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.

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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.

Learn more about lightweight roof systems at Terracotta-Hued Roof Added to Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat in Connecticut.          

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Featured Project - Weehawken, NJ

The traditional look of dark slate rules the Northeast, and high-end contractor Majestic Exteriors recently installed a Valoré Slate tile roof in Slate Black on a temple in Weehawken, New Jersey. Valoré Slate is 12" wide by 18" long and is installed between a 7.5" and a 6" exposure. The product in Slate Black gave this building the look of the thick, natural slate that you see in the area, but is lower maintenance and is a fraction of the weight, saving the owners of this building time and money.  

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Historic Architectural Review Committee in Oregon Approves Polymer Roof for Church

Founded in 1852, the old mining town of Jacksonville, Oregon prides itself on keeping its city structures historically accurate. So, it was welcome news when the town's Historic Architectural Review Committee approved a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer shake roof to replace the decaying cedar shake shingles on the roof at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, which opened in 1881.

"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 Shake roofing products chosen for the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville are Class 4 impact rated and has a Class A fire rating. The roofing materials have also achieved the highest ratings for straight line wind testing at 110 mph and have passed testing for extreme weather conditions. A Tahoe blend featuring five shades of brown in multi-width roofing tiles provides the church with the authentic cedar look they desired in a fake cedar shake shingle.

Installed in 2008 by Hoag Roofing in Central Point, Ore., the roof has held up extremely well for the past five years. "We would recommend this DaVinci product to any other church looking for a durable, authentic-looking roofing material," says Harter. "Best of all, with its 50-year roof limited warranty, we don't have to worry about reroofing our church again for many decades to come!"

For more information on churches with DaVinci roofs visit Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead         

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Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead

From Saint Louis Catholic Church to the Cynthiana Baptist Church, church members nationwide are giving thanks for the sturdy polymer roofing products over their heads. Whether replaced due to old age or storm damage, replacement lightweight roofing systems are becoming popular in churches across America.

"Within the past few years we've been blessed to see a significant increase of our roofing products used for church projects,"  says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. "The biggest trend we've witnessed is for simulated shake and slate roofing products to be used on historic churches to replicate the original look of a slate or shake roof."

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In Ohio, the 140+ year old chapel at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center recently had its roof replaced. The new DaVinci plastic 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 polymer tiles.

Another historic religious center, St. Patrick's Church in Terra Haute, Indiana, was created in 1881. A new Bellaforté slate roof was recently installed to replicate the structure's original roof. Aging copper gutters blend with the blend of greens on the lightweight roofing solution for the parishioners.

For visitors tcedar shakeo the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Johnson City, New York, it's the three 80-foot tall domes capping the massive structure that captures immediate attention. A re-roofing job done in 2011 features 90 squares of Valoré polymer shake tiles in a Tuscano color blend of light, medium light, medium and dark autumn colors. The simulated shake roofing on the church accents the wood exterior, creating a stunning structure.

Other churches featuring lightweight roofing systems from DaVinci include St. Clement Eucharist Shrine in Boston, Unitarian Universalists Church in Muncie, Indiana and the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles.

"The appeal of polymer roofing's longevity, aesthetics and durability are greatly appreciated by many church congregations," says Rosewall. "These low-maintenance products bring peace-of-mind to many churches and are truly an answer to their prayers."

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Historic Church Gets High-Tech Polymer Roof

Bellaforte polymer slateThanks to the efforts of volunteer church members, the St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston now has a new Class A Fire Rated roof overhead. Scrambling high atop the famous Roman Catholic Church on Bolton Street, the church members replaced heavy, old slate shingles with lightweight polymer tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"The research I did showed that the Bellaforte synthetic tiles from DaVinci have a long lifespan and can withstand a wide variety of severe weather," says Father Peter Grover, OMV. "We selected the slate gray color of lightweight roofing systems which has now received many compliments from our members and the neighborhood residents.

"This green roof construction truly looks like the original slate tile that was placed on our church and chapel more than 75 years ago. The Bellaforte 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."


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After stripping the roof of the heavy slate shingles, it took a team of seven several days to install the copper flashing in the valleys and dormers of the roof. Then the Bellaforte imitation slate shingles went up.

"These pieces feature a snap-fit, interlocking mechanism, so installation was fast and easy," says Grover. "The include an integrated rain gutter, leading edge tab and rain dam and are about 20% lighter in weight than natural slate shingles. These factors worked together to help us complete the roof installation quickly.

"We were especially happy to get this project completed before the heavy rains associated with Hurricane Irene came to our area. With the new roof in place, we had no problems at all with the high winds and driving rain associated with the storm."

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Polymer Shake Roof Accents Ukrainian Church

Shake RoofVisitors to the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Johnson City, New York are immediately captivated by the traditional Ukrainian design of the church structure, including three 80-foot tall domes.

From far away, it looks like the building's siding and roof are all made of wood shakes. But look closer and you'll see that the roof is really made of DaVinci's polymer Valoré shake tiles. More than 90 squares were used in the Tuscano color blend of light, medium light, medium and dark autumn colors.

"The wooden cedar shake roof installed on the church in 1977 deteriorated so badly that we started looking at alternative composite shake materials back in 1995," says Rev. Teodor B. Czabala, Jr. "Our research brought us to DaVinci shake roofing tiles.

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

The cedar shake alternative roofing tiles were installed on the church by BSR out of Binghamton, New York. They resist fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling. In addition to resisting severe weather, the new DaVinci church roof is easy to maintain.

Cedar Shake Roof"We're thrilled with the 50-year warranty and how these polymer tiles have already stood up to the weather conditions in our area," says Czabala. "This is the perfect solution for our church."
 

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New Polymer Roof an Answer to Many Prayers

Bellaforte SlateSince 1881, thousands of people have gathered under the roof of St. Patrick's Church in Terra Haute, Indiana. Oftentimes that aged roof leaked. But today, after the successful installation of new Bellaforté polymer slate roofing tiles, three of the original four historic structures have new roofs overhead.

Raising the funds for the three new synthetic slate roofs took almost seven years and lots of patience.

According to Brad Lough, co-owner of Lough Brothers Roofing, the uniform look of the sustainable roofing tiles plus the blend of greens in the Verde tiles helped make the historic restoration project go smoothly.

"This lightweight roofing solution perfectly replicates the church's original roof," says Lough. "However, it's constructed of fire-resistant man-made polymer that will resists all types of weather. And, now that the copper gutters are starting to age and gain a greenish patina, we can really see how beautiful this plastic slate roof will look for years to come."

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