Featured Project, Dawnsonville, GA

We are so lucky to have a group of contractors we work with who like to show off their completed work! Reports from the field about completed projects give us opportunity to show off not only our products, but promote the contractors who install them regularly. This project is the second project this year that we have featured by Braswell Construction Group out of Covington, GA. Like the project previous featured, they also installed a Bellaforté Shake roof on this home in the Tahoe Blend.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The reason Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing systems are so popular with contractors is because they are a self-aligning system. Once the first few tiles go in, the rest line up and snap fit together with no additional course lines needing to be chalked. Also, most of the tiles installed have two shakes stamped on the 12" wide piece, so the homeowner can get the look of smaller shakes, but the installers aren't working with as many pieces. Thank you for sharing this project with us, Braswell Construction!

Braswell Construction Group
678-283-2551
www.braswellconstructiongroup.com

 

 

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Insurance Agencies Reject Real Cedar Shake Tiles

The townhome community of Chelsea II at Jacaranda in Plantation, Florida is about a dozen miles from the ocean. But that is still close enough for salt air, humidity and high winds to play havoc with the real cedar roofing tiles on the 24 buildings in the community.

Earlier this year, after researching replacement roofing products for at least three years, the board of directors for Chelsea II took the leap and invested in polymer shake roofs from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Fake Cedar Shake

"The decision to replace our existing roofs was accelerated since we could no longer get insurance companies to bid on our association because of the cedar shakes over our 96 units," says Carol Sachs, president of the board and a resident at Chelsea II. "This year in order not to pay $150,000 for insurance we were forced to go with an unadmitted insurance company. That spurred us to action and the new roof started going up in January."

Once on top of the structures, the roofing crew discovered the existing cedar shakes were at the end of their lifespan. In some cases they were leaking badly.

"Those shakes were curled, cracked and rotted," says Jerry Lowenstein, vice president of operations for North Star Contractors. "There simply wasn't much life left in them and they were actually becoming a hazard for the community.

"We've installed the DaVinci roofing product before at the Hialeah Race Track here in Florida. In my opinion the composite roofing is a major improvement over metal and a far superior option than shingles."

As each Chelsea II building gains its new roof, homeowners are expressing their excitement over the composite shake tiles.

"We selected the Bellaforté Shake in a Mountain VariBlend color because it's an almost exact match to our existing roof," says Sachs. "Homeowners here love the new roofing tiles, as do residents in our sister communities. We can all breathe a bit easier now with these roofing tiles overhead."

Chelsea II isn't the only community to select DaVinci roofing materials. See Condo Community Chooses Impact- and Fire-Resistant DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles and DaVinci Roofs Crown Condo Communities.

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Featured Project - Topeka, Kansas

It's always nice to see new construction happening, especially when it includes a luxury roof like Bellaforté Shake by DaVinci Roofscapes. This project, located in our home state's capital city, Topeka, Kansas, features a roof installed by Appelhanz Roofing, also out of Topeka.

Polymer roofing options are a popular in the Midwest because of their high impact rating and natural look. In Kansas, we see a lot of natural shake roofing damaged by storms, so we offer homeowners an alternative to the yearly maintenance and premature roof replacement with an impact and wind resistant option.

Appelhanz Roofing
785-246-0006
www.appelhanzroofing.com

 
 
 
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Take a Mulligan on Your Roof

Don't you wish you could sometimes "take a mulligan?" If you're looking for the right time to have a "do over" on your roof, then today's your day --- it's National Mulligan Day!

This is the day to give yourself --- and your roof --- a second chance at making each other happy.

Class A Fire RatedWhether you're considering a new roof because your old one has failed and is leaking, or if it just doesn't help the curb appeal of your home, now is the time to research options ... like synthetic roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Sometimes in life you're forced to have a "do-over" on your roof. That's what happened to Harry Leist, owner of Olde Liberty Station restaurant in Virginia. When a fire destroyed his renovated 1890 train-station-turned-restaurant, Leist decided to rebuild -- and do away with the heavy slate tiles that were on the original structure.

The fire in 2009 had Leist thinking that man -made polymer slate tiles with a Class A fire rating would be a good option for the rebuild.

"This roof is terrific --- it looks the same as it did the day the job was finished," says Leist. "Our Bellaforté imitation slate roof has held up extremely well despite some really high winds of more than 50 mph along with some truly deep snowfalls we experienced here in Virginia during the past seven years.

"There are no leaks or any other problems with our roof. If I had to make this decision all over again, I would do the same thing. The DaVinci composite slate roof looks terrific and does what it's supposed to do."

If you're ready to "take a mulligan" on your roof, contact us at DaVinci Roofscapes. And, to learn more about other successful re-roofing products, see Condo Community Chooses Impact- and Fire-Resistant DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles and Out of the Mouths of Contractors.

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Bellaforté Shake Tops Off Exterior Makeover at Prestwick Country Club

When the leaders at Prestwick Country Club decided to invest in a new roof, they had three requirements: maintenance-free, aesthetically-pleasing and rot-resistant. Synthetic shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes met all those needs, and then some.

"The real cedar shake roof overhead we had was more than 25 years old and deteriorated badly in recent years," says Stefan Sperlich, General Manager of Prestwick Country Club in Frankfort, Ill. "There was rot and mold damage, plus it was starting to leak. We were more than ready to invest in a solution to this roofing problem."

Fortunately for the club's almost 350 members, the House Chair of the country club, Art Reichert, had experienced his own roofing challenges two years prior. A tornado raced through the community ripping off most of the real slate from his home's roof. (See After the Storm ... Synthetic Roofing)

Fast forward two years and Reichert heads up the team working on remodeling and repair for the full-service Prestwick Country Club and golf course. His immediate thought was to contact his roofer, Scott Owen with Owen Enterprises Inc., and see if the DaVinci composite roofing could be used on the country club.

The team at Prestwick Country Club decided to replace the siding on the club house with cement board at the same time as replacing the roof. The Board selected the Tahoe VariBlend of four brown tones in Bellaforté Shake so that the roof would complement the club's new exterior.

Fake Cedar Shake

 

"Everyone here is excited that we now have a truly a maintenance-free roof and structure," says Sperlich. "Club members feel the new roof has depth and mass that stays in line with a cedar roof without all the issues of cedar at a remarkably good cost."

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Five Years Later: Report on DaVinci Slate Roof

When Rob and Holly Fanjoy moved to Maine five years ago they looked up ... and saw that their new home absolutely needed a new roof.

Given the harsh winter weather Maine gets each year, they knew a reliable roof was needed. They selected a Multi-Width Slate roof in a Vineyard blend from DaVinci Roofscapes. (See Maine Challenge)

 

After five tough winters, we checked in with homeowner Rob Fanjoy to see how his synthetic slate roofing has held up.

Q: What type of weather conditions has your roof been exposed to since 2011?

Fanjoy: The weather in Maine has been atypical the past several years. A bitterly cold winter with several feet of snow would be followed by a cool summer with drenching rains. The next winter was very icy, followed by a brutally hot and humid summer. Through it all, our imitation slate roof has held up perfectly and retains its beautiful appearance.

 

Q: You researched DaVinci roofs quite a bit before making your roof selection. Has the DaVinci product lived up to your expectations?

Fanjoy: No. Actually, it has exceeded our expectations. We set the expectation bar very high for this roof. The performance and aesthetics are top-notch and we have absolutely zero complaints.

 

Q: What would you say to someone asking your opinion on whether or not to invest in a DaVinci roof?

Fanjoy: I would wholeheartedly recommend a DaVinci roof to anyone looking to replace their old roof --- and I often have! I tell them the initial higher cost is more than worth it when you factor in the durability, worry-free performance and fantastic curb appeal. The beauty and longevity of these synthetic slate shingles make them a great bargain!

 

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Roofing Magic: Transformation of Historic Roof with Modern Materials

As the new owners of a 137-year old home in Mt. Airy, Pa., the Nasratullah family knew the original terra cotta roof had to go. They hesitated, not wanting to give up the historic look of the roof, but it was in bad shape. That's when they learned about synthetic roofing materials.

"A very good friend has composite roofing tiles installed at his home and he highly recommended his roofer and the product," says Ahsan Nasratullah. "We selected the Sonora blend of terracotta and clay colors to replicate the original tiles that were still on the roof."

 

Replacing the old roof tiles took time and patience. The original tile roofing had to be stripped down and disposed of and the entire project took nine months to complete.

"After handling the countless issues with the roof structure itself, installing the DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic slate tile was a breeze," says Rich Bennett with Bennett Construction. "Our team was able to tackle all these challenges and bring the home back to its former glory. This home now represents the perfect combination of old world construction and modern materials."

For more information on synthetic slate shingles, see Choosing Polymer Slate Tiles Over Real Slate Roofing Shingles.

          

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Challenge Accepted!

Steep slope roofing projects, mansard roofs and truly unique roofing requests can drive some roofers crazy. For others, it's all about embracing the challenge.

When roofer Guy Galitski was asked to re-roof a home in California with a steep 12/12 pitch, he and his team eagerly tackled the job.

“We used Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing tiles for this project which really helped the job go smoothly because they’re typically lighter in weight than actual wood shakes,” says Galitski, president of G.G. Roofing. “A square of Bellaforté Shake (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. The lower tile weight helps reduce our installation time.”

“The roof is clearly the most visible part of this home and reaches up more than three stories high,” says Galitski. “It was previously covered in real wood shakes that had badly deteriorated over time. The homeowner selected the Bellaforté Shake in an Mountain-VariBlend color blend because it was the closest product to actual shake she’d ever seen.”

Polymer Shake

 

The fourth-generation roofers at Detroit Cornice and Slate Company were tasked with a different challenge when the chapel at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center needed a new roof. They were asked to replicate a large cross with a star-studded border in light colors against a background of black that was originally on the historic church.

 “Working with a 7-1/2-inch exposure and 9-inch wide field tiles, it was important that the vertical and horizontal band dimensions come out looking the same width," says Dawn Hesse, project manager of the Ferndale, Michigan company. "The client also wanted the vertical line of the cross to be completely straight. However, it is not recommended to create a ‘slot on slot’ configuration with any roofing.”

To solve the challenge, Detroit Cornice blended together different widths of DaVinci tiles in 6-, 9- and 12-inch sizes to come as close as possible to creating the cross while maintaining the warranty. A chalk outline of the pattern was sketched on the roofing felt for the installation crews to follow.

Polymer Slate

 

According to Hesse, the biggest challenge facing the team on the chapel project was gaining a full understanding of the roof’s original design. “We’re experts in slate and flashing details, and knew that this project would require careful pre-construction planning,” says Hesse. “Multiple layouts were created and reviewed by all members of the team. It was a time-consuming process that required patience and input from everyone involved.

"A variety of roofing tile colors, sizes and patterns were considered. Overall, the coordinated efforts needed to make this project happen were a key to its success. Part of that success was due to the support we received from DaVinci, as well as providing one of the better looking synthetic slate products on the market today.”

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After the Storm ... Synthetic Roofing

Art Reichert remembers clearly the tornado that hit his Illinois community a few years ago.

"The roof peeled off my home like a house of cards falling," says Reichert, a resident in the Prestwick community in Frankfurt, Ill. "It was amazing to see the devastation to our area."

Polymer SlateAfter the storm, Reichert started searching for a replacement roofing product to help protect his 12,000 square foot home. That's when he learned about composite slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"Art was looking for a synthetic slate roof that preserved the character of his house," says Scott Owen, president of Owen Enterprises and the roof installer for the project. "There were numerous extruded concrete roof tiles missing and damage to his roof from where the falling tiles had been lifted and displaced by the tornado.

"He especially liked the authentic look of the DaVinci Single-Width slate, the reflectivity and lightweight aspects of the product. I've installed more than 30 DaVinci roofs in the past 15 years, so I know it's a good product. Plus it's Made in America, which is important to us so we can support the U.S. economy."

Owen recalls using body harnesses and an articulating boom (a type of mobile crane) to tackle the roofing project at Reichert's home. Along with proper safety precautions he offers this tip to other roofers: "Watch the DaVinci installation videos and look at the installation manuals on their website," says Owen. "These are very useful and can help save you time on the jobsite."

In a unique twist to this story, Reichert served on the board when the Prestwick community decided to replace the old roof on their club house this year. He made the recommendation for Bellaforté Shake roofing from DaVinci ... so now he's not the only one in the neighborhood with durable synthetic roofing overhead!

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Back to School 101: What Roofing Protects My Children?

Backpacks are ready and children of all ages are soon headed back to school.

We expect our teachers to be geared up, classrooms to be prepared and school facilities to be equipped for the onslaught of returning students.

At many schools, colleges and universities across the country, the buildings where students will spend their days studying are protected by impact- and fire-resistant composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Get ready to be impressed. Here are just some of the outstanding educational facilities now boasting DaVinci imitation slate and synthetic shake roofing on their buildings:

  • Polymer RoofingWashburn University
  • Valparaiso University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Nebraska
  • Florida State University
  • Rivers Education Center
  • Mohawk Avenue School
  • State University of New York (SUNY)
  • Sara Bea Learning Center at Notre Dame
  • Willard Elementary School
  • St. Joseph University
  • Trinity Pawling School
  • Princeton University
  • Colorado State University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Mount St. Mary's
  • College of New Jersey

 

Why are so many educational buildings relying on our polymer roofing? Durability and beauty are two key features that smart school administrators like about DaVinci Roofscapes. Plus security. Our products have a 50-year limited warranty on commercial structures and are resistant to everything from high winds to severe weather and impact.

Before you send your children back to school this year ... ask the question of "what roofing is protecting my children?"

Read more about our eco-friendly roof shingles on schools at  DaVinci Roofscapes Get A+ in the Classroom, Back to School with Polymer Roof and Forget "Back to School" --- it's "Back to Roof" Time.

 

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Modern Roofing Materials Give New Life to Historic Home

Challenge: How do you recapture the vibrancy of a Terra Cotta roof after it has deteriorated on a home for more than a century?

Solution: Install a Sonora-VariBlend Single-Width Slate roof that combines three colors of slate: Medium Terracotta, Dark Terracotta and Light Clay.

Slate AlternativeAs the fifth owners of the 137-year old home in Mt. Airy, Pennsylvania, the Nasratullah family was searching for a new roof that would complement the design of their historic home. The solution came when they listened to roofer Rich Bennett's suggestion of using DaVinci Roofscapes.

"A very good friend used Rich to install DaVinci roofing tiles at his home close to our house and highly recommended his company," says Ahsan Nasratullah. "We selected the Sonora blend to replicate the Terra Cotta colored tiles that were still on the roof. The majority of the roof was original with some areas replaced and maintained by previous owners. It was a hodge podge collection.

"Now the new synthetic slate roofing complements the house in a way the original architect had intended."

Replacing the old roof took time and patience. The original roof had to be stripped down and disposed of ... and structural nightmares beneath the roofing tile had to be addressed. Between the structural remodeling, weather, detail and copper roof work, working on a turret, and the simulated slate roof installation, it took nine months for the completion of the project.

"After handling the countless issues with the roof structure itself, installing the DaVinci tile was a breeze," says Rich Bennett with Bennett Construction. "Our team has a combined 60 years of roofing experience, so we were able to tackle these challenges and bring the home back to its former glory.

"This home now represents the perfect combination of old world construction and modern materials."

Can't get enough of colorful roofing systems? Then see Red, Red Roof and Is that a Peacock on the Roof?

 

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Featured Project - Pebble Beach, CA

California wildfires have been all over the news these last few months. In June, fires in Monterey County burned down dozens of homes and thousands of acres as firefighters fought to save homes and preserve land. As people start to rebuild, many more are facing a reality that non-fire rated exterior building products just aren't going to be an acceptable option anymore. 

DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate and shake roofing products are Class A Fire Rated. This means that our products have undergone extensive fire testing using the ASTM E 108 test standard at the Class A Level, which is the best available for roofing products. Our VP of Technical Services, Tim Gentry, writes more about this test which you can read here

This project was recently installed by Denison Roofing and is located in Pebble Beach, California. The product is Bellaforté Slate in the Castle Gray color blend. 

Denison Roofing
831-659-4677

Polymer Slate

 

 

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Featured Project Round Up

In the following weeks, each Friday is going to feature a new round of projects installed by one of our loyal contractors. As I work hard to get the blogs reloaded, here is another week of recaps of recently featured DaVinci Roofscapes projects. These are all worth taking a second look at! Enjoy!

 

Featured Project - Fontana, WI

Real slate is heavy and expensive. Click here to read more about this project that decided to go with a synthetic slate instead of the real thing. 

 

Featured Project - Avon, CO

In Colorado, a lifetime roof product is important. Click here to read more. 

 

Featured Project - Saffordville, KS

A polymer roof is the perfect investment for your vacation property. Click here to read about this project.

 

Featured Project - Newton Square, PA

It is easier than you would think to customize a blend! Click here to read more.

 

 

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Survey Says ...

Take a survey of what surprises people the most about having a new DaVinci Roofscapes composite roof and we're betting you'll be amazed at the answer.

“My neighbors stop me all the time to ask about the roof," says homeowner John Mastronardo. "They’re surprised to discover it’s a synthetic product. You can see the wheels turning in their minds when we talk about the product. There are so many of my neighbors who have old slate roofs that need replacing. I’m quite certain we’ll see a growing number of these roofs in this neighborhood in the coming years.”

 

Synthetic Slate

 

That's correct. We hear it all the time. People recently purchasing either our synthetic shake shingles or composite slate tell us that they quickly become the talk of the neighborhood --- almost like roofing celebrities!

"There's not a week that goes by when someone passing by doesn't remark on our 'real slate' roof," says Kansas homeowner Michael Klappa. "I enjoy explaining about the benefits of our polymer roof and have no worries now about future storms in our area. This roof can handle it."

Designer Roof

 

In Oklahoma, Terri Underhill did more than just ask her neighbor about the new composite slate roof on their home --- she took action.

"When I saw my neighbor's DaVinci roof and found out it wasn't natural slate, I knew I could have the roof of my dreams," says Underhill.

Underhill's roofing dreams started in 2006 when she saw the dramatic change a new DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roof had on the home of her neighbors, Anita and Chuck Musgrave. Unhappy with the composite green shingles on her home, Underhill started her "dream file" of potential roof pictures in preparation for her reroofing project. (See Roof Envy - A Tale of Two Roofs)

"I quizzed my neighbors, the Musgraves, on their home and then looked at 15 homes with DaVinci roofs throughout Oklahoma to see which color I liked best," says Underhill. "Next, while traveling through Texas, my husband and I looked at another 15 roofs. I took pictures of each one and ended up choosing the Aberdeen blend because I wanted the staggered roofing tiles to really show up."

Installed in 2010, the Aberdeen color blend selected by the Underhills for their roofing tiles features five different colors for an eye-catching combination: Dark Gray, Light Brown, Dark Purple, Green Stone and Dark Stone.

 

Polymer Slate Roof

 

"We believe it's a complement that Terri liked our roof so much that she was determined to have a similar DaVinci roof," says Chuck Musgrave. "We selected this impact-resistant roof because we were tired of hail damaging the original cedar shake shingles on our home. Since having the polymer roof installed, we haven't had that problem at all.

"We still have roofers and contractors come by to show our roof to their potential customers. Both Anita and I love the look of the roof and couldn't be more satisfied with DaVinci Roofscapes."       

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Featured Project Round Up

Haven't been able to tune into the blog every Friday and read up on a recently completed project? No worries, here is a round up of some projects recently completed with DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofing materials. 

 

Featured Project - Mentor, OH

Every time I see this picture I think, "Bellaforté Shake was made for this project". Click here to learn more. 

 

Featured Project - Winchester, MA

The increasingly common use of drone photography gives us a whole new perspective on the complexity of the roofs we manufacture. Click here to read more about this project. 

 

Featured Project - Dawsonville, GA

The dark shake roof with the dark blue siding is definitely a winner. Click here to read more about this project located in Georgia. 

 

Featured Project - Edmond, OK

Did you know that in 2015 Oklahoma had 349 hail events? Click here to read more! 

 

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Synthetic Shake Beats Out Real Shake

It can be tiring to own real cedar shake roofing. There are cedar roof shingles that need replacing from time to time due to popping or warping, and insect infestations need to be dealt with regularly.

For Dave and Jeannie Schwab, the effort of cleaning and applying shake oil to their massive 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.

"Our home was built in 1993 and there's a lot of roofing involved in its design," says Dave Schwab. "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."

The Schwabs discovered DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roofing tiles and were sold.

Fake Cedar Shake

"The authentic appearance of the DaVinci fake cedar shake sold us right away," says Schwab. "Then you add in the Class A Fire Rating, the impact resistance and the lifetime limited warranty and it was easy to make our decision."

The large roof on the Schwab home is broken up visually by seven skylights and the addition of decorative European-designed ridge vents. The DaVinci Multi-Width roof, in the Mountain blend, now covers the home and attached three-car garage.

"Every time I pull up to the house I still get a 'wow' experience," says Schwab. "The color is perfect for our home. It looks so natural, yet we know we'll never again have to spend another hour maintaining this roof. That's the real joy of selecting synthetic shake shingles."

Discover why The Switch is On! ... and how you can Invest in Your Roof with synthetic shake roofing materials!

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Bellaforté Shake Shingles = Peace of Mind

Fire.  A homeowner's worst nightmare.

It happened recently to the Matthews family in California. A chimney fire caused by hot embers and ash got through the spark arrestor and ignited the dry, combustible cedar shake roofing at the top of the chimney.

Fortunately the Alameda Fire Department responded quickly to stop the fire from entering the living areas. However, the damage to the roof was severe, requiring the old shake shingles to be replaced.

Fake Shake
 

"We're part of the Seastrand Homeowners Association of 28 homes that overlook the San Francisco bay and skyline," says Ron Matthews. "Coincidentally, the HOA was in the process of approving DaVinci Roofscapes products for roof replacement in our community. After our fire, they approved the Class A Fire Rated polymer roofing immediately."

Matthews selected Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles in a Mountain VariBlend for his home and had the team at Roof Guard Roofing Company Inc. install the new composite shake roof.

"There are several reasons why we like our new cedar shake alternative roof," says Matthews. "The lifetime limited warranty on the product plus the Class A Fire Rating are 90% of the reason behind the total replacement.  The fact that the polymer shake product is an authentic-looking alternative and that we were ready for the roof replacement sealed the deal.

"The DaVinci 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."

Seastrand Homeowners Association isn't the only HOA selecting lightweight roofing tiles from DaVinci. See  Condo Community Chooses Impact- and Fire-Resistant DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles, Bellaforté Shake Roofs Chosen by Florida HOA for Townhomes  and HOA Selects Polymer Roofing for more stories.

 

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Composite Shakes Replace Real Cedar on Historic Home

Built in 1853, the Douglas House in Waukegan, Illinois has a great history. Robert Douglas came to Waukegan from England in 1844. He traveled to California and made his fortune in a gold strike and then returned to Illinois to build his dream home.

The house closely resembles a Gothic cottage that Douglas had loved in England. With its steeply-pitched roofs, wall dormers, hooded window molds and gingerbread bargeboards along the eaves, the home perfectly ties in with the Gothic Revival style.

Fake SlateFast forward through the years and the home was purchased and donated by the Upton family to the Waukegan Park District. It now houses offices and space where recreation programs are held for special needs individuals.

In its 169-year history, the Douglas House has gone through several roofs. Most recently, in 1998, wood shake shingles were added to the structure to preserve the historic look.

As cedar roofing is prone to do, the individual cedar shake tiles deteriorated badly over the years. The rotting, insect-infested shakes suffered from nails failing and wood shakes cupping and falling off the roof.

This year the city decided to invest in a new composite shake roof. After receiving a recommendation from Legat Architects, it was decided that a low-maintenance DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake roof in Weathered Gray would preserve the historic shake look while being a smart long-term investment.

"The appearance and projected durability made it an easy choice for us to select DaVinci products," says Lali Salinas, parks department support aide in the Waukegan Park District. "On this historic building the DaVinci product offers the look of cedar shake shingles, but will give a greater lifespan and lower long term maintenance cost."

For more historical roofing projects using DaVinci composite slate and synthetic shake roofing products, see History Repeats Itself --- With DaVinci Composite Roofing.

 

 

 

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EcoBlend Roof Meets Needs of California Homeowner

When it came time to move from San Francisco to Pebble Beach, Calif., the Hines were uttering the famous real estate mantra: location, location, location.

Cool Roof ShinglesThe couple fell in love with a home that had the perfect location, but needed lots of work ... probably more work than they expected.

Even though the home was just 31 years old, it had sat abandoned for several years. As a result, it required new floors, landscaping, windows, fencing and a roof. And that's just for starters.

"The old cedar shingles were in terrible shape," says Ray Hines. "They were turned up like potato chips, falling off and rotting."

Hines headed to a roofer he trusted --- Bob Denison with Denison Roofing --- for advice.

"The owners wanted to change the look of the roof and asked for my advice," says Denison. "I explained that the best product they could select would be a Bellaforté Slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. I've installed this synthetic roofing product in the past with great success."

To help make their home more energy efficient, the Hines selected the Castle Gray-EcoBlend product that is ENERGY STAR® rated and has been approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council to reflect sunlight and heat away from a home. All six EcoBlend color blends offered by DaVinci also meet Title 24 requirements in California. (See DaVinci Roofscapes Introduces Four New EcoBlend Colors for Cool Roofs)

"We're glad we listened to our roofer," says Hines. "The team at Denison Roofing 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!"     

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Featured Project - Fort Worth, TX

Polymer SlateThe hail storms of 2016, while certainly a burden for many, are also an opportunity for people to replace their low impact rated roof (asphalt, slate, shake, tile, etc) with a Class 4 Impact Rated composite slate or shake roofing tile. Are you affected by a recent hail storm? Our advice - have patience. Tim Gentry, our VP of Technical Services and a long time roofing contractor, points out that just because your roof has been totaled in a storm, doesn't mean it is going to leak the next time it rains. The reality is, you likely have time to do your research and find a good, local installer to do you roof. Things are heating up in Texas where recent storms have homeowners looking for a contractor, researching roofing materials, and looking at going through this process all over again. This project was recently installed by Texas Tile Roofing out of Fort Worth, and for it they went with Single-Width Slate in the Slate Gray color blend. Thank you for sharing with us TTR! 

Texas Tile Roofing
817-838-6100
www.texastileroofing.com 

 

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