Install DaVinci In Temperatures as Low as 20 Degrees!

One of the issues that roofers as well as roof owners encounter in areas where the weather Ligthweight Roofing Materialscan get cold is a limited amount of time where they can install roofs.  Many roofs have restrictions as far as how cold it can be when you install a roofing material.  The reason for this is because many materials have the tendency to crack or break when the material is already brutally cold.

However, with our lightweight roofing materials, you can install roofs at much lower temperatures than other roofing materials.

We do require that our slate and shake plastic roofing materials be installed above 20 degrees F.  If, by chance you are installing your tiles in those frigid temps, then the tiles should by installed carefully. They should be stored flat and installed flat. If using nail guns make sure you are not using too much pressure.

The fact that our lightweight roofing solutions can be installed in such low temperatures, allows for new construction to continue to move forward without waiting for winter to pass.

Do you have more questions about how to install our roofing systems?  Please don't hesitate to reference our installation guides which will give you not only tips, but also tricks when installing tiles.


Is Your Roof Ready for Weather Woes?

Winter started in full swing this year with the Northeast region of the U.S. already hit hard by cold, inclement weather. The concern many building owners have during these frosty times is whether their roof will hold up through the wind, rain and snow bound to hit again throughout the season. Which begs another question – is your roof weather ready?

Durable Composite Roofing TilesProper preparation for winter weather is really a must before the cold season begins. Here are a few tips to follow to make sure your roof is in tiptop shape.


  • Property owners should inspect their roof structure while checking for uneven areas or sagging.

  • Any gutters attached to home or office need inspection to make sure there is no debris such as leaves or branches clogging them. They should also be checked to ensure they are securely attached to the building so that any snow buildup or wet overflow doesn’t pull them from the fascia.

  • Any dips or valleys in the roof must also be cleared of debris that can weigh down the roof and/or create a barrier to snow and rain flowing off the rooftop.

  • Roof vents, stove pipes, sky lights or chimneys should have metal flashing around them to prevent potential leaks.

  • Roof shingles should be checked for missing tiles or curling edges, basically anything that weakens the rooftop to the elements.

For the ultimate in protection from any season’s bad weather, consider DaVinci lightweight roofing tiles. Not only do we offer a 50 year roof warranty, but our synthetic roofing material sheds water to help prevent leaks from snow and ice while also maintaining a high rating for both wind and impact resistance.







DaVinci Faux Slate Roofing a Favorite for Historic Restoration Projects

Historic Restoration Lightweight Roofing SolutionsPreserving history by renovating historic structures means more than just adding a new coat of paint or planting new flowers in front of the building. Restoring older homes, museums and government buildings links us to past generations and enables us to look forward to a future deeply aware of our connection to our historical origins.

Typically, historically significant structures need extensive work to restore framing, foundation and roofing. When it comes to restoring roofs on 100 year old or more buildings, DaVinci lightweight roofing solutions is on the cutting edge of providing not only a 50 year roof to last for many more years to come but also offers sustainable roofing that protects these buildings with the highest rating of fire, wind and impact available on the market today.

To see why our faux slate roofing is such a favorite for many historic restoration projects, find links below to our past posts detailing how our roofing materials beautifully top older homes, museums and schools throughout the country.

Historic DuSable Museum Gets New Polymer Roof – featured in two parts, this 1893 Chicago museum chose our Castle Gray multi-width slate to authentically replace the natural slate of the original roof.

DaVinci Slate Roof Returns Historic Building to Original Beauty – Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, New York needed a new roof with durability and protection from the elements. DaVinci slate replaced the original wood shakes and asbestos shingle that covered it from a previous re-roofing project.

Historic Texas Home Gets Slate Roof – Homeowners in Dallas, Texas chose our slate tiles to replace their wood shake and asphalt shingles to preserve the looks and historical accuracy of their 1914 Arts and Crafts style home.


DaVinci Roofscapes Cost Per Square

Steep Slope RoofingPlanning for a new roofing project involves plenty of preparation and organization to ensure that the cost doesn’t exceed the building owner’s budget. Funds must be available for roofing materials, labor costs, building permits and additional items necessary for completing the job.

The installed cost of our lightweight roofing tiles is typically less per square than natural slate in part because our sustainable roofing tiles are much easier to install than their natural counterpart. They can be installed with a nail gun, cut with utility knife and can be carried up on the roof one bundle at a time instead of one tile at a time. 

Another cost saving method that DaVinci utilizes is to deliver all roofing bundles pre-collated. This saves valuable time and labor that would otherwise be used for hand sorting tiles. Thus, the entire installation has been simplified for the end user right out of the bundle.

Besides just the tile material cost of each roofing square, other budgeting considerations include roof pitch, exposure, underlayment and tile type and even roof shape. To properly plan for using our polymer roof tiles in your project, contact our support staff for assistance with planning your roofing construction budget.


My Top Five Favorite DaVinci Blog Posts

Shopping for the best roofing material for your home or commercial building can be a huge undertaking. Choosing between natural or synthetic, slate or shake as well as the colors, styles and contractor require more than a little patience in sifting through a lot of information and finding out the best fit for the new or replacement roof.

I find that the DaVinci website and blog offers a wealth of information about the advantages and benefits of choosing their shake or slate roof alternatives so with that in mind, I’ve chosen my top five favorite posts.  I believe they will help you not only understand the options in choosing DaVinci’s lightweight roofing solutions but also give you an idea of what to expect when using the tiles in your project.

Custom Blend Roof Colors

I was impressed with the fact that you can custom blend and totally customize your roof using DaVinci’s color studio. See the custom blend blog post with lots of great photo examples to learn more.

Solving Roofing Job Issues
DaVinci’s resident roofing guru, Tim Gentry, solves the “issues” that occur when out on the roof job sites. Overall, I love his advice channel that informs and explains pretty much everything concerning tile roofs.

Roofing Contractor Interviews
With so many roofer interviews on site, the contractor perspectives about the product mean a lot especially since they actually work with it.

Product Versatility
While these roofing tiles can be used in traditional installations, I find the versatility of uses to be fascinating. Megan Stone details in her post how DaVinci works on just about any roof design even those non-traditional, hard to roof curve designs. 

Create True Impact
Custom blend roof colors really open up options for designing the building of your dreams. My fifth favorite post really shows how you can make a DaVinci roof your very own in so many ways from top to bottom.


Class A Fire Rating Roof Options

When it comes to choosing a roof for your home or business, you will definitely want to consider the safety standards used in the product. Because a roof protects your property investment and those inside, knowing that it will hold up against wind, rain and fire is vitally important. While shopping for lightweight roofing solutions, you may often find terms that need a little defining to better understand what they mean.

Lightweight Roofing MaterialsOne such term is Class A fire rating. Essentially, a roof that is Class A fire rated has undergone strict testing by a certified testing facility, one of which is Underwriters Laboratories or UL. These tests certify whether a product meets or exceeds some very strict fire testing standards, categories are assigned from A to C based on the product’s resistance to fire.

Our green roofing materials are Class A fire rated meaning they have attained the highest rating for fire resistance available. In addition, they also have the highest marks in wind and impact testing. What this means to you is that choosing DaVinci tiles for your roofing project means you will be using the highest quality materials available in the marketplace today.

So whether you choose our Valoré, multi-width or Bellaforté in slate or shake, you can count on the fact that the DaVinci roofing materials meet the most stringent of safety standards for your building.


Synthetic Slate Cost More Than Just the Price of Roofing Tile

Calculating synthetic slate cost for a roof involves more than just finding out the price of the tile. The cost of a installing a new roof not only includes tools, installation, underlayment materials and flashing but such factors as weight, energy savings and maintenance as well. 

Synthetic Slate CostThe weight of our lightweight roofing tile allows the property owners to spend less on shipping costs. Savings are also seen in labor costs because the tiles can be laid more quickly and do not require any special installation techniques.

Energy Savings
Because our Cool Roof roofing tiles help to reflect sunlight and heat away from your property, there are energy savings benefits as well.

When comparing our slate alternative to natural slate, the maintenance cost difference is significant. Our DaVinci roof is virtually maintenance free so there will be less expense once our roof is installed as compared to slate or shake roofs.  Also because of the tile’s wind, fire and impact resistance, additional savings may be realized from your insurance carrier - many give discounts for Class A, Class 4 and more.

While you will be happy to know our roof is durable enough to weather just about anything nature brings at it, you also want the underlayment and flashing to last just as long. Making sure that each component of the project is long lasting and resistant to weather and moisture is vital to protecting your property and ensuring your satisfaction with the quality of the roof tile and accessories.


How to Make Tile Roofs Last

If you live in a seasonal climate, and still want your investment to last the test of time, you need to take into consideration several factors that will ensure your roof is in fact a 50 year Cedar Shake Alternativeroof.  Here we offer some useful tips on ensuring a brand new designer roof looks designer for a lifetime.

1.  Both freeze and thaw issues can be a factor in roof durability, as can extreme heat.  Our lightweight tiles are intended to combat both issues.  Freezing and thawing issues in roof tiles occur when the material absorbs water which then freezes as the temps go down. This results in cracking or palling.  You can avoid this by using tiles that do not absorb any water in cold temps, thus eliminating the freeze thaw problem entirely.  Our products will perform well in the most extreme heat and are accompanied by one of the best warranties around.

2.  Roofing materials should undergo adequate testing to ensure all of these things are adhered to.  At DaVinci, our products are tested extensively to ensure they exceed or comply with industry standards and certifications.  Even better, you will love the impact resistance and fire retardance standards that ensure our tiles perform well under the most extreme conditions.


Featured Project - Des Moines, IA

Fake slate or quarried slate? That is the dilemma for many when it comes to choosing a roofing material. So what can be the deal breaker when it comes to one luxury roof over another? For those that ultimately choose a DaVinci roof over a natural slate roof it is usually the high cost of purchasing and installing natural slate tiles, with overall maintenance of the roof in a close second.

The project featured here is actually for an addition. The original slate roof is still on (that will change this spring). It is always interesting to see our lightweight roofing systems installed next to their natural counterpart. The below is our multi-width slate product in the Vineyard Blend and was installed by Brad Van Weelden Company out of Des Moines, IA.  

DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program Member
Brad Van Weelden Company
(515) 979-4772

DaVinci Slate - Vineyard Blend


When To Get A Second Opinion On Your Color Choices

There is something very satisfying when you can stand outside, look up at the colors you have chosen for your lightweight roofing system or the entire exterior or your home, and say to yourself, "This looks great!"

Helping YOU make great color decisions is always my goal in sharing my expertise.  I want you to feel confident that you understand how to select colors that will be perfect for your home. That is what "FRESH Home Exterior Colors: 5 Steps To Finding The Perfect Hues for Your Home" is all about.  If you haven't grabbed your copy of the free ebook, go ahead and download it now.
FRESH Home Exterior Colors ebook by Kate Smith, CMG, CfYH

But what if you go through the simple steps, find the colors you think will work but still aren't completely sure you've got it right?  Join the club.  The majority of people that seek out my help are on the right track with their colors.  They just don't feel 100% sure that they made the right decisions.  

That isn't really surprising, is it?  When you don't have years of experience to help you get a good idea of what the color will look like before you've put it on your house, you're basically left to make your best guess.  Who wouldn't be a bit hesitant to make a commitment to color under those circumstances?  If you have a color scheme in mind but aren't sure that it is going to work, there are a few things you can do to increase your confidence.  

In the ebook I give you several techniques you can use to help you to visualize your color before making a final decision.  Just seeing the color in context on your exterior can go a long way in helping you to know it is going to look great.  If after that you are still unsure you've got the color right, ask for a second opinion.  
DaVinci Color Studio offers advice on selecting rubber slate roof or fake wood shake roofs

The color scheme for your home is a big decision and one you want to be happy with for year.  You can ask a professional to confirm your color choices are correct or engage them to work with you to pick the color scheme right from the start. Don't ever hesitate to get an objective opinion from a designer, architect or color consultant experienced in selecting exterior materials and colors.  

You will want to stay open to their advice since even if you are on the right track sometimes you may not have picked the variation of a particular color that will work best for your home.  Maybe the undertone is too warm or too cool and a slightly different color will look considerably better. You got in the ballpark, so now don't settle for hitting a single when a pro can help you hit a home run.

If you need help picking the perfect color for your DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic slate or composite shake roof, I'm here to give you just the professional advice or second opinion you may need. Find out how you can get a personal color consultation for your project at the DaVinci Color Studio.

Kate Smith


DaVinci Recycling Program Contributes to Green Environmental Efforts

Protecting our environment is something that everyone can get involved with through small lifestyle changes and a little thoughtful planning. Our sustainable roofing products are designed to contribute to the going green revolution in each step of the design and manufacturing process.

environmentally friendly roof tilesAll DaVinci lightweight roofing tiles are manufactured using virgin resins so sustainability is possible right from the start. After careful inspection, any tiles not meeting our stringent quality specifications are recycled into starter tiles. The advantage of using our green roofing materials is that all DaVinci tiles are 100 percent recyclable.  

Additionally, once your roofing project is complete, you may return any cuttings or scraps to our plant so they can be recycled. Considering our environmentally friendly roof tiles have a 50 year life expectancy, recycling them means a lot to keeping our tiles from ending up filling landfills with waste.

So how exactly does the recycling program work? Just collect all debris and nail free cuttings and scraps and return them to us. If you are within 500 miles of Kansas City, Kansas, returns are free. Other locations need to schedule freight for shipping back to us for recycling. For tiles that have expired or met their 50 year life expectancy, they can also be returned for recycling as well.

When you cover your rooftops with our tile, you can rest assured that you are contributing to sustainable design and energy savings efforts that will help affect global environmental change for the better.


Almost ice dam time again

Although there are many areas in the South, Southeast, and Southwest that don't have the problem, the rest of us have to worry about ice dams on our roofs. Most steep slope roofing products require a special installation technique on the eaves of the roof to prevent the consequences of ice damming. 

ice dam
As you may know leaks from ice damming are caused by snow on your roof melting from heat loss from the attic. The melted snow goes down the roof and re-freezes at the eave where there is no heat loss (no attic). As more snow melts the water runs down and ponds at the re-freeze point or “ice dam”. Steep slope roofing like DaVinci composite shake are not “waterproof”, they shed water. Therefore, if water ponds at the bottom of the roof and backs up the roof leaks. That is the reason for a peel and stick membrane on the bottom of the roof; it makes the areas where ice damming is possible, water-proof.  

There are other factors involved with ice dam issues. One of those can be inadequate insulation or ventilation in your attic. In theory, with proper insulation and ventilation, the temperature in your attic can be very close to the outside temperature. If this were the case you wouldn’t have ice damming problems because all the snow on your roof would melt at the same rate. 

DaVinci lightweight roofing materials require an ice barrier consisting of a self adhering polymer modified bitumen sheet be applied to a point at least 24" inside the exterior wall line of the building in areas where the average daily temperature in January is 25 degrees F or anyplace where ice buildup is probable.

Protect from Wind and Hail with Bellaforté Roof Tiles

Traditional asphalt shingles cover many a roof in hurricane and storm prone areas, however, Bellaforte Sabino Lightweight Roofing Systemsonce the winds start blowing and hail starts falling, many neighborhoods find shingles no longer on the rooftops but instead are littering the ground, trees and driveways, pretty much everywhere other than where they belong.

New roofing options to prevent this roof litter during storms include both our DaVinci slate and shake alternative roofing that is rated to take winds up to 110 miles per hour as well as our Bellaforté design. The Bellaforté lightweight roofing tiles install on roofs with their patented interlocking design and help to protect from heavy winds. In fact, their testing results found them rated for hurricane force winds up to 175 miles per hour. 

Our virgin resin polymer tiles provide a sustainable design that mimics the look of slate or cedar shakes so not only are they strong but beautiful as well. They also have UV inhibitors and Class A fire rating as well so they are constructed to provide durable strength for many years to come. When hail and debris hit these roofs, the tiles resist impact damage so that the material lasts longer without roof hail damage or maintenance found with other typical installed roofing products.

Learn more about our premium quality roofing products by visiting our website or contacting our customer service staff online.

How to Reduce Roof Installation Cost

Natural slate is a heavy material that can be quite expensive to install for steep slope roofing or any roofing for that matter. The ability to gauge the correct amount of slate needed varies with the project because each roof is sized and shaped differently. With natural slate, additional material is required due to breakage. Natural slate also requires more labor - not only to set up the roof pattern (if you're getting a variety of colors), but also it requires more labor to roof a structure with natural slate. This results in a higher overall roofing cost because installing natural slate is labor intensive in addition to the expense of the slate itself.

Lightweight Roofing SystemsWhen you choose our slate alternative roofing tiles, you are installing a lightweight roofing material that weighs only about a third of the amount per square as natural slate. Our lightweight roofing tiles weigh on average 300 pounds per square as compared to 1,000+ pounds per square for slate. In many cases, roofs that are able to withstand the weight of an asphalt roof can also withstand a DaVinci roof so no additional reinforcement is needed to the structure of the building. With a lighter material, transportation costs are reduced as well.

Installation is easily applied with a nail gun; whereas, natural slate must be nailed by hand. Our roofing tiles offer durable flexibility with little breakage so there is hardly any waste as compared to natural slate which easily breaks due to its fragility and requires much more cutting and waste in the installation process. Cutting our tiles doesn’t require any special equipment or tools. As a matter of fact, they can even be cut with a utility knife.

Learn more about our incredible roofing product on our site and by visiting our blog. When you like us on our Facebook fan page, you’ll stay up-to-date with the latest news about our exciting projects, installations and new features.

Cost of Lightweight Roofing Material

Synthetic Slate Cost - Roof Installation by Springer ExteriorsThere are many things to consider when installing a new roof or replacing an old one. Besides the obvious issues of color, style and type of product, the issue of cost becomes primary in determining just what can be handled by the family or business roofing budget (or what your insurance company has allotted for you).

The cost of our lightweight roofing material is determined by many different factors. Building owners must consider the cost of the materials, permits, roofing contractor fees, equipment, tools and installation extras.  Also to be factored into pricing is the pitch of the roof, underlayment and any structural work that might be necessary to prepare the roof for installation.

Fortunately, our roofing tiles provide Class A fire rating, high rating for impact and wind as well as a 50 year roof warranty. Their quality and durability is engineered to last, and the cost to maintain them is relatively low when compared to other roofing materials.

For more information on the cost of our roofing tiles, the following posts can be helpful in understanding all that is necessary for installation projects using our roof tiles:
For more information about our slate and shake alternative roofing, contact us online.

Sample Your Way To Color Success

Imitation Slate Lightweight roofing solutionsDetermining how a color and finish are going to look on your home is difficult if not impossible when you are only looking at a small swatch or viewing the product on a computer screen. It is always best to get actual samples whenever possible to give you an idea of the full impact of the blending of colors and patterns.

1. Arrange to get samples of paint and exterior materials.  DaVinci Roofscapes regulalry provides customers with samples of their polymer shake or slate products. If it is not possible to arrange for actual samples, visit a manufacturer showroom.

2. Sample paint by applying large swatches directly on all four sides of your home. Paint each color on the section of the house where you plan to use it. Find a location that is clearly visible and gives you a view of the body, trim and accent colors that can be viewed together. Look at each side because the direction of the light, amount of shade and other elements can make the color look slightly different on each side.

3. Look at your colors in the early part of the day because this will give you the truest idea of the color. Later in the day the more intense sun may wash the colors out and in the dimmer evening light the colors will appear toned down.
Couple looking at samples of their composite shake roof
Color needs to be viewed where you plan to apply it. For example, lightweight roofing
materials should be placed on a section of the roof that you can see from
the ground while the front door color should be placed on the front door.

4. Live with the colors for a few days, viewing them up close and at a distance during different times of day. You might discover that a color that you thought was your final selection during the morning looks entirely different in the waning afternoon light. Keep in mind colors will also vary due to weather conditions, seasons and time of day.

5. Once you are pleased with the actual samples, you are ready to move forward.

Interview with Travis Herritz of Springer Exteriors of Prior Lake, MN

Springer ExteriorsTravis Herritz owns Springer Exteriors in Prior Lake, MN and has installed several DaVinci roofs, so we asked him for an interview.  Travis was also kind enough to send along some photos of his DaVinci green roof systems that he has installed - they can be found throughout this interview.  Thank you to Travis for the interview!

DaVinci Lightweight Roofing SystemsIf you live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, you can reach Travis via phone at 952-440-1997 or through his website,

How did you first discover DaVinci?

I was looking for a product about 5 years ago that was a good alternative to slate but was still a quality product that would last a long time.

What do you like about DaVinci? Color blends? Shape of tiles? Performance?

I like that it has the most realistic look of slate of any product on the market, the Class 4 hail rating, ease of installation compared to other comparable products.

What's the biggest thing that homeowners say to you about DaVinci?

Plastic Roofing MaterialsWow! I thought that it was slate. It looks so real.

Are there homeowners that you wouldn't recommend DaVinci to?

No. Obviously there is a price point to this product like any other but if I have a homeowner that is looking for the best value in the roofing industry, this is what they are looking for.

What DaVinci products have you worked with?

Blend colors, Bellaforté, Solid colors in standard slate

Which DaVinci products do you like? Do you have a favorite color blend?

Fake Slate RoofI prefer the slate tiles.  No preference on color.

What other roofing products do you install?

Most others...asphalt, cedar, metal

How long have you been in the roofing  business?

Since 2003 I have owned Springer. I have been in the industry for 13 yrs.

Do you have a favorite DaVinci job?  In other words, a favorite house or building where you installed DaVinci?  Why is it your favorite?  Could you send photos so we can include them in the post?

I have 2 for different reasons. The one is VERY steep and was very detailed.  The other one is very large and shows the large variety of roof details the product can be utilized. 

Are you interested in learning more about our plastic roofing materials?  To learn more about our lightweight roofing solutions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


DIY Network Blog Cabin Features DaVinci Slate Tile Roof

If you're a fan of the DIY network, you may have seen their Blog Cabin series where fans can submit their renovation ideas for different homes in need of repair. Even if you've never seen the show, you will definitely want to tune in on September 29 where you can view our lightweight roofing solutions featured in a one hour special.

The Blog cabin show and sweepstakes features a structure in desperate need of repair. When the network chooses the home it plans to renovate, they completely remodel it from top to bottom and then air different segments of the renovations on a variety of the shows featured on the network. Once complete, the blog cabin is then offered in a contest where fans can enter and win it for themselves.

This year's home is a 1905 Chesapeake Bay Virginia farmhouse beautifully restored and topped with our DaVinci slate tile roof. The special Blog Cabin show featuring our high quality roof will air September 29th so you won't want to miss seeing our green roofing materials in action. With its highly rated impact and wind resistant qualities, we think you'll agree this blog cabin's roof is surrender to maintain its structure and beauty for many years to come.


From The Architect's Corner - School Days

September is here! Many primary and secondary schools, as well as universities, are already filling up with students eager to learn! DaVinci Roofscapes is proud to manufacture the lightweight roofing material of choice for so many schools.

DaVinci Slate - Vineyard Blend

Below is a list of a few of our featured projects:

We have plenty more projects like these in the works, and by subscribing to our blog or liking us on Facebook you can get notification as the roofs are installed and the features are written! Do you have a DaVinci Roofscapes luxury roof project that you think might make a good case study, project profile, or news story? Contact me at with the details.


Learn to Speak DaVinci

When shopping for a new roof or replacing an existing one, understanding the technical jargon of contractors and manufacturers can be quite a challenge especially for those without any knowledge of the industry. That’s where our friendly support staff can be of great assistance in helping you choose just the right shake or slate roofing tile for your building.

As you peruse our site and learn more about our roofing solutions, here are a few key terms that can aid in your understanding and appreciation of our unique lightweight roofing systems.

LEED® - the certification process that encourages sustainable roofing development and building processes through the use of sustainable sites, water efficiency and reduction of construction waste materials. DaVinci Slate and Shake synthetic roof tiles can make a valuable contribution to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification Process (LEED-NC Standard 2.2),

Cool Roof We earned this rating from the Cool Roof Rating Council because our EcoBlend cool roof tiles reflect sunlight and heat away from buildings which, in turn, increases energy efficiency and lowers air pollution.

Single Width or Multi WidthWe offer a choice of single width, value options or multiple widths to suit your roofing project in either simulated shake or slate tile styles.

Bellaforté Our special slate alternative that is more affordable than its natural counterpart and the newest addition to our product line.

Color Designer The color designer features an option for your roofing tile selection that allows you to create custom color blends from our 49 standard colors for no additional charge.