Beach House Retrofit

Who do you call if you're committed to restoring a 1932 bungalow-style home and want green roof construction? If you're Sylvain Cote with Absolute Green Homes, you contact DaVinci Roofscapes!

Cote requested DaVinci's Bellaforté slate synthetic tiles for this impressive environmentally-friendly retrofit project back in April of 2011. The home, which is scheduled for completion this summer, is scheduled to be the first platinum level LEED Certified Home in Westchester County, New York.

Green Roofing Options

The sustainability and environmental friendliness of DaVinci fake slate tiles drew Cote's attention while she searched for green roofing options for The Beach House. By installing 17 squares of black Bellaforté slate tiles on the 1,810-square-foot home, she's been able to support her overall goal of having a lightweight roofing system that is eco-friendly.

The design, techniques, materials, products and approach used in this project can be applied to other homes in the future to achieve the same environmentally sound living space. Stay tuned and we'll share final pictures of this impressive house renovation project with you this summer!


Staggered and Straight Lightweight Roofing Solutions Installations

Since our lightweight roofing solutions are one piece roofing tiles, the majority of them can be laid in either a straight or staggered installation pattern.  The only exception, of course, would be our Bellaforté, which is laid straight due to it's interlocking mechanism.

But if you go with DaVinci Multi-Width Slate, Fancy Shake, Single-Width Valoré Shake, Single-Width Valoré Slate or Multi-Width Shake then you can choose to have the tiles laid straight or staggered.

Which one you go with really depends on 3 things:

  1. What you want
  2. The architectural style of your home
  3. Your budget

Some homes, like Georgian-style homes, just call for a straight coursing roof whereas Tudor-style homes look great with a staggered coursing. Staggered coursings do require more material and therefore your synthetic roof cost will be slightly more.

Here's what a straight coursing looks like - all the tiles are aligned at the butt end.

Straight Coursing of Valore Slate

Here's what a staggered coursing looks like. The tiles vary in alignment - they are staggered, in other words.

Slate staggered

Are you a contractor looking for tips on how to install DaVinci lightweight roofing systems with a staggered installation?  You can learn some tips here about how to install a staggered pattern with chalk lines.

Has your customer requested something a little bit different than what our installation guide recommends? Of course, we are used to contractors experimenting with our tiles. Check out this funky stagger pattern that a DaVinci Roofscapes' Masterpiece Contractor in Colorado did.  Here's a double stagger in our DaVinci Multi Width Slate in Aberdeen blend - how fun is this?

DaVinci Multi Width Slate in Aberdeen - Double Stagger

Need further help?  Download our slate installation guide from our website to learn more about the details of straight and staggered installations.


Examples of Lightweight Roofing Material

There may be several reasons why you are looking for lightweight roofing solutions. You might need to replace an existing roof and don't want to beef up the structure so that it can support more weight. You Lightweight Roofing Solutionsmight also like the idea of a lightweight roof, knowing it is not weighing down your home or building.

Here is a list of the most common lightweight roofing solutions:

  • Metal Roofing Materials - metal roofing systems are well known for keeping out water, resisting fire and also for their longevity.
  • Asphalt Shingles - one of the most common roofing materials on the market today, asphalt shingles are known for their durability, their fire resistance and their many colors, types, and manufacturers.
  • Natural Cedar Shake Shingles - known for how well they blend into the environment, they can be long lasting if maintained.
  • Synthetic Roof Tiles - DaVinci roofing systems falls into this category. Our tiles are extremely light weight because they are made from a polymer and have an engineered ribbing structure in the back so that there isn't a density of material.

If, for example, you would like to upgrade the look of your roof from asphalt shingles to the look of Slate, but your roof cannot take on the weight that slate would bring, then our DaVinci Slate might be a perfect option for you.

Here's a break down of how much DaVinci tiles weigh per roofing square (1 roofing square = 100 square feet):

  • Single-Width Valoré Slate - 266-332 lbs
  • Multi-Width DaVinci Slate - 273-342 lbs
  • Bellaforté - 182 lbs
  • Single-Width Valoré Shake - 283-315 lbs
  • Multi-Width DaVinci Shake - 304-342 lbs
  • DaVinci Fancy Shake - 267-356 lbs

Do you have questions about lightweight roofing? Hopefully we can answer them. Please reach out to us Toll Free at 1-855-299-5301.


Lightweight Roofing Systems with Insect/Pest Resistance

Usually one of the advantages of using a polymer material for your roof is that you don't DaVinci Valore Shakehave to worry about bugs and other pests gnawing at the shingles or making their homes in them.

Did you know that in areas like Oregon and Washington, they have to spray chemicals on their natural shake roofs to keep the bugs out?  YUCK!

However, not every man made material is Insect/Pest Resistant like our lightweight roofing systems.  There are some pests and insects that like to go for man-made roofing materials.

However, man-made polymer like DaVinci tiles are not susceptible to many things including, insects, termites, rot, mold, mildew and freeze-thaw damage.

As Mark Clement, host of radio show and web site says, "Personally, I can't see why anyone would select a real wood product that is subject to damaging weather conditions, insects and rot when these imitation slate shingles are available."

Because our plastic roofing materials are resistant to insects and pests, it makes it a worry-free and virtually maintenance free roof and when you get a 50-year warranty to go along with it - what's not to love?

What's your roof story?  Please share your DaVinci roof story with us and we'll be sure to feature it on our blog!


Limitless Lightweight Roofing Solutions - 49 colors & 5 profiles - What's Your Dream?

One of the reasons I enjoy working with our lightweight roofing systems so much is because I never get bored. 

In school, I never quite got the probability lesson in math class, but I don't have to worry about it when it comes to DaVinci because even when you have exhausted all possibilities with our 5 profiles and our 49 different colors, you can even order a custom color. Whoa.

Our lightweight roofing systems come in the following 5 profiles:

Plastic Roofing MaterialsSLATE

Combine those 5 profiles with the never ending color possibilities in our blends and you can create your own custom roof that fits perfectly with your home.

Wanna play around with some roof options and colors?  We have this very fun on-line tool that we call the DaVinci Color Studio where you can do just that!  You can pick from a 2-color, 3-color or 4-color blend and then also see what it looks like in one of our shake profiles and what it looks like in our slate profiles. Design away and have fun!

Do you have one of our limitless plastic roofing materials on your roof?  Which combination of color and profile did you choose?  We want to see the result! Even if you have installation photos - we love those too! Please feel free to share your story here and we will then share it on our blog, so that other readers can see how your project turned out.

DaVinci Roofscapes Cost Per Square How To Calculate It

When you are looking into green roofing options, like DaVinci Roofscapes, it is important to have an idea of how much it costs.

Green Roofing Options being installedHowever, quoting a number is never simple when it comes to roofing because every roof is different.  For example, a new construction roof is easier and faster to roof than a re-roof because the new construction roof doesn't require tear-off, dumpster fees and more.

So if you are looking to calculate DaVinci Roofscapes Cost Per Square, here are some things that you need to know about your roof.  A local roofer that is experienced in laying piece by piece tiles (rather than asphalt sheets), will be able to give you a more accurate quote.
  • Pitch of roof
  • Exposure that you want the DaVinci tiles laid
  • Whether you want a straight or staggered coursing (this also depends on which of our lightweight roofing systems you decide to go with)
When it comes to figuring out your overall roof costs, there will also be many other factors involved in the cost of the roof, including:
  • Underlayments used
  • Location of roof - is it easy to access?  Will the roofing distributor be able to easily load tiles onto the roof?
  • What kind of flashing do you want?  Copper will cost more.
These questions only address a few standard situations - that's why we say that every roof is unique.

Another item you want to consider when investigating the COST of DaVinci is the long term benefits of going with a 50-year product that requires little to no maintanence.  You can read more about such savings through this blog post, Synthetic Slate Cost More Than Just the Price of Roofing Tile. Want to learn more about the cost of DaVinci?  Check out these blog posts:
Do you need help finding a roofer in your area?  Fill out this form to locate a contractor in your area.  

Are you a DaVinci roof owner?  How much did your DaVinci roof cost you?  Can you give us more details about the job itself?  Please share your DaVinci story!

Learn More about Plastic Roofing Materials from Tim Gentry

I have a confession.  I love the blog posts that Tim Gentry writes on our blog.  Why?

Well, for one, you've gotta know Tim Gentry.  He's delightful, smart and funny.  So when he writes a blog post like, Baby it's Cold Outside, you want to read it.

You can also pretty much guarantee that by reading Tim Gentry's blog posts that you will learn something about roofing that you didn't know.  He is great about including images that help explain what he is writing about.

For example, check out this post on Ice Dams.
Ice Dams
As a second generation roofer, Tim Gentry is well versed on every kind of roof - not only our lightweight roofing solutions.  So we have an advantage in that he can look at roofs from a more educated position.

He also has been long in charge of our product testing for certifications, so he knows a lot about the capability of our shingles.  Here's an example of his expertise, Class A Fire Rating.

Class A Fire Rating
You've also gotta love his ingenuity and ability to make our product more efficient and workable and therefore, giving roofers everywhere more green roofing options.  Check out what he does to save on waste in his blog post, Installing DaVinci Tiles With No Waste.

Do you have a question or inquiry for Tim Gentry?  Feel free to reach out to him or a member of our technical team through this on-line form.


Fake Slate Shingles and Snow Guards

An important feature for those residing in cold climates is having a roof that is wind, fire and freeze/thaw resistant. Natural slate roofs give your home a beautiful and appealing allure; however, this roof can be quite expensive to install and difficult to maintain. At the same time, it is brittle and prone to deterioration by hail, storm and even foot traffic on the roof. Its life span can be compromised due to its tendency to flake and crumble over time when exposed to the elements. One of the best slate roof alternatives on the market today is our composite slate roofs.

Lightweight Roofing SystemsIn areas where snow and ice are common issues in the winter, we recommend installing snow guards to ensure minimal damage to your property and to reduce potential injuries when ice melts and falls from the roof.  Alpine Snowguards in Vermont manufactures snow guards that can be retrofitted for those clients who already have DaVinci tiles installed.

DaVinci believes in retaining the beauty of your home while at the same time keeping it protected without major expense for maintenance or repair. Our synthetic or fake slate shingles have all the natural beauty of real slate yet are strong and sturdy. Many people have a hard time telling the difference between our tile and their natural counterpart as they look almost like real slate. Because they are manufactured using polymer roofing material, they are lightweight and available in a wide array of colors and color blends.

When you add extreme weather protection, practically maintenance free roofing and a 50 year limited warranty together, it makes our tile the perfect material to enhance your property value, add beauty to your building and protect your home at the same time.


Interview with Stella Amador of Florida Quality Roofing

Thank you to Stella Amador of Florida Quality Roofing for talking to us about our lightweight roofing solutions.

How'd you first discover DaVinci?

Lightweight Roofing Solutions installed by FLORIDA QUALITY ROOFINGI first discovered DaVinci products through a commercial project involving Bahama Breeze restaurants. The restaurants had wooden shakes that needed to be replaced to composite shakes. Our client required the same or better look of wooden shakes but with a longer product life. After researching for such specifications I was introduced to DaVinci, which exceeded my client's demands by offering a 50 year product warranty.

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

The most impressive aspect of DaVinci products is the overall quality. This includes quality of colors, sustainability, life of the product, and aesthetics.

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

Simple, it looks beautiful.
Lightweight Roofing Solutions

Why do you like DaVinci?

As a DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor I am most proud of being able to deliver customers a product that I know will exceed all of their expectations.

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

Cedar Shake AlternativeI would not recommend DaVinci to a homeowner that is looking for an inferior product.

What DaVinci products have you worked with? 

I have worked with the multi-width Autumn Blend Shakes.

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

I like the Autumn Blend and New Cedar shakes, they both look great, especially here in Sunny South Florida.

What other roofing products do you install?
  • GAF
  • Certainteed
  • Firestone
  • Sealoflex
  • Tropical Asphalt
  • Tamko
How long have you been in the roofing  business? 

Florida Quality Roofing was established in 2002 as a family owned and operated company. Owner and President, German Duarte is a second generation roofing contractor who followed in his father's footsteps and took over the business after he retired.

We are a fully licensed, fully insured and full service roofing company specializing in comprehensive roofing maintenance programs, commercial re-roofing, residential roofing and repairs.

FQR prides itself in offering a unique roofing experience.

The mission is to properly identify issues, prevent problems, maintain and ultimately help extend the life of a roofing system.  Our focus is in sharing our expertise with our clients in order to guide them to make the best possible choice for their roofing needs.

Do you have a favorite DaVinci job?  In other words, a favorite house or building where you installed DaVinci?  Why is it your favorite? 

Yes, my favorite job was re-roofing the first Bahama Breeze restaurant. I enjoyed it because it was our first project with DaVinci and the results were astonishing. The difference between the previous wood shake roof and the final result with the DaVinci Autumn Blend Shake were immeasurable. Also, our workers were transformed, by our fourth Bahama Breeze they were no longer roofers, they were artisans.
Plastic Roofing Materials
Are you interested in learning more about our lightweight roofing materials? Please feel free to get in touch with us.

DaVinci Roofscapes on YouTube

Video is such a great way to make connections, educate and have a lot of fun in the process. The creation of YouTube has certainly taken the Internet by storm with millions viewing the latest funny or educational videos on a daily basis.

If you haven’t had a chance or just weren’t aware, DaVinci Roofscapes has our very own YouTube video channel with plenty of great videos for you to discover more information about our lightweight roofing materials.
DaVinci Roofscapes YouTube Channel

On our channel, you’ll find customer video testimonials as well as a few product review videos from respected home improvement and do it yourself television channels. You will also have the opportunity to see examples of fire and impact testing on video, which demonstrates the effectiveness of our Class A fire rated and Class 4 impact roof tiles.

There are also some handy installation videos that demonstrate installing our slate and shake alternative tiles as well as toeboards. We will be adding to the channel over time so be sure to check often for the latest videos about our roofing product.

To learn the latest about our roofs, be sure to visit our website, and then also follow the links to our Facebook and Twitter pages so you can stay up to date with information we share with our social media followers.


Color Trends 2012: Neutrals Get Colorful

The last home exterior color trend for 2012/2013 that I'll be talking about before heading off to present at the International Builders' Show, is neutrals.  Now you may be thinking,

"What? Neutrals are a trend?  Come on, Kate, neutrals aren't trendy.  They are always used on home exteriors."

"And, colorful?  Neutrals aren't colorful.  What are you talking about?"

You're right, neutral colors aren't a trend.  They are a staple for homes both inside and out. What is new about the neutrals is the materials and combinations we will be seeing going forward.

What you aren't so right about is that neutrals aren't colorful. 
A variety of colored 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.

My current favorite neutral colors are not the earthtones used in decades past simply coming around again. Today's neutrals are sophisticated, complex colors that would never be satisfied to be called simply tan or khaki. They have more than a hint of color and are anything but boring.

I'm not the only one loving the complex neutrals so be looking for how designers are allowing neutrals to take center stage rather than using them as a foundation for other colors.
Gray with a touch of lavender sets this home apart
Any low chroma (think low intensity, less saturated) is considered a neutral and these are just the types of colors that are perfect for home exteriors.  The home above looks light gray but when the sun hits the siding you can see the mauve undertones.
A home exterior with James Hardie siding in a neutral color that compliments the fixed features of this home
A neutral color James Hardie siding compliments the variety of fixed features on the facade of this home. For the siding that is exposed you want to have a color that will fade into the facade rather than compete with the many design details and architectural elements.  Choosing a neutral with the same undertone as your fixed features is the perfect solution.

Going forward you will continue to see an interesting mix of materials in the permanent elements on home exteriors as buyers look for home constructed with more materials that have longer lifespans. Often the manufactured materials mimic natural materials but are a "greener", more durable product and can be offered in a wider variety of colors than is easily achieved in nature. This is true for the simulated slate and shake tiles that DaVinci offers.
DaVinci Roofscape Slate and Shake Color FansDaVinci Roofscape Slate and Shake Color Fans
But even with 49 color and almost unlimited possiblities for color combinations for your lightweight roofing system, the colors are all based on the hues of nature.  This means that they will blend beautifully with the many materials used on home exteriors and all of the many complex neutral siding colors that are so right for today's homes.  This is true of most of the materials that will continue to be used on home exteriors.

With so many neutrals coming together to define the characteristics of your home it becomes more important than ever before to understand how to make the colors and materials work together.  To help you know how to select your color confidently I put together an ebook (pdf) for you and DaVinci is making it available to you for immediate download.
FRESH Home Exterior Colors: 5 Steps for Finding the Perfect Hues for Your Home 
A Final Thought About Color Trends 
I have shared a glimpse into color trends over the past few weeks so that you will be aware of what is currently influencing design.  I would never recommend that you use a color just because it is currently on trend.  It is much more important that you choose colors that feel right to you, work well on your home and reflect your personality regardless of whether or not they are currently among the trending colors. 

If you missed any of my previous post please pop over and take a look.
Color Expert Kate Smith lends her expertise to DaVinci Roofscapes

Fake Shake Shingles and Snowguards

“Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” is a familiar line from a wintertime song heard during the Snow guards neededholidays, but when it comes to a rooftop, there are many homeowners dreading what Old Man Winter will bring when snow comes falling in real life. With icicles clinging to eaves and snow piled high and heavy on roofs, the material covering your roof needs to be built strong to withstand the possibilities of the damage snow and ice can bring during winter storms.

For our synthetic or fake shake shingles, we highly recommend the use of snow guards to keep snow and ice from shifting and thus creating hazardous conditions for those in its pathway, and from potential roof damage as well.

Alpine Snowguards from Vermont is a great resource for protective guards to keep snow in place and everyone below protected. Even if you already have a DaVinci roofs installed, the snow guards work well with our lightweight roofing materials and can be retrofitted to work with your existing structure.

Installation is easy and can be accomplished quite quickly by experienced roofing contractors. If you would like more information about finding experts in your area, give our customer service a call (800-328-4624) for assistance with finding the right snow guard installer for your building.


Visit DaVinci Roofscapes on Facebook

If you’re active online, then you surely know that Facebook will let you connect and share with the people in your life. But did you know you can also connect with DaVinci Roofscapes right on our Facebook page? All you have to do is become a fan by liking us on Facebook, and then you’ll have access to the latest news about our lightweight roofing solutions.

FacebookWe are also working on building an online community. We invite you to share your experience and photos of your home or building after installing our Eco friendly roof. We would love to see your DaVinci masterpiece!

As well, if you are undecided on a color for your new DaVinci roof, our friendly color expert is available to review any home photos you submit and offer advice on matching colors to give you just the right curbside effect.

All existing
DaVinci roof owners out there please feel free to share pics of your home or buildings along with comments on your experience with our tile roofs. Everyone benefits with a little commenting and picture sharing whether you are shopping for new roofing materials or already have a roof topped with our tile and want to show it off!

So head on over to our Facebook page, and remember to “Like” us so you’ll be able to follow all the action!


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."