Featured Project - Greenwood Village, CO

Since its launch last summer, Bellaforté Shake has offered many homeowners exactly what they are looking for - the realistic look of natural shake with the durability of a polymer shake or slate product. This roof, installed by Advanced Exteriors out of Denver, CO, was a shake tear off and replacement. The homeowner chose Bellaforté Shake in the Espresso blend, giving his home a subtle, but noticeable make-over.

Why replace your roof with Bellaforté Shake over natural cedar shake? It's:

  • Class A Fire Rated
  • Class 4 Impact Rated
  • Wind certified to 110 mph
  • Mold and algae resistant
  • Virtually maintenance free

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Hurricane Season is Just Around the Corner

DaVinci SlateDoes hurricane season find you worrying about your roof? You don’t have to fret so much if you’re using the right types of materials and take the necessary steps to upgrade your roof’s structure. If you live in an area where high winds are an issue, these two factors should be taken into consideration whether you are roofing or retrofitting.

During a hurricane, high speed wind, hail, water and falling debris can damage your roof. Taking steps to ensure that your roof’s truss is adequately built and that (if you have a gabled roof) the appropriate cover vents and bracings are used. The local codes in each state vary where hurricane ready roofs are concerned so getting a qualified contractor to assess the structural outline of your roof can help to prevent unpleasant surprises. Check with your local contractor to get more information about the types of high speed winds and damages that are most common in your area to avoid making the same mistakes.

Many homeowners are now using imitation slate tiles or polymer shakes instead of natural tiles to get longer service life and enhanced structural performance during a hurricane. DaVinci offers composite roof materials that will resist winds of up to 110 mph. Our roofing tiles adhere to the standards of ASTM D 3161 for wind testing and classification. They are also receive Class 4 Impact Rating and Class A or C Fire Rating (with the proper underlayments).

You won’t need to worry about excess roof weight with our materials. With our lightweight roofing materials you can confidently upgrade your roof to get ready for hurricane seasons. If you are building a new home, extra foundations costs caused by a heavy roof are also dispensed with our composite tiles.

 

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Roof Fire Ratings

Roof fire ratings are established by test methods to ensure that certain standards are formalized to protect human life and property. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard E108 is one such test method and materials are classified as a Class A, Class B or Class C Fire rating through this method. Class A is the highest, whereas Class C is the lowest. A roofing product that has Class A Fire rating meets all three requirements which are: ability to resist spreading of flames on surface, ability to resist fire penetration from the exterior to the underside of the rock deck and ability to resist recurring intermittent flame. DaVinci Roofscapes offers manufactured slate tile that has Class A or Class C Fire Rating according to ASTM E108 specifications.

Only materials that will guarantee your safety and the safety of your property and surrounding properties during a fire should be used for roofing. This will help to avoid lawsuits and frustrations from choosing the wrong type of materials. It is also important to be fully aware of specific state laws and see how they apply to different types of buildings and your roofing project.

DaVinci uses polymer roofing materials in our line of products which are: Fancy Shake, Multi-Width Shake, Multi-Width Slate, Valoré Shake and Valoré Slate. The Valoré shake and slate, Fancy Shake and Multi-Width Slate have a Class A Fire rating, whereas the Multi-Width Shake has a Class A or Class C Fire Rating depending on the underlayments used in installation of the product. All products have outstanding performance to guarantee a 50 year roof service life or beyond.  


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Take Your Pick from Our Many Slate Color Options!

Fake SlateIt can be a challenge to select the best colors for the exterior of your home or commercial building.  Factors such as fixed features, regional colors, obligatory colors, environment and surroundings must be taken into consideration to ensure that your choice does not override any existing architecture. How you apply each factor will depend on whether you are working on an existing building or if you are building from the ground up. If you are doing repairs to slate roofs, for example, and want to preserve the current look, color and texture, then you will have to find a material that offers the same qualities.

DaVinci Roofscapes specializes in synthetic slate roofing that is beautiful, fade resistant and durable. Our tile roofs give you the design advantage because with our VariBlend technology we can easily replicate a wide variety of colors to meet your project specifications and personal preferences. Our current slate models include Single-Width Valoré, Multi-Width DaVinci and Bellaforté.

The Single-Width Valoré and Bellaforté slate models are available in the following standard colors: Cambridge, Milano, Sabino, Sedona, Slate Black, Slate Gray, Verde and Villa. The Multi-Width DaVinci is available in Aberdeen, Brownstone, Canyon, Castle Gray, European, Evergreen, Slate Black, Slate Gray, Sonora, Vineyard and Weathered Green. However, you may choose to use any of our standard blends on any of our profiles. Don't see the blend you want? No problem! Visit our online color studio to create your own blend from our 49 standard colors - or send in your own custom color. There is also the possibility to choose from a wide range of Cool Roof colors to reduce your heating and cooling costs while getting Class 4 Impact Rating and Class A fire rating from our products.

If you still have any doubts, then Kate, our color specialist will happily assist you. Send in a picture of your home along with your thoughts and she will provide expert color advice to make your home the masterpiece you are dreaming about!

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DaVinci Polymer Shake vs. Natural Shake

DaVinci Bellaforte ShakeNatural shakes are timeless materials that add a beautiful touch to any home or building. But they also have a down side. Regular maintenance, high costs and susceptibility to rot, cracking, bugs, and more (especially in wet climates) are just some of the factors that transform them into less appealing alternatives. Furthermore, with tighter environmental laws, cedar shake roofing is not always seen as an eco-friendly solution. This is where polymer shake alternatives come in.

Polymers are high performance materials with superior characteristics that outmatch natural alternatives. When made of the appropriate blend of materials, they can last for many years and require very little maintenance. Depending on the type used, polymer tiles are also eco-friendly materials that can be re-introduced into the supply and demand chain without weighing heavily on the Earth’s eco-system.

DaVinci Roofscapes is a leader in polymer roofing materials with a wide range of products to meet specific needs and project specifications. Our polymer tiles are resistant to insect attacks, impervious to freeze-thaw cycles and can easily be selected based on your favorite color preferences. Unlike natural shakes, our products when installed correctly, come with a 50-year warranty and require very little maintenance during this period.

Our materials also come with a Class A or Class C Fire Rating (depending on underlayments used) to help protect your building during a fire. As well, you will not have to treat our polymer shake with toxic substances used on many natural products to improve their fire and pest resistance.

To learn more about our polymer roof materials, email us or give us a call at 1-800-328-4624.
 

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Severe Weather Season is Starting… Is Your Roof Ready?

Severe weather can come with many unpleasant surprises.  Heavy snow, rainfall, hail, falling branches and intense winds are just some of the challenges home and commercial building owners face. The roof is the most susceptible part of a structure to these forces. Having your roof properly installed can help ensure proper functioning during inclement weather. To make sure your roof is always in good working order you must have a clear maintenance plan, inspect before and after harsh weather, and make the necessary repairs at quickly as possible. Repairs should be done by a professional roofer contractor that can guide you about the applied loads on your roof and any other factor to take into consideration.

If your roof has been badly damaged before a storm, spot repairs may not always be effective and can result in the roof needing to be completely replaced. Gutters and drains should also be carefully inspected to accurately analyze their capacity and effectiveness in removing water and ice away from the roof. You run the risk of water building up on the roof during bad weather when this is not addressed. This can lead to internal leaks, added discomfort, and costly repairs.

When selecting materials for your roof, be sure to research options that are both durable and low maintenance to help you minimize potential damage from severe weather. As well, many people opt for green roofing options. DaVinci offers a proprietary product that is green, sturdy and beautiful. The Class 4 Impact Rating and Class A Fire Rating of our products set them apart in the industry. Our products also withstand severe freeze-thaw cycles without showing signs of wear and tear. Simply put, we make products that will get your roof ready for severe weather.


 

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Pick Your Profile!

Material choice is an important factor in roofing that not only determines the success of a project, but also whether it is completed according to your preferences. The more choices, the easier it is to align with specific needs and preserve the unique look of a project. DaVinci believes in providing clients with superior lightweight roofing systems that make it easy to find the profile homeowners and building owners want . Our slate and shake tiles are eco friendly and have a Class A Fire Rating (with proper underlayments) and Class 4 Impact Rating.

lightweight roofing systemsDaVinci Roofscapes slate and shake products are available in seven different profiles profiles, which are as follows:

Slate:
DaVinci Slate (multi-width)
Valoré Slate (single-width)
Bellaforté Slate

Shake:
DaVinci Shake (multi-width)
Valoré Shake (single-width)
Bellaforté Shake
Fancy Shake

All of our roofing profiles come with a 50-year warranty and they can resist winds of up to 110 mph. You won't have to worry about climbing up on the roof  to do a lot of maintenance, because our products are virtually maintenance free. As well, our tiles are resistant to freeze/thaw cycles, insects, mold, mildew, and fungus.

To learn more about DaVinci Roofscapes products, please email us or call 1-800-328-4624.



 

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Take a Tour of the DaVinci Plant! See How Our Polymer Roof Tiles are Made!

Have you ever wondered how we make our polymer slate and shake tiles? Now you can check out the process in a new video hosted by Mark Clement of MyFixitUpLife where he takes you on a tour of the DaVinci Roofscapes' plant.

To explain how we make our durable, Class A fire rated tiles, he starts the tour in our QA lab and an overview of the science behind the process. Since our products are made with virgin resins, unlike quarried stone or split wooden tiles, precise measurements are needed to assure that our tiles are engineered with a precise chemical composition that results in products that are tough, pliable, and Class A rated for fire.

He then moves on to the part of the factory where the tiles are actually made. Resin particles are blended with pigment and then heated to 500 degrees. That mixture is then sent to a molding machine where it's compressed with 300 to 1000 tons of pressure to make our Multi-Width, Valoré, and Bellaforté signature tiles.

The tiles then need to be quick-cooled after all of that heat and immense pressure and although they are still warm when they come out of the machine, they are ready to beautify and protect your home and business. However, before they are shipped, we also sort the tiles by width and color to help contractors save time and money at the job site.

Take a peek at the video below to take your own personal tour of plant with Mark!

To learn more about the benefits of a DaVinci roof, contact us by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

 

 

 

  

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Protect Your Property with a DaVinci Roof

A home is one of the largest investments we make, and homeownership often comes with a few trials and tribulations, including roof maintenance, repair and replacement. We depend on our home to protect us from the elements, keep us safe and warm on those cold, dark winter nights, and keep us cool on those blazing hot summer days. When a roof is in need of repair or replacement, that protection we seek can be compromised as the roof has significant exposure to fierce winds, pounding rain, destructive hail, windblown debris, and annual freeze and thaw cycles.

Roofing materials that can stand up to the roughest of the elements are what is needed to help shield your property from damage and keep you and your family safe and sound. DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roof tiles can help provide that type of protection. Our tiles are specifically engineered, with proper installation, to withstand high winds (up to 110 mph), have achieved a Class A fire rating giving them a high degree of fire resistance, and have earned a Class 4 impact rating.

An added bonus, the realistic appearance and many color blends of our tiles mean that you don't to sacrifice beauty to protect your property.

To find out more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact us by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Get Great Curb Appeal with DaVinci Slate Roof Tiles

Lightweight Roofing MaterialsLightweight slate roof tiles have achieved a great success in the market and have received many positive reviews from home owners and builders alike. Made out of inorganic materials and polymers, this innovative product is both recyclable and environmentally friendly. Lightweight slate roofing is perfect for homes that have been constructed for heavier roofing systems like concrete tiles and natural slate or even homes that used to have cedar shake shingles.

A composite slate roof by DaVinci provides beauty as well as advanced level protection for your home, all with little to no maintenance required. DaVinci slate is a line of roofing material that is polymer in form, natural in appearance, easy to install, and very durable. In addition to these benefits, DaVinci slate has been proved to be impervious to freeze/thaw cycles and offers Class A fire rating, UL2218 Class 4 impact rating, and wind resistance of up to 110 mph. Besides, who doesn't love a 50-year warranty?

DaVinci slate is ideal for all kinds of commercial and residential construction. Unlike other slate shingles, our composite slate does not crumble, become flaky, or demand a lot of repair, replacement, or maintenance over time.

To learn more about the DaVinci roofing products, send us an email or contact us at 1-800-328-4624.
 

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Shake Up Your Roof with Polymer Shake!

Cedar Shake AlternativeCedar roof shingles really have a way of completing the look of a home and this is why many homeowners prefer them. But they can be really difficult to maintain. With all their weathering and safety issues, often people think twice before installing these attention grabbers on their roofs.

But you don’t have to think twice if you get the same look with more durability. With DaVinci Roofscapes, you get polymer shake tiles that are as beautiful as the natural cedar shingles...without the worry.

DaVinci polymer shakes are made from virgin resin material that is highly durable and requires almost no maintenance at all. They look as if they are real cedar, and come in both machine sawn and hand split varieties.

Our tiles are light in weight and resistant to freeze-and-thaw cycles. Also, their colors are fade resistant (so you can buy the color you want - not the color you hope to get) and they are impact resistant. Plus, with the proper underlayments, they come with Class A fire rating, Class 4 UL 2218 impact rating, and wind resistance of up to 110mph.

Their deep grain surface gives the feel of natural cedar texture. With all these features, it’s almost impossible to guess that they are not natural wood. With several available profiles, low maintenance, and simple installation, our roof shingles will complete the look of your home or business without the worry down the road.
To shake up your roof with our fake cedar shake, send us an email or call us at 1-800-328-4624
 

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Get Weather Resistant Roofs with DaVinci Roofscapes

Simulated Shake RoofingSince 2001, DaVinci Roofscapes have topped many buildings with first-rate roofs in both the commercial and residential sectors. These roofs stand out in the market due to their weather resistant properties and durability. In fact, they have been proven to offer superior resistance to the harsh weather conditions like hail, strong storms, high winds, intense heat and humidity a roof may face over time.

DaVinci products are designed to realistically replicate the look of natural wood shakes or slate tiles and are offered in multiple profiles with a virtually unlimited color selection - you can even create your own custom blend! Our roofing products have passed rigorous tests for fire resistance (Class A rated), impact resistance (Class 4 rated), and wind resistance. An added bonus, our simulated shake and slate roofs do not retain or absorb moisture, thereby providing resistance against damage created by the repeated thaw and freeze cycles.

In fact, our roofs have performed very well in one of the harshest climates in the United States - the mountains of North Carolina that are often rainy and don't give the roofs time to dry out. This creates a haven for bugs, fungus, algae, etc. and can lead to a lot of damage on a roof. Stacy Stines of Stacy Stines Roofing shares his experience with the performance of DaVinci products in this climate in a conversation we had with him a few months ago. To read his story, click here.

To learn more about the DaVinci products, drop us an email or call us at 1-800-328-4624.

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Polymer Shake Roofing

Cedar Shake AlternativeWooden shake lends a quaint, classy look to any home or business. It's a rustic look that brings us back to other times and quiet neighborhoods where the streets were lined with stately evergreens. However, as beautiful as cedar shake is, it has serious disadvantages such as a lower degree of resistance to fire when compared to other roofing materials, can require more maintenance, and can contribute to deforestation. However, a solution to those disadvantages can be found in tiles that look just like shake but come with none of those problems. The material used to make such tiles is polymer resin and it's shaping up to be the perfect substitute for the wooden variety of shake.

We make shake out of polymer resins and instead of being susceptible to fire, our tiles have earned the highest fire rating given to roofing tiles (a Class A fire rating). Unlike wooden products that can absorb water and eventually rot or crack after freeze and thaw cycles, our shake will last for at least 50 years with very little or no maintenance. Since DaVinci shake tiles are made from polymer resin (instead of trees) and are 100 percent recyclable, they are also a lot more eco friendly than their wooden counterparts. As far as appearance goes, they also look just like gorgeous wooden tiles and are available in a much larger array of colors than the cedar variety.

Do you have a DaVinci shake roof? Please send us your photos to share on our blog!

To learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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From The Architect's Corner - The Design Advantages of Synthetic Roofing Solutions Preview

Lately I have been promoting our new course, The Fresh Approach to Choosing Exterior Color, but if you are in need of a more technical course we've got one for you as well. The Design Advantages of Synthetic Roofing Solutions offers course users a detailed summary of polymer roofing products including information on testing, composition of the products, and comparison to polymer tiles to other types of materials like natural slate and cedar shakes. It is one hour in length, worth one Sustainable Design Credit (HSW) and is available 24/7 online for free.

In the course we discuss testing the products and the methods that we use to pass ASTM guidelines. For example, to test for a Class A Fire Rating the material is affixed to a deck and an intermittent flame is applied. In order to pass, the flame must not burn through the deck for at least 90 minutes.

Sound interesting? Need a Sustainable Design Credit? Click here to download our course, The Design Advantages of Synthetic Roofing Solutions.

 

 

Happy Friday, Architects!

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New Year...New Roof!

Synthetic Slate CostThe start of a new year can often remind us that our homes may need repairs or remodeling. If your roof is several years old, or has been subjected to severe hail storms and/or high winds, 2013 could be the year to replace it. Although replacing a roof is a big project, a new roof gives you the opportunity to really research and find the right product to better protect your home from even the worst weather elements. Investing in a DaVinci Roof can offer top notch protection for your home that includes a Class A fire rating, high ratings for impact and winds up to 110 mph, and resistance to insects, mold, algae, fungus and more.

Our tough, lightweight tiles have earned those high ratings because they were designed to truly protect a home (or business) while lasting for at least 50 years. It's like polymer armor for the top of the house that looks fantastic! Since we craft our fake slate and shake tiles from carefully engineered pure virgin resins, we can make them in any color, and they end up looking just like natural stone tiles and wooden shakes. If 2013 turns out to be the year you need a new roof, make a resolution to protect and beautify your home with a DaVinci roof.

To find out more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact us by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Class A Fire Ratings - What Does that Mean?

Regular readers of our blog probably see us mention "Class A fire rating" from time to time. Although you can probably guess that a Class A rating translates to a top tier fire resistance rating, you may have wondered how our tiles earned that distinction and what exactly it means. Well, let's start off by saying that the Class A rating is the highest rating for fire resistance that can be earned by roofing products. There are also Class B and C ratings and each of those refers to products that off a lesser resistance to fire.

These ratings are determined by a standardized test given to roof coverings known as the ASTM E108. It tests for how well the roofing tiles resist the spreading of flames on their surface, the ability of the material to resist fire penetration from the exterior to the underside of a roof deck, and resistance to recurring intermittent flame".  All of our polymer roof tiles have been given a Class A rating for fire based on these tests, and this means extra protection for your home and business.

To learn more about our Class A Fire Ratings, read this blog written by our Vice President of Technical Services, Tim Gentry. As well, in the video below you can see our DaVinci Shake going through the fire test:

 

 

To learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Clarifying a Common Misconception - Polymer is Rubber…

Polymer roof tiles are some of the most modern types of roofing products, and are becoming more popular due to the large number of advantages they offer over natural slate and shake, as well as other types of roof tiles. Since polymer tiles have been in existence for much less time than older roofing materials, there are a few misconceptions about polymer. The most common is that polymer is rubber.

Imitation Slate ShinglesAlthough this misconception may have been generated by the somewhat pliable nature of polymer products, referring to them as "rubber" is not correct. "Polymer" is a kind of highly refined plastic that (in this case) is developed and designed for roofs. The huge benefits that polymer tiles bring to a roof stem from the fact that this material can be crafted in a laboratory to solve a variety of roofing issues. For example, our engineers have worked to come up with a "polymer recipe" that will withstand high impacts, be impervious to water and freeze/thaw cycles, be resistant to fire (our tiles have a Class A fire rating), and have a high wind rating (rated up to 110 mph).

No, DaVinci polymer tiles are not rubber, but a very tough, long-lasting, carefully designed plastic material that is also available in a huge range of colors.

To learn more about how our polymer products can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Installation Tips for DaVinci Tiles

DaVinci polymer roof tiles weren't developed just to protect homes and businesses from nasty Lightweight Roofing Systemsweather, insects, and fire. Along with high wind and impact ratings and a Class A fire rating, they are also engineered for easy installation in a variety of situations. For example, one of the benefits of using our multi-width tiles is a reduced need to cut tiles. Roofing expert Tim Gentry shows how this is done in a post about installing multi-width tiles in his blog.

In another post, he gives an interesting, easy tip on measuring the gap between tiles when installing DaVinci shake and slate. For quick and easy measurement of the 3/8 inch gap between tiles, he talks about how you can use the edge of a DaVinci starter shingle as a spacer because it measures 3/8 inches.

Tim has written several blog posts offering tips for easier installation of our products. Be sure to follow his blog posts, "Tim's Tips", to get the most up to date tips from Tim!

To learn more about the benefits that our products bring to a roof, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Installation Tips for Bellaforté Tiles

Synthetic Slate Cost Bellaforté tiles by DaVinci Roofscapes come with many advantages that make them a popular choice for business and homeowners in search of an elegant roof that will last for decades. Like our other tile profiles, Bellaforté fake slate and shake have high ratings for fire (Class A), wind, and impact (Class 4). In addition to being available in a huge variety of colors and color combinations, they are also easy to install.

For great Bellaforté installation tips, be sure to read roofing expert Tim Gentry's blog. When we first introduced Bellaforté tiles, we recommended a straight, horizontal installation and a defined vertical pattern. This seemed to be easiest since each tile has a ledge on its back that sits on the tip of the tile below it. The vertical pattern seemed tougher to do but feedback from contractors showed that a random vertical pattern was also easy and looked great!

Tim also talks about steep slope installation with toeboards in this post. The process is similar to installing snowguards on Bellaforté tiles and he also shows how easy it is to retrofit a roof with much needed snowguards.

To learn more about the benefits of Bellaforté tiles, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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DaVinci Shake Profiles

The classic look of a shake tile roof is simply stunning. Natural cedar shake is beautiful but comes with a lot of maintenance and worry. DaVinci Roofscapes polymer shake looks just like the real thing, offering the same beauty with a few added benefits. Our shake tiles offer a Class A fire rating, are rated to resist wind up to 110- mph, are Class 4 impact rated, and come in three profiles each of which is modeled after real cedar tiles. Those three profiles are:

  • Fake Cedar ShakeMulti-Width DaVinci shake: These roofing tiles are reminiscent of the texture of natural cedar shake with displays of deep-grained surface that reflect the natural textures and the look of "premium shake". Available in a full spectrum of authentic cedar colors, each DaVinci Shake blend is formulated from different wood tones creating a natural variance in color, enhancing the realistic appearance and blending beautifully with its surroundings.

 

  • Single-Width Valoré shake: Valoré tiles resemble hand-split shakes tile found on residences throughout the world. The profile of this fake shake deepens shadow lines to give the roof a more dramatic appearance. Available in one width, it works well for people interested in a simple, clean design.

 

  • Bellaforté shake: With an average tile thickness of one inch, this profile resembles jumbo shake. The leading edge tab on these beautiful tiles gives them excellent performance in windy conditions, and they have a lower carbon footprint because less material is needed due to their 12 inch width.


All of our shake profiles are also available in a huge array of color combinations including EcoBlend cool roof colors that help reduce heating and cooling costs.

To learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

 

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