There's a lesson for any contractor installing a new roof on a school: do your homework and select a composite roof that can stand the test of time.
On the University of Notre Dame campus, Senior Project Manager for Facilities Design and Operations Tony Polotto learned his lesson well.
“The residential style of the Sara Bea Learning Center for students with Disabilities couldn’t support the weight of traditional slate tiles so I looked into polymer slates,” says Polotto, LEED AP BD&C, RRC, RRO. “I reviewed many tile options but was most excited about the DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate tiles. The appearance, features and benefits of the polymer slate was commendable. After the Learning Center roof was completed, I found myself so impressed with the product that I installed it on my own home.”
Polotto isn't the only roofer to give DaVinci sustainable roofing an A+ grade. In Sparta, New Jersey, roofer Chris Boyd replaced 100-year-old slate tiles on the Mohawk Avenue School with DaVinci composite slate roofing.
“I knew as soon as we replaced that roof it would completely transform the look of the school," says Boyd with CM Boyd Authentic Design. "I’ve been installing roofs for 28 years and the authenticity of the synthetic roofing tiles we used is one of the best advances I’ve witnessed in this industry.”
For the reroofing project, Boyd and his team installed 198 squares of DaVinci Slate synthetic roofing tiles in a European blend color that was specified by Gianforcaro Architects, Engineers and Planners out of Chester, N.J.
“This was our first experience specifying DaVinci products and it worked out so well we proceeded to include the roofing tiles in several other school projects we were designing,” says Anthony Gianforcaro, AIA, PE. “We’re extremely pleased with the lightweight yet durable nature of the synthetic slate and how it so closely resembles real slate.