The truth is...

You don't need a polygraph machine to take part in national "Tell the Truth Day." Today is simply the day when people are encouraged to "tell the truth" ... so we're asking you this question: "Wouldn't you REALLY like to have a DaVinci polymer roof?"

If you've ever had dented roof tiles from hail storms, cracked or splitting cedar shakes, or granules from old asphalt shingles falling into and clogging your gutters, we're guessing your answer is "YES!"

"Headaches and maintenance hassles simply disappear when a homeowner invests in one of our synthetic shake or imitation slate roofs," says Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services at DaVinci Roofscapes. "Our composite roofing products are manufactured for beauty plus peace-of-mind for homeowners."

Synthetic roofing  composite roofing materials

Why should you invest in a DaVinci Roof?

Consider this. Lightweight roofing systems from DaVinci are impact- and fire-resistant. Right away this means you can potentially save on your yearly homeowners insurance because of the value our tiles bring to your home.

Next, consider your ability to select a roofing color or blend that perfectly complements your home exterior. At DaVinci, you can even create your own personal color blend of tiles (click HERE to see our Color Designer online tool) and we provide top-to-bottom color advice for your home exterior in our free online guides from our color expert, Kate Smith.

So go ahead, tell the truth ... with all these benefits of a DaVinci designer roof (plus our Lifetime Limited Warranty!), wouldn't you really prefer to have a DaVinci roof overhead?

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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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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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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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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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Trick or Treat?

Imagine a grown up version of Halloween where you purchase a beautiful new home ... only to find out a few months later that the "quaint" shake roofing tiles you thought added character to your home are infested with insects.

Trick or Treat.

Or, where you invest in a new slate roof for your traditional style home ... and then less than a year later a limb breaks off a nearby tree and cracks those beautiful slate tiles.

Trick or Treat.

You get the idea. Being a homeowner can be scary. When evaluating a replacement or new roof --- or even a new home purchase --- you have to mentally dress up like a super hero or wizard to make sure you're making the best roofing decision for your home.

Here are some fast tips from the experts at DaVinci Roofscapes to use when evaluating a roof to assure you don't get tricked in the long run:

Tip #1 - Determine the age of the existing roof, the material it's made of and any manufacturer warranties.

Tip #2 - Invest in having a professional roofer do a comprehensive evaluation of the roof to determine any potential issues -- especially those you can't see from the ground, such as missing tiles, weak spots and damaged areas.

Tip #3 - Look in the gutters. If there are asphalt shingles on the roof and you find lots of loose granules in the gutters this can be an indication the roof is starting to fail.

Tip #4 - Think about your geographic location. If you live in an area with the potential for wildfire spread, high winds, sea air or severe weather, know that the roof takes the brunt of these conditions --- and you should have a roof overhead that will help protect your home.

Tip #5 - Do your research. If it's time to consider a new roof, synthetic slate and shake tiles should be tops of your list. Investing in these impact-, fire- and insect-resistant tiles can save you maintenance hassles for decades to come ... plus can potentially help lower your homeowner insurance.

For more tips on roofing materials and how to evaluate your roof, see Tips to Determine if You Need a New Roof and Save $$$ with Imitation Slate and Synthetic Shake Roofing.

 

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Five Years Later: Report on DaVinci Slate Roof

When Rob and Holly Fanjoy moved to Maine five years ago they looked up ... and saw that their new home absolutely needed a new roof.

Given the harsh winter weather Maine gets each year, they knew a reliable roof was needed. They selected a Multi-Width Slate roof in a Vineyard blend from DaVinci Roofscapes. (See Maine Challenge)

 

After five tough winters, we checked in with homeowner Rob Fanjoy to see how his synthetic slate roofing has held up.

Q: What type of weather conditions has your roof been exposed to since 2011?

Fanjoy: The weather in Maine has been atypical the past several years. A bitterly cold winter with several feet of snow would be followed by a cool summer with drenching rains. The next winter was very icy, followed by a brutally hot and humid summer. Through it all, our imitation slate roof has held up perfectly and retains its beautiful appearance.

 

Q: You researched DaVinci roofs quite a bit before making your roof selection. Has the DaVinci product lived up to your expectations?

Fanjoy: No. Actually, it has exceeded our expectations. We set the expectation bar very high for this roof. The performance and aesthetics are top-notch and we have absolutely zero complaints.

 

Q: What would you say to someone asking your opinion on whether or not to invest in a DaVinci roof?

Fanjoy: I would wholeheartedly recommend a DaVinci roof to anyone looking to replace their old roof --- and I often have! I tell them the initial higher cost is more than worth it when you factor in the durability, worry-free performance and fantastic curb appeal. The beauty and longevity of these synthetic slate shingles make them a great bargain!

 

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Polymer Roofing vs. Slate, Shake, Asphalt, Clay and Concrete

 

Durable: able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration; lasting.

There you have it. Webster's Dictionary has defined synthetic roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes for us.

Our cedar shake alternative and imitation slate tiles are manufactured to last --- and they're backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

Interested in how our durable, impact- and fire-resistant polymer roofing compares to other real and man-made products? Here's a fast look at the pros and cons of some competitive roofing products:

NATURAL SLATE:

            Pros: Doesn't burn; strong durability
            Cons: Heavy and brittle; requires beefy rafters and skilled roofers for installation; expensive

REAL SHAKE:

            Pros: Turns colors and fades when exposed to the sun; lightweight
            Cons: Vulnerable to fire, hail and moss growth; short lifespan; can crack and split

ASPHALT:

            Pros: Lightweight; inexpensive; fast to install
            Cons: Sheds granules; short lifespan; thin shadow lines

CLAY:

            Pros: Fireproof; long life span
            Cons: Heavy; brittle; expensive; requires heavy rafters and skilled roofers for installation

CONCRETE:

            Pros: Fireproof; unaffected by the sun; many shapes
            Cons: Heavy; vulnerable to freezing weather

Naturally we're firm believers in composite roofing for durability. You will be too once you hear how we make our polymer roof tiles.

Each shingle starts with pellets of colored plastic polymer blended with ultraviolet inhibitors and fire retardants. The mix is heated into a liquid state and then injected into a hot steel mold. Next, up to 1,000 tons of hydraulic pressure produces a tile of uniform density with a crisp, flawless profile.

That tile pops out of the press, is cooled, inspected and collated by color blend before being shipped. Want to see this operation in action? Here's our plant tour video:

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Back to School 101: What Roofing Protects My Children?

Backpacks are ready and children of all ages are soon headed back to school.

We expect our teachers to be geared up, classrooms to be prepared and school facilities to be equipped for the onslaught of returning students.

At many schools, colleges and universities across the country, the buildings where students will spend their days studying are protected by impact- and fire-resistant composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Get ready to be impressed. Here are just some of the outstanding educational facilities now boasting DaVinci imitation slate and synthetic shake roofing on their buildings:

  • Polymer RoofingWashburn University
  • Valparaiso University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Nebraska
  • Florida State University
  • Rivers Education Center
  • Mohawk Avenue School
  • State University of New York (SUNY)
  • Sara Bea Learning Center at Notre Dame
  • Willard Elementary School
  • St. Joseph University
  • Trinity Pawling School
  • Princeton University
  • Colorado State University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Mount St. Mary's
  • College of New Jersey

 

Why are so many educational buildings relying on our polymer roofing? Durability and beauty are two key features that smart school administrators like about DaVinci Roofscapes. Plus security. Our products have a 50-year limited warranty on commercial structures and are resistant to everything from high winds to severe weather and impact.

Before you send your children back to school this year ... ask the question of "what roofing is protecting my children?"

Read more about our eco-friendly roof shingles on schools at  DaVinci Roofscapes Get A+ in the Classroom, Back to School with Polymer Roof and Forget "Back to School" --- it's "Back to Roof" Time.

 

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Why DaVinci for a Roof Replacement?

If you're a regular reader of our blogs, you know by now that DaVinci is a smart choice for roofing. Our products resist severe weather, impact, high winds, hail and flame spread. And, our realistic-looking slate and shake roofing tiles come in 50 colors plus an assortment of color blends.

Those are all great reasons to invest in composite roofing. Now let us give you some more.

Polymer Roof TilesAccording to Mark Dalrymple, president of Butcher and Butcher Construction in Michigan, the lightweight aspect of DaVinci products should be considered when thinking about a roof replacement.

"In comparison to natural slate, the DaVinci slate products would be a smart decision on existing structures that are not built to support the weight of natural slate," says Dalrymple. "Also, when a project is budget-driven, DaVinci is a great selection for its lower installation costs.

"Natural slate can be more time consuming with sorting of the sizes and colors, and also with cutting of the slates. The ease of installing DaVinci slate tiles straight out of the bundle with presorted colors and having the bundles presorted for rain line space really can save costs and time in comparison to natural slate."

Not to worry if you're looking at synthetic shake shingles from DaVinci. Dalrymple says that the DaVinci composite shakes are also a great choice in place of natural cedar roofing on many projects.

"DaVinci shake products do not require the individual coursing felt that natural cedar shakes do," says Dalrymple. "This cuts out some material costs and eliminates one step in the installation process.

"The presorted shake bundles can really save on time, and the marked fastening points help make fastener installation quick and correct. Finally, with the lifetime limited warranty, the DaVinci shakes will last much longer than most cedar roof systems."

Still not convinced? See How Could Imitation Slate Be Better Than the Real Thing?

 

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Colorful Imitation Slate Shingles from DaVinci

Go ahead and imagine it ... a new composite slate roof sitting atop your home. Now close your eyes. What colors do you imagine for your polymer slate roof?

Whether your answer is Dark Gray, Light New Cedar or even Dark Violet ... at DaVinci Roofscapes we offer 50 standard roofing colors to make your dreams come true.

Designer Roof

 

One of the most fun elements for homeowners when purchasing new synthetic slate roof shingles is picking a color that works well with their home exterior. Our color expert, Kate Smith with Sensational Color, offers great advice on how to select the color that's right for your home (see Top Tips from Color Expert Kate Smith and "Top Down" Color Message from Kate Smith).

One of our key tips is to look at your home from the "top down" to determine a color that will serve as the perfect accent for your home's style. Don't know how to start? Then download our free e-guide: FRESH Color Schemes For Your Home Exterior.  There are lots of color options in the booklet that match up with different styles of homes. Best of all, we take you from the top of your house down to the lawn, so you get color recommendations for your roof, siding, shutters, door and trim!

Here's another tip: you don't have to select just one of our 50 colors. Our blends of two or more colors are especially popular because they add visual depth and character to the roof. For example, a Bellaforté Slate roof in the European-VariBlend includes Light Gray, Medium Gray, Dark Gray and Dark Purple. Or, you could select an imitation slate roof in a bright Sonora blend of Light Terracotta, Medium Terracotta, Dark Terracotta, Light Clay and Dark Clay!

Whichever color (or colors!) you select for your DaVinci polymer slate roof, we're here to make the process a colorful and fun experience. Visit our Color & Inspiration section of our website for more color assistance and ideas!

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Bee-ware of Cedar Shake Roofing!

Nestled amongst 26 wooded acres in Mentor, Ohio you'll find the Deepwood North apartment complex. Twelve separate buildings are home to about 200 apartment units.

A distinctive element of the design of the buildings are the mansard roofs that extend vertically from the top of the first floor up to the top of the second floor. An attractive decorative detail of the complex, these siding/roofs were originally covered in real cedar shake shingles.

With time, the cedar roofing rotted and became infested with thousands of bees. That's when it became apparent a solution was needed.

"The owners realized they were spending a lot of money year after year repairing and treating the old wood shakes," says Todd Runyon, president of Runyon and Sons Roofing out of Mentor, Ohio. "The apartment owners wanted to maintain the look and character of the original wood shake design without having all of the future maintenance work.

"Once they saw the Bellaforté Shake synthetic shake shingles they fell in love with the look and functionality. We've previously done another roof project with DaVinci composite roofing and we're seeing more and more opportunities for these imitation slate and composite shake products in the marketplace."

Fake Cedar Shake

 

Working through rough Cleveland winter weather, the re-roofing project took seven months for Runyon and his team. Along the way they created unique flashings around the windows and the second floor balcony doors.

"The new fake cedar shake shingles transform and update the look of the entire apartment complex," says Runyon. "Best of all, the apartment owners will have decades of no maintenance hassles ... plus no bees!"

Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos and Colorado Townhome Community Topped with DaVinci Roofscapes Composite Shake Tiles tell the stories of other multi-family housing locations that made the smart choice to invest in polymer roofing from DaVinci!

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DaVinci Composite Roofing Sparks Confidence in Roofers

Have a toothache? You go to a trusted dentist. Need your car worked on? You head to a trusted mechanic. Ready for a roof replacement? Then call an expert roofer.

When it's time to invest in a new roof, ask the roofers you interview what synthetic roofing material they recommend. We're betting you'll hear these words: DaVinci Roofscapes.

Polymer Roof Tiles

 

Once a roofer works with our lightweight roofing materials, they're hooked. The ease of installation married with the strong warranty behind our simulated shake roofing and synthetic slate roof shingles makes a big impression on professional roofers.

Here are some comments from roofers you should take into consideration when searching for your new roof:

"Delta Exteriors has total confidence in the DaVinci Roofscapes product. From our experiences we've learned that DaVinci is a first-class company and they've taken the measures to assure their composite roofing product will stand the test of time. To their credit, DaVinci did not rush in to the market hoping to make a quick buck. Instead, they invested the time and energy into creating a reliable product that differentiates itself from other competitive synthetic roofing products in the marketplace."

Rob Orf
Owner
Delta Exteriors

 

"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
President
Heiland Roofing and Exteriors

 

"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
Owner
Stacy Stines Roofing

 

 

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Shopping List for Your Roof

You head to the grocery store with a written list of food items to purchase, so why can't you do that when it comes to buying a designer roof? You can!

DaVinci Roofscapes has created a roofing checklist for you that makes it easy to see the benefits of composite roofing products when compared to any other products. Here's your checklist:

Polymer Roof Tiles- Weight: Ranging from 182 to 356 pounds per square (depending on the product and the exposure) polymer roofing weighs about the same as asphalt shingles. However, it's significantly less in weight that quarried slate (which can weigh 2,000 pounds per square!).

- Thickness: Thanks to a ribbed structure on the underside, synthetic shake and imitation slate tiles from DaVinci appear to be as thick as natural materials, but they aren't as heavy in most cases.

- Colors: With DaVinci composite roofing, you can choose from 50 standard color options, or have a custom color created. You can also select from an existing blend of several colors, or custom create your own blend. Bundles are color-coordinated at the factory, saving roofers time at the job site and ensuring a random variation of colors across the roof.

- Warranty: At DaVinci, we stand behind our products for a lifetime ... that's why we offer a transferable lifetime limited warranty on our simulated shake roofing and composite slate roofing materials.

- Fire Resistance: Based on actual fire tests, DaVinci tiles have earned a Class A rating, which is the highest resistance to flame spread and makes our products suitable even for wildland-urban interface zones.

Fake Cedar Shake- Wind Rating: Our durable Eco-friendly roof materials can withstand winds of up to 110mph.

- Impact Resistance: Here's where DaVinci products really shine with a Class 4 impact rating. Both our sturdy shake alternative and imitation slate roof products can withstand hail, failing tree limbs and even workers walking on your roof!

- Pests and Growth: Nonporous polymer tiles discourage algae, moss, lichen and fungi, and will not harbor wood-eating insects.

- Recycled Content: None. DaVinci uses virgin polymers to ensure optimum performance and longevity. Only the starter course tiles (which are not generally seen) include recycled content. And yes, at the end of their life, all of our polymer tiles are 100% recyclable.

- Insurance Discounts: Because of synthetic slate and shake's resistance to impact and fire spread, many insurance companies offer discounts on homeowners insurance to those people with our sustainable roofing.

Shopping list complete! For more details on polymer roof tiles, see  Multi-Width DaVinci Shake Tiles - Providing a "Premium Shake" Look to Your Home and DaVinci Slate Roofing Rivals Natural Slate.

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Snow Guards: An Important Decision for Your Synthetic Roof

It's 75 degrees outside and your new DaVinci Roofscapes designer roof will be installed by the end of the month. Congratulations!

Your roofer has just one more question: do you want snow guards?

SnowguardsDon't let the warm weather sway your decision. When it's 25 degrees outside next January with snow falling fast, you want your composite roofing to have snow guards. Why? Because snow guards can help stop the "movement" of a snow avalanche from coming off your roof all at one time. They help break up the melting snows so they come off in smaller amounts.

Snow guards don't have to be intrusive on your roof. Companies like Rocky Mountain Snow Guards specialize in offering a variety of options that look good and work effectively with synthetic roofing material. And, they can powder coat the snow guards to match the color of your DaVinci roof!

What kind of costs are we talking about? Lars Walburg, President of Rocky Mountain Snow Guards, offers this insight: "Painted aluminum and steel snow guards generally cost between $5 and $6 each, while copper snow guards cost between $8 and $10 each. Then, the roofer will charge for installing the snow guards. Depending on the roofer, they may charge between $3 to $6 each for installation."

Your roofer can work with experts like Walburg to determine exactly where the snow guards should be placed on your roof, in what type of pattern and how many are needed. The pitch of your roof is important when deciding where snow guards will be placed (see Ask the Experts: Snow Guards). Another placement consideration is to plan on having snow guards located over key walkways, entry areas of the home and landscaping elements.

Click HERE to learn more about snow guards offered by Rocky Mountain Snow Guards that are designed especially for simulated shake roofing and imitation slate shingles. And, to learn more about snow guards overall, see Q & A Guide to Snow Guards.

**Snow guards should be considered in all geographic areas where accumulating snow fall is possible.**

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DaVinci Roofscapes Recycles 365 Days a Year

In 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring June as National Recycling Month. The goal was to draw attention to the benefits of recycling, with one of the chief benefits being the diversion of waste from landfills.  

Sustainable RoofAt  DaVinci Roofscapes, we're completely behind recycling efforts --- not just in June, but every month of the year.

During Earth Day this past April, DaVinci announced that our company recycled more than 800,000 pounds of polymer in 2015 (see 2016 Earth Day: DaVinci Roofscapes Recycled 800,000 Pounds of Polymer Last Year). Now we've taken extra steps to enhance the scrap material recycling of our imitation slate shingles and fake cedar shake tiles. We're on track to recycle more than a million pounds of scrap in 2016.

Why do we have this much waste? Chiefly because we offer so many colors of our composite roofing product (see 50 Shades of DaVinci).

Every time we switch color runs in the manufacturing process of our composite roofing products there's a "run off" of product as one color ends and the new color begins. As the colors transition, the tiles are off spec and are recycled. These tiles are segregated by color and then ground up and molded into starter shingles, which are generally unseen on the roof.

The important aspect here is that every roof shingle we manufacture is 100 percent recyclable, so our manufacturing operations are very environmentally-friendly. Not one roof tile ends up in a landfill. That's something we celebrate during National Recycling Month and every day at DaVinci.      

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Building a Shed from the Bottom Up

Need more space for your lawnmower, gardening tools and snow blower? Consider building a backyard shed. It's not as difficult as you may think.

Sustainable RoofingHome improvement expert Joseph Truini has just come out with his third shed-building book for active DIYers. Building Sheds includes step-by-step instructions for constructing five different styles of sheds plus an introduction to shed-building methods and materials.

Don't be surprised to see composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes make a guest appearance in the book. Truini, who has worked with DaVinci's imitation slate shingles in the past, used our synthetic slate roofing tiles to cover a 10-foot by 10-foot board-and-batten style shed he constructed for the book.

"The faux-slate roofing from DaVinci is incredibly durable so it's ideal for a shed," says Truini. "For this project we installed the polymer slate tiles in a one-inch staggered pattern, but they can also be nailed in a straight line. I think the staggered pattern produces a much more interesting-looking roof, but it does take quite a bit longer than running the roofing courses in straight lines." (see also Installing DaVinci Lightweight Tiles With a Staggered Pattern)

Several pages in the Building Sheds book (which is published by The Taunton Press and can be found at Lowe's stores and on Amazon.com and Taunton.com) are dedicated to the step-by-step installation of the imitation slate roof.

"Most shed-building books are filled with pretty pictures of finished sheds, but they give very little advice on how to actually build a shed," says Truini. "From the onset, I wanted to take a decidedly different and very DIY-friendly approach by showing how to build backyard buildings, starting quite literally from the ground up and topping off with some great roofs."

 

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On the Road ... with DaVinci Roofscapes!

Philadelphia. Las Vegas. Anchorage. San Francisco. Those are just some of the many cities where DaVinci Roofscapes will participate in trade shows in the coming weeks.

Our polymer roofing products have become so popular that we've cloned our booth! Now we have displays of our impressive imitation slate shingles and synthetic shake roof tiles "on the road" to several locations constantly to keep up with demand.

While many of these shows are limited to the members of professional trades (and it's like alphabet soup figuring out which group event you can attend!) there are some shows open to the public.

Here's a listing of where you can find our designer roof products in the coming weeks:

April 17-19: Anchorage Home Show in Anchorage, Alaska

 

May 9-12: ALFA 2016 in Denver, booth 843

May 19-21: AIA Show in Philadelphia, booth 2523

May 22-26: ICSC Reconstruction in Las Vegas, booth N1768

 

June 3-4: ECHO Show in San Francisco, booth 106

June 12-14: Western Roofing Expo 2016 in Las Vegas, booth 115

June 16-18: FRSA in Orlando, booth 920

June 26-28: BOMA 2016 in Baltimore, booth 930

If you live in any of these cities, stop by to see our products in person. Or, if you'd like more details on our products, visit our YouTube site to see videos on how we make our products and how they're used in different residential applications.

 

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5 Years Later: Revisiting St. Clement Eucharist Shrine

Back in 2011, members of the St. Clement Eucharist Shrine in Boston decided to tackle a big project --- installation of a Bellaforté Slate roof on top of their historic church.

After removing heavy, old slate shingles from the roof, the talented church volunteers installed the imitation slate tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes in a Slate Gray. We revisited the church recently to see how our synthetic slate roofing was holding up ... and we got rave reviews!

"We've had no problems with the roof," says Father Peter Grover. "We've had lots of wind, snow and rain in the past five years. We've never had a leak and it looks just as great today as the day it was installed.

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"We consider the DaVinci roof a good investment. The roof accents the church. A real slate roof would have been too costly; asphalt would not have given us the visual appeal that the composite slate gives us."

Looking back at the project, we asked Father Grover if they would have changed anything about the re-roofing installation.

"Our only regret is that we didn't have snow guards installed when we had the roof done," says Grover. "We ran out of time and it was a secondary thought. Now, when there is heavy snow, it falls off into the parking lot and we end up shoveling twice. Once we had a broken windshield from the snowfall."

Given his experience, we recommended retrofitting snowguards (see Can I Install Snowguards After My Roof Is Installed?) to help control the snow as it melts in the future. For more information on this church projects using polymer roof tiles, see Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead.

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The Switch: Cedar Roofing to Synthetic Slate Shingles

Challenge: California residents faced losing their homeowner insurance if they didn't replace their deteriorating cedar roof shingles.

Solution: A new roof style with imitation slate shingles that met the needs of the insurance company. Resistant to fire, high winds and severe weather, the DaVinci Roofscapes simulated slate roofing transformed the couple's home.

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“Our biggest change was that we wanted to move away from the shake roof and move to a slate that we thought fit the style of the house better,” says Dr. Mike Boone, a part-time resident of Cayucos, Calif. “But, we didn’t want the hassle, weight and expense of real slate.

“We wanted a roof with some interest to it, not just one tedious color. Also, we needed a roof color combination that would not show sea salt spray or seagull poop. The subtleness of the colors we selected 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."

Boone and his wife Andrea decided to create a custom color blend for the roof of their "Carmel Cottage" style home. They selected a DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roof in a stunning color combination that includes Slate Black and Slate Gray with highlight colors blended in of Light Green and Dark Green. (See Homeowners Create Their Own DaVinci Roofing Color Blends) Now their insurance concerns are a thing of the past and they're enjoying the synthetic slate roofing on their home.

 “Cayucos is a walking town," says Boone. "We get comments on our roof on a daily basis from people strolling by. The roof is a focal point of the house and we are extremely happy with the decisions we made on all the colors and products that make up our ‘new’ older home.”

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