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.

Best Roof Color Brown

DaVinci Roofscapes Shake

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

DaVinci Roofscapes Shake

Norris Architecture

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

DaVinci Roofscapes Shake

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

Veranda Fine Homes

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

Banner Elk Architects & Building Designers

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

Hendel Homes

David Buergler Architecture

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

DaVinci Roofscapes Shake

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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It's "Ask a Stupid Question Day"

How many times in life have you heard a teacher or parent say, "there's no such thing as a stupid question." Well ... maybe there is. Why else would today be designated as "Ask a Stupid Question Day."

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we understand the general homeowner may not be familiar with the "ins and outs" of our polymer roofing products. After all, it's a complicated formula we use to create our impact-, fire-, insect- and algae-resistant simulated shake roofing and imitation slate shingles. That's why we want to share with you some of the most frequently asked (and not stupid!) questions we get about our composite roofing products.

Q: How do you get the color in your composite roofing tiles?

A: We use extra-strength crayons to color each tile. No, seriously ... DaVinci lightweight roofing tiles are made of an engineered polymer with virgin resins and the colors are blended throughout each piece in the manufacturing process. We call it "color through and through." The polymer is also impregnated with fire retardant and the most advanced UV and thermal stabilizers available.

Q: How can you prove that your synthetic roofing materials will resist hurricane force winds and hail?

A: We use simulated weather conditions to make sure our sustainable roofing products can withstand severe weather conditions and meet the highest Class 4 Impact Resistance codes to provide a more secure home for you and your family. Our designer roof tiles have also achieved a 110 mph wind resistance rating, equivalent to Category 4 hurricane conditions. See for yourself ...

Click HERE to view all of our product testing videos.

Q: If my house burns down, will the fire-resistant roof still be standing?

A: Well, no. It's impossible for a roof to still stand if there's nothing to hold it up. However, a DaVinci Class A Fire Rated roof resists the spread of flames, so if you're in an area with wildfires and sparks "jump" or land on your roof, the DaVinci manufactured slate and shake alternative roof will not ignite. (Don't believe us? Check out our video)

Want more answers to your questions? Visit our extensive DaVinci Roofscapes FAQ section on our website.

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Composite Roofing Insights from Joe Hall Roofing

Located in Arlington, Texas, Joe Hall Roofing has been an established roofing company for more than 30 years. The family-run business, which is a member of the DaVinci Masterpiece Contractors program, installs a variety of roofing in north Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

One of the specialties of Joe Hall Roofing is to find lightweight roofing solutions for their customers. Many of these solutions include DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing products.

To gain the insights of this valued customer, we asked Brett Hall, president of Joe Hall Roofing, to share his thoughts on synthetic roofing material with us.

Q: How many DaVinci luxury roofs does your company install each year?
A: About 10 in our Texas marketplace. We find there are many advantages to these designer roofs for our clients, including the aesthetics required for large/steep roof designs, hail resistance, insurance discounts and the equity value the roof brings to the property.

Q: What keeps you coming back to DaVinci polymer roof tiles for your projects?

A: The performance and upscale appearance is critical in "high-end" roofing. It's almost like the roofing contractors are very aware of strong performance and the consumer is very aware of appearance. This product just makes everyone satisfied.

Q: What does being a DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor program member do to help you grow your business?

A: The DMC program is a real statement of know-how and confidence. The percentage of DMCs in any given market is small and selective ... and that alone promotes your company.

Q: What advice do you have for roofers outside your area for growing their business by selling and installing DaVinci products?

A: There are people who buy Toyotas, Fords and Chevy's. There are also people who buy a Lexus, BMW and Mercedes. Develop your business as one who can sell top-end and bottom.

See DaVinci Masterpiece Contractors for more details on the DaVinci program for contractors installing our green roofing options!

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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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Easy Beachfront Living Under DaVinci Roofscapes Slate Roofs

Hanging out during hot summer days just got cooler for visitors to Buckroe Beach in Hampton, Virginia. A large central shelter pavilion and three smaller structures within the city park were all updated earlier this year and now have synthetic slate shingles from DaVinci Roofscapes roofs overhead.

The bay front park features almost a mile of clean beaches where kayaks and paddleboats are available for rent. The free-use picnic structures feature grills and tables, with a children's playground and restroom facilities located nearby.

polymer composite slate

 

The new synthetic slate gray roof tiles on the shelters replace roofs that were worn out over time by salt air and sea spray off the Chesapeake Bay. The shelters also receive harsh exposure to high winds and relentless sun, which is why simulated slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes was selected.

polymer slateBoth Bellaforté Slate and Single-Width Slate composite slate roofing were used on the shelters. The roofing tiles resemble classic traditional slate tile found on upscale residences and commercial projects throughout the world, but requires none of the maintenance. Modeled after actual slate, the synthetic slate roof shingles are backed by a 50-year limited warranty and resist fire, impact, moisture, curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects!

The easy-to-install lightweight roofing tiles are made with a non-porous material, so the beach shelter rooftops won't absorb water. And, state-of-the-art ultraviolet and color stabilizers help protect the rooftop from color fading. For more details on impressive sustainable roofing products from DaVinci, see Check Out Polymer Slate Roofing Options.

 

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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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