New Bellaforté Installation Guides

Looking for guidance when installing Bellaforté Shake and Slate roofing tiles? We've got you covered.

New step-by-step guides are now available online that make it easy to install these composite roofing products.  Each guide discusses the underlayment needed for the roof, nailing options, how to install a starter course and field tile application tips. Diagrams are included along with detailed instructions on pan and step flashing methods. Transition tiles, valleys, hip and ridge, rake and ventilation are also discussed.

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And, if you need these guides in languages other than English, we have you covered there too! The Spanish Bellaforté installation guidelines and Quebec French versions of our Bellaforté guidelines can be found HERE.

N​eed more insights on installation of our composite roofing materials? Just checkout Underlayment and Decking Needs for DaVinci Roofing MaterialsBellaforté 101, and Five Top DaVinci Install Tips.

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Lucky 13 for Kansas Roofer

13 years. That's how long Douglas Fry Roofing, Inc. has been installing synthetic slate and shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"We installed the first or second DaVinci roof ever sold in Wichita, Kansas, so we've been a DaVinci fan right from the start," says James Douglas Fry, president of Douglas Fry Roofing. "The quality of the DaVinci products keeps bringing us back. We appreciate the lightweight nature of the tiles for installation, but also their durability and longevity. For our area, you just can't beat the Class 4 impact rating on the DaVinci tiles."

You also can't beat the skill and dedication exhibited by the team at Douglas Fry Roofing. The company is known for its quality workmanship and the fact that they only use fully-trained employees to install their roofs. Plus, when installing DaVinci synthetic shake or composite slate products, they use products designed to last as long as the DaVinci roofing materials --- like stainless steel nails, high-grade underlayments and copper accents.

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"Getting a new roof can be intimidating for a homeowner," says Fry. "A roof isn't something you purchase every few years. So, we work with them on their roofing options and educate people on the type of roofing materials that will stand up to the severe weather that Mother Nature throws our way in Kansas.

"When homeowners are looking for a dependable composite roofing product at a reasonable price, we point them toward Bellaforté. We've found this durable roof has strong longevity, plus it resists fire, impact, moisture and insects. DaVinci products will work hard for a homeowner. With their lifetime limited warranty, it's most likely the last roof a homeowner will ever purchase."

Want to know what other roofers say about our imitation slate and composite shake tiles? See Roofers Applaud Lifespan & Looks of DaVinci Roofs and Heard it on the Roofline...

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Easy-Care Home Improvements for Aging Baby Boomers

Are YOU a Baby Boomer?

Independent and plentiful in numbers, Baby Boomers are a major part of America's housing outlook. With more than 76 million people born between 1946 and 1964, Baby Boomers are either currently in retirement or planning for retirement --- and their living arrangements are a primary consideration.

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According to a survey conducted by Demand Institute of more than 4,000 Baby Boomer households, 63 percent of those surveyed do not plan to move, preferring instead to "age in place." Of those respondents, "low maintenance/upkeep" is rated as the third highest concern for Boomers staying in their current homes.

On the exterior of the house, switching to manmade products requiring little or no upkeep can be exceptionally beneficial for Baby Boomers. From the roof down to the porch, replacement products can be added to homes to make long-term living less stressful in an existing home.

Start with the roof. Synthetic slate and shake roofing tiles have the look of real slate or shake, but with none of the worries. Manufactured to provide years of beauty with no maintenance hassles, composite roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes are impact-, fire-, high wind- and insect-resistant. The polymer roofing materials come in dozens of colors and color blends to complement any home exterior and feature a lifetime limited warranty. (See Slate or Shake --- Which DaVinci Roofscapes Product is for Me?)

Aging homeowners ready to say farewell to the splitting, cupping and cracking problems of real slate or cedar are embracing synthetic roofing products. As a bonus, these synthetic roofing products are so durable that many insurance companies offer discounts on homeowner insurance policies to people investing in synthetic roofing! 

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1.2 Million Pounds and Counting

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we offer 49 different colors of synthetic slate and composite shake roofing tiles. This gives you an abundance of options to get the exact color --- or blend of colors --- you want on your designer roof.

Each time our manufacturing operation changes a color run of polymer tiles, there is a transition between colors. If you remember playing with Play-Doh as a child, it's the same thing. When you're finished with the red and start to put blue through your toy, there's inevitably an overlap ... maybe even creating a streak of color or a purple mixture. That's what happens when we make color run changes.

Polymer roofingThose transition tiles are "off spec" and immediately recycled at our facility in Kansas. They're ground up and moulded into starter shingles, which are generally not visible on a roof.

Why are we sharing this with you? Because June is National Recycling Month. And we believe it's important for you to know that every polymer tile we create is 100 percent recyclable. Because of our efforts, we keep about 1.2 million pounds of polymer scrap out of landfills each year.

Our record-setting recycling efforts include 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.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we look for ways to recycle and reuse every single piece of composite roofing waste in our plant ... and, even on the jobsite. We encourage our roofing customers to return any DaVinci unused imitation slate or fake cedar shake roofing to us after they complete a project. We're happy to recycle and reuse those pieces to help assure that our full cycle of operations is as environmentally friendly as possible. (See Return Those DaVinci Scraps!)

To learn more about our manufacturing operations, see Virgin Versus Recycled Roofing Tiles.

 

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National Safety Month Jobsite Tips

June is National Safety Month ... an excellent time for a refresher course on jobsite safety when installing a DaVinci synthetic slate or composite shake roof.

Here are some tips for roofers to follow when installing our roofs:

Synthetic RoofTip #1 - Start by wearing clothes and shoes that are comfortable, yet sensible for the jobsite. This includes closed-toe shoes or work boots that can give you traction on the roof.

Tip #2 - Always stay harnessed or tethered in when working on roofs. Click HERE for tips from Family Handyman magazine on how to properly use a roof safety harness.

Tip #3 - When nailing or screwing on roofing tiles, always wear safety glasses. Make sure your nail gun is properly cleaned and well-lubricated before each use. And, never rest the nail gun against your body to stop the potential of misfires.

Tip #4 - Don't over-exert yourself. Position materials close to the roof and ladder area to save time and energy. If you're carrying bundles up the ladder to the roof, make your legs do the work, not your back.

Tip #5 - Take time to secure your ladder on a solid, level surface. For the safest angle, place the base of the ladder a quarter of the working length of the ladder away from the wall or other vertical surface Make sure you don’t have to stretch or reach more than your arm’s length while standing on the ladder.

These are only some of the key tips for roofers. For additional roofer safety tips, see 10 Safety Tips for Roofers.

Making the time at each and every jobsite to assure that you and your co-workers are practicing safety measures can have a big impact on your long-term viability as a roofer. Thinking "safety first" can eliminate dangerous situations on the jobsite.

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Sky-High Views of Roofing Projects

The video created and posted by Cedar Roofing Company in Lake Forest, Illinois truly says it all for their company: "When it's time for a new roof, it's time for Cedar Roofing Company."

Take a look at their video online (click HERE) and you'll see the incredible transformations this 35-year old company can accomplish with DaVinci composite shake and synthetic slate roofing materials. No matter where you live, you'll be impressed by how this video showcases the installation of Bellaforté Shake roofing products --- from a unique viewpoint that many homeowners don't get.

Travel "up on the roof" with this video to see the installation of our durable shake roofing materials. Plus, you can see "before and after" images of how a DaVinci luxury roof can change the appearance of a home exterior.

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"Our videos give a wonderful aerial look at the roofing projects we tackle on a daily basis," says Jennifer Makely, marketing manager for Cedar Roofing Company. "We install between 15-20 DaVinci designer roof projects each year. It's one of our more popular roofing products. Homeowners appreciate the high fire and impact ratings of the composite roofing plus the maintenance-free aspect. We keep recommending DaVinci polymer roofing materials because they're trouble-free, have fast lead times and homeowners love the finished look."

Cedar Roofing Company has installed DaVinci roofing products since 2005. Their team of in-house installers prides itself on using quality products, without cutting corners.

"We always look out for our customer's best interests," says Makely. "For many homes that means recommending DaVinci roofing because our positive experiences over the years proves that it's a reliable roofing material that brings beauty to all styles of homes."

Interested in more details on why Bellaforté Shake Shingles = Peace of Mind? Then check out this hurricane preparedness video showcasing the benefits of polymer roofing tiles. Just click HERE.

 

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Denver Roofer Relies on DaVinci Roofscapes

When the wind blows hard, you want a contractor you can depend on. In the Denver marketplace, that contractor is Advanced Exteriors.

"We specialize in full-service storm damage restoration, which includes re-roofing and insurance claim settlements," says Ty Correy, president of Advanced Exteriors. "Since 2009, we've worked with homeowners affected by storms who need replacement roofs. One of our top recommendations is DaVinci Roofscapes."

For the past several years, Correy and his team have installed upwards of 30 DaVinci roofs each year. What makes DaVinci a good option?

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"Once impacted by severe weather, many homeowners make the decision to invest in a premium roofing system," says Correy. "DaVinci offers synthetic roofing products that have an authentic look, lifetime limited warranty, resist hail and high winds. These reliable roofs --- especially the Bellaforté products --- are available as an economical roof replacement (especially when an insurance claim is involved) and they can help differentiate a home in a neighborhood.

"Our company has a great reputation. One aspect of creating that reputation is that we rely on companies like DaVinci that have a longstanding track record of product performance. Our customers depend on us ... and we depend on DaVinci."

Looking for more insurance savings details related to synthetic shake and manufactured slate tiles? Check out Happy Insurance Awareness Day!

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DaVinci Roofing Tops Off Historic Projects

Over the years we've shared dozens of stories on this blog site related to how DaVinci composite roofing has been used to top off historic structures. National Preservation Month in June is the ideal time to shine a spotlight on some of our favorite historic projects that have been re-roofed with our synthetic slate and composite shake roofing materials.

 

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Salmon River Lighthouse

Selected for its durability against strong winds and severe weather, a DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roofing now tops off the Salmon River Lighthouse in Pulaski, N.Y. Built in 1838, the stone structure is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. (See Historic Lighthouse Gets Durable New DaVinci Roof)

 

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Chapel at Dayton Veterans' Administration Medical Center

Built more than 145 years ago, the chapel at Dayton Veteran's Administration Medical Center now has a DaVinci slate roof overhead in a unique design pattern to replicate its original slate roof. The Ohio chapel used both tan and black tiles to re-create a large cross design with a star-studded border on the roof. (See Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center Gets a New Roof!)

 

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Douglas House

In 1853 the Douglas House in Waukegan, Illinois was constructed to replicate a style the homeowner, Robert Douglas, was fond of from his birthplace in England. After cedar roofing failed, the city invested in a DaVinci composite shake roof to give renewed life to the structure. (See Composite Shakes Replace Real Cedar on Historic Home)

 

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Jean Bonnet Tavern

Located in Bedford, Pennsylvania, the Jean Bonnet Tavern was constructed in the 1760s and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic structure received a new DaVinci simulated shake roof several years ago that replicates the tavern's original roof. (See DaVinci Shake on a Bed and Breakfast)

 

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The Roundhouse at DuSable Museum

Following a unique history that includes serving as a horse stable during the 1893 World's Fair, the Roundhouse at DuSable Museum in Chicago now boasts a DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roof. The new roof replicates the original slate roof. Part of the first African American museum campus in the United States, the Roundhouse will soon be home to a library, galleries, technology and language lab and educational spaces. (See A Day ... Or Night ... at the Museum)

 

 

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Roofer Profile: CMR Construction & Roofing

synthetic shakeSince 2000, CMR Construction & Roofing has built a standing for exceptional work and customer satisfaction. A national company licensed in 20 states, CMR professionals are known for their dedication to excellence and working with top-quality products.

For more than a dozen of their years in business, CMR has relied on synthetic slate and shake roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes to help advance its company reputation. Based in Dallas, Texas, CMR installs between 10 and 30 DaVinci roofs a year, with many customers preferring Bellaforté Shake products.

"Homeowners gravitate to the aesthetics of DaVinci products and we've been exceptionally pleased with their performance year-after-year," says Steven M. Soule, CEO of CMR Construction & Roofing. "We specialize in high-end roofing and the quality, pricing and aesthetics of DaVinci polymer roofing certainly matches up with our company standards."

From churches to residential projects, CMR has relied on DaVinci designer roofs for many of their popular projects in the past. The wide selection of colors available from DaVinci, plus the company's ability to create custom colors has closed many sales for CMR.

"One of the largest re-roofing projects our company did with DaVinci roofing relied on the creation of custom colors to replicate the color of a pre-existing roof," says Soule. "The McFarlin Memorial Methodist Church in Norman, Oklahoma had a specific green color and we were able to have DaVinci create that color, making our customer extremely happy."

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Interested in more church stories with synthetic roofing? See Custom Roof Color Answers Church's Prayers and Church Tired of Replacing Copper Roofs.

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Hurricane Season Meets Its Match - Impact-Resistant Roofs

Synthetic shakeEvery June is the same: people think about graduation ceremonies, barbecues and summer vacation plans. Yet, as the weather turns warmer, it's also the month to think about preparing your home and family for potential problems.

Disaster Preparedness Month in June coincides with the start of hurricane season each year --- and for good reason. Hurricanes can impact millions of people living both on the coast and far, far inland. Flooding, extensive rain and very high winds are major concerns related to hurricanes. The National Hurricane Center encourages everyone to "Be Ready" and offers a checklist of information for your home and business.

Here's our question to you: Is your roof ready to handle potential severe weather?

Many roofing products simply don't hold up to severe winds and strong rain. But, products by DaVinci Roofscapes do. Our synthetic slate and composite shake roofing materials are built to weather the storm. They've even passed the strictest industry standards to earn a Class 4 impact rating. (See Polymer Roofing Welcomes Hurricane-Force Winds)

DaVinci shake roofing and slate roofing materials have a Class 4 impact rating which shows they are designed to resist damage from flying debris and hail. Check out this quick video to see how DaVinci products compare to other roofing materials ... and how they can help prepare your home against potential disasters!

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Hawaiian Paradise

Eco RoofHeaven on earth. That's where Sid Alpert lives.

With a Hawaiian home located on a golf course overlooking the Maui coast and Pacific Ocean, Alpert lives in a lush tropical setting.

To help combat the intense sunlight received on the Hawaiian islands, Alpert recently re-roofed his home with EcoBlend Single-Width Slate composite roofing tiles in Castle Gray from DaVinci Roofscapes. To enhance the energy-efficiency of his roof, he selected SOLARHIDETM as the underlayment for his environmentally-friendly roof.

"This roof looks great in our island setting and has terrific qualities," says Alpert. "I'm exceptionally pleased with the appearance of the DaVinci roof and its many attributes. From being impact- and insect-resistant to having an outstanding warranty, this synthetic slate roofing product is a true winner."

The EcoBlend roof selected by Alpert is approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) to reflect sunlight and heat away from a home. The Castle Gray-EcoBlend features a blend of Light Gray, Medium Gray and Dark Gray imitation slate tiles and meets the stringent requirements to receive an ENERGY STAR® designation. (See DaVinci Roofscapes Products Earn ENERGY STAR® Rating)

The SOLARHIDE one-step radiant barrier underlayment chosen by Alpert also serves as a vapor barrier. Available from DaVinci, a single layer of SOLARHIDE used in conjunction with DaVinci Shake, Slate and Bellaforté products can help the DaVinci roof attain a Class A fire rating.

SOLARHIDE is produced with woven and non-woven fabrics as well as pure aluminum. 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.

"SOLARHIDE was specifically engineered to reduce heat transfer into roof structures," says Wayne Foster, CEO of Eco Chief Products, makers of SOLARHIDE. "This product is able to protect the roof deck from heat much better than standard roofing underlayment."

 

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Understand Your Roof Warranty

Synthetic Slate Roof If you're considering the purchase of a new roof, make sure to carefully and fully read through the manufacturer's warranty.

The first thing you should know is that a roofing manufacturer generally warrants the roofing product itself, and not the installation of the product. That's why you should also carefully review the installation warranty provided by your roofer.

As you're reading through a roofing manufacturer warranty, make certain to read the fine print. When you do so, look for key items like transferability of ownership and replacement considerations. You should be looking for a manufacturer's warranty that supports your roof now ... and in the future.

Now, we invite you (and encourage you!) to read the warranty information for DaVinci Roofscapes.

You'll find that the Lifetime Limited Material Warranty from DaVinci provides exceptional value. Here are some key elements that set us apart in the marketplace:

  • Materials are covered for the original owner of the DaVinci roof and the warranty can be transferred up to TWO TIMES within the first ten years after the original purchase of the roofing materials. This means that if you sell your home within 10 years after the DaVinci roof is purchased that the new owner of your home can benefit from the warranty. This is a great selling point for any homeowner looking to sell their home in the future.
  • Materials will remain free from defect for the owner's lifetime, as long as you live in the house. Imagine this scenario. You invest in a DaVinci synthetic shake or composite slate roof today. Then you live in your home for 20 or 30 or 40 more years. This warranty assures that the DaVinci materials will be warranted that entire time.

 

It pays to read the fine print. And we invite you to do so by clicking HERE to view our comprehensive DaVinci warranty! Then, check out our stories on I'm Not Going to Live another 50 Years! Why Do I Need a 50-Year Roof?

 

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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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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)

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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 Lake Forest, 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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