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.


Why Less Weight Matters in Lightweight Roofing Materials

A lot of homeowners and building owners love the look of natural slate, however, most roofs are not set up to hand the weight of natural slate.  So in order to solve that problem, many roofs are beefed up with trusses and more.

lightweight roofing solutionsHowever, our lightweight roofing solutions are not only a better solution for your time, but also your money.  You do not need to beef up your roof for our slate lightweight roofing systems.

Here's why:
  • DaVinci Slate per square = 240+ lbs
  • Natural Slate per square = 1200+ lbs

In other words, DaVinci slate is less than 1/4th the weight of natural slate.

Because of this drastic difference in weight, you will also find that our synthetic slate cost is considerably less. 

The reason why less weight matters:
  • Less fuel needed to transport it
  • Less labor to haul it to the roof
  • Less expense in transporting it
  • Less material needed for your roof structure

Are you a roofer that likes to install our imitation slate shingles because they are so lightweight?  If so, we would love to learn more reasons why less weight matters when it comes to roofing.  Please feel free to leave a comment in the section below or please contact us directly.

From The Architect's Corner - Happy New Year, It's Appointment Time!

Design Professionals! It is time to re-visit what you think you know about DaVinci Roofscapes and our lightweight roofing systems. I understand that there are a lot of materials out there, and while projects that involve steep slope roofing may only be a small part of what you do, it is important to stay up on what is new and make sure that your library is stocked with all the latest brochures and technical information. 

Email me ( today to set up an appointment with your local roof expert for 2012!

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Winter Time Rooftops Need Snow Guards

The beauty and sparkle of newly fallen snow is quickly diminished when icy snow falls from Green Roofing Options with Snowguardsyour roof in a cold, hard plop on your head while walking to your front door or garage. But a freezing scenario of falling roof top ice and snow can quickly be prevented with the simple installation of snow guards. For our synthetic roofing material, we recommend the use of snowguards to provide protection from the consequences of ice and snow falling onto people or vehicles from snowy roofs.

In fact, we have offered plenty of advice and recommendations about what snow guards do and why they are important to property owners. Take a look at three previous posts concerning these vital roof accessories for areas of the country that often find snow and ice in the weather report.

Snow Guard Retrofit – Tim Gentry blogs about customer requests for snow guard retrofitting for steep slopes and our lightweight roofing materials.

Snow Guard Importance – This post discusses why snow guards are so important for rooftops. Think safety first when it comes to tile roofs.

Why Snowguards Matter – Readers learn more about what snow guards do and why they matter for roofs during the winter season.

If you would like more information about whether snow guards are needed for your property, give our Customer Service team a call so they can help you with finding an expert in your area.


Who Can Install DaVinci Polymer Roofing?

While do it yourself projects can be a fun family project, there are some tasks that are better left to professionals. While our DaVinci lightweight roofing materials are easy to install, it is Plastic Roofing Materialsalways best to use a professional roofer for proper roofing installation of our polymer roofing.
If a roofing professional carefully installs the roof according to the DaVinci Roofscapes Installation Instructions, the home or business owner can be rest assured he/she will have great looking roof that performs well.

While DaVinci doesn’t require installers to be certified, property owners will want to use an experienced roofer for this important project. When it comes to finding an experienced roofing contractor, your local roofing distributor is a good source for finding roofers for our composite slate or shake tiles. Distributors have an understanding of how roofers in your area are doing in the marketplace, and whether they are paying their bills. If a roofing company pays their bills, it is a usually a good indication they are reliable. Home Improvement Helpers offers valuable tips online about what to ask a roofing contractor when receiving an estimate.

Something that every property owner must do when using a roofing installer is to require a certificate of liability insurance and workers compensation insurance coverage. Should the contractor subcontract out the work, you will want to also make sure that your roofer is added as an additional insured to the subcontractors policy so that whether the roofing contractor or subcontracting crew have an insurable event, you will be protected. Both contractors and subcontractors will supply certificates of insurance on request so make sure they are in hand prior to starting installation.


Exterior Color Trends 2012/2013

For 2012 the colors on trend for home exteriors continue to have a strong influence of nature. While the story begins with the environment, the colors are also inspired by technology, science, architecture, fashion and art. These influences can be seen in all of the exterior color trends.

During the next few weeks leading up to my presentation at the International Builders' Show I will be sharing information about the Color Trends for Home Exteriors for 2012/2013, including how to think about these colors when selecting a color for your siding, lightweight roofing system, replacement windows, or a new front door.

Today, I'm beginning with a glimpse into what is driving the three most influential color ranges: blue, green and neutrals.

Color Trends 2012 Blue
Our focus on clean water as an element essential to life keeps blue flowing into the trend palette for another year. The blue trend is also being inspired by our love of denim. From the darkest indigo to the lightest faded blue, denim speaks to our need for both fashion and function.

Color Trends 2012 Green
“Going green” has become the norm and the movement continues to keep green on trend. Natural yellow green might first come to mind when you think of natures influence but you will see an entire range of greens in 2012. From dark, and mysterious to murky, muddy greens and lush, leaf greens. Versatile green may stand alone, be seen in combination with just about any of the other color families, or be layered tone-on-tone. The one common characteristic that connects all of the variations of green is that they are all drawn from the elements of the unspoiled landscape.

Color Trends 2012 Neutrals

We have gone from asking, "What more can I acquire?" to "Would life be better with less"? A more streamlined life calls for design that employs modern technology, uncomplicated materials and natural colors that make our complex lives easier, or at least seem easier.

Please stop back for some practical advice on how the color trends will be used on home exteriors and which color combinations will work well with your synthetic shake or slate roofing system. Stay tuned for:
  • Color Trends 2012/2013: Blue is Beautiful on 12/28/11
  • Color Trends 2012/2013: Green's a Natural on 1/11/12
  • Color Trends 2012/2013: Neutrals Get Colorful 1/25/12

Color Expert Kate Smith lends her expertise to DaVinci Roofscapes


Contractor Offers "Start-to-Finish" Roofing Project Overview - Part II

Rob Fanjoy, a contractor with more than a decade of experience, had never worked with polymer roofing tiles before installing his DaVinci multi-width slate roof. Following DaVinci's how-to video and installation instructions provided him with the confidence he needed to get the job done.

"I much prefer working with these synthetic tiles since they're cleaner to handle and easier on your hands," says Fanjoy. "No dirty grit to scrape your knuckles or tar melting and sticking to everything. Cutting and nailing these imitation slate shingles was also simple. A sharp utility knife and standard nail gun was all I needed for this project."

As Fanjoy moved through the project he became comfortable and developed these tips for other contractors:

Polymer SlateTIP #1 - Adhere to the "pyramid" approach of installation for multi-width tiles as recommended by DaVinci Roofscapes. Install four or five courses in a step fashion and use only one bundle at a time. This results in a better blend and less moving around on the roof.

TIP #2 - To achieve a seamless look between the ridge of the dormer and the slope of the main roof, carefully place self-adhering underlayment and flashing metal under the dormer ridge tiles (extending up the main roof a short distance). Then get a clean cut on the main roof tiles at the meeting of the ridge to achieve a clean look.

TIP #3 - If you get into a situation where you're installing the ridge tiles over a rigid ridge vent, consider using 3- 1/2 inch cabinet screws, which are self-tapping. This made it easier to drive the screws to the proper depth, keeping the shingles flat and eliminating the "cupping" when nails would go in too deep. The low-profile washer head assured Fanjoy of excellent holding power and allowed the overlapping shingles to lay flat.

"Overall, from start-to-finish this job went smoothly," says Fanjoy. "We made the right decision to invest in this DaVinci polymer roof, plus it gave me the chance to expand my installation experience with lightweight roofing materials. I've already recommended the DaVinci product to my neighbors and others who are considering new roofs."

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.


Contractor Offers "Start-to-Finish" Roofing Project Overview - Part I

When contractor Rob Fanjoy moved into his home in northern Maine last year, he knew the roof would be the first thing that needed replacing. It was an old asphalt shingle roof that was failing badly.

Despite being in place less than 15 years, Fanjoy's roofing shingles were curling, crumbling and cracking. Plus they were growing moss, staining and releasing asphalt granules in a constant shower on the deck.

Fanjoy's solution? Installation of polymer multi-width slate roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"I'm a big supporter of man-made products that replicate Mother Nature but offer more long-term benefits than natural products," says Fanjoy. "When researching our roofing options, we determined that the DaVinci synthetic tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling. Plus, they're backed by a 50-year warranty we can really depend on.

"The faux slate roof we selected definitely lends an air of authenticity to our somewhat contemporary design style."

Multi-Width Polymer SlateChoosing a Roof Color
After selecting the lightweight roofing materials, fan joy's next challenge was choosing a color. He and his wife wanted a strong visual interest to accent the home, so they chose Vineyard blend --- a combination of eight roofing colors.

"With the help of the FRESH Home Exterior Colors guide that we downloaded from the DaVinci web site, we made the decision to select this dramatic color blend," says Fanjoy. "People coming up our driveway are very impressed by this show-stopping roof. We've received glowing complements and lots of interest in our roof!"

Next up ... tips on how Fanjoy installed the fake slate roof on his contemporary Colonial style home.

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.


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.


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.







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.


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.


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.  

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DaVinci Slate - Vineyard Blend


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.

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.


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.


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.