Weathering the Storm: No Where to Hide

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From coast to coast, it's messy out there.

Spring storms have brought high winds, intense rain and hail to many parts of the country this year. While farm fields and gardens have taken a beating, so have houses.

The roof on a home is the single most exposed element of a house. There is simply no where for a roof to hide when the weather turns bad. That's why it's important to invest in an impact-resistant roof. Just ask roofer Jim Hofegartner what he witnessed after a storm in 2010.

"There were grapefruit-sized hail and 60 mph winds that pounded our area," says Hofegartner with Central Roofing and Construction Company. "A DaVinci Aberdeen simulated slate roof we installed a few weeks beforehand in Nichols Hills received minimal damage --- especially compared to the concrete tile roof next door that was totally destroyed."

Storm intensity has only increased in recent years. According to roofer Mike Heiland, peace-of-mind for homeowners only comes when investing in a secure roof. After a severe microburst in 2015, his Kansas customers were shaken, but their homes survived.

synthetic shake roofing"Of the three DaVinci roofs we installed, one home had zero damage," says Heiland of Heiland Roofing and Exteriors. "Another home had one missing ridge cap. The third home needed approximately 10-feet of ridge replaced. That's absolutely nothing compared to the devastation that all the other homes in that neighborhood experienced.

"Now my customers are elated with their decision to invest in DaVinci composite roofing ... and their neighbors are fighting with insurance adjusters. Many of them see that the DaVinci products held up exceptionally well ... and we're already getting calls from them about replacing their roofs with a worry-free DaVinci roof!"

 

For more severe weather stories related to composite roofing, see Hail No Match for DaVinci Roofscapes Polymer Roof Tiles and All hail, HAIL!

 

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Thank You

This is Customer Loyalty Month --- a great time for all of us at DaVinci Roofscapes to extend our sincere thanks to the many roofers who install our synthetic shake and slate roofing. In almost every state there are qualified roofers who repeatedly recommend our composite roofing to homeowners.

To those roofers who have been singing the praises of our roofing and repeatedly encouraging homeowners to invest in our polymer roofing materials we say "thank you." And, to homeowners who might be in the market for a new roof, we want to share some thoughts from our valued roofing customers:

 

"Purchasing DaVinci's composite roofing over natural slate roof tiles or cedar shake roofing is a no brainer. The look and durability of these imitation slate and synthetic shake shingles is simply incredible. Plus, we save time and money on the jobsite for the homeowner by installing these sustainable roofing tiles."

       -Mike Heiland, Heiland Roofing and Exteriors

 

 

 

 

 

Class A Fire Rating"My company has installed more than 20 Bellaforté roofs since the product was launched several years ago. This durable roofing tile resists impact, fire, algae and insects. It’s a real winner for our geographic area and we’ve created a niche market in the Kansas City marketplace by becoming experts at installing both Bellaforté Shake and Slate roofs.”

       -Shawn Bellis, EPIC Exteriors, LLC

 

 

 

 

Synthetic Shake roofing"Half of the roofs I install these days are polymer shake or slate products. Once someone sees this product installed, they love it and want it on their own home. The roof has a good profile and dimension to it, the color blends are terrific and the advantage of knowing you have a roof backed by a limited lifetime warranty is extremely impressive."

       -Stacy Stines, Stacy Stines Roofing

 

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2017 Earth Day: DaVinci Roofscapes Recycles 1.2 Million Pounds of Waste

At DaVinci Roofscapes we're proud to have kept more than 1.2 million pounds of polymer scrap out of landfills in 2016. Our record-setting recycling effort includes the remolding of more than 696,000 pounds of grinded scrap into starter tiles and the transfer of 567,000 pounds of scrap to an end-user who makes pallets, crates and totes. (See Virgin Versus Recycled Roofing Tiles)

Green Roof Systems Polymer"Our goal is zero percentage of scrap going into a landfill," says Bryan Ward, vice president of operations at DaVinci Roofscapes in Lenexa, Kan. "We are always looking for ways to recycle and reuse every single piece of waste in our plant.

"We made a significant capital investment in regrind machinery in recent years that's definitely paying off. Over the past two years we've decreased our trash generation by more than 50 percent annually. That's a number we're proud of and hope to improve upon even more in the future."

DaVinci Roofscapes produces synthetic slate and composite shake roofing tiles in 50 standard colors, plus custom colors. Each time our manufacturing operation changes color runs, there is a transitioning between colors.  Those transition tiles are off spec and are recycled. The tiles --- which are 100 percent recyclable --- are segregated by color and then ground up and molded into starter shingles, which are generally unseen on the roof.

"We view Earth Day as a time to evaluate the progress of our recycling operations and share the good news about our enhanced efforts," says Ward. "Our operation is extremely efficient. Between reusing the regrind polymer and selling off additional scrap, we're excited to prevent more than 1.2 million pounds of scrap from sitting in a landfill this year."

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Montana Builder Selects Bellaforté Shake for Parade of Homes Entry

Synthetic ShakeBuilder Cory Taylor, owner of CT Construction, Inc. out of Manhattan Montana, is known for the way in which he balances the many aspects of his home design to achieve a masterpiece. Included in his many accomplishments is the 6,000-square-foot home that he featured in the 2016 Parade of Homes, sponsored by Southwest Montana Building Industry Association. The expansive rustic-style home in Bozeman features hand-hewn log accents, natural stone fireplaces, and remarkable finishes. 

Taylor’s team is very meticulous in the way they choose the products that make up their finished project.  When it came to topping off this specific home, he said, “we selected Bellaforté Shake by DaVinci Roofscapes, in particular because they mimic the weathered cedar shake which complements the rustic style we were after on this home. These synthetic shake tiles have a great look to them.”

According to Taylor, he plans on using DaVinci composite roofing in the future on other homes in his area. "While this type of roof can cost a bit more than other roofs, it’s definitely worth it," says Taylor. "The cedar-shake look coupled with the low maintenance aspects and lifetime limited warranty will be very appealing to homebuyers in our area.”

Thanks to the CT Construction team, the homeowners now have a remarkable home with a DaVinci roof overhead to top it off with style and an unfaltering product.

Want to know what other builders think of our cedar shake roofing and imitation slate shingles? Then read Architect and Builder Team Up on Simulated Slate Roofing Project and Roofer Recommends DaVinci Polymer Roofs for High-End Homes.

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

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

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

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

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

            - Comparing synthetic roofing to other types of roofing

            - How polymer tiles are made

            - What goes under your roofing tiles

            - Cost comparisons

            - Key factors of different types of roofing

            - Choosing the perfect slate or shake products for your home

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

 

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Ask a Homeowner

If you're starting to research new roof options and you've found this blog site, then you know that we have many testimonials and insights from roofers and contractors. You may have even read some of our stories related to residential projects.  Now we invite you to "ask a homeowner" how they feel about our polymer roofing materials.

From our years of experience answering calls in customer service and dealing with questions from homeowners, we have a pretty good idea what questions you'd like to ask.  So, here are some top questions, with answers supplied by homeowners who have chosen to use our simulated slate or synthetic shake roofing materials.

 

synthetic slate roofQ: How did you discover DaVinci polymer roofing products?

A: 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.

          - Kathy Telecky, Dallas, Texas

 

 

 

Q: DaVinci products cost more than asphalt shingles. What made you invest in composite roofing?

A: The more I learned about the synthetic DaVinci roofing tiles, the more I liked them. As with most people, I had a budget. The cost of a synthetic slate roof from DaVinci was much more affordable than using real slate. The product perfectly complements the stone, brick and stucco features of our home. As an added benefit, the product comes with a lifetime limited warranty warranty. Even if the costs were equal, I’d still choose this DaVinci product because of all the inherent benefits of synthetic roofing tiles.

          - John Mastronardo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

slate alternativeQ: There are so many colors to choose from. How did you decide?

A: We wanted a roof with some interest to it, not just one tedious color. The subtleness of the colors we selected (including Slate Black and Slate Gray with highlight colors mixed in of Light Green and Dark Green) blended well together. We liked the blend of the roof colors so much that they inspired us to select exterior siding and accent colors to complement it.

          - Dr. Mike Boone, Cayucos, California

 

 

 

Q: How was the DaVinci team to work with?

A: The product testing and manufacturing processes were very impressive at DaVinci. Their customer service was also outstanding and we developed a great confidence in the team.

          - Ray Knoff, Des Moines, Iowa

 

 

 

Q: We have an older roof that we're trying to replace and add more color. How did DaVinci help you in a similar situation?

A: We did an extensive amount of research on roofing materials and searched for a realistic and durable slate product. The result is a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate roof that we love. We brightened up the home’s exterior --- which previously had a black roof --- by selecting the Vineyard blend of eight different colors --- dark and medium tan, light and medium gray, light and dark violet, dark stone and dark amber. This color combination fits the era of the home and complements our cobblestone driveway and sidewalk, the stone exterior of the house and our copper gutters and snow guards.

          - Nancy Dye, Roanoke, Virginia

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Come See Us at AIA 2017!

This year the AIA's national Conference on Architecture is meeting in sunny Orlando! We'd like to invite you to stop by booth #2132 in the exhibit hall and see what's new at DaVinci Roofscapes! This year we have some new collateral showcasing our polymer slate and shake tiles on different commercial, multi-family living, educational, retail, and historic projects. Also, with our focus always being on sustainable design, we will have samples of our new, darker EcoBlend slate and shake roof tiles, all of which meet Title 24 compliancy for cool roofs.

We can't wait to see you there! Get your free expo pass here!

 

 

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Historic Church Chooses Bellaforté Shake Roof

Located in a rural area of Nebraska, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church has always been subject to harsh weather conditions. The original church structure, plus the parsonage, barn and out building, were all constructed in 1880 and then destroyed by a tornado in 1899. Within the same year the congregation raised funds and rebuilt the church properties.

Cedar shake AlternativeOver the years other storms attacked the church, but when the 2014 severe weather hit, the results were dramatic. "There was no question we needed full replacements on our roof, windows and siding," says Gene Hansen, a member of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. "Before the storm, some cedar shake shingles were starting to blow off and were weathering badly. The storm just ripped through two layers of those shakes that had been in place for decades.  And, the fellowship hall roof was totally destroyed in the storm. We had no other option than to replace the roofs."

When contractor Nick Paschke recommended Bellaforté Shake tiles from DaVinci, several church members took hammers to the roofing tile samples, to assure themselves that the impact-resistant material would not be dented by future hail storms.

"I was impressed by the quality, durability and selection of the DaVinci composite shake roofing," says Hansen. "Once we discovered the company could create a custom color red for the shingles, that truly sealed the deal."

Convinced of the durability of the product, peace-of-mind prevailed. Now the church and fellowship hall once again have their signature red roofs overhead and contented parishioners below.  

Learn more about DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing on historic church projects at  Historic Church Gets High-Tech Polymer Roof and DaVinci Roofs: An Answer to Many Prayers.   

 

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Mansard Roofing at Donges Bay Elementary School

When Roofing Consultants, Ltd. was brought in to make recommendations on improving the building envelope of Donges Bay Elementary School, one of their first thoughts was the roofing. The school, which houses 460 students, needed the replacement of both flat and mansard roofing.

"The mansard application was old cedar shakes, many of which were well past their prime," says Eric Raatz, senior consultant with Roofing Consultants, Ltd. "Some of the cedar shakes were starting to curl. Water had run down this siding-type application for years, so there was also organic growth on the shakes. Overall, it was clear that improvements were needed."

For the very visible mansard tile shake application at the Mequon, Wisc. school, the team at Roofing Consultants, Ltd. decided to specify multi-width composite shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"We felt that a synthetic shake would last longer than natural shake and have some advantages for this application," says Raatz. "Our team compared several types of synthetic shake tiles and the DaVinci product was remarkable.

"We were especially impressed by the fire rating of the product and the algae resistance. We took a torch gun to several products and the DaVinci tiles held up incredibly well. Add to that the authentic look of the simulated cedar shakes was great and the 50-year warranty was appealing for everyone involved."

With five locations throughout the Midwest, Roofing Consultants, Ltd. offers engineering, architectural and building envelope specialists to support commercial projects. The licensed engineering firm includes many staff members who have earned credentials through RCI Inc., the Roofing, Waterproofing and Building Envelope Institute.

Raatz and his team specified EPDM (ethylene propylene dienete polymer) for the flat section of the roof for its durability. The synthetic rubber roofing membrane, which is unseen from the ground, served the needs of the project. For the more visible aspects of the school's mansard roof, white sheet metal trim was added to accent the rich deep color of the DaVinci Tahoe Blend shake tiles.

"The finished product is tremendous," says Raatz. "The look is great and we enhanced the durability of these synthetic shakes by going a step 'above and beyond' by recommending that ring shank stainless steel nails were used. This roofing application will last for decades!"

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House of Horrors

composite roofHundreds of home inspectors flock to Boulder, Colo. each year to train at the "House of Horrors."

Sponsored by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the House of Horrors is designed with a wide variety of home systems (most of which are operable) that have 1,000 defects built in. The goal is to provide students with a chance to improve their skills by learning how to recognize home system defects and safety issues and ultimately, to become better home inspectors.

The "real home" is designed with multiple stations, including a roof systems area featuring 11 different roofing products such as asphalt shingles, stone slate, clay and concrete tiles, wood shakes and shingles, and rubber. Plus, there's a section on composite roofing, with product samples provided by DaVinci Roofscapes.

"Our goal in this section is to teach students to recognize proper installation of roofing materials, including underlayment, flashing and primary roof coverings," says Kenton Shepard, director of international development for InterNACHI.  "We want these inspectors-in-training to recognize common defects and understand the lifecycle of roofing products, their failing points and other key factors on the roof. Plus, with more durable products like synthetic slate and shake roofing, we want them to understand the benefits of low-maintenance roofing products.

Polymer roofing tiles"So far, the main reaction our students have had to the DaVinci roofing is curiosity. Some students have never seen polymer roofing before. They're interested in how this type of roofing product ages and what installation looks like for composite roofing."

The InterNACHI school offers world-class, accredited inspection training. The House of Horrors will have about 500 people visit each year who are advancing their inspection knowledge and skills. And, if you're visiting the Boulder area, make plans to stop by and visit the House of Horrors---it's open to everyone!

 

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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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