Green Roofing Options for St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day traditionally boasts all things green. And, at DaVinci Roofscapes we want to celebrate this special day by talking about our green roofs!

We offer four standard colors of polymer roofing products, including Light Green, Medium Green, Dark Green, Green Stone. But, more importantly, we're in the business of providing homeowners with green roofing options.

Sustainable roofing products like our composite shake and imitation slate roofing tiles are environmentally friendly, can be recycled and have a lifetime limited warranty, which helps you save green in your wallet. (see New DaVinci Roof = Cash in Your Wallet)

Many homeowners also find that their homeowner's insurance premiums are reduced when they invest in synthetic slate roofing or composite shake. That's because the Class A Fire Rating of our luxury roof tiles makes it a smart investment.

Here are some more green facts about DaVinci lightweight roofing materials:

- Selecting synthetic DaVinci Shake roof tiles over real cedar shake roofing saves trees.

- When you choose DaVinci Slate roof tiles over natural slate, you're making a smaller carbon footprint on the environment.

- DaVinci eco friendly roof tiles contribute less to landfills and use less of the earth's resources than asphalt roof shingles because they can be recycled.

When it comes to the environment, every little step helps. See Return Those DaVinci Scraps! and Happy Earth Day from DaVinci Roofscapes!

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Hail, Hail, the Hail's Coming Near!

Spring weather can turn ugly and dangerous very quickly. An innocent-looking thunderstorm can turn into a hail event when updrafts push water droplets into a part of the atmosphere which is below the freezing temperature.

The results? Pounding hail that can ruin crops, dent cars and damage roofs.

Hail storms --- which can occur in any part of the country given the right weather conditions ---can be dangerous because of two major reasons. The icy pellets coming out of the sky can fall at speeds of up to 100mph and they can generally range from a half inch to three inches in diameter. Just imagine dropping a baseball from an airplane and having it hit your roof ... that's what it can be like for hail to hit your home.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, our customers sleep easier at night during scary thunderstorms, hail events and other weather activities. Why? Because our impact-resistant polymer roof tiles resist impact, fire and high winds.

Made for strength, composite roofing tiles from DaVinci actually allow hail to bounce off our durable roofs with minimal to no damage. And, to prove our confidence in our imitation slate and simulate shake roofing materials, we provide a limited lifetime material warranty with all DaVinci lightweight roofing systems.

Want to learn what professionals think about how DaVinci synthetic roofing material stands up to hail? Then see Contractors "Hail" DaVinci Roofscapes and Spring Weather Demands a DaVinci Roof.

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Serious Synthetic Slate Lovers

Want to know some of the best aspects of synthetic slate roof shingles? Then you need to listen to experienced roofers who install DaVinci Roofscapes composite slate roofs.

"We install several DaVinci roofs each year on residential and commercial projects," says Joe Whitmore, vice president of operations for Detail Slate and Tile. "The LeConte Center was the largest project we've had the opportunity to install polymer roofing material and it went very smoothly. The result is a roof that blends in with its natural setting, is very durable, requires virtually no maintenance and will last for decades to come."

 

The roof Whitmore refers to covers 232,000-square feet of meeting and exhibit space at the multi-purpose LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. 965 squares of simulated slate roofing tiles from DaVinci in a blend of light and dark green tiles complement the facility's Smoky Mountain setting.

Halfway across the country, in Oklahoma City, Jeff McRay is also a fan of synthetic slate roof tiles.

"When it comes to 'painting the house canvas' we try to connect all the roofing elements to provide homeowners with a home exterior that works together beautifully," says McRay, president of McRay Roofing & Exteriors LLC. "The bottom line is that I tell people I've seen the product of the future in the DaVinci polymer roofing. This product offers a combination of authenticity, beauty and durability that's unmatched in the marketplace."

 

A DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor program member for the past four years, McRay Roofing & Exteriors has installed 25 DaVinci roofs for new construction and replacement roofing projects, with ten additional installations planned in the near future. "This is a lightweight, classy tile that's easy to install and gives peace-of-mind to homeowners," says McRay. "These best-in-class tiles have a Class 4 impact rating, so they can handle almost any kind of tough weather Mother Nature has to offer us here in Oklahoma!"

For more details on these projects, see SRA Architects Specify DaVinci Polymer Roof for New LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge and  Featured Project of the Year - McRay Roofing.

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Fake Shake Outperforms Cedar Shake Roofing

Look up the word "shake" in a thesaurus and you'll see the following synonyms: tremble, quiver, quake, shudder, wobble and vibrate. Funny that those are the same words that many people use to describe their experiences with real cedar shake roofing.

While cedar roof shingles can look attractive and appealing when first installed, over time they have a tendency to rot, warp and splinter. And, they've been known to also become "wobbly" and insect-infested.

How do homeowners satisfy their desire for the eye-catching appeal of cedar roofing without the maintenance hassles associated with real shake roofing? Simulated shake roofing to the rescue.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we manufacture fake cedar shake roofing tiles that look so realistic that people standing below a house can't tell the difference from a real shake tile roof. Available in 9", 7", 6" and 4" tile widths, DaVinci's hand-split multi-width composite shake roofing tiles are carefully crafted using only virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable roofing product.

To increase the realistic appearance of these shake alternative roofing tiles, each fake cedar shake tile features both straight and wavy grains throughout the tile for a realistic look. And, as with all DaVinci lightweight roofing materials, the composite shake tiles resist fire, high wind and impact. They're also created to resist rot, insects and moisture and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

Need more details? See DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options and Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci.

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Bone-Chilling Polymer Roofing Installations

Grand Forks and Fargo, North Dakota. St. Cloud and Duluth, Minnesota. What do these northern cities have in common? They're on the "Top 10" list of Coldest Cities in the USA!

Polymer ShakeWhile not many roofers would want to be out installing lightweight roofing systems in the dead of winter, it's good to know they can "get the job done" with DaVinci Roofscapes as soon as the temperatures warm up to about 20 degrees.

Many roofing products must be seasonally installed, but the unique composition of DaVinci synthetic roofing materials resists temperature extremes, making it possible to install the fake slate and shake alternative roofing tiles in all types of weather (see Cold Weather? Bring on the DaVinci Roofing Tiles!). Man-made polymer roof tiles from DaVinci have no freeze/thaw issues and have passed the freeze-thaw ICC-ES Test (Acceptance Criteria AC07, section 4.9) with exposure to temperatures from -40 F to 180 F in 22 hour cycles for approximately a month.

In addition, when conditions heat up, DaVinci composite roofing products keep their cool. The synthetic shake and imitation slate roof products resist fire, high wind and impact. The recyclable designer roof tiles are made of 100 percent pure virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable product. Designed to provide lasting value, the Class A Fire Rated roofing tiles have consistent color blended throughout and come with a long-life warranty.

So, while you may not want to be installing a roof in Rochester or Coon Rapids, Minnesota (two other cities on the "Top 10" list) it's great to know that a luxury roof from DaVinci can indeed be installed in these chilly climates as soon as it warms up to 20 degrees!

 

 

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A Tale of Two Coasts

From coast-to-coast ... and in every state in between ... contractors are relying on DaVinci Roofscapes lightweight roofing materials to "top off" both residential and commercial structures.

Polymer ShakeOn the East Coast, Captain George's Seafood Restaurant on the Outer Banks of North Carolina needed a sturdy roof to combat hurricane-force weather conditions, moisture, sea spray and potential rot.

Roofing installer Rex Simpson installed 150 squares of DaVinci synthetic shake atop the restaurant that seats 400 people. "These shakes completely replicate cedar shake roofing, but without the negative aspects that real wood shakes bring to a job," says Simpson, general manager of Gallop Roofing & Remodeling in Wanchese, N.C.

"You can't just throw anything up a roof and hope it will work — especially not in coastal areas. I believe this roof works perfectly because of its anticipated long life span, low maintenance needs for the restaurant owners and the product testing results. This DaVinci roof is Class 4 impact rated, Class A fire rated and tested for high wind endurance. It's darned hard to beat those qualifications in a roof!"

On the West Coast, Mike and Andrea Boone knew it was time to replace their old wooden cedar shake roof when their insurance company threatened to cancel their homeowner insurance due to concerns over potential wildfire spread.

Polymer SlateThe Boones turned to Jerry Shaw, the trusted designer who had previously created a home for the couple. Shaw embraced the roofing specification challenge and introduced the Boones to polymer roof tiles from DaVinci that resist fire, impact, moisture and insects — all potential problems for a California coastal home.

After selecting the composite roofing product,  the Boones next had to decide on the color of their new designer roof. "The wide assortment of color combinations was an important element in our decision to use the DaVinci product," says Shaw. "The ability to combine colors to achieve a custom color for this roof was a prime factor for us selecting this synthetic roofing material."

For more stories that address lightweight roofing systems for coastal projects, see The Roof Is On Fire! NOT! and California Roof Shake Up.

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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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Kick Off Your Year with a New DaVinci Roof

63,000+ people will huddle in the University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1st waiting for the kickoff of Super Bowl XLIX. Those lucky football fans will have front row seats to sports history while most of America watches the mega show on televisions in their homes.

If you're one of those gathered at home with family and friends to cheer on your favorite team, take a moment to think about the roof over the player's heads --- and your own roof. In Phoenix, the stadium roof is made of two translucent "Bird-Air" fabric retractable panels (each weighing about 550 tons!) and the entire roof takes about 15 minutes to open.

What type of roof do you have over your home?

Cedar Shake Roof

 

If your roof isn't living up to your high standards ... or if it has started to leak, curl or break apart ... now may be the time to kick off the year with a new designer roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Made in the U.S.A. of dependable composite roofing materials, our Class A Fire Rated roofs are available in both imitation slate and synthetic cedar shake. Constructed of lightweight roofing materials, DaVinci roofs resist hail and impact damage, severe weather, fire and insects. And, so you can show your team spirit, we even have 50 standard colors available for our synthetic roofing material!

Choosing an eco friendly roof from DaVinci is a winning experience. From our easy-to-use online Color Designer tool to our free FRESH Home Exteriors guidebook, we're here to support your game-winning moves in selecting the luxury roof that is perfect for you and your home.

Touchdown!

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Meet Us at Booth 2136!

If you're headed to Las Vegas in a few weeks for the 2015 International Builders' Show, we invite you to meet us in booth 2136 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center!

January 20 - 22 are the key dates to be at this mega trade show to see all the newest items available from manufacturers across the country. DaVinci Roofscapes will be one of those companies launching new products at the show --- our new Single-Width Slate 12-inch tile with an enhanced profile and a new Smokey Gray color!

Available starting January 1st, the new Single-Width Slate 12-inch tile boasts a more authentic quarried look. This new slate alternative tile has a thicker, more realistic profile that accurately replicates genuine slate in an imitation slate tile. Deeper impressions in the slate alternative tiles make them appear thicker, even though they're the same lightweight roofing tiles as previous tiles in this product offering.

And, at DaVinci we just can't get enough of color! Already the leader in color options in the polymer roofing industry, we are enhancing our position in 2015 by introducing our newest color, Smokey Gray.

When you get your first look at our Smokey Gray color, you'll see that this deep, rich blackish gray is reminiscent of real slate shingles. The color reminds some people of a dark, stormy night or of charcoal. The distinct Smokey Gray color will be available as a standard color option starting in January in the DaVinci Multi-Width and Single-Width Slate composite slate product lines, along with the Bellaforté Slate® line of green roofing materials.

In case you're counting, Smokey Gray will be the 50th color offered by DaVinci, and the darkest gray available from us. Other gray options from DaVinci include: Slate Gray, Medium Gray, Light Gray, Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray, Medium Light Weathered Gray, Medium Dark Weathered Gray, Dark Weathered Gray, Light Chesapeake, Medium Light Chesapeake, Medium Chesapeake and Dark Chesapeake!

Click here to register for a free 3-day pass to the Builders' Show!

 

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Homeowners Talk About DaVinci Roofscapes

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we understand that homeowners do a substantial amount of research before selecting a new environmentally friendly roof for their homes. We applaud consumers for learning as much as they can about roofing options and encourage everyone to visit our recently-enhanced DaVinci website for lots of resources and information.

Plus, since we know you'd like to hear from other homeowners who have made the investment in our synthetic roofing material, we're sharing these quotes with you today from people across the country who have chosen composite roofing for their homes to create a designer roof overhead! 

“We felt that this fake slate roof would be a huge improvement in our area over the old asphalt shingle roof. They truly replicate natural slate shingles, and it definitely lends an air of authenticity to our somewhat contemporary home design.”

            Rob Fanjoy - Maine

"This so accurately resembles real slate that we’re completely delighted with its beauty. Now we’re the envy of the neighborhood and our roof is ready for any weather we face in Texas!”

                        Kathy Telecky - Texas

“It’s wonderful to now have this new custom color polymer slate tile on our roof. Our home features many design elements that make it unique, and the roofing is the icing on the cake. The bold custom colors created by DaVinci give the house a unified look that complements the detail work of the house trim, siding and stone pathways.”

                        Carol Knoff - Iowa

“We did an extensive amount of research on roofing materials and searched for a realistic and durable slate product. The result is a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate roof that we love. We brightened up the home’s exterior by selecting the Vineyard blend of eight different colors --- dark and medium tan, light and medium gray, light and dark violet, dark stone and dark amber. This color combination fits the era of the home and complements our cobblestone driveway and sidewalk, the stone exterior of the house and our copper gutters and snow guards.”

                        Nancy Dye - Virginia

"This home is a few blocks from the ocean with lots of incredible rooflines so we needed a simulated shake roofing alternative that could withstand potentially high winds and storms. We're pleased with both the beauty and adaptability of the DaVinci composite shake roof."

                        Jim McIntire - New Jersey

Want to learn more about what homeowners think of our lightweight roofing tiles? See Roof Envy - A Tale of Two Roofs and Slate Roof Alternatives Applauded by Homeowners.

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Colorado Townhome Community Topped with DaVinci Roofscapes Composite Shake Tiles

As part of a two-phase re-roofing project, two dozen townhomes at Buckhorn - Bachelor Gulch now have impact-resistant DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake roofs overhead.

Shake AlternativeLocated in Avon, Colo., Buckhorn - Bachelor Gulch offers luxury living and fast access for residents and visitors to area ski slopes. The homeowners association for the community selected the DaVinci lightweight roofing materials in the Autumn blend to complement their mountainous location. Custom copper flat seam roofs and a full snow-retention plan designed by Rocky Mountain Snowguards was incorporated into the luxury roofs on the multi-story townhomes.

"Our team has installed more than 100 DaVinci roofs in the Aspen and Vail areas," says Trevor H. Cannon, owner of Umbrella Roofing. "This is the only synthetic roof we install. The track record we have with this polymer roofing product is very impressive.

"In our geographic market people are moving away from real cedar shake shingles due to their deterioration and susceptibility to fire. Anytime we have a new customer looking for a simulated shake roofing product we discuss the cost, insurance, appearance and maintenance saving aspects of the DaVinci cedar shake alternative product. These are features that immediately win over the client."

Fake ShakeA DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor program member, Umbrella Roofing has 35 employees. Many of those team members worked on the re-roofing project at Buckhorn - Bachelor Gulch.

"This project had a great number of steep slopes, was very 'cut up' and had many transitions from custom flat seam copper to the DaVinci polymer roofing tiles," says Cannon. "Our quality installers embraced the challenges of this project and produced a superior finished designer roof product.

"We specialize in re-roofing high-end residences. The combination of our expertise and the reliable DaVinci sustainable roofing product have positioned us a step above our competition. When homeowners in this area want peace-of-mind plus a sensational looking imitation shake or slate roof, they come to us!"

Want to learn about other composite roofing successes in multi-housing projects? Read Why You Should Care that DaVinci Polymer Roofs are Used on Condo Communities and Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos.

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No Cookie Cutter Roofs with DaVinci Roofscapes!

Favorite foods abound during the holiday season. December is seen as the month of indulgence, and with it being National Egg Nog and Fruitcake Month, who can refuse the temptations?

Starting on December 1st there's National Pie Day, followed on the 4th by National Cookie Day. Then on December 16th it's National Chocolate Covered Anything Day! If all those calorie-counting holiday moments cause your scale to tip upwards, you may want to start your New Year's resolutions early with a trip to the gym.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, one of our favorite celebrations in December is National Cookie Cutter Week, from December 1 - 7. Not because we like making custom cookies, but because we like offering custom synthetic shake and composite slate roofs that create designer roofs --- which are anything but cookie cutter! No two roofs are the same, and every luxury roof created with our lightweight roofing materials is its own work of art.

 

P.S. - Even the fat jolly guy in red likes our polymer roof tiles ... check out Reindeer-Resistant Synthetic Roofing High on Santa's Wish List!

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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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DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Profile: McRay Roofing

Commitment to craft makes a world of difference, and that’s what defines McRay Roofing & Exteriors LLC in Oklahoma City.

Polymer Slate RoofPresident Jeff McRay is passionate about the quality of his team’s creations. He views the roof like a canvas, creating a masterpiece that brings out the beauty of each home and its surroundings. His dedication to excellence has helped make Jeff a platinum member of the DaVinci Masterpiece Contractors program and the ideal roofer to chat with to share insights on composite roofing products.

Q: Jeff, tell us about your company and how long you've been installing DaVinci polymer roofing.

A: I started this company seven years ago, serving the roofing needs of property owners throughout Oklahoma. Four years ago I discovered DaVinci lightweight roofing systems. These luxury roof products have transformed my business.

 

Q: Why is that ... and how many DaVinci roofs have you installed?

A: We've installed 25 DaVinci roofs so far, and we have 10 more projects lined up in the next few months. We recommend DaVinci because the product has an authentic slate and shake appearance, is lightweight and extremely durable.

 

Q: How do you and your customers feel about the look of the DaVinci synthetic roofing material?

A: The look is everything to me. I want to see perfection on a roof, and I see it with these imitation slate and synthetic shake tiles. My customers are very happy. And, I wouldn't install the product if they weren't happy. I like to tell people that I've seen the product of the future in DaVinci!

 

Fake SlateQ: What is your competitive "edge" when you approach homeowners and suggest the DaVinci roofing product?

A: First of all, quality of the simulated slate roofing and the 50 year roof warranty that helps protect homeowners against severe Midwestern weather conditions. Second, the wide range of colors available in these polymer roof tiles. DaVinci gives me a bigger arsenal of colors with 49 slate color choices --- and I love being able to share those colors with our customers!

 

Q: What does it mean to you to be a DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor program member? What benefits does it bring to your company?

A: It's always good to be aligned with the best in the business. I think the DaVinci polymer roofing product provides unlimited possibilities to homeowners, and being able to offer this eco friendly roof product as a DMCP member really helps grow our business.

Click HERE to visit the McRay Designer Roof Photo Gallery with a selection of top-quality designer roofs created by DaVinci Roofscapes.

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DaVinci Roofscapes Applauds "American Made Matters Day"

November 19th is "American Made Matters Day" ... and at DaVinci Roofscapes we're honored to celebrate this special occasion.

For 15 years our synthetic roofing material has been made in Kansas. Every composite shake and plastic slate tile we've ever manufactured has been proudly "Made in the U.S.A."

Not only has DaVinci succeeded with it's Made in America philosophy, but the company has grown. Just this year we've moved to a larger facility we now own in Lenexa, Kansas. The new space allows us to have more capacity to produce our composite roofing products and expand as the company continues to grow.

"We're extremely proud that all of our lightweight roofing materials are made in the United States and that we support our economy by providing jobs for hard working folks around the country," says Rosewall. "We're part of the multiplier effect because our 'Made in America' commitment also means we purchase from suppliers located only in the United States. So, with every designer roof tile we sell, we're helping our economy to expand in many, many ways."

Since 1999, the experienced team members at DaVinci develops and manufactures industry-leading composite slate and shake roofing systems with an authentic look and superior performance. Backed by a 50 year roof limited warranty, DaVinci eco friendly roof systems are 100 percent recyclable. (See Return Those DaVinci Scraps!)

DaVinci leads the industry in the greatest selection of colors, tile thickness and tile width variety. And, each imitation slate and shake alternative roofing tile resists insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.

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From The Architect's Corner - Retro Fit Snow Guards

In the installation instructions for our slate and shake composite roofing material we (strongly) recommend that you specify snow guards on projects in areas where snowfall occurs. We understand that sometimes snow guards get overlooked or cut from a project, especially in the warm summer months when winter seems pretty far away. Throughout the fall I field a lot of calls inquiring about post installation snow retention, and luckily most snow guard manufacturers make a retro fit system that can be installed on our previously installed lightweight roofing systems. The easiest way to figure out how to do this is to contact the snow guard manufacturer directly and get their advice on how to get started. If your roofer needs technical assistance on how to remove tiles in order to install the retro fit system, contact us and we will be happy to give advice.

Happy Friday, Architects! 

 

 

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DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options

Ready to shake up your roof with Class A Fire Rated simulated shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes? Our impact-resistant lightweight roofing systems replicate real cedar roof shingles, but without the concerns for rotting, fire or insect infestations.

When you're ready to make the smart decision to select synthetic cedar shake roofing, just look at all the options DaVinci has to offer.

Fake Cedar Shake
 

> DaVinci Multi-Width Shake: Reminiscent of natural cedar shake roofing with a deep-grained surface reflecting natural cedar roofing. Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths that can be installed in a non-repeating fashion in either a straight or staggered pattern. A deep 5/8" profile has both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend to create enviable shadow lines.

> DaVinci Single-Width Shake: Forget the worries of fire, wind and rain with our durable eco friendly roof made of composite shake. These 9" shake alternative tiles resemble hand-split cedar shake roofing. The 5/8" profile deepens shadow lines replicate real cedar roofing.

> Bellaforté Shake: Designed with a snap-fit tile that creates a built-in rain gutter, Bellaforté simulated shake roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab that secures every tile to drastically improve wind performance. The 12" tile width with multiple profiles simulates a multi-width, staggered rough hewn wood shake. And, at 1" average tile thickness, Bellaforté Shake designer roof tiles are reminiscent of natural jumbo shakes.

> Fancy Shake: If you're looking for a more refined cedar look, then Fancy Shake synthetic shakes are for you. With a clean, smooth look replicating machine-sawn shake, these 7/16" thick shake shingles provide a polished beauty for your roof. Available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with bundles arriving at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork.

Crafted using only virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable roofing product, all DaVinci composite shake roofing materials are 100% recyclable. Available in a wide array of colors and blends, these lightweight tiles are a wonderful shake alternative for any home. Visit Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake and Lesson Learned: Life After Hail Damage for more polymer roofing information.

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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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Slate Roof Alternatives Applauded by Homeowners

Drop it. Hammer it. Freeze it. Go ahead ... DaVinci Roofscapes composite slate roofing tiles are tough.

Made of state-of-the-art polymers and virgin resins, and tested to withstand the fiercest weather conditions, the slate roof alternatives from DaVinci are made to last. Whether you select Single-Width Slate, Multi-Width Slate or Bellaforté Slate lightweight roofing materials, your investment in our sustainable roofing product will make you the envy of the neighborhood. (See Roof Envy - A Tale of Two Roofs)

Need proof? Here's what some homeowners with DaVinci simulated slate roofing have to say about our products:

Designer Roof“It’s wonderful to now have this new custom color polymer slate tile on our roof. Our home features many design elements that make it unique, and the roofing is now the icing on the cake. The bold custom colors created by DaVinci give the house a unified look that complements the detail work of the house trim, siding and stone pathways.”

                                    Carol Knoff - Iowa

 

 

Simulated Slate Roofing“We felt that this faux-slate roof would be a huge improvement in our area over the old asphalt shingle roof. They truly replicate natural slate, and it definitely lends an air of authenticity to a somewhat contemporary home design.”

                        Rob Fanjoy - Maine

 

 

Fake Slate"These imitation slate shingles so accurately resemble real slate that we’re completely delighted with its beauty. Now we’re the envy of the neighborhood and our roof is ready for any weather we face in Texas!”

                                    Kathy Telecky - Texas

 

 

“We did an extensive amount of research on roofing materials and searched for a realistic and durable slate product. The result is a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate roof that we love. We brightened up the home’s exterior by selecting the Vineyard blend of eight different colors --- dark and medium tan, light and medium gray, light and dark violet, dark stone and dark amber. This color combination fits the era of the home and complements our cobblestone driveway and sidewalk, the stone exterior of the house and our copper gutters and snow guards.”

                                    Nancy Dye - Virginia

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Seven Reasons Brown Is The Best Roof Color For Your Home

The color of your roof is important to the overall appearance of your home. Choosing the best color for your lightweight roofing system will help ensure that your home exterior has a look that you will love for many years to come. You will want to choose a color that best suits your home's style and materials as well as work in the climate and environment where you live. Here are seven examples that show when brown is the best color for your roof.

1. Your home is set within a wooded area or mountainous landscape.

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2. The stone on your home's exterior is predominately brown or has a brown colorcast.

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3. The brick on your home is brown or has a brown colorcast.

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4. Your long-lasting window frames are in a brown tone.

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5. Your home is constructed of reclaimed natural materials since the majority of these have a warm patina.

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6. Brown best complements the colors and materials of you home.

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7. Your home is a full or partial log home.

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You may read advice or even dictates that say black or gray is the best color for a roof but as you can see by these examples how a beautiful brown roof can be. 

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