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.

Bellaforte Shake

"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."

Bellaforte Shake

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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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.

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"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.”

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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.

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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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