Roofers Keep Working in Frigid Temps

Add another layer ... it's time to get serious about installing roofing systems in cold weather.

Along with adding extra layers to help protect you from the frigid temperatures coming our way, you also need to understand there are some special steps to take when installing composite roofing when the temperatures dip. At DaVinci Roofscapes, we'd like to offer you these tips:

polymer r oof- Acclimation is your friend. Don't leave a caulking tube outside overnight and expect it to work the next morning ... it will freeze! So, keep your supplies (including self-adhering membranes, caulk and other items) in a warm environment before using to get maximum efficiency and fewer headaches.

- Keep your DaVinci composite roofing tiles lying flat before installation in cold weather. Luckily DaVinci polymer slate and synthetic shake tiles can be installed in temperatures as cold as 20 degrees F (which makes you cold, but allows you to keep working!).

- During winter installations, make certain there's a minimum of 3/16" space between tiles.

- Using a pneumatic roofing nail gun to speed up your installation? That's great, but make sure to adjust the pressure in colder weather. It shouldn't be set too high.

- Watch out for "black ice" on ladders and on the roof. Even light moisture can freeze up and make being a roofer in the winter months potentially dangerous.

- Need to keep your hands nimble for the installations? Invest in disposable HotHands hand warmers. Slip them in your gloves (or your shoes for that matter!) for eight hours of toasty warmth.

For more winter installation insights, see Bundle Up, Roofers!

 

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Brrrrrisk Polymer Roofing Installations

Break out the pocket warmers and the heavy-duty work gloves. Temperatures are dropping and that means getting yourself and your crew ready for cold weather polymer roofing installations!

The good news is that, even if the temperatures drop below freezing, you can still install DaVinci Roofscapes simulated slate roofing and composite shake tiles. Actually, synthetic roof materials from DaVinci can usually be installed in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Polymer RoofingWhile you might resist installing other roofing materials in temperatures this cold, bundle up, because our products can handle frigid weather.

DaVinci's carefully-formulated imitation slate and shake alternative roof tiles aren't brittle (like plastic roofing materials are thought to be). They're actually made to remain flexible in very cold temperatures. Even in bone-chilling cold temperatures, you don't have to worry about excess breakage of the designer roof tiles due to cold weather conditions.

Of course, we do have a few tips to share. First, if you're using a pneumatic nail gun for installing our roof tiles, make sure the pressure isn't set too high. Second, make sure that our DaVinci shake alternative and slate roofing tiles have been stored flat, and are flat when installed. Third, You must make certain that the space between tiles is at a very minimum 3/16”. And, most importantly, use extra personal care when working in cold weather conditions. That means staying focused, keeping those pocket warmers handy and making sure to stay safe up on the roof!

Need more tips on installing synthetic roofing material in cold conditions? Check out Freeze/Thaw No Trouble for DaVinci Polymer Roofing and Winter Roofing Installation With No Worries.

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For DaVinci Composite Roofing, Remember the Membrane!

Autumn nights are just starting to offer cooler temperatures, but it's already time to start thinking about how your roof will handle weather conditions this winter.

If you're having a new roof installed during these comfortable months prior to the start of ice and snow season, and live in an area where your temperatures can fall below freezing in the winter, then remember to select a premium self-adhered membrane. This "protective layer" helps prevent the buildup of potentially damaging ice dams on your roof and overhang areas.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we require self-adhered membrane be installed from the bottom edge to two feet above the exterior wall line on all eaves in areas where ice dams are possible. DaVinci requires a self-adhered membrane in all valleys regardless of temperature. For Bellaforté products DaVinci requires self-adhered membrane on all gables and all around roof projections Tim Carter with AsktheBuilder.com, who recently installed a DaVinci manufactured slate roof on his New Hampshire home, says he chose the Grace ice and water shield® product because it was a premium matchup for his new luxury roof from DaVinci.

Our recommendation is to review your options and select the self-adhered membrane that works best for your designer roof project --- but don't eliminate this necessary step. Ice dams can cause serious damage to a composite slate roof or simulated shake roofing, so you should take every step to avoid their creation.

Installing a premium self-adhered membrane is one good step toward eliminating this concern ... and another step is to keep the attic well ventilated and insulated. The attic temperature should stay as close to the outside temperature as possible.

For more information on installing composite roofing products for cold weather areas, see Common Winter Weather Roof Woes.

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Nailing No-No's

"Oh no ... my contractor didn't read the instructions and used the wrong nails!"

Polymer RoofingThat was the bewildered cry of one Pacific Northwest homeowner recently. She knew something was wrong because she was starting to see "rust stains" on her fairly new DaVinci Roofscapes designer roof.

After a quick visit by one of DaVinci's technical experts, the reason was easy to determine --- her roofing installer had used framing nails instead of an appropriate 50-year fastener (see Stainless Steel Nails) to secure her composite roofing in place. There's no easy solution for this problem, so it's best to verify with your roofer beforehand that they're using stainless steel, or hot-dipped galvanized nails when installing DaVinci steep slope roofing tiles.

Here's another nailing no-no. Don't forget to nail down the bottom tab on both Bellaforte 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.

Finally, DaVinci Class A Fire Rated roofing tiles are thick and realistic-looking, so installers need to make sure to install our imitation slate and polymer shake tiles with a minimum 1-1/2" roofing nails. The nails must be long enough to penetrate through the roof deck and exceed it by 3/16". And, if you're in high wind areas, make sure to use ring-shank nails. For more nailing tips, visit Which Nails Should I Use for a Composite Slate Roof?

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Tim's Tips Times Two

This posting could easily be called "A Tale of Two Tim's" ... that's because we have TWO Tim experts to lean on right now!

Tim Gentry, the vice president of technical services at DaVinci Roofscapes has more than 30 years experience with roofing. Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, also has roofing experience --- including his first installation this year of a DaVinci polymer slate roof on his own home!

With this much expertise around, we asked both Tims for installation tips to share with you.

Tips from Tim Gentry:

1. Valley Cuts: Avoid wasteful tile cuts for valleys by finding the correct angle and then cutting your polymer tiles with a circular saw. Then use all the accurate valley cuts and use the leftovers to finish the hips.

2. Nail It: DaVinci steep slope roofing tiles can be nailed with copper, stainless steel, or hot-dipped galvanized nails during installation. The reason for this recommendation is that we expect our synthetic roofing tiles to last for a very long time (especially since we have a lifetime roof warranty!) and we don’t want the fasteners to rust, become ineffective, and be the mode of failure of the Class A Fired Rated roofing system.

3. Rake Tile: Try using a rake tile on gable ends when installing Bellaforté Shake products. It makes these luxury roof tiles easier to install because you don't need to be too concerned with how precise your cuts are on the gable end --- the rake tile covers up all the cuts.

Tips from Tim Carter:

1. Starter Course Overhang: Unless you are using an overhanging drip edge, I recommend installers create a 5/8-inch overhang of the starter shingles past the edge of the metal drip edge. Capillary attraction is a real force of nature and it will suck water up under starter shingles to any unprotected wood decking.

2. Drill Holes for Hip and Ridge: To prevent depressions when cap shingles lay on top of compressible ridge ventilation products, it's a "best practice" to drill holes in the cap shingles for the nails. Make the hole just ever so larger than the shaft of the nail. The nail will not pull the shingle down as it's nailed. And remember, don't overdrive the nails!

3. Snap Lines Every Other Course: Resist the temptation to chalk course lines every five feet or so. Take the few extra minutes to chalk them every other course. This way each course has perfect alignment.

 

 

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Roof Busters!

When it's time to get insights into roof replacement, who ya gonna call? Not ghost busters ... but a qualified builder!

Luckily we know just the guy --- Tim Carter, builder and founder of AsktheBuilder.com. With several decades of experience (more than he would probably like us to mention!) Tim knows EVERYTHING about building homes ... including roofing systems.

This summer Tim started re-roofing his own home in New Hampshire ... with DaVinci Roofscapes composite slate roofing tile.

Now Tim's sharing his candid insights on the process in a series of free online videos. The first one, entitled "DaVinci vs. Asphalt Shingles" can be found by clicking HERE.

Listen in and you'll hear Tim's past challenges and concerns with asphalt roofing plus his love of real slate roofs. Now Tim's discovered the best of all worlds --- simulated slate roofing from DaVinci that has the appearance of real slate, but not the weight.

Want more details on Tim's summer roofing adventures? Stay tuned for more videos that will be posted soon, and see Roofing Dreams Do Come True and DaVinci Roofscapes Helps Me to "Do it Right, Not Over!"

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DaVinci Roofscapes Helps Me to "Do it Right, Not Over!"

Yesterday I covered "why I love DaVinci Roofscapes" and today I'm launching right into the step-by-step aspects of installing my new imitation slate roof.

Alignment Aids

Look at one of the DaVinci composite slate shingles and you’ll quickly see they provide all the needed alignment guides for your required exposure on each shingle.

They provide the target holes where you nail the shingles. I love those and it’s not a problem to hit the target.

The shingles provide reminders about the required spacing between the shingles so the roof looks fantastic for decades.

If you chalk lines every other course, you get to use the lines to align each course. That’s a great feature to keeping the roof looking just like real slate.

Cutting

You can cut the shingles with a sharp razor knife or a tin snips, but I find a sliding compound miter saw does it faster, safer and provides a cleaner cut. You want to use this same saw to make your miter cuts that create the stunning closed valleys.

A table saw is the tool of choice for me when cutting off the tops of the shingles that are found at roof ridge lines.

Nailing

The fasteners are as important as the simulated slate roofing shingles in my opinion. They need to last as long, or longer, than the roofing product.

I feel this is why DaVinci suggests to use hot-dipped galvanized nails. These, in my opinion, are the best nails for all roofing projects. The molten zinc atoms interlock with the steel on the entire nail. Hot-dipped nails simply won’t rust for many, many decades.

Use the hot-dipped galvanized nails and rest assured the fasteners will not fail. Be sure the nail is long enough to penetrate the roof sheathing. (see Stainless Steel Nails)

The Bottom Line

After working now with the DaVinci composite roofing product for a little over two weeks, I have to give it five hammers out of five.

 

My wife Kathy loves it, my kids love it, my neighbors love it and I’m swooning over it.

As a builder who demands quality not only in a product but the workmanship that goes with it, I’m glad to go on the record saying that given the choice, I’d go with DaVinci Roofscapes whenever the situation allowed it.

Why?

That’s easy. DaVinci is a perfect example of my AsktheBuilder.com motto:

Do It Right, Not Over!

Tim Carter
Founder
AsktheBuilder.com

 

 

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Accessorizing Your Designer Roof

Think accessories are just for the fashion industry? Think again.

Polymer Roof TilesIf you're a roofing installer looking to finish a course, rake end or valley with a solid piece of synthetic slate or shake, you're looking for roofing accessories. Fortunately, DaVinci Roofscapes has just what you need in our multi-width imitation slate and synthetic shake product lines!

While a solid accessory tile is not required for a successful roof application, we recognize that some installers prefer to use it as an option. The solid tile is just another method of blending the appearance of cut tiles to give a polished look to a finished luxury roof project.

Offered in several colors, our solid slate accessory tiles and are 18-inches long and 12-inches wide and solid shake accessory tiles are 22-inches long and 12-inches wide

Remember that the unique design of DaVinci slate roof tiles and cedar shake alternative tiles has ribbing to provide improved flexibility and reduced weight. (see Solid Polymer Roof Tiles) This allows us to create a thick profile that is lightweight - the rib structure helps the tile have less mass than it otherwise would which makes the deck cooler than a solid tile would be to help keep both the tile and roof deck cooler.

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Low Down on Technical Downloads

Polymer RoofingThere's no resource quite like the DaVinci Roofscapes website for materials roofers can use.

The Installation Details page offers several different installation guides and videos plus Cold Weather Installation Tips, how to Retrofit Snow Guards, Five Top DaVinci Install Tips and Calculating Waste for DaVinci Products. In the Technical Details section you'll also find code compliance documents, product selection guides, product specification sheets and color guides!

Look deeper into the site and you'll also find a checklist of Things to Consider When Quoting a polymer roofing job and a detailed Turret Package brochure. What more can you find on the DaVinci website? Plenty!

            > LEED and Sustainability information

            > Color Designer Tool for creating a custom roofing blend

            > Recycling Program details

            > Project Profiles to share with potential clients

            > Videos showing everything from color selection to testing & certification to our plant manufacturing video

Lots of companies say they have a one-stop website for all the needs of contractors and roofers. But, at DaVinci we really do have everything you could possibly need on composite roofing, steep slope roofing and lightweight roofing materials. Visit our website today for all your technical roofing support!

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Chalk it up to Experience

One of the handiest things a roofer can have in his toolbox is a chalk line. Reliable for creating straight lines to follow when installing composite roofing tiles, a chalk line is basically a taut nylon or string that is coated with a loose dye, usually chalk.

Slate installation tips - red chalk line stainAs roofers know, pulling the string tight and then plucking it sharply leaves behind a chalk marking ... and this line is followed for installing slate roof shingles and composite shake tiles. While this is one of the easiest-to-use tools available for a roofer, there are still some "tricks of the trade" you need to know.

First, be careful of the material in your chalk line and try to use just chalk --- not a "permanent chalk" or a colored chalk that will be difficult to remove (especially red as it will permanently stain the tiles). Stick with a washable blue chalk that won't cause a permanent marking. (See Using the Right Color Chalk Line)

Second, if you're running a chalk line on a very long expanse, consider a "double snap" procedure. This is where the chalk line is pulled across the long area, then held down in the center by a second person or staple. To the left of the center area snap the line, then do the same thing to the right of the center area. This "double snap" gives a more precise line over a long area.

Third, have a back up chalk line in your tool box. Nothing is worse than getting to the job site and starting to mark the roof and having a brittle string break from overuse or tension on the line. This can mean stopping work and going to the local hardware store for a replacement chalk line. It's faster to keep a spare in your tool box.

Fourth, with DaVinci tiles never place a chalk line on the tiles themselves. After determining where the butts of the tile will be place a chalk 18” above that point and make a line. Use that line on the underlayment to align the top tips of the DaVinci tiles.

For more DaVinci Roofscapes installation tips, see the INSTALLATION GUIDES on our website.

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Freeze/Thaw No Trouble for DaVinci Polymer Roofing

5 degrees in Nashville. -2 degrees in Atlanta. This past winter's deep freeze stretched far deeper into the South than usual. The good news is that, when these temperatures "heated up" to the 20's and 30's, roofers were back out installing DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing materials. (See Bone-Chilling Polymer Roofing Installations)

Polymer RoofingWhat those southern roofers might not know --- because they don't always experience extreme temperature conditions --- is that DaVinci composite roofing materials are designed to be installed in areas where freeze-thaw conditions are common. These hard-working imitation slate and synthetic shake products don't absorb water so there aren’t the same freeze thaw issues that some roofing materials have.That means that even if a DaVinci roof has moisture on it, there will be no damage during freeze-thaw cycles like cracking or splitting of tiles.

Made of 100% virgin polymer resin, simulated shake roofing and composite slate tiles from DaVinci don't react the same to colder weather conditions as natural roof products. For example, a wood shake roof goes through freeze/thaw cycles constantly in some weather environments. This means that it is common to see cracking and splitting on some cedar roofs. In some areas of the country, the daylight to nightfall temperature swings alone can cause damage to cedar shake roofing. (See DaVinci Shake is the Best Fake Cedar Shake on the Market)

In addition, DaVinci plastic roofing materials are very thermally stable. A 12" synthetic slate roof tile expands just 1/12" with a 100 degree temperature swing. Thanks to this engineering feat, you don't get the buckling or movement with a DaVinci tile that can put strain on fasteners as with some other products.

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Reduce Jobsite Waste with DaVinci Roofscapes

If you're like most contractors or roofers, you're looking for ways to save time and money on the jobsite. Oftentimes that means researching and finding ways to reduce waste.

For a roofing project, one of the easiest decisions you can make that will have immediate payback is to select DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roof tiles.

The first way to save is to take advantage of the Jobsite Recycling Program from DaVinci. If your project is within a 500 mile radius of Lenexa, Kansas, DaVinci will include boxes (upon request) with your composite roofing order for returning unused DaVinci product for recycling back to us with prepaid FedEx Ground labels. If your project is further than 500 miles away, we will still be happy to send boxes for you to return DaVinci scraps and extra tiles to us so that you don't have to haul them off to the landfill. (See DaVinci Recycling Program Contributes to Green Environmental Efforts)

The second way we can help you save is when you pay special attention to where you can use cut portions of our imitation slate and shake alternative tiles on your roof projects. Don't discard those cut pieces ... considering saving the remaining portion from a cut tile used in a valley for the corresponding hip. Or, with a Single-Width tile, consider using the cutoff portion from the right side of a gable on the left side.

Our environmentally friendly roof tiles are made for reduced waste. Extra time and attention on the jobsite to your cuts and product usage can result in less waste to haul away. And, if you do have leftover product, the great news is that our Jobsite Recycling Program is there to make your life easier!

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Bundle Up, Roofers!

Sometimes it's simply no fun being a roofer. Like when the morning starts at 28 degrees outside and strong winds are blowing --- and it's time to climb on the roof to begin a new reroofing project. However, roofers are like other working people, and they need to keep going no matter what the weather conditions.

Fortunately, at DaVinci Roofscapes we make polymer roofing materials that can be installed in cold weather conditions, so roofers can keep on working. Our Multi-Width and Single-Width slate and shake composite roofing tiles can be installed even when the temperatures dip down to 20 degrees. If you're a roofer working through winter weather conditions, here are a few tips from our Tech Team experts to making it easier to install DaVinci lightweight roofing materials this winter:

1. Store your DaVinci composite slate and synthetic shake roofing tiles in the warmest area available to you when working at low temperatures. This conditions the product to allow for easier cutting and increased flexibility.

2. When cutting the imitation slate or shake alternative tiles in colder temperatures, here's a tip. It's better to 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.

For more tips for cold weather installation, see Cold Weather? Bring on the DaVinci Roofing Tiles!  and How Cold is Too Cold to Install DaVinci Synthetic Shingles?

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Winter Roofing Installation With No Worries

Temperatures are dropping and you're adding another sweater to stay warm. But, what about your home? Have you missed the "window of opportunity" to add a new roof to your house before the winter weather settles in? No ... just pick the right polymer roofing tiles!

If you're thinking of a winter roof replacement, make sure to investigate the specifics of what temperatures a specific roof can be installed. Too many roofs have restrictions based on cold weather because their materials have the tendency to crack or break when the material gets frigid. That's not the case with DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic roofing material.

The special composition of our lightweight roofing systems allow for installation of our composite roof tiles in temperatures reaching down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. That's much colder than most roofing products can be installed. Why? Because our carefully formulated imitation slate tiles and composite shake tiles are not brittle. DaVinci composite roofing tiles are manufactured to remain flexible in cold temperatures, so contractors can continue to install following a few guidelines.

And, at DaVinci, we offer Tackling Winter Roof Installations tips to contractors on cold weather installations, so they're educated and ready to take on the challenge of a winter luxury roof installation project. So, this winter treat yourself to a new roof ... and put on a pot of hot coffee to offer your weather-hardy DaVinci roofing installer!

Oh, and don't forget the snow guards.

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Snow Guard Tips for Engineered Polymer Roofing

If you get something in your eye that needs attention, you don't go to a general doctor --- you go to an eye doctor. Why? Because an optometrist is a specialist in eye care.

Similarly, if you're installing polymer roofing in snow-prone areas, it's best to consult a specialist on the type of snow guards that will work best for your luxury roof project. The knowledgeable team at Rocky Mountain Snow Guards have great insights on the variety of shapes, sizes, colors and styles of snow guards that work best when installed with synthetic roofing material.

Here are some of their tips:

- Homes with "slippery" roofing materials (such as metal or synthetic roofing material) greatly benefit from having snow guards installed since they are designed to stop avalanches from taking place and thus protecting areas that are located under the roof (such as patio furniture, plants, cars, toys, porches, gutters and people).

 

- Whether you refer to them as snow guards, snow cleats, snow brackets, snow jacks or snow pads, these helpful roof items are design to reduce snow movement and control the rate of melting snow. When doing their job correctly, they should help break down the roof's snow mass into smaller and safer sections.

- The quantity and pattern of snow guard installation on a fake slate roof should match the specific needs of the roof to provide the most uniform system of snow retention possible. The strength of a snow guard is only one factor in controlling rooftop snow. Snow guards must be installed in a high enough density and in the right pattern to keep the snow in place. Click HERE to use a free Snow Guard Calculator. Always have your roofing contractor include the snowguards and their installation in their quote.

- Snow guards can be made of many materials ... from copper to Kynar-coated aluminum to steel. Research the type of product that will work best in your area before making a purchase.

For  more insights on snow guards, DaVinci Roofscapes recommends you see these stories: Got Snow? Better Get Snowguards! Slip, Sliding Away... Might Need Snow Guards and Are Snowguards Really Necessary?

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Cold Weather + Composite Roofing = Successful Winter Installations

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,

But the roofing is so obliging.

And since it needs to be installed,

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Not ready yet for cold weather composite roof installations? Let DaVinci Roofscapes offer a few tips to get you prepared for the roofing projects during the upcoming winter months.

Tip #1 - Dress for the weather. Make sure you and your installation team use fall protection devices and appropriate footwear, since winter makes the roof more slippery and icy.

Tip #2 - If you're using a pneumatic roofing nail gun for plastic roofing materials installation, make sure the pressure is not set too high. If you should have trouble with an air compressor, consider hand nailing pieces of composite roofing into place.

Tip #3 - Before installing in colder temperatures, store your polymer roofing shingles flat.

Tip #4 - The unique formula of DaVinci synthetic shake and composite slate materials allows our product to remain flexible in colder weather, so you can install our luxury roof products in temperatures as low as 20 degrees F. Make sure that the lightweight roofing tiles are laid at a very minimum 3/16".

Tip #5 - Don't forget the snowguards. If you're installing in a cold weather region, make sure to recommend and install suitable snowguards that will help reduce the chance of "avalanches" of melting snow from polymer roofs.

For more winter weather installation tips, see How Cold is Too Cold to Install DaVinci Synthetic Shingles?

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On the Road with DaVinci's Tyler Storfa

From Kansas City to San Jose (and everywhere in between!) you'll find DaVinci's Tyler Storfa on the road three or more weeks each month conducting contractor training programs.

"Each lightweight roofing systems training session is different because we customize our programs to the exact needs of our customers," says Tyler, the Western Technical Services Manager for DaVinci Roofscapes. "Whenever possible we prefer to be as hands-on as possible to actually show how our polymer roofing products are installed.

Tyler, who has traveled recently to Portland, Sun Valley, Los Angeles, Wyoming and Colorado for imitation slate and shake training programs, still gets excited by each on-site session.

"I had a great training day with Elite Roofing's crews outside of Seattle recently," says Tyler. "They're really enthusiastic about offering Bellaforté Shake as a cedar shake alternative. The areas of the west with natural cedar are excited to offer a beautiful and permanent roofing solution while keeping the appearance of heavy cedar shake roofing.

"My goal is to make the people being trained as comfortable as possible with our composite roofing products and help them develop the confident to tackle a roofing project while knowing what to expect of their time and materials. We go over it all --- field and trim pieces, common pitfalls and savings tips."

So, what does Tyler recommend for a cost savings tip? "With a little care, the 'standard' home has very little waste when using our sustainable roofing products," says Tyler. "I usually recommend about three percent for cuts and waste on a normal project. Also, the use of cordless saws is ideal for saving time and making accurate cuts."

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Figuring Waste for DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles

Deciding how much waste should be figured for the different DaVinci roofing products requires the contractor to answer a few questions.Polymer Roof Tiles

  1. Can the installers be counted on to be careful and save material where they can?

  2. If they cut a tile for a valley will they use the remnant on the corresponding hip?

  3. On Multi-width installation will they measure for the correct tile on the gable end or will they cut the tile and throw away the rest as waste?

  4. On Single-Width will they use the cutoff portion from the right side of a gable and use it on the left?

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If the answer to all of these questions is yes then DaVinci Multi-Width Slate and Shake can be installed with < 1% waste; unless there are valleys in the roof which don’t have corresponding hips. In that case there is 1 square of waste for every 100 linear feet of valley (that counts both sides of the valley). Single-Width Slate and Shake can be installed with < 2% waste with the same stipulation as above.

Bellaforté Slate and Shake will have more waste than our other products because often times the remnant of a cut cannot be reused. A good rule of thumb for the Bellaforté products is 4% waste with a conservative installer but that can go up to 8% if the installers are not conscientious about saving material.

For tips to help eliminate waste in valleys, please read Installing DaVinci Tiles With No Waste.

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On the Road with DaVinci's Eric Salvesen

Last month we profiled the traveling technical lifestyle of Zach Stopyro (visit On the Road with DaVinci's Zach Stopyro) so this month our focus shifts to Eric Salvesen, Central Technical Services Manager with DaVinci Roofscapes.

Just like Zach, Eric spends about half of each month on the road holding polymer roofing training and installation sessions. He focuses almost 75% of his time on Bellaforté because of the growing popularity of the imitation slate and composite shake tiles.

Polymer Roof Tiles"Depending on the job, our Bellaforté Shake installs up to 40% faster than real cedar," says Eric. "And, with Bellaforté we've found that contractors are able to figure their jobs with less of a waste factor than they would using real shake or slate."

What can installers expect from a training session with Eric? "First we cover the full spectrum of DaVinci from our company's history to our product specifics," says Eric. "After that we review installation procedures for our products, with special attention to the Bellaforté line. Then we work on actual installations and focus on how important it is to create a comprehensive, sound roofing system."

Looking for a preview of some of Eric's favorite "tips of the trade" for installing DaVinci luxury roofs? Here you go!          

  • 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 jobsite waste.

  • For every 100 feet of valley, figure an extra square of lightweight roofing materials.

  • Use 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".

  • Factor in roughly 2% transition tiles when ordering products.

Want to meet the rest of the team? See DaVinci Roofscapes Tech Team --- At Your Service!

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On the Road with DaVinci's Zach Stopyro

How would you like to spend up to 15 days a month on the road traveling for business? If you're Zach Stopyro, National Senior Technical Services Manager of DaVinci Roofscapes, you live out of a suitcase and love it!

Zach travels throughout the East Coast and Canada to provide one-on-one training for contractors and roofers using DaVinci Roofscapes sustainable roofing products. He's recently conducted training sessions for roofers throughout Alabama, New York City, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Zach's training sessions include an overview of all DaVinci lightweight roofing systems, hints that should increase the efficiency of every roofing installation project and installation demonstrations on multiple DaVinci synthetic roofing material.

"I like these individual training programs because I can answer in-depth questions visually with practical experience," says Zach. "We cover everything from nailing patterns to various flashing details and field installs. Plus I'm providing tricks on how to make the finished install look more professional and move more efficiently on the job site."

Zach specializes in meeting with companies prior to job starts, to get them ready for their DaVinci roofing experience. From talking about preferred underlayments for use with DaVinci designer roof products to tips on working with corrosion resistant decking screws for the installation of Bellaforté rake tiles, Zach can share his 25+ years of roofing experience with your team!

To schedule a free DaVinci training session for your team, contact your local DaVinci sales representative or your regional DaVinci technical services manager. We can let you know if a training class is already scheduled for your area or work to set one up especially for your team. Just visit DaVinci Roofscapes Tech Team --- At Your Service! for more information.

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