Polymer Roofing vs. Slate, Shake, Asphalt, Clay and Concrete

 

Durable: able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration; lasting.

There you have it. Webster's Dictionary has defined synthetic roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes for us.

Our cedar shake alternative and imitation slate tiles are manufactured to last --- and they're backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

Interested in how our durable, impact- and fire-resistant polymer roofing compares to other real and man-made products? Here's a fast look at the pros and cons of some competitive roofing products:

NATURAL SLATE:

            Pros: Doesn't burn; strong durability
            Cons: Heavy and brittle; requires beefy rafters and skilled roofers for installation; expensive

REAL SHAKE:

            Pros: Turns colors and fades when exposed to the sun; lightweight
            Cons: Vulnerable to fire, hail and moss growth; short lifespan; can crack and split

ASPHALT:

            Pros: Lightweight; inexpensive; fast to install
            Cons: Sheds granules; short lifespan; thin shadow lines

CLAY:

            Pros: Fireproof; long life span
            Cons: Heavy; brittle; expensive; requires heavy rafters and skilled roofers for installation

CONCRETE:

            Pros: Fireproof; unaffected by the sun; many shapes
            Cons: Heavy; vulnerable to freezing weather

Naturally we're firm believers in composite roofing for durability. You will be too once you hear how we make our polymer roof tiles.

Each shingle starts with pellets of colored plastic polymer blended with ultraviolet inhibitors and fire retardants. The mix is heated into a liquid state and then injected into a hot steel mold. Next, up to 1,000 tons of hydraulic pressure produces a tile of uniform density with a crisp, flawless profile.

That tile pops out of the press, is cooled, inspected and collated by color blend before being shipped. Want to see this operation in action? Here's our plant tour video:

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Virgin Versus Recycled Roofing Tiles

Have you ever wondered why DaVinci Roofscapes uses only virgin polymer for our field tiles?

Virgin polymers are consistent. They're the purest form of plastic so we know we can control the quality of our field roofing tiles when using virgin polymers.

It's important to know that every time plastic is reheated or reformed, it loses some of its strength and performance predictability. By using only virgin polymers, we can control the quality of imitation slate and composite shake roofing tiles that we sell. Take a walk through our manufacturing process in the video below.


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All of our incoming raw materials at DaVinci are thoroughly tested and must match our stringent specifications or we don't use the product. Knowing that our pure polymer makes the best looking and performing composite roofing tiles, we don't settle for less than the best. This is what makes DaVinci stand above the rest of the roofing manufacturers in our industry.

For our starter tiles (which are generic in color and hidden under field tiles on the roof) we do use recycled content. But, we only use product recycled at our own facility, so we're not bringing in outside product.

 

 

For these starter tiles, we sort our scrap regrind into different color batches. Then we regrind this scrap and produce our starter tiles. By only using our own product in recycling, we know there's only a one-step generation of recycling, and the original pieces that are going into our starter tiles were made according to our quality standards.

Interested in learning more about virgin and recycled plastics? There's a great article on the DeepRoot website that can provide you with details. Click HERE for a fast link!

And, to learn more about our comprehensive recycling capabilities at DaVinci, see 2016 Earth Day: DaVinci Roofscapes Recycled 800,000 Pounds of Polymer Last Year.

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Deciding on a Slate Roof

You're in the market for a new roof, but you can't decide between real slate and composite slate. We understand your dilemma.

A roof is not a product you purchase every year ... or even every 10 years.  So, when it comes time to determine what to put atop your home, we can help.

Fake SlateIf you love the look of slate, but you're worried about the cost and weight of natural slate, visit our DaVinci Slate Comparison Guide to get fast insights as to the differences between real slate roofs and synthetic slate roofing. This easy-to-view chart outlines the differences (and similarities) between the beauty, labor and performance of natural slate roof tiles versus imitation slate tiles.

And, if you're concerned about the environment, check out our Sustainability & Environment website page before making a decision on your roofing materials. You'll find that plastic slate roof products from DaVinci Roofscapes are 100% recyclable. We also offer DaVinci EcoBlend tiles that reflect sunlight and heat away from your home. These environmentally-friendly roof tiles reduce the energy needed to heat and cool your home.

To further help you make a slate roofing decision, we've broken down the features and benefits of our composite slate products on our Products website page. Click HERE and you'll find tabs with available colors, features overview, maintenance & installation, and safety & warranty information for every slate product we produce.

Which DaVinci Slate is Right for My Home? and To Slate, or Not to Slate ... That is the Question can give you even more help in making your slate roofing decision!

 

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Tips for Cold Weather Installations

In many parts of the country, almost balmy weather conditions made December a dream month for roofers. Forget about layering up ... many roofers from North Carolina to New York were still in t-shirts!

However, as January weather settles in, colder weather is inevitable. That means polymer roofing installers need to prepare for cold weather situations.

If the temperatures have gotten nippy in your area and you're forging onwards with roofing installs, here are some tips from DaVinci Roofscapes to warm you up through the next several months:

Designer RoofTip #1 - Prior to installation in colder temperatures, make sure that synthetic shake shingles and composite slate tiles have been stored flat.

Tip #2 - DaVinci's unique formula allows our synthetic roofing material to remain flexible in colder weather. It's important that the roofing shingles are laid at a very minimum 3/16”.

Tip #3 - If using a pneumatic roofing nail gun for plastic roofing materials installation, the pressure should not be set too high. You may wish to hand nail pieces in if you're having trouble with your air compressor.

Tip #4 - Cold hands? Buy some "shake and use" hand warmers to slide into your gloves.

Tip #5 - When cutting imitation slate tiles or shake alternative shingles in colder temperatures, score the lightweight roofing tiles with a straight blade and break the tile along the score or use a saw blade with smaller and finer teeth.

 

Need more help for simulated shake roofing and plastic slate installations this winter? Then see Brrrrrisk Polymer Roofing Installations.

 

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Driving Over DaVinci Roofscapes Polymer Roof Tiles

Seeing is believing. And, for Allen Lyle with Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford show, testing a product is really believing.

Because he wanted to truly understand the durability of DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roof tiles, Allen decided to put them to the test --- with fire, freezing, sledge hammers and even by driving a car over our synthetic slate product.

What happened? Nothing.

Watch the video above or click HERE to see how Allen blow-torched, hammered on and drove over DaVinci plastic roofing materials. You'll discover exactly what Allen did --- that our composite roofing materials are Class A Fire Rated and made to withstand fire, severe weather conditions and heavy impact. That includes everything that Mother Nature --- and Allen --- can throw at them!

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Celebrate America Recycles Day

What do you recycle at home? Plastic water bottles? Cardboard? Newspaper? Glass jars? Beverage cans? Good for you!

Eco Friendly RoofToday is America Recycles Day --- part of America Recycles Month --- coordinated by the Keep America Beautiful organization. This group has done a terrific job of educating people on the value of recycling in the home and workplace. As a result, they report that the national recycling rate has increased every year for the past 30 years. Right now the current recycling rate is an impressive 34.5%.

At DaVinci Roofscapes we're proud to say we do our part to recycle. If a composite slate or synthetic shake roofing tile we manufacture doesn't meet our high standards, we recycle it into starter tiles for the roof.  We also accept and recycle back unused DaVinci polymer roofing from job sites (see Return Those DaVinci Scraps!). That means less plastic roof materials are going into landfills. Instead they're heading right back up on the roof!

You can do your part in recycling more and helping the environment.  Click HERE to see the top 10 items every consumer can recycle at home and at work. And, to learn more about eco friendly roofs made from DaVinci, see Go Green with DaVinci Synthetic Roof Tiles.

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Brrrrrisk Polymer Roofing Installations

Break out the pocket warmers and the heavy-duty work gloves. Temperatures are dropping and that means getting yourself and your crew ready for cold weather polymer roofing installations!

The good news is that, even if the temperatures drop below freezing, you can still install DaVinci Roofscapes simulated slate roofing and composite shake tiles. Actually, synthetic roof materials from DaVinci can usually be installed in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Polymer RoofingWhile you might resist installing other roofing materials in temperatures this cold, bundle up, because our products can handle frigid weather.

DaVinci's carefully-formulated imitation slate and shake alternative roof tiles aren't brittle (like plastic roofing materials are thought to be). They're actually made to remain flexible in very cold temperatures. Even in bone-chilling cold temperatures, you don't have to worry about excess breakage of the designer roof tiles due to cold weather conditions.

Of course, we do have a few tips to share. First, if you're using a pneumatic nail gun for installing our roof tiles, make sure the pressure isn't set too high. Second, make sure that our DaVinci shake alternative and slate roofing tiles have been stored flat, and are flat when installed. Third, You must make certain that the space between tiles is at a very minimum 3/16”. And, most importantly, use extra personal care when working in cold weather conditions. That means staying focused, keeping those pocket warmers handy and making sure to stay safe up on the roof!

Need more tips on installing synthetic roofing material in cold conditions? Check out Freeze/Thaw No Trouble for DaVinci Polymer Roofing and Winter Roofing Installation With No Worries.

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What Would Your Friends Say About a New Lifetime Roof From DaVinci Roofscapes?

If you're in the market for a specific brand of a new car, computer, or even a refrigerator, you're likely to seek out a lifetime warranty and ask friends who own those products for their opinions. It's the same way with buying a new roof.

But, you may not know of any friends with a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roof ... so let us introduce you to some new friends to hear what they have to say about our plastic roofing materials.

>>> Anthony Polotto, a registered roof consultant who works in the University Architects Office at Notre Dame, installed DaVinci composite slate on his own home after he was impressed by the installation of a composite slate roof from DaVinci on a campus project. "I actually recommend this roof to everyone I know," says Polotto. "The only drawback is this is an investment roof with a higher price tag. However, this is really no comparison to the value of this product, even with the most expensive asphalt on the market. I still have people drive by my home very slow to admire the roof ... and several people have even stopped to ask what type of roof it is. That makes me very proud!"

Imitation Slate

 

>>> Kim Butler had her DaVinci roof installed in combination with a steel roof on her Nebraska home last year. She's all smiles about her designer roof. "We are happy with our DaVinci roof and continue to receive great comments from those who see it," says Butler. "I think it's the combination of the steel with the DaVinci product that makes our roof unique. We would recommend the DaVinci product to others!"

 

Fake Shake

 

>>> Henry Bretthauer lives in Oregon and had his DaVinci synthetic slate roofing installed in 2013. "The spring rains wash the dirt off our roof and it looks like new again," says Bretthauer. "While our neighbors have to power wash their roof regularly to remove bird droppings, moss and mold, we just rely on Mother Nature to clean off our DaVinci roof!"

 

Polymer Roof Tiles

 

Hear more from homeowners at Checking in With DaVinci Roofscapes Homeowners.

 

 

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Ohio Assisted Living Facility Gets Synthetic Slate Roofing

This is National Assisted Living Week --- a time to shine the spotlight on the facilities and people dedicated to helping people as they age or need special services.

Fake SlateAt DaVinci Roofscapes, we're tipping our hat to all those who help people in assisted living locations ... and those who will soon help others at new, "under construction" facilities that will have our plastic roofing materials overhead.

In Granville, Ohio, the Middleton of Granville complex will open in just a few weeks. This $18.3 million community includes 94 assisted living and memory care units plus lots of amenities. Atop the new single-story facility is an abundance of Bellaforté Slate Black polymer roofing.

"Our assisted living facility has a large footprint for a one-story building," says Jack Lucks, a founding partner with Continental Realty, the developer of the property. "Anything you can do to give depth to the roof on a project like ours is a benefit. The DaVinci tiles have the shadow lines and aesthetics we need for our facility."

The consistent single width of Bellaforté Slate tiles provides beauty to the property's roof with its clean, simple design. At a half-inch tile thickness, these simulated slate roofing tiles are twice the thickness of most other synthetic slates.

"DaVinci offered the look we needed to make our facility come together," says Lucks. Keep watching and we'll share pictures of the finished facility soon. In the meantime, you can see other examples of synthetic slate roofing at SRA Architects Specify DaVinci Polymer Roof for New LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge and Contractors Go to Church with DaVinci Roofscapes.

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Composite Roofing Resists Mold

Ick. MOLD. That four-letter word can cause any homeowner to tremble.

Since September is Mold Awareness Month, our team at DaVinci Roofscapes wants to calm your moldy fears and offer some information and ways to eliminate your designer roof ever being associated with the word "ick."

Designer RoofOverall, mold likes to grow where it's damp. That's why you will see it accumulate on bathroom walls and showers, in not-so-recently opened jars of food that are left too long in the refrigerator, and in closed-in attic spaces.

The best way to prevent the "dreaded mold" is with proper ventilation. So, put on the ceiling fan when taking a shower, tightly seal opened food containers, and add ventilating louvers to your attic.

You should also make sure to add a continuous ridge vent at the top of your roof ---- especially in steep slope roofing situations. And, to prevent mold from growing on your designer roof, make sure to research the roofing material you select for your home.

Simulated slate roofing and composite shake tiles from DaVinci resist mold, algae and fungus growth. That's important because natural cedar shake shingles can be a smorgasbord for mold and algae. (See Simulated Shake Roofing Without the Hassles of Real Cedar Roofing)

At DaVinci, we manufacture our tiles to resist these elements of nature --- plus insects, decay and rot. Thanks to our proprietary manufacturing techniques and our lifetime warranty on DaVinci plastic roofing materials, you'll never be saying "ick" when looking at your beautiful roof --- instead the word coming out will be "ahhhhhh."
 

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From the Architect's Corner - Mountain Installations

When talking to architects I often get asked how well DaVinci products hold up in high altitude, high wind, high UV exposure, freezing and snowy in the winter, but warm in the summar (ie - the mountains) climate. With hundreds of installations in the mountains, it is easy to say "amazing"! The tiles, made out of an engineered polymer (and calling it plastic slate or shake is really over simplifiying it) are designed to not absorb water so as the tiles go through the freeze-thaw cycles, they can come out unscathed. They also have a high quality UV stabilizer package embedded in the tile to prevent color loss in all climates. 

Here are a few projects we have featured in high altitude areas:

Avon, Colorado

Click here to read about how a condo community chose Multi-Width Shakes for their large roofing project. 

Vail, CO

Click here to read how a Multi-Width Slate roof changed the Vail skyline. 

Cordillera, CO

Click here to read about this Bellaforté Shake project. 

Happy Friday, Architects! 

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Checking in with Aaron Adams

A few weeks back we caught up with Aaron Adams, Central Region Manager for DaVinci Roofscapes, during one of his rare trips home. He spends many days traveling to roofing job sites to support our customers and can routinely be found anywhere from Minnesota to South Dakota to Louisiana.

Aaron's back in town again, so we're sharing more of his insights on the roofing industry.

Q: When you're on the jobsite, what are roofers telling you about the ease or challenges of installing DaVinci polymer roofing products?

A: Roofers equate our roofing tile install to a slightly faster cedar shake roof. Faster because they don't have to cull broken or knotted pieces, felt interlay is not typical, and they can be fastened with gun nails. One of the challenges they face is making sure new crews know how to hide cuts effectively.

Q: How do you see homeowners responding to DaVinci roofing materials?

A: The homeowners I've met with love the aesthetics of the polymer shake and composite slate. They look forward to not dealing with the ongoing maintenance of products like cedar shakes. Another piece of feedback I'm getting is that homeowners are relieved that they'll never again have to deal with bug infestations (like silverfish or termites) that they've had in the past with cedar shake roofing.

Q: What about the number of colors available in DaVinci products --- how do homeowners respond to having 50 standard color options?

A: Homeowners really seem to love the options and the ability to personalize their designer roof for their own home. Being able to put together a truly unique color combination that ideally suits their taste using the Color Designer Tool is a big hit.

Q: If you could sum up the message of DaVinci sustainable roofing products in one sentence, what would it be?

A: From color, virtually any steep slope roofing architectural design, severe weather conditions or green roofing options, DaVinci composite roofing products are up to the challenge!

Want to hear directly from roofers using plastic roofing materials from DaVinci? Then visit Contractor Profile: McRay Roofing and Roofer Endorses DaVinci Roofscapes.

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DaVinci Slate Roof: Then and Now

After three years of harsh Maine winters, homeowner Rob Fanjoy is as happy with his plastic slate roof as the day his re-roofing project was finished. (See Maine Challenge)

Fake Slate"My wife and I love our DaVinci Roofscapes luxury roof even more now that it's been installed for a few years," says Fanjoy, a resident of Hampden, Maine. "The durability is plainly evident and the composite roofing tiles have performed exactly as advertised.

"Our imitation slate roof has held up to three colder and snowier than usual winters and two very hot, sunny summers. EVERYONE who comes up our driveway comments on our designer roof --- friends, family, delivery drivers and service professionals --- they all rave about how great it looks and can't believe it's not real slate."

Fanjoy and his wife Holly selected a Multi-Width Slate roof from DaVinci in the Vineyard blend of eight colors. "We wanted a strong visual interest on the roof to accent our home," says Fanjoy. "We decided to make the roof the centerpiece of our exterior renovation plans. This worked out great for us and now we're in the process of using the 'top-down' color approach to select a siding that complements the roof!"

A big supporter of man-made products that replicate Mother Nature but offer more long-term benefits than natural products, Fanjoy continues to appreciate the features of his synthetic slate roof. "The DaVinci product resists cracking, fading, curling and impacts," says Fanjoy. "Plus, this polymer slate roof has a great warranty, so how could we want anything more?"

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From the Architect's Corner: Can You Tell the Difference?

For the last 15 years we have made it our mission to make the most authentic polymer slate and shake composite roofing tiles on the market. You know you've succeeded when time and time again you send homeowners, contractors, and architects out to see the products installed on a nearby home or business and their response is, "I drove right by it! It looked like natural slate and I was looking for a plastic slate." Or when you're standing in a tradeshow booth and people absentmindedly stop and touch the material, and end up blown away because it didn't feel like the slate or wood they were expecting to feel. 

I recently received this picture from a longtime contractor (Featured Project to come!) and had to share. With the copper gutters and flashings, these Multi-Width Slate tiles in the European Blend have the authentic look that people seeking a roof in our category require. If you were driving by and saw this roof, what would you think? 

Happy Friday, Architects!

Simulated Slate Roofing
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Strong and Beautiful ... Bellaforté Synthetic Roofing Materials

Fake ShakeHere's your Italian lesson for the day. "Bella" means "beautiful" in Italian ... and "forte" means "strong." So, it's no surprise that when we named our newest composite roofing product a few years ago we came up with Bellaforté --- a beautiful and strong luxury roof product for both homes and commercial projects.

Bellaforté polymer roofing makes installation easy while saving materials and cutting down on installation costs. How do we do this at DaVinci Roofscapes?  The Bellaforté self-aligning ledge on the back of each composite shake or imitation slate tile allows roofers to reduce installation time while assuring consistent installation quality.

That's impressive, but it's not all Bellaforté has going for it. The snap-fit tile creates a built-in rain gutter and the leading edge tab secures every tile to drastically improve wind performance.

The durability of Bellaforté lightweight roofing materials is also impressive --- at 1/2" thick, the Bellaforté Slate roofing tiles are twice the thickness of most other synthetic slates. And, if you're looking for a shake alternative product, the Bellaforté Shake tile is 1" thick with multiple profiles. This allows roofers to give a multi-width staggered look to the roof even though the tiles are all the same 12" width.

For more information on Bellaforté plastic roofing materials, see DaVinci's Bellaforté Roof Tiles Revolutionizing Roofing

Arrivederci!

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Unlimited Possibilities with DaVinci Roofscapes

Like a tempting, over-flowing buffet line at a quality restaurant, DaVinci Roofscapes provides an endless array of designer roof possibilities for homeowners.

First, there are the colors --- oh, the colors! Whether you're looking for a stately, refined gray or an eye-catching violet, we have the color you desire to perfectly complement your home exterior. In fact, we have 50 different colors AND we can combine different shades to create a personal blend of polymer roofing just for you. If you can't find a color that doesn't perfectly meet your desires, just bring us your favorite paint color swatch, jacket or nail polish and we can create a custom roof color to meet your needs!

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Second, the composite roofing choices. DaVinci offers simulated shake roofing and composite slate in our lightweight roofing materials. And, we don't stop there. We have both multi-width and single-width offerings in our plastic roofing materials ... plus good-better-best options for pricing.

Unlimited possibilities at DaVinci Roofscapes is more than just a tagline --- it's our way of life.

For more than 15 years we've proudly created slate roof alternatives and synthetic cedar shake roofing that authentically replicates the real product, but offers so many more advantages. Our sustainable roofing gives you peace-of-mind with our Class A Fire Rating, high wind and severe weather tolerance and lifetime limited warranty.

Need more details? Then visit Which DaVinci Slate is Right for My Home? and DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options.

 

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Hi! I'm Allen Lyle...

One of the, I guess you would call it, “quirky” things about being in the profession I’m in is that total strangers often walk up to me and ask home improvement questions. I kid you not, I was standing in Wal-Mart the other day and a lady walks up with three different types of fasteners and says, “I want to hang a new flat-screen TV on a brick wall. Which of these would work best?” Not a “Hi” or “I sure love the television show.” Just walks up and BAM….Truthfully, I never mind helping with advice, but next time, at least introduce yourself!

Speaking of advice, just last week we got a call on the radio program asking about the best type of roofing materials. This particular caller asked our opinion about metal roofing vs. traditional asphalt shingles. They wanted to make sure I understood that they were looking for something that would last.

So I asked the caller about other roofs in the neighborhood and no one else had metal. My response: “I really don’t think a metal roof would complement either your house or the surrounding homes. Have you thought about a polymer roofing product?” You’d have thought I was speaking in tongues!

I explained how this is a man-made product designed to look like a natural material and her immediate response was, "Oh no, no, no. I don’t want a plastic-looking roof.”

Now, I love it when this happens, because all I have to say is, “Let me tell you about DaVinci Roofscapes" ….and I get to talk about the realistic looking composite slate and synthetic shake products.

I’m particularly fond of the new 12" Single-Width Slate profile I just saw this year at the International Builders' Show. I was inches away and still couldn’t tell the difference between it and a true piece of slate ... it’s that good. But given a choice, I’d pick these imitation slate tiles over real slate any day of the week.

I’m a true skeptic, so I put it to the test. Not that I needed to, because DaVinci has done a good job of making sure their products meet some pretty high standards, but I have to see for myself.

I took one of the fake slate pieces and placed it in the freezer for a few hours. Once I removed it, I took a baseball bat to it with swings that would make Hank Aaron, and even The Babe himself, envious. Not a crack, split or splinter.

Next, a propane torch……you want to call this fire resistant? Watch me set it on fire……and…. nothing. I’m not kidding you, this is impressive material. Plus, this manufactured slate tile is much lighter in weight than a true slate roof, so installation is faster and easier. With all these features, I can practically guarantee that you’re going to have the best-looking and most durable roof in the neighborhood.

... at least you will until the neighbors catch on and put DaVinci on their roofs; but, with 50 available colors at DaVinci, everyone can get the same durability and beauty without it looking the same!

Allen Lyle
Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford
Radio Show Co-Host

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Historic Homes Get Contemporary Polymer Roofing

When Kevin and Nancy Dye purchased their 1929 historic home in Virginia, they did so knowing a new roof was in their future.

Fake Slate RoofThe home originally sported a red Mediterranean tile roof, but it had been replaced by an artificial black slate roof that that the homeowners disliked.

 “We did an extensive amount of research on roofing materials and searched for a realistic and durable slate product," says homeowner Nancy Dye. "The result is a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate roof that we love. We brightened up the home’s exterior by selecting the Vineyard blend of eight different colors --- dark and medium tan, light and medium gray, light and dark violet, dark stone and dark amber. This color combination fits the era of the home and complements our cobblestone driveway and sidewalk, the stone exterior of the house and our copper gutters and snow guards.”

 

Half way across the country in Texas, the Telecky family faced the same challenge of replacing the roof on their historic 1914 home.

Slate Roof Alternative“The home originally had wooden shake shingles, which were covered up over the years with several layers of asphalt shingles,” says homeowner Kathy Telecky. “We discovered that only the polymer roof tiles produced by DaVinci Roofscapes are uniquely designed to resist warping, fading, curling and cracking. And, these polymer tiles are fire and impact resistant, so we never have to worry about how our intense Texas heat or hail storms will affect them.”
 
The Telecky family is pleased with their new imitation slate roof. “The roofing tiles never look like plastic," says Telecky. "Right from the start they looked very natural with their understated slate gray color. This so accurately resembles real slate that we’re completely delighted with its beauty. Now we’re the envy of the neighborhood and our roof is ready for any weather we face in Texas!”

See Roof Envy - A Tale of Two Roofs and Homeowners Talk About DaVinci Roofscapes for more homeowner insights on composite roofing from DaVinci!

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From the Architect's Corner - Eyebrow Windows

An eyebrow window can be a charming focal point of a house. Prevalent in the Northeast (but found all over the US), it can also cause a challenge. How do you cover it? Metal? Shingles? What if you want the portion over the window to match the rest of the house? Natural slate, shake or cement tile definitely would not be an option.

DaVinci Roofscapes' composite slate and shake are plastic roofing materials. The components of the product allow it to be malleable, if necessary, so it can curve around an architectural detail such as this.

Happy Friday, Architects!

 

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Architect and Builder Team Up on Simulated Slate Roofing Project

Architect Christopher Derrick is like most people --- he sticks with what works. For his roof specifications, that often means recommending DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roof tiles.

“When the home style fits with a composite roofing product, I always recommend DaVinci,” says Derrick, principal and founder of Derrick Architecture out of Wheaton, Ill. (See DaVinci Polymer Tiles Meet Needs of Chicago Area Architect )

Over the years Derrick has worked with a variety of builders to construct his single-family custom home designs. Most recently he partnered with Charleston Building and Development to create two custom homes in Naperville, Ill. that feature Bellaforté Slate tile roofs.

“Working with Chris is exciting because he’s so creative and passionate about his home designs,” says Adam Van Someren, president of the residential division of Charleston Building and Development based out of Naperville. “He brings both historical perspective and solid product recommendations to his work.

“The Bellaforté product looks very realistic. I’ve seen other man-made plastic slate roofing products before that looked too fake. The DaVinci products look natural and complement the home styles very nicely.”

 

 

For their most recent project, Van Someren points out that using Bellaforté slate tiles probably saved the homeowner more than $50,000 as opposed to having natural slate on the roof.

“Considering the high cost of natural slate, the waste you get with cracked and broken pieces, plus the additional support required for the roof and rafters to support the weight of natural slate, the Bellaforté is a great option,” says Van Someren. “This product really has it all. Good looks, lightweight and durability. There’s definitely a value there with Bellaforté.”

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