Kick Off Your Year with a New DaVinci Roof

63,000+ people will huddle in the University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1st waiting for the kickoff of Super Bowl XLIX. Those lucky football fans will have front row seats to sports history while most of America watches the mega show on televisions in their homes.

If you're one of those gathered at home with family and friends to cheer on your favorite team, take a moment to think about the roof over the player's heads --- and your own roof. In Phoenix, the stadium roof is made of two translucent "Bird-Air" fabric retractable panels (each weighing about 550 tons!) and the entire roof takes about 15 minutes to open.

What type of roof do you have over your home?

Cedar Shake Roof

 

If your roof isn't living up to your high standards ... or if it has started to leak, curl or break apart ... now may be the time to kick off the year with a new designer roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Made in the U.S.A. of dependable composite roofing materials, our Class A Fire Rated roofs are available in both imitation slate and synthetic cedar shake. Constructed of lightweight roofing materials, DaVinci roofs resist hail and impact damage, severe weather, fire and insects. And, so you can show your team spirit, we even have 50 standard colors available for our synthetic roofing material!

Choosing an eco friendly roof from DaVinci is a winning experience. From our easy-to-use online Color Designer tool to our free FRESH Home Exteriors guidebook, we're here to support your game-winning moves in selecting the luxury roof that is perfect for you and your home.

Touchdown!

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California Dreaming ... with DaVinci Roofscapes

Early season, fast snowfalls have kick-started winter in areas all across the country. Instead of wallowing in the cold, DaVinci Roofscapes invites you to relax and reflect on this sunny California project next to the Pacific Ocean.

In Carlsbad, California, there are 48-rooms at the seaside Beach Terrace Inn hotel. And, while guests may initially be drawn to the oceanfront views, it doesn't take long for their gaze to wander to the fully-renovated hotel itself. That's when they're likely to notice the structure's unique design and low-pitch roof that boasts colorful polymer roofing from DaVinci.

The hotel's management team selected the Aberdeen blend of  Dark Gray, Light Brown, Dark Purple, Green Stone and Dark Stone for its luxury roof. The eco friendly roof was the perfect choice for the oceanfront hotel, since it resists both the salt air and harsh rays of the sun. The Class A Fire Rating on the compositing roofing also means the owners have an added sense of security when their guests go to sleep at night.

The hacienda-style hotel needed a dependable designer roof, and they fulfilled their needs with the composite slate roof from DaVinci. The fake slate roof stands up to tough coastal conditions, plus high winds, impact and potential fire with virtually no periodic maintenance.

Check Out DaVinci Roofs on Hotels for more roof projects featuring synthetic roofing material!

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No Sissy Shakes

Boing! Up pops a real wood shake from your roof. Unable to stop itself from curling and warping over time, real cedar shake roofing often causes problems and replacement concerns over the years.

 

These "sissy shake shingles" may look pretty the first year or so after they are installed, but they're unreliable over time. Plus, they're a fire hazard and can't withstand severe weather and high winds prone to some areas of the country.

What to do if you really like the look of cedar roofing and want it on your home? Explore the many options for cedar shake alternative roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

 

Manufactured to resist curling, fading, high winds and especially fire and impact, Class A Fire Rated simulated shake roofing from DaVinci is backed by a 50 year roof limited warranty to give you peace-of-mind. This sustainable roofing option creates an environmentally friendly roof that can make you the envy of the neighborhood. (See Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci for more details!)

When it's time to replace your real shake roofing materials, visit our DaVinci website to learn about these great synthetic shake roofing shingles:

> 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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Tiny Houses ... Big DaVinci Roofs!

Tune in on Monday, December 22nd when the popular show Tiny House Nation returns for its second season on FYI Network. Airing at 9 EST, this television series focuses on the construction of tiny homes (less than 500 square feet!) for homeowners across America.

In the December 22 and 29 shows (episodes 109 and 110), DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roofing products will be highlighted in the construction process of both homes. You can also watch on-line HERE once the shows have aired.

For the two upcoming season-opening houses, Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing tiles in the Mountain-VariBlend of three brown tones was installed on the tiny houses. Show producers liked the authentic look of the simulated shake roofing and loved the fact that DaVinci products are Class A Fire Rated and also resist impact, moisture and insects.

If you haven't seen the popular show yet, here's a quick overview from the FYI.TV network:

In “Tiny House Nation,” renovation experts and hosts, John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin, travel across America to show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them, as well as help new families design and construct their own mini-dream home in a space no larger than 500 square feet. From a micro-apartment in New York City to a caboose car turned home in Montana to a micro-sized mobile home for road tripping – this is a series that celebrates the exploding movement of tiny homes. From pricey to budget friendly, “Tiny House Nation” is not a typical design show, but one that proves size doesn’t always matter – it’s creativity that counts.

Check out DaVinci Roofscapes Makes Big Impact on Tiny Houses to see how other DaVinci polymer roofing products were used during Season 1 of the show!

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You Get a New Roof ... and YOU Get a New Roof ... and YOU GET A NEW ROOF!

No, it's not a remake of Oprah Winfrey's famous "You Get a New Car" historic television program, but it might have felt that way for three lucky winners of the 2014 Great TOH Giveaway sponsored by This Old House magazine. (See $75,000 of FREE Bellaforté Roofing!)

Polymer SlateDaniel Garnaat, Elizabeth Weinberger and Jennifer Skaggs have all won free Bellaforté polymer roofing product from DaVinci Roofscapes as part of this year's big giveaway. 

"I've won some smaller raffle-type contests in the past, but nothing like this!" says Weinberger, a Wisconsin resident. "We bought a foreclosed home a little over a year ago and almost everything needs to be fixed, replaced or updated. Having a better quality, nicer-looking roof would add greatly to the exterior aesthetics of our house and give us a kick-in-the-pants to start other exterior projects."

As she prepares to say farewell to the 20-year old black asphalt shingles now on the home, Weinberger is thinking of a light gray color for her new luxury roof.

Fake Cedar ShakeIn Arkansas, Garnaat is also focusing on gray for his new 50 year roof from DaVinci. "I'm leaning toward the Tahoe-VariBlend in the Bellaforté Shake product line," says Garnaat. "I knew I had to replace my roof within the next three to four years, so it was on my mind. I was hoping to put it off so I was especially happy to win this prize!"

We plan to also track the progress of the third winner, Jennifer Skaggs of Missouri to determine what composite roofing choice she makes for her home. Stay tuned to see how the three winners transform their home exteriors with their new designer roofs!

See how one of last year's winners loves her new Class A Fire Rated roof at DaVinci Roofscapes WINNER Share Her Experience.

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Featured Project - Banner Elk, NC

Fake Cedar ShakeIn 2012 we interviewed Stacy Stines owner of Stacy Stines Roofing out of Elk Park, NC, and in the interview he discussed the shift from natural shake shingles to polymer roof tiles in his market place. He pinpointed the reason to be the low maintenance benefit of the products, unlike their natural counterparts which have a tendency to crack, curl and split in the North Carolina climate. 

Fast forward a couple of years and Stacy Stines Roofing is still going strong with DaVinci Roofscapes' products, most recently on this residential project using Bellaforté ShakeBellaforté Shake has the thickness and texture of a jumbo cedar shake, but is Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated, wind certified to 110 mph and comes with a 50 year warranty. 

Something else to note here is the project's use of snow guards. You may notice a theme on this blog when it comes to snow retention, and it definitely worth mentioning often. In areas that are prone to snow (like Banner Elk) using a snow guard system, like the pad style pictured below, is a must. A snow guard manufacturer will be able to do a custom layout using your roof's location, design and size to determine what type of snow retention system you need to protect your home from damage due to shedding snow. Click here to read more from our own technical team on this topic. 

Stacy Stines Roofing
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Giving Thanks ... for DaVinci Roofs

Every Thanksgiving people reflect on what they're grateful for ... and many times, that's a reliable, worry-free roof over their heads.

We are fortunate at DaVinci Roofscapes that we hear from homeowners throughout the entire year about how they appreciate our composite roofing products. We'd like to share some of those grateful comments with you.

“More than fifty homes burned in our area during 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 - California

We looked into many options when deciding to replace the asphalt shingle roof on our home. Our research brought us to the DaVinci Roofscapes web site. The Bellaforté roof that’s now on our house is absolutely beautiful --- it’s the icing on the cake for our 3,800-square foot ranch-style home.”                                                        
            Kathy Bradshaw - Oklahoma

 “Watching the polymer roof go up overhead was a very moving experience. It completes the home so perfectly and complements the overall design that the Homes for Our Troops people have developed for my house. The peace-of-mind that will come from having a home designed to accommodate my physical limitations is amazing.”

            Cpl. Joshua Lindsay - Georgia

"There simply is not another product out there that provides the durability, hail resistance and appearance that can touch the DaVinci roofing product.”

            Dean Imel - Oklahoma

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Which DaVinci Slate is Right for My Home?

Choices. That's what we give you at DaVinci Roofscapes.

If you're looking for simulated slate roofing, you've come to the right place. We have three different synthetic slate roof tile options for you designed to complement your home's unique style and your personal budget.

DaVinci Multi-Width Slate: When seeking a realistic slate look on your luxury roof, multi-width composite slate roof tiles are a terrific choice. Available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths making it easy to create a natural, non-repeat appearance in either a straight or staggered pattern. Authentic-looking slate roof shingles can be ordered in a variety of colors or blends.

Synthetic Slate

 

DaVinci Single-Width Slate: Crafted using only virgin resins to guarantee a stainable roofing product, single-width tiles are available in 12" widths. This composite slate roof brings you a clean, simple design with the authentic look of natural slate.

Polymer Slate Roof

 

Bellaforté Slate: Designed with a snap-fit tile that creates a built-in rain gutter, Bellaforté simulated slate roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab that secures every tile to drastically improve wind performance. Available in 12" tile width in a variety of colors and blends.

Fake Slate Roof

 

All synthetic slate shingles from DaVinci are Class A Fire Rated, impact-resistant, 100% recyclable, and backed by our 50 year roof limited warranty. Each tile is 1/2" thick, which is twice the thickness of most other synthetic slates in the marketplace. For more details on synthetic slate roofing, see Fred Flintstone's Boss Would Love DaVinci Slate Tiles and DaVinci Slate Roofing Rivals Natural Slate.  

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Why You Should Care that DaVinci Polymer Roofs are Used on Condo Communities

If you're a homeowner, you may not give a second thought to what condo communities put on their roofs. But, you should ... because you can learn a lot.

"Property managers and homeowner associations evaluate the 'Total Cost of Ownership' when making replacement roofing decisions," says Mike Ward, with DaVinci Roofscapes. "They're determining which products have the greatest return on investment from the standpoint of durability, longevity, low-maintenance costs and aesthetics. These are the same considerations individual homeowners should evaluate when selecting roofing products."

According to Ward, this type of analysis plays favorably for polymer roofing products that resist impact, fire, insects, mold and algae. Other advantages that condo and townhome communities look for in a roof include the color being blended throughout each tile and a 50 year roof warranty. Again, the same key aspects homeowners look for when making a smart roof choice.

Across the country, many condo communities have identified DaVinci composite roofing as the solution to their roofing needs.

In California, the Mai Kai condo community in Newport Beach had salt air and sea spray affecting their real shake shingles. The cedar roofing on the 34 units deteriorated over time, requiring the community to launch a search for fake cedar shake roofing. (see California’s Mai-Kai Condos Stand Out with New DaVinci Multi-Width Shake Roofing)

“Our research and the recommendation of a design consultant led us to the DaVinci product for its appearance, durability and maintenance,” says John Adler, a member of the Mai-Kai condo board of directors. “The strength of the product really impressed us and helped influence our decision.”

 

At the Catawba Shores condo community in Port Clinton, Ohio, 35 housing units had to get new roofs because of roof hail damage.(see Lakeside Condo Community Relies on Bellaforté Shake Roofing Tiles)

"We feel we made the right selection with DaVinci since these roofing tiles are impact-, hail-, insect-, algae- and fire-resistant," says Jim Packard, president of the Catawba Shores Homeowners Association. "We estimate that we’re saving more than $10,000 per year on the ongoing maintenance costs from our old roof, and we’ve got the peace-of-mind that these roofs will help protect our units from fire and hail."

 

In areas of Colorado, Turner Morris Roof Systems has installed DaVinci Class A Fire Rated synthetic roofing material on a variety of condo communities, including Quartermoon Townhomes in Bachelor Gulch, the Dakotas in Avon and Bachelor Spring Townhomes near Arrowhead Village.            

"DaVinci is the only product that performs well in our climatic region," says Scott Cunningham, mountains project manager with Turner Morris Roof Systems. "These communities are looking for durable composite roofing tiles that can withstand heavy snowfall along with the threat of wildfire. We've found the solution with DaVinci synthetic cedar shake tiles."

 

 

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DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options

Ready to shake up your roof with Class A Fire Rated simulated shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes? Our impact-resistant lightweight roofing systems replicate real cedar roof shingles, but without the concerns for rotting, fire or insect infestations.

When you're ready to make the smart decision to select synthetic cedar shake roofing, just look at all the options DaVinci has to offer.

Fake Cedar Shake
 

> DaVinci Multi-Width Shake: Reminiscent of natural cedar shake roofing with a deep-grained surface reflecting natural cedar roofing. 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: Forget the worries of fire, wind and rain with our durable eco friendly roof made of composite shake. These 9" shake alternative tiles resemble hand-split cedar shake roofing. The 5/8" profile deepens shadow lines replicate real cedar roofing.

> Bellaforté Shake: Designed with a snap-fit tile that creates a built-in rain gutter, Bellaforté simulated shake roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab that secures every tile to drastically improve wind performance. 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: If you're looking for a more refined cedar look, then Fancy Shake synthetic shakes are for you. 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.

Crafted using only virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable roofing product, all DaVinci composite shake roofing materials are 100% recyclable. Available in a wide array of colors and blends, these lightweight tiles are a wonderful shake alternative for any home. Visit Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake and Lesson Learned: Life After Hail Damage for more polymer roofing information.

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Composite Shake Shingles + Metal = Beautiful Roof

In the open areas of Brock, Nebraska, wind storms and severe rain can have a truly devastating impact on cedar roof shingles. So, when the Butler family decided to replace their cedar shake roof, they searched for a Class A Fire Rated roofing product that was impact-resistant and had a 50 year roof warranty.

fake shake roof

 

"We started searching online for long-lasting roofs and discovered the polymer shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes," says Kim Butler. "At the same time we remembered the appeal of steel roofs we'd seen in Montana. Somehow we knew we wanted to combine the two products."

The Butler family selected Multi-Width Shake from DaVinci in a Mountain blend of three brown tones for the primary area of their designer roof. A secondary roof area composite shakenow features an aging artisan metal roof. Combined with other exterior textures (including brick, cedar and copper), the home has a unique appeal.

"We really like how metals patina with age to give a rustic look," says Butler. "With a steel roof and copper gutters, we believe the slow progression of the patinas will bring long-term beauty and durability to our home. Add in the DaVinci composite shakes and we have a winning combination.

"It used to be that with each rain and wind storm we were losing pieces of our original wood shingles from the roof. Now we have a composite shake roof overhead that we trust will provide us with decades of service."

Jealous of the Butler home? See Roof Envy - A Tale of Two Roofs!

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Simulated Slate Roofing the "Go To" Product for Champion Roofing

Asphalt shingles often deteriorate over the years and are subject to roof hail damage. That's exactly what happened to homeowner Ann Butler of Lake Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania. When it came time to replace her roof, she relied on the advice of friends and experts. Her search led her to simulated slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"This is another example of a project where DaVinci synthetic slate roofing products made a huge difference for a homeowner," says David Chiampi with Champion Roofing. "I've used composite roofing from DaVinci for a variety of designer roof jobs. It's my 'go to' roof when homeowners ask me for sustainable roofing that's durable, low-maintenance and long-lasting.

"With the Butler house, we're talking about a 35-year old ranch style home with an aging, leaky roof. The homeowner wanted a reliable designer roof and had seen the DaVinci fake slate on another home. I was pleased to support their product selection. These lightweight roofing tiles are an all around good product, with a 50 year roof warranty that provides peace-of-mind for consumers."

Champion Roofing has a solid history of installing luxury roofs. Chiampi and his team rely on the composite roofing product as a solution for roofing problems in the northeast Pennsylvania marketplace.

"We have no challenges installing this Class A Fire Rated sustainable roofing product," says Chiampi. "Whether it's the single-width polymer roof tiles or the Multi-Width Slate we put up on the Butler residence, installation is fast and easy, and the results are outstanding. This imitation slate roofing product brings new life and style to every home."

Want to hear what other roofers have to say about steep slope roofing and DaVinci products? See Contractors "Hail" DaVinci Roofscapes

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Simulated Shake Roofing Without the Hassles of Real Cedar Roofing

What's that disgusting black and green coating you often see on cedar shake roofing products? Mold. Fungus. Algae. And, it can even grow in yellow, sickly green and red colors. That's NOT the kind of color you want on your roof!

Homeowners who desire the beauty of cedar roofing without the rainbow of growth problems can turn to DaVinci Roofscapes for a shake alternative with all the right colors. Made of virgin polymers that resist algae, mold, fungus and insects, DaVinci synthetic shake shingles come in dozens of standard colors and eye-pleasing color blends.

Fake Cedar Shake

 

Forget about the worries of rotting wood, decay and fire hazards. DaVinci fake cedar shake tiles resist impact, high winds and fire, along with fading, curling and ugly mold growth. And, because each DaVinci shake blend is formulated from different wood tones -- with both wavy and straight grains throughout the designer roof blend -- you get a natural variation in colors to give you a realistic shake tile roof look. (See Shaking Up Roofs)

Need another reason to have DaVinci simulated shake roofing overhead? Then consider this: DaVinci products have a Class A Fire Rating and a Class 4 Impact Resistance Rating to help withstand Mother Nature's wrath. Package all that together with a 50 year roof warranty and you'll turn green with envy ... and that's a color we CAN get on your luxury roof!

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Seafood, Sausages and Popcorn!

Anyone for seafood, sausage or pizza? Those are specialty month celebrations in October. Along with it also being designated Popcorn Poppin' Month and Stamp Collecting Month, this autumn month promises lots of fun.

While you can celebrate chili, caramel and pork in October, the folks at DaVinci Roofscapes also encourage you to look at some of the more serious designations. October 6-12 is Fire Prevention Week (something we take very seriously since DaVinci offers Class A Fired Rated polymer roofing) and all of October is National Crime Prevention Month.

For those kind folks among us, October 5 is Do Something Nice Day, the 22nd is Make a Difference Day and the first is World Smile Day. However, if you're feeling a bit grumpy, we have a day for that too! October 15th is National Grouch Day ... and the 26th is Howl at the Moon Night!

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Energy Awareness Month Insights for Your Luxury Roof

Happy Energy Awareness Month! To start off your celebration, home improvement expert Mark Clement suggests you focus on your roof.

"If your roof is older and inefficient, it can either absorb too much heat from the sun or 'leak out' the comfortable air in your home, which can increase your energy bills," says Mark Clement, co-host of the MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show and website. "I recommend homeowners make smart, energy-efficient investments in their homes beginning with ENERGY STAR® qualified products."

Polymer Slate RoofClements says it's easy for homeowners to seek out the ENERGY STAR approval when purchasing windows, doors and simulated slate and shake roofing for the home.

“A product that meets ENERGY STAR requirements for a specific geographic area is constructed to help make the home as energy efficient as possible," says Clement. "Using several ENERGY STAR qualified products together can really help ease the energy burden on the home, which can help save homeowners a great deal of money each year on energy costs.”

When it comes time to replace the roof, Clement advises looking for a “Cool Roof” that will help lower the home’s overall energy costs. A Cool Roof is measured by two properties, solar reflectance and thermal emittance. (See Save Energy with Cool Roof Colors)

EcoBlend polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes have been verified by the independent Cool Roof Rating Council to meet or exceed requirements for ENERGY STAR qualified roofing products to reflect sunlight and heat away from the home, helping increase the overall energy efficiency of the structure. (See Ask Us About Our ENERGY STAR® Qualified Products!)

"Along with having a 50 year roof warranty, these durable, impact-resistant polymer roofing tiles  resist hail damage and fire," says Clement. "This composite roofing is a smart investment to both save on energy and create a best-in-class designer roof for the home."

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From the Architect's Corner - Lake Houses

DaVinci Shake - Weathered GrayIf your client has a lake house, he or she will be looking for exterior materials that can protect the home from the elements, especially in the months they are not there. Whether a palatial house or a small lake cabin, a DaVinci Roofscapes' polymer slate or shake tile roof is a great investment for a second home as it lives up to the highest standards available for a roofing material. Class A fire rated, Class 4 impact rated, freeze/thaw resistant and with a wind rating of 110 mph means your clients can live worry free during the off season. A luxury roof by DaVinci also means a natural, rustic look to fit in with the rustic look of a lake community.

Happy Friday Architects!

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It's "Ask a Stupid Question Day"

How many times in life have you heard a teacher or parent say, "there's no such thing as a stupid question." Well ... maybe there is. Why else would today be designated as "Ask a Stupid Question Day."

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we understand the general homeowner may not be familiar with the "ins and outs" of our polymer roofing products. After all, it's a complicated formula we use to create our impact-, fire-, insect- and algae-resistant simulated shake roofing and imitation slate shingles. That's why we want to share with you some of the most frequently asked (and not stupid!) questions we get about our composite roofing products.

Q: How do you get the color in your composite roofing tiles?

A: We use extra-strength crayons to color each tile. No, seriously ... DaVinci lightweight roofing tiles are made of an engineered polymer with virgin resins and the colors are blended throughout each piece in the manufacturing process. We call it "color through and through." The polymer is also impregnated with fire retardant and the most advanced UV and thermal stabilizers available.

Q: How can you prove that your synthetic roofing materials will resist hurricane force winds and hail?

A: We use simulated weather conditions to make sure our sustainable roofing products can withstand severe weather conditions and meet the highest Class 4 Impact Resistance codes to provide a more secure home for you and your family. Our designer roof tiles have also achieved a 110 mph wind resistance rating, equivalent to Category 4 hurricane conditions. See for yourself ...

Click HERE to view all of our product testing videos.

Q: If my house burns down, will the fire-resistant roof still be standing?

A: Well, no. It's impossible for a roof to still stand if there's nothing to hold it up. However, a DaVinci Class A Fire Rated roof resists the spread of flames, so if you're in an area with wildfires and sparks "jump" or land on your roof, the DaVinci manufactured slate and shake alternative roof will not ignite. (Don't believe us? Check out our video)

Want more answers to your questions? Visit our extensive DaVinci Roofscapes FAQ section on our website.

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Slimy Slate Roofs

Yuk. That's the first word that comes to mind when some homeowners discover that their natural slate roof tiles have algae growth, bird poop stains or even moss growing between the tiles.

Travel through Europe and you see these slimy slate roof conditions everywhere. While it may be "charming" and add "character" to the roofs overseas, none of us want the ongoing maintenance hassles or cracking problems of a natural slate shingles on our home in the United States.

Thank goodness for polymer roofing advancements. Started 15 years ago, DaVinci Roofscapes manufactures imitation slate tiles that resist algae, mold, fungus and insects. The fake slate tiles are part of a lightweight roofing solution for the home that offers the beauty of slate, but without the headaches of yearly maintenance. (See DaVinci Slate Roofing Rivals Natural Slate)

Best of all, DaVinci synthetic slate shingles resist curling, cracking and fading. They also come with a 50 year roof warranty ... and the cost of installing a DaVinci composite slate roof system can be up to 50% less than quarried slate installation!

For more information on DaVinci Single-Width and Multi-Width simulated slate roofing with a Class A Fired Rating, see Fred Flintstone's Boss Would Love DaVinci Slate Tiles.

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From the Architect's Corner - Recently Featured Projects

Many of my conversations with architects include discussing other projects similar to the ones they are working on themselves. Here are some recently featured projects that showcase the variety of home styles and building types that our lightweight roofing tiles top. It is always important to note, that all tiles manufactured by DaVinci Roofscapes are made of the same material, a high quality engineered polymer and what makes them different is the design. So whether you are looking at Multi-Width Slate or Bellaforté Shake, you're going to be getting a tile that is Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated, Wind Rated to 110 mph and comes with a 50 year warranty

Featured Project - Forth Worth, TX

A brick exterior will be one of the biggest fixed features on your home. Click here to learn how navigate picking a roofing color to go with brick. 

Featured Project - Midwest City, OK 

Not every roof has a slope, but sometimes there is just enough to add a luxury roofing material as an accent! Click here to read more. 

Featured Project - Nags Head, NC

I worked on this project from spec to finish! Click here to read more about these custom shakes installed on a retail store in a high wind zone.

Featured Project - Waukegan, IL

The Waukegan Historical Society chose DaVinci Shake for the Haines House, home of former Chicago Mayor John C. Haines and current residence of the town's history museum. Click here to read more. 

Happy Friday, Architects! 

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Help Deter Wildfire Spread with DaVinci Class A Fire Rated Polymer Roof Tiles

From coast-to-coast, the number "1" is very important when it comes to wildfires. All it takes is one lightning strike, one smoldering ember from a campfire, or one dropped cigarette to spark disastrous results --- especially in several drought-stricken states.

On July 1st, the National Interagency Fire Center issued their report that several key areas of the country will have above normal wildland fire potential through the summer months. Areas include portions of California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. And, there's potential for this "above normal" classification to expand to New England states in August.

Why are we sharing this scary weather prediction? Because DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing tiles are Class A fire rated with the proper underlayments. That's important to know --- especially if you install roofs in the geographic areas listed above.

As you might imagine, choosing "A" rated lightweight roofing systems is smarter to selecting a "B" or "C" rating on your roofing products. And, in some locations, an A rating is required by local codes.

Having attained a Class A fire rating means our composite shake and synthetic slate tiles have attained the best fire rating that is available in the market. It also means that our composite roofing products meet the following criteria:

  • Intermittent Flame - an assembly of tiles is subjected to an intense flame with a strong air current for two minutes then turned off for two minutes. This procedure is repeated 15 times. After the final flame cycle the air current is continued and the assembly observed for an additional hour to look for failure.

  • Spread of Flame -  flame and air current are applied for 10 consecutive minutes and then observed until the flame deck recedes. Once the flame deck recedes the assembly is checked for maximum spread of flame. 

  • Burning Brand - 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.

    To see our video on fire burning demonstrations, visit Fire Codes and Your Roof: Class A vs. Class C Codes

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