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.

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> 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

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

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Norris Architecture

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.

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.

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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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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.

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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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From the Architect's Corner - Recently Featured Projects

Many of my conversations with architects include discussing other projects similar to the ones they are working on themselves. Here are some recently featured projects that showcase the variety of home styles and building types that our lightweight roofing tiles top. It is always important to note, that all tiles manufactured by DaVinci Roofscapes are made of the same material, a high quality engineered polymer and what makes them different is the design. So whether you are looking at Multi-Width Slate or Bellaforté Shake, you're going to be getting a tile that is Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated, Wind Rated to 110 mph and comes with a 50 year warranty

Featured Project - Forth Worth, TX

A brick exterior will be one of the biggest fixed features on your home. Click here to learn how navigate picking a roofing color to go with brick. 

Featured Project - Midwest City, OK 

Not every roof has a slope, but sometimes there is just enough to add a luxury roofing material as an accent! Click here to read more. 

Featured Project - Nags Head, NC

I worked on this project from spec to finish! Click here to read more about these custom shakes installed on a retail store in a high wind zone.

Featured Project - Waukegan, IL

The Waukegan Historical Society chose DaVinci Shake for the Haines House, home of former Chicago Mayor John C. Haines and current residence of the town's history museum. Click here to read more. 

Happy Friday, Architects! 

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On the Road with DaVinci's Zach Stopyro

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

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

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

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

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

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DaVinci Roofscapes Goes Commercial!

We know you might think of our designer roofs as being used primarily on homes, but at DaVinci Roofscapes we're proud that commercial projects across the country --- from hotels to museums to banks --- also are topped with our polymer roof tiles.

To manage the special needs of architects, builders and roofers dealing with commercial projects, we have a superstar behind the scenes at DaVinci --- Mike Ward. With more than five years experience with our company, Mike is tasked with sharing the DaVinci "value proposition" with commercial project leaders and to support their needs when it comes to finding lightweight roofing solutions.

Want to learn more? Then read on for insights into Mike's commercial world ...

Q: What are several of the most interesting and unique commercial projects DaVinci has been involved in?

A: The State University of New York (SUNY) in Canton, New York immediately jumps to mind. They used DaVinci Multi-Width Slate in mansard applications to update some of their student dorms. (see Towering DaVinci Roofs at SUNY) And, the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Johnson City, New York used our shake alternative materials for their large "onion domes" which are prominent features of the roofing architecture. (see Praying for a New DaVinci Roof).


Q: From a budgetary standpoint, what do developers and commercial project experts need to know about DaVinci synthetic roofing material?

A: One of the best values for commercial projects is the Bellaforté product line. These composite shake and imitation slate roofing products typically fall in line with the installed cost of standing seam metal and stone coated steel products. However, the aesthetics of our sustainable roofing is much warmer and less industrial than the look of metal.

Q: What should architects in particular know about the kind of support they can receive from DaVinci when specifying commercial projects?

A: There's an on-line architectural toolbox on the DaVinci website. It includes product profile photos and descriptions, technical specifications, testing, installation guides and sustainability information. Our local DaVinci reps are also happy to schedule product training sessions for architects at their convenience.

Q: Finally, where can people find you if they're interested in DaVinci products for commercial projects?

A: That's easy. Call 1-888-362-4957 and I'm happy to help!

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Garage Sale Find: A DaVinci Roof

May 30th dawned sunny and mild ... the perfect day for our annual community yard sale. Signs were posted, balloons rose above mailboxes indicating which homes were participating in the sale, and our tables were lined up with hundreds of "must have" items for shoppers.

As the initial garage sale groupies arrived at 7:30am to snatch up the "steals and deals" of the day, we were surprised by the first question we got: "What's that roofing material you've got on your house?"

We explained about our relatively new Bellaforté Slate roof and the advantages of synthetic roofing material ... and then calmly pointed the shopper to the sales items.

Less than 20 minutes later we had another person ask us about the roof ... and then another, and another. Soon I was pulling out a few of our leftover imitation slate tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes and handing them out as samples. Every time someone walked up the driveway with their head tilted skyward I'd reach for another lightweight tile and start talking about Things To Consider Before Replacing Your Roof.

During the day we had a woman bring her husband back to see the designer roof (but she didn't buy anything in the sale) and another man ask to take pictures of the manufactured slate roof. At the end of the sale we were $159 richer and had more room in the garage for storage --- especially since we had also given away 23 Bellaforté roofing tiles as samples to our garage sale visitors. Next year we'll make sure to put a price tag on the roof!

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From the Architect's Corner - Waste is so...Wasteful

If you're like me you hate the thought of jobsite waste. This morning I searched the web to see exactly what the percentages are on both a new home build and a renovation project for waste material. The statistics vary (from the articles and blogs I read anywhere between 20%-35% material waste), but any way you look at it the amounts are staggering. So what happens to the waste? Some of it is recycled, some is free-cycled, but the majority of it ends up in a landfill. The material that a home or building owner has paid for ends up in a landfill. When talking to contractors I often hear a 20% waste reference when it comes to roofing material, but when it comes to DaVinci Roofscapes' lightweight roofing systems, that just isn't true. 

A few weeks ago our VP of Technical Services, Tim Gentry, put out a blog that addresses how to install a designer roof with LITTLE TO NO WASTE (yes you read that correctly).  I think it is important for all architects and designers to read this blog because it highlights not only a major benefit of our products (that you do not need to order 20% extra material per job), but education of ourselves and our customers is key to making an informed purchase. Click here to read Tim's blog. 

Happy Friday, Architects! 

 

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New DaVinci Roofscapes Facility

What has 172,000 square feet of space, 16 silos and a train track attached to it? Give up? It's our new DaVinci Roofscapes manufacturing facility in Lenexa, Kansas!

That's right ... we recently moved to a larger location to accommodate the growing demand for our synthetic shake and composite slate roofing products.

Our new location at 13890 W. 101st Street in Lenexa boasts larger office spaces and 15 transportation docks to quickly move out our lightweight roofing materials. Plus, we've made upgrades to the facility (which used to be home to a plastics manufacturer) including a motion sensor lighting system, energy-efficient lighting and a security system.

Our move coincides with our 15th year in business, the move to Lenexa was made possible due to the increased demand for DaVinci manufactured slate and shake alternative products. Steady growth and repeated use of our plastic roofing materials by contractors across the country has led to this expansion.

So, while we say "happy anniversary" to our team, we also offer a huge "thank you" to everyone in the industry who specifies, installs and requests our luxury roof materials. And, CLICK HERE if you'd like to see how we manufacture our synthetic cedar shake and imitation slate shingles!

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History in the Making

Most historic project makeovers you read about focus on structures that are hundreds of years old. But in Johnson City, New York, the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church is just 37 years old, yet it promises to be written up in future history books.

That's because the traditional Ukrainian design of the church structure includes three massive domes. Each one is 80-feet tall --- and each one is covered in our single-width Valoré composite shake roofing material from DaVinci Roofscapes.

 

Church founders selected the Tuscano blend of light, medium light, medium and dark autumn colors to top their unique church structure. The shake alternative roofing product was selected after the original cedar shake roof deteriorated.

"We're both amazed and pleased that these man-made roofing tiles could have such a positive and beautiful impact on our facility," says Rev. Teodor B. Czabala, Jr. "The new polymer shakes look almost identical to the older wooden ones, but these will last so much longer."

Valoré synthetic shake roofing tiles embrace the art and science of roofing and offer exceptional aesthetics and performance without destroying a budget. The synthetic cedar shake tiles resemble the hand-split shake tiles found on upscale residences throughout the world, but require none of the maintenance.

Available in 9-inch tile widths with a deep 5/8" profile shadow line, Valoré lightweight roofing tiles are Class 4 impact-rated, rated Class A for fire resistance and won't support the growth of fungus or algae. This 50 year roof offers exceptional value for any residential or commercial project. And that's a lesson for the history books!

For information on synthetic roofing material used on other churches, visit Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead.

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To Slate, or Not to Slate ... That is the Question

It's not really a trick question. If you want your roofing tile to be heavy, brittle and expensive, then select real slate. However, if you are looking for the look of natural slate, but also want a green roofing option that is a lightweight roofing material and has a 50-year roof warranty, then select DaVinci Roofscapes slate alternative.

 

The DaVinci imitation slate roofing tiles I installed on my home look better than natural slate tiles," says Mark Clement, co-host of MyFixitUpLife radio show. "The look is so realistic that people pass by and can’t tell the difference between them and real slate. They always bet me that these are real slate shingles. I come up a winner every time with these eco-friendly roofing tiles.”

As Clement and other homeowners have discovered, DaVinci composite slate roofing tiles have many advantages over asphalt shingles, cement tiles and even real slate. “I appreciate the thickness and realistic look of the synthetic classic slate for our home’s style, but I could just have easily chosen the Bellaforté snap-fit polymer slate,” says Clement. “Both are made from 100 percent pure resins and have inorganic colors and pigments infused throughout each tile. The idea that I could get a custom color to match my exterior really got my attention.”

DaVinci's designer roof tiles are recyclable and can be requested in DaVinci EcoBlend colors that actually help make the home more energy efficient. The award-winning EcoBlend products have been rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) to reflect sunlight and heat away from the home.

For more tips on synthetic slate roofing, see Spring --- and Slate --- Are in the Air.

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