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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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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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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Featured Project of the Year - Owen Enterprises

Today is Day 2 of the International Roofing Expo. You still have plenty of time to swing by booth #2245 and let us answer any questions for you, or discuss details on an upcoming project. Also, while you're there, be sure to stop and take a look at the Featured Projects of the Year that we're promoting in our booth! This year we chose 3 projects, each submitted by a loyal DaVinci contractor, to feature with a banner in the DaVinci Roofscapes booth at IRE.

People ask us all the time if we're just a residential project or if we can be found on other types of buildings. We're excited to promote all our projects, but this one is a really good show piece for both us and for the contractor who installed it, Owen Enterprises. Prestwick Country Club, located in Frankfort, IL, has a massive roof (both steep and low slope) and last year decided to replace their current system with a Bellaforté Shake roof in the Tahoe Blend. A Bellaforté Shake roof will protect the country club from hail and wind damage that will inevitably occur in the Midwest. The tiles don't only look just like jumbo cedar shakes, but are Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated, and Wind Certified to 110 mph.

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Congratulations, Owen Enterprises!

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Featured Project of the Year - HUF Construction

Today, we kick off Day 1 of the International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas! We are excited to be here to educate contractors on our lightweight roofing tiles. We're also displaying the banners of the 2016 Featured Project of the Year Winners! Contractors from all over North America submitted projects to us late last year, and the 3 winners have an opportunity to show off their projects to their peers in the DaVinci Roofscapes booth (#2245)!

This project was installed by HUF Construction, who is located near Dallas. Last year, a series of storms went through the Dallas/Ft Worth area, leaving a lot of homeowners looking for roof replacements. Roofing contractors and insurance companies are strongly advising people to go with an impact resistant roof system, like what was installed on this project. Bellaforté Slate, as featured in this project, is Class 4 Impact Rated, which may earn a Texas homeowner a discount on their homeowner's insurance (along with being the awe of the neighborhood!). This project looks amazing!

Stop by and see us at Booth #2245. Our team will be here all three days, ready to talk to you about your next project!

 

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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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Top Five DaVinci Reroofing Projects of 2016

Project #1: Matching Roofs on House and Shed

For Dave and Jeannie Schwab, the effort of cleaning and applying shake oil to their massive real cedar shake roof every five years or so eventually wore them down. They loved the look of shake on their home, but hated the maintenance aspects. So they shopped for a new composite shake for their home and matching potting shed --- and decided on DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roofing in a Mountain blend.

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"Our home was built in 1993 and there's a lot of roofing involved in its design. Eventually the roof really needed to be replaced. We liked how the natural cedar roofing looked on the house, but when we went shopping for a new roof we wanted a cedar shake alternative."

Dave Schwab

 

Project #2: Coastal Retreat

Most people would be envious of Robbin Torrey's home with sweeping Pacific Coast ocean views. The one blemish in her ideal home ... the original 51-year-old redwood shake tiles that were falling offer her roof. After doing her research, Torrey replaced her deteriorating roof with Multi-Width Shake from DaVinci Roofscapes in a Mountain blend color.

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"The DaVinci roofing material was of the best quality of all the products I reviewed. I liked the durability and appearance of the shake. Since my house is right on the coast, the fact that this synthetic shake tile has a wind resistance of 110 mph was very important to me."

Robbin Torrey

                                               

Project #3: Energy-Efficient EcoBlend Roof

When it came time to move from San Francisco to Pebble Beach, California, the Hines family fell in love with an abandoned 31-year-old home. It needed many replacements, including a new roof. They listened to their roofer, Denison Roofing, and selected an energy-efficient EcoBlend roof from DaVinci Roofscapes in Castle Gray-EcoBlend color. The roof meets Title 24 requirements, is ENERGY STAR® rated and meets the approval of the Cool Roof Rating Council to reflect sunlight and heat away from the home.

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"The old cedar shingles were in terrible shape. They were turned up like potato chips, falling off and rotting. We're glad we listened to our roofer. They did a terrific job and we love the new roof. Many of our neighbors have complemented it and we'd strongly recommend this good-looking, hard-working roofing product!"

Ray Hines

 

Project #4: Synthetic Slate On Stylish Home

Everyone knows the saying "Everything is Bigger in Texas" ... and the sprawling home of Jason Taylor is no exception. To complement his massive brick home and carport area, Taylor selected Bellaforté Slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes in Slate Gray.

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"I liked the look and durability of the DaVinci product. The installer did a great job on the roof. If I had family members or friends looking for a new roof I'd highly recommend this roof and Huf Construction."

Jason Taylor

 

Project #5: Rebuilding After a Fire

Fire. A homeowner's worst nightmare. It happened recently to the Matthews family when a chimney fire caused by hot embers and ash that got through the spark arrestor and ignited the dry, combustible cedar shake roofing at the top of the chimney. Quick response by the fire department limited the damage, but a new roof was needed. The family chose a fire-resistant Bellaforté Shake roof from DaVinci Roofscapes in a Mountain VariBlend color.

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"The lifetime limited warranty on the product plus the Class A Fire Rating are 90% of the reason behind our DaVinci selection. This synthetic shake roofing actually looks BETTER than real shake tiles. All of my neighbors were very anxious to see the finished roof and they have nothing but positive comments about it. I believe we'll see many more of these DaVinci roofs in our neighborhood in the coming years."

Ron Matthews

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Featured Project - Plattsmouth, NE

Last summer, loyal DaVinci Roofscapes installer Weatherguard, Inc out of Omaha, NE replaced the roof on the historic Nebraska Masonic Home in Plattsmouth, NE.

Established in 1903, this facility offers assisted living and nursing care to about 100 residents. In 2016, they replaced the original slate roof with an impact resistant Bellaforté Slate roof tile in the Evergreen blend. Weatherguard, who has installed hundreds of DaVinci slate and shake roofs on homes and business in Nebraska, also installed copper flashings to keep the original look.

John Higgins Weatherguard, Inc
402-510-3867
www.rooferees.com


 

 

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Custom Home Deserves Custom DaVinci Roof

Noel Etzel had a "do it once, do it right" philosophy he followed when making product selections for his family's custom home last year in Topeka, Kansas. That theory led him to select Bellaforté Shake roofing to top off his 6,400-square-foot contemporary mountain style home.

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"We wanted a roofing product that would look like real shake without the issues associated with shake roofs," says Etzel. "To that end, we wanted to make a roofing selection only one time, so the DaVinci product was ideal. After seeing some local installations of the synthetic shake product, we were sold on it.

"For us, the fact that there is color variation between the individual polymer shake shingles adds to the 'realism' of the roof and makes it look very natural."

Designed by NSPJ Architects, the Etzel home boasts real stone pillars and wood planking on the exterior. The custom home was designed by Timothy Homburg, AIA, NCARB, Principal Architect and Co-President at NSPJ Architects, to include a four-season room with a fireplace, steam room, theatre, dumbwaiter from the main floor kitchen to a walk-out summer kitchen and outdoor pool.

"My favorite part of the exterior design of the home is the screened porch that opens up the entire back of the house to the lake view," says Homburg. "Our custom residential designs are well thought out and evoke our client's personality and lifestyle. As in the case of the Etzel family, we listen and are attentive to our client's needs. So, when the Etzels said they wanted an easy-care, authentic-looking faux cedar shake roof, we thought of the DaVinci product. We've used this synthetic roofing product successfully on other projects for our firm and believed it would be a good match for this home design."

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To gain a "top down" flow of cohesive color on the home exterior, the Etzels worked with Appelhanz Roofing to select the Mountain-VariBlend color combination of varying tones of browns for their Bellaforté Shake roof. "After comparing several DaVinci color samples to our stone work, cedar siding and trim, the Mountain-VariBlend was the best fit for our home," says Etzel. "Overall we're extremely happy with the exterior of the house and we can't think of anything we would change.

"While some might think it's hard to get excited about something as simple and necessary as a roof, we feel otherwise. We routinely receive positive feedback on the roof and are extremely pleased with our decision to invest in the DaVinci product."

Interested in a custom color for your custom home? See 3 Reasons A Custom Color Could Be The Best Choice For Your Project.

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Featured Project - Plano, TX

Last spring and summer a couple of roof busting hail storms rolled through the Dallas, Texas area causing homeowners to reach out to local contractors for their advice on impact resistant roof replacement options. Asphalt, natural cedar shakes, and natural slate are just too prone to sustaining damage during these types of storms. Roofing contractors like SPC Construction & Roofing like offering the polymer roofing options by DaVinci Roofscapes because of the impact resistance and also the high end look. Also, these products are approved by the Texas Department of Insurance which means many homeowners will find they can get a discount on their insurance premiums for going with a Class 4 Impact Rated Roof.

SPC Construction and Roofing out of Euless, TX installed this Bellaforté Slate roof in the European Blend in Plano, TX.

SPC Construction & Roofing
817-684-1088
www.spcgc.com

 

 

 

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Tick Tock: Real Cedar Shingles Wear Out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Think About Luxury Homes with DaVinci Roofs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Featured Project - Des Moines, IA

Des Moines, IA...just a hop, skip, and a 3 hour (200ish miles, give or take) drive North on I-35 from the DaVinci Roofscapes plant in Lenexa, Kansas. Did you know, that under the DaVinci recycling program, projects within a 500 mile radius can send their scraps back here - FOR FREE - and we will recycle them? When we receive tiles for recycling, we grind them up and use the re-grind to make starter tiles (the layer that goes on a roof right above the gutter, but under the first course of tiles). To find out more on the packaging and shipping of your scrap material, contact your local Sales Support Representative.

This project was recently installed in Des Moines by loyal DaVinci contractor VanWeelden Company, also out of Des Moines. For their roof, the homeowner chose Bellaforte Slate in the European Blend. If you're interested in learning more about DaVinci polymer roof tiles and you're located in the Des Moines area, VanWeelden company is knowledgeable on DaVinci and offers free roofing estimates!

VanWeelden Company
515-979-4772
www.bradvanweelden.com
 

 

 

 

 

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Toronto Home Boasts Stylish Synthetic Slate Roof

Sitting proudly within the High Park area in Toronto you'll find a unique home built with Victorian, French and Italianate architectural styles. Constructed in 1889 by a local architect, the historic home now belongs to Scot Steele.

"The 20+ year old black asphalt roof was showing signs of wear and it was time to make upgrades before the next winter," says Steele, an executive vice president with CBRE Limited, a real estate brokerage firm. "I sourced the DaVinci product through the Internet and had a great experience."

Steele hired Green Leaf Roofing to re-roof his historic home. "The look of slate was an obvious choice to complement this home's style," says Paolo Galloro, sales manager with Green Leaf Roofing. "Scot found the DaVinci Single-Width Slate tile had the best profile available in a synthetic roofing product.

"Our company has installed the DaVinci product in the past and we've found it installs easily, just like other roofing materials. We handle both residential and commercial roofs and can definitely see this product working on multiple projects in our area."

From Steele's perspective, he selected the Smokey Gray color to complement the red brick exterior of his 127-year-old home.

"I had roof cresting, otherwise known as finials, added to the top of the new roof line to truly reflect the historic nature of this home," says Steele. "I love the way the composite slate roof looks and have already recommended this roofing to others. People see it from the street and they can't believe it's not real slate!"

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From the Architect's Corner - a Helpful Tip

A product's sample in the hand is about the best thing you can provide your clients when choosing colors for the exterior of their home. It is important to remember to take your samples outside and put them in the natural light. Be sure to leave them there for a day or two and view them in all different lights and shadows. This will allow you to have a better idea of what the color will look like once the products are installed.

Click here to read more FRESH tips for choosing exterior color from our Color Expert, Kate Smith.

 

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Happy Friday, Architects!

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Featured Project - Wichita, Kansas

This year the Sunflower Travel Group's building needed a roof replacement, so they turned to Heiland Roofing & Exteriors for some recommendations. Heiland has installed dozens of DaVinci polymer shake roofs in the Wichita area, many of them because of nasty storms that have come through the area in the last couple of years. For this building, they installed Bellaforté Shake in the Tahoe Blend. Bellaforté Shake has the authentic appearance of jumbo cedar shakes, but without the hassle of yearly maintenance, mold/algae growth, damage due to wind and hail, or any of the other problems that natural cedar shakes have through out their (short) lifespan. This means that the roof can go up, and stay up, without much upkeep burdening the business owners.  

Heiland Roofing & Exteriors
316-686-8200
www.heilandroofing.com

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Historic Lighthouse Gets Durable New DaVinci Roof

Constructed in 1838, the Salmon River Lighthouse in Pulaski, N.Y. has survived more than 175 challenging winters. Located at the convergence of the Salmon River and Lake Ontario, this sturdy stone structure (also known as the Selkirk Lighthouse) was elected to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Polymer SlateThroughout its long history, the lighthouse (which can now be rented for overnight stays), depended on an assortment of roofs to help protect it from gale force winds, snow, sleet and torrential rains. (See When the Winds Blow ... )

"Weather conditions at the lighthouse take a hard toll on roofs," says Mike Barnell, representing the family owners of the lighthouse and adjacent marina property. "The 1990s asphalt roof was simply worn out. We started thinking about replacing it a few years ago. That's when I discovered composite roofing. The durability of synthetic roofing has a strong appeal to us given the brutal exposure the lighthouse has to Lake Ontario weather conditions."

After researching roofing options, Barnell selected Multi-Width Slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"We chose this composite roofing for more than just its exceptional resilience," says Barnell. "We feel it's an important design element for the lighthouse and the roofing projects planned for new construction projects on the property. We're looking forward to adding a restaurant, shoreside structures supporting the marina operations and additional cottages."

To complement the stone walls of the lighthouse, the owners selected DaVinci's Brownstone blend and requested Dark Purple tiles be added to create a custom color.

"The Selkirk Lighthouse needed many repairs when our families acquired the property," says Barnell. "The roof was a priority for us since we needed to protect the structure itself from rain, snow and winds coming off Lake Ontario.

"We identified the custom color blend and composite slate we wanted to use in the summer of 2015. By then however, the weather was already turning so we put the project off until this year. Now that the reroofing project is complete, it's comforting to know that the Selkirk Lighthouse will be protected by its new DaVinci roof until well after the lighthouse's 200th anniversary in 2038."

 

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Featured Project - Columbia, MO

The demand for luxury retirement living is on the rise, and these developments are looking for long lasting, good looking, low maintenance products to use as building materials for their multi-family assisted living facilities. Recently, the Village of Bedford Walk, located in Columbia, MO installed a new, Single-Width Slate roof on their project. Our polymer single-width slate tiles offer the look of traditional slate, but at a fraction of the weight. It is also an impact and wind resistant product, which is crucial when you live in an area prone to nasty spring and summer storms.

This project was installed by EnRich Construction, also out of Columbia, Missouri. Thank you so much for sharing!

EnRich Construction
573-886-8494
www.enrichconstruction.com​

 

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Town Hall Gets Dependable Roof

Located 34 miles from downtown Chicago, the Village of Lincolnshire is a hidden gem in Illinois. Incorporated in 1957 with a population of 237 people and covering just .4 miles, the Village now boasts 7,275 residents and 4.58 square miles.

The mayor and six trustees set policy and run the small municipality from the sprawling Village Hall in downtown Lincolnshire. When constructed, cedar shingles were used to cover the structure. Over time --- and subject to Illinois winter weather conditions --- the shingles failed.

In the summer of 2016 All American Exterior Solutions was hired to replace the worn out shingles with Bellaforté Shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes. A Tahoe-VariBlend color was selected to complement the brick exterior of the building and its new lead-coated inlay copper gutter system. (See Hassle-Free DaVinci Composite Shake Tiles)

Fake Cedar Shake     Shake Alternative

 

The re-roofing project took several weeks to finish, due to its size, different elevations and pitch changes. A 50-foot showpiece tower also proved an interesting challenge for the roofers. Now complete, the durable synthetic cedar shake roof sits atop the town's government structure and is ready to help safeguard the building as the Village of Lincolnshire continues to grow. 

 

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