House of Horrors

composite roofHundreds of home inspectors flock to Boulder, Colo. each year to train at the "House of Horrors."

Sponsored by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the House of Horrors is designed with a wide variety of home systems (most of which are operable) that have 1,000 defects built in. The goal is to provide students with a chance to improve their skills by learning how to recognize home system defects and safety issues and ultimately, to become better home inspectors.

The "real home" is designed with multiple stations, including a roof systems area featuring 11 different roofing products such as asphalt shingles, stone slate, clay and concrete tiles, wood shakes and shingles, and rubber. Plus, there's a section on composite roofing, with product samples provided by DaVinci Roofscapes.

"Our goal in this section is to teach students to recognize proper installation of roofing materials, including underlayment, flashing and primary roof coverings," says Kenton Shepard, director of international development for InterNACHI.  "We want these inspectors-in-training to recognize common defects and understand the lifecycle of roofing products, their failing points and other key factors on the roof. Plus, with more durable products like synthetic slate and shake roofing, we want them to understand the benefits of low-maintenance roofing products.

Polymer roofing tiles"So far, the main reaction our students have had to the DaVinci roofing is curiosity. Some students have never seen polymer roofing before. They're interested in how this type of roofing product ages and what installation looks like for composite roofing."

The InterNACHI school offers world-class, accredited inspection training. The House of Horrors will have about 500 people visit each year who are advancing their inspection knowledge and skills. And, if you're visiting the Boulder area, make plans to stop by and visit the House of Horrors---it's open to everyone!

 

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Roofers: Setback Patterns to Speed Up Installation

If you're a roofer installing Bellaforté Shake tiles, you are familiar with the "false break" that gives the synthetic shake tile the appearance of being several smaller pieces to resemble the look of real wood shake. You may have scratched your head a time or two if, when installing this product, the false break lines up vertically.

Not to worry ... we have a solution.

Our experienced Technical Service Manager at DaVinci Roofscapes, Tyler Storfa, has handled this question several times in the field. His recommendation is to use a setback pattern that can really speed up installation of Bellaforté Shake tiles.

shake roofing materials"Bellaforté is installed from left to right," says Storfa. "The four-course repeating pattern runs up the left hand side rake. This can be cut on the ground and taken and applied on the roof."

Storfa says the first course (full course) is a full piece of field tile with the water channel or gutter removed. The second course (B course) is cut at approximately the letter "B" in the imprinted word "Bellaforté" on the tile (located in the upper left hand side of the tile) and then laid close to the edge of the tile. For the third course, repeat steps of first course. And the Fourth course (E course), take a new shake tile and cut at the last "E" in the word "Bellaforté at the top of every tile," discarding any waste product to the left of the letter "E." No "B" and "E" courses can be together without a "full" in between

Want an easy way to remember this installation pattern? Try this mantra: Full (with gutter removed), B, Full (with gutter removed), E. Yes, that's it: Full, B, Full, E!

Have other questions about installing Bellaforté products? See Bellaforte by DaVinci – Engineered to Withstand High Winds and DaVinci Solid Accessory Tiles.

 

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From the Tech Team: Step Flashing

Calling all roofing contractors! Today we want to talk to you about step flashing. Specifically step flashing with your Bellaforté Slate and Shake polymer roof systems.  A nuance of these products is that because of the way they are designed if you don’t use proper step flashing, which prevents water from running horizontally, the roof may not perform properly. From what we hear, a common hassle can be it is difficult to find step flashing with a return on it, or at the very least, a couple of bumps on it to assure that water doesn’t travel horizontally. To remedy this, DaVinci now sells step flashing just made just for Bellaforté!

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Take a sneak peek at the new Bellaforté Slate Installation Guide coming out this March to learn more on how to install our custom made step flashing. As always, never hesitate to contact us for more information
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From the Tech Team: Two Nails for Bellaforté

Here is more good news from DaVinci! After extensive testing we have discovered that reducing the nails used for installing Bellaforté Slate or Shake from three nails to two does not impact wind performance. The only nails you need are one in the tab and one on the top right corner. By reducing the number of fasteners needed by 1/3, just think of the time and money that could be saved using this method. 
 
As usual there are a couple of exceptions to this.synthetic roofing material
 
1. This method is not yet approved by ICC, so if you install roofs in California or any other jurisdiction where the codes official adheres directly to our ICE-ESR 2119 you should use three nails.
 
2. In Florida or other coastal regions where you must comply with our Miami-Dade NOA you still will need to use five nails. 
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From the Tech Team: Bellaforte Solid Shake Tile

Recently, a DaVinci contractor gave me a call to let me know that he loved installing DaVinci Bellaforté Shake. He said that the one suggestion he had, was that because of the very high profile of the DaVinci Bellaforté Shake, there were some situations where a solid tile would be helpful. One example of where a solid tile would be beneficial is in a situation where Bellaforté Shakes are installed in a closed valley in an area where there are a lot of messy trees, especially pine trees. In these instances, pine needles and leaves can catch on the ribs of the Bellaforté shakes where they are cut. While this doesn’t usually cause a performance issue it can sometimes detract from the overall look of the roof. Another example of where a solid tile can be helpful is in flashing situations where the cut edge of the tile may be exposed. While this is not a performance issue if it is in an area visible from the ground, it may not have the “finished look” that some customers would like.

 

I discussed this request with our design team and they worked quickly to develop a Bellaforté solid shake tile. These solid tiles can be used where tiles are cut around flashings, on flared rakes (gable ends), straight gable ends, and even valleys. It should be noted that these solid tiles are not the answer from an aesthetic point of view for a true open valley. The reason for this is when the solid tiles are cut for use in valleys, there is an occasional small void in instances where the tile cut crosses the gutter of the tile. These tiles also have occasional visible bubbles where the tile is cut, that may be objectionable to some customers. We recommend that when using Bellaforté Shake solid tiles the installer still use the closed valley or double w valley system.

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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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Roofer Tips for Winter Installations

There's a definite chill in the air --- especially if you're several stories up installing a new roof!

This is the time of year for roofers to pay special attention to their work. Bundle up, watch your step so you don't slip on unseen moisture on the roof and make sure to work smart.

Here are some cold weather installation tips for working this winter with DaVinci Roofscapes products to take to heart:

Tip #1 - Store your tiles flat, in as warm an area as you can.

Tip #2 - Install your tiles flat. If they are not flat because of the way they've been stored or shipped, then take time to flatten them before installing.

Tip #3 - If you're installing Bellaforté tiles during cold weather, make sure the tabs are horizontal with the bottom of the tile. If they are not you should manually adjust them to get them in alignment.

Tip #4 - Cold weather can affect a pneumatic roofing nail gun. If you're using this tool make sure to reduce the pressure. And, if it's really cold outside and you're having difficulties with your air compressor, you should go back to hand nailing polymer roofing pieces in place.

Tip #5 - When cutting our DaVinci products in colder temperatures, it's better to score the lightweight roofing tiles with a straight blade and then break the tile along the score. You can also use a saw blade with smaller and finer teeth.

For more cold weather installation tips, see Bundle Up, Roofers! and Brrrrrisk Polymer Roofing Installations

 

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

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From the Architect's Corner - a Helpful Tip

A product's sample in the hand is about the best thing you can provide your clients when choosing colors for the exterior of their home. It is important to remember to take your samples outside and put them in the natural light. Be sure to leave them there for a day or two and view them in all different lights and shadows. This will allow you to have a better idea of what the color will look like once the products are installed.

Click here to read more FRESH tips for choosing exterior color from our Color Expert, Kate Smith.

 

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Happy Friday, Architects!

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DaVinci Roofscapes Now Offers SOLARHIDE

Great news for roofers: DaVinci Roofscapes now sells SOLARHIDETM, a one-step radiant barrier underlayment that also serves as a vapor barrier. SOLARHIDERoofers using a single layer of SOLARHIDE in conjunction with DaVinci Shake, Slate and Bellaforté products can attain a Class A fire rating for their roofing projects.

"Our testing shows that a single layer of SOLARHIDE underlayment works effectively with the majority of our products to allow roofers to achieve a Class A fire rating," says Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services of DaVinci Roofscapes. "By offering SOLARHIDE to roofers, we're serving as a 'one stop source' to make it easier for them to obtain a dependable underlayment and synthetic roofing materials at the same time."

Made from raw materials, SOLARHIDE is produced with woven and non-woven fabrics as well as pure aluminum. The durable underlayment is 100 percent recyclable and exceeds Miami-Dade specifications. The rip-resistant SOLARHIDE product is now available from DaVinci Roofscapes in a 10 square roll (48 inches wide by 250 feet long) with 25 rolls per pallet.

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

Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Eco Chief's SOLARHIDE product meets or exceeds the requirements for ASTM D-226 Type I and II, along with specifications for Miami-Dade certification.

 

 

 

 

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Tyler's Top Tips for Roofers

Tyler Storfa KNOWS about installing DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofing. As one of our Technical Service Manager he spends a great deal of time traveling to help roofers. (See On the Road with DaVinci's Tyler Storfa)

From his time on the road, he's collected a few "top tips" to share with other roofers. See if some of these can help you out on the jobsite.

Tip #1 - Use a 3" by 3" metal, at the hip, over the field tile and under the two-piece hip and ridge piece. This is needed for water tightness plus makes the installation of the hip and ridge pieces go much easier.

Tip #2 - Remember to use a back cut (sometimes called a "dog ear") on the cut pieces in the valley.  It's easy to forget this fast step, but it's essential.

Tip #3 - Don't be afraid to cut down the vertical ribs in DaVinci's multi-width and single-width roofing tiles. This does two things: first, it makes sure the cuts are straight and secondly, leaving the vertical rib gives it the appearance of the piece being solid.

Tip #4 - DaVinci has a new step flashing with small ribs that's available for contractors who can't locate a 4" x 4" x 14" metal so that they don't have to cut and bend their own.

Tip #5 - If you're working in freezing temperatures this winter, store the DaVinci products in a garage to keep them warm. Only pull out what you will immediately use. Working with the "warmer" tiles makes your life lots easier!

For more polymer roofing installation tips, see DaVinci on the Roof: Ridges and DaVinci Slate and Five Top DaVinci Install Tips.

 

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Hot Dipped Galvanized Nails Now Available From DaVinci Roofscapes

Want to nail your next DaVinci roofing project? Then opt for hot dipped galvanized (HDG) nails.

Made to last longer than electro galvanized (EG) nails thanks to a thicker zinc outer layer, HDG nails are submerged in molten zinc to get an even covering. Because the thick, smooth zinc coating on HDG nails is an advancement over EG nails, they're even less likely to rust over time. That's important because the DaVinci roof you install will last for decades ... and you want the nails to last that long too!

An added benefit is that HDG nails generally achieve higher ratings on salt spray tests and are especially good for use where environmental conditions can be challenging --- like high humidity or salt air locations.

DaVinci Roofscapes now makes it easy for you to purchase HDG nails when placing your order for our synthetic shake and simulated slate roofing products. We've started stocking HDG nails and can sell them to you with your order. We've even got HDG nails available in coils for gun nailing!

Need to know how many nails to request for your DaVinci composite roofing project? Click HERE to see our fast nail chart that tells you how many nails per roofing square to order by product type. We make it simple by breaking down products and exposure, and then telling you how many nails to ask for per square.

For more tips on nails and polymer roofing, see Nailed It!
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Eric's Top Tips

Eric Salverson knows roofs. As a technical services manager for DaVinci Roofscapes, Eric devotes 100% of every day either at a job site assisting roofers or conducting hands-on training with our DaVinci composite roofing products.

When Eric's not up on a roof, he's in the car or on an airplane getting to another roofing project.

All these roofing experiences means that Eric is "the guy" to go to for roofing tips. Here are his top five:

Polymer RoofTip #1 - Save cut pieces to use on different areas of the roof. Pay special attention to where you can use cut pieces (as opposed to discarding them) and you can save 3% or more on job-site waste.

Tip #2 - Invest in an upgraded fastener. Ring shank stainless steel works really great. If you're using screws, they must be non-corrosive 5/16" pancake head type screws. Any fastener must penetrate all the way through the deck at least 3/16".

Tip #3 - For every 100 feet of valley, figure an extra square of lightweight roofing materials.

Tip #4 - Factor in roughly 2% transition tiles when ordering products.

Tip #5 - Try Bellaforté tiles. Depending on the job, Bellaforté Shake can install up to 40% faster than real cedar.

Need more win-win tips from the experts at DaVinci? Then check out Reduce Jobsite Waste with DaVinci Roofscapes and Return Those DaVinci Scraps!

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Nailed It!

Fifty years is a long time. Imagine how much your body ages during five decades of living. Now imagine how much sun, wind and weather exposure a DaVinci Roofscapes designer roof receives in 50 years.

We've made sure our dependable composite slate and synthetic shake roofing tiles will hold up year after year. If you're a roofer, it's up to you to make the right decision on the nails you use to assure that the DaVinci roof tiles you install now will indeed stay on the luxury roof for at least 50 years.

At DaVinci, we recommend using copper, hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel nails. Why? Because our roofs will last for decades, you need to make sure that the nails you use will also last that long. After all, you don't want callbacks down the line that the roof is fine, but the nails you used are popping or rusting!

Once you've made your nailing selection, keep this tip in mind: Remember to nail down the bottom tab on both Bellaforté composite slate and synthetic shake roofing products. It's important to secure the tabs for a firm, confident installation that can help prevent damage from high winds and severe weather. And, don't be stingy with those nails! Every DaVinci roof shingle should be secured using two nails, with dimensions of a 3/8" head by 1/2" length.

Need more nailing tips from our polymer roofing experts? Then check out Nailing No-No's and Which Nails Should I Use for a Composite Slate Roof?

 

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Five Fast Tips From A Roofing Expert

When you've been in the roofing industry as long as Tim Gentry (30+ years), you pick up a few tips along the way.

Lifetime RoofToday we invite you to learn from Tim's on-the-jobsite experiences ... plus his 15 years working at DaVinci Roofscapes.

Tim's Tip #1: Start with the right nails. DaVinci roofing systems can be installed with copper, stainless steel or hot-dipped galvanized nails.

Tim's Tip #2: Install snow guards during a new roof installation instead of retrofitting later. But if your DaVinci roof is already installed, don’t worry. There are snow guards available that are specifically designed to be installed after your roof is on. These are known as retro-fit snow guards and this type of snow guard won’t compromise the integrity, warranty or longevity of your beautiful DaVinci roof.

Tim's Tip #3: Make valley cuts with a circular saw. There's no need for wasteful tile cuts, find the correct angle and cut with a circular saw. Use all the leftovers to finish the hips.

Tim's Tip #4 - Never use red or black chalk lines -- stick with blue. If you're installing DaVinci composite roofing tiles in a staggered application, add snap lines to the underlayment. Then lay the tips of the tiles to those lines rather than marking the roofing tiles themselves.

Tim's Tip #5 - Try using rake tiles on gable ends when installing Bellaforté shake tiles. It makes your life easier and the project looks better. You don't need to be very concerned with how precise your cuts are on the gable end because the rake tile covers up all the cuts!

BONUS! Installing a composite slate roof? Here are some extra tips: Slate Installation – Tips And Tricks

 

 

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10 Safety Tips for Roofers

Safety First.  It's a theme we often hear in manufacturing operations and on job sites. And, it's a motto that roofers should also adopt.

How can roofers help keep themselves safe? Here are some tips from the experts at DaVinci Roofscapes:

Shake roofTip #1 - Wear the right clothing and shoes. Make sure your clothing is comfortable and "moves with you" easily, but also that it's sensible. Wear closed-toes shoes or soft-soled work boots that can gain a firm grip on the roof surface. And, use leather work gloves to protect your hands.

Tip #2 - Use eye protection.  Whether you're using a pneumatic nailer on the roof or pounding in nails one at a time, it's always smart to wear safety glasses.

Tip #3 - Use safety ties. Whenever you're on the roof, safety ropes should be used and a safety harnesses to assure a slip on a pitched roof doesn't result in you falling off that roof.

Tip #4 - Take time to secure your ladder. Make certain your ladder is on a solid, level surface. Some roofers like to weight the base of the ladder down with sand bags to keep them in place.

Tip #5 - Use a magnetic nail sweeper regularly during the installation on both the roof and on the ground. Picking up and safely discarding loose nails can prevent a foot injury for both yourself and the homeowners.

Tip #6 - Keep the work area organized and clean as you go. This will help prevent slipping on trash, extra tiles and nails.

Tip #7 - Never work on a roof in wet conditions. A slippery roof can cause problems for any roofer and isn't worth the risk of a fall.

Tip #8 - When using a utility knife, always cut away from you. Retract the blade when not in use and replace blades frequently. Safely discard old blades.

Tip #9 - Take extra care when carrying bundles up the ladder to the roof. Make your legs do the work, not your back. Taking several trips up the ladder with smaller bundles is safer than trying to carry too much at one time.

Tip #10 - When working on steeply pitched roofs, add netting and guardrails for extra safety support. You may even consider adding scaffolding for some projects.

For more safety tips, see Cold Weather Installation of DaVinci Roofing Materials and Tips for Cold Weather Installation.

 

 

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Tip of the Day: NO Red Chalk

If you're a roofer installing DaVinci synthetic shake or simulated slate roofing, here's our "tip of the day" for you: Do NOT use red chalk when snapping chalk lines.

Polymer SlateMade of iron oxide, red chalk will not come off composite roofing tiles. Check the packaging for your chalk products. No matter what color you select, if it says "permanent chalk" on the label, believe it.

At DaVinci Roofscapes we've heard stories over the years from installers who used red chalk when snapping lines. The headaches this causes are unbelievable. Even if you power wash the tiles, that red chalk does not come off.

For a hassle-free installation, look for and use a chalk that is not permanent. Usually blue chalk is a better choice. And, when doing a staggered installation, consider adding your snap lines directly to the underlayment. Then lay the tips of the tiles to match up with the underlayment. When you don't mark the tiles directly, you don't end up with headaches on the job site.

Need more advice in installing sustainable roofing from DaVinci? Check out Five Top DaVinci Install Tips and  DaVinci Installation – Things To Keep In Mind. 

 

 

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Before the Storm ... Check Your Roof

The 2016 Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30, and watch out, it has the potential to be a big one.

The Weather Research Center in Houston predicts a 60% chance that Texas will be impacted by a hurricane this season and 70% chance that a named storm will make landfall along the west coast of Florida. Overall, predictions are for 7 to 10 named tropical cyclones forming in the Atlantic this hurricane season with 4 of them intensifying into hurricanes.

What's a homeowner to do?

Check your roof! And, if you live in an area that had severe storm damage last year, make sure to have a professional roofer inspect your roof to assure that the roof is ready for another hurricane season.

It helps to understand that the roof is a "system" in your home. There are layers that must be properly installed to help protect your house and valuables.

Polymer RoofHere's an explanation from the professionals at DaVinci Roofscapes on what a first-class installation would look like for a roof:

1. Start with clean a 1/2-inch plywood or oriented strand board (OSB) deck fastened properly to the rafters.

2. At the eaves and rakes, 3-foot wide strips of self-adhering bitumen membrane would be affixed to protect against ice dams and wind-blown rain.

3. A layer of 30-pound builder's felt (or the equivalent) would be installed next, covering the entire roof. It's held in place with nailing caps and has 6-inch overlaps at the seams.

4. Metal drip edges on the rakes and eaves keep water off the sheathing edges and the sun's rays off the underlayment.

5. In the valleys, 20-inch wide flashing made of a durable metal (like copper) sits atop a layer of bitumen membrane.

6. Finally, the roofing is installed in overlapping courses with rustproof stainless-steel nails.

For more details on what it takes to create a reliable roof using composite slate or synthetic shake shingles, see Roofing 101: Up on the Roof

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Roofing Installation: DIY or Not?

By Matt Weber
Extreme "How-To" Magazine

The actual technique of attaching shingles to a roof is not especially difficult. Assuming you’re working on a sound roof foundation, then careful shingle alignment and proper fastener location are the keys to success.

Polymer Shake Roof TIlesHowever, installing an entire roof can be grueling work. Stacks of shingles are very heavy. The blazing sun can be merciless. If you plan to remove old shingles, you’ll also be faced with the big job of cleanup and disposal. And, stabilizing yourself for hours at a time on a sloped surface can tax muscles that you forgot you had.

If you’re not a fan of heights, then avoid terrifying yourself by working on a roof. And even if you’re fearless, always tether yourself to a securely anchored fall-restraint harness when working above a ladder.

Roofing contractors show up to the jobsite with multi-man crews for several good reasons. Think twice—no, three times—before attempting your own DIY roof project. With no one to help load and unload the roofing material, you’ll have a long slog ahead of you, to say the least. Take a week off work. Estimate the number of trips you’ll make up and down a ladder then multiply that by ten to arrive at a realistic figure.

Here’s a Pro Tip: Begin the job by carrying all the shingles onto the roof and storing them at the ridge line, rather than toting them up one at a time as needed. Doing so will complete that phase of hard labor early in the day, leaving the lighter work of nailing shingles for later (when you’re tired).

After tackling my own project, I would recommend DIY roof installation only to the most die-hard of handy homeowners, and even then for only small roofs with simple designs. I’m glad to say I did the work and learned from the experience, but I don’t want to do it again. It’s a large-scale job that requires more hands and strong backs than I was born with.

Need more polymer roofing installation insights? Click HERE for a story I created for Extreme How-To magazine last year! 

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Tips for Solar Panel Installations on Polymer Roofing

How green are you? If you're like many environmentally-conscious homeowners, it's not enough to recycle your newspapers and compost old banana peels and coffee grinds. You may want to go "off the grid" by including solar panels in your roofing system.

Eco-Friendly RoofGetting from the "idea" of having solar panels on your roof to actually incorporating them on your home is a big step. You'll probably wish to consult a licensed PV/solar installer with a General Contractors license. This person will need a licensed electrician on the team to wire the panels and get the panels inspected once installed.

The good news is that you can include solar panels on your DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofing!

According to Tyler Storfa, DaVinci's Western Technical Services Manager (see On the Road with DaVinci's Tyler Storfa) it's not any more difficult to include solar panels with polymer roofing than with most other roofing materials, and it's actually easier than including panels with more ridged roofing products like natural slate, clay and concrete tile.

Here are some insights from Tyler that can help get you started:

Tip #1 - When having a mounting system for solar panels installed, make sure anything that penetrates the tiles is flashed appropriately. Most systems need "L" type brackets to be lag bolded into rafters to hold a rail system that the solar panels are mounted on.  The "L" brackets have to be attached both under and through our simulated shake and imitation slate products. This is the area that needs to be properly flashed.

Tip #2 - Contractors can rest easier when walking on DaVinci's green roof systems. Our synthetic roofing material will not break when walked on, so it's actually a bit easier to make solar panel installations.

For more insights on solar panel installations on fake slate and cedar shake alternative roofs, see From the Architects Corner - Solar Panels.

 

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Tips for Cold Weather Installations

In many parts of the country, almost balmy weather conditions made December a dream month for roofers. Forget about layering up ... many roofers from North Carolina to New York were still in t-shirts!

However, as January weather settles in, colder weather is inevitable. That means polymer roofing installers need to prepare for cold weather situations.

If the temperatures have gotten nippy in your area and you're forging onwards with roofing installs, here are some tips from DaVinci Roofscapes to warm you up through the next several months:

Designer RoofTip #1 - Prior to installation in colder temperatures, make sure that synthetic shake shingles and composite slate tiles have been stored flat.

Tip #2 - DaVinci's unique formula allows our synthetic roofing material to remain flexible in colder weather. It's important that the roofing shingles are laid at a very minimum 3/16”.

Tip #3 - If using a pneumatic roofing nail gun for plastic roofing materials installation, the pressure should not be set too high. You may wish to hand nail pieces in if you're having trouble with your air compressor.

Tip #4 - Cold hands? Buy some "shake and use" hand warmers to slide into your gloves.

Tip #5 - When cutting imitation slate tiles or shake alternative shingles in colder temperatures, score the lightweight roofing tiles with a straight blade and break the tile along the score or use a saw blade with smaller and finer teeth.

 

Need more help for simulated shake roofing and plastic slate installations this winter? Then see Brrrrrisk Polymer Roofing Installations.

 

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