiums, thereby keeping your wallet happy, too. Our Bellaforte roofs, in particular, are designed with hail storms in mind, therefore effectively eliminating any risk of the wet weather damaging your home. 
Are you ready for your DaVinci roof?  Please contact our product specialist with any questions you have.

A million ways to give

The roofing industry continues its tradition of charity
Homes For Our Troops

Check out Professional Roofing magazine's August issue...roofing companies and professionals provide roof systems to struggling homeowners, nonprofit organizations and hospitals, among other entities.


Is that a flying donut or a composite slate tile?

Lexi shares FixitUp project safety tips

Lexi shares kid’s tips on how to be safe on the job site. Her dad Mark is installing DaVinci's polymer roof tiles on their 100-year old house. 
Watch as Lexi avoids the flying donuts and talks about their new imitations slate shingles. 

Learn more about DaVinci's imitation slate shingles and cedar roof shingles from a DaVinci product specialist