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 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 Roofscapes: Beautiful, Durable, and Eco-Friendly

DaVinci SlateExorbitant roof maintenance costs can really dig a hole in your bank account. Added to this is the worry and stress of knowing that your roof may not be giving you the protection it should.

You won’t have this problem with DaVinci polymer roof tiles and here’s why:

  • Durable: Backed with a 50-year warranty and made from a high grade polymer, your roof will stand the test of time. As well,  you certainly won’t need to worry about roof hail damage with our Class 4 impact rating. Designed to resist winds of up to 110mph, your roof will stand up to harsh weather conditions without showing glaring signs of wear and tear.

 

  • Eco-friendly: DaVinci polymer roof tiles are 100% recyclable and are available in Cool Roof colors to boost energy efficiency.

 

  • Insect Resistant: Unlike wood that cannot withstand insect attacks, our Multi-Width, Fancy, Bellaforté and Valoré tiles do not rot and are not susceptible to insects.

 

  • Fire Resistant: With a Class A fire rating, your roof will safely resist fires without causing harm.

 

Not to mention a few added bonuses:

  • Beautiful: Yes, they are pretty to look at! Our roofs will complement all the fixtures and fittings of your home or building without being burdensome on the structure. They blend well in any community setting whether with modern or older architecture.

 

  • Flexible Coloring: We have 49 standard colors and also give you the option to send us your own color. This makes it easy to align your decor, building or renovation plans with what works best for you.

 

  • Easy to Install: With our easy to follow installation guides, any professional roofer can install DaVinci tiles.

 

DaVinci takes pride in our composite roofing products and we're confident with our roofing tiles many features, you really can’t go wrong .
 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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DaVinci Slate Profiles

Natural slate is beautiful but expensive, heavy, and needs regular maintenance. And when compared to Imitation Slate Shinglesour composite slate tiles, it's easy to see why home and business owners are opting for our version of this classic roofing material.

DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate products are durable, won't crack and crumble like the stone version, come with a Class A fire rating, Class 4 impact rating, high wind rating, and are resistant to freeze/thaw cycles. Since our tiles are much lighter than stone tiles, cost of installation and transportation are also less.

In addition to all the benefits, our slate tiles come in three authentic looking profiles, two of which can be installed in a straight or staggered coursing, depending of the look you desire. The available profiles are:

  • Multi-Width Slate: Our multi-width composite slate is carefully engineered to provide the authentic look and durability of natural slate. Formulated from a palette of 23 earth tones, our slate tile blends offer a broad spectrum of blends to complement any home.

 

  • Single-Width Valoré: Available in a full spectrum of authentic slate colors, this is thicker than most other resin slate tiles and is perfect for people interested in a roof with a simple, natural design.

 

  • Bellaforté: Beautiful tiles that are just as realistic as our other slate profiles, their 12 inch width helps reduce the amount of material needed and thus the cost of installation and the carbon footprint.

 

All of our slate profiles are available in a nearly endless combination of colors, including EcoBlend cool roof colors that can help reduce heating and cooling costs.

Do you have a DaVinci slate roof? Send us your photos to share on the 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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Solving Roof Issues with Tim Gentry - Part Two

Tim Gentry, Vice President of Technical Services at DaVinci Roofscapes, has a wealth of knowledge to share about roofs, roof installation, and testing of our products. His expertise comes from years spent installing roofs all across the Midwest and in Tahoe, NV. Tim shares his first hand knowledge regularly on our blog. Below are more of "Tim's Tips" we hope you find helpful.   

  • The Dreaded MoldIf you make changes to an older home to make it more energy efficient and you live in a climate where it gets cold in the winter, you probably should make changes to the attic ventilation as well. Homes that were built before the energy crisis of the 1970's rarely had moisture ( and mold)  issues related to ventilation. Back when I was a kid houses breathed. There weren’t double and triple paned windows, weather stripping was rare, and homeowners didn’t shoot expandable foam into every nook and cranny. Take one of those old homes and tighten it up everywhere and suddenly ... Read Full Blog 

 

 

 

  • Baby It's Cold OutsideOur engineered resin system is designed so that the tiles remain flexible in cold temperatures and can usually be installed in temperatures as cold as 20 degrees F. When installing DaVinci Slate and our composite Shake in cold temperatures you must make sure that the tiles have been stored flat and are flat when installed. You must make certain that the space between tiles is at a very minimum 3/16”.... Read Full Blog

 

 

 

 

  • Class A Fire RatingWhat does a class A fire rating mean on a roofing product mean? It means that the roof covering has undergone extensive fire testing using the ASTM E 108 test standard at the Class A level. Class A is the best classification available.

    For polymer roof coverings there are three tests.... 
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To get more tips from Tim, follow his blog "Up on the Roof".

 

 

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

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Featured Project - Leawood, Kansas

According to a 2011 study conducted by Harris Interactive and sponsored by DaVinci Roofscapes, 88% of homeowners see the exterior of their home as one large picture rather than just a sum of many parts (click here to read more). So what does that mean? Curb appeal is HUGE to most homeowners!

DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program Member Johnston Contracting of Lenexa, Kansas knows we love a good before and after shot, and sent these over as a testimonial on how a roof replacement can add curb appeal without really having to change much. This homeowner went from natural cedar shake to Bellaforté Shake so while the overall look is the same, new tiles (that also feature a Class A Fire Rating, Class 4 Impact Rating, and are mold and algae growth resistant) give this already beautiful home an extra boost.

 

DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program Member:
Johnson Contracting
Lenexa, Kansas
913-406-8652
 

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From the Architect's Corner - Before and After

Sometimes a roof doesn't need an entire facelift with a new tile profile or a new color, just an almost identical replacement will make a world of difference! Below is a before and after shot of a home that went from natural cedar shakes to Bellaforté Shake.

Bellaforté Shake can give you the rustic look of jumbo cedar shakes, but with a Class A Fire Rating, a Class 4 Impact Rating and is resistant to mold and algae growth.

Bellaforte Shake before and after

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