Tackling Winter Roof Installations

Two pairs of socks, check. Thermal underwear, check. Warm hat and gloves, check. DaVinci polymer roofing tiles, double check!

Despite frigid weather, roofers across the country can install DaVinci synthetic roofing tiles with confidence, even in the bone-chilling cold. By using extra jobsite caution, along with top-quality underlayments, an imitation slate or fake cedar shake DaVinci roof systems can be added twelve months a year.

Actually, DaVinci composite roofing can be installed in much colder temperatures than many other roofing products --- even in temperatures as cold as 20 degrees F. As opposed to asphalt shingles that are more sensitive to temperatures and can expand and contract, DaVinci plastic roofing materials are ready for cold weather application.

Despite shorter days and cold temperatures, designer roofs made of synthetic materials can be installed during the winter months. Here are some tips for your cold weather installations:

Tip #1 - Prior to installation in colder temperatures, make sure that the shingles have been stored flat and are only installed when they are flat.

Tip #2 - DaVinci's unique formula allows our composite shingles to remain flexible in colder weather. It's important that the 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 gas air compressor.

For more insights into cold weather roofing, visit BRRRR! Can a DaVinci Roof Be Installed In Colder Weather??  and Things to Think About for Cold Weather and your Roof.


From the Architect's Corner: 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 and shake roof option, it isn't the formula that is different, it is the design.

The same technology used to create our imitation slate and shake alternative 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, means there is only 100 pieces needed 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.

Happy Friday, Architects!

Bellaforté Shake in Abruzzo

Bellaforté Slate in Milano


From the Architect's Corner - Before and After

With before and after photos there isn't really much for me to say in a blog other than "check these out!". This building, located in Weehawkin, New Jersey (Featured Project to come!), got a makeover with a new Valoré Slate roof earlier this fall. Valoré Slate is a single-width polymer slate tile system, and in Slate Black is perfect for the traditional look of the Northeast.

Color Expert, Kate Smith, shared her thoughts on going with a Slate Black roof in a previous blog by saying, “Black roofs provide an anchor for tall homes by helping visually lower the roof and make the home look wider in contrast to the siding color and trim. Use a black plastic slate or shake roof with homes painted in gray, blue, green or white ... or a brick home.”

Happy Friday, Architects!


Common Winter Weather Roof Woes - Benefits of Imitation Slate Shingles

Winter weather is on its way in many parts of the United States, and with cold weather comes some potential roof problems like:

  • Freeze and Thaw Issues
  • Ice Dams
  • Snow Slides

Synthetic Slate ShinglesPerhaps as a home or business owner you have experienced some of these issues and therefore are looking into imitation slate shingles or a cedar shake alternative to replace your natural slate or shake roof.

Or perhaps you have heard of these woes from friends or neighbors and therefore are looking for roofing tips to avoid these issues.

Our 50-year roof is a good option to help to avoid potential freeze and thaw issues. Since our products are made of a polymer blend, there is very little expansion and contraction in our shingles. As a result, the crazing, cracking and splitting that happens with natural products and some man made products, is less likely to occur with our shingles.

Another common problem that home and commercial building owners face during the winter is the formation of ice dams. These sometimes beautiful, yet dangerous chunks of ice are formed when melted water re-freezes when it reaches the edge of the roof. This is primarily caused by the absence of heating at the edge of the roof as opposed to other areas where warmth from the attic is present. Roofs that have a low slopes and large overhangs are more susceptible to ice dam formation. Proper attic insulation and ventilation in the house are proven solutions that can be implemented to help prevent ice dams from forming on your roof and creating problems. - See more at: http://blog.davinciroofscapes.com/blog/weather/page/2#sthash.yQj3XzRs.dpuf

Another common problem that home and commercial building owners face during the winter is the formation of ice dams. These sometimes beautiful, yet dangerous chunks of ice are formed when melted water re-freezes when it reaches the edge of the roof. This is primarily caused by the absence of heating at the edge of the roof as opposed to other areas where warmth from the attic is present. Roofs that have a low slopes and large overhangs are more susceptible to ice dam formation. Proper attic insulation and ventilation in the house are proven solutions that can be implemented to help prevent ice dams from forming on your roof and creating problems.

Finally, snow slides are also a possible winter weather issue for roofs, which can usually be taken care of with snowguards. Heavy sheet-like chunks of snow and ice can cause serious damage to property and even cause serious injuries. Sloped roofs are particularly susceptible to these types of avalanches and require special consideration in states that are known to have heavy snowstorms and ice dams. Special devices such as snowguards are generally installed on these roofs to hold snow and ice in place until they melt slowly. When this happens, it is less likely to have any problems with ice or snow falling on people or property.

If you would like to read more about how our shingles help with winter weather woes, please check out the following blog posts:

Do you have a DaVinci roof? How do you like it? Did you pick it because of its performance ability in the winter months?


Polymer Roofing vs. Rubber Roofing Materials

Rubber Slate Roof When fake slate products were first introduced on the market, a number of them were made from a variety of different products.  Some were made of old tires and some were made from cement boards.  While the idea of old tires and the whole concept of recycling was a nice idea, unfortunately, the performance of those shingles wasn't the best.

However, those rubber slate roof products left their mark on the roofing industry - so much so that we are often asked if our products are made from recycled rubber.

While we love the idea of recycling and helping the environment (and we do have a recycling program!), we also understand that tearing off a recycled rubber roof 5 years after it was installed would be not be helping the environment.  We wanted to create a product that lasted.

Therefore, we decided to make our lightweight roofing materials from virgin polymer resins with some other goodies (like fire retardants) thrown in.  We also wanted to avoid the issues that rubber roofs had - curling and cracking - so we added an engineered rib structure on the back of our shingles to ensure that they would lay flat for years to come.  We did so much preliminary testing and analysis of other products that we even offer a 50 year warranty with our product. 

You can read more about this topic on our blog:


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 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!




Crazy About Color? We Are Too!

Maybe you've bought your dream home. Maybe you're currently planning your dream home. Or maybe you are opening a new business and are looking for a roof with a lot of color options. Well, you're in luck, because if you're crazy about color... so are we!

DaVinci is known for our color options and more importantly our color tools and our color expert.

First, you might have a blast playing around with our online color designer. This tool allows you to chose up to 5 colors to create your own color blend, depending on the DaVinci product you are interested in:


The FRESH Guide to Home Exterior Colors and the FRESH - 5 Steps For Choosing Exterior Color video, both by our color expert Kate Smith, are additional online tools we have available to help you select your perfect exterior colors. The best part, they're FREE!

Last but certainly not least, you can also ask our color expert, Kate, what she thinks!  Post a photo of your home or building here and find out what she thinks is the best color for your future luxury roof.

A roof makes a statement about your home or building and we know how important it is to be proud of such a huge aspect of any dwelling.

Do you have a photo of your DaVinci plastic slate roof? We want to see! It might help give other people suggestions on what to do with their roof. Please share your story here.


Bellaforte Lightweight Roofing Systems: Affordable Elegance

Bellaforte Fake SlateIf you are looking for a new roof and would like to have a fake slate or a fake shake product installed on your home or buildings' roof, then you might be up for considering our Bellaforté lightweight roofing systems.

Our Bellaforté product is one of the most innovative roofing products on the market - the tiles interlock so that they not only are easy to install, but they also have a superior wind performance as a result. These tiles are patented, self-aligning and snap-fit.

Furthermore, because they are 12" wide shingles and are easy to install, it makes Bellaforté one of the most affordable plastic roofing materials on the market.

Bellaforté Slate comes a number of color blends including: Cambridge, Milano, Sabino, Sedona, Slate Black, Slate Gray, Verde, and Villa.

Bellaforté Shake is in color blends that include: Abruzzo, Espresso, Tuscano, Verona, and Harbor Gray.

An added bonus: Bellaforté lightweight roofing tiles are backed with a 50-year-limited warranty, just like all of our great DaVinci products.

Do you have questions about our Bellaforté products that we can answer? Please feel free to leave a comment below and we will get in touch!


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?


Polymer Slate - How Does It Compare to the Real Thing?

Imitation Slate ShinglesYou might not even be aware that there is such a thing called, "Polymer Slate". What is that anyway?  Polymer imitation slate tiles are roofing tiles that are made out of a virgin resins (more or less a plastic) and molded to look like natural slate roofing tiles. However, while these tiles are made to look like natural slate, the performance of the tiles is quite different. Here are some of the main differences between polymer slate and natural slate:

  • Lightweight - DaVinci's Slate is very lightweight and therefore can replace even the lightest of roofing materials. In other words, you don't have to beef up your roof's structure in order for it to handle the weight of DaVinci. The lightweight factor also comes into play when you talk about overall cost of transportation of the material, labor costs in transportation to and from your job site and to and from the ground to the roof.


  • Multi-Width - DaVinci Slate comes in multi-widths (we do have some Slate products that don't - if you prefer that) whereas natural slate requires cutting of the tiles to get them to be those perfect sizes.


  • Waste - There is very little waste with DaVinci imitation slate, however with natural slate, tiles can crack and break as they are being hauled to the job site, being installed or being walked on. This is one factor that can increase the material cost for natural slate.


  • Color Blends - DaVinci's Polymer Slate comes in color blends that are job-site ready - pre-collated and ready to go.  Whereas, if you wanted a multi-colored slate roof, you would be paying much more for labor, as the roofers would have to lay it out on site.


Do you have a DaVinci polymer slate roofs? Were you debating on whether or not to go with natural slate or DaVinci? What made you pick DaVinci? Share your project with us here.


Use DaVinci to Restore Your Historic Roof

DaVinci SlateStructures that have historic significance often require specific materials to preserve their timeless beauty and historic architecture. Consequently, not just any paint, foundation, framing, roof or accent will do. Roofing can be particularly challenging when it comes to historic buildings. The design features, slope and details must not be compromised. Whether you have a museum, university, church or historic monument to renovate, DaVinci plastic roofing materials will match the textures, hues and character of any historic roof. Our materials coordinate so perfectly, that you’ll hardly believe you replaced the old roof!

All of our products are lightweight so your contractor won’t need to conduct elaborate structural analysis to consider any extra load the new roof will add to the existing structure. This means more savings for you and quicker renovation time. You can confidently select from our slate and shake products knowing you are getting the best materials in the industry.

Another excellent feature with DaVinci Roofscapes materials is their energy efficiency. Many historic buildings were not built with a “green concept” in mind and as a result use a considerable amount of energy. When you renovate with DaVinci green roofing materials, you are choosing a material that has a long service life and that is energy efficient. All of our products are 100% recyclable so you won’t have to worry about excessive disposal costs. With our 50-year warranty, the historic beauty of many buildings is preserved for longer period of time without showing signs of wear and tear. This means less maintenance costs and less disruption during the life-cycle of the building.  

For more information about our products, drop us an email or call us at 1-800-328-4624.


Wild Fire Season Starts - What Roofing Material Is Protecting Your Roof?

If you watch the news, then no doubt you have seen the horrific images of wild fires terrorizing people's homes in California recently. Unfortunately, it seems like every year we see such images from more and more.

If you live in a wild fire prone area, then you might be interested in finding a roofing product that has a great fire rating, like a DaVinci roof.

If you like the look of shake, for example, but know that wood is probably not one of the smarter materials to put on your home because of where you live, you might be interested in our cedar shake alternative. Made to look like the natural version of wood shakes or shingles, our shake product is not made of wood at all. In fact, it is completely made out of 100% virgin polymer or a plastic.

In the video below you can see a 15-year old cedar shake roof deck tested to Class A Fire Test standards against DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic hand-split shake.



Our shake product isn't our only product that has these kinds of results - if the slate look is more your thing, then you'll love our imitation slate tiles that also have the same fire rating.

What are some of your concerns when it comes to wild fire season and your roof?  Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.


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.


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. 



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. 



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.


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.


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.




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.

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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.


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!