This Old House Guide to Upgrading Your Roof

You know it's time. The signs are all there. Curling tiles. Several leaky areas. Faded coloring. There's no doubt about it ... it's time to replace your roof.

For most homeowners, this is a once (or twice) in a lifetime experience. That means you'll have questions. Fortunately the smart folks at This Old House magazine have created a start-to-finish online guide that gives you sensible information and great insights into different types of roofing options.

This Old House offers an 8-page downloadable lesson entitled "Read This Before You Upgrade Your Roofing."

Our team at DaVinci Roofscapes worked with the editors at This Old House magazine while they created this handy online guide. In a straight-forward way, this piece gives you comparisons of synthetic roofing materials to real slate and shake, asphalt, clay and concrete tiles. It showcases the elements involved in the roofing process and describes "extras" you may wish to consider, such as solar panels, snow guards and rain collection systems.

Most of all the guide provides an easy-to-understand overview of synthetic shake and slate roofing tiles. You'll learn the differences between textures, widths and butts, along with costs and upkeep information.

When it's time to consider a new roof, there's nothing like some straight-forward information to help you get started. At DaVinci Roofscapes we're proud to have partnered with This Old House magazine to provide you with the insights you need for your roofing project.

 

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30% Insurance Savings with DaVinci Roofscapes

Problem: A fierce storm in April of 2015 brought 80 mph winds to the Wichita, Kansas area. The severe winds ripped off part of the expansive roof on the Boorigie home in two different areas.

Solution: Homeowner, Laurie Boorigie, contacted her trusted roofer, Bill McCormack at Eaton Roofing. The company had expertly replaced a roof on their previous home and Laurie confidently relied on McCormack for a new roof recommendation.

"Bill suggested the DaVinci roofing product because it was impact-resistant and had a great reputation," says Boorigie. "I was reluctant at first to put plastic tiles on our house. But, after talking with an architect, I was assured it was a good, reliable product. Then I spoke to our insurance agent with State Farm, and he told us our premiums would go down 30% if we changed to the DaVinci product due to its resistance of high winds, hail, fire and impact!" (See also: Oklahoma Homeowners Get Insurance Discounts with DaVinci Roofscapes Impact-Resistant Roofs)

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The Boorigie family made the switch to a Bellaforté Slate Black roof to top their traditional home with an English flair. The black roofing complements the home's dark shutters and black iron light fixtures. 

"We've received many compliments on the look of our new synthetic slate roof," says Boorigie. "Since we replaced our roof with DaVinci composite roofing three other homes in our neighborhood have done the same thing!

"In Kansas we have very severe weather with high winds, large hail and occasionally tornadoes.  Having an impact-resistant roof gives you some peace-of-mind. We're happy to refer our friends and family to Eaton Roofing based on our exceptional experiences with them. And now we're equally pleased to refer people to DaVinci Roofscapes."

 

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FREE: "Upgrade Your Roof: The Complete Guide to Synthetic Slates and Shakes"

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Thinking of getting a new roof? Have we got a deal for you --- and it doesn't cost a cent!

Last year, DaVinci Roofscapes teamed up with the experts at This Old House magazine to create an easy-to-understand and comprehensive online guide called "Upgrade Your Roof: The Complete Guide to Synthetic Slates and Shakes."

Click HERE to download this free online guide that walks you through everything you need to consider when a new roof is in your future.

The experts and DaVinci and This Old House combined their experience to offer you everything you need to know when considering composite roofing, including:           

            - Comparing synthetic roofing to other types of roofing

            - How polymer tiles are made

            - What goes under your roofing tiles

            - Cost comparisons

            - Key factors of different types of roofing

            - Choosing the perfect slate or shake products for your home

Whether for your new home or old house, this one-stop online guide should be your first stop when considering a roof replacement!

 

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Q & A Guide to Snowguards

Does snow slide off of a DaVinci roof?
Snow tends to slide off all roofs, but is more likely to slide off metal, natural slate, glazed tile, and polymer tiles (like DaVinci roofs).  This is due to some of the same physical characteristics that help to make DaVinci such a long lasting beautiful roof.  DaVinci roofing products have smooth surfaces and don’t absorb water. This means that snow and ice have no place to “grip” as it might with some other roofing products. When snow begins to melt from a warm attic underneath, the snow blanket on top may slide off the roof all at once.

What is the solution?
Installing a pattern of snow guards or attaching snow fences near the eave can reduce or eliminate snow slides. Snow guards work by adding friction to the roof. Snow fences on the other hand, create  a barrier to prevent snow movement.  Snow guards are the preferred product for most areas while snow fences are used in very high snow areas like ski resorts.


Who should consider snow guards?
Snow guards should be considered in parts of the country where accumulating snowfalls occur. Many roofs or parts of roofs may not need any snow guards at all. In fact, some structures are designed so that snow will slide off of the roof, reducing the stress on the structure.  

Does my house need snow retention?  
It all depends on what the snow may fall on as it slides off of the roof. The installation of snow guards should be considered on roof areas where sliding snow might land on people or property. Decks, walkways and driveways are obvious examples of such areas.  
 
What snow guards should I use?
There are many different types of snow guards. Snow guards for use on DaVinci roofs must have an attachment strap and be manufactured of long lasting- non-corrosive metals. The best types to use with DaVinci products are manufactured of copper, stainless steel or coated aluminum. Plastic snow guards, typically used on metal roofs, are not recommended for DaVinci roofs.  
 
What if my roof is already installed without snow guards?
The best time to install snow guards is when your DaVinci roof is being installed. But if your DaVinci roof is already installed, don’t worry. There are snow guards available that are specifically designed to be installed after your roof is on.  These are known as retro-fit snow guards and this type of snow guard won’t compromise the integrity, warranty or longevity of your beautiful DaVinci roof.
 
Ask your contractor if you need snow guards.  The final decision on whether or not to install snow guards rests with you and your contractor.
 
For more information, a good resource for snow guards on DaVinci roofs is Rocky Mountain Snow Guards.

**Snow guards should be considered in all geographic areas where accumulating snow fall is possible.**

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Custom Assistance for a Custom Color Roof

Homeowner David Edelman did his research back in 2012 and decided to replace his old asphalt shingle roof with synthetic slate tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

polymer roofingBeing in the construction industry and having visited the DaVinci booth during the International Builders' Show, Edelman knew the company was capable of creating custom color blends. And that's exactly what he wanted for his English-style home in Texas.

"The team at DaVinci was great in helping me achieve just the look I wanted," says Edelman. "Katie Theole and I were on the phone at least a dozen times. She would send me different color samples to determine the perfect blend. With her help we got it right."

What was the custom Multi-Width Slate blend that appealed to Edelman? A unique blend of Slate Gray, Dark Tan, Green Stone and Dark Stone.

"This is such a pretty blend that I believe DaVinci should package it!" says Edelman. "Friends and family really like it and I'm happy to recommend the product to others. I'm so pleased with this roof that I'm going to add it to a new covered pavilion I'm building along with a swimming pool."

Being in the construction industry gives Edelman a unique view on his experience with DaVinci. "Sometimes you finish a construction project and go, 'Wow, we spent a bunch of dollars and did not get the results we had hoped for.' That's not the case with my DaVinci roof.

"I drive up every day and think 'Wow, I am so glad we went the extra mile and invested in DaVinci!' Even four years later, I love the way this roof looks and gladly recommend it to others!"

For more colorful details on DaVinci plastic roofing materials, see Colorful Custom Roof Projects - Part I and Colorful DaVinci Roofs Help Businesses Stand Out.

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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.


Click HERE if you have trouble viewing the video.

 

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!"

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>>> 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!"

 

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>>> 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!"

 

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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!

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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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