Coastal Commitment

DaVinci RoofscapesWould you want to live on the California coast? Sure there's great weather and tremendous views, but there's also serious weather conditions to contend with on a regular basis.

Consider the salt air, sea spray and winds that whip up against coastal homes. Then there's the unrelenting ultraviolet rays from the sun. And, to cause even more worries, there's the threat of wildfire spread during various times of the year. All of these elements can combine to cause headaches for coastal homeowners.

Architectural West magazine recently ran an article on how polymer roofing meets the heavy demands Mother Nature places on homes along the California coast.  We're sharing that article with you (click HERE) so you can learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic shake and slate shingles stand up to Mother Nature --- and win!

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Three New DaVinci Roofs for One Church

synthetic slateThink about the grand cathedrals and churches in Europe. Most of them have impressive structures and are rich with history.

You can discover that same grandeur at St. John's Cathedral in Denver. The Episcopal church in Colorado was established in 1911 and is on both the National Historic Register and is designated as a Denver Historic Landmark.

This distinctive church now has new DaVinci Single-Width Slate roofs overhead. Yes, roofs. There are three distinctive buildings, so it was determined to use European - VariBlend on Roberts Hall to replace damaged slate and Canyon - VariBlend on the Parish Hall to replace older clay tiles. A Slate Gray - VariBlend was used on the main cathedral. The results are magnificent.

"In our bidding process DaVinci was presented as an option by all the bidding companies," says Judy Allison, director of facilities at St. John's Cathedral. "Frankly, we chose DaVinci polymer roofing because it was one of a very few products that were on a pre-approved materials list issued by the Denver Historic Landmark Preservation Commission. This commission must approve any exterior changes for a structure before a building permit can be issued."

The four-month installation process was completed by Horn Brothers Roofing in Denver, a company that has completed more than 80 DaVinci composite roofing projects in the past, including other churches.

"This was a massive undertaking," says Mark McMillan with Horn Brothers Roofing. "Because this is a historic landmark there are many requirements we had to meet. One of the biggest challenges came when we re-roofed the turret. We had to engineer a pie formulation for application to meet the requirements. This was an exacting process that assured the structure would still maintain its landmark status."

Now finished, the roofing on the historic church compound has an old world look with all the advances that science and technology have to offer. According to church members, the roof complements their building structures while providing protection from severe weather.

To learn more about how DaVinci composite slate roof and shake roofing products are used on churches, see Praying for a New DaVinci Roof and Custom Roof Color Answers Church's Prayers.

 

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Colorful Vineyard Multi-Width Slate Roof Accents Maine Home

When Holly Fanjoy comes up with a "honey do project list" for her husband, she's confident the tasks will get completed. Why? Because Rob Fanjoy used to be a contractor, and he loves to tackle projects at their Maine home.

synthetic slateAfter moving into their house several years ago, a project both Holly and Rob agreed should be added to "the list" was a new roof. The old asphalt shingle roof overhead was failing badly and most likely wouldn't make it through another Maine winter.

Based on his industry knowledge, Rob chose a composite slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes and decided to install it himself.

“I’m a big supporter of man-made products that replicate Mother Nature but offer more long-term benefits than natural products,” says Fanjoy. “When researching our roofing options, we determined that the DaVinci synthetic tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling. And, they’re backed by a long term warranty that we can really depend on.”

Looking for a strong visual interest to accent the home, he and his wife selected the multi-width slate Vineyard blend, a combination of eight roofing colors that include dark and medium tan, light and medium gray, dark stone, light and dark violet, and dark amber.

synthetic slateAccording to Fanjoy, his first installation of synthetic slate tiles went extremely well. “I very much prefer working with these polymer tiles since they’re cleaner to handle and easier on your hands than asphalt shingles," says Fanjoy. "No dirty grit to scrape your knuckles or tar melting and sticking to everything. Cutting and nailing these synthetic tiles was also simple. A sharp utility knife and standard nail gun was all that was needed for this project.

 “Overall, I think from start-to-finish that this job went smoothly. We made the right decision and investment with this polymer roof, plus it gave me the opportunity to expand my installation experience. I’ve already recommended the DaVinci product to my neighbors and others who are considering new roofs.”

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50+ DaVinci Shake Roofs and Counting

 

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Family means everything to Chris and Terry Neemann. So, when their sons decided to join the family roofing business the couple was proud to rename their company from Neemann Roofing to Neemann & Sons, Inc.

"We're a family-owned business that appreciates living and working in the Lincoln, Nebraska area," says Chris Neemann. "Our sons --- Travis, Trevor and Trent --- all work alongside us to provide excellent customer service."

That focus on customer service has led the Neemann family to installing more than 50 DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofs in the past eight years.

"Typically we're doing replacement wood shingle roofs that are failing due to old age or storm damage," says Neemann. "We've been very pleased with the DaVinci simulated shake shingles. Our customers love both the appearance of the Single-Width Shake tiles and the long-term warranty that comes with them."

Of the DaVinci re-roofing jobs the Neemanns have completed, a few stand out. "We worked with the DaVinci team to create a custom five-color blend of tiles that turned out beautifully for one home," says Neemann. "On another project, the team worked with us to create a Multi-Width Shake blend that perfectly matched the house. In one community alone we've done at least half a dozen reroofing projects with this durable material. Hail is definitely a problem in our area --- but once a roof has been replaced with the DaVinci product we know the problem has been eliminated."

According to Neemann, the consistent quality of the composite shake tiles from DaVinci isn't the only thing that has impressed her family. "We've had great customer service over the years that supports our projects and has helped build our business," says Neemann. "We're going to continue recommending DaVinci to our customers because we believe in the product and we've repeatedly seen that it makes a positive addition to homes."

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The Neemann family aren't the only roofers to endorse shake roofing shingles from DaVinci. For more roofer insights, visit DaVinci Roofscapes Shake Up Log Cabins and Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos.

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Historic Roofs from Coast to Coast

At DaVinci Roofscapes, a large majority of our products are used for replacement roofs. Many of those are on homes, but there are a good number of our composite shake and synthetic slate roofs on historic projects across the USA. Here's a listing of where you can find some of our eye-catching roofs that now enhance time-honored projects:

 

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  • Salmon River Lighthouse - Constructed in 1838, the Salmon River Lighthouse in Pulaski, N.Y. was elected to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1979. After weather conditions took their toll on various roofing products, DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roofing was added in 2015.

 

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  • Carroll County Courthouse - Built in 1885, the Carroll County Courthouse in Carrollton, Ohio has seen its share of history. Now, thanks to the installation of DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roofing tiles, the old chipped natural slate roof that was atop the three-story courthouse is part of that history. In 2014, Bellaforté Slate roofing in the European-VariBlend color blend was added to the roof.

 

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  • Hotel Breakers - Opened more than 100 years ago, the 650-room Hotel Breakers is the original on-property hotel at the Cedar Point theme park in Ohio. In 2014, hotel management decided to invest in the European-VariBlend of Bellaforté Slate tiles to help stand up to the challenging winter weather off the shores of Lake Erie.

 

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  • 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 Multi-Width Slate roof in a Castle Gray blend.

 

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  • Union Printers Home - Built in 1892 by members of the International Typographical Union to offer specialized health care to their union members, the Colorado Springs facility today serves the general public with a multitude of services including assisted living, nursing care, rehabilitation and hospice. After extreme hail damaged the structure in 2012 (which is a State of Colorado Historic Site) DaVinci Slate tiles were installed to help protect the structure.

 

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  • First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, Oregon - Founded in 1881 in an old mining town, this church had the challenge of replacing decaying cedar shakes on its roof. DaVinci Shake roofing tiles in a Tahoe blend were added in 2008 to replicate the original cedar roof as an authentic-looking roofing material.

 

Learn more about how Historical Sites Rely on Polymer Roofing and Refurbishing Historic Sites with Composite Roofing.

 

 

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

Soggy and saturated. That's a good description of the type of weather many areas of the country --- especially the West Coast --- have seen so far in 2017.

From record rainfall figures to wettest winter of record numbers, it's been a very wet year so far ... and homeowners are chanting the "Rain, Rain, Go Away" song every day.

polymer slateHeavy rains mean heavy headaches for many people. The roof overhead that they thought was in good shape turns out to be a cylinder of water dripping inside the house. Or, the weight of all the significant snowfalls has damaged their existing roof tiles.

Either way, now is the time to take action. During National Procrastination Week, the team at DaVinci Roofscapes encourages homeowners to forget about playing ostrich. Take your head out of the sand and start by contacting a professional roofer to evaluate the overall condition of your roof and offer you options.

"A professional roofer can safely get on your roof, evaluate your shingles and make recommendations if a replacement roof is needed," says Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services at DaVinci Roofscapes. "Getting an evaluation now, as the Spring weather arrives, is a smart idea. Roofers can catch --- and oftentimes fix --- a leak problem before it spirals out of control. Plus your roofer can give you a feeling for how much 'life' is left in your roof and make recommendations for a new roof if needed."

If you find yourself in the position of needing a new roof this year, think about investing in a roof for the long-term. At DaVinci, our polymer slate and shake roof products have a lifetime limited warranty. These easy-care tiles are impact- and fire-resistant along with standing up to severe weather. For more details on composite roofing, see Roofing 101 for Homeowners and What to Look for in a New Roof.

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Contractors Give Thumbs Up to DaVinci Replacement Roofs

You've seen it before. Maybe while driving through your neighborhood. You look up at a house and your eyes fix on the roof. And it looks old ... or splotchy ... or just plain ugly.

Like any other aspect of a home, most roofs have a limited lifespan --- especially if it's an asphalt shingle or cedar shake roof. When roofing tiles curl, cup or break away, it's time for a replacement.

If you're examining your own roof and decide a replacement might be in your future, listen to what these professional roofing contractors have to say about their experiences with polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes and see How To Know When To Replace Your Roof.

 

polymer slate"My client was looking for a synthetic slate roof that preserved the character of his house. He especially liked the authentic look of the DaVinci slate, the reflectivity and lightweight aspects of the product. I've installed more than 30 DaVinci roofs in the past 15 years, so I know it's a good product. Plus it's Made in America, which is important to us so we can support the U.S. economy."

     -Scott Owen, President, Owen Enterprises

 

 

polymer shake“The humid environment we have in the North Carolina mountains works against natural cedar shake, giving them a lifespan of perhaps just 20 years. We’ve replaced about 15 of the original wood roofs in the StoneBridge community with the DaVinci polymer shake products over the past several years with widespread applause from all the homeowners. DaVinci gives the residents the look of cedar shake, but with a much longer life span. Also, the product is not combustible and provides better protection from fire than real cedar shake.”

     -Ken Bowman, Owner, Blue Ridge Roofing

 

 

synthetic slate roof“The Telecky roofing project really shows how the right man-made products can complement a historic home design. The Slate Gray color chosen for the DaVinci roof complements the strong Arts and Crafts lines of the home while subtly allowing the architectural details of the house remain the focal point."

     -Blake Gillette, Owner, Christian Brothers Roofing

 

“I’ve worked with the DaVinci product before in our area and felt the long-term value these polymer tiles would bring to the Animas Museum project would be ideal. Each tile has a refined cedar look, much like a machine-sawn shake shingle, so it blends in perfectly with our mountain setting. Plus, the tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.”

     -Tony Whittle, Owner and President, TL Roofing

 

 

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Featured Project of the Year - Sparrow Exteriors

Throughout the year, as contractors register their jobs, we are presented with so many good projects that we're excited to feature on our blog. What makes a project blog-worthy? Well, not only does it look amazing, but it comes from loyal contractors who are eager to provide DaVinci Roofscapes with feedback, awesome photography, and stories about how working with our polymer roof tiles impacts their business.

For the third year running, we have asked our loyal contractors to submit projects they believe should be chosen for Featured Project of the Year. Among other prizes at stake, the big opportunity is to have a banner featuring the contractor and the project displayed in our booth at the 2017 International Roofing Expo which starts tomorrow in Las Vegas! So, without further adieu, is the first of the three winners chosen as part of the 2016 Featured Project of the Year.

This project was installed by Sparrow Exteriors out of Woodstock, Georgia. Sparrow sent us this video as their submission, which detailed the tear off of an old shake roof in Rosewell, Georgia, and a replacement with a Bellaforté Shake roof. We loved the story the video told which showed a total transformation of the exterior of this home. Check it out and see for yourself!

 

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If you are headed out to the International Roofing Expo, DaVinci will be in booth #​2245. The show starts tomorrow, Wednesday, March 1, and runs until Friday, March 3. We will be featuring this project, along with the other two winners in our booth. Hope to see you there!
 
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Heber Valley: A Hot Spot for DaVinci Roofing

What's going on in Heber Valley, Utah?

During the past several years we've witnessed a constant increase in DaVinci polymer roofing being specified and installed in this beautiful area of the country.

Where can you find synthetic shake and simulated slate roofing in Heber Valley? Everywhere.

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Designer Kevin Price has specified our polymer shake roofing tiles on many of the homes in the Red Ledges community and is still going strong with DaVinci roofing products. (See Designer Shakes Up Utah Roofs) "Since the roof in this desert setting takes the most abuse from the sun and weather, it needs to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing," says Price, president of Kevin Price Designs. "Both the Multi-Width Shake and Bellaforté Shake lightweight roofing materials we've been using capture both desires perfectly."

On Top Roofing has also seen an increase in usage of DaVinci polymer slate roofing materials. The company has installed our products on many high-end multi-family homes in the area. The new construction projects are starting off right ... with Multi-Width Slate roofs in the Slate Gray color blend.

Head to the downtown Heber Valley Visitor Center and you'll also find a DaVinci tile roofing --- right on their building! (See Heber Valley Visitor Center)

polymer shakeConstructed in 1992, the alpine-style visitor's center was in dire need of a new roof. "When the team started pressure washing our wood shake roof, water began leaking into the building," says Rachel Kahler, marketing and events manager for the Heber Valley Visitors Center. "The original wood shake roof had deteriorated badly over time and had finally given out.

"After reviewing our options and budget, we decided the best solution was new Bellaforté Shake composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes in a Tahoe-VariBlend. These simulated shake tiles beautifully accent our peg-and-groove building. The tiles look extremely authentic. People now stop in our visitors center and ask us about the roof on the building!"

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From the Tech Team: Step Flashing

Calling all roofing contractors! Today we want to talk to you about step flashing. Specifically step flashing with your Bellaforté Slate and Shake polymer roof systems.  A nuance of these products is that because of the way they are designed if you don’t use proper step flashing, which prevents water from running horizontally, the roof may not perform properly. From what we hear, a common hassle can be it is difficult to find step flashing with a return on it, or at the very least, a couple of bumps on it to assure that water doesn’t travel horizontally. To remedy this, DaVinci now sells step flashing just made just for Bellaforté!

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Take a sneak peek at the new Bellaforté Slate Installation Guide coming out this March to learn more on how to install our custom made step flashing. As always, never hesitate to contact us for more information
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Custom Roof Color Answers Church's Prayers

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kronborg, Neb. has been through some terrifying weather in its 118-year history. After straight-line winds and large hail struck the church, parsonage and fellowship hall in 2014, the congregation went in search of new siding, windows and roofing.

lightweight roofing tiles"Danish churches like ours are known for our red and white roofs, which tie back to the colors of the Danish flag and the heritage of our church," says Gene Hansen, a member of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. "Those colors identify us. We knew we needed to replace the roof with a product that could help protect the church more in the future but still had those special colors."

Congregation members voted to install Bellaforté Shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes in a custom red color on both the church and the Fellowship Hall in 2016.

"The durability and beauty of this roof really spoke to the church members," says Nick Paschke, president of Paschke Brothers Construction. "The composite roofing answers so many challenges for this project. We were removing old wood shingles, metal and other roofing products. As we tackled the steepness of the steeple, the lightweight nature of the polymer roofing really helped us."

This Nebraska church isn't alone in relying on synthetic roofing tiles from DaVinci. See more church stories at Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead and Impact-Resistant DaVinci Roof Tops Kansas Church.

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Banking on a DaVinci Synthetic Shake Roof

The Auburn Hills retail development in Wichita, Kansas is home to several storefront businesses, including a dentist, a chiropractor and a branch of KANZA Bank. To give Auburn Hills an updated look, DaVinci synthetic shake tiles were recently installed.

shake shingles"The previous concrete tile roof was installed in 2001," according to John E. Boyer, IV, chairman of the board at KANZA Bank out of Kingman, KS. "This community of businesses needed new roofing that would showcase the structures in a positive manner.

"We all did our homework before investing in DaVinci roofing. Heiland Roofing recommended the product and their referrals backed up the recommendation. The lighter weight of this polymer roof, matched up with the attractiveness of the product was a real win for us. They also had a variety of styles and colors for us to choose from and the 50 year limited warranty was very appealing."

For KANZA Bank and the other businesses at Auburn Hills, the durability of the roofing product was a key consideration. Midwest weather is never easy, and having a roof that can withstand high winds and snowfall means security and peace-of-mind for the business operators.

"Frankly, the attractiveness of the roof exceeded our expectations," says Boyer. "We've had numerous compliments on the roof from our customers, employees and other tenants. This DaVinci roof has really made the entire retail center stand out in the neighborhood."

TIP: Other banks have used composite roofing too ... click HERE to see how Tower Bank in Indiana used DaVinci polymer roofing!

 

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Close Down the Insect Buffet

What's for lunch? If you're a termite or insect in the vicinity of a real cedar shake roof, a bountiful buffet awaits you!

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While homeowners may like the "charm" of having a real cedar roof on their homes, these roofs come with many challenges. Cracking. Splitting. Growth of moss and algae. Fading. Shrinking. Curling. And, worst of all for some homeowners --- mold and insect infestations.

 

"I wanted something that looked like real wood shakes but performed better," says homeowner Thomas Meyers of Prior Lake, Minn. "I was tired of our older wood shakes deteriorating with different weather conditions. Plus, mold would accumulate on the wood shakes and the shakes were fading. Overall, dealing with this roof was a huge headache.

"After doing research on DaVinci Roofscapes and discussing the product with our contractor, we decided our best option was the Bellaforté Shake product that resists impact, wind, algae and mold."

Meyers isn't alone in his search for a "better" cedar shake. After severe hail damaged all 35 condo roofs at the Catawba Shores lakeside community, the homeowners association vowed not to let costly storm damage impact their homes again.

polymer shake“The hail damage caught us by surprise," says Jim Packard, president of the Catawba Shores Homeowners Association in Port Clinton, Ohio. "But we quickly learned that real wood shakes just don’t hold up against Mother Nature. The damage was so bad that our insurance company subsidized the cost of all the replacement roofs.”

After researching the community’s options, the Catawba Shores community committed to the man-made Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles and never looked back. Now on the community for five years, the synthetic shakes look as good as the day they were installed --- and there are no free lunches up on the roof for termites!

For more on the Catawba Shores project, see A New Roof ... Times 35 and Why You Should Care that DaVinci Polymer Roofs are Used on Condo Communities.

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Looking Back at the 2017 International Builders' Show

They came, they saw, they were IMPRESSED!

2017 Builders' ShowsThousands of builders and show attendees visited our DaVinci Roofscapes booth at the 2017 International Builders' Show this month in Orlando. They held samples of our synthetic shake and slate roofing pieces, asked questions about the durability of our tiles, and walked away with new insights on how polymer roofing can help out their residential and commercial projects.

"There were many builders and contractors here from the southeast due to the location of this trade show," says Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services for DaVinci Roofscapes. "Because of the type of weather conditions experienced in Florida and throughout the southern states, we were answering a lot of questions about the high wind and impact resistance features of our tiles.

"Fortunately, DaVinci products are truly 'made' for the adverse weather conditions faced in the southeast. They resist moisture, sea spray and salt air, so there's not corrosion of the tiles. Plus, they can also stand up to the toughest winds and rains Mother Nature throws at them!"

In case you missed the show (or, heaven forbid, our booth!), here are some pictures of all the action in Orlando!

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Tick Tock: Real Cedar Shingles Wear Out

Nothing lasts forever. And, for many homeowners with cedar shake shingles, they find that time runs out far too quickly on their roofs.

Real shakes simply don't last as long as homeowners would like. That was the case at Regent Villas in Northfield, Illinois. After just 17 years, the cedar roofs above three buildings were already failing and started leaking and rotting, providing ideal conditions for insects to thrive.

Fake ShakeEarlier this year homeowners in the community of 33 condo units decided enough was enough.Tired of the problems with their roofs and frustrated by the cost and life expectancy of a new cedar roof, they did their research. While the master association's covenants required all roofing to be replaced with real cedar shakes, they found a better solution from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Homeowners got an amendment to the covenants and determined that an investment in Bellaforté Shake roofing in a Chesapeake-VariBlend color would be their best solution.

"The realistic appearance of the DaVinci tiles plus the 50-year warranty were very helpful in our decision making process," relates Lee Flanagan, CMCA, AMS, vice president and property manager with Braeside Condominium Management, Ltd. "We're pleased with the results of the reroofing and I'd tell any condo or homeowners association that wants to either create or preserve the appearance of cedar shingles that the DaVinci product is a valid option. The cost is somewhat higher, but the benefits are considerable in terms of pleasing aesthetics, longevity and durability.

"There's another property I manage with 112 townhomes with cedar roofs. The roofs are in bad shape and we're already considering the DaVinci synthetic shake as a valid material option."

The team at D-Wing Construction tackled the re-roofing of the Regent Villas. "We tore off and removed the existing rotting cedar shake roof down to the wood deck," says Keith Weber, commercial sales director for D-Wing Construction. "We rebuilt the substrate installation with multiple courses of ice and water shield, leak barrier membrane at all of the gutter edges, up through the valleys, along all walls and around all the roof penetrations, and covering the entire roof with an acceptable synthetic felt.

"The transformation was incredible --- beautiful but subdued. Those roofs went from looking shabby to having a clean, up-to-date shake appearance that will last far beyond the life of a real new cedar roof. This was my first experience working with the Bellaforté product. Given the results, our client's satisfaction, and that we have already received a referral through this project, I'm confident we will be using the DaVinci product again in the future."

Learn how other multi-family communities gained by adding DaVinci composite roofing at Condo Community Chooses Impact- and Fire-Resistant DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles and Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos

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DaVinci Roofscapes Predicts Demand to Increase in 2017 for Synthetic Roofing

Increased homeowner interest in cool roofs and authentic-looking slate and shake roofing products will continue to spur the growth of polymer roofing products in 2017. That's the prediction of our roofing industry leaders at DaVinci Roofscapes.

Eco-Friendly Roof"We set new sales records in California in 2016 as people prepared for the launch of Title 24 requirements in 2017," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. "West Coast residents are clamoring for energy-efficient roofing products. Fortunately we were ahead of this surge by launching four new DaVinci EcoBlend® cool family colors earlier this year." (See DaVinci Roofscapes Introduces Four New EcoBlend Colors for Cool Roofs)

The EcoBlend polymer roofing color options have all been approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) to reflect sunlight and heat away from a home or commercial structure, helping the building or home stay cooler in the summer and helping to lower energy costs. The new color blends all meet Title 24 requirements for California.

"We expect this trend will accelerate in 2017 as people across the country learn the value of energy-efficient synthetic roofing products," says Rosewall. "People are quick to invest in our polymer roofing when they see the authentic look of the slate and shake tiles and then learn about the fire-, impact- and high-wind resistance of these tiles.

"Most importantly, we've heard from distributors, roofers and builders that these polymer products are becoming more preferred to natural roofing materials. People desire the expected look of shake and slate, but they truly want the benefits that a man-made product offers. We've achieved that goal by creating realistic-looking products with exceptional features."

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Q & A Guide to Snowguards

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

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


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

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

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

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Keeping Cool in the Hot Florida Sun

 

Sunshine and warm weather. That's reason enough to travel to Florida in early January. But, we've got an even better reason: the 2017 International Builders' Show (IBS)!

From January 10-12, thousands of industry professionals will gather in Orlando to see all the newest products, gain insights in seminars and unite to find the "hot products" for 2017.

DaVinci Roofscapes will be at the show again (in the West Hall, in booth W6871) with hot products that are pretty cool.

We're showcasing our DaVinci EcoBlend polymer roofing tiles and the four recently-introduced colors approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC). What's so hot about these cool composite roofing tiles? EcoBlend tiles reflect sunlight and heat away from a home or commercial structure ... and the four new color blends all meet Title 24 requirements for California.

Visit us at IBS and see for yourself our newest EcoBlend polymer shake and slate roofing tiles:

- Tahoe-EcoBlend: Light Tahoe, Medium Light Tahoe and Medium Tahoe blend

- Mountain-EcoBlend: Light Mountain, Medium Mountain and Dark Mountain blend

- Brownstone-EcoBlend: Light Brown, Dark Stone and Dark Tan blend

- Slate Gray-EcoBlend: Slate Gray                                               

You can also see our original  EcoBlend color blends previously accessible from DaVinci Roofscapes that meet the stringent requirements to receive ENERGY STAR® designations, and still available from the company include:

- Weathered Gray-EcoBlend: Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray and Dark Weathered Gray blend

- Castle Gray-EcoBlend: Light Gray, Medium Gray and Dark Gray

While you're at our booth, check out the full line of DaVinci products ... from Multi-Width to Single-Width to Bellaforté synthetic shingles. We've got the right composite roofing tiles for YOUR next project!

Need more reasons to cool off at IBS? Check out Sunscreen for Your Designer Roof and   Green Roof Systems are Cool and Energy Efficient.

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Think About Luxury Homes with DaVinci Roofs

Dream a bit. Think about the "McMansions" you've seen over the years, or the retreat compounds that make you envious. Now, think about the roofs over those luxury homes ... and think DaVinci Roofscapes.

Our company has been fortunate to provide polymer slate and shake roofing for town homes to cabins to villas to getaways. Our versatile imitation slate and composite shake roofing products complement all styles of homes, including these luxurious properties:

- French Manor Estate in Camden County, New Jersey ... featuring 16,500-square-feet, the Alton Manor boasts six bedrooms, an in-law suite and a three-story pool house connected through a tunnel to a dedicated Man Cave. The 5,000-square foot entertainment area includes a 42-stool bar, dance floor, professional DJ equipment, gaming area and a 12-seat movie theater. Topping it all is a Bellaforté Slate roof!

- Red Ledges private home in Park City, Utah ... with relaxing waterfalls, fire pits and spacious spaces. Designed with minimal maintenance demands and topped with a DaVinci simulated shake roof. (See Designer Shakes Up Utah Roofs)

- Luxury home in Traverse City, Michigan ... expansive and homey, yet luxurious with lake views and lots of room for family and friends. This home was re-roofed with DaVinci polymer slate tiles and within a few months withstood a freak storm with hail up to four inches in size and 100 mph winds. The roof survived without any problems.

- Historic home in Roanoke, Virginia ... this mountaintop home sits just below the famous illuminated Mill Mountain Star, and has sweeping views of downtown Roanoke. Built in 1929 the homeowners decided to replace a dark, black slate roof with DaVinci Multi-Width Slate in the Vineyard blend of eight different colors to complement the home, the cobblestone driveway and sidewalk. (See Colorful Slate Roof the "Second Star" on Mill Mountain)

For more details on simulated shake roofing or synthetic slate roof tile on luxury homes, see Pass the Popcorn ... and the Roofing Tile Possibilities.

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Coast-to-Coast Roofer Opinions of DaVinci Roofscapes

This is a tale of two coasts.

Talking with roofers separated by more than 2,000 miles, you might expect to get different answers when they're asked about composite roofing. But, read on and you'll find out that there's not much difference between an East Coast and a West Coast roofer when it comes to DaVinci Roofscapes!

Q: What would you tell a family member who asks your advice on a DaVinci roof versus asphalt, real wood shake, slate or stone coated steel?

"DaVinci has a natural look that comes with lightweight aspects and durability. It experiences a very small amount of fade from sunlight."

Hogan Hammarstrom
Absolut Roofing, Inc.
Huntington Beach, California

 

"DaVinci roofs look great. This will be the last roof you will ever need!"

Ken Bowman
Blue Ridge Roofing
Boone, North Carolina

 

 

Q: Compared to installing other types of roofing products, how does DaVinci rate when it comes to installation?

"Installation of the DaVinci product is no harder than any other product ... actually it's easier than tile or real shake."

Hammarstrom

 

"Easier than most in the same category of roof, plus much easier than standing seam and slate. A bit more challenging than asphalt shingles or metal."

Bowman

 

Q: What are the three top reasons you would give someone to invest in a DaVinci synthetic slate or composite shake roof?

"Natural look, durability and ease of walkability."

Hammarstrom

 

"Looks, longevity, and cost over the life of the product."

Bowman

Interested in what other roofers have to say about our polymer shake and synthetic slate roofing materials? Then check out Roofers Applaud Lifespan & Looks of DaVinci Roofs and DaVinci Composite Roofing Sparks Confidence in Roofers .

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