Historic Church Chooses Bellaforté Shake Roof

Located in a rural area of Nebraska, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church has always been subject to harsh weather conditions. The original church structure, plus the parsonage, barn and out building, were all constructed in 1880 and then destroyed by a tornado in 1899. Within the same year the congregation raised funds and rebuilt the church properties.

Cedar shake AlternativeOver the years other storms attacked the church, but when the 2014 severe weather hit, the results were dramatic. "There was no question we needed full replacements on our roof, windows and siding," says Gene Hansen, a member of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. "Before the storm, some cedar shake shingles were starting to blow off and were weathering badly. The storm just ripped through two layers of those shakes that had been in place for decades.  And, the fellowship hall roof was totally destroyed in the storm. We had no other option than to replace the roofs."

When contractor Nick Paschke recommended Bellaforté Shake tiles from DaVinci, several church members took hammers to the roofing tile samples, to assure themselves that the impact-resistant material would not be dented by future hail storms.

"I was impressed by the quality, durability and selection of the DaVinci composite shake roofing," says Hansen. "Once we discovered the company could create a custom color red for the shingles, that truly sealed the deal."

Convinced of the durability of the product, peace-of-mind prevailed. Now the church and fellowship hall once again have their signature red roofs overhead and contented parishioners below.  

Learn more about DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing on historic church projects at  Historic Church Gets High-Tech Polymer Roof and DaVinci Roofs: An Answer to Many Prayers.   



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.



Custom Roof Color Answers Church's Prayers

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kronborg, Neb. has been through some terrifying weather in its 118-year history. After straight-line winds and large hail struck the church, parsonage and fellowship hall in 2014, the congregation went in search of new siding, windows and roofing.

lightweight roofing tiles"Danish churches like ours are known for our red and white roofs, which tie back to the colors of the Danish flag and the heritage of our church," says Gene Hansen, a member of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. "Those colors identify us. We knew we needed to replace the roof with a product that could help protect the church more in the future but still had those special colors."

Congregation members voted to install Bellaforté Shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes in a custom red color on both the church and the Fellowship Hall in 2016.

"The durability and beauty of this roof really spoke to the church members," says Nick Paschke, president of Paschke Brothers Construction. "The composite roofing answers so many challenges for this project. We were removing old wood shingles, metal and other roofing products. As we tackled the steepness of the steeple, the lightweight nature of the polymer roofing really helped us."

This Nebraska church isn't alone in relying on synthetic roofing tiles from DaVinci. See more church stories at Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead and Impact-Resistant DaVinci Roof Tops Kansas Church.


5 Years Later: Revisiting St. Clement Eucharist Shrine

Back in 2011, members of the St. Clement Eucharist Shrine in Boston decided to tackle a big project --- installation of a Bellaforté Slate roof on top of their historic church.

After removing heavy, old slate shingles from the roof, the talented church volunteers installed the imitation slate tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes in a Slate Gray. We revisited the church recently to see how our synthetic slate roofing was holding up ... and we got rave reviews!

"We've had no problems with the roof," says Father Peter Grover. "We've had lots of wind, snow and rain in the past five years. We've never had a leak and it looks just as great today as the day it was installed.

Polymer Slate Roof Tiles


"We consider the DaVinci roof a good investment. The roof accents the church. A real slate roof would have been too costly; asphalt would not have given us the visual appeal that the composite slate gives us."

Looking back at the project, we asked Father Grover if they would have changed anything about the re-roofing installation.

"Our only regret is that we didn't have snow guards installed when we had the roof done," says Grover. "We ran out of time and it was a secondary thought. Now, when there is heavy snow, it falls off into the parking lot and we end up shoveling twice. Once we had a broken windshield from the snowfall."

Given his experience, we recommended retrofitting snowguards (see Can I Install Snowguards After My Roof Is Installed?) to help control the snow as it melts in the future. For more information on this church projects using polymer roof tiles, see Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead.


Jesse James Slept Here

What do the famous outlaw Jesse James and DaVinci Roofscapes have in common? A connection with St. Mary's Catholic Church in Independence, Missouri.

Founded in 1823, Saint Mary's is one of the oldest churches in the Dioceses of Kansas City - Saint Joseph. The current church was constructed in 1865, with an impressive 10-story high steeple added in 1900. In 2015 that tall steeple --- plus the rest of the church --- was re-roofed using DaVinci polymer roofing tiles.

While steeplejacks with Inspired Heights installed multi-width faux slate tiles on the tall steeple, another roofing company tackled the massive installation of the main roof on St. Mary's church. DaVinci Single-Width Slate was selected to replace hail-damaged roofing shingles.

"Our church history includes many notable milestones," says Rev. Matthew Bartulica. "One of the most popular pieces includes how Father Kennedy harbored an injured outlaw in the church in the 1860s --- Jesse James.

"Now we're starting a new chapter in our history. Our old, deteriorated roof is gone and now we're very pleased to have the DaVinci slate roofing products overhead."

If you like church roofing stories, check out  Steeple People and Praying for a New DaVinci Roof!


Featured Project of the Year - Horn Brothers Roofing

Today is the last day of the DaVinci exhibit at the 2016 International Roofing Expo. If you're here in Orlando for the show, be sure to drop by Booth #1275. The last 3 weeks I have spent featuring projects that we chose for our 2015 Featured Project of the Year contest (Click here to read week 1, here to read week 2, and here to read week 3). 

The last project I have to feature received a resounding YES from all the folks asked to help choose the winners. This project has it all, not one but two of our polymer shake products installed, a carefully crafted steeple, and shakes used as both roofing and siding. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, located in Centennial, Colorado, was affected by a hailstorm that rolled through the Denver area back in 2014. They teamed up with Horn Brothers Roofing, a loyal DaVinci Roofscapes contractor, to start the search for a more impact resistant roofing material. Horn Brothers had recently installed dozens of DaVinci's composite cedar roofs, and recommended the church look into them. The result is a stunning mixture of Multi-Width Shake and Bellaforté Shake roof tiles in the Autumn Blend. 

Congratulations Horn Brothers! 

Horn Brothers Roofing




10-Story High Steeple Gets New DaVinci Slate Roof

Third-generation steeplejack Tony Stratton loves a challenging church roof project. So, when he was contacted to install DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roofing tiles on the 110-foot tall steeple on St. Mary's Catholic Church in Independence, Missouri, he jumped at the chance.

Fake Slate"We're an 'old school trade' with one foot in the past and one foot in the future," says Stratton, owner of Inspired Heights out of Rockford, Illinois. "We combine the techniques of long-ago with the technologies of today. This allows us to offer a less invasive, more affordable restoration for church roofs and steeples."

The non-intrusiveness of Inspired Heights is exactly what appealed to Rev. Matthew Bartulica. "We didn't want scaffolding or a crane to obscure the steeple during the re-roofing," says Rev. Bartulica of St. Mary's. "Inspired Heights did it the old fashioned way --- they used pulleys and ropes. That saved on our budget and just 'felt right' for this project."

According to Stratton, this was the first time his company had used DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofing tiles for a church project, but it won't be the last.

"We've installed real slate on lots of churches and found that it's heavy and awkward to mount," says Stratton. "The DaVinci slate product has a natural slate look, plus it was lighter in weight and came in different widths, adding to its natural look, unlike other comparable products. We were grateful that we didn't have to worry about the tiles 'curling' like other synthetic tiles because the ridging in the back of each tile helped keep it more stable.

"We're impressed with the DaVinci roofing and hope to use it again in the future. It's a great example of what we like to refer to as matching up modern technological advances for products with our old school steeplejack trade."

Looking for more examples of synthetic slate roofing and polymer shake on churches? See  Praying for a New DaVinci Roof and Steeple People.

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Unique Church Roof Accented with Synthetic Shake Roofing

One of our favorite church roof renovation projects at DaVinci Roofscapes took place in Johnson City, N.Y in 2011. That's when the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church got new simulated shake roofing. (See Polymer Shake Roof Accents Ukrainian Church)

Shake RoofingWhat makes this such a special project? The traditional Ukrainian design of the church structure. Topped by three 80-foot tall domes, the massive building looks like it's made completely of wood shakes on the siding and roof. But, look closer and you'll see that the roof is really made of our synthetic shake tiles.

Church leaders say that the architectural style of the landmark church mimics those structures found in the Ukraine. And, the composite shake roofing is a perfect match to the original cedar shake roof.

"The new polymer shakes look almost identical to the older wooden ones, but these will last so much longer," says Rev. Teodor B. Czabala, Jr. "The wood exterior of the church has been cleaned and stained, so now the structure looks perfect. We're both amazed and pleased that these man-made roofing tiles could have such a positive and beautiful impact on our facility.

"We searched for a product that would not need replacing for many years. Our research brought us to the DaVinci shake roofing tiles. We're thrilled with the 50-year limited warranty on the product and how these polymer tiles have already stood up to the weather conditions in our area."


Steeple People

Churches all across the country with eye-catching steeples often refer to themselves as "steeple people." These days the term should probably be changed to "synthetic steeple people."

Steep Slope RoofingThat's because many churches, looking for attractive, low-maintenance coverings for their steeples, are turning to synthetic roofing material from DaVinci Roofscapes.

In Ohio, Seville Presbyterian Church is the latest place of worship to select composite roofing for their steeple. The 3,000-pound, 27-foot tall steeple sits atop a 15-foot, two-piece base. The refurbished steeple now boasts a white custom color DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roof, allowing it to remain a focal point in the community.

While impressive, the Seville Presbyterian Church steeple appears dwarfed when compared to the soaring 86-foot tall steeple at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Centennial, Colorado. This steeple was recently refurbished with DaVinci Multi-Width Shake in the Autumn blend to complement the church's design and setting. (see Unique Design Uses DaVinci Roofscapes Shake on Top and Sides of Colorado Church)

"We selected the DaVinci products for the steeple and roof because of their aesthetics and resistance to impact and hail," says Jim Wolfe, a 30-year member of the church. "Because our previous roofs were destroyed in hail storms we placed special emphasis on finding a top-quality roofing product that would have a 50-year limited warranty. We don't want to deal with this issue again in our lifetimes."

From specialty "onion shaped" domes covered in simulated shake roofing atop the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in New York (see Polymer Shake Roof Accents Ukrainian Church ) to our imitation slate shingles on the chapel at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Ohio (see Contractors Go to Church with DaVinci Roofscapes), at DaVinci Roofscapes we're definitely embracing the term "steeple people!"



Horn Brothers Creates Lightweight Roofing Solutions

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Centennial, Colorado needed help. Their roof, steeple and sides of the building complex had all suffered hail damage and needed to be replaced.

Polymer ShakeDuring the search process the church committee met with Francis Ruesta, a sales consultant and estimator for Horn Brothers Roofing out of Denver, Colorado. Having completed 22 DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofing installations within the past eight months, the company was quick to recommend the company's product as a solution for the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.

"We install so many DaVinci roofs because the product is so impressive," says Ruesta. "With this project it made sense for the Bellaforté Shake to be used on the roof and for the Multi-Width polymer shake to be used on the steeple and for the siding.

"The logistics of working safely on the 86-foot high steeple were amazing. We hired a 110-foot lift to make that part of the project go smoothly. We also needed to work around several pieces of stained glass, custom skylights and old copper fittings. Now that it's done, the church complex looks just remarkable. We could not have achieved that look with any other roofing/siding product on the market."

From the church's prospective, the finished project is a stunning success. With snow fences and snow guards added above all key pedestrian walkways and landscaping, the church is ready for its first round of winter weather.

"We got the sense right from the start that the goal from everyone at DaVinci and Horn Brothers was that they planned to do this project right," says Jim Wolfe, a 30-year member of the church. "This polymer roofing product looks very close to the original wood shake we had, which was a major goal of ours. However, we know this composite roof is going to perform better than real cedar shakes.

"It's especially fun to watch the reaction of our church members as they see the roof. It's so realistic looking that half of them believe we used true cedar shakes. Because we invested the time to research all the roofing options available we're convinced we selected the very best product for our church. Now we're set for future generations."         


Unique Design Uses DaVinci Roofscapes Shake on Top and Sides of Colorado Church

Soaring 86 linear feet into the air, the steeple for the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Centennial, Colorado is just one of many impressive features of the sprawling church complex. Built in three stages starting in 1980, the contemporary style church has an interior design like the center of a rose, stained glass windows and a roof system that dips down along the sides of the building.

Real cedar shake shingles were originally installed on the roof, steeple and sides of the structure. These were replaced in 1990 after receiving extensive roof hail damage. Now, after an extensive product search that included "looking at every type of roof material possible," Bellaforté Shake and DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake create a united look on the church exterior. An Autumn blend of brown tones was selected to complement the church's design and setting.

"We learned our lesson and were not about to put cedar shakes on our structure again," says Jim Wolfe, a 30-year member of the church. "Our committee of nine people now understands every potential roofing product on the market after our exhaustive search.

"We selected the DaVinci products because of their aesthetics and resistance to impact and hail. Because our previous roofs were destroyed in hail storms we placed special emphasis on finding a top-quality roofing product that would have a 50-year limited warranty. We don't want to deal with this issue again in our lifetimes."

To learn more about other churches relying on polymer shake and synthetic slate roofing from DaVinci, see Historic Oklahoma City Church Gets Fire Brick Red Polymer Roof and Praying for a New DaVinci Roof.



Church Tired of Replacing Copper Roofs

The cornerstone of the historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church in San Angelo, Texas was laid in 1887. Since that time the church has seen many changes. The most recent is the addition of an impact- and fire-resistant Multi-Width Slate polymer roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"The copper roofs on this church were destroyed twice by hail in the past 10 years," says Sam Colson, national restoration and construction estimator for Jim Filipowicz and Associates. "Church members came to us for a recommendation of a roofing product that would hold up against severe weather conditions and ideally replicate the slate look on the building when it was originally constructed. After doing product research and seeing the variety of selections available from DaVinci, we knew their composite slate product was the ideal solution."

Polymer SlateAfter contacting other churches across the country --- including in hail-prone areas --- the church grounds and building maintenance team at Emmanuel Episcopal Church made a presentation to church members to familiarize them with the polymer roofing material. "With its warranties and the quality of the product, we all knew we were making a decision not just for our current situation, but for those who will follow after us," says Ski Lisewsky, a junior warden at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

The church leadership selected an Aberdeen blend of five colors to complement the stone exterior on the historic church. The eye-catching blend of imitation slate tiles includes dark gray, light brown, dark purple, green stone and dark stone colors.

"We saw many samples of colors available from DaVinci," says Lisewsky. "With our stone texture there was no doubt that the Aberdeen blend was the best look for what we were trying to achieve. When the sun hits the church at the right time, with the colors of the garden and all the colors of the Aberdeen roofing, it looks just wonderful."

According to Lisewsky, there has been nothing but praise for the synthetic slate roofing selection. Both congregation members and local residents have complimented the new roof.

"This went from a sad situation of our copper roof being declared a total loss by the insurance company to an exciting change for our church," says Lisewsky. "The JFA team was great to work with. They kept us informed every step of the way. From start to finish, we're pleased with this project, the product and the people involved in helping us acquire this new roof."

Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead can provide you with more simulated shake roofing and synthetic slate roof tile information!


New Imitation Slate Roof Atop Grace Episcopal Church

After almost 100 years atop Grace Episcopal Church in Mansfield, Ohio, the heavy original slate tile roof was replaced in late 2014 with lightweight polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Polymer Slate Roof"We would categorize the original slate as in poor to average condition," says Roman Koval, business manager at Cleveland Commercial Roofing. "This was a soft slate that was costing thousands of dollars each year for the church in upkeep. Selecting the durable DaVinci Single-Width Slate profile was a sound investment for this historic building."

DaVinci synthetic slate roofing tiles are carefully crafted using virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable roofing product. The 12" wide tiles are modeled after actual slate and resist impact, severe weather and are Class A Fire Rated. Backed by a Lifetime Limited Materials Warranty, the simulated slate roofing offer the church decades of easy maintenance care.

"Our church dealt with the high mounting costs of maintaining our real slate roof for many years," says Rev. Joe Ashby with Grace Episcopal Church. "The slate needed constant attention and wasn't energy efficient. After we saw the authentic appearance of the DaVinci product, we knew we'd found the solution to our problem."

The aesthetic appeal of the DaVinci roof boasts an authentic quarried look to replicate genuine slate roof tiles. "Those people who don't know we had the church re-roofed still think we have the slate roof --- that's how realistic the slate appearance is of the polymer roofing product," says Ashby. "We're exceptionally happy with our choice of DaVinci and have already recommended it to another church in our area."

See also Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead for more churches across the country using synthetic slate shingles and cedar shake roofing from DaVinci.


Historic Oklahoma City Church Gets Fire Brick Red Polymer Roof

Almost two decades after the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the heavily-damaged St. Paul's Cathedral and Parish House near the blast site finally have new, long-lasting polymer roof tiles overhead.

The 1904 Norman-Gothic church structure, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was badly damaged during the tragic Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. The bombing lifted off the roof and splayed the walls outward.

In the rebuilding aftermath, a roof was added that failed during the ensuing years. Now, after extensive research, the church has invested in a composite slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes in an attractive fire brick red color.

Fake Slate       Simulated Slate Roofing


"Our Roof and Restoration Committee did extensive research into roof replacement options and also consulted with our architect, Mass Architects, Inc.," says Mike Murphy, a member of St. Paul's church and a director at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. "The primary reasons we selected the DaVinci Multi-Width Slate product were the low-maintenance factor coupled with the roof's impact- and fire-resistancy features. The 50-year limited warranty available from the manufacturer and the ability to get the roofing tile in the fire brick red color we wanted really sold us on the product.

"The roof put on after the bombing was a hard, composite material. Over time they failed, with an abundance of breaking and leaking. Our research brought us to DaVinci, and we're very pleased with the results. The new roofs have been up since early in 2014 and the bright, attractive red color now serves to highlight our location in the community."

For additional composite roofing stories involving churches, see Religious Structures and DaVinci Slate and Polymer Shake Roof Accents Ukrainian Church


History in the Making

Most historic project makeovers you read about focus on structures that are hundreds of years old. But in Johnson City, New York, the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church is just 37 years old, yet it promises to be written up in future history books.

That's because the traditional Ukrainian design of the church structure includes three massive domes. Each one is 80-feet tall --- and each one is covered in our single-width Valoré composite shake roofing material from DaVinci Roofscapes.


Church founders selected the Tuscano blend of light, medium light, medium and dark autumn colors to top their unique church structure. The shake alternative roofing product was selected after the original cedar shake roof deteriorated.

"We're both amazed and pleased that these man-made roofing tiles could have such a positive and beautiful impact on our facility," says Rev. Teodor B. Czabala, Jr. "The new polymer shakes look almost identical to the older wooden ones, but these will last so much longer."

Valoré synthetic shake roofing tiles embrace the art and science of roofing and offer exceptional aesthetics and performance without destroying a budget. The synthetic cedar shake tiles resemble the hand-split shake tiles found on upscale residences throughout the world, but require none of the maintenance.

Available in 9-inch tile widths with a deep 5/8" profile shadow line, Valoré lightweight roofing tiles are Class 4 impact-rated, rated Class A for fire resistance and won't support the growth of fungus or algae. This 50 year roof offers exceptional value for any residential or commercial project. And that's a lesson for the history books!

For information on synthetic roofing material used on other churches, visit Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead.


Contractors Go to Church with DaVinci Roofscapes


Almost 140 years after it was built, the chapel at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Ohio needed a new roof. The original roof, constructed out of slate, boasted a large cross with a star-studded border in light colors on the background of black slate. The current roof structure of the chapel couldn't support the weight of real slate, so DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic slate shingles were specified.


Twenty-seven squares of medium tan imitation slate tiles and 67 squares of black composite slate tiles were ordered by Detroit Cornice and Slate Company in Michigan to complete both sides of the roof plus the steeple and vestibules.

“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 at Detroit Cornice and Slate 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 polymer roofing 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.

According to Hesse, another big 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.”

To see another DaVinci project where lightweight roofing tiles offered a solution to a problem, visit SRA Architects Specify DaVinci Polymer Roof for New LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge.


Impact-Resistant DaVinci Roof Tops Kansas Church

The roof on the Woodland United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas has been replaced many times in the past 103 years. Most recently, hail damage in August of 2012 demanded a new roof be placed on the sanctuary, fellowship hall, steeple and portico.

"The Bellaforté Shake polymer roof tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes are a long-term roofing solution for this church," says Kendall R. Zielke, commercial estimator and project manager for Midwest Roofing Services. "We've installed this composite shake product successfully on other projects in our area that are also subject to our severe weather conditions and always have good results. Since this is an impact-resistant synthetic shake tile with a 50-year roof warranty, we believe this shake alternative is ideal for the church structure."

Church leaders selected the Tuscano blend of four autumn brown colors as the roofing color option that most resembled the previous wood shakes on the stone church. "This shake alternative so closely resembles our former roof that I don't think many members even know this is a synthetic shake roofing material," says Jim Brown, a member of the Board of Trustees at the church. "Unless you get very close, you can't tell that there are 'fake cedar shakes' on our roof."

Bellaforté Shake composite roofing tiles include a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge, which help reduce the installation time for the products. "The snap-fit aspect of the Bellaforté is a great feature of this product," says Zielke. "In addition, a square of Bellaforté tiles weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce our installation time and allows us to get the job done faster for our clients."

See Historic Church Gets High-Tech Polymer Roof for another success story on DaVinci imitation slate roofs on churches.


Praying for a New DaVinci Roof

We may bow our head to pray inside the church, but when outside of several churches across the country people are looking up ... at their DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofs that grace the top of those churches.

From coast to coast, synthetic shake and imitation slate roofing tiles from DaVinci top off churches of every religion.

Ukrainian ChurchIn Johnson City, New York, visitors to the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church are immediately captivated by the traditional Ukrainian design of the church structure. Topped by three 80-foot tall domes, the massive building looks like it’s made completely of wood shakes on the siding and roof. But, a closer look reveals that the designer roof is really made of Valoré synthetic cedar shakes that perfectly replicate real wood shake shingles. (See Polymer Shake Roof Accents Ukrainian Church)

Several states away in Terra Haute, Indiana, St. Patrick’s Church has been in existence since 1881. After putting up with leaky roofs for years, Bellaforté simulated slate roofing tiles in a blend of greens were installed on three of the original four structures.

Dependability and long-term low-maintenance features are key reasons that the Cynthiana Baptist Church in Kentucky, the Unitarian Universalists Church in Indiana, the Self-Realization Fellowship in California and the St. Louis Catholic Church in Virginia all selected lightweight roofing solutions from DaVinci.

Dayton ChapelBut perhaps the church that has made the best use of the features of DaVinci eco friendly roofing tiles is the 140+ year old chapel at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Ohio. This historic building’s DaVinci fake slate roof replicates the original large cross design with a star-studded border in medium tan slate polymer tiles on a background of black slate alternative tiles.

“The availability of different shades of tiles made it possible to accurately duplicate the original design from the chapel’s roof,” says architect Edward Groh with PEDCO, an engineering and architecture firm in Cincinnati, Ohio responsible for designing the roof. “The result is a roof that everyone is exceptionally pleased with and a design that brings the original exterior look back to the chapel.”

You might just say that a DaVinci roof is the answer to many prayers.            


DaVinci Roofs: An Answer to Many Prayers

Coast-to-coast you'll find DaVinci polymer roofing tiles atop many different churches. While each church recognizes the benefits of the long-lasting synthetic roofing tiles, perhaps the churches that appreciate them the most are the oldest ones.

“This simulated slate roofing product truly looks like the original slate tile that was placed on our church and chapel more than 75 years ago," says Father Peter Grover, OMV with St. Clement Eucharist Shrine in Boston. "The Bellaforté product allowed us to preserve both the historical look and feel of our facilities. We also gained the advantage that these polymer tiles resist fire, high winds and severe weather. That gives us all peace-of-mind knowing that our church facility and seminary are protected."

In Jacksonville, Oregon, the town's Historic Architectural Review Committee approved a DaVinci Roofscapes shake shingle roof to replace the decaying cedar shakes on the roof at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, which opened in 1881. A Tahoe blend featuring five shades of brown in multi-width composite shake tiles provides the church with the authentic cedar look they desired.

"Our entire town is on the national historic register and we had to receive permission from the Historic Architectural Review Committee to use the DaVinci roofing product," says Dave Harter, elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville. "Because the product looked so authentic to real cedar shakes and had a better fire rating than wood shingles, the committee made the decision for the first time ever to allow polymer roofing tiles on a structure in our city."

The DaVinci lightweight roofing materials used for both churches are Class 4 impact rated and have been rated Class A for fire retardance. The fake slate and fake cedar shake roofing materials have also achieved the highest ratings for straight line wind testing at 110 mph and have passed testing for extreme weather conditions.

Backed by a 50-year limited lifetime warranty, DaVinci plastic roofing materials resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.  

Looking for more details on how imitation slate shingles are used to create eco friendly roofs? Then visit Historic Church Gets High-Tech Polymer Roof and Historic Peterson House Gets DaVinci Polymer Roof.


DaVinci Donates Roof to Minnesota Church

A small, worn-down 1850s church in Montgomery, Minnesota has gotten quite a bit of attention over the past few years thanks to local resident Greg Thomas. After being diagnosed with stage four cancer in 2009, Thomas came to the dilapidated church to sit on the closed structure's steps and reflect. That's when his life --- and the life of the church --- changed.

To focus his attention away from his dire life situation, Thomas "adopted" the abandoned church --- called St. John's Chapel --- and gained permission to start renovating it single-handedly. One of the first projects was stripping off up to 15 layers thick of old paint on the exterior so he could repaint the church. After news of his task attracted media attention, Thomas received support for the renovation project.

"I saw the story of this dedicated man working every day to restore the church exterior while dealing with his cancer and I thought to myself, 'we can help him'," says Travis Herritz, president of Springer Construction Services, LLC out of Prior Lake, Minn. "I found out that water had leaked in through the bell tower and rotted out the ceiling and the floor below. This church desperately needed a new roof. I went to one of my best roofing suppliers, DaVinci Roofscapes, and shared the story.

"The folks at DaVinci volunteered to donate their polymer slate roof tiles to replace the worn-out, curling wood shake roof that had weathered badly over time. My team offered to do the installation work at cost for the church. Together we made it possible to add new life to the church."

Remarkably, as the church came back to life, so did Thomas. After 40 sessions of radiation for cancer in his head and neck, plus many rounds of chemotherapy, his cancer went into remission. Although he has lingering effects, Thomas is now cancer-free and dedicates most of his time to the church's restoration.

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