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!

Designer Roof

 

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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Freeze/Thaw No Trouble for DaVinci Polymer Roofing

5 degrees in Nashville. -2 degrees in Atlanta. This past winter's deep freeze stretched far deeper into the South than usual. The good news is that, when these temperatures "heated up" to the 20's and 30's, roofers were back out installing DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing materials. (See Bone-Chilling Polymer Roofing Installations)

Polymer RoofingWhat those southern roofers might not know --- because they don't always experience extreme temperature conditions --- is that DaVinci composite roofing materials are designed to be installed in areas where freeze-thaw conditions are common. These hard-working imitation slate and synthetic shake products don't absorb water so there aren’t the same freeze thaw issues that some roofing materials have.That means that even if a DaVinci roof has moisture on it, there will be no damage during freeze-thaw cycles like cracking or splitting of tiles.

Made of 100% virgin polymer resin, simulated shake roofing and composite slate tiles from DaVinci don't react the same to colder weather conditions as natural roof products. For example, a wood shake roof goes through freeze/thaw cycles constantly in some weather environments. This means that it is common to see cracking and splitting on some cedar roofs. In some areas of the country, the daylight to nightfall temperature swings alone can cause damage to cedar shake roofing. (See DaVinci Shake is the Best Fake Cedar Shake on the Market)

In addition, DaVinci plastic roofing materials are very thermally stable. A 12" synthetic slate roof tile expands just 1/12" with a 100 degree temperature swing. Thanks to this engineering feat, you don't get the buckling or movement with a DaVinci tile that can put strain on fasteners as with some other products.

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Record Snowfalls Remind Us to Have Snowguards for Composite Roofing

At least eight feet of snow fell in the Boston area this past winter season --- probably more by the time you read this story. Record-breaking amounts of snow have also been recorded in Buffalo and other northeastern areas of the country.

If you live in the snow-socked North or Midwest, you'd better have snow guards on your polymer roofing.

What are snow guards? As the sun warms accumulated snow on a composite shake or imitation slate roof, the masses of accumulated snow can slide off in large chunks, causing an avalanche effect. Snow guards are small metal pieces that are strategically placed on your luxury roof (usually on the bottom portions) to help the snows melt more evenly to reduce the avalanche effect.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we recommend that all homeowners living in areas that routinely see snowfall each year have snow guards installed. This way the melting snows won't come down and harm your landscaping, deck areas or people who may be nearby when the snow slides.

Even if your roof does not have snow guards on it now, they can be retrofitted to your plastic slate or composite shake roof this Spring. The small, sturdy accessories or anchors can be installed by a professional roofer during warmer weather to prepare your home for next winter.

For more details on snow guards, see To Guard ... or Not to Guard and Slip, Sliding Away... Might Need Snow Guards.

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Falling in Love with DaVinci Roofscapes

February is traditionally associated with the month of love. As soon as stores remove their Christmas decorations, hearts and cupid's arrows are decked throughout the aisles.

While we associate Valentine's Day with chocolates and flowers, is it possible to fall in love with your designer roof? According to many homeowners, the answer is YES! Here's what several satisfied homeowners shared with us recently about their new polymer roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes:

"I didn't realize how different a home can look based upon roof selection. The DaVinci roof totally enhanced our home in every way. Aesthetically, it anchors the house. The color, the weight and thickness of the tiles and the materials looks very substantial."

                                    Kerry Nelson - Oklahoma homeowner

"We felt that this faux-slate roof would be a huge improvement in our area over the old asphalt shingle roof. This roof truly replicates natural slate, and it definitely lends an air of authenticity to a somewhat contemporary home design."

                                    Rob Fanjoy - Maine homeowner

"This new roof, with the patina green on the copper gutters, complements the original historic look of the home and helps us more appropriately 'fit' in our historic neighborhood. The roofing tiles never look like plastic. Right from the start they looked very natural with their understated slate gray color."

                                    Kathy Telecky - Texas homeowner

“There’s not a week that goes by when someone passing by doesn’t remark on our ‘real slate’ roof. I enjoy explaining about the benefits of our polymer roof and have no worries now about future storms in our area. This roof can handle it.”

                                    Michael Klappa - Kansas homewoner

“We still have roofers and contractors come by to show our roof to their potential customers. Both my wife Anita and I love the look of the roof and couldn’t be more satisfied with DaVinci Roofscapes.”

                                    Chuck Musgrave - Oklahoma homeowner

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Oklahoma Homeowners Get Insurance Discounts with DaVinci Roofscapes Impact-Resistant Roofs

State Farm. AAA. Liberty Mutual. These are just three of several insurance companies that are making life a bit more affordable for Oklahoma residents who have impact-resistant polymer roofing products on their homes.

slate roof"We save about $2,000 a year on our homeowners insurance premiums with AAA since having our DaVinci roof installed, says homeowner Kevin Riley of Norman, OK. "We were in the market for a new roof after a hail storm. Being in Oklahoma I wanted to put something on our roof that would stand up to future storms. The DaVinci roofing product has provided us with the durability to handle our unpredictable weather plus enhanced the architectural look of our home."

Riley, who added a imitation slate Bellaforté Slate roof in a European-VariBlend of four colors to his home, appreciates the cost savings on his yearly insurance premiums as a result of adding the impact-resistant roof. "We thought our first roof was fine, but now the polymer slate roof is spectacular," says Riley. "The color selection enhances our home exterior and we sleep a lot easier at night knowing this roof will help protect our house."

Across town, homeowner John Simonelli also received a discount on his homeowners insurance after having a DaVinci Roofscapes plastic slate roof installed. "Hail severely damaged our original roof," says Simonelli. "The new composite Bellaforté Slate roof we had installed got us a discount from State Farm and made our home look more elegant and tailored. We're now getting compliments on our roof, and that never happened before."

Another Norman resident, Dr. James Magnusson, also upgraded to impact-resistant roofing due to hail damage on his previous roof. "If you live in Oklahoma, you have to expect hail," says Dr. Magnusson. "We made the investment in DaVinci Single-Width Slate roofing because of its durability to hail coupled with its classic look. That's a winning combination."           

Developed with a state-of-the-art polymer chemistry, DaVinci polymer roofing tiles resist impact, high winds and fire. DaVinci composite tiles are manufactured from a proprietary engineered polymer that includes multiple virgin resins, organic fire retardant, state-of-the-art color and UV stabilizers and inorganic pigments that are safe for the environment.

See also Tennis Balls of Ice Demolish Roof and New DaVinci Roof = Cash in Your Wallet.

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High Praise for Bellaforté Roof

It happened again. The last time it was during a garage sale. This time it was when my minister came to visit and I was trying to show off my new landscaping.

What happened? Instead of looking at my gorgeous red maple and blooming fuchsia baskets, my minister turned to me and said, "Is that slate on your roof?"

Since that was the exact same reaction I received a few months ago from people who took notice of my roof instead of the priceless junk I was selling, I had to laugh. No matter who comes to my home, my Bellaforté roof seems to steal the show.

I don't own a McMansion ... in fact, far from it. My small ranch-style home has less than 1,500 square feet with vinyl siding and sits on a nice lot. But, what really sets my house apart these days is the DaVinci polymer roofing overhead. My synthetic slate roofing captures the attention of first-time visitors and even garage sale shoppers!

The truth is, I don't blame people for noticing my plastic slate roof. In fact, each time it happens I silently pat myself on the back for making a smart purchasing decision.

After a freak hail storm demolished my asphalt shingle roof, I turned to DaVinci for a 50 year roof. I didn't want to ever worry about replacing my roof again. What I didn't know when I made the decision to purchase simulated slate roofing was that my roof would be the talk of the neighborhood. Now apparently it's also the talk of my church. I just may have to have a "roof blessing" party in the near future!

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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. 

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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 member of our DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program (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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DaVinci Roofscapes Applauds "American Made Matters Day"

November 19th is "American Made Matters Day" ... and at DaVinci Roofscapes we're honored to celebrate this special occasion.

For 15 years our synthetic roofing material has been made in Kansas. Every composite shake and plastic slate tile we've ever manufactured has been proudly "Made in the U.S.A."

Not only has DaVinci succeeded with it's Made in America philosophy, but the company has grown. Just this year we've moved to a larger facility we now own in Lenexa, Kansas. The new space allows us to have more capacity to produce our composite roofing products and expand as the company continues to grow.

"We're extremely proud that all of our lightweight roofing materials are made in the United States and that we support our economy by providing jobs for hard working folks around the country," says Rosewall. "We're part of the multiplier effect because our 'Made in America' commitment also means we purchase from suppliers located only in the United States. So, with every designer roof tile we sell, we're helping our economy to expand in many, many ways."

Since 1999, the experienced team members at DaVinci develops and manufactures industry-leading composite slate and shake roofing systems with an authentic look and superior performance. Backed by a 50 year roof limited warranty, DaVinci eco friendly roof systems are 100 percent recyclable. (See Return Those DaVinci Scraps!)

DaVinci leads the industry in the greatest selection of colors, tile thickness and tile width variety. And, each imitation slate and shake alternative roofing tile resists insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.

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Cold Weather + Composite Roofing = Successful Winter Installations

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,

But the roofing is so obliging.

And since it needs to be installed,

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Not ready yet for cold weather composite roof installations? Let DaVinci Roofscapes offer a few tips to get you prepared for the roofing projects during the upcoming winter months.

Tip #1 - Dress for the weather. Make sure you and your installation team use fall protection devices and appropriate footwear, since winter makes the roof more slippery and icy.

Tip #2 - If you're using a pneumatic roofing nail gun for plastic roofing materials installation, make sure the pressure is not set too high. If you should have trouble with an air compressor, consider hand nailing pieces of composite roofing into place.

Tip #3 - Before installing in colder temperatures, store your polymer roofing shingles flat.

Tip #4 - The unique formula of DaVinci synthetic shake and composite slate materials allows our product to remain flexible in colder weather, so you can install our luxury roof products in temperatures as low as 20 degrees F. Make sure that the lightweight roofing tiles are laid at a very minimum 3/16".

Tip #5 - Don't forget the snowguards. If you're installing in a cold weather region, make sure to recommend and install suitable snowguards that will help reduce the chance of "avalanches" of melting snow from polymer roofs.

For more winter weather installation tips, see How Cold is Too Cold to Install DaVinci Synthetic Shingles?

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Featured Project - Fort Worth, TX

"I'm looking at your Multi-Width Slate webpage and I see the color Castle Gray, but I want to order it in Bellaforté, can I do that?" This is the type of questions that our Project Specialists field every day from homeowners who are interested in putting DaVinci's plastic slate roof tiles on their homes. The answer is YES, all the standard color blends offered in Bellaforté were actually inspired by the color blends offered in our flagship product, DaVinci Slate.

This project, installed by Dynasty Roofing out of Fort Worth, is a beautiful example of Bellaforté in the Villa Blend. Villa was inspired by Castle Gray in Multi-Width Slate. Because the tiles are all the same width (12") we can make an entire order off one machine using our VariBlend Technology which creates a continuous color variation from tile to tile. 

DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program Member
Dynasty Roofing
817-423-0880
www.dynastyroofing.com 

 

Imitation Slate Roof

 

 

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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 member of our DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program (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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New DaVinci Roofscapes Facility

What has 172,000 square feet of space, 16 silos and a train track attached to it? Give up? It's our new DaVinci Roofscapes manufacturing facility in Lenexa, Kansas!

That's right ... we recently moved to a larger location to accommodate the growing demand for our synthetic shake and composite slate roofing products.

Our new location at 13890 W. 101st Street in Lenexa boasts larger office spaces and 15 transportation docks to quickly move out our lightweight roofing materials. Plus, we've made upgrades to the facility (which used to be home to a plastics manufacturer) including a motion sensor lighting system, energy-efficient lighting and a security system.

Our move coincides with our 15th year in business, the move to Lenexa was made possible due to the increased demand for DaVinci manufactured slate and shake alternative products. Steady growth and repeated use of our plastic roofing materials by contractors across the country has led to this expansion.

So, while we say "happy anniversary" to our team, we also offer a huge "thank you" to everyone in the industry who specifies, installs and requests our luxury roof materials. And, CLICK HERE if you'd like to see how we manufacture our synthetic cedar shake and imitation slate shingles!

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Helpful Tip: Installing DaVinci Tiles with No Waste

I often get calls from contractors about how much waste they should add to their bid when figuring multi-width DaVinci Slate or DaVinci Simulated Shake roofing products. Although I don't know how often I'm believed, my answer is "there is no waste on a hip roof and one square for every 100 lineal feet of valley on a gable roof". Installing DaVinci tiles with no waste is a huge competitive advantage when compared with other steep slope systems where 10% or more waste factor is common. 

I have already discussed how to use a combination of our plastic slate tiles to avoid waste on gable ends in a previous tip. Another way to avoid waste is when cutting tiles for valleys. When I cut tiles for valleys I find the correct angle and cut all my tiles with a circular saw. 

valley

 

I then use all the valley cuts shown on the right in my valleys and then the cuts  that are leftover are the perfect angle to use to finish the hips. Not only does this save material but it also saves time.

installed
 
For more tips on figuring waste for installation of DaVinci tiles, please visit Five Top DaVinci Install Tips and Calculating Waste on a DaVinci Job .
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Q & A Guide to Snow Guards

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.  www.rockymountainsnowguards.com   

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