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!"



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






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.**


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!


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


                Old Shakes                                                   New DaVinci Polymer Slate



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





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






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



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


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."


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




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




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

Fake Shake    





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.”


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!


Failing Concrete Roof Leads Homeowner to Composite Slate Roofing

Homeowner Julie Beck knew she had to get a new roof when it started raining inside her attic. Cracked concrete tiles, a poor installation job and overall deterioration of her concrete roof all combined in 2015 to prompt Beck to invest in a new Bellaforté Slate roof.

"We suffered with this failing concrete roof for almost five years," says Beck, a homeowner in Stillwell, Kansas. "I loved the look of the concrete tiles, but problems kept reoccurring. They did not perform well with our freeze/thaw cycles and temperature changes."

Fake SlateWhen Shawn Bellis of Epic Exteriors saw the condition of Beck's roof he knew it was time the family invested in new simulated slate roofing.

"There were broken and cracked concrete tiles throughout the entire roof resulting in multiple leaks," says Bellis. "It's such a beautiful home and the roof is a prominent feature. However it was in very poor condition and gave the homeowners headaches on a daily basis."

Bellis recommended a product he's installed many times before, polymer slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes. The composite roofing material is impervious to freeze-thaw conditions and even with moisture on the tiles, the simulated slate tiles won't absorb water, so there are no chances of cracking or splitting of the tiles.

Following advice from Bellis, Beck and her husband Christopher went to 15 different homes to see the installed product before making their decision. (See Invest in Your Roof)

"Our roof has a strong visual effect on the house plus there's a breezeway that connects to a guest house," says Beck. "I needed to feel completely comfortable that the new faux slate roof would complement our entire home.

"I have zero regrets about selecting the Bellaforté Slate roof. The European-VariBlend of four different shades of grays and purple looks very authentic to natural slate. This roof has given new life to our home and I have peace-of-mind because there's a lifetime limited materials warranty backing up our new roof. We just had three straight days of rain and it's completely dry in our attic. I couldn't be happier!"


Composite Slate Luxury Roofs --- Times Two

Side-by-side homes in Birmingham, Michigan have more than the same contractor in common --- they both have DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate roofs.

Built by Thomas Sebold & Associates and roofed by Butcher and Butcher Construction Company, the homes are both topped with durable composite slate roofing to complement the home designs and help protect them from severe weather conditions. (See Spotlight on: Butcher & Butcher Construction Co)

"We felt good about working with the team at Butcher and Butcher," says homeowner Jay Feldman. "They were patient while we picked out our custom color blend of Castle Grey, Medium Tan and Dark Purple for our designer roof and they did a professional job.

"There are many strong features of our DaVinci roof. The lifetime limited warranty and low maintenance aspects bring us peace-of-mind. Best of all, our roof looks unique and perfectly complements our home's design."

Next door at the home of Feldman's neighbors, Castle Gray Multi-Width imitation slate tiles were installed on his home.

"The authentic natural slate appearance of the DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate tiles was the most important feature in our decision to select this product," says the homeowner. "The product's benefits of resistance to hail and fire, as well as the lightweight aspect of the composite tiles, have added to my overall satisfaction with the DaVinci roofing products."

Fake Slate


Featured Project of the Year - EPIC Exteriors

We're on week three (of four) of blogs showing off the four Featured Projects of the Year leading up to this year's International Roofing Expo (Click HERE to see week one and HERE to see week two). Up this week is a home located in the exclusive city of Mission Hills, Kansas installed by EPIC Exteriors out of Kansas City. This home was one of the first in the area to use our newest color blend, Smokey Gray. Smokey Gray was introduced last year as the 50th color added to our color line, and provides a classic look in the Single-Width Slate. 

This home also has an architectural detail you don't see every day - a turret. At DaVinci Roofscapes we know turrets can be labor intensive, so we offer the option of a custom turret package. With the custom package the contractor sends us the measurements of the turret and we custom cut each piece and create a layout for a more detailed installation guide. 

Come by booth # 1275 at the IRE February 17-19th to see this project, along with the other three winners, featured in our booth! Congratulations EPIC Exteriors! 

EPIC Exteriors



Featured Project of the Year - Butcher and Butcher Construction

These projects are so cool that not only have we already featured it a couple of times....HERE and HERE and HERE, but we chose it as a winner of our 2015 Featured Project of the Year contest. Which basically means that it earns itself another blog, but more importantly will be one of the four projects featured on a banner in the DaVinci Roofscapes booth at the 2016 International Roofing Expo

Two side by side roofs were installed in Birmingham, Michigan by Butcher and Butcher Construction out of Rochester Hills, MI. Both homeowners chose the authentic slate look provided by our Lifetime Roof products, one opting for our standard, Castle Gray blend in Multi-Width Slate, and the other opting to customize a blend in our Multi-Width Slate. 

One of the homeowners, Jay Feldman, chose to customize the colors for his roof, has some wonderful things to say about working with his contractor and DaVinci, "We felt good about working with the team at Butcher and Butcher. They were patient while we picked out our custom color blend of Castle Grey, Medium Tan and Dark Purple for our designer roof and they did a professional job. There are many strong features of our DaVinci roof. The lifetime limited warranty and low maintenance aspects bring us peace-of-mind. Best of all, our roof looks unique and perfectly complements our home's design." 

Stop by Booth #1275 at the IRE February 17-19 to see this project, along with the other 3 winners, displayed in the DaVinci booth. 

Butcher & Butcher Construction





Featured Project of the Year - Showtime 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 second year running we have asked our loyal contractors to submit projects they believe should be chosen as a 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 2016 International Roofing Expo which will be held in Orlando next month. So, without further adieu, is the first of four winners chosen as part of the 2015 Featured Project of the Year. 

This project was installed in Fort Worth, Texas by Showtime Exteriors out of Mansfield, Texas. This steep sloped home features Bellaforté Slate in the Slate Gray color blend. What makes this product perfect for Showtime to offer their customers is its resilience to the weather events common in the area, which sometimes includes high winds and hail. The roof tiles we make come with a Class 4 Impact Rating, 110 mph Wind Rating, are Class A Fire Rated, and come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. In Texas, that could possibly earn you a discount on your homeowners insurance premiums, which is something natural slate or cedar shake can't offer you. 

Come by booth #1275 in Orlando February 17-19th to see this project, along with the three others (features coming soon!), chosen as a Featured Project of the Year. Congratulations Showtime Exteriors!

Showtime Exteriors


Composite Slate Roofing Tops St. Louis Estate

Roof envy.  That's what neighbors have for a stunning DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roof on the estate of a St. Louis homeowner.

Installed by Duration Construction, the custom blend of simulated slate roofing includes 25% Slate Gray, 20% Light Gray, 20% Dark Stone, 20% Green Stone and 15% Dark Purple. The distinctive custom blend was requested by the homeowners to get the exact look they desired.

"One of the unique aspects of working with DaVinci Roofscapes is that people are not locked in to any dictated color choices," says Shawn Wittenberg, president of Duration Construction. "There are 50 colors to choose from and DaVinci can easily create a custom blend like they did for this project. That means our customers are always happy with their roofing choices." (See 3 Reasons A Custom Color Could Be The Best Choice For Your Project)


Designer Roof


For this estate, Wittenberg and his team installed DaVinci slate alternative roofing materials on three structures on the property: the main house including two wings, the pool house and a barn. They replaced a different roof system that was cracking, breaking and had severe color fade issues.

"I've installed more than 40 DaVinci roofs over the years and I'm certain these homeowners will be happy with these synthetic slate shingles," says Wittenberg. "I've found that DaVinci products hold up extremely well compared to all the other brands I've used in the past. Most importantly, I've never had a single call back with any problems with a DaVinci roof.  That speaks volumes for the quality and durability of the product.

"I stick with DaVinci composite roofing products for many reasons. Tops on my list is that it looks amazing, it's easy to install and homeowners have a lifetime warranty on the materials!"