Featured Project - Waukegan, IL

The Haines House, located in Waukegan, IL, is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Lake County. Formerly the home of past Chicago mayor John C. Haines, it currently houses the Waukegan History Museum and services as the headquarters for the Waukegan Historical Society. DaVinci Shake shingles were chosen for the museum as a maintenance free way to keep the historical look of the building. The polymer roof tiles were installed by high-end contractor All American Exterior Solutions, located out of Lake Zurich, IL. 

This luxury roof system, not only looks just like natural cedar shake, but it comes with a 50 Year Warranty, Class A Fire Rating, Class 4 Impact Rating, and a 110 mph wind rating


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DaVinci Slate Roofing Rivals Natural Slate

If you're thinking of a natural slate roof for your home, think again.

The beautiful look of real slate can be offset by the weight of the product and its typically high cost. Instead, consider a slate alternative that offers the same beauty as the natural product, but is lighter in weight, resists impact, fire, mold, algae and insect infestations.

DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate is carefully engineered to provide the authentic look and durability of natural slate using virgin resins. Available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths, bundles of the sustainable roofing product arrive at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork. The composite slate is crafted to display rough edges and natural stone-like surface textures and comes at an impressive 1/2" tile thickness.

DaVinci offers a line of slate products to fit every project. One of the company's most popular slate lines, Bellaforté, provides a manufactured slate roofing product that includes a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge to help reduce the installation time for the products. A square of Bellaforté slate roof shingles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

Single-Width Slate roof tiles offer exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. Single-Width imitation slate tiles are available in a 12" tile width with a 1/2" thickness and is modeled after natural slate pieces.

No matter which simulated slate roofing tile you select, DaVinci products are all 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 synthetic slate shingles resist water absorption, which eliminates freeze-thaw issues and allows for installation in most weather conditions. And, every imitation slate tile from DaVinci is 100 percent recyclable and comes with a 50-year limited warranty.

For more information on DaVinci Slate products, visit Polymer Slate Profiles: Features and Benefits.

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History in the Making

Most historic project makeovers you read about focus on structures that are hundreds of years old. But in Johnson City, New York, the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church is just 37 years old, yet it promises to be written up in future history books.

That's because the traditional Ukrainian design of the church structure includes three massive domes. Each one is 80-feet tall --- and each one is covered in our single-width Valoré composite shake roofing material from DaVinci Roofscapes.

 

Church founders selected the Tuscano blend of light, medium light, medium and dark autumn colors to top their unique church structure. The shake alternative roofing product was selected after the original cedar shake roof deteriorated.

"We're both amazed and pleased that these man-made roofing tiles could have such a positive and beautiful impact on our facility," says Rev. Teodor B. Czabala, Jr. "The new polymer shakes look almost identical to the older wooden ones, but these will last so much longer."

Valoré synthetic shake roofing tiles embrace the art and science of roofing and offer exceptional aesthetics and performance without destroying a budget. The synthetic cedar shake tiles resemble the hand-split shake tiles found on upscale residences throughout the world, but require none of the maintenance.

Available in 9-inch tile widths with a deep 5/8" profile shadow line, Valoré lightweight roofing tiles are Class 4 impact-rated, rated Class A for fire resistance and won't support the growth of fungus or algae. This 50 year roof offers exceptional value for any residential or commercial project. And that's a lesson for the history books!

For information on synthetic roofing material used on other churches, visit Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead.

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Class A Fire Rated Roof Tiles... What Does that Mean?

shake brandWhat 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.

1. Intermittent Flame - an assembly of tiles is subjected to an intense flame for two minutes then turned off for two minutes. This is cycled 15 times to see if there is failure in the roof deck.

2.  Spread of Flame -  flame and air current are applied for 10 consecutive minutes and then checked for failure. 

3. Burning Brand - This is my personal favorite...not that I liked starting fires as a child. In this test, a burning brand is placed on an assembly of roofing tiles with a high volume of wind behind it.The decking of the assembly is constantly monitored for 90 minutes to see if any fire burns through. If fire burns through the roof deck anytime during the 90 minute trial, the tiles fail. Below are pictures of DaVinci's Class A Fire rated slate and simulated shake roofing. DaVinci tiles PASS these tests with flying colors.

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Check Your Roof Before 2014 Hurricane Season Starts

If you live in a coastal area, the names Arthur, Bertha and Cristobal may make you shudder. That's because those are the designated names of the first three hurricanes in the 2014 Hurricane Season that starts on June 1.

This week (May 25 -31) is National Hurricane Preparedness Week and experts advise you to check on the condition of your roof now --- before hurricane season starts.

"Your roof should be checked annually to make sure it's holding up well after previous storms and to make sure it's able to handle upcoming severe weather conditions," says Mark Clement, co-host of MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show and a professional contractor. “Repeated exposure to strong weather can take a toll on the home. Always review and evaluate the effectiveness of the entire home ‘envelope’ each year at the beginning of the hurricane season.

“Start at the top of your home and evaluate the condition of your roof, then work down to your windows, entry doors and garage doors. These are the four most critical areas of the home during hurricane season because if any one of these areas is compromised, then wind and pressure can enter the home with devastating results.”

The experts at DaVinci Roofscapes recommend checking to determine if there are missing shingles, curling or splitting shingles, lifting shingles or loss of granules on your roof. Both straight line winds and pressurized winds can cause different damage --- from uplifting the shingles off the roof to pushing intense wind-driven rain and flying debris onto the roof.

“Weather conditions have changed so much in recent years,” says Clement. “My recommendation is to always select an impact-resistant composite roof for the home. Even though we live inland in Pennsylvania, we put a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roof on our house.

“This environmentally friendly roof has achieved Class 4 ratings for impact resistance along with the Miami Dade County Acceptance (High Velocity Hurricane Winds) and the Texas Department of Insurance, showing that the roofing tiles can withstand hurricane-force winds.

"In addition, DaVinci synthetic shake and imitation slate roofing tiles are rated Class A for fire retardance and have achieved the highest rating for straight line wind testing at 110 mph. The manufactured slate roof also has a limited 50-year warranty for added peace-of-mind.”

See DaVinci Featured on "Weather Proof" on The Weather Channel for more details on how DaVinci synthetic roofing material stands up to severe weather.

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Shake it Off ...

If you're looking to replace a cedar shake roof and think you need to stick with real wooden shake shingles, we have some advice for you --- shake it off!

Explore the option of composite shake products from DaVinci Roofscapes and you'll never go back to curling, rotting and insect-infected real cedar roof shingles again. Even more importantly, you'll never worry about fire spread on your roof again since DaVinci synthetic shake shingles have been tested and achieved a Class A rating for fire retardance.

This testing means that the roof will withstand extended fire exposure. With a roof bearing a Class A rating, homeowners know that their roofs will resist the spread of fire and help protect the roof deck while not producing flying firebrands and embers.

 

“We use independent, third parties to test our composite roofing materials to assure they meet or exceed Class A ratings so that homeowners have the peace-of-mind of knowing their homes will be secure,” says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. “Our shake alternative roofing tiles have also achieved the highest rating for straight line wind testing at 110 mph, Miami Dade Florida wind certification, and a Class 4 rating for impact resistance. This means the roofing tiles can resist wildfires along with the falling and flying debris during wildfires.

“No matter where you live, having a DaVinci Roofscapes cedar shake alternative roof overhead means you have gone the extra mile to increase the odds that your home, personal belongings and family treasures will be there when wildfires, hail and severe weather have passed.”

For more information on DaVinci polymer roofing, see Natural, Synthetic and DaVinci Shakes – A Comparison.                           

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From the Architect's Corner - DaVinci Shake Accents Paired with a Flat Roof

We don't (typically) get a lot of interest on behalf of homes or buildings with flat roofs. Makes sense, as we manufacture a steep slope roofing product. Sometimes DaVinci Slate or Shake roof tiles can still be installed on overhangs which accent the building. We see this often with commercial buildings or strip malls, and DaVinci polymer roof tiles cap many projects like that. What we don't see as often is a flat roof with overhangs on a residential project. The project below, installed in Oklahoma, has our composite shake roof tiles as accents on this home. So architects, something to consider the next time your design incorporates something like this. Our products all come with a Class A Fire Rating, Class 4 Impact Rating, 110 mph wind certification and are a 50 year roof. Not to mention that they look great, and can compliment these types of projects in a very natural way. 

Happy Friday, Architects!

 

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Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci

If you're in the mood to "shake up" your roof, do yourself a favor and research the many polymer shake roofing options available from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Why? Because one of the main problems with natural cedar shake shingles is their flammability --- and with DaVinci synthetic cedar shakes you all but eliminate that concern with the product's Class A Fire Rating!

Need more reasons to shake up the way you think about your roof? DaVinci composite shakes are impact-, rot- and insect-resistant. Plus, they're virtually maintenance free and resist curling, splitting and cracking. Another key bonus is that DaVinci shake alternative tiles resist fading --- so the color you select today is the same color you'll see on your roof decades from now!

Check out the many simulated shake roofing options you have from DaVinci:

  • 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 cedar shake roof features both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths of the 5/8" profile on the tiles help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in either a straight or staggered pattern.

  • Single-Width Valoré Shake tiles embrace the art and science of roofing to offer exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. Valoré Shake comes in a 9" tile width with a 5/8" profile to provide deep, attractive shadow lines.

  • Bellaforté Shake composite roofing tiles include a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge, which help reduce the installation time for the products. A square of Bellaforté tiles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

  • DaVinci Fancy Shake luxury roof tiles provide a more refined cedar look when compared to traditional hand-split shake. With the clean, smooth look of a machine-sawn shake, Fancy Shake is available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with a tile thickness of 7/16". Using multiple widths helps create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid at a straight or staggered pattern.

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See how one neighborhood relies on shake alternative roofing at Designer Shakes Up Utah Roofs.

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Heard it on the Roofline ...

If you're a homeowner, you'll buy a roof once, maybe twice, in your lifetime. If you're a roofer, you're making roofing material purchases constantly.

With that in mind, it makes sense to listen to what roofers are saying about DaVinci Roofscapes products. These are the professionals who have the choice of selecting and installing any type of roofing product they desire --- yet they return again and again to DaVinci synthetic shake and slate roof shingles.

“I’m a big believer in polymer roofing products for our geographic area. The security that comes from this Florida community now having these roofs overhead is unmatched. Homeowners get peace-of-mind, low maintenance and years of guaranteed top performance.”

     ~Al Christiano, senior account manager for Empire Roofing in Florida

 

We install several DaVinci roofs each year on residential and commercial projects. This (the roof on the LeConte Center in Tennessee) was the largest project we’ve had the opportunity to install polymer roofing material and it went very smoothly. The result is a roof that blends in with its natural setting, is very durable, requires virtually no maintenance and will last for decades to come.”

     ~Joe Whitmore, vice president of operations for Detail Slate and Tile in Tennessee

 

 

“Our team has completed numerous residential projects in the past with DaVinci Roofscapes products and every client has been extremely pleased.

     ~Scott Riopelle, owner of Interstate Roofing in Colorado

 

“We used Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing tiles for this project (a home in California) which really helped the job go smoothly because they’re typically lighter in weight than actual wood shakes. DaVinci has a reliable product that provides my customers an alternative to actual slate, wood or tile. Homeowners realize the cost savings is in the reduction of maintenance needed over time for these products, plus the 50-year limited warranty that gives them peace-of-mind.”

     ~Guy Galitski, president of G.G. Roofing in California

 

“You can’t just throw anything up a roof and hope it will work — especially not in coastal areas. I believe this roof (on Captain George's Seafood Restaurant) will work perfectly because of its anticipated long life span, low maintenance needs for the restaurant owners and the product testing results. This DaVinci roof is Class 4 impact rated, Class A rated for fire retardance and tested for high wind endurance. It’s darned hard to beat those qualifications in a roof!

     ~Rex Simpson, general manager of Gallop Roofing & Remodeling in North Carolina

 

Want to hear more? Visit Out of the Mouths of Contractors and Interview with Stella Amador of Florida Quality Roofing!

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March Winds and Hammers Don't Impact DaVinci Roofing Tiles

Watch out as those strong March winds blow ... they could bring loose limbs and trees down onto your roof.

Many areas of the country had too much rain last year and an abundance of snow this past winter. That means root systems and branches could be especially vulnerable to falling when those heavy March winds kick in!

If you're looking for a way to help protect your home, consider an impact-resistant DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate or shake roofing system. Pennsylvania-resident Mark Clement, host of MyFixitUpLife radio show and a professional contractor, installed a DaVinci imitation slate roof on his home two years ago and now sleeps worry-free below his eco friendly roof.

“My DaVinci composite slate roof has achieved Class 4 ratings for impact resistance along with the Miami Dade County Acceptance (High Velocity Hurricane Winds) and the Texas Department of Insurance, showing that the roofing tiles can withstand hurricane-force winds," says Clement. "In addition, DaVinci imitation slate and shake roofing tiles are rated Class A for fire retardance and have achieved the highest rating for straight line wind testing at 110 mph. The roof also has a limited 50-year warranty for added peace-of-mind for myself and my family."

Want to see just how durable the composite slate and shake roofing tiles from DaVinci are as compared to other types of roofing products? Then click HERE to see a video of Mark swinging a hammer at various roofing products --- including synthetic roofing materials!

Looking for more details on the resilience of DaVinci green roof systems? Check out this story: DaVinci Resin Slate and Shake Roofing

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DaVinci Roofscapes -1 ... Mother Nature - 0

Sometimes the best way to share information, is to proudly offer a list. That's what we're doing today with this blog posting.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we know it's important to provide you with a reliable lightweight roofing system. Don't be fooled though, even though our polymer shake and slate tiles are lightweight tiles, they're extremely durable. So, here's the impressive list of what our simulated shake and slate products have achieved:

All DaVinci products:

  • are Class 4 impact rated, meeting the UL 2218 Impact Test (tested by Intertek)
  • are rated Class A for fire retardance in the ASTME E 108 fire test
  • have the highest ratings for straight line wind testing at 110 mph in the ASTM D3161 test (same as UL 997 Wind Uplift)
  • passed the TAS-125 certification test for wind uplift resistance in High Velocity Hurricane Zones
  • passed the TAS-100 certification test for wind driven rain
  • tested in accelerated weathering in accordance with ASTM G 26 for 4,500 hours. The average loss in tensile strength was 2.6%. According to people in the weathering business this accelerated exposure is equivalent to many months or even years of actual exposure
  • passed the freeze-thaw ICC-ES Test (Acceptance Criteria AC07, section 4.9) with exposure to temperatures from -40 F to 180 F in 22 hour cycles for approximately a month
  • passed the ASTM D 3462 nail pull through resistance at 32 F and 72 F test
  • have the following Building Code Approvals: ICC-ES ESR-2119, Miami Dade County, FL (see product pages for NOA number), and TDI

 

For more impressive details on designer roofs from DaVinci, visit Severe Weather Worries? Not With A DaVinci Roof!

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NRCA a Resource for Roof Shoppers

If you're considering adding a new roof to your home, check out the "consumers" section on the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) website.

DaVinci Roofscapes is a proud member of NRCA, one of the construction industry's most respected trade associations and the voice of roofing professionals. Founded in 1886, NRCA is a nonprofit association representing all segments of the roofing industry and also provides homeowners with valuable information.

What type of helpful data will you find on the NRCA website? You can find a Roof Checkup Guide for Homeowners along with Consumer Natural Disaster Information and details on Attic Ventilation. There's also an "FYI - Buying a New Roof and Getting Your Money's Worth" section plus a Homeowner FAQ area.

The NRCA site includes tips on maintaining your roof, a search location for finding a roof contractor and a technical questions area. This one-stop website provides valuable resources.

Remember, when shopping for a new roof, make sure to consider all the benefits of polymer slate and shake roofing tiles. The lightweight roofing systems from DaVinci have a Class A Fire Rating, resist hail and impact, and are ideal for creating a designer roof --- all the essentials of a worry-free, reliable and high performance sustainable roofing product!

For more guidance when shopping for a roof, visit Check Out Polymer Slate Roofing Options.

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Roofing 101 for Homeowners

Here's a fact of life: as a homeowner, sometimes you forget about your roof overhead. Unless you have a gaping hole, storm damage or messy leaks, it's easy to take your roof for granted.

Fortunately, your roof doesn't forget about you. It usually protects your home and its contents for many years before needing to be replaced. But how do you know when it's time to replace your roof? Start first by determining the age of your roof. Every product in your home has a life cycle ... and usually 20 to 25 years is about the length of time you can get out of an asphalt shingle roof.

Next, think about your geographic location. Does your roof get subjected to searing sun, heavy snows or hail? If so, that may shorten the roof's lifespan.

To get a good idea of how your roof is holding up, climb a ladder and look around ... or, go to a high spot in the area and look at your roof through a set of binoculars. If you see curling, splitting or missing shingles, that's a clear sign there's damage to your roof that needs to be addressed. Don't be afraid to call in a roofing expert to do a professional evaluation of your roof. Getting the insights of someone who deals with roofs for a living can be a valuable asset.

Need some good, practical reasons to invest in a new roof even if there's no apparent damage? Consider this ... by adding a new roof you can increase the resale value of your entire home. Or, if your area has seen changing weather conditions in recent years, it's a good idea to invest in a strong, low-maintenance polymer roof with a 50-year roof warranty.

When it's time to replace your roof, look no further than DaVinci. Our synthetic roofing tiles are made with state-of-the-art UV stabilizers embedded throughout the polymer to create a durable synthetic roofing tile which resists mold, algae, fungus and insects, with virtually no curling, or cracking so they’re headache-free. And, all DaVinci imitation slate and shake roof tiles have a Class A fire rating available, are Class 4 rated for impact resistance, and have passed wind tests at over 110 MPH. Just imagine having beautiful, virtually maintenance-free polymer roofing slate or shake synthetic roof that adds value to your home while protecting it from severe weather conditions!

You can Say Goodbye to Poor Weather Roof Wear with DaVinci by checking out this additional blog post!

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DaVinci Roofs: An Answer to Many Prayers

Coast-to-coast you'll find DaVinci polymer roofing tiles atop many different churches. While each church recognizes the benefits of the long-lasting synthetic roofing tiles, perhaps the churches that appreciate them the most are the oldest ones.

“This simulated slate roofing product truly looks like the original slate tile that was placed on our church and chapel more than 75 years ago," says Father Peter Grover, OMV with St. Clement Eucharist Shrine in Boston. "The Bellaforté product allowed us to preserve both the historical look and feel of our facilities. We also gained the advantage that these polymer tiles resist fire, high winds and severe weather. That gives us all peace-of-mind knowing that our church facility and seminary are protected."

In Jacksonville, Oregon, the town's Historic Architectural Review Committee approved a DaVinci Roofscapes shake shingle roof to replace the decaying cedar shakes on the roof at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, which opened in 1881. A Tahoe blend featuring five shades of brown in multi-width composite shake tiles provides the church with the authentic cedar look they desired.

"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 lightweight roofing materials used for both churches are Class 4 impact rated and have been rated Class A for fire retardance. The fake slate and fake cedar shake roofing materials have also achieved the highest ratings for straight line wind testing at 110 mph and have passed testing for extreme weather conditions.

Backed by a 50-year limited lifetime warranty, DaVinci plastic roofing materials resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.  

Looking for more details on how imitation slate shingles are used to create eco friendly roofs? Then visit Historic Church Gets High-Tech Polymer Roof and Historic Peterson House Gets DaVinci Polymer Roof.

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Fred Flintstone's Boss Would Love DaVinci Slate Tiles

Even Fred Flintstone's cantankerous boss Mr. Slate would be proud to have DaVinci Roofscapes slate polymer roofing products named in his honor. Modeled after natural slate pieces, these lightweight roofing tiles wouldn't break the back of any dinosaur to get them out of Mr. Slate's quarry!

Each DaVinci simulated slate roofing tile 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 synthetic tiles resist water absorption, which eliminates freeze-thaw issues and allows for installation in most weather conditions. And, every imitation slate tile from DaVinci is 100 percent recyclable and comes with a 50-year limited warranty.

DaVinci Multi-Width Slate is carefully engineered to provide the authentic look and durability of natural slate using virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable product. Available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths, bundles of the sustainable roofing product arrive at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork. The composite slate is crafted to display rough edges and natural stone-like surface textures and comes at an impressive 1/2" tile thickness.

One of the newer profiles available from DaVinci Roofscapes, Bellaforté manufactured slate roofing includes a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge to help reduce the installation time for the products. A square of Bellaforté slate roof shingles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

Valoré Single-Width Slate roof tiles offer exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. Valoré Slate is available in a 12" tile width with a 1/2" thickness and is modeled after natural slate pieces.

Best of all, every DaVinci luxury roof tile resists curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects, making them ideal for installation in a wide variety of geographic areas. Visit Check Out Polymer Slate Roofing Options for more information on our slate roof alternatives!

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Back to School with DaVinci Roofscapes

From Mohawk Avenue elementary school in New Jersey to the Sara Bea Learning Center at Notre Dame, DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofs can be found on school campuses across the country.

“Dozens of schools nationwide have selected DaVinci’s low-maintenance polymer roof tiles due to their aesthetic appeal and 50-year limited warranty,” says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. “The long-lasting slate and shake tile shingles we manufacture can be found on the roofs at Willard Elementary School in Ridgewood, New Jersey, the dormitories at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia and on the Trinity Pawling School in Pawling, New York.

“These dependable Class A Fire Rated roofs are especially popular at colleges and universities for new construction projects like dormitories and classroom buildings. You’ll find fire-resistant DaVinci roofs on structures at Princeton College, Colorado State University, Southeast Missouri State University, Mount St. Mary’s and the College of New Jersey.”

At the State University of New York (SUNY) campus in Canton, New York, there are eight buildings that create the Smith and Mohawk Residences which house 850 students. Each dormitory features a mansard roof of DaVinci Slate roofing tiles in the European Blend color that reaches from the top of the buildings down more than four stories to the lawn below.

And, at the Mohawk Avenue School in New Jersey, 100-year old slate tiles had to be replaced after years of service. “We specialize in authentic historic design roofing work and this project totally fit our capabilities,” says Boyd with CM Boyd Authentic Design, the team that installed 198 squares of DaVinci tiles in the European blend color. “I knew as soon as we replaced that roof it would completely transform the look of the school. The authenticity of the polymer roofing tiles we used is one of the best advances I’ve witnessed in this industry.”

For more details on schools with DaVinci synthetic slate and shake roofing overhead, visit "Fighting Irish" Fan of DaVinci Polymer Slate Roof, School House Roofs and From the Architect's Corner - Specifying DaVinci On a College or University.

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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!

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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.     

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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.

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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.

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