Think About Luxury Homes with DaVinci Roofs

Dream a bit. Think about the "McMansions" you've seen over the years, or the retreat compounds that make you envious. Now, think about the roofs over those luxury homes ... and think DaVinci Roofscapes.

Our company has been fortunate to provide polymer slate and shake roofing for town homes to cabins to villas to getaways. Our versatile imitation slate and composite shake roofing products complement all styles of homes, including these luxurious properties:

- French Manor Estate in Camden County, New Jersey ... featuring 16,500-square-feet, the Alton Manor boasts six bedrooms, an in-law suite and a three-story pool house connected through a tunnel to a dedicated Man Cave. The 5,000-square foot entertainment area includes a 42-stool bar, dance floor, professional DJ equipment, gaming area and a 12-seat movie theater. Topping it all is a Bellaforté Slate roof!

- Red Ledges private home in Park City, Utah ... with relaxing waterfalls, fire pits and spacious spaces. Designed with minimal maintenance demands and topped with a DaVinci simulated shake roof. (See Designer Shakes Up Utah Roofs)

- Luxury home in Traverse City, Michigan ... expansive and homey, yet luxurious with lake views and lots of room for family and friends. This home was re-roofed with DaVinci polymer slate tiles and within a few months withstood a freak storm with hail up to four inches in size and 100 mph winds. The roof survived without any problems.

- Historic home in Roanoke, Virginia ... this mountaintop home sits just below the famous illuminated Mill Mountain Star, and has sweeping views of downtown Roanoke. Built in 1929 the homeowners decided to replace a dark, black slate roof with DaVinci Multi-Width Slate in the Vineyard blend of eight different colors to complement the home, the cobblestone driveway and sidewalk. (See Colorful Slate Roof the "Second Star" on Mill Mountain)

For more details on simulated shake roofing or synthetic slate roof tile on luxury homes, see Pass the Popcorn ... and the Roofing Tile Possibilities.

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Where Did Your House Get Its Style?

By Steven Randel, Houzz

One of the most common questions people have about their own home is, what style is it? This is not always an easy question to answer. "Style" is an elusive term, because it can be applied to many different things, and style is frequently an amalgamation of different features. Nevertheless, most homes have a link to an established fashion of architecture, defined by the overall form of the structure and/or its details. Also, it needs to be taken into account that many structures are created purely out of necessity with little regard to design aesthetic, and are considered to have a folk or vernacular style.

It can be said that a style is a definition after the fact rather than before or during. To label a unique building as it is being designed makes little sense. Time will tell if it holds up to replication and garners a following, thereby establishing a trend. But by far most houses have a rooted identity that has evolved to adapt to current living standards.

 

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Isler Homes, original photo on Houzz

 

Styles and fashions of home design once were regional and changed slowly over time. Building techniques were dictated by the skill of local tradesmen, and materials came from nearby sources or were specified far in advance and patiently anticipated. Beginning with the building boom after World War II, modern building practices completely changed how and what we built.

Related: The Birth of Modern Architecture

The Disneyland effect took hold. Design was inspired by faraway places, and materials could be shipped by rail or truck and even flown to almost any place in the developed world. Out of this luxury of choice evolved a few persistent styles, which are pressing into the latest century with great affection. Here you can see five home styles that have roots in the past yet are firmly 21st-century dwellings with a strong sense of place and character.

1. French eclectic. Considered to be rooted in Renaissance classical architecture as opposed to ancient classical architecture, French eclectic style can be symmetrical, as with the home shown here, or asymmetrical. This particular house also has the feeling of a chateau with its use of stone, and of Beaux-Arts architecture with the detailed articulation of the facade. There is even a hint of Greek revival with its centered, gabled pediment. Though classical architecture is practically absent in modern commercial building, it shows no signs of giving up in the domestic arena.

 


Sicora Design/Build, original photo on Houzz

 

2. Shingle. With some reference to classical detailing, the shingle style began to appear under the Victorian umbrella of design in the late 19th century. It ironically stems from medieval architecture — that is, the period of building between the end of ancient classical and the beginning of Renaissance classical. Original shingle was a style before its time; shingle designs emphasized a more open floor plan, a feature so popular today. On this house there are also elements of stick style (note the gable over the entrance porch) and Tudor (note the steep roof formations and varying window shapes). Shingle style is currently very popular in the southeastern United States but can be found in all areas of the country.

 


Studio 1 Architects, original photo on Houzz

 

3. Prairie. Though authentic examples of this style are rare outside the Midwest, and although it was only briefly popular (1900 to 1920), it had a profound effect on vernacular suburban architecture for the rest of the 20th century. The long, low, horizontal lines and deep eaves along with hipped roofs can be found all across the United States in the more familiar ranch style. It is also uniquely an American creation and is considered a part of modern architecture and, more specifically, stems from the Arts and Crafts movement. As can be seen in this example, the detailing can be quite sophisticated and complex.

 


Rockefeller Partners Architects, original photo on Houzz

 

4. California contemporary. This coastal California design alludes to midcentury style along with vernacular modernism, hence its designation as contemporary; it also displays currently popular materials and building techniques. A strong affection for midcentury modern architecture, especially domestic, resurfaced at the turn of the 21st century.

Original examples date back to the 1930s, but the Case Study program in Southern California and developer Joseph Eichler in Northern California set the nation on a course of what most labeled, at the time, contemporary. Many houses were built with this influence until a reversal of taste in the 1980s led fashion back to historic revivals and even postmodernism, though the latter was rare in residential architecture. A strong relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces is evident in this example, along with walls of glass and the use of warm materials.

 


AR Design Studio Ltd, original photo on Houzz

 

5. International. This style is somewhat rare in the United States but can be found in many places around the world, such as this example in the United Kingdom. Born from the work of famous architects such as Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier prior to World War II, this style fell out of favor after the war in Europe but simultaneously strongly influenced the aforementioned mid-century modernism in the United States.

Structural transparency lies at the heart of this style, which can easily be identified by flat roofs, walls of glass and long planes of solid walls punctuated with openings. With the home shown, the landscape is defined by the extension of primary wall elements, while the upper level seems to float above the setting. Minimalism marks its identity, but closer inspection of these masterpieces often reveals intricate, thoughtful and careful detailing.

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Featured Project - Columbia, MO

The demand for luxury retirement living is on the rise, and these developments are looking for long lasting, good looking, low maintenance products to use as building materials for their multi-family assisted living facilities. Recently, the Village of Bedford Walk, located in Columbia, MO installed a new, Single-Width Slate roof on their project. Our polymer single-width slate tiles offer the look of traditional slate, but at a fraction of the weight. It is also an impact and wind resistant product, which is crucial when you live in an area prone to nasty spring and summer storms.

This project was installed by EnRich Construction, also out of Columbia, Missouri. Thank you so much for sharing!

EnRich Construction
573-886-8494
www.enrichconstruction.com​

 

Polymer Slate     Tile Roofs

 

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Featured Project - Topeka, Kansas

It's always nice to see new construction happening, especially when it includes a luxury roof like Bellaforté Shake by DaVinci Roofscapes. This project, located in our home state's capital city, Topeka, Kansas, features a roof installed by Appelhanz Roofing, also out of Topeka.

Polymer roofing options are a popular in the Midwest because of their high impact rating and natural look. In Kansas, we see a lot of natural shake roofing damaged by storms, so we offer homeowners an alternative to the yearly maintenance and premature roof replacement with an impact and wind resistant option.

Appelhanz Roofing
785-246-0006
www.appelhanzroofing.com

 
 
 
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How Does Your Dream Home Stack Up To The Best-Selling House Plan In America?

 

Everyone has an idea of their dream home. I bet when you imagine your dream home it is filled with personal style and amenities to make your life easier and more enjoyable. My dream is to have a perfect little "jewel box" of a home that is smaller than what most people imagine but my dream home is more luxury than extra space.

What is your dream home like? I bet it is far different than the dream home of your parents or grandparents. You may have similar dreams for your family and our future but today our vision of what makes an ideal home are different than they were in post-War America when developers considered rows of similar homes to be the perfectly planned suburban neighborhoods.

Today home builders have shaken the 1950's idea of a "one size/style fits most" approach. They know that the perfect homogeneity that developers once imposed is no longer a match for the range of today's families and their needs.

And when it comes to finding a home with your dream design it’s easy to be envision lots of the details you want. It is just as important to choose a home that not only meets your individual needs but also considers where you'll be building, the typography of your lot, the look of the natural landscape and whether it will be marketable to future buyers.

Often the best way to do this is by simply looking at lots of home styles and floor plans. Companies like The House Designers offer what seems like unlimited options for your floor plan and home style. With so many different designs I was curious about which one was their most popular house plan.

House Plan 1895 - L'Attesa di Vita is an affordable, mid-size home featuring classic Craftsman details in a 2,091 square foot design.

Their most popular house plan is #1895 - L'Attesa di Vita. It is an affordable, mid-size home featuring classic Craftsman details in a 2,091 square foot design.

House Plan 7878 - Vita di Lusso is a luxury version of the classic L'Attesa di Vita featuring high-end Craftsman detailing, a 3-car garage and a finished walkout basement.

For those wanting more, the house plan #7878 - Vita di Lusso is a luxury version of the classic L'Attesa di Vita featuring high-end Craftsman detailing, a 3-car garage and a finished walkout basement.

Both of these dream homes are topped off with a designer roof from DaVinci Roofscapes that adds to the beauty of the exterior and gives both of these home Craftsman-Style Curb Appeal.

If you are ready to start working on making your dream home a reality you don't want to miss your chance to Vote for the New Look of America's Best-Selling House Plan! Win up to $1,000 in Prizes!!! But don't wait. Voting ends on October 10, 2016.

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Nailed It!

Fifty years is a long time. Imagine how much your body ages during five decades of living. Now imagine how much sun, wind and weather exposure a DaVinci Roofscapes designer roof receives in 50 years.

We've made sure our dependable composite slate and synthetic shake roofing tiles will hold up year after year. If you're a roofer, it's up to you to make the right decision on the nails you use to assure that the DaVinci roof tiles you install now will indeed stay on the luxury roof for at least 50 years.

At DaVinci, we recommend using copper, hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel nails. Why? Because our roofs will last for decades, you need to make sure that the nails you use will also last that long. After all, you don't want callbacks down the line that the roof is fine, but the nails you used are popping or rusting!

Once you've made your nailing selection, keep this tip in mind: Remember to nail down the bottom tab on both Bellaforté composite slate and synthetic shake roofing products. It's important to secure the tabs for a firm, confident installation that can help prevent damage from high winds and severe weather. And, don't be stingy with those nails! Every DaVinci roof shingle should be secured using two nails, with dimensions of a 3/8" head by 1/2" length.

Need more nailing tips from our polymer roofing experts? Then check out Nailing No-No's and Which Nails Should I Use for a Composite Slate Roof?

 

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From the Architects Corner - Mark Your Calendars

Summer is flying by and it is time to think a head to September! Are you headed to Austin this fall for the 2016 CONSTRUCT convention and trade show? Swing by booth #225 September 8th & 9th to see what's new at DaVinci Roofscapes and pick up some information and chat with one of our  luxury roof experts. Our polymer slate and shake roof tiles are perfect for your steep sloped commercial projects as they not only look beautiful, but meet (and often exceed) building codes in most cities! Hope to see you there.

 

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Featured Project - Fontana, WI

Natural slate, while beautiful, comes with its down falls. It is heavy, it is expensive, and it requires a considerable amount of maintenance. Last year we redesigned the molds for our Multi-Width Slate, giving the edges a more quarried look and adding deeper impression lines. The goal was to create an even more authentic quarried slate appearance, so that somebody visiting the home would never be able to tell the tiles on the roof were actually polymer slates. The result has been an exceptionally authentic, thicker look, but with no added weight or change in the performance of the tiles.   

This project was recently installed by Cedar Roofing Company, out of Lake Forest, IL. This high end roofing company has an arsenal full of premium roof products, and has installed dozens luxury roofs by DaVinci Roofscapes over the last few years. Thank you for sending these pictures over, CRC! 

Cedar Roofing Company
847-247-4400
www.cedarroofingcompany.com

  

 

 

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Featured Project - Mentor, OH

Wow! It is like our luxury roof tiles were made for the mansard on this apartment complex located in Mentor, OH. The Deepwoods North Apartments met their steep slope roofing match with Bellaforté Shake in the Tahoe color blend when Runyon & Sons Roofing installed the material on the project last year. Using our imitation shake products enables apartment complexes and other multi-family living structures to have the aesthetic quality that brings renters in, but overall will save them on wear and tear that happens to shakes. 

When I was preparing to write this blog, I showed this photo to our VP of Technical Services, Tim Gentry. He liked the way Runyon & Sons Roofing (also out of Mentor, OH) did the flashing detail around the windows and up top where the flat roof meets the Bellaforté Shake tiles. Thank you for sharing your photos with us Runyon & Sons!

Runyon & Sons Roofing
440-974-6810
www.runyonroofing.com

 

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Find Out What Color The Easter Bunny Chose For His Lifetime Roof

Recently I was asked to provide color consulting services for a very special client, The Easter Bunny. Mr. Bunny needed to put a new roof on his home. After researching all of the options, he wanted a luxury roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. But, like many homeowners, he wasn't sure how to choose just the right color. They asked me to give him my color advice.

With good reason I thought that Mr. Bunny would want a custom blend that was as bright and colorful as the eggs he dyes each year. I explained that we could make a special color roof or roof tile blend in any color his warm and fuzzy heart desired. I even showed him a couple of examples of a beautiful blue and perfect pink that we had custom blended for two princesses living in Florida to spark his imagination. Much to my surprise that wasn't what he had in mind at all.

One of the things that had attracted him to DaVinci, in addition to its resistance to impact, hail and fire, was that all 50 polymer roofing colors were inspired by nature. Rather than a brightly-colored storybook roof, he wanted one that would blend in with the surroundings. While he likes his egg dyeing studio to be bright and attention-getting, for his home Mr. Bunny wanted to create a hideaway that insures that after the busy Spring season he will be able to rest and relax undisturbed. Now that I understood, I was able to go in a different direction with my recommendation. I narrowed it down and had the awesome DaVinci customer care team send out samples for him to look at on his roof.

Because it was so close to Easter I decided to send him a little surprise that would drive home the point of just how natural the synthetic slate and shake roofing tiles look. I dyed a very special dozen eggs in a variety of DaVinci colors. The eggs arrived with the roofing samples and a note challenging Mr. Bunny to hide these eggs around his home and hold a special egg hunt to see if his friends could find these eggs. I felt confident that these special eggs would be camouflaged so well that they would be hard to find, if they are found at all.

Luckily after the special egg hunt, as I expected, even his color specialist had a difficult time finding the eggs hidden among the stones, soil, grasses and other colors of the natural landscape. Eventually those with the most discerning eye for color were able to find most of the eggs but there are still two or three yet to be located.

The Easter Bunny is satisfied. He confidently selected the mix of colors I had recommend in Bellaforte Slate. Now when Mr. Bunny hops down the trail to his burrow after a long season he will be welcomed to his own private hideaway. With a solid roof overhead in a color that blends with his natural surrounding he can relax into a much-deserved rest.

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Composite Shake Tops Historic Buildings

Looking to make a move to Pennsylvania? Then you may want to check out the beautiful luxury homes available from Toll Brothers at Liseter, a master-planned community in Newtown Square.

While the homes are all new, there are two historic stone buildings on the site, which started as "Liseter Farm," a horse farm created in the 1920s. Nestled in Delaware County, the once-grand estate now happily welcomes new homeowners. As people pass by the older buildings they most likely think the cedar shake roofing overhead is authentic cedar, but they'd be wrong.

 

Fake Shake

 

Two rebuilt historic structures and one new building are where they'll find DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake roofing tiles.

"We installed the DaVinci polymer shake tiles in the Spring and Summer of 2014," says William Reinhardt with A. Brooks Roofing, Inc. "This was our first DaVinci installation. The historic buildings were rebuilt and presented to us as if newly constructed, so we could easily move forward with the roofing installation.

"There's an amazing natural look to the DaVinci composite shake products that fit in very well with this setting. And, the reduced weight of the product makes it easy to work with. This was a beautiful product to work with and one that really complements the historic nature of these buildings."

You can also be  Shaking Up Your Roof with Unlimited Possibilities

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Composite Slate Luxury Roofs --- Times Two

Side-by-side homes in Birmingham, Michigan have more than the same contractor in common --- they both have DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate roofs.

Built by Thomas Sebold & Associates and roofed by Butcher and Butcher Construction Company, the homes are both topped with durable composite slate roofing to complement the home designs and help protect them from severe weather conditions. (See Spotlight on: Butcher & Butcher Construction Co)

"We felt good about working with the team at Butcher and Butcher," says homeowner Jay Feldman. "They were patient while we picked out our custom color blend of Castle Grey, Medium Tan and Dark Purple for our designer roof and they did a professional job.

"There are many strong features of our DaVinci roof. The lifetime limited warranty and low maintenance aspects bring us peace-of-mind. Best of all, our roof looks unique and perfectly complements our home's design."

Next door at the home of Feldman's neighbors, Castle Gray Multi-Width imitation slate tiles were installed on his home.

"The authentic natural slate appearance of the DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate tiles was the most important feature in our decision to select this product," says the homeowner. "The product's benefits of resistance to hail and fire, as well as the lightweight aspect of the composite tiles, have added to my overall satisfaction with the DaVinci roofing products."

Fake Slate

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From the Architect's Corner - Appointment Time!

I work with architects every day, offering all the support I can over the phone or via email, all from my office inside the DaVinci Roofscapes manufacturing headquarters. In most markets in the US and Canada I work in tandem with a local DaVinci Sales Representative as well. His or her job also includes working with the design professional on the specifications for your projects, assisting with sales presentations to your clients or design review boards, and providing product education. Aside from that, knowing your local luxury roof expert will ensure you have accurate pricing information, referrals to local contractors, and up to date samples and materials for your library. Contact me today to set up an appointment with your local DaVinci representative.

With the start of a new year, now is a great time to bring in your local product expert for a refresher on what we offer.

Happy Friday, Architects! 

Bellaforte Shake
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Free E-Books Help You Select New Polymer Roofing in 2016

It's a new year, and that may mean you're finally making the decision to invest in a new roof. We can help.

DaVinci Roofscapes has two free e-books available that are packed with tips and insights on selecting new composite roofing that will look great on your home.

Designer RoofOur FRESH Home Exterior Colors guide explains how to choose the right color for your roof based on five factors:

            Fixed Features

            Regional Colors

            Environment and Surroundings

            Style of Your Home

            Historic and Have-to-Use Colors

The companion e-book, FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior provides insights on selecting the right type of roofing product and best color for different styles of homes, including Colonial, Ranch, Bungalow, Victorian, Spanish Mission, European and New American.

Our color expert, Kate Smith with Sensational Color, has authored both these books. She's also available to answer your personal color questions to assist you in selecting the colors that will look best on your designer roof. Just "Ask Kate" and you'll get the one-on-one support you need to confidently add a colorful new luxury roof to your home in 2016!

Need more color help? See "Over the Roof” Options at DaVinci Online Color Studio  and New Videos from DaVinci Roofscapes!

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New Roof in New Year? We've Got You Covered!

Does a new year mean there's a new roof in your future? If that's the case, then DaVinci Roofscapes can help.

There's no better time to invest in polymer roofing from DaVinci. Why? Because we recently enhanced the profiles of all our simulated slate roofing products. The new refined profile has a more quarried look that closely resembles natural slate. You can choose from:

DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate - Available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths, bundles of the sustainable roofing product arrive at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork. The composite slate is crafted to display rough edges and natural stone-like surface textures and comes at an impressive 1/2" tile thickness.

Bellaforté Slate - Includes a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge to help reduce the installation time for the composite slate products. A square of Bellaforté slate roof shingles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

Single-Width Slate - Offers exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. These imitation slate tiles are available in a 12" tile width with a 1/2" thickness and are modeled after natural slate pieces.

 

Fake Slate

 

If a synthetic shake roof is in your future, you've also come to the right place. Our fake cedar shake tiles have been created as an exact duplication of real wood shakes. Thanks to their authenticity, composite shake roofing is our best selling product. Just look at all the options we offer:

DaVinci Multi-Width Shake - Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths along with a virtually limitless color palette, the multi-width cedar shake roof features both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths of the 5/8" profile on the tiles help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in either a straight or staggered pattern.

Single-Width Shake - 9" tile width offers exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point.

Bellaforté Shake - Features a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge, which help reduce the installation time for the products. At a one-inch average tile thickness, Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles are reminiscent of natural jumbo shakes.

DaVinci Fancy Shake - Luxury roof tiles provide a more refined cedar look when compared to traditional hand-split shake. With the clean, smooth look of a machine-sawn shake, Fancy Shake is available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with a tile thickness of 7/16". Using multiple widths helps create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid at a straight or staggered pattern.

 

FAke Cedar Shake

 

Need more help? No problem! See Shaking Up Your Roof with Unlimited Possibilities and Don't Panic! DaVinci Roofscapes Has The Answer.

 

 

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Designer Relies on DaVinci Roofscapes

The Red Ledges private mountain community near Park City, Utah showcases a wide variety of home designs from Kevin Price Designs. Many of the homes feature luxury roofs from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Composite RoofingThe stunning home designs in Red Ledges display the perfect blend of natural beauty and upscale amenities. Relaxing waterfalls, fire pits and spacious spaces have been incorporated into many homes, including #110 Red Ledges, Price's first design to incorporate more contemporary elements into a home in the community.

"This is one of my favorite designs in Red Ledges and I'm thrilled that the homeowners have DaVinci Roofscapes simulated shake roofing to top off the design," says Kevin Price. "The composite shake perfectly complements the mountain traditions of the Red Ledges design guidelines while providing a low-maintenance roof that the homeowners love."

Price has worked with various engineers and builders to design many of the custom homes in Red Ledges, with styles ranging from contemporary to rustic in architecture. (See Utah Homeowners Appreciate DaVinci Roof)

"Within the Red Ledges community I've designed homes with outdoor entertainment areas for one family that loves outside activities and then creating interior sanctuary settings for another client," says Price. "Everyone wants their ultimate dream home with minimal maintenance involvement. That's another big reason I repeatedly specify DaVinci roofs. With a lifetime limited materials warranty these roofs will last for decades.

"Of all the roofing materials I've reviewed in my 35 years of design work, the DaVinci product makes the most sense to me. It's visually powerful, durable for our environment and perfectly complements my designs."

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Composite Slate Luxury Roofs --- Times Two

Side-by-side homes in Birmingham, Michigan have more than the same contractor in common --- they both have DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate roofs.

Fake SlateBuilt by Thomas Sebold & Associates and roofed by Butcher and Butcher Construction Company, the homes are both topped with durable composite slate roofing to complement the home designs and help protect them from severe weather conditions.

"We felt good about working with the team at Butcher and Butcher," says homeowner Jay Feldman. "They were patient while we picked out our custom color blend of Castle Grey, Medium Tan and Dark Purple for our designer roof and they did a professional job.

"There are many strong features of our DaVinci roof. The lifetime limited warranty and low maintenance aspects bring us peace-of-mind. Best of all, our roof looks unique and perfectly complements our home's design."

Imitation SlateNext door at the home of Feldman's neighbors, Castle Gray Multi-Width imitation slate tiles were installed on his home.

"The authentic natural slate appearance of the DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate tiles was the most important feature in our decision to select this product," says the homeowner. "The product's benefits of resistance to hail and fire, as well as the lightweight aspect of the composite tiles, have added to my overall satisfaction with the DaVinci roofing products."

Ready to think about synthetic slate roof tile for your home? Then visit Which DaVinci Slate is Right for My Home? for guidance and ideas!

 

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Featured Project - Aspen, CO

This project features another high-end Colorado townhome community roofed by Umbrella Roofing. Umbrella Roofing out of Gypsum, CO has been installing simulated shake roofing by DaVinci Roofscapes for many years and put on dozens of these roofs in the Aspen area, including this project for the luxury townhomes located in the Maroon Neighborhood Townhome Association. 

Multi-Width Shake is the natural choice for material as it has a spot on cedar shake look, but is Class A Fire Rated (which, in Colorado is necessary), Class 4 Impact Rated, wind certified to 110 mph and comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. Also a plus for these townhome owners? It is virtually maintenance free, which means it won't gross moss/algae and it will retain it's fire rating and color without having to be treated annually. 

Umbrella Roofing, Inc
970-704-9130
www.umbrella-roofing.com

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Spotlight on: Butcher & Butcher Construction Co.

In 2015 the team at Butcher & Butcher Construction Co., Inc. served as the roofing and waterproofing contractor for two custom homes built by Thomas Sebold & Associates in Birmingham, Michigan. Here are insights from Mark Dalrymple, President of Steep Roofing & Sheet Metal Operations at Butcher & Butcher.

Polymer Roof TilesQ: The two homes you re-roofed are side-by-side. Both homes gained large additions to existing structures. What was the role of Butcher & Butcher?

A: As an industry leading contractor for high-end residential roof installations, Butcher & Butcher was contracted for installation of DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate for each designer roof. One home has the Castle Grey blend synthetic slate shingles and the other homeowner chose to create their own custom color blend of Castle Grey, Medium Tan and Dark Purple for their luxury roof. Both DaVinci roof projects were completed with copper flashings, half round copper gutters & downspouts, copper barrel dormers and copper standing seam roofs. 

Q: Your company has installed DaVinci composite roofing for more than 10 years. How do you compare the DaVinci roofing tile to other competitors?

A: DaVinci Roofscapes has proven themselves in the synthetic slate and shake industry as the best. I've had many experiences with other manufacturers' synthetic material failures. I've never had a failure with DaVinci or heard of a failure with DaVinci. As a result, I've singled out DaVinci as the only polymer roofing material I will work with.

Q: What specifically keeps you coming back to DaVinci synthetic roofing material?

A: Compared to other roof system types, DaVinci gives a great natural slate roof appearance with many additional benefits to the homeowner. Their consistent high quality lightweight roofing materials are a benefit to me as the installer. And, the large selection of color options provides my clients with the opportunity to choose a roof to their individual liking.

Q: How important is the lifetime limited warranty offered by DaVinci to you and your customers?

A: DaVinci's got our backs. The actual fine print of the warranty and its coverage is very important to me as an installer because if there were to be any failures I am the first contact for the owner. I only install the best materials with the best warranties, which is another reason I install DaVinci.

Need a roofer for your next project? See  How to Find a Contractor for tips from DaVinci!

 

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Luxury Roof Options with Architectural Shingles

October is Self Promotion Month ... and at DaVinci Roofscapes we've got a lot to promote!

Along with our incredible Lifetime Limited Warranty, we've got test results that show our polymer roofing product is exceptional at resisting severe weather, impact, hail and fire. Our composite shake and imitation slate roof tiles are ideal for all areas of the country, on both residential and commercial projects.

And here's a big bonus --- we have synthetic roofing material to fit the needs of every project and wallet.

Here's a fast overview of our full product offering: 

DaVinci Multi-Width Slate: Our multi-width profile is available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths with 1/2" tile thickness at butt and 1/8" thickness at tip.

DaVinci Single-Width Slate: Available in 12" tile widths, the 1/2" tile thickness of this slate is twice the thickness of other synthetic slate tiles. Our VariBlend technology is used when creating this tile to form slightly varying shades from tile to tile for an authentic slate look.

Bellaforté Slate: A high performance, interlocking shingle that has superior wind resistance. Bellaforté tiles are 12" in width with 1/2" tile thickness at butt and 3/8" thickness at tip.

Fake Slate

 

DaVinci Multi-Width Shake: Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths that can be installed in a non-repeating fashion in either a straight or staggered pattern. A deep 5/8" profile has both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend to create enviable shadow lines.

DaVinci Single-Width Shake: 9" shake alternative tiles resemble hand-split cedar shake roofing. The 5/8" profile deepens shadow lines replicate real cedar roofing.

Bellaforté Shake: The 12" tile width with multiple profiles simulates a multi-width, staggered rough hewn wood shake. And, at 1" average tile thickness, Bellaforté Shake designer roof tiles are reminiscent of natural jumbo shakes.

Fancy Shake: With a clean, smooth look replicating machine-sawn shake, these 7/16" thick shake shingles provide a polished beauty for your roof. Available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with bundles arriving at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork.

Fake Cedar Shake

 

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