Mansard Roofing at Donges Bay Elementary School

When Roofing Consultants, Ltd. was brought in to make recommendations on improving the building envelope of Donges Bay Elementary School, one of their first thoughts was the roofing. The school, which houses 460 students, needed the replacement of both flat and mansard roofing.

"The mansard application was old cedar shakes, many of which were well past their prime," says Eric Raatz, senior consultant with Roofing Consultants, Ltd. "Some of the cedar shakes were starting to curl. Water had run down this siding-type application for years, so there was also organic growth on the shakes. Overall, it was clear that improvements were needed."

For the very visible mansard tile shake application at the Mequon, Wisc. school, the team at Roofing Consultants, Ltd. decided to specify multi-width composite shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"We felt that a synthetic shake would last longer than natural shake and have some advantages for this application," says Raatz. "Our team compared several types of synthetic shake tiles and the DaVinci product was remarkable.

"We were especially impressed by the fire rating of the product and the algae resistance. We took a torch gun to several products and the DaVinci tiles held up incredibly well. Add to that the authentic look of the simulated cedar shakes was great and the 50-year warranty was appealing for everyone involved."

With five locations throughout the Midwest, Roofing Consultants, Ltd. offers engineering, architectural and building envelope specialists to support commercial projects. The licensed engineering firm includes many staff members who have earned credentials through RCI Inc., the Roofing, Waterproofing and Building Envelope Institute.

Raatz and his team specified EPDM (ethylene propylene dienete polymer) for the flat section of the roof for its durability. The synthetic rubber roofing membrane, which is unseen from the ground, served the needs of the project. For the more visible aspects of the school's mansard roof, white sheet metal trim was added to accent the rich deep color of the DaVinci Tahoe Blend shake tiles.

"The finished product is tremendous," says Raatz. "The look is great and we enhanced the durability of these synthetic shakes by going a step 'above and beyond' by recommending that ring shank stainless steel nails were used. This roofing application will last for decades!"

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House of Horrors

composite roofHundreds of home inspectors flock to Boulder, Colo. each year to train at the "House of Horrors."

Sponsored by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the House of Horrors is designed with a wide variety of home systems (most of which are operable) that have 1,000 defects built in. The goal is to provide students with a chance to improve their skills by learning how to recognize home system defects and safety issues and ultimately, to become better home inspectors.

The "real home" is designed with multiple stations, including a roof systems area featuring 11 different roofing products such as asphalt shingles, stone slate, clay and concrete tiles, wood shakes and shingles, and rubber. Plus, there's a section on composite roofing, with product samples provided by DaVinci Roofscapes.

"Our goal in this section is to teach students to recognize proper installation of roofing materials, including underlayment, flashing and primary roof coverings," says Kenton Shepard, director of international development for InterNACHI.  "We want these inspectors-in-training to recognize common defects and understand the lifecycle of roofing products, their failing points and other key factors on the roof. Plus, with more durable products like synthetic slate and shake roofing, we want them to understand the benefits of low-maintenance roofing products.

Polymer roofing tiles"So far, the main reaction our students have had to the DaVinci roofing is curiosity. Some students have never seen polymer roofing before. They're interested in how this type of roofing product ages and what installation looks like for composite roofing."

The InterNACHI school offers world-class, accredited inspection training. The House of Horrors will have about 500 people visit each year who are advancing their inspection knowledge and skills. And, if you're visiting the Boulder area, make plans to stop by and visit the House of Horrors---it's open to everyone!

 

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Coastal Commitment

DaVinci RoofscapesWould you want to live on the California coast? Sure there's great weather and tremendous views, but there's also serious weather conditions to contend with on a regular basis.

Consider the salt air, sea spray and winds that whip up against coastal homes. Then there's the unrelenting ultraviolet rays from the sun. And, to cause even more worries, there's the threat of wildfire spread during various times of the year. All of these elements can combine to cause headaches for coastal homeowners.

Architectural West magazine recently ran an article on how polymer roofing meets the heavy demands Mother Nature places on homes along the California coast.  We're sharing that article with you (click HERE) so you can learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic shake and slate shingles stand up to Mother Nature --- and win!

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Three New DaVinci Roofs for One Church

synthetic slateThink about the grand cathedrals and churches in Europe. Most of them have impressive structures and are rich with history.

You can discover that same grandeur at St. John's Cathedral in Denver. The Episcopal church in Colorado was established in 1911 and is on both the National Historic Register and is designated as a Denver Historic Landmark.

This distinctive church now has new DaVinci Single-Width Slate roofs overhead. Yes, roofs. There are three distinctive buildings, so it was determined to use European - VariBlend on Roberts Hall to replace damaged slate and Canyon - VariBlend on the Parish Hall to replace older clay tiles. A Slate Gray - VariBlend was used on the main cathedral. The results are magnificent.

"In our bidding process DaVinci was presented as an option by all the bidding companies," says Judy Allison, director of facilities at St. John's Cathedral. "Frankly, we chose DaVinci polymer roofing because it was one of a very few products that were on a pre-approved materials list issued by the Denver Historic Landmark Preservation Commission. This commission must approve any exterior changes for a structure before a building permit can be issued."

The four-month installation process was completed by Horn Brothers Roofing in Denver, a company that has completed more than 80 DaVinci composite roofing projects in the past, including other churches.

"This was a massive undertaking," says Mark McMillan with Horn Brothers Roofing. "Because this is a historic landmark there are many requirements we had to meet. One of the biggest challenges came when we re-roofed the turret. We had to engineer a pie formulation for application to meet the requirements. This was an exacting process that assured the structure would still maintain its landmark status."

Now finished, the roofing on the historic church compound has an old world look with all the advances that science and technology have to offer. According to church members, the roof complements their building structures while providing protection from severe weather.

To learn more about how DaVinci composite slate roof and shake roofing products are used on churches, see Praying for a New DaVinci Roof and Custom Roof Color Answers Church's Prayers.

 

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Iowa Roofer Offers Key Advice to Homeowners

Brad VanWeelden knows roofs. For more than 20 years his team has installed roofing systems in homes throughout the Des Moines, Iowa area. So we asked Brad the key question on most homeowners' minds: How do you know when it's time to replace an existing roof?

Synthetic Shake"We get this question a lot," says VanWeelden. "Our first piece of advice is to have a qualified contractor inspect your roof to evaluate its current status and how much life may be left in it.

"Oftentimes homeowners are surprised to learn they do have some time left in their existing roof. That's when we suggest it's good to start looking at replacement roof options and working on a budget. The key is to get yourself educated and ready for a replacement project before there's a major leak and the issue turns into a crisis."

In Iowa, one of the recommendations Brad makes is to consider snow guards for a roof, especially with a synthetic roof. "Snow guards help keep ice and snow from falling on someone at an entrance or from the gutters getting dammed up during heavy winter weather," says VanWeelden.

As president of VanWeelden Co., Brad offers a variety of products and services to his customers. DaVinci Roofscapes is one of the products his team has installed when homeowners are looking for an affordable and good-looking alternative to real shake or slate roofs.

"Whether we're replacing a cedar shake roof or a natural slate roof in a historic district, DaVinci has a great product lineup," says VanWeelden. "We've installed about 10 projects with DaVinci now.

"We replaced a couple of wood cedar shake roofs last summer with Bellaforté Shake and they turned out great. For another home we replaced 100-year old natural slate with the authentic-looking DaVinci Slate. And, we're now finishing up a large project with Bellaforté Slate and copper gutters. These composite roofing tiles are a great investment for homeowners. We're seeing momentum swing toward the DaVinci product right now and with good reason ... these are durable synthetic roofing tiles that are a solid investment for any home."

Brad's not the only roofer who depends on composite shake and synthetic slate roofing products. For other perspectives, see Roofer Endorses DaVinci Roofscapes.

 

 

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Colorful Vineyard Multi-Width Slate Roof Accents Maine Home

When Holly Fanjoy comes up with a "honey do project list" for her husband, she's confident the tasks will get completed. Why? Because Rob Fanjoy used to be a contractor, and he loves to tackle projects at their Maine home.

synthetic slateAfter moving into their house several years ago, a project both Holly and Rob agreed should be added to "the list" was a new roof. The old asphalt shingle roof overhead was failing badly and most likely wouldn't make it through another Maine winter.

Based on his industry knowledge, Rob chose a composite slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes and decided to install it himself.

“I’m a big supporter of man-made products that replicate Mother Nature but offer more long-term benefits than natural products,” says Fanjoy. “When researching our roofing options, we determined that the DaVinci synthetic tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling. And, they’re backed by a long term warranty that we can really depend on.”

Looking for a strong visual interest to accent the home, he and his wife selected the multi-width slate Vineyard blend, a combination of eight roofing colors that include dark and medium tan, light and medium gray, dark stone, light and dark violet, and dark amber.

synthetic slateAccording to Fanjoy, his first installation of synthetic slate tiles went extremely well. “I very much prefer working with these polymer tiles since they’re cleaner to handle and easier on your hands than asphalt shingles," says Fanjoy. "No dirty grit to scrape your knuckles or tar melting and sticking to everything. Cutting and nailing these synthetic tiles was also simple. A sharp utility knife and standard nail gun was all that was needed for this project.

 “Overall, I think from start-to-finish that this job went smoothly. We made the right decision and investment with this polymer roof, plus it gave me the opportunity to expand my installation experience. I’ve already recommended the DaVinci product to my neighbors and others who are considering new roofs.”

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Efficient Operations at DaVinci Mean More Savings for YOU!

We're better than ever. Really. Our plant operations have become so efficient at DaVinci Roofscapes that we dropped our product pricing in late 2016.

"When DaVinci started manufacturing synthetic roofing tiles about two decades ago they were considered specialty products," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO for DaVinci Roofscapes. "Now, thanks to technological advancements our synthetic slate and shake tiles are seen more as 'main stream' products.

DaVinci Roofscapes Manufacturing"This means we're very comfortable competing against products like slate, real cedar, high end asphalt and other materials. From an aesthetic, performance and cost standpoint synthetic roofing products are very competitive."

Using new molds at DaVinci (see DaVinci Roofscapes Applauds "American Made Matters Day") allowed us to enhance the look of all our slate profiles in 2016. The thicker, more authentic profiles accurately replicate the quarried look of slate at a cost less than natural slate. Thanks to recent price reductions, pricing for the company's Bellaforté Shake tiles falls below pricing of many real cedar shingles, but with the added benefit of resistance to fire, splitting, curling, mold and algae.

"Adding more workers and line equipment at our plant, along with other advances, have enabled us to leverage our operational efficiencies," says Rosewall. "The bottom line is that we're more efficient than ever before at making our quality synthetic roofing products and we've shared the saving to our distributors. It's our sincere hope that those price breaks are then passed on through the channel to roofers and homeowners."

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How to Connect Earth and Sky With a Roof Design

By Bud Dietrich, Houzz

There are so many important functions for a roof. Though its primary purposes may be to shed water and protect us from the elements, a well thought-out roof does so much more. It can tether us to the landscape or let us soar up and away. And the best roofs can do both at the same time.

Roofs can also act as platforms and foils for chimneys and cupolas and weather vanes and all that other stuff we may have up there. And roofs can become terraces, lifting us above it all.

From the classic inverted "V" of a gable roof to the flat slab, roofs come in a variety of shapes and forms. The gable roof of the farmhouse relays a different story than the ground-hugging hip roof of the prairie style. And the seemingly non-existent roof of a modernist house tells us a different story altogether.

 

Hoedemaker Pfeiffer, original photo on Houzz

Some roofs both hug the land and reach for the sky. This roof aspires to what's above while, like a tent, it is tethered to the broad prairie. The absence of a shadow at the gable ends emphasizes the simple geometry of the roof shape. And the thin slit-like shed dormer is like an eye half open, not quite awake nor asleep.

Related: Store More in a Shed

 

Kenny Craft, original photo on Houzz

A simple roof shape can be powerful against all that sky. A minimum of detail in a monochromatic palette keeps us focused on the important stuff, just a simple yet powerful shape that reads all the more clearly against that crisp blue sky.

 

Helios Design Group, original photo on Houzz

A roof can be a platform for a cupola that illuminates the night sky. Whether cupola or chimneys or something else, these elements on the roof continue all that vertical movement, pushing our eye ever upward. Even the ubiquitous and often undersized weather vane can achieve the same effect.

 

Tracery Interiors, original photo on Houzz

Sometimes we hide the roof. Here the wall takes over and dominates, like in a Dutch streetscape. Even then, the wall reveals the shape of the roof behind it to continue that upward movement.

 

ZAK Architecture, original photo on Houzz

Sometimes we let the roof take over. We extend the roof beyond the walls and let the sun create deep shadows. And we emphasize the inverted "V" by making it a motif.

Related: Enhance Indoor-Outdoor Connections With Comfortable and Stylish Patio Furniture

 

Hanrahan Meyers Architects, original photo on Houzz

The flat, modernist roof keeps us anchored. Our spatial experience is all horizontal or Euclidean. It's as if the sky no longer matters.

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Happy March 14th!

Situated right in the middle of the month, March 14th has many special occasions associated with this date. Did you know that it's National Potato Chip Day, Save a Spider Day and Learn About Butterflies Day?

March 14th is also International Ask a Question Day. That's a day we celebrate at DaVinci Roofscapes. Why? Because we have the answers! From knowledgeable customer service representatives to our technology experts, we've got the answers for your roofing questions!  (Meet one of our customer service team members at Katie Thoele: Celebrating A Decade of Customer Service at DaVinci Roofscapes)

Our tech support team members criss-cross the country providing hands-on assistance to roofers installing our synthetic shake and slate roofing materials. (Meet the tech team at Here When You Need Them --- the DaVinci Roofscapes Tech Team)

Back at our Kansas manufacturing facility, we have customer service and architectural support personnel who are ready to answer any of your questions. Whether you're trying to decide which composite roofing material is best for your home or you have a specific installation question, this team can help. And, if you're mentally "stuck" on what color(s) to select for your roof, we can call on our color expert, Kate Smith of Sensational Color, to work directly with you to choose the colors that work best for your home exterior.

So go ahead, call us. We're at 1-800-328-4624. And yes, we're ready to provide the answers to your questions!

PS --- want to see what other people ask us? Check out Five Top Homeowner Questions We Get at DaVinci Roofscapes!

 

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50+ DaVinci Shake Roofs and Counting

 

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Family means everything to Chris and Terry Neemann. So, when their sons decided to join the family roofing business the couple was proud to rename their company from Neemann Roofing to Neemann & Sons, Inc.

"We're a family-owned business that appreciates living and working in the Lincoln, Nebraska area," says Chris Neemann. "Our sons --- Travis, Trevor and Trent --- all work alongside us to provide excellent customer service."

That focus on customer service has led the Neemann family to installing more than 50 DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofs in the past eight years.

"Typically we're doing replacement wood shingle roofs that are failing due to old age or storm damage," says Neemann. "We've been very pleased with the DaVinci simulated shake shingles. Our customers love both the appearance of the Single-Width Shake tiles and the long-term warranty that comes with them."

Of the DaVinci re-roofing jobs the Neemanns have completed, a few stand out. "We worked with the DaVinci team to create a custom five-color blend of tiles that turned out beautifully for one home," says Neemann. "On another project, the team worked with us to create a Multi-Width Shake blend that perfectly matched the house. In one community alone we've done at least half a dozen reroofing projects with this durable material. Hail is definitely a problem in our area --- but once a roof has been replaced with the DaVinci product we know the problem has been eliminated."

According to Neemann, the consistent quality of the composite shake tiles from DaVinci isn't the only thing that has impressed her family. "We've had great customer service over the years that supports our projects and has helped build our business," says Neemann. "We're going to continue recommending DaVinci to our customers because we believe in the product and we've repeatedly seen that it makes a positive addition to homes."

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The Neemann family aren't the only roofers to endorse shake roofing shingles from DaVinci. For more roofer insights, visit DaVinci Roofscapes Shake Up Log Cabins and Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos.

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Yes, You Really Need Snow Guards

The Spring thaw couldn't come quick enough this year for Tim Carter. A New Hampshire resident, Tim and his neighbors saw lots of snow this past winter. At one point, they had about 42 inches of snow on the ground ... and around the edges of Tim's driveway snow was piled up to eight feet for several days.

That's a lot of snow.

Imagine if all the snow that accumulated on Tim's roof slid off, onto the ground all at once. That's a ton of snow and ice that could be damaging to things below.

Fortunately for Tim, he didn't have those troubles. When he installed his new DaVinci synthetic slate roof two years ago he added snow guards. (See Snow Guards Needed for Synthetic Slate Roof)

"This winter really showed that the snow guards performed extremely well," says Carter, of AsktheBuilder.com. "When the snow slid off the roof, the guards made sure that giant slabs of ice and snow didn't crash to the ground. The guards were especially beneficial where there are walkways beneath the roof overhang. They helped hold the snow and assure that it was safe to walk below.

"All around the house the snow guards did their job this winter. I had installed expensive Trex Transcend decking this past autumn. The snow guards ensured that the deck didn't suffer from a hit from a 'roof iceberg' at any point.

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"From my perspective of really living through a major snowy winter, I urge homeowners and roofers alike to strongly consider adding snow guards during the roof installation process, and to make sure the roof structure can support all the snow that the guards will retain on the roof.

"Dealing with a qualified snow guard manufacturer is key to success. When I worked with Rocky Mountain Snow Guards they created a specific snow guard placement plan for my roof that I followed. That's a critical element in this process that has proved successful."

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Historic Roofs from Coast to Coast

At DaVinci Roofscapes, a large majority of our products are used for replacement roofs. Many of those are on homes, but there are a good number of our composite shake and synthetic slate roofs on historic projects across the USA. Here's a listing of where you can find some of our eye-catching roofs that now enhance time-honored projects:

 

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  • Salmon River Lighthouse - Constructed in 1838, the Salmon River Lighthouse in Pulaski, N.Y. was elected to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1979. After weather conditions took their toll on various roofing products, DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roofing was added in 2015.

 

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  • Carroll County Courthouse - Built in 1885, the Carroll County Courthouse in Carrollton, Ohio has seen its share of history. Now, thanks to the installation of DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roofing tiles, the old chipped natural slate roof that was atop the three-story courthouse is part of that history. In 2014, Bellaforté Slate roofing in the European-VariBlend color blend was added to the roof.

 

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  • Hotel Breakers - Opened more than 100 years ago, the 650-room Hotel Breakers is the original on-property hotel at the Cedar Point theme park in Ohio. In 2014, hotel management decided to invest in the European-VariBlend of Bellaforté Slate tiles to help stand up to the challenging winter weather off the shores of Lake Erie.

 

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  • DuSable Museum Roundhouse - After a proud history that includes serving as a horse stable during the 1893 World’s Fair, the Roundhouse at DuSable Museum in Chicago has now been restored. Originally built in the early 19th century, the structure’s round shape is made of Joliet limestone and is now topped by a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer Multi-Width Slate roof in a Castle Gray blend.

 

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  • Union Printers Home - Built in 1892 by members of the International Typographical Union to offer specialized health care to their union members, the Colorado Springs facility today serves the general public with a multitude of services including assisted living, nursing care, rehabilitation and hospice. After extreme hail damaged the structure in 2012 (which is a State of Colorado Historic Site) DaVinci Slate tiles were installed to help protect the structure.

 

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  • First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, Oregon - Founded in 1881 in an old mining town, this church had the challenge of replacing decaying cedar shakes on its roof. DaVinci Shake roofing tiles in a Tahoe blend were added in 2008 to replicate the original cedar roof as an authentic-looking roofing material.

 

Learn more about how Historical Sites Rely on Polymer Roofing and Refurbishing Historic Sites with Composite Roofing.

 

 

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

Soggy and saturated. That's a good description of the type of weather many areas of the country --- especially the West Coast --- have seen so far in 2017.

From record rainfall figures to wettest winter of record numbers, it's been a very wet year so far ... and homeowners are chanting the "Rain, Rain, Go Away" song every day.

polymer slateHeavy rains mean heavy headaches for many people. The roof overhead that they thought was in good shape turns out to be a cylinder of water dripping inside the house. Or, the weight of all the significant snowfalls has damaged their existing roof tiles.

Either way, now is the time to take action. During National Procrastination Week, the team at DaVinci Roofscapes encourages homeowners to forget about playing ostrich. Take your head out of the sand and start by contacting a professional roofer to evaluate the overall condition of your roof and offer you options.

"A professional roofer can safely get on your roof, evaluate your shingles and make recommendations if a replacement roof is needed," says Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services at DaVinci Roofscapes. "Getting an evaluation now, as the Spring weather arrives, is a smart idea. Roofers can catch --- and oftentimes fix --- a leak problem before it spirals out of control. Plus your roofer can give you a feeling for how much 'life' is left in your roof and make recommendations for a new roof if needed."

If you find yourself in the position of needing a new roof this year, think about investing in a roof for the long-term. At DaVinci, our polymer slate and shake roof products have a lifetime limited warranty. These easy-care tiles are impact- and fire-resistant along with standing up to severe weather. For more details on composite roofing, see Roofing 101 for Homeowners and What to Look for in a New Roof.

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Contractors Give Thumbs Up to DaVinci Replacement Roofs

You've seen it before. Maybe while driving through your neighborhood. You look up at a house and your eyes fix on the roof. And it looks old ... or splotchy ... or just plain ugly.

Like any other aspect of a home, most roofs have a limited lifespan --- especially if it's an asphalt shingle or cedar shake roof. When roofing tiles curl, cup or break away, it's time for a replacement.

If you're examining your own roof and decide a replacement might be in your future, listen to what these professional roofing contractors have to say about their experiences with polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes and see How To Know When To Replace Your Roof.

 

polymer slate"My client was looking for a synthetic slate roof that preserved the character of his house. He especially liked the authentic look of the DaVinci slate, the reflectivity and lightweight aspects of the product. I've installed more than 30 DaVinci roofs in the past 15 years, so I know it's a good product. Plus it's Made in America, which is important to us so we can support the U.S. economy."

     -Scott Owen, President, Owen Enterprises

 

 

polymer shake“The humid environment we have in the North Carolina mountains works against natural cedar shake, giving them a lifespan of perhaps just 20 years. We’ve replaced about 15 of the original wood roofs in the StoneBridge community with the DaVinci polymer shake products over the past several years with widespread applause from all the homeowners. DaVinci gives the residents the look of cedar shake, but with a much longer life span. Also, the product is not combustible and provides better protection from fire than real cedar shake.”

     -Ken Bowman, Owner, Blue Ridge Roofing

 

 

synthetic slate roof“The Telecky roofing project really shows how the right man-made products can complement a historic home design. The Slate Gray color chosen for the DaVinci roof complements the strong Arts and Crafts lines of the home while subtly allowing the architectural details of the house remain the focal point."

     -Blake Gillette, Owner, Christian Brothers Roofing

 

“I’ve worked with the DaVinci product before in our area and felt the long-term value these polymer tiles would bring to the Animas Museum project would be ideal. Each tile has a refined cedar look, much like a machine-sawn shake shingle, so it blends in perfectly with our mountain setting. Plus, the tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.”

     -Tony Whittle, Owner and President, TL Roofing

 

 

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Featured Project of the Year - Owen Enterprises

Today is Day 2 of the International Roofing Expo. You still have plenty of time to swing by booth #2245 and let us answer any questions for you, or discuss details on an upcoming project. Also, while you're there, be sure to stop and take a look at the Featured Projects of the Year that we're promoting in our booth! This year we chose 3 projects, each submitted by a loyal DaVinci contractor, to feature with a banner in the DaVinci Roofscapes booth at IRE.

People ask us all the time if we're just a residential project or if we can be found on other types of buildings. We're excited to promote all our projects, but this one is a really good show piece for both us and for the contractor who installed it, Owen Enterprises. Prestwick Country Club, located in Frankfort, IL, has a massive roof (both steep and low slope) and last year decided to replace their current system with a Bellaforté Shake roof in the Tahoe Blend. A Bellaforté Shake roof will protect the country club from hail and wind damage that will inevitably occur in the Midwest. The tiles don't only look just like jumbo cedar shakes, but are Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated, and Wind Certified to 110 mph.

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Congratulations, Owen Enterprises!

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Featured Project of the Year - HUF Construction

Today, we kick off Day 1 of the International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas! We are excited to be here to educate contractors on our lightweight roofing tiles. We're also displaying the banners of the 2016 Featured Project of the Year Winners! Contractors from all over North America submitted projects to us late last year, and the 3 winners have an opportunity to show off their projects to their peers in the DaVinci Roofscapes booth (#2245)!

This project was installed by HUF Construction, who is located near Dallas. Last year, a series of storms went through the Dallas/Ft Worth area, leaving a lot of homeowners looking for roof replacements. Roofing contractors and insurance companies are strongly advising people to go with an impact resistant roof system, like what was installed on this project. Bellaforté Slate, as featured in this project, is Class 4 Impact Rated, which may earn a Texas homeowner a discount on their homeowner's insurance (along with being the awe of the neighborhood!). This project looks amazing!

Stop by and see us at Booth #2245. Our team will be here all three days, ready to talk to you about your next project!

 

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Featured Project of the Year - Sparrow Exteriors

Throughout the year, as contractors register their jobs, we are presented with so many good projects that we're excited to feature on our blog. What makes a project blog-worthy? Well, not only does it look amazing, but it comes from loyal contractors who are eager to provide DaVinci Roofscapes with feedback, awesome photography, and stories about how working with our polymer roof tiles impacts their business.

For the third year running, we have asked our loyal contractors to submit projects they believe should be chosen for Featured Project of the Year. Among other prizes at stake, the big opportunity is to have a banner featuring the contractor and the project displayed in our booth at the 2017 International Roofing Expo which starts tomorrow in Las Vegas! So, without further adieu, is the first of the three winners chosen as part of the 2016 Featured Project of the Year.

This project was installed by Sparrow Exteriors out of Woodstock, Georgia. Sparrow sent us this video as their submission, which detailed the tear off of an old shake roof in Rosewell, Georgia, and a replacement with a Bellaforté Shake roof. We loved the story the video told which showed a total transformation of the exterior of this home. Check it out and see for yourself!

 

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If you are headed out to the International Roofing Expo, DaVinci will be in booth #​2245. The show starts tomorrow, Wednesday, March 1, and runs until Friday, March 3. We will be featuring this project, along with the other two winners in our booth. Hope to see you there!
 
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From the Tech Team: Introducing SOLARHIDE

The DaVinci Roofscapes Technical Team is excited to share that we have completed the certification process that will allow us to offer ONE underlayment to achieve a Class A Fire Rating with ALL of our products! Yes, you heard that right! Previously, each product had its own requirements which could be cumbersome and difficult to remember, but just one layer of SOLARHIDE™ will do the trick across all of our product lines!

Class A Fire RatingMade from raw materials, SOLARHIDE is produced with woven and non-woven fabrics as well as pure aluminum. According to Wayne Foster, VP Sales and Marketing for Eco Chief who distributes this product, SOLARHIDE is designed to act as a radiant barrier, that can reflect up to 97% of the radiant heat it encounters. The durable underlayment is 100 percent recyclable and exceeds Miami-Dade specifications. The rip-resistant SOLARHIDE product is now available from DaVinci Roofscapes in a 10 square roll (48 inches wide by 250 feet long) with 25 rolls per pallet.

The cool thing is, this energy saving underlayment can be installed with either the shiny side up or shiny side down. Shiny side down creates a more walkable surface and help keep your customer’s attic cool, and shiny side up will provide optimal performance as far as solar reflection.

At DaVinci, we will be working on doing our own testing, so we’ll be able to quantify the energy savings this will provide for our customers. Contact us today to learn more!   

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Heber Valley: A Hot Spot for DaVinci Roofing

What's going on in Heber Valley, Utah?

During the past several years we've witnessed a constant increase in DaVinci polymer roofing being specified and installed in this beautiful area of the country.

Where can you find synthetic shake and simulated slate roofing in Heber Valley? Everywhere.

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Designer Kevin Price has specified our polymer shake roofing tiles on many of the homes in the Red Ledges community and is still going strong with DaVinci roofing products. (See Designer Shakes Up Utah Roofs) "Since the roof in this desert setting takes the most abuse from the sun and weather, it needs to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing," says Price, president of Kevin Price Designs. "Both the Multi-Width Shake and Bellaforté Shake lightweight roofing materials we've been using capture both desires perfectly."

On Top Roofing has also seen an increase in usage of DaVinci polymer slate roofing materials. The company has installed our products on many high-end multi-family homes in the area. The new construction projects are starting off right ... with Multi-Width Slate roofs in the Slate Gray color blend.

Head to the downtown Heber Valley Visitor Center and you'll also find a DaVinci tile roofing --- right on their building! (See Heber Valley Visitor Center)

polymer shakeConstructed in 1992, the alpine-style visitor's center was in dire need of a new roof. "When the team started pressure washing our wood shake roof, water began leaking into the building," says Rachel Kahler, marketing and events manager for the Heber Valley Visitors Center. "The original wood shake roof had deteriorated badly over time and had finally given out.

"After reviewing our options and budget, we decided the best solution was new Bellaforté Shake composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes in a Tahoe-VariBlend. These simulated shake tiles beautifully accent our peg-and-groove building. The tiles look extremely authentic. People now stop in our visitors center and ask us about the roof on the building!"

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Meet Michael Cobb

At DaVinci Roofscapes we're offering a warm welcome to Michael Cobb, our new Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Michael, who has more than 26 years of building industry experience, will lead the company's sales force, customer service team and marketing efforts. Most recently with Nichiha, USA, Inc. in roles involving sales, marketing and logistics. Michael has additional industry experience with Louisiana-Pacific, Nailite International, James Hardie Building Products and Velux-America.

In his new leadership role at DaVinci Roofscapes, Michael will build on all his previous experiences to allow him to manage the sales and marketing for our polymer roofing company. (look what's ahead this year for us at  DaVinci Roofscapes Predicts Demand to Increase in 2017 for Synthetic Roofing)

"We're excited to bring Michael's industry expertise and insights to our team at DaVinci,"  says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. "In particular, his sales leadership will support the sustained growth we've seen during the past decade for our simulated shake and imitation slate roofing products. With demand continually increasing for synthetic roofing products, we know Michael can lead us into new markets and support our enhanced sales efforts."

Michael and his family are based in Atlanta, where he enjoys boating, golfing and reading. He'll be making the commute to DaVinci headquarters in Kansas on a regular basis to focus on the growth of DaVinci and meeting the needs of our valued customers. 

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