Five Top DaVinci Install Tips

Looking for some great tips for installing DaVinci polymer roofing tiles? People always ask me for tried-and-true hints for better installation. So, here are a few key points to keep in mind:

#1 - Install snowguards during the roof installation rather than retrofitting them later. It's easier to get snowguards in place when the DaVinci roof  tiles are initially installed than going back in a year or two and fitting them in place.

#2 - Be careful with your chalk lines. Blue chalk is probably the better choice over red or black (red chalk will almost certainly permanently stain our tiles). When it says "permanent chalk" on the bottle, you should believe it. And the big hint when installing DaVinci composite roofing tiles in a staggered application is to snap lines on the underlayment and then lay the tips of the tiles to those lines rather than marking the synthetic roofing materials.

#3 - Try using a rake tile on gable ends when installing the Bellaforté Shake products. It makes these luxury roof tiles easier to install because you don't need to be too concerned with how precise your cuts are on the gable end --- the rake tile covers up all the cuts. And, if you install the rake tile with the optional screw in the butt of the tile (on the fascia side) you will definitely enhance wind performance.

#4 - Avoid wasteful tile cuts for valleys by finding the correct angle and then cutting your polymer tiles with a circular saw. Then use all the accurate valley cuts and use the leftovers to finish the hips.

#5 - Nail DaVinci steep slope roofing tiles with copper, stainless steel, or hot-dipped galvanized nails during installation. The reason for this recommendation is that we expect our synthetic roofing tiles to last for a very long time (yes, a 50-year roof is what we hope every project achieves!) and we don’t want the fasteners to rust, become ineffective, and be the mode of failure of the Class A Fired Rated roofing system.

For more "Tips from Tim" visit Solving Roof Issues with Tim Gentry Part One and Top Installation Tips from Our Tech Guru!


First-Time DaVinci Installer Sold on Polymer Shakes

Michael Haight is a DaVinci convert. The president of Larry Haight's Residential Roofing out of Redmond, Washington recently installed his first DaVinci simulated shake roofing system ... and he firmly believes it won't be his last one.

The recent Mill Creek, Washington re-roofing project provided Larry Haight's Residential Roofing the opportunity to install DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic cedar shake roofing tiles to replace worn-out natural cedar shakes.

"Many homeowners in our area are tired of the continued maintenance involved with real cedar shake roofs," says Haight. "This was the same situation with our Mill Creek customer. They wanted to keep the cedar shake look without going back to real cedar roofing."

Haight and his team have specialized in residential roofing for more than 29 years, so they've dealt with cedar roofing issues in the past. "As with many other homeowners, this particular homeowner decided to replace their roof because the old material was worn out and they didn't want any leaks.," says Haight. "At the same time they decided to install eight new skylights and new gutters. This was a dream project working with the realistic-looking DaVinci Multi-Width Shake polymer roofing tiles."

DaVinci Multi-Width Shake displays the texture of natural cedar shake with a deep-grained surface. Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths along with a virtually limitless color palette, the multi-width fake shake product features both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths of the 5/8" profile on the shake alternative tiles help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in either a straight or staggered pattern.

For their roof, the Mill Creek homeowners chose to modify the standard DaVinci Tahoe blend to create a custom color blend that includes dark, medium dark, medium light and light Tahoe colors. The earthy combination complements the home's brick exterior and tree-covered setting.

According to the non-profit organization, The Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau, the longevity of a roof depends on many things: the grade and quality of the product used, the quality of the application, climate, salt-water proximity, exposure and maintenance. The bureau estimates the live span for natural cedar roofs is approximately 30+ years if well maintained. With no maintenance requirements, synthetic shake roofs from DaVinci are backed by a 50-year limited warranty.   

"This particular roofing project has generated a lot of leads for our company," says Haight. "I think we've got a win-win situation going here for homeowners in our area. Between the impressive warranty that comes with the DaVinci product and our company's lifetime workmanship warranty on all re-roof and gutter installs, the combination brings peace-of-mind to our customers."

Each DaVinci eco friendly roof shingle is lightweight, impervious to freeze/thaw cycles, impact resistant, maintenance free, color fade resistant, Class A fire rated (with specified underlayments), UL 2218 Class 4 impact rated, and wind resistant to 110 mph. All DaVinci plastic roofing materials resist water absorption, which eliminates freeze-thaw issues and allows for installation in most weather conditions.

See Four Shake Profiles - What's the Difference? for detailed information on DaVinci simulated shake roofing options.     


Get a Beautiful and Durable Roof with DaVinci Roofscapes Tiles

DaVinci Slate Alternative ShinglesIf you are looking into roofing materials, then you have probably discovered that there are quite a few out there. You might be interested in a natural slate roof or a natural shake roof - just something other than asphalt. However, you might also be aware of the maintenance and overall issues with some of the natural products. So perhaps you're on a hunt for an alternative natural roofing product.

You've come to the right place!

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we make fake slate and fake cedar shake roofing products that replicate the appearance of their natural counterparts but with a durability with which their natural counterparts cannot compete.

Our tiles have superior wind ratings, impact ratings and fire resistance ratings. And, an added bonus, many insurance companies offer discounts on your premium if you have a Class A fire rated roof or a Class 4 impact resistance roof. Sound good? Read more about our products and their ratings on our website.

If you would like to read other blog posts about this topic, here are some that you might enjoy:


Dress Up Your Home With a DaVinci Roof!

Quality construction, regular maintenance, and early diagnosis of problems help to increase the life of a roof. When you use DaVinci roofing materials, you take another step towards a long lasting, durable roof as well as adding significant curb appeal to your home or building.

DaVinci RoofAt DaVinci, we don't  think durability should come at the cost of beauty. We want your roof to last longer and look like a Masterpiece! Therefore, we have combined the beauty of slate and shake with the durability of a man-made product.

Scientifically engineered, DaVinci synthetic shake shingles and synthetic slate roof shingles were developed using the latest advances in polymer chemistry. They ad beauty and offer huge benefits like Class A fire ratings, Class 4 impact ratings, superior wind resistance, a 50-year warranty, etc... With DaVinci, beauty does not have to be sacrificed for durability.

Currently we have 49 standard colors and multiple standard color blends available. However, if you want your roof's blend to be totally unique, you can create a custom color blend or even create a custom color that is not part of our 49 stock colors. The sky is the limit and your roof is your canvas!

Our lightweight roofing materials come in a range of different profiles - from multi-width and single-width slates to multi-width and single-width shakes. These beautiful products are durable and maintenance free. Once installed, you sit back and enjoy your  50-year roof.

To see more homes and buildings that have been dressed up with a DaVinci roof, please read: Pictures of DaVinci Rooftops are Worth a Thousand Words.


A Cedar Shake Roofing Alternative = Polymer Shake

Perhaps you live in an area that is prone to salt air and lots and lots of sunshine. Or maybe you live in an area that can't have a natural shake roof because of the fire dangers.

Cedar Shake Roofing AlternativeHowever, you like the look of shake and your home or building demands that sort of roof to look right.

So, what options do you have?

Because of the fire dangers of natural wood shake as well as the potential maintenance issues, there are now cedar shake alternative roofing products, such as our synthetic shake shingles.

Here are 5 reasons to pick our simulated shake roofing over a wood shake roof:

  • Class A Fire Rating - That's right our shingles have a Class A fire rating when installed with proper underlayments.

  • Class 4 Impact Rating - Our shingles have achieved UL - 2218 Class 4 Impact Rating, whereas natural shake shingles can dry out and therefore become brittle over time, eliminating their ability to withstand heavy hail storms.

  • Freeze/Thaw Resistant - Because our shingles are made of engineered polymer, they are impervious to freeze/thaw cycles, whereas natural shake naturally expands and contracts, opening it up to all sorts of issues freeze/thaw issues.

  • Maintenance Free - Our shingles are known to be vitually maintenance free as they resist cracking, curling, spliting, etc., however with natural shake there is usually the need to replace individual shingles throughout the life of the roof.  

  • Color Fade Resistant - With natural shake it starts out, usually a bright orange and then fades rapidly within a year to a gray color (depends on the wood and where it is sourced from as to what hue of gray). With our tiles, you have the choice of what color you want and that's the color your roof will have for years to come!

Did you have a DaVinci Shake roof? We want to see!  Please share your roofing experience with us here.



Polymer Slate Profiles: Features and Benefits

Have you always wanted a slate roof but your current roof structure can't handle the weight of natural slate? Or perhaps you live in an area where there a lot of hail storms and you don't want to worry about replacing tiles.

Polymer Slate Tiles by DaVinci RoofscapesDid you know that you can get the aesthetic rewards of a natural slate roof with a synthetic slate roof tile?  That's right - and with a synthetic polymer roof tile like ours, you can also get superior performance benefits.  Here's a line up of the Slate profiles that we offer:

  • DaVinci Multi-Width Slate - Our Multi-Width slate is our original product line. It comes in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths and arrives at the jobsite pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating any on job site guessing and sorting.

  • DaVinci Valoré Slate - Our Valoré Slate tiles come in a 1/2" tile thickness and are 12" single-width tiles.

  • DaVinci's Bellaforté Slate - Our Bellaforté line is a revolutionary roofing product that offers superior features and benefits. It comes in a 12" width and has an interlocking design that will knock your socks off.

The performance benefits of DaVinci's synthetic slate roof shingles include:

  • Class A fire rating (ASTM E 108)
  • 110 MPH Wind resistance (ASTM D 3161)
  • Class 4 impact resistance (UL 2218)
  • 50-year limited warranty
  • Miami Dade Code Approvals
  • ICC-ES (ESR-2119)
  • Texas Department of Insurance approved

Do you have a DaVinci Slate roof? We want to see how it turned out! Please feel free to share photos of your DaVinci roof installation here on our blog.



Cedar Shake Alternative: DaVinci's Polymer Shake Profiles

Cedar Shake Alternative by DaVinci RoofscapesDo you love the look of a wood shake roof? Perhaps your homeowner's association will not allow you to use natural wood shake anymore on your roof, so you're on the hunt for a cedar shake alternative.

You've come to the right place.

DaVinci Roofscapes makes synthetic shake shingles that will allow you to keep the wood shake look that you're seeking and will also satisfy your homeowner's associations' need for a product that has superior performance.

Our Shake offerings are as follows:

  • DaVinci Shake - DaVinci Shake is our original shake offering. Our multi-width shake (comes in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths) is reminiscent of a premium shake shingle that has deep grained surfaces.

  • DaVinci Fancy Shake - Our Fancy Shake's appearance is one of a refined re-sawn cedar shingle.

  • DaVinci Valoré Shake - Valoré is a single-width product, available in a 9" tile width. This profile provides a more clean, simple design on your roof.

  • Bellaforté Shake - Bellaforté is a single-width profile, available in a 12" tile width. This is a revolutionary product that has a snap fit design with incredible performance features.

Performance benefits of DaVinci's synthetic shake include:

  • Class A fire rating (ASTM E 108)
  • 110 MPH Wind resistance (ASTM D 3161)
  • Class 4 impact resistance (UL 2218)
  • 50-year limited warranty
  • Miami Dade Code Approval
  • ICC-ES (ESR-2119)
  • Texas Department of Insurance approved

We also offer our shakes in a number of color blends. But your options aren't limited to those - we offer a number of color options.

Do you have a DaVinci Shake roof? We would love to see it! You can share photos of your roof here on our blog.  Submit your DaVinci Shake photos here.


Why Choose Polymer Instead of Asphalt or Natural Slate or Shake?

If you are in the process of deciding what roofing material to go with - then perhaps you are interested in knowing why one might choose synthetic slate roof tiles or cedar shake alternative tiles over asphalt, natural slate or a natural wood shake roof.

DaVinci Cedar Shake Alternative Here are some reasons to go with a DaVinci polymer tile over the other choices:

  • Environment - At DaVinci we are environmentally conscious. Our tiles are manufactured start to finish in our Kansas City plant to save on transportation and energy costs - then we use the energy we do use to help heat the plant in the cooler months. As well our tiles are offered in Cool Roof colors that are ENERGY STAR® qualified, help cut down on the heat island effect and also contribute to the LEED certification process. Not to mention our tiles are 100% recyclable!

  • Testing Certifications/Performance - DaVinci shingle systems have attained a Class 4 impact rating, a Class A fire rating and also have superior wind resistance.

  • Installation - DaVinci shingles come pre-sorted according to their color and width. In other words, they are job site ready. Natural slate tiles require sorting on the job site, which is more labor cost for you. Wood shake usually just comes in one variety, as does Asphalt.   

  • Color - With DaVinci, you get the color you want with superior fade resistance. Wood shake, however, does tend to fade and change color with age. Check out the virtually limitless color options on our color studio!

  • Aesthetics - DaVinci shingles look just like their natural slate and shake counterparts. Asphalt can look good, but it doesn't come close to the killer curb appeal DaVinci delivers.

Did you decide on DaVinci over asphalt? How about natural slate? Or natural shake? What were your reasons?


Bellaforté Shake - Our Newest Product! See It Installed

One year ago, we released our newest product - Bellaforté Shake.

DaVinci Bellaforte Shake Bellaforté Shake is a cedar shake alternative roofing product that has superior performance as well as affordable elegance, as you can see in the installation photos below

Our Bellaforté line is a revolutionary roofing material that offers a leading edge tab that secures every tile to the next to crazy improve wind resistance performance. The snap-fit also creates a rain gutter. Here are some more performance achievements of Bellaforté Shake:

  • Class A fire rating (ASTM E 108)
  • 110 MPH Wind resistance (ASTM D 3161)
  • Class 4 impact resistance (UL 2218)
  • 50-year limited warranty
  • Miami Dade Code Approvals (FL NOA No. 45-0831.01)
  • ICC-ES (ESR 2119)
  • Texas Department of Insurance

Bellaforté Shake comes in 5 standard wood tone color blends: Abruzzo, Espresso, Harbor Gray, Tuscano and Verona.

If you would prefer another color, you can also use our color designer to find the blend that matches your home - or create your own!

You can also get them in our EcoBlend color roof colors.

Our Bellaforté Shake has a natural hand split shake look - with sawn edges and staggered lengths. Here are some of the installations of our Bellaforté Shake product:

Do you like the look of a wood shake roof but can't have it in your neighborhood because of the fire restrictions? Or simply want the wood look without the hassles that come along with it? Check out our synthetic shake shingles to learn more.


"Fighting Irish" Fan of DaVinci Polymer Slate Roof

Located near the famous University of Notre Dame Main Building sits the Sara Bea Learning Center for Students with Disabilities. The large structure provides accommodations for students with disabilities attending the university, houses the campus mail distribution center and is home to a back-up generator system.

Failing asphalt shingles and venting problems on the roof required the university to find a long-term solution for the structure's roof in 2013. While some people desired a natural slate roof on the building, Senior Project Manager for Facilities Design & Operations at the university, Tony Polotto, had other ideas.

"This residential style building couldn't support the weight of traditional slate tiles so I looked into polymer slates," says Polotto, LEED AP BD&C, RRC, RRO. "I reviewed many tile options but was most excited about the DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate tiles. The appearance, features and benefits of the polymer slate was commendable. After the Learning Center roof was completed, I found myself so impressed with the product that I installed it on my own home."

Learning About Polymer Roofs

"This is the first time we installed a slate alternative on campus, but you can't tell any difference from the natural slate," says Polotto. "The roof blends in perfectly with the surrounding buildings that feature real slate."

Nearly 10,000 square feet of roof  on the university's Learning Center was covered with synthetic slate roof tiles from DaVinci in the European blend of light, medium and dark gray along with light and dark purple. The structure features copper valleys, snow guards, gutters and downspouts.

"Sustainability is a large part of how we construct buildings on our campus," says Polotto, who oversees the entire University Roofing program at Notre Dame. "The 50-year limited warranty provided by DaVinci aligns with our goal of using long-term, environmentally-friendly products."           

On the Homefront

After supervising the successful roofing project on campus, Polotto decided to reroof his home. "My house is just nine years old, but the architectural shingles were already showing signs of bacterial growth and weakness from hail damage," says Polotto.

The 12/12 roof pitch on the home made replacement a challenge --- especially since Polotto decided to re-roof the house himself.

"Every night and on weekends during the entire summer I went up and did the installation," says Polotto. "I started with Grace Ice and Water Shield under the roof and also used 30 pound felt to achieve a Class A fire rating. I read all the DaVinci instructions and watched every installation video I could find to ensure I performed the installation correctly. It was a great experience and I'm proud of the finished project."

Because the look of the DaVinci roof on the Sara Bea Learning Center so impressed him, Polotto used Valoré Slate alternative tiles on his home. He staggered the 12-inch tiles in Dark Gray to give the roof an authentic, natural slate look.

"In my experience I've found that most homeowners are not educated on roofing options," says Polotto. "Too often they stick with asphalt shingles because they don't know about any other product. That's a shame, because those shingles need to be replaced in about 20 years or less ... and the DaVinci tiles will be on my roof for at least 50 years.

"During my home's roof replacements, dozens of people stopped to ask me what type of roof I was installing. They thought it looked incredible. Now I'm helping educate people at the University of Notre Dame and in my neighborhood about all the attributes of the DaVinci polymer slate tiles!"

To learn more about DaVinci roofs on campus, visit New Polymer Roofs at The College of New Jersey.


Benefits of a DaVinci Polymer Roof

DaVinci Roofscapes makes both simulated shake shingles and synthetic slate roof shingles. Our shake and slate products are made from 100% virgin resin, so they are a man-made product that looks like their natural counterpart, but has superior performance.

DaVinci SlateHere is a run down of the benefits of our polymer roof systems:

  • Looks: Our products have the aesthetic appeal of the natural product, but without the performance issues.

  • Thickness: Since our product is man-made, we are able to achieve a thickness that matches that of a premium shake or a premium slate shingle, without the extra cost.

  • Widths: You have the ability to select either a single-width or multi-width product - whichever suits your tastes.

  • Color Blends: We have standard color blends that appeal to the colors you'd find in a natural slate or shake roof. And we can also create custom blends and custom colors.

  • Lightweight: Our tiles are designed to be lightweight - about the same weight as an asphalt shingle roof.

  • Waste: During the installation process, our shingles can be installed in a way that makes for very little waste.

  • Fire Retardance: Our products have achieved a Class A fire rating (with appropriate underlayments).

  • Wind Resistance: Our products have a straight line wind resistance rating up to 110 mph.

  • Impact Resistance: Out products have an impact resistance of Class 4.

  • Freeze/Thaw Resistance: Since they are man made, our polymer roof tiles do not have the expansion and contraction issues that a natural product would.

Do you have a DaVinci roof? What added features and benefits have you found from having one of our polymer roofs?  We want to hear your roof story.


DaVinci Polymer Shake Roof Ideal for Coastal Setting

To top off a redesigned 8,000-square foot custom home in Cape May, New Jersey, architect David Schultz specified weather-resistant polymer shake roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"The composite shake material of the DaVinci tiles holds up to the harsh ocean climate, which is exactly what the owner wanted for his three-story New England Cottage style home," says Schultz, principal architect at DAS Architects Inc. out of Philadelphia. "These multi-width shake roofing tiles are both realistic-looking and durable. They look just like natural cedar shake shingles, which was the design style the homeowner desired for this house."

The custom beachfront home includes decorative architectural elements such as large covered porches, open decks, a lighthouse skylight, a widow's walk, facade vents and large windows to capture ocean views. The dwelling itself features subtle curved edges to complement styles found in New England.

"We used DaVinci's solid shake accessory shingles that match their roofing product line to achieve curved roof lines that we had installed along exposed roof edges," says Schultz. "This product is impact-resistant so we know it will help protect the home from severe weather. It also has a 50-year limited warranty that gave us even more confidence in specifying this product for the roof.

"Overall, the product's ability to stand up to the harsh ocean climate, the Weathered Gray color we selected for the roof and the realistic appearance that resembles an aged cedar shake roof all combined to make this the perfect selection for this home."

The Multi-Width Shake roofing products specified by DAS Architects are Class 4 impact rated and have been rated Class A for fire retardance. The cedar shake alternative roofing materials have also achieved the highest ratings for straight line wind testing at 110 mph and have passed testing for extreme weather conditions.

DaVinci shake shingles feature both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths on the shake tile roof help create a natural, non-repeating look that can be laid in a straight or staggered pattern. The tiles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects, making them ideal for installation in a wide variety of geographic areas.

To learn what other architects are saying about DaVinci products, visit The DaVinci Roof – A Luxury Roof for the Architect.

Images courtesy of DAS Architects, Inc. and Peter Paige Photography.


Lightweight Slate Roofing by DaVinci

At DaVinci, we understand slate. We took an in-depth look at not only the texture but also the color schemes of the natural product, all before we launched our debut product - Multi-Width DaVinci Slate Tiles.

DaVinci Slate TilesOur slate tiles are a 1/2" thick which is about twice as thick as other synthetic tiles and we offer them in color blends that mimic natural combos that have been on roofs for hundreds of years. Here is a rundown of our current slate profile offerings:

  • Single-Width Valoré Slate Tiles - these tiles come in a 12" tile width. Single width shingles allow for a clean and simple roof design.

  • Multi-Width DaVinci Slate Tiles - these tiles come to the job site in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths and allow for the staggered appearance of natural slates.

  • Bellaforté Slate - these tiles have our interlocking design. Also single width, our Bellaforté line is 12" tiles offering a length of 15-1/2" with a very clean look.

Our slate tiles also offer the following certifications:

  • Class A fire rating (ASTM E 108)
  • 110 MPH Wind resistance (ASTM D 3161)
  • Class 4 impact resistance (UL 2218)
  • 50-year limited warranty
  • Miami Dade Code Approvals
  • ICC-ES (ESR-2119)
  • Texas Department of Insurance approved

In addition to the already existing color blends for our slate tiles, we also offer EcoBlend® Cool Roof colors as well as custom blends and custom colors for our slate products.

For more information on our slate tiles, you might enjoy reading:


Benefits of Polymer Shake

DaVinci ShakeAre you in the market for a new roof? You like the shake look, but you're wondering if you should go with a fake cedar shake roof rather than a natural shake roof?

Here are some of the benefits of our polymer shake shingles:

  • Authentic Look - We have worked hard to have a natural look to our product. Check out this blog for more information on our profiles:  DaVinci Roofscapes Polymer Roof Tiles.

  • Thickness - As you may or may not know, in the world of natural shake, the thicker the shake shingles, the more expensive the product is. However, our cedar shake roofing is already thick -  5/8" Hand-Split, 1" Bellaforté, and 7/16" Fancy Shake.

  • Multiple Widths - This ties into the authentic look of the product - our Hand-Split has 5 widths whereas our Fancy Shake has 3 widths. Natural shake has multiple widths that happen naturally.

  • Color Blends - We sell our shake products in various color blends that mimic natural shake colors that have been on roofs for a long time or have been freshly installed.  We vary the hues of the shingles ever so slightly so that we achieve that authentic look when it's up on the roof.

  • Waste During Installation - Our shakes have very little waste during installation (meaning, you wouldn't have to pay for as much material or labor as you would with a natural shake product).

  • Fire Performance - With specialty underlayments our shakes have a fire retardant Class A rating ASTM E 108 / UL 790 - which is not achievable with natural shakes.

  • Freeze/Thaw Resistant - Since our product is man made, it doesn't have the natural freeze/thaw cycle that a natural product does. The more the natural product freezes and thaws, the more it breaks, cracks, becomes brittle, exposing itself to bugs, weather, pests and more.

  • Color Fade Resistant - As you know, a brand new cedar shake roof is almost orange in color and then quickly fades over time. However, with our product, you can order the color you want and know that's the color you will have on your roof for the rest of the roof's life.

  • Maintenance Free - Hitting on the freeze/thaw resistant benefit, our product, since it doesn't react to freeze/thaw cycles like a natural product, is virtually maintenance free. However, you often see natural cedar roofs that require replacement of individual shingles over time. Sometimes entire ridges and hips need to be replaced - it's always funny to see a roof that has just the ridges and hips replaced because they are bright orange and the rest of the roof is the old faded color. Not something to worry about with DaVinci.

Would you like to continue to read about the benefits of our shake?  Here are some great articles on our blog that you might enjoy:


Roof Check Recommended During Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013

Need a good reminder to inspect your roof? October 6-12, 2013 is Fire Prevention Week --- an ideal time to carefully inspect your roof, especially if your home has a flammable wood shake roof overhead.

"With the number of major wildfires in the United States increasing each year, roofs made from wood can increase the risk of a catastrophic loss for homeowners," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. "Even if the fire is not an immediate threat, wind-driven sparks and embers can ignite an untreated wood shake roof and spread to the entire home. A DaVinci polymer roof provides the same look as wooden shakes but retains its Class A fire rating for the life of the roof with no need for periodic retreatment."

This is why Rosewall recommends homeowners replace wood roofing materials with alternatives such as composite roofing tiles. Made to resemble cedar roof shingles, fire-resistant Multi-Width Shake, Bellaforté Shake and Valoré Shake products from DaVinci are rated Class A for fire retardance and come with a 50-year limited warranty.        

"Flames simply don't spread on our polymer shake roofs," says Rosewall.

It's the Law

In some areas of the country, such as in California, laws are being implemented that require homeowners to replace wood shake roofs with fire resistant roofing materials. The Roof Covering Ordinance that went into effect January 1, 2009, requires that all wood shake roofing within the San Bernardino County Fire Safety Zones be replaced by July 1, 2014. Homes and commercial properties have until that date to comply with the new law.

Similar building codes, ordinances and requirements exist for the installation and replacement of wood shake and wood shake shingle roofs in other areas, including Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. And, in Boulder, Colo., wood shakes and wood shingles are prohibited from being installed. After January 1, 2014 it will be against the law in Boulder to repair major portions of wooden roofs rather than replace them with non-flammable roofing materials.

DaVinci polymer-composite synthetic shake shingles offer all of the natural, rustic beauty of real cedar shingles - but without any of the natural drawbacks of real wood. State-of-the-art polymer chemistry is used to create an appearance of a natural cedar product in both hand-split and machine-sawn varieties.

Each DaVinci composite roof shingle is lightweight, impervious to freeze/thaw cycles, impact resistant, maintenance free, color fade resistant, Class A fire rated (with specified underlayments), UL 2218 Class 4 impact rated, and wind resistant to 110 mph.

DaVinci shake roofing tiles feature both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend in the Multi-Width product line for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths on the tiles help create a natural, non-repeating look that can be laid in a straight or staggered pattern. All DaVinci shake tiles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects, making them ideal for installation in a wide variety of geographic areas.

For more details on DaVinci shake products visit Composite Shake for Shingled Roofs        



October 6-12 is Fire Prevention Week... What's On Your Roof?

If you've been watching all the wildfires that have occurred this summer, then it makes sense why a full week in October is devoted to fire prevention.

The truth is that every week should be fire prevention week.

As a manufacturer of roofing products, we are highly aware of the importance of fire prevention. After all, many roofs made of natural products like cedar shake shingles can be a catalyst to a much larger fire. It is for this reason that many communities around the country have outlawed the use of natural wood shakes on re-roofs. That's why products like DaVinci are so important - they allow for the aesthetic appeal of the natural roofing products that people have used for centuries, but add a performance aspect those natural counterparts never had. For example, we have made sure that all of our lightweight roofing tiles offer the best fire rating available for roofing products - Class A fire rating (ASTM E 108) when used with proper underlayments.

This video from our YouTube channel is probably appropriate for Fire Prevention wee. It shows our DaVinci Shake tiles vs. their natural counterpart during a Class A burning brand test. You will see how the DaVinci synthetic shake shingles stand up to fire compared to natural cedar shakes.

Having trouble watching this video? Click here to view.


Don't live in an area with wildfires? Fire prevention is still key because lightning strikes can start fires in an instant. On another note, you might also want to check with your home or building insurance company. They just might offer a discount for installing a Class A fire rated product.


Historic Architectural Review Committee in Oregon Approves Polymer Roof for Church

Founded in 1852, the old mining town of Jacksonville, Oregon prides itself on keeping its city structures historically accurate. So, it was welcome news when the town's Historic Architectural Review Committee approved a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer shake roof to replace the decaying cedar shake shingles on the roof at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, which opened in 1881.

"Our entire town is on the national historic register and we had to receive permission from the Historic Architectural Review Committee to use the DaVinci roofing product," says Dave Harter, elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville. "Because the product looked so authentic to real cedar shakes and had a better fire rating than wood shingles, the committee made the decision for the first time ever to allow polymer roofing tiles on a structure in our city."

The DaVinci Shake roofing products chosen for the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville are Class 4 impact rated and has a Class A fire rating. The roofing materials have also achieved the highest ratings for straight line wind testing at 110 mph and have passed testing for extreme weather conditions. A Tahoe blend featuring five shades of brown in multi-width roofing tiles provides the church with the authentic cedar look they desired in a fake cedar shake shingle.

Installed in 2008 by Hoag Roofing in Central Point, Ore., the roof has held up extremely well for the past five years. "We would recommend this DaVinci product to any other church looking for a durable, authentic-looking roofing material," says Harter. "Best of all, with its 50-year roof limited warranty, we don't have to worry about reroofing our church again for many decades to come!"

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Severe Weather Worries? Not With A DaVinci Roof!

One of the great things about a man-made roofing product is that you can not only make it look like you want it to look, but you can also engineer it perform to the best standards possible.

DaVinci Lightweight Tiles

When you purchase a DaVinci roof, you not only get a beautiful luxury roof, but you also get a high performance roof that will stand up to Mother Nature's nasty weather.

From high winds, driving rain and hail to crazy freeze/thaw cycles, DaVinci tiles have you covered. Here's a run down of our various lightweight roofing materials and their certifications:

Our Single-Width Valoré Slate Tiles and Multi-Width DaVinci Slate Tiles have the following certifications:

  • Class A fire rating (ASTM E 108)
  • 110 MPH Wind resistance (ASTM D 3161)
  • Class 4 impact resistance (UL 2218)
  • 50-year limited warranty
  • Miami Dade Code Approvals
  • ICC-ES (ESR-2119) 
  • Texas Department of Insurance approved


Our Single-Width Valoré Shake, Fancy Shake and Multi-Width DaVinci Shake share the following certifications:

  • Class A fire rating (ASTM E 108)
  • 110 MPH Wind resistance (ASTM D 3161)
  • Class 4 impact resistance (UL 2218)
  • 50-year limited warranty
  • Miami Dade Code Approval
  • ICC-ES (ESR-2119)
  • Texas Department of Insurance approved (Single-Width Valoré and Multi-Width DaVinci Shakes only)
  • Florida Building Code (Fancy Shake only)


Our Bellaforté Slate and Shake roofing tiles are our newest line of tiles offering the following certifications:

  • Class A fire rating (ASTM E 108)
  • 110 MPH Wind resistance (ASTM D 3161)
  • Class 4 impact resistance (UL 2218)
  • 50-year limited warranty
  • Miami Dade Code Approvals 
  • ICC-ES (ESR-2119)
  • Texas Department of Insurance 


Did you buy a DaVinci roof because of it's high performance capabilities? Has it been put to the test? Please share your comments below!



From the Architect's Corner - Specifying DaVinci On a College or University

A large university campus could have hundreds of buildings, so it is a pretty fair assumption that there are frequent roof replacements at these institutions. Often I get calls from facility managers and architects working on projects where they need a high quality and good looking roof to fit in on their campus. To the decision maker DaVinci polymer slate and shake roof tiles are appealing because of their natural appearance, the need for little maintenance over the lifetime of the roof, and that they are Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated and wind certified to 110 mph.

Below is a list of a few of our featured College or University projects:

We have plenty more projects like these, and by subscribing to our blog or liking us on Facebook you can get notification as the roofs are installed and the features are written! Do you have a DaVinci Roofscapes luxury roof project that you think might make a good case study, project profile, or news story? Contact me at with the details.



From the Architect's Corner - Replacing Cedar with a Polymer Shake Tile

There's no question that cedar shake makes a beautiful roof. It can, however, have it's shortcomings. Wood deteriorates due to normal freeze and thaw weather cycles, thus leaving the homeowner with brittle and cracked tiles as well as leaves the shakes looking less than brilliant. Many are Class A Fire Rated when treated, but the treatment wears off and has to be redone every few years, not to mention one hail storm can take the whole thing out.

Architects and designers have embraced polymer made materials, like Bellaforté Shake, because with a polymer roof tile your clients won't have the problems listed above. Our products are Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated and the shakes don't split, crack, or lose their brilliance over time. Yesterday a great example of some before and after pictures came in to me (Featured Project to come!) from a contractor in Colorado. This picture beautifully demonstrates how a cedar roof replaced with Bellaforté Shake freshens up the look of the home's exterior and won't need to replaced for 50 years.


Happy Friday, Architects!