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)

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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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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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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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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FREE: "Upgrade Your Roof: The Complete Guide to Synthetic Slates and Shakes"

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Thinking of getting a new roof? Have we got a deal for you --- and it doesn't cost a cent!

Last year, DaVinci Roofscapes teamed up with the experts at This Old House magazine to create an easy-to-understand and comprehensive online guide called "Upgrade Your Roof: The Complete Guide to Synthetic Slates and Shakes."

Click HERE to download this free online guide that walks you through everything you need to consider when a new roof is in your future.

The experts and DaVinci and This Old House combined their experience to offer you everything you need to know when considering composite roofing, including:           

            - Comparing synthetic roofing to other types of roofing

            - How polymer tiles are made

            - What goes under your roofing tiles

            - Cost comparisons

            - Key factors of different types of roofing

            - Choosing the perfect slate or shake products for your home

Whether for your new home or old house, this one-stop online guide should be your first stop when considering a roof replacement!

 

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Aloha! $5.2 Million Maui Home Boasts DaVinci Roofscapes

Believe it or not, life in paradise has its down side. If you're a homeowner, the constant salt air, strong winds and sea spray can all play havoc with your home. Those coastal elements make selecting low maintenance exterior products a critical decision for oceanfront residents.

"Ten years ago we had to replace the granular bitumen coated steel tile roof on our Maui home," says Robin Vivian. "Because we're so close to the ocean, the steel roof had major corrosion resulting in perforation in many spots. (see picture to the right)

"We needed an aesthetically-appealing roof that would stand up to Mother Nature. We followed the recommendation of someone who knew about DaVinci Roofscapes and we've been exceptionally pleased with the results. We've never had to worry about the roof and it looks as good today as when it was installed a decade ago."

Vivian's seven-bedroom, five-bath home in Maui (plus an Ohana cottage with three bedrooms and two bathrooms) is currently on the market. The 30-year-old home features 25 solar panels on the roof that fully power the property plus two solar hot water panels on the garage portion of the roof. More than 5,800 square feet of living space enjoy oceanfront views plus access to a swimming pool.

According to Rhonda Smith-Sanchez, the realtor tasked with listing the picturesque Vivian property, having a DaVinci roof is a key selling point for the home.

"Outside of the 280-degree premiere ocean view this property frames, the roof could be the next most valuable item a buyer considers," says Smith-Sanchez with Coldwell Banker Maui. "This roof looks fantastic after 10 years of service. It's strong and exudes confidence to a buyer when making a major purchase such as this. Buyers don't want to be faced with --- or even have the slightest concern --- that a major reroofing project may be needed in the next five years."

Smith-Sanchez promotes the Vivian home as being designed with salt-resistant materials to capture the "ease of lifestyle" that people in Hawaii wish to achieve. "All homes along our shore line on Maui have to consider using products that can endure salt, wind and sun --- lots of sun," says Smith-Sanchez. "Stucco seems to be used the most prominently for exteriors with the next option being stucco with teak exposed beams.

"I make a point of educating buyers who may not be familiar with the Vivian's composite multi-width slate roof about its benefits. The DaVinci roof is truly a common-sense roof for our geographic area that looks beautiful while also providing exceptional features."

 

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(Above Left: Original DaVinci Install 10 years ago, Above Right: DaVinci Install Today)

 

You don't have to live in Hawaii to appreciate the benefits of manufactured slate and composite shake roofing systems. Learn how DaVinci products stand up to Mother Nature at Swapping Out: Choosing Synthetic Slate Tiles Over Real Slate Roof

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Ask a Homeowner

If you're starting to research new roof options and you've found this blog site, then you know that we have many testimonials and insights from roofers and contractors. You may have even read some of our stories related to residential projects.  Now we invite you to "ask a homeowner" how they feel about our polymer roofing materials.

From our years of experience answering calls in customer service and dealing with questions from homeowners, we have a pretty good idea what questions you'd like to ask.  So, here are some top questions, with answers supplied by homeowners who have chosen to use our simulated slate or synthetic shake roofing materials.

 

synthetic slate roofQ: How did you discover DaVinci polymer roofing products?

A: We did what most homeowners do when searching for product options --- we turned to the Internet. After searching for faux slate shingles, we found that many companies produced these products, but our research showed that most of them warp over time. We discovered that only the slate tiles produced by DaVinci Roofscapes are uniquely designed to resist warping, fading, curling and cracking. And, these polymer tiles are fire and impact resistant, so we never have to worry about how our intense Texas heat or hail storms will affect them.

          - Kathy Telecky, Dallas, Texas

 

 

 

Q: DaVinci products cost more than asphalt shingles. What made you invest in composite roofing?

A: The more I learned about the synthetic DaVinci roofing tiles, the more I liked them. As with most people, I had a budget. The cost of a synthetic slate roof from DaVinci was much more affordable than using real slate. The product perfectly complements the stone, brick and stucco features of our home. As an added benefit, the product comes with a lifetime limited warranty warranty. Even if the costs were equal, I’d still choose this DaVinci product because of all the inherent benefits of synthetic roofing tiles.

          - John Mastronardo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

slate alternativeQ: There are so many colors to choose from. How did you decide?

A: We wanted a roof with some interest to it, not just one tedious color. The subtleness of the colors we selected (including Slate Black and Slate Gray with highlight colors mixed in of Light Green and Dark Green) blended well together. We liked the blend of the roof colors so much that they inspired us to select exterior siding and accent colors to complement it.

          - Dr. Mike Boone, Cayucos, California

 

 

 

Q: How was the DaVinci team to work with?

A: The product testing and manufacturing processes were very impressive at DaVinci. Their customer service was also outstanding and we developed a great confidence in the team.

          - Ray Knoff, Des Moines, Iowa

 

 

 

Q: We have an older roof that we're trying to replace and add more color. How did DaVinci help you in a similar situation?

A: We did an extensive amount of research on roofing materials and searched for a realistic and durable slate product. The result is a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate roof that we love. We brightened up the home’s exterior --- which previously had a black roof --- by selecting the Vineyard blend of eight different colors --- dark and medium tan, light and medium gray, light and dark violet, dark stone and dark amber. This color combination fits the era of the home and complements our cobblestone driveway and sidewalk, the stone exterior of the house and our copper gutters and snow guards.

          - Nancy Dye, Roanoke, Virginia

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Natural Shake Vs. DaVinci Shake

Call it "The Roofing Struggle." When homeowners are set on the look of real cedar shakes, but common sense pulls them back to reality. Why? Because while beautiful, a real cedar shake roof requires an extreme amount of upkeep. Plus, over time true cedar shakes can split, curl and attract insects or algae growth.

Now flip the coin. The other side of the story is that homeowners can gain all the charm of shake by investing in synthetic shake shingles. Made of virgin polymers with built-in UV inhibitors to ensure long-lasting color, polymer shakes perform better than real wood and require no ongoing maintenance.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we're making it easy for you to compare real cedar versus synthetic shake roofing. The video displayed HERE, which features Allen Lyle of Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, provides a comprehensive comparison between our composite shake products and real shake. Take a minute to watch the video to learn more about alternative shake roofing!

And, for more details on shake roofing, see Simulated Shake Roofing Without the Hassles of Real Cedar Roofing and Real Cedar Shingles ... Worth the Hassles?

 

 

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