Evaluate Your Roof During National Home Ownership Month

Do you own a home? If so, congratulations --- it's National Home Ownership Month!

Along with the joys of gardening and interior decorating projects, home ownership also means being responsible for the "building envelope" of your home. That means annually checking on the status of your siding, windows, doors, garage doors and, you guessed it, your roof.

Polymer Roof TilesEvery part of a home exterior needs to be evaluated yearly to make sure weather and age haven't had a bad impact over time. And, it's important to know that the products used to create your home won't last forever. At some point your windows, doors or roof will start to fail --- and then it's time to consider replacement products.

If your home is at an age where you're seeing lots of missing or broken roof tiles, a large amount of granules in your gutters from asphalt shingles, or if you've had storm damage recently, it may be time for a new designer roof. Our polymer roofing tiles at DaVinci Roofscapes are an exceptional value for re-roofing projects. They're constructed of proprietary engineered polymer that includes multiple virgin resins, organic fire retardant, state-of-the-art color and UV stabilizers and inorganic pigments that are safe for the environment.

What does that mean for you?

It means our imitation slate tiles and composite shake roofing resists fading, impact (Class 4 Impact Rating), insects, fire (Class A Fire Rating) and high winds (ASTM D3161). And, to give you added peace of mind, we provide a Lifetime Warranty on all of our green roofing materials.

This month, enjoy the start of summer weather ... but also celebrate National Home Ownership Month by making time to evaluate your roof. (see Tips to Determine if You Need a New Roof)

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Checking in With DaVinci Roofscapes Homeowners

Oftentimes in our blog posts we share stories about homeowners who have recently had DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing installed on their homes. Today, we're going back to some of those homeowners to see how they feel about their composite roofing now that they've lived with it awhile.

Back in 2012 Andrew Marenin had our simulated shake roofing installed on his Colorado home. Here's what he has to say today. "The DaVinci roof has been holding up very well," says Marenin. "Neighbors are continuously inquiring about how well the roof looks. One neighbor a block away has already installed a DaVinci roof and two others who have inquired will be installing this Spring."

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Another happy homeowner is Mary Kathryn Hirsh in California, who replaced her real shake shingles when frequent wildfires got too close for comfort. She switched to Class A Fire Rated simulated slate roofing to gain peace of mind and a new look for her home. (See Fire-Resistant DaVinci Roof Eases Homeowner Concerns) "I am very, very happy with my DaVinci roof," says Hirsh. "It receives many compliments. People stop and take pictures, and it really is so outstandingly attractive."

Fake Slate

 

More kudos for lightweight roofing materials from DaVinci come from Joe Blumetti who raves about his new designer roof. "We love our new roof," says Blumetti. "It improves the whole look of the house! We get many positive comments on our house and people love our roof. We would use it again and suggest to anyone building to consider it also! It may cost a bit more initially but should pay off for years in beauty and durability."

 

Cedar Shake Alternative

 

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New Imitation Slate Roof Atop Grace Episcopal Church

After almost 100 years atop Grace Episcopal Church in Mansfield, Ohio, the heavy original slate tile roof was replaced in late 2014 with lightweight polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Polymer Slate Roof"We would categorize the original slate as in poor to average condition," says Roman Koval, business manager at Cleveland Commercial Roofing. "This was a soft slate that was costing thousands of dollars each year for the church in upkeep. Selecting the durable DaVinci Single-Width Slate profile was a sound investment for this historic building."

DaVinci synthetic slate roofing tiles are carefully crafted using virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable roofing product. The 12" wide tiles are modeled after actual slate and resist impact, severe weather and are Class A Fire Rated. Backed by a Lifetime Limited Materials Warranty, the simulated slate roofing offer the church decades of easy maintenance care.

"Our church dealt with the high mounting costs of maintaining our real slate roof for many years," says Rev. Joe Ashby with Grace Episcopal Church. "The slate needed constant attention and wasn't energy efficient. After we saw the authentic appearance of the DaVinci product, we knew we'd found the solution to our problem."

The aesthetic appeal of the DaVinci roof boasts an authentic quarried look to replicate genuine slate roof tiles. "Those people who don't know we had the church re-roofed still think we have the slate roof --- that's how realistic the slate appearance is of the polymer roofing product," says Ashby. "We're exceptionally happy with our choice of DaVinci and have already recommended it to another church in our area."

See also Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead for more churches across the country using synthetic slate shingles and cedar shake roofing from DaVinci.

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Slate Roofs Without the Headaches

Years ago, people with real slate roofs had a type of prestige associated with their home ... but there were also many headaches.

Durable, beautiful and long-lasting, natural slate roofing materials are also extremely heavy and difficult to install. Plus, there's the concerns of splintering and cracking of slate plus the extreme cost of the product.

DaVinci Roofscapes to the rescue. For homeowners craving the look of natural slate tile roof but cringing from the costs and problems associated with slate roof tiles, DaVinci offers a variety of simulated slate roofing options, including Multi-Width Slate, Single-Width Slate and Bellaforté Slate. (see Getting Serious About DaVinci Slate Roof Tiles)


Slate Roof Alternatives
 

No matter which of our realistic-looking synthetic slate roof shingles you select, you get outstanding features and benefits to bring beauty and value to your home. From our Lifetime Warranty to our Class 4 impact rating, our slate roofing materials are reliable. And, if you live in an area prone to severe weather, you'll also gain peace of mind knowing that DaVinci composite slate resists winds up to 110mph and is fire resistant.

With DaVinci slate shingles, you get the prestige of a natural slate roof without the headaches. Your toughest decision may be the selection of one (or more!) of our 50 colors available for your next luxury roof!

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Unlimited Possibilities with DaVinci Roofscapes

Like a tempting, over-flowing buffet line at a quality restaurant, DaVinci Roofscapes provides an endless array of designer roof possibilities for homeowners.

First, there are the colors --- oh, the colors! Whether you're looking for a stately, refined gray or an eye-catching violet, we have the color you desire to perfectly complement your home exterior. In fact, we have 50 different colors AND we can combine different shades to create a personal blend of polymer roofing just for you. If you can't find a color that doesn't perfectly meet your desires, just bring us your favorite paint color swatch, jacket or nail polish and we can create a custom roof color to meet your needs!

Designer Roof

 

Second, the composite roofing choices. DaVinci offers simulated shake roofing and composite slate in our lightweight roofing materials. And, we don't stop there. We have both multi-width and single-width offerings in our plastic roofing materials ... plus good-better-best options for pricing.

Unlimited possibilities at DaVinci Roofscapes is more than just a tagline --- it's our way of life.

For more than 15 years we've proudly created slate roof alternatives and synthetic cedar shake roofing that authentically replicates the real product, but offers so many more advantages. Our sustainable roofing gives you peace-of-mind with our Class A Fire Rating, high wind and severe weather tolerance and lifetime limited warranty.

Need more details? Then visit Which DaVinci Slate is Right for My Home? and DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options.

 

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Rest, Relaxation and Roofing

A place to unpack, relax and lay down after a busy day. That's what most hotels offer their guests. But, at the Beach Terrace Inn and Hotel Breakers, they also offer a designer roof overhead from DaVinci Roofscapes that boasts a Class A Fire Rating for added peace of mind.

The eco friendly roof on the Beach Terrace Inn is almost as picturesque as the calming Pacific Ocean waters just a few feet from the California hotel. Fake SlateSimulated slate roofing atop the 48 rooms in an Aberdeen blend of stone, gray, brown, green and purple shades, offers an eye-pleasing appeal to the structure. And, the easy-care polymer roofing resists the damages of salt air and sea spray, so the fake slate roof always looks its best.

Also located on restful waters, the Hotel Breakers sits between Lake Erie and Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio. The historic hotel is now in the second phase of having Bellaforté synthetic slate roofing installed over the entire hotel complex. (see Cedar Point Hotel Gets Bellaforté Roof)

"One of the chief reasons Bellaforté slate roofing tiles were chosen for the Hotel Breakers re-roofing project originally was because the installation could be done in cold weather without having to warm the polymer roof tiles before installation," says Jim Carson, vice president of A-STAR, the roofing company in charge of installing both phases of the imitation slate roof.

While the Union Printers Home in Colorado Springs had similar cold weather concerns when installing DaVinci composite roofing on their 1892 historic structure for 120 assisted living residents, there are those lucky hospitality projects, like the Westin St. John Villas Timeshare, that have no worries. Located in the tropical paradise of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bellaforté Shake tile roofs were installed by people in shorts --- not in snowsuits!

Need more details on our lightweight roofing materials used on hotels? Then Check Out DaVinci Roofs on Hotels!

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Class A Fire Rated DaVinci Roof Selected After Restaurant Fire

When roofer John Blair heard about a fire that destroyed Yesterday's Restaurant in Hazlet, New Jersey, he knew the restaurant would be rebuilt. After all, the Spalliero family had served up authentic southern Italian and Simulated Slate RoofingAmerican cuisine at the restaurant for almost 50 years before the tragic fire in 2010.

Blair was pleased that his company was chosen for the roofing job for the new restaurant --- and especially excited about the owner's choice of a Class A Fire Rated Bellaforté composite slate roof.

“I’ve installed other DaVinci Roofscapes roofs in the past when we needed products with outstanding aesthetic appeal, and we’ve always had superior results,” says Blair, president of Garden State Roofing. “Our business is also family-owned, so I knew how important it was to everyone at Yesterday’s Restaurant to get back to work quickly.

"The snap-fit application of the Bellaforté product went smoothly and was easy to install. This roof has a high-end look at a reasonable price.”

The patented snap-fit, self-locating Bellaforté sustainable roofing tiles installed on Yesterday’s Restaurant replaced old, burnt-up asphalt shingles. Featuring Faux Slate Tilesan integrated rain gutter and leading edge tab, the synthetic slate roofing tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.

“There was never a doubt that we’d rebuild,” says Vinny Spalliero, owner of the Bayshore community restaurant. “This business is family owned and operated, so we pulled together to get back in business as quickly as possible.

“I picked out the slate gray Bellaforté roof because it had the look I was going for that matched up with the stone and stucco siding features we added to the building after the renovation. The polymer roof is a nice, durable product and the fire resistant benefit gives us all added peace-of-mind.”

Want to read about more restaurants using lightweight roofing materials? See Serving Up DaVinci Roofs

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Shaky Shake: Cedar Roofing Woes

Let's face it ... real cedar shake shingles are, well, shaky at best.

They have a history of curling, warping and getting infected with nasty wood-eating insects. They split over time and can pop their nails. Worst of all, they're very susceptible to fire.

Fake Shake RoofIf you love the look of cedar roof shingles, but don't want to invest in a product that has a very limited lifespan with unappealing problems, consider composite shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Created to replicate the look of cedar roofing without the maintenance hassles, simulated shake roofing from DaVinci is covered by a Limited Lifetime Materials Warranty. Our synthetic cedar shake shingles are authentic looking, fire-resistant and insect-resistant ... plus they come in a wide array of colors. (See Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci)

A helpful chart on the DaVinci polymer roof tiles website easily allows you to compare the beauty, performance and installation labor related to natural cedar shake roofing to DaVinci shake roofing materials and to other synthetic shake shingles. You'll find that Single-Width Shake, Multi-Width Shake, Bellaforté Shake and Fancy Shake products all have envious features --- including a Class A Fire Rating, wind resistance up to 110mph and color fade resistance.

When it comes time to adding a luxury roof to your home, shake off your concerns by requesting low maintenance synthetic cedar shaking roofing from DaVinci.

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Ask the Expert - Royce Kuntz

Royce Kuntz, Regional Sales Manager with DaVinci Roofscapes has been with the company for 6+ years now, and much of his time is spent on the road meeting with customers. We want to share some of Royce's unique insights with you about his conversations with roofers, project managers and homeowners.

 

Fake Shake RoofQ: You're meeting with a lot of roofers across the east. What do they identify as one of the best aspects of using DaVinci polymer roof tiles?

A: Roofers really care about the pre-collated bundles DaVinci supplies. This saves them time and labor on the construction site because they don't have to hand sort different colors and widths. This pre-planned distribution produces the right aesthetic effect every time on the roof --- which also matters to homeowners.

 

Q: Are roofers giving you feedback on anything else?

A: Yes. Bellaforte roofing tiles, which we introduced several years ago, are a big hit with roofers. They all cite the speed of installation with these lightweight roofing tiles as being very appealing to them.

 

Q: What about consumers? What are homeowners asking about?

A: Along with getting the exact look on the roof they want, which is where the pre-collated bundles come in, homeowners are keenly interested in color fade concerns, warranty and the integrity of the composite roofing tiles.

 

Q: Let's tackle these individually. How do you respond to the color fade concerns?

A: At DaVinci, our proprietary engineered polymer incorporates state-of-the-art color and ultraviolet stabilizers in order to provide the best possible color performance. Although all outdoor products tend to fade a bit over time, the DaVinci Slate and Shake synthetic roofing material has proven itself in internal accelerated weathering, third party testing and outside exposure. And, since our color extends completely through each tile, this also brings greater confidence to the reduction of color fade issues.

 

Fake Slate Roof

Q: Next, the warranty.

A: DaVinci offers a Limited Lifetime Material Warranty. This provides exceptional value for a homeowner along with peace-of-mind. I also remind consumers to check with their homeowner insurance company since many agencies will offer a discount with our Class A Fire Rated product.

 

Q: Finally, the integrity of composite roofing tiles. What do you share with homeowners to eliminate concerns?

A: This is easy. The combination of the rib structure of the DaVinci tiles with the thickness of the synthetic roofing material --- especially when compared to competitive composite roofing products --- prevents the DaVinci tiles from curling and warping. The thicker simulated shake roofing and imitation slate tiles we manufacture also provide better shadow lines and makes for a more realistic looking slate or cedar shake roof.

 

Want to know what contractors think of DaVinci manufactured slate roofs? See Out of the Mouths of Contractors

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From the Architect's Corner - Tornado Season

Back in 2008 something pretty scary happened in a residential neighborhood in Manhattan, Kansas. An F4 tornado touched down and left behind a lot of damage. Trees were uprooted, debris was everywhere, there was damage to property. You get the picture. So when Jeff Lord and Karen Hudson emerged from the basement of their home to find a tree on their house, they were expecting to find significant damage. They called the insurance company and had somebody out to have the tree removed. Now, if you have been through something like this then you know this is where things can go sideways as you start to have visions of months of damage repair, and a revolving door of bids and different contractors to fix different areas of your home. What they found surprised everyone. Despite having a tree crash onto their roof, and neighbors on surrounding sides all suffering significant damage, they had no damage to their DaVinci Roofscapes composite slate roof. 

We recognize a story like this may not be the norm when you are dealing with a weather event like that, but the take away here is with your residential clients aesthetics will get your foot in the door, but it won't always be the number one factor in making a decision on what roofing material they end up choosing as safety and performance need to also weigh in. Specifying a material that is Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated and wind certified to 110 mph, in addition to the fact it looks like real slate and cedar shake, will end up satisfying this goal, "I want a roof that looks beautiful and will protect my home at the highest level possible". 

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Happy Friday, Architects!

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Green Roofing Options for St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day traditionally boasts all things green. And, at DaVinci Roofscapes we want to celebrate this special day by talking about our green roofs!

We offer four standard colors of polymer roofing products, including Light Green, Medium Green, Dark Green, Green Stone. But, more importantly, we're in the business of providing homeowners with green roofing options.

Sustainable roofing products like our composite shake and imitation slate roofing tiles are environmentally friendly, can be recycled and have a lifetime limited warranty, which helps you save green in your wallet. (see New DaVinci Roof = Cash in Your Wallet)

Many homeowners also find that their homeowner's insurance premiums are reduced when they invest in synthetic slate roofing or composite shake. That's because the Class A Fire Rating of our luxury roof tiles makes it a smart investment.

Here are some more green facts about DaVinci lightweight roofing materials:

- Selecting synthetic DaVinci Shake roof tiles over real cedar shake roofing saves trees.

- When you choose DaVinci Slate roof tiles over natural slate, you're making a smaller carbon footprint on the environment.

- DaVinci eco friendly roof tiles contribute less to landfills and use less of the earth's resources than asphalt roof shingles because they can be recycled.

When it comes to the environment, every little step helps. See Return Those DaVinci Scraps! and Happy Earth Day from DaVinci Roofscapes!

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DaVinci Roofscapes Prize Winner!

Look up the word "lucky" in the dictionary and you might see a picture of Dan Garnaat in there.

The Arkansas homeowner once won $10,000 in the Powerball lottery AND he won one of the grand prizes in the 2014 The Great TOH Giveaway --- a free DaVinci Roofscapes eco-friendly roof!

"My ranch-style home was built in 2000 and the roof had been showing signs of wear recently," says Garnaat. "I had noticed a fair amount of asphalt shingle aggregate in the gutters lately, which is never good because it means the shingles were starting to fail. I was hoping to put off getting a new roof because I just had to replace my heating and air system, which was costly. This synthetic shake roofing prize from This Old House magazine and DaVinci came at just the right time!"

Garnaat selected a Bellaforté Shake designer roof as his grand prize. To complement his single-level home he chose the composite shake roofing in the Tahoe-VariBlend combination of Light Tahoe, Medium Light Tahoe, Medium Tahoe and Medium Dark Tahoe.

"The crew from Foster Roofing stripped the old roof off and installed the new synthetic shake shingles in a little over six hours," says Garnaat. "I'm really happy with the look of this fake cedar shake product. I even have enough leftover synthetic cedar shake shingles to cover the dog house!

"I've had many good comments on this new shake roofing materials from others. When I tell them that the product is Class A Fired Rated, resists impact and has a lifetime limited materials warranty they're even more impressed!"

For another winner's story see DaVinci Roofscapes WINNER Share Her Experience.

 

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Homeowner Celebrates Fire-Resistant Bellaforté Roof

Some homeowners get so excited about their new DaVinci Roofscapes designer roof that they include pictures of their homes on Facebook. Others feature their home's new luxury roof on their holiday greeting cards. And then there's Dan Baer ... who threw a roof party to celebrate his new simulated slate roofing product.

“We hosted a party on our balcony to celebrate our new roof,” says Baer, a homeowner in Yorba Linda, Calif. “I wanted everyone to reach out, touch this roof and see why we’re so excited.

"The DaVinci slate looks like authentic slate but it’s completely man-made. I’m thrilled with the quality of the product, the custom color we selected and the fire-resistancy of this polymer roof.”
 
Baer had good reason to celebrate when his DaVinci roof was installed in 2011. Just a few years earlier he and his family watched from their back porch as raging wildfire flames came within a half mile of their home.
 
“More than fifty homes burned in our area during the one fire,” says Baer. “If the winds had been stronger, our home would have been included. Our old shake roof was a tinderbox waiting to ignite. Our new Bellaforté polymer tiles are rated Class A for fire retardance, which gives us tremendous peace-of-mind.”

 

Class A Fire Rated

 
Both strong and beautiful, the Bellaforté roofing tiles installed on the home are made of a custom blend designed by Baer and his wife, Cynthia. “I selected colors to complement our overall home,” says Baer. “Our custom blend is a mix of light brown, medium brown, medium tan and dark amber. DaVinci used its VariBlend technology to create a continuous variation from tile to tile, which resulted in a beautiful, natural blend.”

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Featured Project of the Year - Heiland Roofing & Exteriors

When we put our call out to our longtime contractors to submit projects to feature at the upcoming International Roofing Expo we were excited to get back an array of products and geographic locations. Last week we featured a Multi-Width Shake project in Connecticut. The week before, a Bellaforté Slate project in Oklahoma. This week we have a project located in Wichita, Kansas completed by Heiland Roofing & Exteriors. 

Have you ever heard the expression, "Don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes."? The person that said that must have lived in Kansas because the weather there fluctuates from hot to cold, stormy to mild, humid to dry, windy to calm...all in a pretty short period of time. A composite slate roof by DaVinci Roofscapes is a desirable material for this climate as it can hold up to the cold, ice, snow and freeze thaw cycles, as well as it can hold up to the hail and storms that spring and summer may produce. All our products are Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated, 110 mph wind certified and come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty

 

 

Heiland Roofing & Exteriors has been in our program since the beginning and has installed dozens of roofs in the Wichita market. Here is what the homeowner had to say about working with them on this project, "Mike Heiland has a DaVinci roof on his own home, which made an impression on us. He showed us other work he’s done in the area. We couldn’t have been more pleased with his services.”

Come see what's new at DaVinci and all four of our Featured Projects of the Year in booth # 1357 at the IRE in New Orleans February 24-26th.

Heiland Roofing & Exteriors
316-686-8200

 

 

 

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Cupid's Arrows Bounce Off DaVinci Roofs

2015 hasn't been a good year for Cupid. Strong winter winds have caused many misfires of his arrows, causing him to miss his target of would-be lovers. Fortunately for Cupid, some of his mis-fired arrows are hitting DaVinci Roofscapes roofing tiles ... and they're bouncing right off the durable polymer slate and shake roofing tiles, so the arrows can be used again!

"It's embarrassing to have this many arrows go astray," says the Chubby Cheri. "Those gusty winds are making my arrows go crazy. I'm just lucky when the arrows hit a DaVinci roof because they bounce off. I've heard that these roofs resist hail, severe weather and fire, but I didn't know they'd also resist my arrows!"

Developed with a state-of-the-art polymer chemistry, DaVinci polymer roofing tiles resist impact, high winds and fire. DaVinci composite tiles are manufactured from a proprietary engineered polymer that includes multiple virgin resins, organic fire retardant, state-of-the-art color and UV stabilizers and inorganic pigments that are safe for the environment.

DaVinci roofs have earned a Class 4 rating 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 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.

"These roofs are very impressive," says Cupid. "They're not penetrated by my arrows. It's taken thousands of years, but I think I can truly say this is the first time that Cupid is in love ... and it's with a roofing tile!"

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Featured Project of the Year - Eagle Rivet Roof Service

In last week's blog I gave you a peak of one of the four projects we chose to feature in our booth at the 2015 International Roofing Expo. Our second project to feature is located in Killingworth, CT and the homeowners, chose Eagle Rivet Roof Services out of Bloomfield, CT to install a Multi-Width synthetic cedar shake roof tile on their home. DaVinci's Multi-Width Shake (and all our products) are Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated and Wind Certified to 110 mph...did I mention they come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty?! 

What does the homeowner have to say about his new roof? “We were very pleased with Eagle Rivet. The team was extremely efficient and did a very good job. They accomplished what they said they would do in the timeframe they quoted. We had an open dialogue throughout the entire project and they’re an excellent company to work with.”

Come see what's new at DaVinci and all four of our Featured Projects of the Year in booth # 1357 at the IRE in New Orleans February 24-26th. 

Eagle Rivet Roof Service
860-953-1231

 

 

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Bone-Chilling Polymer Roofing Installations

Grand Forks and Fargo, North Dakota. St. Cloud and Duluth, Minnesota. What do these northern cities have in common? They're on the "Top 10" list of Coldest Cities in the USA!

Polymer ShakeWhile not many roofers would want to be out installing lightweight roofing systems in the dead of winter, it's good to know they can "get the job done" with DaVinci Roofscapes as soon as the temperatures warm up to about 20 degrees.

Many roofing products must be seasonally installed, but the unique composition of DaVinci synthetic roofing materials resists temperature extremes, making it possible to install the fake slate and shake alternative roofing tiles in all types of weather (see Cold Weather? Bring on the DaVinci Roofing Tiles!). Man-made polymer roof tiles from DaVinci have no freeze/thaw issues and have 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.

In addition, when conditions heat up, DaVinci composite roofing products keep their cool. The synthetic shake and imitation slate roof products resist fire, high wind and impact. The recyclable designer roof tiles are made of 100 percent pure virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable product. Designed to provide lasting value, the Class A Fire Rated roofing tiles have consistent color blended throughout and come with a long-life warranty.

So, while you may not want to be installing a roof in Rochester or Coon Rapids, Minnesota (two other cities on the "Top 10" list) it's great to know that a luxury roof from DaVinci can indeed be installed in these chilly climates as soon as it warms up to 20 degrees!

 

 

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I'm Not Going to Take it Anymore!

Remember the movie "Network"  back in 2000? A longtime television anchor creates a nationwide outcry during an evening news broadcast by encouraging viewers to shout out "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore."

That classic movie moment has led to January 7 being named national "I'm Not Going to Take it Anymore Day."

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we invite you to celebrate this day by taking a long, hard look at your roof. If slate shingles are cracked, there are upturned cedar roof shingles or if water is leaking into your home, decide on January 7 that you're not going to take it anymore!

Then, take the next step and go to the DaVinci website to explore all the simulated slate roofing and composite shake products available to make your life --- and the life of your home --- better.

 

Need inspiration? Then see what other homeowners are saying:

"I was tired of our older wood shakes deteriorating with different weather conditions. Plus, mold would accumulate on the wood shakes and the shakes were fading. Overall, dealing with this roof was a huge headache. I wanted something that looked like real wood shakes but performed better.After doing research on DaVinci Roofscapes and discussing the product with our contractor, we decided our best option was the Bellaforté Shake product that resists impact, wind, algae and mold. I'd definitely recommend the roof to family and friends, and I believe the Bellaforté Shake product is a sensible long-term investment for our home."

                                                Thomas Meyers of Prior Lake, Minnesota

"More than fifty homes burned in our area during the one wildfire. If the winds had been stronger, our home would have been included. Our old shake roof was a tinderbox waiting to ignite. Our new Bellaforté polymer tiles are rated Class A for fire retardance, which gives us tremendous peace-of-mind."

                                                Dan Baer of Yorba Linda, California

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A Tale of Two Coasts

From coast-to-coast ... and in every state in between ... contractors are relying on DaVinci Roofscapes lightweight roofing materials to "top off" both residential and commercial structures.

Polymer ShakeOn the East Coast, Captain George's Seafood Restaurant on the Outer Banks of North Carolina needed a sturdy roof to combat hurricane-force weather conditions, moisture, sea spray and potential rot.

Roofing installer Rex Simpson installed 150 squares of DaVinci synthetic shake atop the restaurant that seats 400 people. "These shakes completely replicate cedar shake roofing, but without the negative aspects that real wood shakes bring to a job," says Simpson, general manager of Gallop Roofing & Remodeling in Wanchese, N.C.

"You can't just throw anything up a roof and hope it will work — especially not in coastal areas. I believe this roof works 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 fire rated and tested for high wind endurance. It's darned hard to beat those qualifications in a roof!"

On the West Coast, Mike and Andrea Boone knew it was time to replace their old wooden cedar shake roof when their insurance company threatened to cancel their homeowner insurance due to concerns over potential wildfire spread.

Polymer SlateThe Boones turned to Jerry Shaw, the trusted designer who had previously created a home for the couple. Shaw embraced the roofing specification challenge and introduced the Boones to polymer roof tiles from DaVinci that resist fire, impact, moisture and insects — all potential problems for a California coastal home.

After selecting the composite roofing product,  the Boones next had to decide on the color of their new designer roof. "The wide assortment of color combinations was an important element in our decision to use the DaVinci product," says Shaw. "The ability to combine colors to achieve a custom color for this roof was a prime factor for us selecting this synthetic roofing material."

For more stories that address lightweight roofing systems for coastal projects, see The Roof Is On Fire! NOT! and California Roof Shake Up.

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2015: Are There Polymer Shakes in Your Future?

You don't need a magical crystal ball or a palm reader to know if your house needs a new roof. If you have cedar shake roofing, just go outside and look up. Curling, dry cedar roofing shakes or cedar roof shingles with insect infestations are a sure sign that you'll soon be looking for a new roof.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we do have a prediction to make. If you're in the market for a cedar shake alternative roof, you'll end up loving our synthetic shake roofing product. You may even Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake!

An authentic replica to real cedar shakes, our simulated shake roofing gives you the shake look you want, without the hassles of popping nails, curling shakes and insect infestations. Our synthetic cedar shakes are also Class A Fire Rated, so you don't have to worry about flame spread. And, as a bonus, DaVinci lightweight roofing solutions are also impact-rated so you can say farewell to concerns about high winds, hail and severe weather damage.

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When you're ready to start your composite shake roof research, start with DaVinci and these terrific looking products to create your next designer roof!

  • DaVinci Multi-Width Shake: Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths that can be installed in a non-repeating fashion in either a straight or staggered pattern. A deep 5/8" profile has both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend to create enviable shadow lines.
  • DaVinci Single-Width Shake: 9" shake alternative tiles resemble hand-split cedar shake roofing. The 5/8" profile deepens shadow lines replicate real cedar roofing.
  • Bellaforté Shake: The 12" tile width with multiple profiles simulates a multi-width, staggered rough hewn wood shake. And, at 1" average tile thickness, Bellaforté Shake designer roof tiles are reminiscent of natural jumbo shakes.
  • Fancy Shake: With a clean, smooth look replicating machine-sawn shake, these 7/16" thick shake shingles provide a polished beauty for your roof. Available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with bundles arriving at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork.
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