Weather-Related Anxieties Dissolve with DaVinci Roofing

The uncertainty of Springtime weather in the South can cause concern, stress and headaches for many homeowners. However, the Cate family, in Roswell, Georgia, has taken steps to eliminate weather-related anxieties. They invested last year in an impact-resistant Bellaforté Shake roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. (See Is Your Roof Ready for Severe Weather?)

"Spring weather in the South can typically involve high winds and tornadoes, which we've experienced in the past few weeks," says Angela Cate. "I have not worried once about my DaVinci composite shake roof. We love the look of this roof, and more importantly I no longer worry about my roof during extreme weather events."

Peace-of-mind by way of a new synthetic shake roof came to Cate via Sparrow Exteriors. The team installed the new roof, copper flashing and a gutter system in 2016.

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"We chose the DaVinci roof system due to its look and durability," says Cate. "We like the warranty package offered by DaVinci and the Bellaforté Shake is definitely an improvement over the original wood cedar shake roof we had previously.

"From a homeowner's standpoint, we're proud of our new composite shake roof. We've had many positive comments on the designer roof from neighbors and guests.

"I've definitely recommended the DaVinci roof system and Sparrow Exteriors to my family and friends. The job was done with a very professional  approach. The crew was accommodating and communicative. Best of all, I'm very confident in how the DaVinci roof was installed and how it will help protect our home from severe weather in the future."

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Ask a Roofer: Hall Ryan Construction

Why do roofers repeatedly recommend DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic shake and slate tiles to their customers? According to roofer Chad Whisenhunt, it's because of the consistency DaVinci offers as far as aesthetic appeal and durability.

"We've been re-roofing homes with DaVinci products since 2011," says Whisenhunt, principal and CEO with Hall Ryan Construction in Denver, Colorado. "We keep coming back to DaVinci because of the ease of installation of their products --- especially the Bellaforté Shake and Slate tiles --- plus their strong warranty offering and the outstanding durability of the product.

"Year-after-year DaVinci offers a beautiful roofing option at an appealing price cost for our customers. I have put composite roofing from DaVinci on my own home --- that's how much I believe in their product!"

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Hall Ryan Construction had its most prominent year in 2016 with DaVinci synthetic shake and composite slate roofing tiles. The company installed 21 DaVinci roofs and they see more coming in their future. Known for the high quality of their work and great customer service, the company offers roofing and construction services throughout the Denver marketplace.

"We specialize in helping out homeowners with every size house," says Whisenhunt. "And, we're finding that the Bellaforté shake and slate products are perfect for average homeowners who are looking for long-lasting value, a beautiful and dependable product. Our goal at Hall Ryan is to provide our customers with top-notch craftsmanship at a fair price point. DaVinci Roofscapes helps us accomplish this goal."

Interested in what other roofers have to say about DaVinci lightweight roofing tiles? See Roofers Applaud Lifespan & Looks of DaVinci Roofs and Iowa Roofer Offers Key Advice to Homeowners

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Featured Project - Omaha, NE

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Bellaforté Shake has made a name for itself in Omaha, as a good looking and environmentally friendly replacement of it's natural counterpart. Cedar roofing, though authentic to many homes in the area, has lost popularity over the years due it it's inability to stand up to wind and hail events. Using polymer shake products, instead of natural cedar shake, can have a tremendous positive environmental impact. In storm prone areas, like Omaha, hail and wind events happen often enough that homeowners often don't have to wait too long for a storm that will require them to get their old roof torn off an a new one put on. People have grown accustomed to putting on a new roof every few years, but unfortunately most of the old products are not recycled (or even recyclable), thus sending them to the landfill.

A new Bellaforté Shake roof by DaVinci Roofscapes, offers the look of authentic cedar shakes, but comes with a Class 4 Impact Rating and a 110 mph wind rating. This means that in the event of a storm, it is less likely your roof will be damaged and needing to be replaced.

This project was sent our way by Rich Poisel's Roofing out of Omaha. It has Bellaforté Shake in the Mountain Blend installed prominently on a mansard roof. Thank you for sharing this project with us Rich Poisel's Roofing!

Rich Poisel’s Roofing
402-339-3491

 

 

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Johnson County Museum Ready to Open

Today is National Museum Day --- a day to shine a spotlight on the many impactful museums across America.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we're proud that our synthetic roofing materials have been installed on several prominent museums across the country (see Museum Rooftops).

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Now we're also excited to announce that our Bellaforté Shake tiles in Autumn-VariBlend will top off the roof of a major feature of the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center opening on Saturday, June 10. Located in Overland Park, Kansas, this center will open a new Johnson County Museum. The museum's "1950s All-Electric House" exemplifies the American Dream many sought in new suburban communities in that time frame. The home was built by Kansas City Power & Light in 1953 to tout the innovative advantages to electric living. (See Museum on the Move)

Photo Courtesy of Bob Greenspan Photography

We're especially pleased to donate our innovate synthetic shake roofing materials to this project because it's right in our backyard. The Johnson County Museum will include KidScape for children of all ages, guided tours, family programs, art classes, theatre and so much more.

Happy National Museum Day to everyone --- especially to our new neighbors at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center!

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DaVinci Synthetic Shake Roof Installed on New Hotel on Biltmore Estate - Part II

Following the specification of DaVinci shake roofing on the new Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, the team at Benton Roofing got started on installation of the multi-level roof. From start to finish, the massive roofing project took nine months to complete, with 45 days dedicated to installation of the synthetic Bellaforté Shake roof.

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"Photo courtesy of The Biltmore Company" 

"The multiple roof lines on the project give the hotel an appealing look," says Caleb Benton, president and owner of Benton Roofing. "The project went smoothly and the roofing material was easy to install.

"These roofing tiles are the perfect fit for this hotel since they're impact- and fire-resistant, plus they're basically maintenance-free. This was our first time installing DaVinci products and we were impressed."

Although the Asheville area is not known for large amounts of snowfalls, the hotel designers took extra caution to specify snow guards be installed on the roof in key public areas. Manufactured by Rocky Mountain Snow Guards, the snow guards on the Village Hotel help prevent any collected snow from sliding off the roof in large pieces onto walkways.

Now open for more than a year, the Village Hotel provides easy access for visitors to the estate's gardens, 10 shops, 15 dining venues, winery, equestrian center and outdoor activities. The main feature of the estate, Biltmore House, has 250 rooms with tours available daily. America's largest home and its surrounding grounds feature breathtaking scenery during all seasons. For more information on the Village Hotel and Biltmore Estate, visit www.biltmore.com.

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Custom Green DaVinci Roof

A big home deserves a big, beautiful roof. That's just what Linda Mellijor needed for her spacious 14,000-square-foot home in Illinois.

"I hated the old wood roof I had previously," says Mellijor. "The original roof was installed in 2002 and it was a maintenance hassle."

When Mellijor finally decided to "take the big plunge" and replace the roof on her French Tudor style home, she contacted Cedar Roofing Company for assistance.

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"This roofing company has served me well for 10 years," says Mellijor. "They worked with me to find our DaVinci Single-Width Slate roof. Then they took it a step further to help us capture the exact shade of green we wanted on our designer roof. The custom blend looks stunning."

What motivated Mellijor to make the decision to invest in a DaVinci synthetic slate roof? The idea of having a long-lasting, maintenance-free luxury roof overhead that would eliminate the hassles of long-term upkeep.

"I like this DaVinci roof more every day," says Mellijor. "People just stop to look at it. The neighbors like it and we feel it really complements our home design.

"This is a roof that I would absolutely recommend to friends and family. The combination of its reliability, durability and visual appeal has truly won me over." 

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What Would Your Friends Say About a New Lifetime Roof From DaVinci Roofscapes? They'd be impressed! Go ahead and hear from more DaVinci converts at Listening to What Homeowners Say About DaVinci Roofscapes.

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Synthetic Slate Choices

Choices. That's what you get when deciding on a synthetic slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.

At DaVinci, we offer three different slate options to fit the style of both your home and your budget. Here's a quick breakdown of those options, plus insights from homeowners selecting our designer roofs for their own houses.

 

Multi-Width Slate: Available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths with 1/2" tile thickness at butt and 1/8" thickness at tip. Use in a staggered or straight line application.

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Homeowner story: Interested in creating strong visual interest to accent their large home, Holly and Rob Fanjoy selected a composite slate roof from DaVinci in the multi-width profile. A combination of eight colors in the Vineyard blend caught their eye to truly draw attention to their Maine home.

“I’m a big supporter of man-made products that replicate Mother Nature but offer more long-term benefits than natural products,” says Rob 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.”

 

Single-Width Slate: Available in 12" tile widths, the 1/2" tile thickness of this slate is twice the thickness of other synthetic slate tiles. Our VariBlend technology is used when creating this tile to form slightly varying shades from tile to tile for an authentic slate look.

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Homeowner story: Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, knows roofs. So, when it came time to replace the failing asphalt shingle roof on his own home, he turned to DaVinci for a Single-Width Slate DaVinci roof.

"This is a stunning fake slate roof that I'm proud to have on my home," says Carter. "We live in New Hampshire, which is nicknamed 'the granite state.' This slate alternative roof looks so perfect that it beats any real stone I've ever seen! And, we're thrilled that it comes with a lifetime limited materials warranty so we'll never have to worry about our roof again. Everyone coming up our driveway stops and stares. They can't believe it's not real quarried slate."

 

Bellaforté Slate:  Available in 12" tile widths with a 1/2" thickness, Bellaforté is a high performance tile with interlocking shingles that have superior wind resistance.

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Homeowner story: Living in Kansas means being prepared for severe weather situations. In April 2015, a sunny day in Wichita turned dangerous when a powerful microburst with winds reaching up to 100 mph destroyed a bulk of the roofs in the Harbor Isle subdivision. The majority of concrete tile roofs were severely damaged; three DaVinci roofs were basically unharmed.

"Concrete roof tiles were thrown through neighbor's windows, into vehicles parked along the streets and in driveways," says homeowner Paul Dugan. "A couple of the homes that had been recently re-roofed with DaVinci shake roofing tiles had every single tile in place and no visible damage to the property. I was very impressed and called Heiland Roofing the next morning.

"I now have a DaVinci Bellaforté Slate roof that looks exactly the same as the concrete tile roof but has the highest impact resistance in the industry. The impressive interlocking system allows for installation with securing the tile in all four corners so we're not going to worry about tiles peeling back and blowing away in future storms." 

 

Go ahead, Ask a Homeowner what they think about our slate roof tiles ... we're confident you'll be impressed with the synthetic slate choices from DaVinci!

 

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Homeowner's Role in Getting a New Roof

Synthetic Roofing OptionsMay is the ideal time to take a good look at your home exterior and prepare it for the warm weather months ahead. Designated as Home Improvement Month, May nudges you to evaluate your home and tackle projects.

On the exterior of your home, roofing, siding, windows and door replacements may all need the help of professionals.

"Some projects, like replacing an old asphalt shingle or cedar shake roof, require expertise and should be left to the professionals," says Tim Gentry, Vice President of Technical Services at DaVinci Roofscapes. "There are very specific measurements, underlayment applications and safety precautions that go into re-roofing a home. Plus, it usually takes a team of installers to complete a re-roofing project as opposed to just a one or two people."

Gentry, a longtime professional roofer who now works for DaVinci, recommends the role of the homeowner for a roofing project is to do research and make decisions.

"In a homeowner's lifetime they may have to get involved in just one or maybe two re-roofing projects," says Gentry. "The best thing a homeowner can do is research their roofing options, carefully choose a roofer with good credentials, learn about the product's warranty and select a roof that complements their home style. After that, they should leave it to the professionals to go up on the roof and do the actual installation work."

If you're in the position of getting a new roof this Springtime, here are some stories that can help you with all the key essentials Gentry mentions:

 

 

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Star of the Show

In every major movie, there's a star. After all, what would Casablanca be without Bogart and Bacall? Or Gone with the Wind without Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable?

It's the same with a house. There's always something that truly sets a house apart. For Jason Taylor, his expansive new Bellaforté Slate roof is the star of the show.

The Slate Gray imitation slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes covers his sprawling Texas home and perfectly accents its brick exterior. "The view of this roof from afar is eye catching," says Taylor. "The roof looks great and I've noticed houses in our area that seem to have followed our lead by having similar roofs installed."

Taylor had his home re-roofed by HUF Construction in 2016. "HUF Construction was very easy to work with on our roofing project," says Taylor. "They did a great job with the installation and I would highly recommend them to others.

"If a family member was looking for a roofer I'd recommend HUF Construction, and the DaVinci roof. I'd tell that that it looks great and has held up very well to high winds and heavy rain."

The Bellaforté Slate synthetic slate roofing selected by Taylor features leading edge tabs to secure every tile, drastically helping improve wind performance. The snap-fit tile creates a built-in rain gutter while the self-aligning ledge helps reduce installation time and assures consistent installation.

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The 12" wide fake slate roofing tiles are 1/2" thick --- twice the thickness of most other synthetic slates. Made of virgin polymers to assure product consistency, synthetic slate and shake tiles from DaVinci are embedded with state-of-the-art UV and color stabilizers for color fade resistance. Each roofing tile resists curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects.

For more polymer roofing projects featuring Bellaforté tiles, see  DaVinci Roofscapes' Bellaforté - Your Perfect Partner in Beautifying Your Home's Roof.

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Preparing for the Worst ... and Hoping for the Best

Who will cause the most havoc this hurricane season? Will it be Arlene, Emily or Katia? Perhaps it will be Philippe, Sean or Tammy? These are all designated names for 2017 hurricanes, and we're all hoping never to get far enough in the alphabet to experience Hurricane Whitney!

impact resistant roofTo help homeowners prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, the National Weather Service has designated May 7 - 13 as Hurricane Preparedness Week. Click HERE to learn how to develop an evacuation plan, assemble disaster supplies and determine your risk. On this site you'll also learn how to strengthen your home to withstand hurricane-force winds, rain, and flooding.

The only good thing about a hurricane is you generally know in advance if it's headed your way. That can help give you time to secure your home and evacuate if needed.

Right now, time is on your side. If you live in an area prone to severe weather and potential hurricanes, take the time today to evaluate the exterior of your home --- especially your roof. (See Hurricane Season - Is Your Roof Ready?).

High winds associated with hurricanes can turn a lawn chair or garbage can into a flying missile. Those items can do serious damage to a home's exterior ... as can falling trees and limbs. Having a durable and impact-resistant synthetic shake or slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes can help your home weather the storm. Oftentimes our Dade County-approved composite roofing can also save you money --- since many insurance companies offer homeowner discounts on polymer roofing (see New DaVinci Roof = Cash in Your Wallet).

Before the 2017 Hurricane Season arrives on June 1st, follow the old adage, "prepare for the worst and hope for the best." You and your home will both be grateful you're ready to weather the storm!

 

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DaVinci Synthetic Shake Roof Specified for New Hotel on Biltmore Estate - Part I

Nestled on 8,000 acres of pristine land in the mountains of western North Carolina, Biltmore welcomes more than a million visitors each year. Facing increased demand for additional on-site lodging, the new Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate was opened in late 2015.

The task of designing the four-story, 130,000 square foot hotel to assure it fit comfortably within the Antler Hill Village and Winery area of the estate fell to PGAV Destinations. "Antler Hill Village was intended to look like a series of buildings that belonged together but maintain an individual identity through the use of different roofing materials and trim treatments," says Emily Pelcak, director of practice and innovation for PGAV Destinations. "With the Village Hotel we wanted to continue that story. We specified DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic shake roofing to complement the general aesthetics of the area but also to create a distinctive personality for the hotel."

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"Photo courtesy of The Biltmore Company" 

The sprawling 209-room hotel is tucked next to restaurants, shops and a winery that all have real or simulated shake roofing. Each of the structures has a natural, rustic feeling, inspired by the eclectic mix of cottages and farm homes original to the estate that opened in 1895 belonging to George Vanderbilt.

"The look of the DaVinci shake roofing is convincing as a shake shingle, which is a traditional building material in western North Carolina," says Pelcak. "Their ability to create unique blends so the hotel could have subtle color shifts across the building roof was a key reason the DaVinci shake roofing was specified."

To ensure a distinctive look to the roof, Pelcak and her team worked with DaVinci to gain samples of multiple color blends of Bellaforté Shake tiles. The final decision was to create and install three unique color blends with the predominant colors including a range of Tahoe colors (Light, Medium Light, Medium and Dark), plus Dark Chesapeake.

"The color selection was an arduous process since we wanted a subtle variation across the roof to blend with the adjacent existing structures and complement the main exterior facade treatment," says Pelcak. "We're proud of this project and pleased that The Biltmore Company is happy with the look and performance of the DaVinci product. Based on their feedback, we may specify these tiles again on future projects throughout the estate."

 

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Featured Project - Denver, CO

In the last couple of years, many homeowners have come to the realization that the products they once used on the exterior of their homes, just aren't feasible anymore. In the case of natural cedar shake, many communities, and even entire states, have outlawed them due to them being a fire hazard. With fire hazard probably being the #1 reason folks in the West are looking for alternatives, the fact that they aren't impact resistant, don't hold up well in climates with a lot of freeze/thaw, and have all sorts of problems due to mold and algae growth, are all also factors. 
 
The owners of this house tore off their cedar shakes and had Excel Roofing, also out of Denver, install a new Bellaforté Shake tile roof in the Tahoe blend. They also installed pad style snow guards, as our installation instructions recommend in high snow areas like Denver, in order to protect their walkways, gutters, and shrubbery from sliding snow this winter. Thank you for sharing these photos with us, Excel! 

Excel Roofing
303-761-6400
www.excelroofing.com    

 

 

 

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Weathering the Storm: No Where to Hide

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From coast to coast, it's messy out there.

Spring storms have brought high winds, intense rain and hail to many parts of the country this year. While farm fields and gardens have taken a beating, so have houses.

The roof on a home is the single most exposed element of a house. There is simply no where for a roof to hide when the weather turns bad. That's why it's important to invest in an impact-resistant roof. Just ask roofer Jim Hofegartner what he witnessed after a storm in 2010.

"There were grapefruit-sized hail and 60 mph winds that pounded our area," says Hofegartner with Central Roofing and Construction Company. "A DaVinci Aberdeen simulated slate roof we installed a few weeks beforehand in Nichols Hills received minimal damage --- especially compared to the concrete tile roof next door that was totally destroyed."

Storm intensity has only increased in recent years. According to roofer Mike Heiland, peace-of-mind for homeowners only comes when investing in a secure roof. After a severe microburst in 2015, his Kansas customers were shaken, but their homes survived.

synthetic shake roofing"Of the three DaVinci roofs we installed, one home had zero damage," says Heiland of Heiland Roofing and Exteriors. "Another home had one missing ridge cap. The third home needed approximately 10-feet of ridge replaced. That's absolutely nothing compared to the devastation that all the other homes in that neighborhood experienced.

"Now my customers are elated with their decision to invest in DaVinci composite roofing ... and their neighbors are fighting with insurance adjusters. Many of them see that the DaVinci products held up exceptionally well ... and we're already getting calls from them about replacing their roofs with a worry-free DaVinci roof!"

 

For more severe weather stories related to composite roofing, see Hail No Match for DaVinci Roofscapes Polymer Roof Tiles and All hail, HAIL!

 

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Thank You

This is Customer Loyalty Month --- a great time for all of us at DaVinci Roofscapes to extend our sincere thanks to the many roofers who install our synthetic shake and slate roofing. In almost every state there are qualified roofers who repeatedly recommend our composite roofing to homeowners.

To those roofers who have been singing the praises of our roofing and repeatedly encouraging homeowners to invest in our polymer roofing materials we say "thank you." And, to homeowners who might be in the market for a new roof, we want to share some thoughts from our valued roofing customers:

 

"Purchasing DaVinci's composite roofing over natural slate roof tiles or cedar shake roofing is a no brainer. The look and durability of these imitation slate and synthetic shake shingles is simply incredible. Plus, we save time and money on the jobsite for the homeowner by installing these sustainable roofing tiles."

       -Mike Heiland, Heiland Roofing and Exteriors

 

 

 

 

 

Class A Fire Rating"My company has installed more than 20 Bellaforté roofs since the product was launched several years ago. This durable roofing tile resists impact, fire, algae and insects. It’s a real winner for our geographic area and we’ve created a niche market in the Kansas City marketplace by becoming experts at installing both Bellaforté Shake and Slate roofs.”

       -Shawn Bellis, EPIC Exteriors, LLC

 

 

 

 

Synthetic Shake roofing"Half of the roofs I install these days are polymer shake or slate products. Once someone sees this product installed, they love it and want it on their own home. The roof has a good profile and dimension to it, the color blends are terrific and the advantage of knowing you have a roof backed by a limited lifetime warranty is extremely impressive."

       -Stacy Stines, Stacy Stines Roofing

 

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Featured Project - Plano, TX

Earlier this year, I featured a project installed by SPC Construction & Roofing in Plano, Texas with the message being (basically) - Hey! Folks in Texas! When you replace your roof next it should be with an impact resistant roof product!  So maybe it wasn't that simply put, but with the high likelihood of future hail events in your state, paired with the discounts you can possibly receive on your homeowner's insurance premiums, looking into something that can last during a hail storm is definitely something to consider.

These photos were sent in to us from a loyal DaVinci Roofscapes installer, SPC Construction & Roofing. The product used here was Bellaforté Slate in the Slate Black color blend. Thank you for sharing these photos with us, SPC!   

SPC Construction & Roofing
817-684-1088
www.spcgc.com 

 

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2017 Earth Day: DaVinci Roofscapes Recycles 1.2 Million Pounds of Waste

At DaVinci Roofscapes we're proud to have kept more than 1.2 million pounds of polymer scrap out of landfills in 2016. Our record-setting recycling effort includes the remolding of more than 696,000 pounds of grinded scrap into starter tiles and the transfer of 567,000 pounds of scrap to an end-user who makes pallets, crates and totes. (See Virgin Versus Recycled Roofing Tiles)

Green Roof Systems Polymer"Our goal is zero percentage of scrap going into a landfill," says Bryan Ward, vice president of operations at DaVinci Roofscapes in Lenexa, Kan. "We are always looking for ways to recycle and reuse every single piece of waste in our plant.

"We made a significant capital investment in regrind machinery in recent years that's definitely paying off. Over the past two years we've decreased our trash generation by more than 50 percent annually. That's a number we're proud of and hope to improve upon even more in the future."

DaVinci Roofscapes produces synthetic slate and composite shake roofing tiles in 50 standard colors, plus custom colors. Each time our manufacturing operation changes color runs, there is a transitioning between colors.  Those transition tiles are off spec and are recycled. The tiles --- which are 100 percent recyclable --- are segregated by color and then ground up and molded into starter shingles, which are generally unseen on the roof.

"We view Earth Day as a time to evaluate the progress of our recycling operations and share the good news about our enhanced efforts," says Ward. "Our operation is extremely efficient. Between reusing the regrind polymer and selling off additional scrap, we're excited to prevent more than 1.2 million pounds of scrap from sitting in a landfill this year."

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5 Extreme Exterior Makeovers

By Becky Harris, Houzz

So you love the schools, the neighborhood and the yard, but when you pull up to your house, you don’t like the way it looks. But there are aspects of it that you do like, and you can’t bear the thought of tearing it down. Often a better solution is a major makeover. It’s hard to believe that some of these houses are remodels; in one case, even the tax assessor had to be convinced.Related: See More Exterior Makeovers

 

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sensitive design inc., original photo on Houzz

1. Contemporary Redo Solves Design Problems

BEFORE: Not much about this facade made sense. An awkward pediment seems randomly placed. To the right, a garage had been finished into a room that threw off the proportions. And there’s an odd, unbalanced half-hexagon portion off to the left.

Due to setback requirements related to a nearby stream, a complete rebuild here was not an option. Instead, designer Susanne Doise worked with what she had and was able to add a small addition to this dated split-level home.

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sensitive design inc., original photo on Houzz

AFTER: At first, the clients thought they wanted a more traditional house, but once they saw the opportunities a more contemporary style offered, they were on board.

Working within tight setback restrictions, height restrictions and square footage maximums, Doise came up with a scheme for much more pleasing architecture. She designed a new roofline that incorporated a shed roof and a pop-up roof that allowed for higher ceilings and let more light inside. She squared off the awkward half-hexagon and brought back the garage, with an attractive frosted-glass-paneled garage-style door that’s a design asset. She replaced the vinyl siding with fiber cement panels The roof is corrugated metal. And new aluminum-clad windows let in loads of natural light.

She also gave the home inviting curb appeal thanks to a new concrete staircase with integrated planters and lights, a new glass-paneled front door with a generous sidelight and transom, and a new lighting scheme.

 

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Carpenter & MacNeille, original photo on Houzz

2. Suitable Style for a Former Foursquare

BEFORE: Originally an American Foursquare built in the 1800s, this home’s style had become a hodgepodge of confusing historical elements due to additions and renovations over the years. The architects at Carpenter & MacNeille knew that the Colonial touches were not in keeping with the more simple Craftsman homes in the area built during the era.

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Carpenter & MacNeille, original photo on Houzz

AFTER: The remodel included new siding that’s narrower on the second floor than on the first floor, a new patio that leads to the front door and a new front porch with a balustrade atop it. A new garage with a mudroom entry and game room over it was also part of the renovations.

The confusing Colonial details, such as the pediment and shutters that were added over the years, are history. “We jazzed up a simple house with great, period-appropriate architectural details,” interior designer Wendy LeStage Hodgson reported to Houzz contributor Mary Jo Bowling.

 

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Before Photo, original photo on Houzz

3. Desperately in Need of Proper Proportions

BEFORE: This house with the giant mansard roof was notorious for being an ugly duckling along the beach on Camano Island, Washington. While the floor plan inside worked well, a lack of windows made the interior dark.

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Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects, original photo on Houzz

AFTER: Even the tax assessor had a hard time believing it was a remodel and not a tear-down situation, according to the architect, Dan Nelson. But the bulk of the renovations were a major exterior face-lift.

Before, the oversized mansard roof looked like it was pushing the house into the ground. Now, a new scheme that mixes corrugated charcoal-gray metal and Western red cedar shingles provides a pleasing balance. Boxing out the center and adding an arbor gave the house dimension. Large windows open up the facade and let in the light.

The front door is in the exact same spot but is highlighted by a new porch framed by an arbor. A modern garage door plays off the charcoal corrugated metal, and its panels play off the windows.

 

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Rafe Churchill: Traditional Houses, original photo on Houzz

4. Restoring Historic Farmhouse Charm

BEFORE: This historic farmhouse in Sharon, Connecticut, untouched since the 1940s, was in need of some love. The homeowners wanted to find buyers who would preserve the historic architecture. Interior designer Heide Hendricks and her husband, architect Rafe Churchill, were excited by the home’s potential and bought it for themselves. This is the back of the house; you can make out where an awkward addition had been removed.

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Rafe Churchill: Traditional Houses, original photo on Houzz

AFTER: As a historic restoration, this is not a radical change, but it’s still quite a surprise. The couple kept the footprint almost the same but added a back porch and mudroom where the addition had been, as well as a new shed and a new fence.

 

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Beckwith Group, original photo on Houzz

5. Going Greek (Revival)

BEFORE: This next makeover is one of the most dramatic ones we’ve seen on Houzz. Architect Dave Beckwith transformed a 1970s mock Tudor to the Greek Revival style popular in Duchess County, New York.

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Beckwith Group, original photo on Houzz

AFTER: Believe it or not, only porches and two 2-foot-wide additions along the front and back of the house expand the footprint of the home. The first floor was extended out to be flush with the overhangs you see in the “before” photos.

When you see the lovely setting around the house, you can see why the owners wanted to work with what they had. The home’s proportions, classical columns, windows, pronounced entablature and portico are all elements of Greek Revival style.

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Beckwith Group, original photo on Houzz

BEFORE: The back of the house lacked aesthetic appeal.

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Beckwith Group, original photo on Houzz

AFTER: Now, gracious porches on both sides and along the back add inviting style and provide plenty of comfortable covered space to enjoy the views.

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Collecting Rainwater from Roofs

Saving rainwater isn't just about reducing water bills. It's about conserving natural resources. With so much water coming out of the sky during the first part of this year, now is the ideal time to consider harvesting rainwater from roofs.

"West Coast areas that are normally dry have seen incredible rainfall amounts so far in 2017," says Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services at DaVinci Roofscapes®. "The Sacramento area was drowning in more than 17 inches of rain during the first two months of the year. Imagine the potential for saving that rainwater for use later during the dry season."

polymer slateGentry points out that collected rainwater can be used for a variety of home tasks, including washing cars, watering plants and cleaning. "Water harvesting is an easy, positive way to help the environment. As rainwater slides off a polymer, metal, ceramic or real slate sloping roof into collection barrels, it's safe for secondary uses like garden irrigation, doing laundry or flushing a toilet."

According to Gentry, if enough people implemented rainwater harvesting techniques at home, it could help reduce demand on existing water supply in their areas.

"Look at a city like Macon, Georgia," says Gentry. "They had 6.6 inches of rain in the first two days of 2017. That amount broke all kinds of records. If people had harvested even a portion of that water, then it would have helped reduce run-off and erosion. The community could use the saved water for everything from fire protection services to filling outdoor public pools.

"Whether collected in barrels or through pipes going directly into cisterns for use and storage, gathered rainwater can make a big impact. According to RainBarrelGuide.com, for every inch of rain that falls on a 'catchment area' of 1,000 square feet, approximately 600 gallons of rainwater can be collected. Now remember that Macon received 6.6 inches of rain. That number means there was a potential to save almost 4,000 gallons of water! That's quite a strong contribution to the water supply for a homeowner."

Looking for more information on rainwater collection and green roofing options? See From the Architect's Corner - Harvesting Rainwater and Collect Your "April Showers".

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Sneak Preview: English Country Manor Home

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When Phyllis Hoffman DePiano "knocked on our door" at DaVinci Roofscapes, we eagerly opened that door.

DePiano, Chairman of the Board and CEO for Hoffman Media, oversees the operations of many popular magazines, including Southern Home, Cottage Journal, Southern Lady Holiday, Victoria and Taste of the South. Her call to us was to partner up on a renovation project of an outdated 1970s "modern" home ... upgrading it to a traditional English style home.

Later this year several of the magazines in the Hoffman Media family will feature in-depth stories on the transformation of this home ... but we're giving you a sneak peak at the exterior progress. The stunning stone facade and wood accent home exterior is now being topped with a Bellaforté Slate roof in Smokey Gray-VariBlend.

"We wanted a durable, yet aesthetically-pleasing roof on this mountain house," says DePiano. "There are so many aspects that make the DaVinci product ideal for this English Country Manor Home. The synthetic slate tiles are impact- and fire-resistant, plus they'll require no long-term maintenance. But, most importantly, they so closely resemble natural slate that they perfectly complement the style of this home."

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DePiano says the intent of the project is to create a new energy efficient home that has the look of a home hundreds of years old --- but with advancements only available in today's marketplace. "Imagine the tremendous weight of a natural slate roof plus all the time and hassles it takes to install one," says DePiano. "The DaVinci faux slate roof is lightweight, easy to install and has all the appeal of natural slate. We picked a winner!"

Watch for the story on the entire home reconstruction in an upcoming issue of Southern Home magazine ... and we'll share more story highlights with you soon.

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Montana Builder Selects Bellaforté Shake for Parade of Homes Entry

Synthetic ShakeBuilder Cory Taylor, owner of CT Construction, Inc. out of Manhattan Montana, is known for the way in which he balances the many aspects of his home design to achieve a masterpiece. Included in his many accomplishments is the 6,000-square-foot home that he featured in the 2016 Parade of Homes, sponsored by Southwest Montana Building Industry Association. The expansive rustic-style home in Bozeman features hand-hewn log accents, natural stone fireplaces, and remarkable finishes. 

Taylor’s team is very meticulous in the way they choose the products that make up their finished project.  When it came to topping off this specific home, he said, “we selected Bellaforté Shake by DaVinci Roofscapes, in particular because they mimic the weathered cedar shake which complements the rustic style we were after on this home. These synthetic shake tiles have a great look to them.”

According to Taylor, he plans on using DaVinci composite roofing in the future on other homes in his area. "While this type of roof can cost a bit more than other roofs, it’s definitely worth it," says Taylor. "The cedar-shake look coupled with the low maintenance aspects and lifetime limited warranty will be very appealing to homebuyers in our area.”

Thanks to the CT Construction team, the homeowners now have a remarkable home with a DaVinci roof overhead to top it off with style and an unfaltering product.

Want to know what other builders think of our cedar shake roofing and imitation slate shingles? Then read Architect and Builder Team Up on Simulated Slate Roofing Project and Roofer Recommends DaVinci Polymer Roofs for High-End Homes.

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