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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Featured Project - Pebble Beach, CA

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

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

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

Denison Roofing
831-659-4677

Polymer Slate

 

 

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Synthetic Shake Beats Out Real Shake

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

For Dave and Jeannie Schwab, the effort of cleaning and applying shake oil to their massive cedar shake roof every five years or so eventually wore them down. They loved the look of shake on their home, but hated the maintenance aspects.

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

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

Fake Cedar Shake

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

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

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

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

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Bellaforté Shake Shingles = Peace of Mind

Fire.  A homeowner's worst nightmare.

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

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

Fake Shake
 

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

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

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

"The DaVinci synthetic shake roofing actually looks BETTER than real shake tiles. All of my neighbors were very anxious to see the finished roof and they have nothing but positive comments about it. I believe we'll see many more of these DaVinci roofs in our neighborhood in the coming years."

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

 

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EcoBlend Roof Meets Needs of California Homeowner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"We're glad we listened to our roofer," says Hines. "The team at Denison Roofing did a terrific job and we love the new roof. Many of our neighbors have complemented it and we'd strongly recommend this good-looking, hard-working roofing product!"     

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Featured Project - Newton Square, PA

Customizing your roof can seem like a scary process. What if you can't land on the right color combination, or what if you pick something out and you end up hating it? At DaVinci Roofscapes we try to make the custom color blend process easy (or easier, anyway) by putting a few fail safes in place. If you follow these steps, you'll be putting together your own special blend in no time.

1. Visit the online Color Designer - here you can look at shake colors in slate molds, play with color combinations, and tentatively decide on what direction you want to go. 

2. Call on the advice of one of our Project Specialists. Guess what? They do this for a living, and love it. They will look at pictures of your home and make recommendations on colors and let you know what they have seen work well for others in the past. They will also be able to request you color chips, samples of our standard blends so you can see how we blend our colors, and refer you to a roofing contractor who is familiar with installing our composite slate roof products. 

3. Request Samples - once you have your blend colors and percentages figure out, our Project Specialists will get you samples requested. In fact, this step is a required step in our custom blend order process. This ensures you get plenty of material (up to several bundles) to build a mock up, put outside next to your siding, outdoor fixtures, and landscaping and make sure you love it!

This project was installed by Gillespie Contracting out of Glenmoore, PA. The product is Single-Width Slate in a custom color blend. Also, notice the snow guards which is always something we recommend in areas that are prone to accumulate snow. Thanks for sharing your photos Gillespie Contracting

Gillespie Contracting, Inc
610-942-9877
www.gillespiecontractinginc.com

 

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Synthetic Slate Shingles: Seeing is Believing

Ed Delaney is like many other homeowners. He has an older house (built in the 1930s) and, after a rough winter, his old asphalt roofing shingles were failing.

Faced with a pending roof replacement project, he did what many other homeowners do: he drove around neighborhoods looking at roofs he liked.

"There was a new home being built in Newton and I admired the roof," says Delaney, a Massachusetts resident. "I asked the roofer what was the roofing material and he told me it was DaVinci. Then I contacted DaVinci and asked for other locations to check out in the Boston area. They all looked great."

Polymer Slate

 

Delaney was a bit surprised to find out that an acquaintance locally also had a DaVinci roof, so he went to check it out. "The composite roofing looked like it was brand new, even though it had been installed eight years earlier," says Delaney. "I considered alternative composite slate products, but DaVinci looked the most like real slate so we made the commitment."

That's when Jim Gordon with Twin Metals, Inc. entered the picture. He and his team installed the DaVinci Multi-Width Slate in European-VariBlend in late 2015. To enhance the home exterior, he recommended copper valleys and ridge caps.

"The copper accents add a distinguished look to the roof," says Delaney. "We also liberally used snow guards since we have some nice plantings below our roof line that we wanted to protect.

"The finished roof is really striking. The European color blend is very distinctive and looks like natural slate on my roof. Now we're one of the houses people come to see when they want to gain insights on simulated slate roofing in our area!"

 

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Featured Project - Saffordville, Kansas

If your vacation home is sitting empty for parts of the year, it is important to find the right exterior building products that will stand up to mother nature, as well as not prematurely break down due to the natural cycles of the weather. DaVinci polymer roofing systems are perfect for all types of get away homes, including lake properties. The products look natural, but are strong against damage from wind and hail, are resistant to mold, algae, and moss growth, and are virtually maintenance free. Backed with a Lifetime Limited Warranty these owners likely won't have to replace this roof anytime soon!

This home sits near Lake Kahola in Kansas and recently had Bellaforté Slate in the European Blend installed on it by a loyal DaVinci Roofscapes contractor out of Emporia, Kansas. Thank you Geo. Groh & Sons for the pictures!

Geo. Groh & Sons Roofing
620-342-7576 
www.grohroofing.com

 

          

 

 

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DaVinci Roofing Selected By Maroon Creek Townhome Association

Roofer Dave Spence spends a lot of time up on roofs ... and much of that time he and his team are installing DaVinci Roofscapes sustainable roofing.

Spence, who works for Umbrella Roofing out of Basalt, Colorado, and his crew have just finished up adding DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roofing to 15 town-homes in Aspen. The Maroon Creek Town-home Association decided to replace their worn out real cedar roof shingles in favor of more reliable DaVinci composite shake roofing.

Class A Fire Rating

 

"The original cedar roofing was about 15 years old and had started to dry out, split and cup," says Spence, general manager at Umbrella Roofing. "The homeowners association wanted a more dependable product that would last longer and resist impact, so we recommended DaVinci composite shake roofing.

"A key selling point for this shake alternative roof in our area is its Class A Fire Rating. Wildfires are always a concern here and the DaVinci roofing products bring peace-of-mind to homeowners."

The Autumn blend of synthetic cedar shake the Umbrella Roofing team installed on the town-homes in Aspen complement the exteriors of the large town-homes. "This is a beautiful development that was both fun and challenging for the roof installation," says Spence. "We had to go into the structural end of the roofing trusses to build up blocking so we could do an extensive snow retention system on top of the DaVinci tiles. Due to the amount of snow we get in this area, the units needed both snow fences and snow stops added."

The challenges of high roofs and complicated roofing didn't faze the Umbrella Roofing team.

"We install about 25 to 30 DaVinci roofs each year on single family homes and associations," says Spence. "This is a simulated shake roofing product everyone in our market appreciates for its beauty, authenticity, durability, and especially for its resistancy to fire and impact."

For more insights on Umbrella Roofing projects, click HERE.

**Snow guards should be considered in all geographic areas where accumulating snow fall is possible.**

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Could YOU do it?

Could you be a tiny house dweller and live in just 100 to 400 square feet of space?

Tiny house living is a current movement where people are downsizing their lives to live with less, in less. Some of these homeowners even "take it on the road" as they have their tiny homes on wheels to move with them wherever they like.

What are the advantages of living in a tiny house? According to information from The Tiny Life website, 68% of tiny house people have no mortgages (compared to 29% of all U.S. homeowners). And, it costs an average of just $23,000 for the owner of a tiny house to construct his (or her!) miniature home as compared to a whopping $272,000 average cost for a standard-sized home.

 

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we believe that "home is where your roof is."

Our imitation slate and synthetic shake roofing tiles have graced the homes of both large home complexes and several tiny homes --- and everything in between. (see DaVinci Roofscapes Makes Big Impact on Tiny Houses)

Whether you need to cover just a few square feet over your tiny house, or a few hundred square feet over your regular-sized home, you'll appreciate the many benefits of DaVinci composite roofing. Our maintenance-free roofs are insect-, impact- and fire-resistant, plus they come with a lifetime limited warranty.  That's a big deal --- even for a tiny roof!

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Featured Project - Avon, CO

I imagine when a roofing company like TCC Roofing sits down at the kitchen table with a homeowner and uses the words, "lifetime roof" it might sound too good to be true. Homeowners in Colorado are used to premature roof replacement whether it be from the high winds or hail, or accelerated breakdown of roofing materials due to frequent cycles of freeze-thaw. The cedar shakes on this home were about ready to fall off when TCC Roofing out of Eagle tore them off and replaced them with DaVinci Roofscapes' Multi-Width Slate polymer roof tiles. Multi-Width Slate comes in 5 widths, 12", 10", 9", 7", and 6", and in 12 natural color blends (pictured here Aberdeen Blend). 

TCC Roofing Contractors Inc
970-328-2340
www.tccroofinginc.com

       

                Old Shakes                                                   New DaVinci Polymer Slate

 

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Featured Project - Fontana, WI

Natural slate, while beautiful, comes with its down falls. It is heavy, it is expensive, and it requires a considerable amount of maintenance. Last year we redesigned the molds for our Multi-Width Slate, giving the edges a more quarried look and adding deeper impression lines. The goal was to create an even more authentic quarried slate appearance, so that somebody visiting the home would never be able to tell the tiles on the roof were actually polymer slates. The result has been an exceptionally authentic, thicker look, but with no added weight or change in the performance of the tiles.   

This project was recently installed by Cedar Roofing Company, out of Lake Forest, IL. This high end roofing company has an arsenal full of premium roof products, and has installed dozens luxury roofs by DaVinci Roofscapes over the last few years. Thank you for sending these pictures over, CRC! 

Cedar Roofing Company
847-247-4400
www.cedarroofingcompany.com

  

 

 

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Featured Project - Dawsonville, GA

Ever since we rolled it out, Bellaforté Shake has exceeded expectations with architects, roofing contractors, and homeowners. These lightweight tiles are Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated, 110 mph wind rated and come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. The profile is thick, emulating the rich look of jumbo cedar shakes, and they come in natural color blends. All of these features allow us to fit nicely into areas where natural shakes just aren't a viable choice anymore, whether it due to climate or access to quality cedar products. 

This project, installed by Braswell Construction Group out of Convington, GA, shows the Tahoe Blend on a house with dark blue siding. The combination of the dark on dark is striking and a look that would just not be possible with natural cedar shakes due to color changes as shakes age. The tiles are fade resistant, and the homeowners can remain confident that their largest fixed feature will stay the dark color blend they chose. 

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

 

 

 

 

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Featured Project - Winchester, MA

Some roofs are pretty simple, but some are full of hips, valleys, and dramatic pitch changes. This week's featured project is of the complicated variety, and Twin Metals, out of Billerica, MA, was kind enough to send some aerial photos of a project that they completed last fall in Winchester. 

For this roof, the homeowner's chose DaVinci Roofscapes' Multi-Width Slate polymer roof tiles for the field tiles, but accented the roof with copper hips, ridges, and valleys. I also notice their use of copper snow guards, which is something we always recommend in areas where snow fall is possible. In my opinion, the aerial shot gives the best view. 

Twin Metals, Inc
978-663-2563
www.twinmetals.com

 

 

Snow guards should be considered in all geographic areas where accumulating snow fall is possible.

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A New Roof ... Times 35

Selecting a new roof for your home can seem like a challenging task ... but what about when you're involved in selecting roofs for 35 homes?

That's the scenario Jim Packard found himself in when hail damaged the roofs of all 35 condos in the Catawba Shores community back in 2013. The damage was so bad to the roofs on the homes located on Lake Erie that the insurance company subsidized the cost of replacing all of them.
 
That's the good news. But the community was constructed in 1985 and the homeowners expected to get more "life" out of their real cedar shakes. (See Lakeside Condo Community Relies on Bellaforté Shake Roofing Tile

“The hail damage caught us by surprise," says Packard, president of the Catawba Shores Homeowners Association in Port Clinton, Ohio. "We quickly learned that real wood shakes just don’t hold up against Mother Nature.”

After researching the community’s options and meeting with a contractor from Industrial Tech Construction and a representative a DaVinci Roofscapes, the Catawba Shores community committed to the man-made Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles.

Fake Cedar Shake

 

“We’re all extremely pleased with the authentic appearance of these synthetic shake tiles and how they’ve given a fresh, new look to our condos,” says Packard. “More importantly, we feel we made the right selection with DaVinci since these roofing tiles are impact-, hail-, insect-, algae- and fire-resistant.

"We estimate that we’re saving more than $10,000 per year on the ongoing maintenance costs from our old roof, and we’ve got the peace-of-mind that these roofs will help protect our units from fire and hail."

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Featured Project - Englewood, CO

The Aberdeen Blend is one of our more colorful options in our Multi-Width Slate line. The blend is comprised of 5 individual colors - Dark Gray, Light Brown, Dark Purple, Green Stone, and Dark Stone and 5 widths - 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" and pre-mixed for size and for color before shipping out to the Designer ROofjobsite. The bundles are pre-blended so the blending doesn't have to happen on the ground or driveway of the homeowner during installation. 

This colorful roof was installed by a loyal DaVinci Roofscapes contractor, Advanced Exteriors, out of Denver. Their crews don't shy away from any DaVinci product including Bellaforté Shake , Single-Width Shake, and other colorful blends in the Multi-Width Slate

Interested in shaking up the exterior of your home with a little color? Contact your local contractor, like Advanced Exteriors, for samples, or contact us and we'll be happy to get some information out to you. 

Advanced Exteriors
303-756-7663
www.advancedexteriors.com

 

 

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Featured Project - Chicago, IL

"Can your products be installed over a curve?". This is a question that we get often. The answer (generally) is probably. There are many factors we consider before answering yes or no, including the grade of the curve and the product being used, but apply a little heat to the products and you can likely make them curve around whatever you want. (Click here to read my earlier blog on this topic). 

Apex Exteriors, Inc out of the Chicago area recently installed a cedar shake alternative on this home in Chicago. They used Multi-Width Shake, which is one of the better products to use when you have a curved roof structure. The reason for this is the tiles are 22" long and are cored out in back with a rib structure. The designs of the ribs allow for easier pliability if the product is warmed up a little. The home featured here used the Tahoe Blend and is Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated, Wind Certified to 110 mph, and comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. 

Apex Exteriors
847-531-8960
www.apexext.com

 

 

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Featured Project - Fort Worth, TX

Dynasty Roofing, out of Fort Worth, TX, recently tore off and replaced old wood shakes with Bellaforté Shake on a historic home located Edgecliff Village. Polymer shake roof tiles are increasingly used on historic properties, as you can get the look of shakes without all the hassle of routine maintenance, yearly treatment, and early replacement due to wood deterioration or storm damage. Which, according to Dynasty Roofing, is exactly the reason that the homeowners on this project chose Bellaforté Shake on their historic, salt-box style home. It looks amazing!

Dynasty Roofing
817-423-0880
www.dynastyroofing.com

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The Switch: Cedar Roofing to Synthetic Slate Shingles

Challenge: California residents faced losing their homeowner insurance if they didn't replace their deteriorating cedar roof shingles.

Solution: A new roof style with imitation slate shingles that met the needs of the insurance company. Resistant to fire, high winds and severe weather, the DaVinci Roofscapes simulated slate roofing transformed the couple's home.

Polymer Roof TilesHomeowner Insights:

“Our biggest change was that we wanted to move away from the shake roof and move to a slate that we thought fit the style of the house better,” says Dr. Mike Boone, a part-time resident of Cayucos, Calif. “But, we didn’t want the hassle, weight and expense of real slate.

“We wanted a roof with some interest to it, not just one tedious color. Also, we needed a roof color combination that would not show sea salt spray or seagull poop. The subtleness of the colors we selected blended well together. We liked the blend of the roof colors so much that they inspired us to select exterior siding and accent colors to complement it."

Boone and his wife Andrea decided to create a custom color blend for the roof of their "Carmel Cottage" style home. They selected a DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roof in a stunning color combination that includes Slate Black and Slate Gray with highlight colors blended in of Light Green and Dark Green. (See Homeowners Create Their Own DaVinci Roofing Color Blends) Now their insurance concerns are a thing of the past and they're enjoying the synthetic slate roofing on their home.

 “Cayucos is a walking town," says Boone. "We get comments on our roof on a daily basis from people strolling by. The roof is a focal point of the house and we are extremely happy with the decisions we made on all the colors and products that make up our ‘new’ older home.”

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Composite Slate a Winner for Texas Homeowner

What a difference the right roofing contractor can make. Just ask homeowner Bruce Granger. After experiencing headaches trying to find the best roofer for his Fort Worth, Texas home, he finally discovered the team at Showtime Exteriors in Mansfield, Texas.

"One of the best aspects of working with Showtime Exteriors is their professionalism," says Granger. "They were eager to make us comfortable and happy with our roofing project from start to finish. The Showtime Exteriors team did a great job on our reroofing project. I'd feel confident in recommending their services to my family and friends."

Fake Slate

 

Granger feels equally satisfied with his decision to invest in synthetic slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes. He selected Bellaforté Slate in a Slate Gray color for his Tudor-style home.

"We love the look of our Bellaforté Slate polymer roof and the incredible Lifetime Limited Materials Warranty that DaVinci Roofscapes provided to us," says Granger. "When we were looking for a roof, we were impressed by the many features of the DaVinci  Roofscapes products, such as the resistance to impact, hail and fire. Now that we have the roof on our home, we're even more impressed that those features come with a roof that looks so good on our house!"

Want to know what other Texas homeowners think of DaVinci lightweight roofing materials? See Historic Texas Home Gets Faux Slate Roof and Featured Project: Irving, Texas!

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