Lightweight Slate Roofing System from DaVinci!

Lightweight slate roofingA lightweight slate roofing system has many benefits that outweigh concrete and even natural slate roofing. It reduces the dead load of the roof, so you have added design flexibility and less framing requirements. Construction time may also be a bit faster and this reduces the time of your project and how it can affect others around you.

DaVinci offers lightweight roofing systems that are energy efficient, 100% recyclable and engineered to adhere to American building standards. Our roof systems come with a 50-year warranty and require very little maintenance. We believe in using only the best and most advanced products for rooftops and this is why our composite tiles have a competitive advantage.

Continuous ridge vents and snowguards can easily be installed with DaVinci tiles. These products can be used in conjunction with our plastic tiles to reduce ice dams, and help prevent snow silding from the roof that can damage property or be dangerous to individuals. You’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of roof colors to select only tiles that make your building look beautiful and complement the local architecture while also adhering to the building laws in your state.

Is it time to replace your roof or are you needing a roof for your new home? What questions or concerns do you have that we can answer?
 

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Clarifying a Common Misconception - Polymer is Rubber…

Polymer roof tiles are some of the most modern types of roofing products, and are becoming more popular due to the large number of advantages they offer over natural slate and shake, as well as other types of roof tiles. Since polymer tiles have been in existence for much less time than older roofing materials, there are a few misconceptions about polymer. The most common is that polymer is rubber.

Imitation Slate ShinglesAlthough this misconception may have been generated by the somewhat pliable nature of polymer products, referring to them as "rubber" is not correct. "Polymer" is a kind of highly refined plastic that (in this case) is developed and designed for roofs. The huge benefits that polymer tiles bring to a roof stem from the fact that this material can be crafted in a laboratory to solve a variety of roofing issues. For example, our engineers have worked to come up with a "polymer recipe" that will withstand high impacts, be impervious to water and freeze/thaw cycles, be resistant to fire (our tiles have a Class A fire rating), and have a high wind rating (rated up to 110 mph).

No, DaVinci polymer tiles are not rubber, but a very tough, long-lasting, carefully designed plastic material that is also available in a huge range of colors.

To learn more about how our polymer products can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Is It a Rubber Roof or Are Those Plastic Roofing Materials?

Some people say that our fake shake and slate shingle tiles look more real than actual stone and wood. Lightweight Roofing SystemsThat's a great thing to hear because our designers and engineers strive to come up with that highly authentic look. But at the end of the day, our tiles are made with something entirely different than quarried stone or hand split cedar. Even though some folks just about refuse to believe that our shake isn't crafted from old growth cedar forests, we can guarantee that they are crafted with a polymer resin that was specifically engineered to be used on roofs. 

That means that our products are designed to withstand winds up to 110 miles per hour and have achieved Class A fire and Class 4 impact ratings. It also means that their light weight reduces their carbon footprint and that they are technically made with a type of plastic. As odd as that might sound, since we use composite resins to create our durable, beautiful tiles, yes, you could also call them "plastic". It's always good to clarify that because several people are under the impression that our roofing materials are made with some kind of rubber. Because there was a generation of roofing tiles that were made from recycled tires, the idea still exists in the roofing market that any faux slate roof is a rubber one.  However, you can rest assured that our tiles are fabricated with an advanced polymer resin that is backed by a 50 year warranty.

To learn more about the benefits of our products, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Is Rubber Roofing the Same as Composite Roofing?

When people see or hear about our roofing Lightweight Roofing Systemsproducts for the first time, some are under the impression that we make a type of rubber roof. They usually realize that our polymer shake and slate aren't the same as rubber roofs, but they still think that our products fall into the same category.

To clear up that misconception, DaVinci products cannot be categorized as rubber roofs by any means. The difference is pretty basic. Whereas rubber roofs are made with the same stuff that goes into tires and other rubber-based materials, our products are engineered with polymer resins that have been carefully designed to withstand fire, heat, wind, hail, and freeze and thaw cycles.

Although it would be more accurate to call a DaVinci roof "plastic" than "rubber", that doesn't really give an accurate picture of our products either. Maybe it's best to refer to them as a "composite polymer" since that term provides a more accurate name for the advantages that come with using our products. That would be better because compared to a rubber roof, our products may have a higher fire rating, look better, and are more durable.

To learn more about the ways in which DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact us by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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From the Architect's Corner - What to Expect When You Contact DaVinci Roofscapes

Have you ever had a really terrible experience dealing with a company? I think we all have; calls or emails go ignored, nobody is willing to work with you outside of the box, and people just overall aren't very friendly. You won't find that here at DaVinci Roofscapes. Last week, as a group we decided that products and achievements aside our company could be described in this word - responsive. How is that and why is that important to you?

1. When you call into our 800 number you get real people, starting with the person who answers the phone, and you will (very kindly) be transferred to the best person to help you, depending on who you are and where you are calling from. We're located in Kansas City, Kansas and because our plastic roofing materials are ALL WE DO, we are fully dedicated to your project.

2. We can accommodate your custom color and color blend requests! Want a neon green roof? No judgment, we can look into a custom color! Do you like a shake color but want to plug it into the Bellaforté Slate mold? Easy. In fact, visit our Color Design Studio and create whatever you want as well as read advice from our Color Expert, Kate Smith, on colors not just for your roof, but for your home.

3. If you are in need of some local help, we have skilled sales representatives in most markets within the continuous United States. Just call today (800-328-4624)  to set up an appointment and we'll get somebody in to drop off literature and samples and answer any questions you might have.

I could go on, but I think you got the point. When you work with the folks here at DaVinci Roofscapes, you will be listened to, receive what you requested in a short period of time, and will find that we are responsive (there's that word again) to your project's needs.

Have a testimonial to share? Click here to let me know about it. Happy Friday!

 

 

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Plastic Roofing Materials Snowguard Reminder

SnowguardsSummer is here and the living is easy. The ice and snow of winter are long gone and seem like distant memories that many of us would rather forget. However, as much as we would prefer to not think about the blobs of snow that slide off the roof, it's better to deal with that now than ignore it and pay the consequences next winter.

It's no fun getting clobbered by a bunch of snow that slides off the roof and, when you think about the ice that could come down with it, there's real potential to cause serious injury. Also, if you happen to be lucky enough to avoid being hit by a block of snow and ice that comes flying off of the roof, bushes and vehicles near the house might not be so fortunate.

So, when you grill those steaks in the backyard this summer, don't forget to schedule in some time for installing snowguards on the roof. Snowguards come in several sizes, are easy for roofing contractors to install, and are an easy means of preventing harm and damage caused by snow and ice that would have otherwise fallen off the roof.

Do you have snowguards on your DaVinci roof? Send us your photos so we can share them on the blog!

To learn more about the benefits and beauty of an imitation slate roof, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Plastic Roofing Materials Utilize Non-Porous Polymers

Lightweight Roofing SystemsSince real slate and shake look beautiful and have been used as roofing materials for centuries, it's easy to wonder why any homeowner would want to switch to the fake versions of those classic materials.

Well, basically, the reasons why more people use tiles made with polymer resins are similar to why they don't drive cars engineered during the 1930s. It comes down to better technology and the big advantage resin tiles have over other materials is their non-porous nature.

The main advantage of using non-porous roofing products is that they simply aren't as affected by freeze and thaw issues. Home and business owners who have wooden materials on their roofs have to be concerned with water being absorbed by the roof tiles. A roof with porous tiles might not leak for ten years but that doesn't mean that it's not being affected by freeze and thaw cycles. Wood is a naturally porous material and will take in a certain amount of water. When winter comes around, that little bit of water freezes and expands before melting during warm weather.

Although a few freeze and thaw cycles might not cause much harm to porous roofing materials, let that happen for a decade or more and some tiles might start falling apart. Since DaVinci products are non-porous, such problems related to freeze and thaw cycles cease to be a worry.

Have you used our products on your roof? Please share your pictures and stories in the comments!

To learn more about the benefits of non-porous roofing products contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

 

 

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From the Architect's Corner - A Helpful Tip

You've picked a product and a color and now it's (that dreaded) time to make the final budget for your project's roof. You call up your local sales representative who puts you in touch with a roofing contractor and maybe a local distributor. A take off is done, you agree on the square footage of the roof, you add 15% to that total square footage for waste and sign off on the agreed total. This seems like a common enough scenario, but what seems like a small thing could really inflate your cost. If you are working with DaVinci Roofscapes' plastic slate or shake roof tiles, adding 15% waste is, in most cases, extreme overkill. In fact, our Inside Sales Support Representatives often recommend a much smaller number, maybe 2%-5% be added on for waste. There are several reason for this, but the most basic reason is that the tiles are extremely durable and you won't have the breakage or cracking in the field that you might with other products, like natural slate and shake.

There is some good news for you to send you into your weekend! Happy Friday, Architects!

 

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Historical Sites Rely on Polymer Roofing

Preservationist across the country challenged with recreating natural slate and shake roofs for historical projects are relying on man-made polymer roofing tiles. More durable than natural products, polymer roofing tiles, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes, resist fire, impact, high winds and the punishing weather conditions of Mother Nature.

 “Often times historical sites hold onto their original roofs as long as possible thinking they’re staying ‘true’ to the structure,” says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. “That can be a mistake. As natural slate and shake products age, they break down and are no longer able to protect the building. This can increase the risk of damage to the structure or even susceptibility to fire.

 “These worries can be put aside when replacing natural shake and slate roofs with plastic roofing materials that accurately replicate the original roofs. There are many historical preservationists embracing man-made roofing products because they bring so many advantages to a project --- increased durability, longevity and comparable aesthetics being just a few assets of polymer roofing products.”

Examples of specific projects that embraced the advantages of polymer roofing tiles include:

DuSable Museum Roundhouse

After a proud history that includes serving as a horse stable during the 1893 World’s Fair, the Roundhouse at DuSable Museum in Chicago has now been restored.

Originally built in the early 19th century, the structure’s round shape is made of Joliet limestone and is now topped by a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roof that offers the site a lightweight roofing solution. (Click here to see full story)

 

Olde Liberty Restaurant

When a fire destroyed the historic Olde Liberty Station restaurant in Bedford, Virginia in 2009, owner Harry Leist decided to rebuild the historic landmark using Bellaforté polymer slate tiles on the 107-year-old building.

The original rail station had heavy slate tiles on the roof so Leist ordered DaVinci plastic state roof tiles to recreate the original roof. (Click here to see full story)

 

Peterson House

In Durango, Colo., the milled wood roof shingles on the historic 1880s Peterson House were so worn by time and weather that they had simply crumbled apart. As part of ongoing restoration efforts of the historic structure in 2011, the team at Animas Museum chose a lightweight roofing system.

They requested a Fancy Shake roof made of fake cedar shake in the Mountain blend color because it was ‘spot on’ for the period and the building. (Click here to see full story)

 

Rivers Education Center

In Charleston, S.C., the 1900 Rivers Education Center has been targeted for restoration and reuse. After serving as manufacturing plant and later as a school, the historic site is now being renovated.

A new Bellaforté polymer roof in Slate Gray has been installed to replicate the original roof structure. (Click here to see full story)

 

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Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead

From Saint Louis Catholic Church to the Cynthiana Baptist Church, church members nationwide are giving thanks for the sturdy polymer roofing products over their heads. Whether replaced due to old age or storm damage, replacement lightweight roofing systems are becoming popular in churches across America.

"Within the past few years we've been blessed to see a significant increase of our roofing products used for church projects,"  says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. "The biggest trend we've witnessed is for simulated shake and slate roofing products to be used on historic churches to replicate the original look of a slate or shake roof."

Churches Coast-to-CoastPolymer

In Ohio, the 140+ year old chapel at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center recently had its roof replaced. The new DaVinci plastic slate roof replicates the original large cross design with a star-studded border in medium tan slate polymer tiles on a background of black slate polymer tiles.

Another historic religious center, St. Patrick's Church in Terra Haute, Indiana, was created in 1881. A new Bellaforté slate roof was recently installed to replicate the structure's original roof. Aging copper gutters blend with the blend of greens on the lightweight roofing solution for the parishioners.

For visitors tcedar shakeo the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Johnson City, New York, it's the three 80-foot tall domes capping the massive structure that captures immediate attention. A re-roofing job done in 2011 features 90 squares of Valoré polymer shake tiles in a Tuscano color blend of light, medium light, medium and dark autumn colors. The simulated shake roofing on the church accents the wood exterior, creating a stunning structure.

Other churches featuring lightweight roofing systems from DaVinci include St. Clement Eucharist Shrine in Boston, Unitarian Universalists Church in Muncie, Indiana and the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles.

"The appeal of polymer roofing's longevity, aesthetics and durability are greatly appreciated by many church congregations," says Rosewall. "These low-maintenance products bring peace-of-mind to many churches and are truly an answer to their prayers."

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Beating the Objections, Week 2 - Why does Bellaforté Cost Less?

In Week 1 I discussed how to overcome a price objection by pointing out not only the overall value of our products, but also telling you about Bellaforté. Sometimes when you tell people something costs less they automatically assume it is "cheaper." This simply isn't true. In the case of Bellaforté, a plastic slate roof option, it isn't the formula that is different it is the design.

The same technology used to create our slate and shake steep slope roofing material is also used to create Bellaforté, but unless you have held a sample piece in your hand, what you might not know is that Bellaforté tiles have a 3 inch headlap, leaving 12 inches exposed "to the weather" when installed. This shorter tile, which also features a built in rain gutter and a self aligning system for a weather proof installation, allows there to have only 100 pieces to fulfill a square, rather than 250 pieces or more. The result is a lower material price, a lower installed price and a lower shipping price.

This information was featured in our quarterly newsletter which went out this month. If you did not receive the newsletter, email me at mstone@davinciroofscapes.com and I will get you signed up for our mailing list.

Have a great weekend!

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

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

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

Our lightweight roofing systems come in the following 5 profiles:

Plastic Roofing MaterialsSLATE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Ready for any Weather!

The home originally had wooden shake shingles, which were covered up over the years with several layers of asphalt shingles. We wanted to use a historically-accurate product on the roof, but the extreme dry heat we experience, combined with lack of rainfall, makes wood shake roofing impractical and dangerous. We did what most homeowners do when searching for product options --- we turned to the Internet. After searching for faux slate shingles, we found that many companies produced these products, but our research showed that most of them warp over time. We discovered that only the slate 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. This new roof, with the patina green on the copper, 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. While we decided not to use a blend of different colors, we’re delighted to see that there is still a subtle and natural looking variation of color from one roof tile to another. 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!  Read Full Story

Kathy Telecky, Homeowner
McKinney, TX

     McKinney Historic Home 
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Install DaVinci In Temperatures as Low as 20 Degrees!

One of the issues that roofers as well as roof owners encounter in areas where the weather Ligthweight Roofing Materialscan get cold is a limited amount of time where they can install roofs.  Many roofs have restrictions as far as how cold it can be when you install a roofing material.  The reason for this is because many materials have the tendency to crack or break when the material is already brutally cold.

However, with our lightweight roofing materials, you can install roofs at much lower temperatures than other roofing materials.

We do require that our slate and shake plastic roofing materials be installed above 20 degrees F.  If, by chance you are installing your tiles in those frigid temps, then the tiles should by installed carefully. They should be stored flat and installed flat. If using nail guns make sure you are not using too much pressure.

The fact that our lightweight roofing solutions can be installed in such low temperatures, allows for new construction to continue to move forward without waiting for winter to pass.

Do you have more questions about how to install our roofing systems?  Please don't hesitate to reference our installation guides which will give you not only tips, but also tricks when installing tiles.

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Calculating Waste on a DaVinci Job

Whether you are a building owner or contractor bidding on the job, determining the amount of waste needed for a roofing project can mean quite a difference to roof budgets. Some roofing materials require orders upwards of 20% waste especially when considering steep sloping roofs using natural slate.

DaVinci Slate Multi-WidthFortunately for those considering our composite roofing there isn’t much in the way of additional waste needed. With our multi-width tile product, there is very little to no waste required unless the roof is a gable roof with valleys. In those situations where deep valleys are a consideration, there is one square of waste for every 100 lineal feet of valley.

For hip roofs with valleys, the part you cut away for the valleys during installation may be used on the hips so the need for waste is eliminated. With the Valoré product line, there is 2 to 3 percent additional waste while with our Bellaforté tile roofs there can be as much as 8 percent waste depending on the specific project.

Using the proper technique while cutting our copolymer plastic slate tiles can also affect how much waste will be needed. Be sure to visit our July post entitled “Installing DaVinci with No Waste” for more tips on how cutting with a circular saw helps avoid waste as well.

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HOMETIME - Keeping a new home water-tight and energy efficient.

Checkout DaVinci's polymer slate roof system, Bellaforté, being installed on a recent episode of HOMETIME. This special episode is all about keeping a new home water-tight and energy efficient. The HOMETIME show chose Bellaforté plastic roofing materials for its natural slate appearance, ease of installation, 50 year life span and ability to aid in a water-tight home system.
 
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Historic Texas Home Gets Faux Slate Roof

Slate Gray Polymer RoofAs anyone looking at the weather map this year knows, it's hot and dry in Texas. So, when the Telecky family decided to replace the roof on their historic 1914 home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, they sought out fire-resistant alternative roofing products.

"The home originally had wooden shake shingles, covered up over the years with several layers of asphalt shingles," says homeowner Kathy Telecky. "We wanted a historically-accurate product on the roof, but our weather conditions made using wood shake roofing impractical and dangerous."

Telecky researched the area and found that slate was also appropriate to the historical accuracy of her Prairie School/Arts and Crafts style period home.

"Our research showed that only the polymer slate tiles produced by DaVinci Roofscapes are uniquely designed to resist warping, fading, curling and cracking," says Telecky. "And, these fake slate tiles are fire and impact resistant, so we never have to worry about how our intense Texas heat or roof hail damage again."

Polymer Slate RoofThe Telecky's were extremely pleased with the multi-width Slate Gray DaVinci tiles. "This new roof complements the original historic look of the home and helps us more appropriately 'fit' in our historic neighborhood," says Telecky. "These new polymer tiles never look like plastic. They resemble real slate tiles so much that now we're the envy of the neighborhood and our rubber slate roof is ready for any weather we face in Texas!"

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From The Architect's Corner - Eyebrow Windows

An eyebrow window can be a charming focal point of your 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 shake and slate are (essentially) 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. 

Castle Gray Blend

Happy Friday!
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Interview with Travis Herritz of Springer Exteriors of Prior Lake, MN

Springer ExteriorsTravis Herritz owns Springer Exteriors in Prior Lake, MN and has installed several DaVinci roofs, so we asked him for an interview.  Travis was also kind enough to send along some photos of his DaVinci green roof systems that he has installed - they can be found throughout this interview.  Thank you to Travis for the interview!

DaVinci Lightweight Roofing SystemsIf you live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, you can reach Travis via phone at 952-440-1997 or through his website, www.springerexteriors.com

How did you first discover DaVinci?

I was looking for a product about 5 years ago that was a good alternative to slate but was still a quality product that would last a long time.

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


I like that it has the most realistic look of slate of any product on the market, the Class 4 hail rating, ease of installation compared to other comparable products.

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


Plastic Roofing MaterialsWow! I thought that it was slate. It looks so real.

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

No. Obviously there is a price point to this product like any other but if I have a homeowner that is looking for the best value in the roofing industry, this is what they are looking for.

What DaVinci products have you worked with?

Blend colors, Bellaforté, Solid colors in standard slate

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

Fake Slate RoofI prefer the slate tiles.  No preference on color.

What other roofing products do you install?


Most others...asphalt, cedar, metal

How long have you been in the roofing  business?

Since 2003 I have owned Springer. I have been in the industry for 13 yrs.

Do you have a favorite DaVinci job?  In other words, a favorite house or building where you installed DaVinci?  Why is it your favorite?  Could you send photos so we can include them in the post?

I have 2 for different reasons. The one is VERY steep and was very detailed.  The other one is very large and shows the large variety of roof details the product can be utilized. 

Are you interested in learning more about our plastic roofing materials?  To learn more about our lightweight roofing solutions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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