Do You REALLY Want to Pay More for Real Cedar?

Shake RoofRecently-imposed tariffs on soft woods transported from Canada to the USA means two key things. First, lesser amounts of wood are crossing the border from Canada to America. Second, the likelihood that the prices of those wood products making it into the USA are rising.

How does that affect the roofing industry? Think about real cedar shake roofs. Much of that product comes to us from Canada.

In recent years homeowners have sought alternatives to real wood shingles because of their inherent problems: rotting, curling, splitting, insect infestations and algae growth. Now there's other reasons to look away from real cedar shake roofs --- availability and increasing costs.

Fortunately DaVinci Roofscapes has an abundant supply of cost-effective synthetic shake roofing tiles. Made of durable polymers, Multi-Width, Single-Width, Bellaforté and Fancy Shake composite roofing from DaVinci resists all the challenges that real cedar roofs experience. Our products will never rot, curl, split or become infested with algae or insects. Plus, they're impact- and moisture-resistant so they're ideal to use in coastal areas. And, if you live in California, you'll be happy to know that our EcoBlend shake tiles meet Title 24 requirements.

Now, what about the price? There's good news there too.

While pricing for real cedar shakes is rising, DaVinci Roofscapes announced price reductions in late 2016 on the company's most popular roofing products. Thanks to operational efficiencies, we've reduced prices from 11 to 16 percent on several synthetic shake product lines. These price reductions mean that pricing of Bellaforté Shake tiles now falls below the cost of many real cedar shingles, but with the added benefit of resistance to fire, splitting, curling, mold and algae.

For aesthetic appeal, long-term low maintenance and ease of availability, you owe it to yourself to research synthetic shake options for your home.

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Historic Homes from Coast to Coast

Pennsylvania. Virginia. Iowa. California. All across America you can find historic homes that have been enhanced with DaVinci composite slate and shake roofing tiles.

Up until recent years, restoring a historic home generally meant using original products, like real cedar shakes, clay or slate tiles. Oftentimes that was a tremendous problem. Real cedar roofs can split, cup or attract algae growth in a relatively short time. Real slate and clay tiles are very heavy and can split or crack.

With the introduction of top-quality composite roofing products in the past several decades, historic homes can now have all the long-term beauty of slate and shake roofs without the hassles.

A great example is the Nasratullah home in Mt. Airy, Pennsylvania. The 139-year old home needed a new when the family purchased the house. They researched their options and selected a DaVinci synthetic slate roof in a Sonora blend of terracotta and clay colors to replicate the original tiles on the home's roof.

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In Mill Mountain, Virginia, the Dye family wanted to replicate an original Mediterranean tile roof on their 1929 Italianate-style stone home. They chose DaVinci's Multi-Width Slate roof. "We brightened up the home’s exterior 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," says homeowner Nancy Dye. "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.”

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Midway through the country, in Des Moines, Iowa, the Knoff family decided to replicate the red to gray roofing color with a custom color created by DaVinci Roofscapes for their 300-year-old home. “The bold custom colors created by DaVinci give the house a unified look that complements the detail work of the house trim, siding and stone pathways," says homeowner Carol Knoff.

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Stretching across the country, the Fleur du Lac community in Homewood, California was originally created in 1938 as a private estate for Henry J. Kaiser to serve as his hideaway for himself and the heads of five companies who joined forces to build the Hoover Dam project. Years later the complex was turned into a private condo community. In 2015, the Yacht Club and Boat House were re-roofed with Bellaforté polymer shake tiles. In 2016 project work began on re-roofing the condos on the property.

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"We started with our two most valuable community structures, the Yacht Club and Boat House," says Stewart Dalie, maintenance supervisor and project manager at Fleur du Lac Estates in Homewood, California. "Our plans are to re-roof all of the buildings in the Tahoe Blend over the next five to seven years. We did a tremendous amount of research to determine what roofing products would look realistic in this setting, meet the new codes required for roofs in our area, yet offer us superior qualities and a long life span.

"Selecting the fire- and impact-resistant Bellaforté shake material from DaVinci Roofscapes means we won't have to be concerned with the potential spread of flames should our area ever be touched by wildfires. That's a huge concern for our geographic area. However, not having to worry about wind-blown embers landing on a roof and then catching the building on fire is a tremendous relief."

Learn more about some of these coast to coast projects at Colorful Slate Roof the "Second Star" on Mill Mountain and Modern Roofing Materials Give New Life to Historic Home.

 

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If It's Good Enough to Withstand Hurricane Katrina ...

Want to find a dependable roofing product? Then go visit an area devastated by severe weather. That's what John Adler did.

During his term as HOA president, the need to re-roof 34 units in his bayfront community became apparent. Constructed in the early 1960s, the Mai Kai condo community in Newport Beach, Calif. was exposed continually to salt air and sea spray.

Adler decided that he wanted to see roofs that had withstood other severe weather conditions --- most notably, Hurricane Katrina.

"Before a trip to New Orleans I contacted DaVinci Roofscapes," says Adler. "They gave me addresses of almost a dozen properties in the Garden District of the city which had been deeply impacted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The area was in bad shape --- except for the addresses given to me with DaVinci roofs overhead. 

"I thought the location was likely among the harshest in the country for roof longevity. I reported the results to my colleagues and the Board then selected a contractor and approved the purchase of the composite shake products from DaVinci."

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The Mai Kai installation project was almost five years ago. Despite strong gale force winds and exposure to coastal conditions, the DaVinci shake alternative roofing products have held up quite well.

"From the day it was installed, the DaVinci roofing has maintained its appearance as a quality material with a very natural look," says Adler. "I think this is the best looking, most practical roofing alternative material I could imagine working in our location."

For more HOA decisions leaning toward synthetic roofing materials, see HOA Selects Polymer RoofingDaVinci Roofscapes Shake Alternative Roof Gains HOA Approval and DaVinci Roofs Crown Condo Communities.

 

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This Old House Guide to Upgrading Your Roof

You know it's time. The signs are all there. Curling tiles. Several leaky areas. Faded coloring. There's no doubt about it ... it's time to replace your roof.

For most homeowners, this is a once (or twice) in a lifetime experience. That means you'll have questions. Fortunately the smart folks at This Old House magazine have created a start-to-finish online guide that gives you sensible information and great insights into different types of roofing options.

This Old House offers an 8-page downloadable lesson entitled "Read This Before You Upgrade Your Roofing."

Our team at DaVinci Roofscapes worked with the editors at This Old House magazine while they created this handy online guide. In a straight-forward way, this piece gives you comparisons of synthetic roofing materials to real slate and shake, asphalt, clay and concrete tiles. It showcases the elements involved in the roofing process and describes "extras" you may wish to consider, such as solar panels, snow guards and rain collection systems.

Most of all the guide provides an easy-to-understand overview of synthetic shake and slate roofing tiles. You'll learn the differences between textures, widths and butts, along with costs and upkeep information.

When it's time to consider a new roof, there's nothing like some straight-forward information to help you get started. At DaVinci Roofscapes we're proud to have partnered with This Old House magazine to provide you with the insights you need for your roofing project.

 

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Featured Project - Palatine, IL

synthetic shakeWhen we rolled out our first simulated shake roofing product, Multi-Width Shake, in 2005 people couldn't believe it. It looks just like real shake, but it is a lifetime roof, and is maintenance free!? No way! More than twelve years later, we have since developed 3 additional products - Single-Width Shake, Fancy Shake, and Bellaforté Shake. While the look varies between lines, all of the shake products are made of the same polymer compound which makes them Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated, 110 mph wind rated, and virtually maintenance free. Anyone who has owned a house with wood shakes can account firsthand how important the little (to no) maintenance feature would be. The shakes don't need to be fire treated, stained, replaced after any little wind/hail event, or treated for mold and algae like natural shakes. 

This project was shared with us by Smart Roofing out of Chicago. On this house, the homeowners went with Bellaforté Shake in the Tahoe blend. We know they will enjoy not having to worry about their roof any longer!

Smart Roofing
773-992-5100
www.smartroofers.com

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The truth is...

You don't need a polygraph machine to take part in national "Tell the Truth Day." Today is simply the day when people are encouraged to "tell the truth" ... so we're asking you this question: "Wouldn't you REALLY like to have a DaVinci polymer roof?"

If you've ever had dented roof tiles from hail storms, cracked or splitting cedar shakes, or granules from old asphalt shingles falling into and clogging your gutters, we're guessing your answer is "YES!"

"Headaches and maintenance hassles simply disappear when a homeowner invests in one of our synthetic shake or imitation slate roofs," says Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services at DaVinci Roofscapes. "Our composite roofing products are manufactured for beauty plus peace-of-mind for homeowners."

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Why should you invest in a DaVinci Roof?

Consider this. Lightweight roofing systems from DaVinci are impact- and fire-resistant. Right away this means you can potentially save on your yearly homeowners insurance because of the value our tiles bring to your home.

Next, consider your ability to select a roofing color or blend that perfectly complements your home exterior. At DaVinci, you can even create your own personal color blend of tiles (click HERE to see our Color Designer online tool) and we provide top-to-bottom color advice for your home exterior in our free online guides from our color expert, Kate Smith.

So go ahead, tell the truth ... with all these benefits of a DaVinci designer roof (plus our Lifetime Limited Warranty!), wouldn't you really prefer to have a DaVinci roof overhead?

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Made in the USA Synthetic Roofing

synthetic roofing productsToday is "Made in the USA Day" --- the perfect time to focus on the benefits of selecting Made in America products for your home.

How does selecting USA-made products benefit you? By purchasing Made in America products you help support our economy and workforce. Plus you generally receive your products faster than those shipped from overseas.

For your home exterior, when it's time to select new roofing products, remember that DaVinci Roofscapes is based in Kansas where all our manufacturing operations take place. We employ American workers and use base materials from American companies. And, we recycle more than 1.2 million pounds of polymer scrap each year, with a goal of zero amount of scrap going into landfills. (See DaVinci Roofscapes Recycles 365 Days a Year)

Want to see how we regrind our scrap materials so they can be reused? Check out our quick VIDEO online ... and, to see our start to finish manufacturing operation, click HERE.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we're proud to manufacture our synthetic shake and imitation slate roofing tiles in America ... and we're also proud to share a look at our operations with you!

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Featured Project - Bolingbrook, IL

custom slate roofThe residents at Meadowbrook Manor in Bolingbrook, IL are now enjoying a new polymer slate roof on top of their residence. Bellaforté Slate, in a custom color, was installed last year adding an upscale aesthetic quality to the neighborhood and improving the overall performance of the building. The roofing contractor, Apex Exteriors, is a polymer roofing expert out of the Chicago area and is familiar with the DaVinci Roofscapes product lines and how to install the Bellaforté profile. They installed the custom color we named Weathered Brick on this senior living facility. The blend, which is not a part of our standard color palette, was designed by our in house color experts to give the look of a weathered red brick color. The profile was Bellaforté Slate, which self-aligns and interlocks, for a faster less cumbersome install.

While many designers can find what they need within a standard blend or a blend that can be created from our 49 standard colors, our state of the art manufacturing process allows us to color match almost anything to create a look unique to your project! Contact us today for more information on how to color match and the process for color customization!  

Thank you for sharing this project with us, Apex!  

Apex Exteriors, Inc.
847-531-8960

View another featured project from Apex Exteriors here.

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Save $$$ Every Year With a DaVinci Roof

shake roofing tilesA freak hail storm. Leaks through the ceiling. Splitting and cupping cedar shake shingles. Burnt tiles from a neighbor's July 4th celebration that had bottle rockets landing on your roof.

These are all things that can make you decide it's time to invest in a new roof. When you make that decision, we hope you will consider the value that DaVinci composite roofing can add to your home.

We're more than "just a pretty roof." We're a roof that helps protect your home. And, we're a roof that can pay you back on your investment. (See New DaVinci Roof = Cash in Your Wallet

This is Insurance Awareness Day --- a good day to remind you that many insurance companies across the country offer appealing discounts when homeowners invest in our synthetic shake and simulated slate roofing tiles.

Why are these discounts offered? Because insurance companies KNOW that our composite roofing products resist impact, fire, insects and high winds ... and they're ready to reward you for deciding to purchase one of our designer roofs.

 

Listen to what homeowners have said about their savings with a DaVinci roof:

"We save about $2,000 a year on our homeowners insurance premiums with AAA since having our DaVinci roof installed. We were in the market for a new roof after a hail storm. Being in Oklahoma I wanted to put something on our roof that would stand up to future storms. The DaVinci roofing product has provided us with the durability to handle our unpredictable weather plus enhanced the architectural look of our home." - Kevin Riley

"Hail severely damaged our original roof. The new engineered polymer Bellaforté Slate roof we had installed got us a discount from State Farm and made our home look more elegant and tailored." - John Simonelli

“After my roof had hail damage, my independent adjuster told me we’d save 25 to 30 percent on our annual homeowner’s insurance because the DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roof we purchased resists severe weather, hail and fire." - Andrew Marenin

"Because these composite roofing tiles are fire resistant and can stand up to severe weather conditions, we’re able to save on our homeowners insurance." - Kathy Bradshaw

 

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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

      

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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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