Featured Project - Yorkville, IL

Before and after photos are amazing to receive because they really help tell a story that I think we can all relate to. You have an old, possibly leaking, roof that needs to be replaced. There are tons of options on the market, from regular asphalt all the way up to expensive tile. You want to choose something that is durable, but also fits the look you need to maintain the standards of the neighborhood. On top of that, you have to find a reputable, local roofing company to install it. 

This project, installed by Naperville Exterior out of Naperville, IL, shows the before and after of a natural cedar shake roof being replaced with a lifetime roof by DaVinci Roofscapes. Bellaforté Shake, in the Tahoe Blend, is long lasting, durable, and will retain is texture and color (unlike natural cedar shake!) so the likelihood of this homeowner ever needing a new roof again is pretty low. Thank you for sharing the project with us Naperville Exterior! 

Naperville Exterior
630-254-4831

     

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Featured Project - Hayden, ID

Synthetic Shake

Cedar shakes are a traditional look in the west, for both roofing and siding. In recent years, the use of natural cedar shakes has gone down due to availability and performance issues. In neighborhoods with a lot of trees, the shift towards a polymer cedar shake roof makes sense given the surroundings. Polymer shake roofs, like Bellaforté Shake featured here, are fire and impact resistant, harmonize with the natural surroundings, and won't grow mold or algae. 

This project was shared to us by Granite Roofing in Radthdrum, ID. I like these photos because they show the Bellaforté Shake used as both the roofing material as well as the siding on the dormers. These homeowners will appreciate many years of maintenance free shakes. Thank you for sharing this project with us Granite Roofing!

Granite Roofing
208-687-4277

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Featured Project - Omaha, NE

Synthetic Shake

Bellaforté Shake has made a name for itself in Omaha, as a good looking and environmentally friendly replacement of it's natural counterpart. Cedar roofing, though authentic to many homes in the area, has lost popularity over the years due it it's inability to stand up to wind and hail events. Using polymer shake products, instead of natural cedar shake, can have a tremendous positive environmental impact. In storm prone areas, like Omaha, hail and wind events happen often enough that homeowners often don't have to wait too long for a storm that will require them to get their old roof torn off an a new one put on. People have grown accustomed to putting on a new roof every few years, but unfortunately most of the old products are not recycled (or even recyclable), thus sending them to the landfill.

A new Bellaforté Shake roof by DaVinci Roofscapes, offers the look of authentic cedar shakes, but comes with a Class 4 Impact Rating and a 110 mph wind rating. This means that in the event of a storm, it is less likely your roof will be damaged and needing to be replaced.

This project was sent our way by Rich Poisel's Roofing out of Omaha. It has Bellaforté Shake in the Mountain Blend installed prominently on a mansard roof. Thank you for sharing this project with us Rich Poisel's Roofing!

Rich Poisel’s Roofing
402-339-3491

 

 

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Custom Green DaVinci Roof

A big home deserves a big, beautiful roof. That's just what Linda Mellijor needed for her spacious 14,000-square-foot home in Lake Forest, Illinois.

"I hated the old wood roof I had previously," says Mellijor. "The original roof was installed in 2002 and it was a maintenance hassle."

When Mellijor finally decided to "take the big plunge" and replace the roof on her French Tudor style home, she contacted Cedar Roofing Company for assistance.

Custom Slate Roof

"This roofing company has served me well for 10 years," says Mellijor. "They worked with me to find our DaVinci Single-Width Slate roof. Then they took it a step further to help us capture the exact shade of green we wanted on our designer roof. The custom blend looks stunning."

What motivated Mellijor to make the decision to invest in a DaVinci synthetic slate roof? The idea of having a long-lasting, maintenance-free luxury roof overhead that would eliminate the hassles of long-term upkeep.

"I like this DaVinci roof more every day," says Mellijor. "People just stop to look at it. The neighbors like it and we feel it really complements our home design.

"This is a roof that I would absolutely recommend to friends and family. The combination of its reliability, durability and visual appeal has truly won me over." 

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What Would Your Friends Say About a New Lifetime Roof From DaVinci Roofscapes? They'd be impressed! Go ahead and hear from more DaVinci converts at Listening to What Homeowners Say About DaVinci Roofscapes.

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Star of the Show

In every major movie, there's a star. After all, what would Casablanca be without Bogart and Bacall? Or Gone with the Wind without Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable?

It's the same with a house. There's always something that truly sets a house apart. For Jason Taylor, his expansive new Bellaforté Slate roof is the star of the show.

The Slate Gray imitation slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes covers his sprawling Texas home and perfectly accents its brick exterior. "The view of this roof from afar is eye catching," says Taylor. "The roof looks great and I've noticed houses in our area that seem to have followed our lead by having similar roofs installed."

Taylor had his home re-roofed by HUF Construction in 2016. "HUF Construction was very easy to work with on our roofing project," says Taylor. "They did a great job with the installation and I would highly recommend them to others.

"If a family member was looking for a roofer I'd recommend HUF Construction, and the DaVinci roof. I'd tell that that it looks great and has held up very well to high winds and heavy rain."

The Bellaforté Slate synthetic slate roofing selected by Taylor features leading edge tabs to secure every tile, drastically helping improve wind performance. The snap-fit tile creates a built-in rain gutter while the self-aligning ledge helps reduce installation time and assures consistent installation.

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The 12" wide fake slate roofing tiles are 1/2" thick --- twice the thickness of most other synthetic slates. Made of virgin polymers to assure product consistency, synthetic slate and shake tiles from DaVinci are embedded with state-of-the-art UV and color stabilizers for color fade resistance. Each roofing tile resists curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects.

For more polymer roofing projects featuring Bellaforté tiles, see  DaVinci Roofscapes' Bellaforté - Your Perfect Partner in Beautifying Your Home's Roof.

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Featured Project - Denver, CO

In the last couple of years, many homeowners have come to the realization that the products they once used on the exterior of their homes, just aren't feasible anymore. In the case of natural cedar shake, many communities, and even entire states, have outlawed them due to them being a fire hazard. With fire hazard probably being the #1 reason folks in the West are looking for alternatives, the fact that they aren't impact resistant, don't hold up well in climates with a lot of freeze/thaw, and have all sorts of problems due to mold and algae growth, are all also factors. 
 
The owners of this house tore off their cedar shakes and had Excel Roofing, also out of Denver, install a new Bellaforté Shake tile roof in the Tahoe blend. They also installed pad style snow guards, as our installation instructions recommend in high snow areas like Denver, in order to protect their walkways, gutters, and shrubbery from sliding snow this winter. Thank you for sharing these photos with us, Excel! 

Excel Roofing
303-761-6400
www.excelroofing.com    

 

 

 

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Featured Project - Plano, TX

Earlier this year, I featured a project installed by SPC Construction & Roofing in Plano, Texas with the message being (basically) - Hey! Folks in Texas! When you replace your roof next it should be with an impact resistant roof product!  So maybe it wasn't that simply put, but with the high likelihood of future hail events in your state, paired with the discounts you can possibly receive on your homeowner's insurance premiums, looking into something that can last during a hail storm is definitely something to consider.

These photos were sent in to us from a loyal DaVinci Roofscapes installer, SPC Construction & Roofing. The product used here was Bellaforté Slate in the Slate Black color blend. Thank you for sharing these photos with us, SPC!   

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

 

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Aloha! $5.2 Million Maui Home Boasts DaVinci Roofscapes

Believe it or not, life in paradise has its down side. If you're a homeowner, the constant salt air, strong winds and sea spray can all play havoc with your home. Those coastal elements make selecting low maintenance exterior products a critical decision for oceanfront residents.

"Ten years ago we had to replace the granular bitumen coated steel tile roof on our Maui home," says Robin Vivian. "Because we're so close to the ocean, the steel roof had major corrosion resulting in perforation in many spots. (see picture to the right)

"We needed an aesthetically-appealing roof that would stand up to Mother Nature. We followed the recommendation of someone who knew about DaVinci Roofscapes and we've been exceptionally pleased with the results. We've never had to worry about the roof and it looks as good today as when it was installed a decade ago."

Vivian's seven-bedroom, five-bath home in Maui (plus an Ohana cottage with three bedrooms and two bathrooms) is currently on the market. The 30-year-old home features 25 solar panels on the roof that fully power the property plus two solar hot water panels on the garage portion of the roof. More than 5,800 square feet of living space enjoy oceanfront views plus access to a swimming pool.

According to Rhonda Smith-Sanchez, the realtor tasked with listing the picturesque Vivian property, having a DaVinci roof is a key selling point for the home.

"Outside of the 280-degree premiere ocean view this property frames, the roof could be the next most valuable item a buyer considers," says Smith-Sanchez with Coldwell Banker Maui. "This roof looks fantastic after 10 years of service. It's strong and exudes confidence to a buyer when making a major purchase such as this. Buyers don't want to be faced with --- or even have the slightest concern --- that a major reroofing project may be needed in the next five years."

Smith-Sanchez promotes the Vivian home as being designed with salt-resistant materials to capture the "ease of lifestyle" that people in Hawaii wish to achieve. "All homes along our shore line on Maui have to consider using products that can endure salt, wind and sun --- lots of sun," says Smith-Sanchez. "Stucco seems to be used the most prominently for exteriors with the next option being stucco with teak exposed beams.

"I make a point of educating buyers who may not be familiar with the Vivian's composite multi-width slate roof about its benefits. The DaVinci roof is truly a common-sense roof for our geographic area that looks beautiful while also providing exceptional features."

 

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(Above Left: Original DaVinci Install 10 years ago, Above Right: DaVinci Install Today)

 

You don't have to live in Hawaii to appreciate the benefits of manufactured slate and composite shake roofing systems. Learn how DaVinci products stand up to Mother Nature at Swapping Out: Choosing Synthetic Slate Tiles Over Real Slate Roof

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Colorful Vineyard Multi-Width Slate Roof Accents Maine Home

When Holly Fanjoy comes up with a "honey do project list" for her husband, she's confident the tasks will get completed. Why? Because Rob Fanjoy used to be a contractor, and he loves to tackle projects at their Maine home.

synthetic slateAfter moving into their house several years ago, a project both Holly and Rob agreed should be added to "the list" was a new roof. The old asphalt shingle roof overhead was failing badly and most likely wouldn't make it through another Maine winter.

Based on his industry knowledge, Rob chose a composite slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes and decided to install it himself.

“I’m a big supporter of man-made products that replicate Mother Nature but offer more long-term benefits than natural products,” says Fanjoy. “When researching our roofing options, we determined that the DaVinci synthetic tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling. And, they’re backed by a long term warranty that we can really depend on.”

Looking for a strong visual interest to accent the home, he and his wife selected the multi-width slate Vineyard blend, a combination of eight roofing colors that include dark and medium tan, light and medium gray, dark stone, light and dark violet, and dark amber.

synthetic slateAccording to Fanjoy, his first installation of synthetic slate tiles went extremely well. “I very much prefer working with these polymer tiles since they’re cleaner to handle and easier on your hands than asphalt shingles," says Fanjoy. "No dirty grit to scrape your knuckles or tar melting and sticking to everything. Cutting and nailing these synthetic tiles was also simple. A sharp utility knife and standard nail gun was all that was needed for this project.

 “Overall, I think from start-to-finish that this job went smoothly. We made the right decision and investment with this polymer roof, plus it gave me the opportunity to expand my installation experience. I’ve already recommended the DaVinci product to my neighbors and others who are considering new roofs.”

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Featured Project of the Year - HUF Construction

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

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

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

 

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Featured Project of the Year - Sparrow Exteriors

Throughout the year, as contractors register their jobs, we are presented with so many good projects that we're excited to feature on our blog. What makes a project blog-worthy? Well, not only does it look amazing, but it comes from loyal contractors who are eager to provide DaVinci Roofscapes with feedback, awesome photography, and stories about how working with our polymer roof tiles impacts their business.

For the third year running, we have asked our loyal contractors to submit projects they believe should be chosen for Featured Project of the Year. Among other prizes at stake, the big opportunity is to have a banner featuring the contractor and the project displayed in our booth at the 2017 International Roofing Expo which starts tomorrow in Las Vegas! So, without further adieu, is the first of the three winners chosen as part of the 2016 Featured Project of the Year.

This project was installed by Sparrow Exteriors out of Woodstock, Georgia. Sparrow sent us this video as their submission, which detailed the tear off of an old shake roof in Rosewell, Georgia, and a replacement with a Bellaforté Shake roof. We loved the story the video told which showed a total transformation of the exterior of this home. Check it out and see for yourself!

 

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If you are headed out to the International Roofing Expo, DaVinci will be in booth #​2245. The show starts tomorrow, Wednesday, March 1, and runs until Friday, March 3. We will be featuring this project, along with the other two winners in our booth. Hope to see you there!
 
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Top Five DaVinci Reroofing Projects of 2016

Project #1: Matching Roofs on House and Shed

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

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

Dave Schwab

 

Project #2: Coastal Retreat

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

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

Robbin Torrey

                                               

Project #3: Energy-Efficient EcoBlend Roof

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

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

Ray Hines

 

Project #4: Synthetic Slate On Stylish Home

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

Synthetic Slate Roof

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

Jason Taylor

 

Project #5: Rebuilding After a Fire

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

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

Ron Matthews

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Close Down the Insect Buffet

What's for lunch? If you're a termite or insect in the vicinity of a real cedar shake roof, a bountiful buffet awaits you!

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While homeowners may like the "charm" of having a real cedar roof on their homes, these roofs come with many challenges. Cracking. Splitting. Growth of moss and algae. Fading. Shrinking. Curling. And, worst of all for some homeowners --- mold and insect infestations.

 

"I wanted something that looked like real wood shakes but performed better," says homeowner Thomas Meyers of Prior Lake, Minn. "I was tired of our older wood shakes deteriorating with different weather conditions. Plus, mold would accumulate on the wood shakes and the shakes were fading. Overall, dealing with this roof was a huge headache.

"After doing research on DaVinci Roofscapes and discussing the product with our contractor, we decided our best option was the Bellaforté Shake product that resists impact, wind, algae and mold."

Meyers isn't alone in his search for a "better" cedar shake. After severe hail damaged all 35 condo roofs at the Catawba Shores lakeside community, the homeowners association vowed not to let costly storm damage impact their homes again.

polymer shake“The hail damage caught us by surprise," says Jim Packard, president of the Catawba Shores Homeowners Association in Port Clinton, Ohio. "But we quickly learned that real wood shakes just don’t hold up against Mother Nature. The damage was so bad that our insurance company subsidized the cost of all the replacement roofs.”

After researching the community’s options, the Catawba Shores community committed to the man-made Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles and never looked back. Now on the community for five years, the synthetic shakes look as good as the day they were installed --- and there are no free lunches up on the roof for termites!

For more on the Catawba Shores project, see A New Roof ... Times 35 and Why You Should Care that DaVinci Polymer Roofs are Used on Condo Communities.

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Easy Living Lifestyle

In the Chestatee community (a golf and lake neighborhood in Dawsonville,Georgia) just north of metro Atlanta, custom homes are designed and constructed specifically to create an "ease of living" lifestyle.

fake cedar shakeFor homeowners Dave and Karen Compretta (and Edie Nichols, Karen’s mother who has an English cottage on the property), they wanted that easy lifestyle to start at the roof and go all the way down their home façade. That's why they selected manufactured stone for their home exterior along with composite shake siding accents. And, for their roof, they chose authentic shake shingles from DaVinci Roofscapes. (See also Bellaforté Shake Shingles = Peace of Mind)

"Basically, we're done with outside maintenance on our home," says homeowner Dave Compretta. "There's a lifetime limited warranty on this roof ... and we expect it to well outlast our lifetime! Let the grandkids deal with the warranty someday in the future. Right now, we're enjoying our no-maintenance style of living!"

Constructed in mid-2016, the Arts-and-Crafts style home the Comprettas moved into was roofed by Braswell Construction. Originally the subdivision leadership restricted roofing materials to natural cedar or pine shakes ... until they saw the genuine-looking polymer shakes from DaVinci.

"This product sold itself," says Compretta. "We knew the cost would be slightly higher, but with no maintenance (and, in our opinion this actually looks better than real wood shakes), it was a no brainer."

The Comprettas are so pleased with their new roof that they invite others in the neighborhood and north Georgia to visit and see the roofing product up close. According to the Comprettas, "We're confident that when people see our home with mother's in-law cottage and then understand the long-term benefits of the DaVinci roof, they'll make the smart decision to invest in a similar roof for their lifetime of easy living!"

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Custom Home Deserves Custom DaVinci Roof

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Featured Project - Plano, TX

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Tick Tock: Real Cedar Shingles Wear Out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Think About Luxury Homes with DaVinci Roofs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Featured Project - Des Moines, IA

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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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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