Easy Living Lifestyle

In the Chestatee community (a golf and lake neighborhood in Dawsonville,Georgia) just north of metro Atlanta, custom homes are designed and constructed specifically to create an "ease of living" lifestyle.

fake cedar shakeFor homeowners Dave and Karen Compretta (and Edie Nichols, Karen’s mother who has an English cottage on the property), they wanted that easy lifestyle to start at the roof and go all the way down their home façade. That's why they selected manufactured stone for their home exterior along with composite shake siding accents. And, for their roof, they chose authentic shake shingles from DaVinci Roofscapes. (See also Bellaforté Shake Shingles = Peace of Mind)

"Basically, we're done with outside maintenance on our home," says homeowner Dave Compretta. "There's a lifetime limited warranty on this roof ... and we expect it to well outlast our lifetime! Let the grandkids deal with the warranty someday in the future. Right now, we're enjoying our no-maintenance style of living!"

Constructed in mid-2016, the Arts-and-Crafts style home the Comprettas moved into was roofed by Braswell Construction. Originally the subdivision leadership restricted roofing materials to natural cedar or pine shakes ... until they saw the genuine-looking polymer shakes from DaVinci.

"This product sold itself," says Compretta. "We knew the cost would be slightly higher, but with no maintenance (and, in our opinion this actually looks better than real wood shakes), it was a no brainer."

The Comprettas are so pleased with their new roof that they invite others in the neighborhood and north Georgia to visit and see the roofing product up close. According to the Comprettas, "We're confident that when people see our home with mother's in-law cottage and then understand the long-term benefits of the DaVinci roof, they'll make the smart decision to invest in a similar roof for their lifetime of easy living!"

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Custom Home Deserves Custom DaVinci Roof

Noel Etzel had a "do it once, do it right" philosophy he followed when making product selections for his family's custom home last year in Topeka, Kansas. That theory led him to select Bellaforté Shake roofing to top off his 6,400-square-foot contemporary mountain style home.

Bellaforte Shake

"We wanted a roofing product that would look like real shake without the issues associated with shake roofs," says Etzel. "To that end, we wanted to make a roofing selection only one time, so the DaVinci product was ideal. After seeing some local installations of the synthetic shake product, we were sold on it.

"For us, the fact that there is color variation between the individual polymer shake shingles adds to the 'realism' of the roof and makes it look very natural."

Designed by NSPJ Architects, the Etzel home boasts real stone pillars and wood planking on the exterior. The custom home was designed by Timothy Homburg, AIA, NCARB, Principal Architect and Co-President at NSPJ Architects, to include a four-season room with a fireplace, steam room, theatre, dumbwaiter from the main floor kitchen to a walk-out summer kitchen and outdoor pool.

"My favorite part of the exterior design of the home is the screened porch that opens up the entire back of the house to the lake view," says Homburg. "Our custom residential designs are well thought out and evoke our client's personality and lifestyle. As in the case of the Etzel family, we listen and are attentive to our client's needs. So, when the Etzels said they wanted an easy-care, authentic-looking faux cedar shake roof, we thought of the DaVinci product. We've used this synthetic roofing product successfully on other projects for our firm and believed it would be a good match for this home design."

Bellaforte Shake

To gain a "top down" flow of cohesive color on the home exterior, the Etzels worked with Appelhanz Roofing to select the Mountain-VariBlend color combination of varying tones of browns for their Bellaforté Shake roof. "After comparing several DaVinci color samples to our stone work, cedar siding and trim, the Mountain-VariBlend was the best fit for our home," says Etzel. "Overall we're extremely happy with the exterior of the house and we can't think of anything we would change.

"While some might think it's hard to get excited about something as simple and necessary as a roof, we feel otherwise. We routinely receive positive feedback on the roof and are extremely pleased with our decision to invest in the DaVinci product."

Interested in a custom color for your custom home? See 3 Reasons A Custom Color Could Be The Best Choice For Your Project.

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Looking Back at the 2017 International Builders' Show

They came, they saw, they were IMPRESSED!

2017 Builders' ShowsThousands of builders and show attendees visited our DaVinci Roofscapes booth at the 2017 International Builders' Show this month in Orlando. They held samples of our synthetic shake and slate roofing pieces, asked questions about the durability of our tiles, and walked away with new insights on how polymer roofing can help out their residential and commercial projects.

"There were many builders and contractors here from the southeast due to the location of this trade show," says Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services for DaVinci Roofscapes. "Because of the type of weather conditions experienced in Florida and throughout the southern states, we were answering a lot of questions about the high wind and impact resistance features of our tiles.

"Fortunately, DaVinci products are truly 'made' for the adverse weather conditions faced in the southeast. They resist moisture, sea spray and salt air, so there's not corrosion of the tiles. Plus, they can also stand up to the toughest winds and rains Mother Nature throws at them!"

In case you missed the show (or, heaven forbid, our booth!), here are some pictures of all the action in Orlando!

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Tick Tock: Real Cedar Shingles Wear Out

Nothing lasts forever. And, for many homeowners with cedar shake shingles, they find that time runs out far too quickly on their roofs.

Real shakes simply don't last as long as homeowners would like. That was the case at Regent Villas in Northfield, Illinois. After just 17 years, the cedar roofs above three buildings were already failing and started leaking and rotting, providing ideal conditions for insects to thrive.

Fake ShakeEarlier this year homeowners in the community of 33 condo units decided enough was enough.Tired of the problems with their roofs and frustrated by the cost and life expectancy of a new cedar roof, they did their research. While the master association's covenants required all roofing to be replaced with real cedar shakes, they found a better solution from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Homeowners got an amendment to the covenants and determined that an investment in Bellaforté Shake roofing in a Chesapeake-VariBlend color would be their best solution.

"The realistic appearance of the DaVinci tiles plus the 50-year warranty were very helpful in our decision making process," relates Lee Flanagan, CMCA, AMS, vice president and property manager with Braeside Condominium Management, Ltd. "We're pleased with the results of the reroofing and I'd tell any condo or homeowners association that wants to either create or preserve the appearance of cedar shingles that the DaVinci product is a valid option. The cost is somewhat higher, but the benefits are considerable in terms of pleasing aesthetics, longevity and durability.

"There's another property I manage with 112 townhomes with cedar roofs. The roofs are in bad shape and we're already considering the DaVinci synthetic shake as a valid material option."

The team at D-Wing Construction tackled the re-roofing of the Regent Villas. "We tore off and removed the existing rotting cedar shake roof down to the wood deck," says Keith Weber, commercial sales director for D-Wing Construction. "We rebuilt the substrate installation with multiple courses of ice and water shield, leak barrier membrane at all of the gutter edges, up through the valleys, along all walls and around all the roof penetrations, and covering the entire roof with an acceptable synthetic felt.

"The transformation was incredible --- beautiful but subdued. Those roofs went from looking shabby to having a clean, up-to-date shake appearance that will last far beyond the life of a real new cedar roof. This was my first experience working with the Bellaforté product. Given the results, our client's satisfaction, and that we have already received a referral through this project, I'm confident we will be using the DaVinci product again in the future."

Learn how other multi-family communities gained by adding DaVinci composite roofing at Condo Community Chooses Impact- and Fire-Resistant DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles and Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos

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DaVinci Roofscapes Predicts Demand to Increase in 2017 for Synthetic Roofing

Increased homeowner interest in cool roofs and authentic-looking slate and shake roofing products will continue to spur the growth of polymer roofing products in 2017. That's the prediction of our roofing industry leaders at DaVinci Roofscapes.

Eco-Friendly Roof"We set new sales records in California in 2016 as people prepared for the launch of Title 24 requirements in 2017," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. "West Coast residents are clamoring for energy-efficient roofing products. Fortunately we were ahead of this surge by launching four new DaVinci EcoBlend® cool family colors earlier this year." (See DaVinci Roofscapes Introduces Four New EcoBlend Colors for Cool Roofs)

The EcoBlend polymer roofing color options have all been approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) to reflect sunlight and heat away from a home or commercial structure, helping the building or home stay cooler in the summer and helping to lower energy costs. The new color blends all meet Title 24 requirements for California.

"We expect this trend will accelerate in 2017 as people across the country learn the value of energy-efficient synthetic roofing products," says Rosewall. "People are quick to invest in our polymer roofing when they see the authentic look of the slate and shake tiles and then learn about the fire-, impact- and high-wind resistance of these tiles.

"Most importantly, we've heard from distributors, roofers and builders that these polymer products are becoming more preferred to natural roofing materials. People desire the expected look of shake and slate, but they truly want the benefits that a man-made product offers. We've achieved that goal by creating realistic-looking products with exceptional features."

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Colorful Home Transformation

After spending long winter months indoors, many people feel "pale" when they finally feel the sun's warm summer rays. The Wisconsin home of David and Kirsten Gaskin had a similar feeling.

The home was "pale" in many ways. It had a faded greyish brown cedar shake roof and a pale yellow exterior paint color.

This past year the Gaskins decided to bring some color to their family home. They started by replacing their roof with a Tahoe-VariBlend roof (featuring four tones of brown) in the Bellaforté Shake product line. Then they worked from the "top down" to change out the light yellow siding with a custom blue-gray stain for their cedar panels. The Gaskins chose a rich cocoa color for their front door, porch and steps, with the risers of the steps painted white. (See From Nondescript Neutral To Bold And Beautiful Color)

 

Polymer Shake

 

"We're so happy with the transformation of our home and love driving up to the house every day," says David Gaskin. "We've received many positive (and envious!) comments and inquiries from our neighbors about the roof and our color selections.

"Many people are surprised to find out the roof is not real cedar, since cedar is a requirement of our area. We were able to petition for a waiver in our community, which was approved after our neighbors reviewed samples of the DaVinci product. They agreed with us that it has a natural look. For us, the best part is the maintenance-free aspect of this composite roofing.

"This polymer roof selection was a real winner for us. It looks so authentic, yet it's more durable and has a longer lifespan than real cedar. It perfectly complements the rest of our exterior. Now we have a show home that's the talk of the neighborhood!"

 

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Keeping Cool in the Hot Florida Sun

 

Sunshine and warm weather. That's reason enough to travel to Florida in early January. But, we've got an even better reason: the 2017 International Builders' Show (IBS)!

From January 10-12, thousands of industry professionals will gather in Orlando to see all the newest products, gain insights in seminars and unite to find the "hot products" for 2017.

DaVinci Roofscapes will be at the show again (in the West Hall, in booth W6871) with hot products that are pretty cool.

We're showcasing our DaVinci EcoBlend polymer roofing tiles and the four recently-introduced colors approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC). What's so hot about these cool composite roofing tiles? EcoBlend tiles reflect sunlight and heat away from a home or commercial structure ... and the four new color blends all meet Title 24 requirements for California.

Visit us at IBS and see for yourself our newest EcoBlend polymer shake and slate roofing tiles:

- Tahoe-EcoBlend: Light Tahoe, Medium Light Tahoe and Medium Tahoe blend

- Mountain-EcoBlend: Light Mountain, Medium Mountain and Dark Mountain blend

- Brownstone-EcoBlend: Light Brown, Dark Stone and Dark Tan blend

- Slate Gray-EcoBlend: Slate Gray                                               

You can also see our original  EcoBlend color blends previously accessible from DaVinci Roofscapes that meet the stringent requirements to receive ENERGY STAR® designations, and still available from the company include:

- Weathered Gray-EcoBlend: Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray and Dark Weathered Gray blend

- Castle Gray-EcoBlend: Light Gray, Medium Gray and Dark Gray

While you're at our booth, check out the full line of DaVinci products ... from Multi-Width to Single-Width to Bellaforté synthetic shingles. We've got the right composite roofing tiles for YOUR next project!

Need more reasons to cool off at IBS? Check out Sunscreen for Your Designer Roof and   Green Roof Systems are Cool and Energy Efficient.

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Think About Luxury Homes with DaVinci Roofs

Dream a bit. Think about the "McMansions" you've seen over the years, or the retreat compounds that make you envious. Now, think about the roofs over those luxury homes ... and think DaVinci Roofscapes.

Our company has been fortunate to provide polymer slate and shake roofing for town homes to cabins to villas to getaways. Our versatile imitation slate and composite shake roofing products complement all styles of homes, including these luxurious properties:

- French Manor Estate in Camden County, New Jersey ... featuring 16,500-square-feet, the Alton Manor boasts six bedrooms, an in-law suite and a three-story pool house connected through a tunnel to a dedicated Man Cave. The 5,000-square foot entertainment area includes a 42-stool bar, dance floor, professional DJ equipment, gaming area and a 12-seat movie theater. Topping it all is a Bellaforté Slate roof!

- Red Ledges private home in Park City, Utah ... with relaxing waterfalls, fire pits and spacious spaces. Designed with minimal maintenance demands and topped with a DaVinci simulated shake roof. (See Designer Shakes Up Utah Roofs)

- Luxury home in Traverse City, Michigan ... expansive and homey, yet luxurious with lake views and lots of room for family and friends. This home was re-roofed with DaVinci polymer slate tiles and within a few months withstood a freak storm with hail up to four inches in size and 100 mph winds. The roof survived without any problems.

- Historic home in Roanoke, Virginia ... this mountaintop home sits just below the famous illuminated Mill Mountain Star, and has sweeping views of downtown Roanoke. Built in 1929 the homeowners decided to replace a dark, black slate roof with DaVinci Multi-Width Slate in the Vineyard blend of eight different colors to complement the home, the cobblestone driveway and sidewalk. (See Colorful Slate Roof the "Second Star" on Mill Mountain)

For more details on simulated shake roofing or synthetic slate roof tile on luxury homes, see Pass the Popcorn ... and the Roofing Tile Possibilities.

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Coast-to-Coast Roofer Opinions of DaVinci Roofscapes

This is a tale of two coasts.

Talking with roofers separated by more than 2,000 miles, you might expect to get different answers when they're asked about composite roofing. But, read on and you'll find out that there's not much difference between an East Coast and a West Coast roofer when it comes to DaVinci Roofscapes!

Q: What would you tell a family member who asks your advice on a DaVinci roof versus asphalt, real wood shake, slate or stone coated steel?

"DaVinci has a natural look that comes with lightweight aspects and durability. It experiences a very small amount of fade from sunlight."

Hogan Hammarstrom
Absolut Roofing, Inc.
Huntington Beach, California

 

"DaVinci roofs look great. This will be the last roof you will ever need!"

Ken Bowman
Blue Ridge Roofing
Boone, North Carolina

 

 

Q: Compared to installing other types of roofing products, how does DaVinci rate when it comes to installation?

"Installation of the DaVinci product is no harder than any other product ... actually it's easier than tile or real shake."

Hammarstrom

 

"Easier than most in the same category of roof, plus much easier than standing seam and slate. A bit more challenging than asphalt shingles or metal."

Bowman

 

Q: What are the three top reasons you would give someone to invest in a DaVinci synthetic slate or composite shake roof?

"Natural look, durability and ease of walkability."

Hammarstrom

 

"Looks, longevity, and cost over the life of the product."

Bowman

Interested in what other roofers have to say about our polymer shake and synthetic slate roofing materials? Then check out Roofers Applaud Lifespan & Looks of DaVinci Roofs and DaVinci Composite Roofing Sparks Confidence in Roofers .

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Custom Assistance for a Custom Color Roof

Homeowner David Edelman did his research back in 2012 and decided to replace his old asphalt shingle roof with synthetic slate tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

polymer roofingBeing in the construction industry and having visited the DaVinci booth during the International Builders' Show, Edelman knew the company was capable of creating custom color blends. And that's exactly what he wanted for his English-style home in Texas.

"The team at DaVinci was great in helping me achieve just the look I wanted," says Edelman. "Katie Theole and I were on the phone at least a dozen times. She would send me different color samples to determine the perfect blend. With her help we got it right."

What was the custom Multi-Width Slate blend that appealed to Edelman? A unique blend of Slate Gray, Dark Tan, Green Stone and Dark Stone.

"This is such a pretty blend that I believe DaVinci should package it!" says Edelman. "Friends and family really like it and I'm happy to recommend the product to others. I'm so pleased with this roof that I'm going to add it to a new covered pavilion I'm building along with a swimming pool."

Being in the construction industry gives Edelman a unique view on his experience with DaVinci. "Sometimes you finish a construction project and go, 'Wow, we spent a bunch of dollars and did not get the results we had hoped for.' That's not the case with my DaVinci roof.

"I drive up every day and think 'Wow, I am so glad we went the extra mile and invested in DaVinci!' Even four years later, I love the way this roof looks and gladly recommend it to others!"

For more colorful details on DaVinci plastic roofing materials, see Colorful Custom Roof Projects - Part I and Colorful DaVinci Roofs Help Businesses Stand Out.

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Holidays are Greener with DaVinci EcoBlend Roofs

Forget the mistletoe, the boughs of holly and even the Christmas tree. If you want to truly make your home green this holiday season, think about replacing your roof with a DaVinci EcoBlend roof!

Made in America of virgin polymers and 100% recyclable, EcoBlend polymer roofs reflect sunlight and heat away from the home, making them energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC), the synthetic shake and slate roofs come in six color blends: Tahoe-EcoBlend, Mountain-EcoBlend, Brownstone-EcoBlend, Slate Gray-EcoBlend, Weathered Gray-EcoBlend and Castle Gray- EcoBlend. (see DaVinci Roofscapes Introduces Four New EcoBlend Colors for Cool Roofs)

Green RoofingIn Narragansett, Rhode Island, the Hageman family embraced the EcoBlend roof when constructing their Green Life Smart Life home several years ago.  “The house is proving to be warm and comfortable,” said homeowner Joe Hageman. “We have received numerous compliments from family and guests on the design aesthetics that DaVinci has added to the roof’s architecture. It has been highly coveted.           

“The house has already gone through a nor’easter with no damage, thanks in part to the Class 4 rating of the roofing tiles. The winds are really harsh along our coast and we truly appreciated the fact that these roofing tiles have been straight line wind tested at 110 mph.”

Across the country in Pebble Beach, California, the Hines family also values their green EcoBlend roof. When selecting a Bellaforté Slate roof in Castle Gray-EcoBlend to meet Title 24 requirements in California, Ray Hines bought himself both a new roof and peace-of-mind.

"The team at Denison Roofing did a terrific job and we love the new roof," says Ray Hines. "Many of our neighbors have complimented it and we'd strongly recommend this good-looking, hard-working roofing product!"     

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Toronto Home Boasts Stylish Synthetic Slate Roof

Sitting proudly within the High Park area in Toronto you'll find a unique home built with Victorian, French and Italianate architectural styles. Constructed in 1889 by a local architect, the historic home now belongs to Scot Steele.

"The 20+ year old black asphalt roof was showing signs of wear and it was time to make upgrades before the next winter," says Steele, an executive vice president with CBRE Limited, a real estate brokerage firm. "I sourced the DaVinci product through the Internet and had a great experience."

Steele hired Green Leaf Roofing to re-roof his historic home. "The look of slate was an obvious choice to complement this home's style," says Paolo Galloro, sales manager with Green Leaf Roofing. "Scot found the DaVinci Single-Width Slate tile had the best profile available in a synthetic roofing product.

"Our company has installed the DaVinci product in the past and we've found it installs easily, just like other roofing materials. We handle both residential and commercial roofs and can definitely see this product working on multiple projects in our area."

From Steele's perspective, he selected the Smokey Gray color to complement the red brick exterior of his 127-year-old home.

"I had roof cresting, otherwise known as finials, added to the top of the new roof line to truly reflect the historic nature of this home," says Steele. "I love the way the composite slate roof looks and have already recommended this roofing to others. People see it from the street and they can't believe it's not real slate!"

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Say "No" to Cookie Cutter Homes

We're right in the middle of "Cookie Cutter Week." Although we're sure the person who developed this celebration was probably thinking of cutters made to create tasty treats, we think about it in a different way.

Polymer Roofing ProductsYou often hear about houses in a community or development being referred to as a "cookie cutter home" with all the same siding, trim, roof and other external elements. BORING! This trend started during the post-war housing boom in the 1940s when it was fast and easy for builders to create house-after-house the exact same way.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we know it's important to put your personality into your home --- on both the inside and outside. That's why we say "no" to cookie cutter homes!

A few years back, one of our "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest entrants had the winning entry of "Trapped in Cookie Cutter Land." Brigitte Meehan begged for our help in breaking out of the "me too" aspect of living in her Illinois neighborhood where everyone had the same exterior. While she loved her floor plan, she wanted her home stand out.

We obliged Brigitte by recommending a new Multi-Width Slate roof from DaVinci in Brownstone --- a combination of medium and light brown, medium and dark tan and dark stone. That suggestion helped set the stage for other exterior changes! (See Illinois Homeowner Wins $5,000 in National DaVinci Roofscapes “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest)

If you find yourself trapped in your own cookie cutter land, take the leap and make some changes. We always suggest starting at the "top and going down" so that your colors and textures work together and flow. Need some help? Click HERE for a fast link to our free e-books and to ask one-on-one free advice of our color expert, Kate Smith!

 

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Knock, Knock ...

Knock, knock ... who's there?

If you have a DaVinci slate or shake roof, that's not the start of a bad joke ... it's a way of life.

"I've had people drive by my home, look at my roof, stop and ring my doorbell asking questions about my DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roof!" says Robbin Torrey, a California homeowner. And she's not alone.

Polymer Slate RoofIn North Carolina, where Kathy Ziprik had a Bellaforté Slate roof installed several years ago after an unusual hail storm destroyed her asphalt shingle roof, she gets roofing questions at the most unusual times. "When I host a garage sale I continually get more questions on the roof than on what I'm selling," says Ziprik. "I've started passing out some extra DaVinci shingles that were left over in my garage after the installation.

"It doesn't stop there. Neighbors still come by to ring my bell and ask about the roof. When I have contractors or plumbers come to do work in my home, it's completely predictable that the first thing they'll ask about is what kind of roof I have on my house!"

What's all the fuss about? For most people, even though DaVinci products have been on homes for almost two decades, they're not used to seeing a product that looks so close to real slate or shake.

"EVERYONE who comes up our driveway comments on our designer roof --- friends, family, delivery drivers and service professionals," says homeowner Rob Fanjoy. "They all rave about how great it looks and can't believe it's not real slate. Our DaVinci imitation slate roof has held up to four incredibly challenging Maine winters so far and looks like it did the day it was installed."

Want to get people knocking at your door? Read what other satisfied DaVinci customers have to say at  Omaha Homeowners Embrace DaVinci Roofscapes.

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DaVinci Roofscapes: Who is on the Other Side of the Phone Line?

At DaVinci Roofscapes we specialize in the "custom" part of customer service. Danielle Wiese, one of our project specialists, provides individualized attention for every caller. Don't be afraid to pick up the phone and call her ... she's ready to spend quality time to help you feel comfortable about your roofing decision.

Q: Danielle, about how much time do you spend on the phone with an individual?

A: On an average, I'd say about 35 minutes for a first-time caller. These are people who need product information, literature, samples, contractor referrals, distributor information and things like that. After a first call, it may drop down to 15-20 minutes for follow up calls.

Q: That's a lot of time on the phone. What can people expect when they call DaVinci?

A: First of all, we listen. We learn about why they're calling and then we support them with whatever needs they have. Some people need to connect with a contractor. Others need color selection assistance. Roofers may have slope questions. Homeowners may have pricing questions. We handle everything.

Q: Are most phone calls a "one and done" type of thing?

A. Absolutely not. Most times we help people as they progress through the stages of product information to roof selection to decision time. There was one Nebraska homeowner that I started with in June. We spoke on numerous occasions until her DaVinci roof was installed in August.

Q: Share some secrets ... what product do people call about the most?

A: That's easy --- our shake profiles in Tahoe and Mountain color blends. Bellaforté products are a common request. In the last few months I've definitely seen an increase in calls related to DaVinci EcoBlend products. Homeowners seem to want to know more about eco-friendly and energy saving roofs.

Q: Finally, what do you do on your "off hours" to relax?

A: Travel! My recent trip to Belize was magical. I can't wait to visit New Orleans and northern California in the future. I'm originally from Dallas, so I've now got the travel bug. The funny thing is, when I'm traveling, one of my favorite habits is to check out the roofs on homes and structures!

 

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Worry-free Synthetic Shake Roof Chosen by Homeowner

Most people would be envious of Robbin Torrey's home. Located in Carmel, the coastal rustic California house has sweeping ocean views that could soothe any soul. The one blemish on her ideal home ... the original 51-year-old redwood shake roof.

"The old roof had deteriorated to the point that rusted nails holding the curling wood shakes in place (plus the shakes themselves!) were simply falling off the roof," says Torrey. "The roof was in very bad condition and I was worried that it would start leaking when it rained."

In 2013 Torrey made the important decision to invest in a new designer roof. After a search on the Internet she discovered composite shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes. Then she did three important things:

1. Torrey found a roofing contractor who had installed DaVinci products on other homes in her area;

2. She looked at product and color samples of DaVinci tiles at the roofer's warehouse; and,

3. She brought the samples to her home to see how they would look near her house during different times of daylight.

"The DaVinci roofing material was of the best quality of all the products I reviewed," says Torrey. "I liked the durability and appearance of the shake. Since my house is right on the coast, the fact that this synthetic shake tile has a wind resistance of 110 mph was very important to me."

Also of importance was the fire-resistance of the composite shake shingles. "While I don't have concerns about wildfires in my area, I was worried about the hot embers escaping from my fireplace and fire resistor," says Torrey. "They could easily have started a fire on the old wood shake roof. Now, with the DaVinci synthetic roofing, I no longer have this concern." (see Class A Fire Rated Polymer Roofing Eases Worries for West Coast Residents)

Three years after her DaVinci roof was installed, Torrey continues to have peace-of-mind and enjoy her Multi-Width Shake roof in DaVinci's Mountain blend color.

"The appearance of my new DaVinci roof far exceeded my expectations," says Torrey. "A person would never know that my house is 51 years old. I really appreciate that DaVinci has crafted such a beautiful roof that I can trust to help protect my home for many years to come."

 

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How Does Made in America Roofing Benefit ME?

Have you ever tried calling a company about a product warranty and ended up speaking with someone in Asia? Or, have you had a question about the product you purchased and found out your call was routed to India for technical support?

 

 

Today is American Made Matters Day ... and it matters for many reasons. Along with the fact that American-Made products support the USA economy, it's generally easier to contact and work with companies in America than those overseas.

At DaVinci Roofscapes our entire operation is based in Lenexa, Kansas. That's where we manufacture all our synthetic shake and polymer slate roofing products. And, that's where our corporate office is located along with all of our customer support and technical team members. So, when you're calling us for assistance, you're connecting with someone in Kansas.

Why else does it matter to purchase Made in America products? Because you can usually get them quicker. Think about it ... if products are made in and shipped from outside the USA it takes time and increases the cost of the product to get it to you. By shipping out of Kansas, which is centrally located in America, we can get our composite roofing products into your hands much faster than products that might be coming from China or Europe.

Finally, Made in America evokes a sense of pride for a purchaser. Pride in supporting our USA workers and our economy. When it's time to purchase your next roof, make sure it's American Made. (See DaVinci Proud and Red, White & Blue ... and Green)

 

 

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DaVinci Tiles Add Personality to Home

Hugh Willner's fiber cement roof was no match for Mother Nature.

Fake Cedar ShakeWhen a rare late January wind storm tore off his roof, Willner contacted El Cajon Roofing for help.

"My roofers introduced me to synthetic shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes and I really liked the look," says Willner, a resident of San Diego, Calif. "I wanted something a little less 'common' that would help add personality to my home while withstanding strong winds."

He determined the Single-Width Shake tiles in a custom blend of Medium Light Autumn was the perfect fit for his home. With a proven wind resistance up to 110 mph, Willner no longer has to worry that his roof will be affected by windy weather. And, he decided to have 30 solar panels added to the south side of his roof at the same time!

"My USAA Insurance paid for the entire roof replacement," says Willner. "By adding in the solar panels I've had a minus energy usage for several months. This is a win-win situation for me. As a bonus, there were some composite shake roofing tiles left over so I had my outside shed also re-roofed.

"This is a great looking roof. Everyone loves it. I would definitely recommend a DaVinci polymer roof to any of my friends or family looking for a new roof. I just hope they don't have to have Mother Nature come blowing in before they make the decision to invest in one!"

Learn more about the benefits of polymer roofing at:

      New DaVinci Roof = Cash in Your Wallet

      What Would Your Friends Say About a New Lifetime Roof From DaVinci Roofscapes?

 

 

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Dreaming of a Famous Re-Roofing Project

The Taj Mahal. Buckingham Palace. The Empire State Building. Hearst Castle. These famous landmarks all have one thing in common: a roof overhead.

Just for fun, we asked some of our DaVinci Roofscapes team members to "dream a little" and tell us which famous building they would re-roof with our synthetic slate or shake roofing products if they had the chance. Here are some of their responses that may help to transform famous structures in the future! And, by the way ... which famous building would YOU re-roof with our polymer tiles?

"It must be the roof that the Mona Lisa is looking at ... that's why she has that smile!"

Ray Rosewall
President and CEO, DaVinci Roofscapes

 

"The AT&T Stadium in Dallas. And I'd do a custom design with the Dallas Star out of contrasting roof tiles because it would look stunning."

Aaron Adams
Central Regional Manager, DaVinci Roofscapes

 

"Too many to choose just one building, but I'd definitely pick a historic hotel, like the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec or the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park."

Mike Ward
Northeast Regional Manager, DaVinci Roofscapes

 

"Absolutely The White House. By upgrading to a DaVinci slate roof this famous building would benefit from the technical advances that make it a long-lasting, eco-friendly roof."

Kate Smith
Chief Color Maven, Sensational Color

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Recycling ... Today and Every Day

Today is America Recycles Day ... and at DaVinci Roofscapes we're doing our part!

We've invested in new equipment that reduces our scrap product overall. However, that still leaves approximately 800,000 pounds of polymer roofing tiles that we will recycle and reuse at our plant in Kansas this year. (See DaVinci Roofscapes Recycles 365 Days a Year)

Why so much waste? Because each time we "switch" to running a different color through our processing equipment (and remember, we have 50 colors!) there's a transition between the colors. Those transition tiles are off spec and are recycled. The composite roofing tiles are segregated by color and then ground up and molded into starter shingles, which are generally unseen on the roof.

"Because every roofing tile we create is 100 percent recyclable, our operations are extremely environmentally-friendly," says Bryan Ward, vice president of operations at DaVinci Roofscapes. "In 2016 we've taken our commitment to recycling a step further by investing in a new grinding recycling system that handles purge (melted chunks of polymer that can weigh approximately 50 pounds) as well as off spec product."

    

 

The smart recycling efforts taking place at our facility every day reduces the amount of waste being sent to landfills. By the end of 2016 we will have recycled almost three million pounds of processed polymer in six years. That's a lot of recycling ... with some solid benefits for the environment.

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