From the Architect's Corner - Harvesting Rainwater

Custom Blend - Fired Brick RedDesign Opportunity - This question doesn't come up often, but from time to time I am asked if our eco friendly roof tiles can be used when the homeowner will be collecting rainwater. I was asked this for the first time a few years ago while working with a client on a project in the US Virgin Islands. It would be a complete deal breaker if the rain water collected off the roof could not be used for irrigation, laundry, bathing and drinking. 

Design Solution - DaVinci Roofscapes' lightweight roofing materials are suitable systems to be used if you plan on collecting rainwater for your private use. Of course we recommend sticking to the recommendation that the EPA makes regarding the safe collection and use of harvested rainwater. Check out the picture of the finished roof from the above mentioned conversation. Not only a tool used to collect rain water for the homeowner, but a gorgeous, custom color to boot! 

 

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DMC Profile: Rob Capkovic

Two key words describe roofer Rob Capkovic: Passionate and Busy.

A DaVinci Roofscapes Masterpiece Contractor program member, Rob is owner of Capkovic Brothers Roofing, Inc. out of St. Louis. Started in 2002, his company employs 10 roofers who are in constant motion installing roofs throughout the metro St. Louis area.

"Repairing roof hail damage keeps us very busy throughout the year," says Capkovic. "We're also busy with normal replacement projects and we're absolutely passionate about bringing the industry's leading products to our customers at compelling value."

Fake ShakeOne of the roofing products Capkovic feels strongly about is polymer roofing from DaVinci. "The composite roofing from DaVinci looks beautiful and holds up to so many different kinds of weather conditions," says Capkovic. "We've done almost a dozen roofs on homes plus a country club and a church --- they all have imitation slate shingles on them.

"We've found the DaVinci lightweight roofing tiles are very 'installer friendly.' Most recently we've been involved with the roofing of a spectacular new home in the Turkey Ridge community. The homeowners first had us install the synthetic shake product on a pavilion on their property and then we roofed their new home with composite shake. These folks made the right decision with DaVinci --- it's a product that adds curb appeal to the home with a terrific lifetime limited materials warranty."

For more contractor insights on lightweight roofing materials, see Profile: Turner Morris Roof Systems and DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Profile: McRay Roofing.

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DaVinci Roofscapes Supports Recycling Efforts

National Recycling Month is a great time to think about the pros and cons of recycling as it relates to composite roofing.

On the "con side" would be manufacturers that use recycled products to create their roof shingles. You won't find that at DaVinci Roofscapes. Our composite slate and synthetic shake roof tiles are made from 100% virgin polymer resins ... and there's nothing recycled in there! This provides you with dependable beauty throughout each tile.

Another "pro" on the DaVinci checklist is that we offer a jobsite recycling program. Unused lightweight tiles and scrap material can be shipped back to our Kansas manufacturing plant where we'll use them to recycle into starter tiles for projects. (see Reduce Jobsite Waste with DaVinci Roofscapes)

At DaVinci, our green roofing options extend to how we operate our facility every day. That's because, as part of our daily manufacturing operations, there are usually a certain amount of scrap materials. We don't trash those products, we recycle them -- more than 300,000 pounds of polymer roofing tile scraps are recycled each year into starter tiles. (see Happy Earth Day!)

This month, we encourage you to do your part to recycle. And, we want you to know that we're doing our part too!

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Here When You Need Them --- the DaVinci Roofscapes Tech Team

You're getting ready to install a DaVinci Roofscapes designer roof and you have a question that you can't easily find the answer to on our website. What do you do? Call the experts in our Tech Department!

Polymer Roof TilesTim, Eric and Tyler have decades of roofing experience to share with you. Whether you're looking for cold weather installation tips or have a question about the green roofing materials you're installing, they're available to support you.

Get to know our top three key polymer roofing guys. Here's a fast introduction!

Tim Gentry - Vice President of Technical Services
Tim has 40+ years of roofing experience, including cedar, asphalt, tile and slate roofing. Before joining DaVinci, he owned his own roofing company. Tim has been with DaVinci since our company started and has in-depth knowledge of engineered polymers, steep slope roofing and the composite roofing market.

While Tim plays a key role aiding in the design and technical processes of DaVinci tiles, he also manages all of our product testing and certifications, works on the Product Development Team, conducts installation training, meets with contractors, and heads up warranty and customer satisfaction inquiries.
 

Eric Salvesen - Central Technical Services Manager

Eric brings a wealth of hands-on building industry experience with him to our company. After putting himself through college as a roofer, Eric spent several years on the distribution side of the business. He supports our internal staff along with contractors, distributors, architects, developers and homeowners in the central portion of the United States. (see On the Road with DaVinci's Eric Salvesen)

You'll see Eric at sales/installation trainings and demos, jobsites and presentations for design engineers, architects and consultants. He's here to help you solve your roofing challenges and to provide insights on when, where and how to best use DaVinci synthetic roofing material.
 

Tyler Storfa - Western Technical Services Manager

Tyler joined the DaVinci team in 2013 after spending 10 years as a technical rep in the field showcasing proper tile installation procedures to contractors, architects and building officials. He has experience in roofing product testing, underlayments and snow retention systems for roofs.

As a technical support representative for DaVinci, Tyler assists with unique and unusual details of installation projects, finding permanent solutions to roofing issues and dealing with cost effectiveness issues. His chief goal is to "take the mystery out of our polymer roofing materials" so that contractors and distributors understand and feel comfortable with DaVinci lightweight roofing solutions.

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DaVinci Roofscapes: Proudly Made in America

At DaVinci Roofscapes we fly the American flag proudly on June 14th --- Flag Day --- and every other day of the year. That's because we're a Made in America company.

Made in AmericaEvery one of our imitation slate tiles and simulated shake roofing pieces are made in Lenexa, Kansas at our company headquarters. For 16 years we've hired American workers and remained dedicated to keeping the manufacturing of our polymer roofing products contained completely in the United States.

What does that mean to you? Faster service and delivery of our composite roofing products --- when you need them and where you need them. Flexibility for us to work with you quickly to design a custom color or support a challenging roofing installation project. Focus on your specific color needs by using Made in America resins to manufacture our 50 different colors of lightweight roofing materials.

“We’re extremely proud that all of our products are made in the United States and that we support our economy by providing jobs for hard working folks around the country,” says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO at DaVinci Roofscapes. “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 roofing tile we sell we’re helping our economy to expand in many, many ways.”

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Huff and Puff ... and DON'T Blow Composite Roofing Away

June 12th is World Wind Day ... but if you happen to live in certain sections of Wichita, Kansas, you would have sworn they should have celebrated this occasion on April 3rd.

That's the day when severe winds reaching up to 100 mph roared through neighborhoods causing massive damage. One of those areas hard hit was The Moorings community. Dozens of homes with concrete tile roofing materials were completely destroyed.

Technical InformationThen there were the homes with DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing products that minimal or no damage at all. Why? Because our composite roofing materials are manufactured to stand up to Mother Nature.

DaVinci synthetic roofing materials have passed the following tests:

  • Class 4 Impact Rating (UL 2218 Impact)
  • Class A Fire Rating (Fire Test ASTM E 108)
  • 110 MPH Sustained wind test (ASTM D3161 - same as UL 997 Wind Uplift)
  • TAS-100
  • TAS-125

 

And have achieved the following:

  • Miami Dade Code Approval
  • Florida Building Code Approval
  • ICC-ES (ESR-2119)
  • Texas Department of Insurance Approval

 

What does all of this mean? It means our products have achieved top approvals and ratings to help keep your property (and what's under the roof) safe. Please review the testing results for our Slate and Shake as well as Bellaforté products for details on each test passed and approval received.

Having a DaVinci roof overhead means you've gone the extra mile to increase the odds that your home or business will be there after severe weather has passed. Find out more about our impressive lightweight roofing systems at DaVinci Roof Tiles: Engineered to Withstand Hurricane Force Winds.

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Strong and Beautiful ... Bellaforté Synthetic Roofing Materials

Fake ShakeHere's your Italian lesson for the day. "Bella" means "beautiful" in Italian ... and "forte" means "strong." So, it's no surprise that when we named our newest composite roofing product a few years ago we came up with Bellaforté --- a beautiful and strong luxury roof product for both homes and commercial projects.

Bellaforté polymer roofing makes installation easy while saving materials and cutting down on installation costs. How do we do this at DaVinci Roofscapes?  The Bellaforté self-aligning ledge on the back of each composite shake or imitation slate tile allows roofers to reduce installation time while assuring consistent installation quality.

That's impressive, but it's not all Bellaforté has going for it. The snap-fit tile creates a built-in rain gutter and the leading edge tab secures every tile to drastically improve wind performance.

The durability of Bellaforté lightweight roofing materials is also impressive --- at 1/2" thick, the Bellaforté Slate roofing tiles are twice the thickness of most other synthetic slates. And, if you're looking for a shake alternative product, the Bellaforté Shake tile is 1" thick with multiple profiles. This allows roofers to give a multi-width staggered look to the roof even though the tiles are all the same 12" width.

For more information on Bellaforté plastic roofing materials, see DaVinci's Bellaforté Roof Tiles Revolutionizing Roofing

Arrivederci!

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Affordable Beauty with Bellaforté

Fake SlateThere's both an art and a science behind the creation of our polymer roofing tiles at DaVinci Roofscapes. The result of our team's efforts are beautiful, long-last composite roof tiles that stand up to Mother Nature for decades.

When we created the Bellaforté product line several years ago, we added a product that brings exceptional value to homeowners. An affordable investment for any homeowner, Bellaforté Slate comes in 12" tile widths, while Bellaforté Shake also comes in 12" widths but has multiple profiles to simulate a multi-width staggered rough hewn wood shake.

Bellaforté Slate and Shake lightweight roofing tiles make installation easy for roofers --- saving materials and cutting down on installation costs. With the Bellaforté self-aligning ledge, roofers can reduce installation time and assure consistent quality and installation on your roof.

Bellaforte ShakeBacked by a Lifetime Warranty, Bellaforté shake and slate roof tiles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects. And, with 50 colors to choose from, you're sure to find the luxury roof color for your home!

Need more details on our strong and beautiful Bellaforté green roofing materials? Then visit Bellaforté Roofing Stands Up to Rough Canadian Weather.

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From the Architect's Corner - Solar Panels

The use of solar panels on residential properties is slowly increasing, mainly because over the last decade the cost to manufacture and install them has started to decline. Occasionally I speak with an architect who is working on a project where solar panels will be used, and he or she is investigating shingles or tiles to use in conjunction with these panels. It has been established that solar panels can be used on almost any type of roofing material, lightweight tiles by DaVinci Roofscapes included. Recently I received some photos of Bellaforté Slate installed on a house with solar panels. The photos do a great job of showing the finished product of a residential roof pairing solar panels and our products.

Happy Friday, Architects!

Eco-Friendly Roof

Environmentally Friendly Roof

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Checking in With DaVinci Roofscapes Homeowners

Oftentimes in our blog posts we share stories about homeowners who have recently had DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing installed on their homes. Today, we're going back to some of those homeowners to see how they feel about their composite roofing now that they've lived with it awhile.

Back in 2012 Andrew Marenin had our simulated shake roofing installed on his Colorado home. Here's what he has to say today. "The DaVinci roof has been holding up very well," says Marenin. "Neighbors are continuously inquiring about how well the roof looks. One neighbor a block away has already installed a DaVinci roof and two others who have inquired will be installing this Spring."

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Another happy homeowner is Mary Kathryn Hirsh in California, who replaced her real shake shingles when frequent wildfires got too close for comfort. She switched to Class A Fire Rated simulated slate roofing to gain peace of mind and a new look for her home. (See Fire-Resistant DaVinci Roof Eases Homeowner Concerns) "I am very, very happy with my DaVinci roof," says Hirsh. "It receives many compliments. People stop and take pictures, and it really is so outstandingly attractive."

Fake Slate

 

More kudos for lightweight roofing materials from DaVinci come from Joe Blumetti who raves about his new designer roof. "We love our new roof," says Blumetti. "It improves the whole look of the house! We get many positive comments on our house and people love our roof. We would use it again and suggest to anyone building to consider it also! It may cost a bit more initially but should pay off for years in beauty and durability."

 

Cedar Shake Alternative

 

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New Imitation Slate Roof Atop Grace Episcopal Church

After almost 100 years atop Grace Episcopal Church in Mansfield, Ohio, the heavy original slate tile roof was replaced in late 2014 with lightweight polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Polymer Slate Roof"We would categorize the original slate as in poor to average condition," says Roman Koval, business manager at Cleveland Commercial Roofing. "This was a soft slate that was costing thousands of dollars each year for the church in upkeep. Selecting the durable DaVinci Single-Width Slate profile was a sound investment for this historic building."

DaVinci synthetic slate roofing tiles are carefully crafted using virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable roofing product. The 12" wide tiles are modeled after actual slate and resist impact, severe weather and are Class A Fire Rated. Backed by a Lifetime Limited Materials Warranty, the simulated slate roofing offer the church decades of easy maintenance care.

"Our church dealt with the high mounting costs of maintaining our real slate roof for many years," says Rev. Joe Ashby with Grace Episcopal Church. "The slate needed constant attention and wasn't energy efficient. After we saw the authentic appearance of the DaVinci product, we knew we'd found the solution to our problem."

The aesthetic appeal of the DaVinci roof boasts an authentic quarried look to replicate genuine slate roof tiles. "Those people who don't know we had the church re-roofed still think we have the slate roof --- that's how realistic the slate appearance is of the polymer roofing product," says Ashby. "We're exceptionally happy with our choice of DaVinci and have already recommended it to another church in our area."

See also Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead for more churches across the country using synthetic slate shingles and cedar shake roofing from DaVinci.

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Unlimited Possibilities with DaVinci Roofscapes

Like a tempting, over-flowing buffet line at a quality restaurant, DaVinci Roofscapes provides an endless array of designer roof possibilities for homeowners.

First, there are the colors --- oh, the colors! Whether you're looking for a stately, refined gray or an eye-catching violet, we have the color you desire to perfectly complement your home exterior. In fact, we have 50 different colors AND we can combine different shades to create a personal blend of polymer roofing just for you. If you can't find a color that doesn't perfectly meet your desires, just bring us your favorite paint color swatch, jacket or nail polish and we can create a custom roof color to meet your needs!

Designer Roof

 

Second, the composite roofing choices. DaVinci offers simulated shake roofing and composite slate in our lightweight roofing materials. And, we don't stop there. We have both multi-width and single-width offerings in our plastic roofing materials ... plus good-better-best options for pricing.

Unlimited possibilities at DaVinci Roofscapes is more than just a tagline --- it's our way of life.

For more than 15 years we've proudly created slate roof alternatives and synthetic cedar shake roofing that authentically replicates the real product, but offers so many more advantages. Our sustainable roofing gives you peace-of-mind with our Class A Fire Rating, high wind and severe weather tolerance and lifetime limited warranty.

Need more details? Then visit Which DaVinci Slate is Right for My Home? and DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options.

 

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Rest, Relaxation and Roofing

A place to unpack, relax and lay down after a busy day. That's what most hotels offer their guests. But, at the Beach Terrace Inn and Hotel Breakers, they also offer a designer roof overhead from DaVinci Roofscapes that boasts a Class A Fire Rating for added peace of mind.

The eco friendly roof on the Beach Terrace Inn is almost as picturesque as the calming Pacific Ocean waters just a few feet from the California hotel. Fake SlateSimulated slate roofing atop the 48 rooms in an Aberdeen blend of stone, gray, brown, green and purple shades, offers an eye-pleasing appeal to the structure. And, the easy-care polymer roofing resists the damages of salt air and sea spray, so the fake slate roof always looks its best.

Also located on restful waters, the Hotel Breakers sits between Lake Erie and Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio. The historic hotel is now in the second phase of having Bellaforté synthetic slate roofing installed over the entire hotel complex. (see Cedar Point Hotel Gets Bellaforté Roof)

"One of the chief reasons Bellaforté slate roofing tiles were chosen for the Hotel Breakers re-roofing project originally was because the installation could be done in cold weather without having to warm the polymer roof tiles before installation," says Jim Carson, vice president of A-STAR, the roofing company in charge of installing both phases of the imitation slate roof.

While the Union Printers Home in Colorado Springs had similar cold weather concerns when installing DaVinci composite roofing on their 1892 historic structure for 120 assisted living residents, there are those lucky hospitality projects, like the Westin St. John Villas Timeshare, that have no worries. Located in the tropical paradise of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bellaforté Shake tile roofs were installed by people in shorts --- not in snowsuits!

Need more details on our lightweight roofing materials used on hotels? Then Check Out DaVinci Roofs on Hotels!

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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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Class A Fire Rated DaVinci Roof Selected After Restaurant Fire

When roofer John Blair heard about a fire that destroyed Yesterday's Restaurant in Hazlet, New Jersey, he knew the restaurant would be rebuilt. After all, the Spalliero family had served up authentic southern Italian and Simulated Slate RoofingAmerican cuisine at the restaurant for almost 50 years before the tragic fire in 2010.

Blair was pleased that his company was chosen for the roofing job for the new restaurant --- and especially excited about the owner's choice of a Class A Fire Rated Bellaforté composite slate roof.

“I’ve installed other DaVinci Roofscapes roofs in the past when we needed products with outstanding aesthetic appeal, and we’ve always had superior results,” says Blair, president of Garden State Roofing. “Our business is also family-owned, so I knew how important it was to everyone at Yesterday’s Restaurant to get back to work quickly.

"The snap-fit application of the Bellaforté product went smoothly and was easy to install. This roof has a high-end look at a reasonable price.”

The patented snap-fit, self-locating Bellaforté sustainable roofing tiles installed on Yesterday’s Restaurant replaced old, burnt-up asphalt shingles. Featuring Faux Slate Tilesan integrated rain gutter and leading edge tab, the synthetic slate roofing tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.

“There was never a doubt that we’d rebuild,” says Vinny Spalliero, owner of the Bayshore community restaurant. “This business is family owned and operated, so we pulled together to get back in business as quickly as possible.

“I picked out the slate gray Bellaforté roof because it had the look I was going for that matched up with the stone and stucco siding features we added to the building after the renovation. The polymer roof is a nice, durable product and the fire resistant benefit gives us all added peace-of-mind.”

Want to read about more restaurants using lightweight roofing materials? See Serving Up DaVinci Roofs

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Ask the Expert - Royce Kuntz

Royce Kuntz, Regional Sales Manager with DaVinci Roofscapes has been with the company for 6+ years now, and much of his time is spent on the road meeting with customers. We want to share some of Royce's unique insights with you about his conversations with roofers, project managers and homeowners.

 

Fake Shake RoofQ: You're meeting with a lot of roofers across the east. What do they identify as one of the best aspects of using DaVinci polymer roof tiles?

A: Roofers really care about the pre-collated bundles DaVinci supplies. This saves them time and labor on the construction site because they don't have to hand sort different colors and widths. This pre-planned distribution produces the right aesthetic effect every time on the roof --- which also matters to homeowners.

 

Q: Are roofers giving you feedback on anything else?

A: Yes. Bellaforte roofing tiles, which we introduced several years ago, are a big hit with roofers. They all cite the speed of installation with these lightweight roofing tiles as being very appealing to them.

 

Q: What about consumers? What are homeowners asking about?

A: Along with getting the exact look on the roof they want, which is where the pre-collated bundles come in, homeowners are keenly interested in color fade concerns, warranty and the integrity of the composite roofing tiles.

 

Q: Let's tackle these individually. How do you respond to the color fade concerns?

A: At DaVinci, our proprietary engineered polymer incorporates state-of-the-art color and ultraviolet stabilizers in order to provide the best possible color performance. Although all outdoor products tend to fade a bit over time, the DaVinci Slate and Shake synthetic roofing material has proven itself in internal accelerated weathering, third party testing and outside exposure. And, since our color extends completely through each tile, this also brings greater confidence to the reduction of color fade issues.

 

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Q: Next, the warranty.

A: DaVinci offers a Limited Lifetime Material Warranty. This provides exceptional value for a homeowner along with peace-of-mind. I also remind consumers to check with their homeowner insurance company since many agencies will offer a discount with our Class A Fire Rated product.

 

Q: Finally, the integrity of composite roofing tiles. What do you share with homeowners to eliminate concerns?

A: This is easy. The combination of the rib structure of the DaVinci tiles with the thickness of the synthetic roofing material --- especially when compared to competitive composite roofing products --- prevents the DaVinci tiles from curling and warping. The thicker simulated shake roofing and imitation slate tiles we manufacture also provide better shadow lines and makes for a more realistic looking slate or cedar shake roof.

 

Want to know what contractors think of DaVinci manufactured slate roofs? See Out of the Mouths of Contractors

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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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