Easy-Care Home Improvements for Aging Baby Boomers

Are YOU a Baby Boomer?

Independent and plentiful in numbers, Baby Boomers are a major part of America's housing outlook. With more than 76 million people born between 1946 and 1964, Baby Boomers are either currently in retirement or planning for retirement --- and their living arrangements are a primary consideration.

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According to a survey conducted by Demand Institute of more than 4,000 Baby Boomer households, 63 percent of those surveyed do not plan to move, preferring instead to "age in place." Of those respondents, "low maintenance/upkeep" is rated as the third highest concern for Boomers staying in their current homes.

On the exterior of the house, switching to manmade products requiring little or no upkeep can be exceptionally beneficial for Baby Boomers. From the roof down to the porch, replacement products can be added to homes to make long-term living less stressful in an existing home.

Start with the roof. Synthetic slate and shake roofing tiles have the look of real slate or shake, but with none of the worries. Manufactured to provide years of beauty with no maintenance hassles, composite roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes are impact-, fire-, high wind- and insect-resistant. The polymer roofing materials come in dozens of colors and color blends to complement any home exterior and feature a lifetime limited warranty. (See Slate or Shake --- Which DaVinci Roofscapes Product is for Me?)

Aging homeowners ready to say farewell to the splitting, cupping and cracking problems of real slate or cedar are embracing synthetic roofing products. As a bonus, these synthetic roofing products are so durable that many insurance companies offer discounts on homeowner insurance policies to people investing in synthetic roofing! 

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1.2 Million Pounds and Counting

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we offer 49 different colors of synthetic slate and composite shake roofing tiles. This gives you an abundance of options to get the exact color --- or blend of colors --- you want on your designer roof.

Each time our manufacturing operation changes a color run of polymer tiles, there is a transition between colors. If you remember playing with Play-Doh as a child, it's the same thing. When you're finished with the red and start to put blue through your toy, there's inevitably an overlap ... maybe even creating a streak of color or a purple mixture. That's what happens when we make color run changes.

Polymer roofingThose transition tiles are "off spec" and immediately recycled at our facility in Kansas. They're ground up and moulded into starter shingles, which are generally not visible on a roof.

Why are we sharing this with you? Because June is National Recycling Month. And we believe it's important for you to know that every polymer tile we create is 100 percent recyclable. Because of our efforts, we keep about 1.2 million pounds of polymer scrap out of landfills each year.

Our record-setting recycling efforts include 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.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we look for ways to recycle and reuse every single piece of composite roofing waste in our plant ... and, even on the jobsite. We encourage our roofing customers to return any DaVinci unused imitation slate or fake cedar shake roofing to us after they complete a project. We're happy to recycle and reuse those pieces to help assure that our full cycle of operations is as environmentally friendly as possible. (See Return Those DaVinci Scraps!)

To learn more about our manufacturing operations, see Virgin Versus Recycled Roofing Tiles.

 

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Sky-High Views of Roofing Projects

The video created and posted by Cedar Roofing Company in Lake Forest, Illinois truly says it all for their company: "When it's time for a new roof, it's time for Cedar Roofing Company."

Take a look at their video online (click HERE) and you'll see the incredible transformations this 35-year old company can accomplish with DaVinci composite shake and synthetic slate roofing materials. No matter where you live, you'll be impressed by how this video showcases the installation of Bellaforté Shake roofing products --- from a unique viewpoint that many homeowners don't get.

Travel "up on the roof" with this video to see the installation of our durable shake roofing materials. Plus, you can see "before and after" images of how a DaVinci luxury roof can change the appearance of a home exterior.

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"Our videos give a wonderful aerial look at the roofing projects we tackle on a daily basis," says Jennifer Makely, marketing manager for Cedar Roofing Company. "We install between 15-20 DaVinci designer roof projects each year. It's one of our more popular roofing products. Homeowners appreciate the high fire and impact ratings of the composite roofing plus the maintenance-free aspect. We keep recommending DaVinci polymer roofing materials because they're trouble-free, have fast lead times and homeowners love the finished look."

Cedar Roofing Company has installed DaVinci roofing products since 2005. Their team of in-house installers prides itself on using quality products, without cutting corners.

"We always look out for our customer's best interests," says Makely. "For many homes that means recommending DaVinci roofing because our positive experiences over the years proves that it's a reliable roofing material that brings beauty to all styles of homes."

Interested in more details on why Bellaforté Shake Shingles = Peace of Mind? Then check out this hurricane preparedness video showcasing the benefits of polymer roofing tiles. Just click HERE.

 

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Featured Project - Hayden, ID

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Cedar shakes are a traditional look in the west, for both roofing and siding. In recent years, the use of natural cedar shakes has gone down due to availability and performance issues. In neighborhoods with a lot of trees, the shift towards a polymer cedar shake roof makes sense given the surroundings. Polymer shake roofs, like Bellaforté Shake featured here, are fire and impact resistant, harmonize with the natural surroundings, and won't grow mold or algae. 

This project was shared to us by Granite Roofing in Radthdrum, ID. I like these photos because they show the Bellaforté Shake used as both the roofing material as well as the siding on the dormers. These homeowners will appreciate many years of maintenance free shakes. Thank you for sharing this project with us Granite Roofing!

Granite Roofing
208-687-4277

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Roofer Profile: CMR Construction & Roofing

synthetic shakeSince 2000, CMR Construction & Roofing has built a standing for exceptional work and customer satisfaction. A national company licensed in 20 states, CMR professionals are known for their dedication to excellence and working with top-quality products.

For more than a dozen of their years in business, CMR has relied on synthetic slate and shake roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes to help advance its company reputation. Based in Dallas, Texas, CMR installs between 10 and 30 DaVinci roofs a year, with many customers preferring Bellaforté Shake products.

"Homeowners gravitate to the aesthetics of DaVinci products and we've been exceptionally pleased with their performance year-after-year," says Steven M. Soule, CEO of CMR Construction & Roofing. "We specialize in high-end roofing and the quality, pricing and aesthetics of DaVinci polymer roofing certainly matches up with our company standards."

From churches to residential projects, CMR has relied on DaVinci designer roofs for many of their popular projects in the past. The wide selection of colors available from DaVinci, plus the company's ability to create custom colors has closed many sales for CMR.

"One of the largest re-roofing projects our company did with DaVinci roofing relied on the creation of custom colors to replicate the color of a pre-existing roof," says Soule. "The McFarlin Memorial Methodist Church in Norman, Oklahoma had a specific green color and we were able to have DaVinci create that color, making our customer extremely happy."

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Interested in more church stories with synthetic roofing? See Custom Roof Color Answers Church's Prayers and Church Tired of Replacing Copper Roofs.

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Hurricane Season Meets Its Match - Impact-Resistant Roofs

Synthetic shakeEvery June is the same: people think about graduation ceremonies, barbecues and summer vacation plans. Yet, as the weather turns warmer, it's also the month to think about preparing your home and family for potential problems.

Disaster Preparedness Month in June coincides with the start of hurricane season each year --- and for good reason. Hurricanes can impact millions of people living both on the coast and far, far inland. Flooding, extensive rain and very high winds are major concerns related to hurricanes. The National Hurricane Center encourages everyone to "Be Ready" and offers a checklist of information for your home and business.

Here's our question to you: Is your roof ready to handle potential severe weather?

Many roofing products simply don't hold up to severe winds and strong rain. But, products by DaVinci Roofscapes do. Our synthetic slate and composite shake roofing materials are built to weather the storm. They've even passed the strictest industry standards to earn a Class 4 impact rating. (See Polymer Roofing Welcomes Hurricane-Force Winds)

DaVinci shake roofing and slate roofing materials have a Class 4 impact rating which shows they are designed to resist damage from flying debris and hail. Check out this quick video to see how DaVinci products compare to other roofing materials ... and how they can help prepare your home against potential disasters!

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Featured Project - North Barrington, IL

At DaVinci Roofscapes we have two objectives--Create the most durable roofing material on the market, while also creating the most beautiful roofing material on the market. We really nailed this, when we introduced Bellaforté Shake several years ago. This lifetime roof product is made to look like luxurious, jumbo cedar roof shingles, but is make out of our unique polymer blend which makes it storm resistant. 

So when contractors let us know their vision aligns with ours, these projects must be shared! This project was installed by Durashield Roofing out of Illinois and Wisconsin. This home which has Bellaforté Shake in the Tahoe blend is located in the exclusive Wynstone Community located in North Barrington, IL. Check out Durashield's YouTube page where they feature this project, but also have a cool video showing the impact resistance of DaVinci's Bellaforté Shake roof tiles. Thank you for sharing, Durashield! 

Durashield Contracting
1-855-DURASHIELD
www.durashieldcontracting.com

      

​     Half Old Shakes and Half DaVinci                                                                      Completed DaVinci Roof
 

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Featured Project - Omaha, NE

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Bellaforté Shake has made a name for itself in Omaha, as a good looking and environmentally friendly replacement of it's natural counterpart. Cedar roofing, though authentic to many homes in the area, has lost popularity over the years due it it's inability to stand up to wind and hail events. Using polymer shake products, instead of natural cedar shake, can have a tremendous positive environmental impact. In storm prone areas, like Omaha, hail and wind events happen often enough that homeowners often don't have to wait too long for a storm that will require them to get their old roof torn off an a new one put on. People have grown accustomed to putting on a new roof every few years, but unfortunately most of the old products are not recycled (or even recyclable), thus sending them to the landfill.

A new Bellaforté Shake roof by DaVinci Roofscapes, offers the look of authentic cedar shakes, but comes with a Class 4 Impact Rating and a 110 mph wind rating. This means that in the event of a storm, it is less likely your roof will be damaged and needing to be replaced.

This project was sent our way by Rich Poisel's Roofing out of Omaha. It has Bellaforté Shake in the Mountain Blend installed prominently on a mansard roof. Thank you for sharing this project with us Rich Poisel's Roofing!

Rich Poisel’s Roofing
402-339-3491

 

 

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Star of the Show

In every major movie, there's a star. After all, what would Casablanca be without Bogart and Bacall? Or Gone with the Wind without Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable?

It's the same with a house. There's always something that truly sets a house apart. For Jason Taylor, his expansive new Bellaforté Slate roof is the star of the show.

The Slate Gray imitation slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes covers his sprawling Texas home and perfectly accents its brick exterior. "The view of this roof from afar is eye catching," says Taylor. "The roof looks great and I've noticed houses in our area that seem to have followed our lead by having similar roofs installed."

Taylor had his home re-roofed by HUF Construction in 2016. "HUF Construction was very easy to work with on our roofing project," says Taylor. "They did a great job with the installation and I would highly recommend them to others.

"If a family member was looking for a roofer I'd recommend HUF Construction, and the DaVinci roof. I'd tell that that it looks great and has held up very well to high winds and heavy rain."

The Bellaforté Slate synthetic slate roofing selected by Taylor features leading edge tabs to secure every tile, drastically helping improve wind performance. The snap-fit tile creates a built-in rain gutter while the self-aligning ledge helps reduce installation time and assures consistent installation.

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The 12" wide fake slate roofing tiles are 1/2" thick --- twice the thickness of most other synthetic slates. Made of virgin polymers to assure product consistency, synthetic slate and shake tiles from DaVinci are embedded with state-of-the-art UV and color stabilizers for color fade resistance. Each roofing tile resists curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects.

For more polymer roofing projects featuring Bellaforté tiles, see  DaVinci Roofscapes' Bellaforté - Your Perfect Partner in Beautifying Your Home's Roof.

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Preparing for the Worst ... and Hoping for the Best

Who will cause the most havoc this hurricane season? Will it be Arlene, Emily or Katia? Perhaps it will be Philippe, Sean or Tammy? These are all designated names for 2017 hurricanes, and we're all hoping never to get far enough in the alphabet to experience Hurricane Whitney!

impact resistant roofTo help homeowners prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, the National Weather Service has designated May 7 - 13 as Hurricane Preparedness Week. Click HERE to learn how to develop an evacuation plan, assemble disaster supplies and determine your risk. On this site you'll also learn how to strengthen your home to withstand hurricane-force winds, rain, and flooding.

The only good thing about a hurricane is you generally know in advance if it's headed your way. That can help give you time to secure your home and evacuate if needed.

Right now, time is on your side. If you live in an area prone to severe weather and potential hurricanes, take the time today to evaluate the exterior of your home --- especially your roof. (See Hurricane Season - Is Your Roof Ready?).

High winds associated with hurricanes can turn a lawn chair or garbage can into a flying missile. Those items can do serious damage to a home's exterior ... as can falling trees and limbs. Having a durable and impact-resistant synthetic shake or slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes can help your home weather the storm. Oftentimes our Dade County-approved composite roofing can also save you money --- since many insurance companies offer homeowner discounts on polymer roofing (see New DaVinci Roof = Cash in Your Wallet).

Before the 2017 Hurricane Season arrives on June 1st, follow the old adage, "prepare for the worst and hope for the best." You and your home will both be grateful you're ready to weather the storm!

 

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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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Collecting Rainwater from Roofs

Saving rainwater isn't just about reducing water bills. It's about conserving natural resources. With so much water coming out of the sky during the first part of this year, now is the ideal time to consider harvesting rainwater from roofs.

"West Coast areas that are normally dry have seen incredible rainfall amounts so far in 2017," says Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services at DaVinci Roofscapes®. "The Sacramento area was drowning in more than 17 inches of rain during the first two months of the year. Imagine the potential for saving that rainwater for use later during the dry season."

polymer slateGentry points out that collected rainwater can be used for a variety of home tasks, including washing cars, watering plants and cleaning. "Water harvesting is an easy, positive way to help the environment. As rainwater slides off a polymer, metal, ceramic or real slate sloping roof into collection barrels, it's safe for secondary uses like garden irrigation, doing laundry or flushing a toilet."

According to Gentry, if enough people implemented rainwater harvesting techniques at home, it could help reduce demand on existing water supply in their areas.

"Look at a city like Macon, Georgia," says Gentry. "They had 6.6 inches of rain in the first two days of 2017. That amount broke all kinds of records. If people had harvested even a portion of that water, then it would have helped reduce run-off and erosion. The community could use the saved water for everything from fire protection services to filling outdoor public pools.

"Whether collected in barrels or through pipes going directly into cisterns for use and storage, gathered rainwater can make a big impact. According to RainBarrelGuide.com, for every inch of rain that falls on a 'catchment area' of 1,000 square feet, approximately 600 gallons of rainwater can be collected. Now remember that Macon received 6.6 inches of rain. That number means there was a potential to save almost 4,000 gallons of water! That's quite a strong contribution to the water supply for a homeowner."

Looking for more information on rainwater collection and green roofing options? See From the Architect's Corner - Harvesting Rainwater and Collect Your "April Showers".

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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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Natural Shake Vs. DaVinci Shake

Call it "The Roofing Struggle." When homeowners are set on the look of real cedar shakes, but common sense pulls them back to reality. Why? Because while beautiful, a real cedar shake roof requires an extreme amount of upkeep. Plus, over time true cedar shakes can split, curl and attract insects or algae growth.

Now flip the coin. The other side of the story is that homeowners can gain all the charm of shake by investing in synthetic shake shingles. Made of virgin polymers with built-in UV inhibitors to ensure long-lasting color, polymer shakes perform better than real wood and require no ongoing maintenance.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we're making it easy for you to compare real cedar versus synthetic shake roofing. The video displayed HERE, which features Allen Lyle of Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, provides a comprehensive comparison between our composite shake products and real shake. Take a minute to watch the video to learn more about alternative shake roofing!

And, for more details on shake roofing, see Simulated Shake Roofing Without the Hassles of Real Cedar Roofing and Real Cedar Shingles ... Worth the Hassles?

 

 

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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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