Red Roofs Popular on Spanish Mission Style Homes

Back in the early 1900s the American movie industry first started glamorizing eclectic Spanish architectural styles. Since that time homeowners across America have gravitated to the Hollywood versions of Spanish Mission style homes.

Designer RoofKnown for their strong Latin influence, older Spanish-style homes were generally built with thick stucco walls and clay tile roofs.

"Toned down and neutral colors reminiscent of sand, wood and clay work well on this style of home," says Kate Smith, chief color maven at Sensational Color. "The exception is the roof. These homes boast warm red tile roofs or orangey combinations of faux slate roofs. The terracotta and clay color shades in the Sonora blend of composite roofing colors from DaVinci Roofscapes are the perfect accent colors for a Spanish-style home."

To complement the Spanish-style home exterior, Smith recommends in her free e-book, FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior, to start by first selecting the polymer slate roof color and then working down to select other exterior colors.

"A color scheme of a Sonora roof blend of synthetic slate roof shingles looks great with window frames in a milky off-white and a door in a green tea leaf color," says Smith. "Then the exterior can be a lighter version of the door color in a pale grayish-green. This color combination connects with nature and creates a classic Spanish-style home."


Selling Your Home? Start with Curb Appeal!

Designer RoofIf you're selling your home, look outside before focusing on the interior. That's the advice of realtors who say that many home buyers won't even get out of their cars unless they like the way the house looks from the street.

“Today, buyers can be choosy. Overgrown bushes, peeling paint or faded shutters are enough to stop some people from even getting out of the car,” says Joanne Meredith-Nolan, real estate sales agent with Laffey Fine Homes.

DaVinci Roofscapes. Offered in 50 standard colors and a multitude of color blends, these hardworking composite roofing products are impact- and fire- resistant and are backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

Working your way down the home, make sure the siding, shutters and trim are in very good shape, making these upgrades before putting your house on the market.

“No buyer wants to look at a home and think that the first thing he or she will have to do is paint, or replace rotting wood trim or deteriorating cedar shakes,” says Meredith-Nolan. “Low-maintenance products like vinyl or fiber cement siding, polyurethane trim pieces and polymer roofing all look great and have salability that can be passed on to buyers who don't want the hassles of long-term maintenance.”

Check out 20 Sure Fire Ways To Create Curb Appeal for more curb appeal tips!


Colorful Ranch-Style Homes

Known for their long and low architectural style, Ranch homes can be sprawling masterpieces just waiting for the right colors to showcase their design. Kate Smith, chief color maven with Sensational Color, recommends starting with the roof tiles to add color to these sometimes rectangular-shaped homes.

"The roofing systems really dominate most L-, U- or asymmetrical Ranch-style homes," says Smith. "That means a homeowner has a large palette just waiting for color. Multiple colors combined in a composite slate or synthetic shake roofing blend, like those I've seen from DaVinci Roofscapes, can help set the overall color tone for a Ranch home."

Because many older Ranch homes are made of brick, Smith recommends identifying the colorcast of a brick exterior before deciding on the color for the roof. (See Try "Top Down" Approach to Unify a Home's Exterior for more hints!)

Fake Slate

"If a home has brick siding, that's really a fixed feature to play off of," says Smith. "A classic red brick works well with Black simulated slate roofing, while bricks with brown tones can be accented strongly by Brownstone blend of imitation slate tiles. For bricks that have a more grayish tint, a Slate Gray blend composite shake roof would be ideal. The same considerations should be taken if you have a walkway or pavement in these colors."

Working down from the top of the home, Smith suggests that, since there are usually an abundance of windows in one-level Ranch homes, that trim around the windows and shutters are the opportunity to add color to the exterior. "A mid-tone from the main color, like a deep green or harbor brown, can help windows pop," says Smith. "Generally shutters that are as dark (or darker) than the roof color will also move the eye vertically upward, making a single-story home feel taller."

Smith notes that for many Ranch-style homes the front door does not really stand out. To draw attention to the door, consider adding a contrasting color that fits with the overall color scheme. "This is a great time to paint a door burnt orange or red velvet," says Smith. "That type of subtle bright color will catch the eye."


When the Winds Blow ...

Al and Pam Ruggirello were away in Europe on vacation when a freak storm hit Traverse City, Michigan --- and their home --- on August 2.

The National Weather Service reports 28 severe weather warnings issued on that day in the area, with winds reaching 100mph. Hail up to four inches in diameter was recorded in one part of the city. Straight-line winds accompanied by severe thunderstorms resulted in thousands of downed trees and power lines.

"Our neighbors called to tell us about the storm and how some shingles had blown off their roof," says Al Ruggirello. "We had just had our DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roof installed earlier this year, so we had confidence that our home would be protected.

DaVinci SlateSlate Roof"We had trees down on the property but our roof held up exactly as I thought it would. Hail, high winds and driving rain didn't impact the composite roof at all.

"I feel that I've made the right choice having the DaVinci roof installed. It not only looks great, it also is doing its job in helping protect our house from the most significant storm this area has ever seen."

Ruggirello isn't the only homeowner to enjoy the benefits of imitation slate roof materials during severe weather. See Homeowner "Lucky" to Have Roof Hail Damage and Hail Bounces Off DaVinci Synthetic Roofs for more homeowner insights!



Adding Color to Lightweight Roofing Tiles on Colonial-Style Homes

Known for their symmetrical design, Colonial-style homes are a blank canvas waiting for color. That's the viewpoint of Kate Smith, chief color maven at Sensational Color.

"Two-, three- and four-color schemes are all possibilities for the exterior of a Colonial-style home," says Smith. "The right number and placement of colors depends on your personal preferences."

Designer RoofSmith, the author of the e-book FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior, encourages homeowners to adopt a "top down" color approach to create an attractive and unified home exterior. (see also Curb Appeal Starts with a DaVinci Tile Roof)

"Colonial-style homes typically have a slate roofs or a fake slate roof," says Smith. "Black or gray are generally associated with this home design, but you can find some blends of these colors if you work with a polymer roofing company like DaVinci Roofscapes.

"Because the roof of Colonial homes is usually a dark color, that means some 'brightness' is needed for the siding. Many Colonial-style homes are a stark white with accent colors for the trim, door and shutters. The siding can also be a softer cream color, warm gray or shade or beige."

To highlight different features of the home, Smith recommends using a burst of color on the front door of a Colonial-style home. "While black on a door or trim is a timeless, elegant look, many homeowners prefer to add their 'pop of color' on the door by using red, green or blue," says Smith. "Because the front door is usually a main focal point on the facade of a Colonial-style home, this is your chance to truly express your love of color. You can carry through that door color into your landscaping features quite easily."


Hard to Bungle Cedar Shake Roofing Colors on Bungalow Homes

Relaxed and refined, Bungalow-style homes offer a variety of opportunities to welcome color in many ways. According to Kate Smith, chief color maven with Sensational Color, simplicity is the hallmark of Bungalows, but that doesn't mean the colors have to be simple.

Cedar Shake Roofing"Bright colors with contrasting white trim can really add personality to a Bungalow-style home," says Smith. "I've seen fresh color schemes of nocturnal sea complemented by white trim and rich woodgrain doors on these home styles that I love. Because a Bungalow is often a one-story or two-story home with dormer windows, there's lots of ways to play with color."

Smith always recommends working from the "top down" when adding color to a home. And for Bungalows that usually means starting with a cedar shake roof.

"Similar to an Arts and Crafts style home, a Bungalow really looks great with the texture and color of cedar shingles," says Smith. "The color palettes I've seen on composite shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes mimics nature but offers long-term resistance to fading from the sun. This means the color you select is the one you'll enjoy for many years.

"One of my favorite blends of synthetic roofing material colors for a Bungalow home is the DaVinci Autumn blend which has a combination of five shades of cedar colors. Very natural looking to set the home apart in a neighborhood."

Here's another tip from Smith: Think "FRESH" When Selecting Roof Colors


Pet Rocks, Elephants and Scooby-Doo!

Welcome to September ... traditionally a post-summer time of back-to-school activities and the onset of cooler autumn weather.

But, September is also known for some not-so-traditional activities. For example, did you know this is Happy Cat Month, Passion Fruit Month and Fall Hat Month? If that's not creative enough for you, several September dates are also unusual, such as Wonderful Wierdos Day on the 9th, Elephant Appreciation Day on the 22nd and Scooby-Doo Day on the 13th!

At DaVinci Roofscapes we're choosing to focus on another September event --- Shameless Promotion Month!

We quite proudly (and now shamelessly) want you to know that our synthetic shake and composite slate roofing systems are the best in the industry! One reason is because polymer roofing products is all we manufacture, so we're focused on creating the very best luxury roof products that can be made --- right here in America!

Of course, we can't promote ourselves shamelessly for all 30 days of September ... so we'll take time out on the 5th to celebrate Pet Rock Day and then again on the 19th for Talk Like a Pirate Day!



Going Gray, Looking Great!

Gray is beautiful. Whether on the silvery locks of a woman or the unique weathered gray blend on a designer roof, gray is in.

Diana Lewis Jewell, author of the book "Going Gray, Looking Great!" believes that gray is the color that gives women confidence. She also thinks that the "confidence building color" can extend to the home, so we decided to gain her perspective on "going gray" for the home.

Q: How much do you think a personal style can be translated to a home exterior?

A: A sense of personal style gives a woman character, grace and beauty. And, this does translate to a home. A woman's personal touch is always in it, whether on the interior or exterior.

Q: You prefer to refer to gray as "silver" ... so tell us about your thoughts of "a touch of silver" on the roof.

A: I see no reason why the roofing tile on a home can't correspond with the silver in your hair. I love the range of silver shades offered by DaVinci Roofscapes. Gray hair comes in so many shades .. and I see this reflected in the many shades of silver offered by DaVinci for the roof too! As we know, silver hair is sexy, gorgeous and strong ... now I see you can get those same qualities in a designer roof!

Q: What type of attitude does a person have who has accepted and embraced their gray hair?

A: The person who has gray hair has to be open to life ... to change ... and to accepting whatever stage of gray they're in. You know, silvery gray is now a trend among the very young, too. And while they have to bleach out their hair to achieve silver streaks, some folks get it naturally!

Q: Is gray a passing fad?

A: Absolutely not. We have more than 10,000 women subscribers at our site These are returning fans of silver/gray hair ... and I've got to believe that their love of gray translates to other areas in their lives, such as color accents for the home, silver jewelry and yes, even roofs!



Colorful Roofs of France

Slate Tile RoofIf you travel to France, forget about the tastes, smells and sights ... instead, look up at the colorful tile roofs!

Old ceramic and slate tiles in France are a patchwork of color. From unique turrets with bright and bold zig-zag patterns to the famous kaleidoscope roof on the Hotel-Dieu in Beaune, France is a spectacular site for roof lovers. Even the older well-worn designer roofs with their faded concrete and cement tiles have a charming appeal in France.

If you'd like to incorporate some of that charm and color into your own luxury roof, contact us at DaVinci Roofscapes. We now offer 50 standard colors for our synthetic shake and simulated slate roofing. And, the really good news is that the colors are manufactured throughout each piece, so you don't have to worry about fading over time from the sun's powerful rays.

Need help deciding on the best polymer roofing color combination for your home? Then click HERE to download our free FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home exterior e-book ... or visit our Color Designer tool online to create a unique color blend of composite roofing that's perfect for your home!

Don't see a color you love out of our 50? Then check out 3 Reasons A Custom Color Could Be The Best Choice For Your Project and come up with your very own color of roof tiles for your roof!


Contest Winner Uses Color to Shake Up Home Exterior

Just look how color and dedication can transform a home!

Shake it Up Contest Winner

Rachel Delgado, winner of the 2015 Shake it Up Exterior Color Contest sponsored by DaVinci Roofscapes (see Virginia Homeowner Wins $2,500 in National DaVinci Roofscapes “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest) has already put her winnings to good use. She invested her $2,500 cash grand prize from the contest to change the exterior of her home.

In her entry, Delgado said she has always dreamed of having her home painted a bright barn red. Now she's made her dream come true!

"It's done (for now)!" says Delgado. "We hope to top it off with a new roof next year, but we've already shaken it up with color. It really came a long way and we couldn't have done it without you! Thank you so much!"

When she's ready to add her new roof, DaVinci will be here to help. Kate Smith, chief color maven with Sensational Color and a judge in the contest, suggested that Delgado use a Tahoe blend polymer shake DaVinci roof to complement her chosen barn red exterior.

"I want to shake up my home by going with an urban farm/rustic chic theme," says Delgado. "Our first priority was to purchase the red paint color recommended as part of the artist rendering to help transform the home exterior. After that we focused on the new porch. Finally, the wish list will be complete in a few years when we can top off our 'new' home with the recommended DaVinci roof!"

Delgando Porch


Are You Happy?

August is such a happy month. Maybe it's because of summer vacations or the last weeks of relaxation before school starts, but August has been designated "Admit You're Happy Month" AND "Happiness Happens Month." We know for sure that singer Pharrell Williams is indeed happy, even if he's singing "Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof."

polymer roof tilesAt DaVinci Roofscapes, we can't imagine being happy without a designer roof overhead made of our composite slate or synthetic shake! And because we want to make our customers happy, we're pleased to offer our limited lifetime warranty on our lightweight roofing materials.

Something else that we know makes people happy is the Class A Fire Rating on our composite roofing products. This means that whether you live in wildfire-prone areas of the West or sparks from your neighbor's fire pit travel to your DaVinci roof, you have no worries. And, because our sustainable roofing product is also impact resistant, you won't need to be concerned with roof hail damage.

Worry-Free DaVinci Roofs can also mean happy times for the environment. Our eco-friendly roofs help with Green Roof Construction that helps save on natural resources. So, go ahead and think about a new roof for your home ... because once you invest in DaVinci polymer roofing you'll also qualify to wholeheartedly participate in another August celebration ... National Smile Week from August 10-15!


HOA Selects Polymer Roofing

Kansas residents are no strangers to severe weather. Located in Tornado Alley, most homeowners understand that their state is subject to unusually strong weather during the course of the year. That's why many people, like the residents of Harbor Isle I, seek out durable building products to help protect their homes and families.

Lifetime Warranty"When constructed about 18 years ago, our community had wood shake and cement tiles used for roofing," says Dee Manning, president of the Harbor Isle I homeowner association of 59 homes. "As the years went on, the wood shakes were wearing out and, at the same time, they became harder to get insured. We wanted an alternative that was realistic looking but lightweight enough to be installed over the existing roof trusses of the homes in our community.

"We did our research and DaVinci Roofscapes offered the most realistic alternative to natural cedar shakes. Our community started offering DaVinci products three years ago as an option for homeowners looking for replacement roofing. After the microburst in April, that interest level quickly accelerated and now there are at least 10 homes ready to commit to the DaVinci polymer tiles to replace their destroyed cement tile roofs."

Made of 100 percent recyclable virgin resins, DaVinci synthetic shake shingles and imitation slate shingles are engineered to resist fire, impact, insects and algae. The company's products are Class A Rated for fire retardance, have achieved a Class 4 impact rating and passed the TAS-100 certification test for wind driven rain. The durable composite roofing products have also passed the maximum of 110mph in the ASTM D 3161 Standard for straight line winds and achieved very high design pressures in TAS-125, a test to demonstrate wind uplifts and acceptability to be installed in High Velocity Hurricane Zones.

See also Invest in Your Roof for smart ideas on having green roofing materials on your home!


Polymer Roofing Stands Up to Microburst

The morning of April 2, 2015 started out clear and sunny for residents at the Harbor Isle community in Wichita, Kansas. By evening, a powerful microburst with winds reaching up to 100mph destroyed a bulk of the roofs in the subdivision --- except the DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing installed by Heiland Roofing.

Composite Slate RoofAccording to homeowner Paul Dugan, concrete tiles littered the entire Harbor Isle community after the storm.

"Concrete roof tiles were thrown through neighbor's windows, into vehicles parked along the streets and in driveways," says Dugan. "Every home with a concrete tile roof was missing large sections while a couple of the homes that had been recently re-roofed by Heiland Roofing with DaVinci shake roofing tiles has every single tile in place and no visible damage to the property. I was very impressed and called Heiland Roofing the next morning.

"I now have a DaVinci Bellaforté Slate roof that looks exactly the same as the concrete tile roof but has the highest impact resistance in the industry. The impressive interlocking system allows for installation with securing the tile in all four corners so we're not going to worry about tiles peeling back and blowing away in future storms."

For more details about Heiland Roofing and their installation of green roofing options, see Featured Project of the Year - Heiland Roofing & Exteriors.


Tour de Roofs

Thousands of cyclists are currently spending 21 days pedaling their way through France as part of the Tour de France. Unfortunately they're mostly looking straight ahead and concentrating on their route. What a shame.

If these dedicated cyclists looked up, they'd be in for quite a treat.

During my recent trip to France I had the opportunity see some truly beautiful roofs. While my fellow travelers were oohing and aahing over the countryside, my camera was pointed upwards at these incredibly historic roofs.

My favorite was the very colorful designer roof at Hotel-Dieu in Beaune. Founded in 1443, this structure was actually built as a hospital. The medieval jewel boasts geometric, multi-colored Burgundian roof tiles. It reminded me so much of the custom color capabilities available from DaVinci Roofscapes that I could easily imagine replicating the roof in the United States!


More sedate roofs also caught my attention in France. Everywhere you turned there were turrets and structures covered mostly with old clay tiles. Slate roofs are also popular in France, as are concrete spires that top structures such as the impressive Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) in Avignon. Constructed in 1309, there are ten towers in the fortress that spans more than 148,000 square feet!


For a vacation trip with lots of roof-appeal, I've got to say, Vive la France!


Your Fortune: Is a New Designer Roof in Your Future?

Polymer RoofYou don't have to be a dummy to celebrate National Ventriloquism Week from July 15-18! Let us also remember that July is National Lettuce Month ... along with being the national month of honor for hot dogs, ice cream and blueberries. There are also specialty days dedicated to chocolate, French fries and lasagna in July, so get ready for culinary treats!

As you settle into summertime festivities, don't forget to take time to gaze up at your roof. Actually, July 2nd, which is "I Forgot Day" would be a good time to remember that your roof needs a visual "check up" every so often.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we like to have fun with the many specialty days available each month. So, we offer a bit tongue-in-cheek that since July 27th is "Walk on Stilts Day" we want to remind you not to try this as a way to inspect your roof! Instead, use a secure ladder or hire a professional roofer to evaluate your roof.

Finally, if you celebrate "Fortune Cookie Day" on July 20th and the tiny slip of paper reads "put a new roof over your head," then we welcome you to check out the many polymer roofing options available from DaVinci!


Rob Capkovic

Two key words describe roofer Rob Capkovic: Passionate and Busy.

Longtime contractor, Rob is owner of Capkovic Brothers Roofing, Inc. out of St. Louis. Started in 2002, his company employs 10 roofers who are in constant motion installing roofs throughout the metro St. Louis area.

"Repairing roof hail damage keeps us very busy throughout the year," says Capkovic. "We're also busy with normal replacement projects and we're absolutely passionate about bringing the industry's leading products to our customers at compelling value."

Fake ShakeOne of the roofing products Capkovic feels strongly about is polymer roofing from DaVinci. "The composite roofing from DaVinci looks beautiful and holds up to so many different kinds of weather conditions," says Capkovic. "We've done almost a dozen roofs on homes plus a country club and a church --- they all have imitation slate shingles on them.

"We've found the DaVinci lightweight roofing tiles are very 'installer friendly.' Most recently we've been involved with the roofing of a spectacular new home in the Turkey Ridge community. The homeowners first had us install the synthetic shake product on a pavilion on their property and then we roofed their new home with composite shake. These folks made the right decision with DaVinci --- it's a product that adds curb appeal to the home with a terrific lifetime limited materials warranty."

For more contractor insights on lightweight roofing materials, see Profile: Turner Morris Roof Systems


Huff and Puff ... and DON'T Blow Composite Roofing Away

June 12th is World Wind Day ... but if you happen to live in certain sections of Wichita, Kansas, you would have sworn they should have celebrated this occasion on April 3rd.

That's the day when severe winds reaching up to 100 mph roared through neighborhoods causing massive damage. One of those areas hard hit was The Moorings community. Dozens of homes with concrete tile roofing materials were completely destroyed.

Technical InformationThen there were the homes with DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing products that minimal or no damage at all. Why? Because our composite roofing materials are manufactured to stand up to Mother Nature.

DaVinci synthetic roofing materials have passed the following tests:

  • Class 4 Impact Rating (UL 2218 Impact)
  • Class A Fire Rating (Fire Test ASTM E 108)
  • 110 MPH Sustained wind test (ASTM D3161 - same as UL 997 Wind Uplift)
  • TAS-100
  • TAS-125


And have achieved the following:

  • Miami Dade Code Approval
  • Florida Building Code Approval
  • ICC-ES (ESR-2119)
  • Texas Department of Insurance Approval


What does all of this mean? It means our products have achieved top approvals and ratings to help keep your property (and what's under the roof) safe. Please review the testing results for our Slate and Shake as well as Bellaforté products for details on each test passed and approval received.

Having a DaVinci roof overhead means you've gone the extra mile to increase the odds that your home or business will be there after severe weather has passed. Find out more about our impressive lightweight roofing systems at DaVinci Roof Tiles: Engineered to Withstand Hurricane Force Winds.


Roofer Endorses DaVinci Roofscapes

Beauty, authenticity and impact-resistance. Those are the three top features that have most helped roofer Mike Heiland sell DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing to his customers for almost a dozen years.

"Purchasing DaVinci's composite roofing over natural slate roof tiles or cedar shake roofing is a no brainer," says Heiland, president of Heiland Roofing and Exteriors in Wichita, Kansas. "The look and durability of these imitation slate and synthetic shake shingles is simply incredible. Plus, we save time and money on the jobsite for the homeowner by installing these sustainable roofing tiles."

A longtime contractor, Heiland and his team install approximately 10 DaVinci roofs each year.

"These products are very installer friendly," says Heiland. "They're lightweight, easy to cut and walk on. We mostly do reroofing of residential properties, but we're definitely seeing an uptick in commercial projects, like banks and office buildings. The trend now is that we're seeing more architects specify DaVinci right on their plans.

"For our geographic area --- and any part of the country that can get severe weather --- the impact resistancy of the DaVinci products is a tremendous asset," says Heiland. "Hail simply bounces off these composite shake and synthetic slate roofs.

"I believe in the product so much that I put a DaVinci Multi-Width Shake designer roof on my own home to help protect my investment!"


Superman, Seed Spitting and Sun Safety

National Bathroom Reading Month. Superman Week. Moonshine Day. June is filled with silly celebrations. There's Ugliest Dog Day on the 20th, Watermelon Seed Spitting Week at the end of the month, and even World Bike Naked Day on the 13th!

However, if you want to get serious about June, then you should consider June 1st marks the start of Hurricane Season 2015, June 7-12 is National Sun Safety Week and the entire month is dedicated to disaster preparedness. Those are three aspects of June that we pay special attention to at DaVinci Roofscapes ... and with good reason.

Our Class A Fire Rated polymer roofing tiles are ideal for homes and businesses that may be in drought-stricken areas prone to wildfires. The Class A Fire Rating we have achieved means that our composite roofing tiles resist fire spread, so even if a burning ember lands on a DaVinci designer roof, it will not result in the spread of the fire. Watch our simulated burn test video here.

Hurricanes also bring their own form of nasty weather. While flooding is a primary concern when a hurricane latches onto an area, high winds and blowing items can also do major damage. Again, DaVinci synthetic roofing material can handle these concerns. Rated to resist high winds (ASTM D3161), our imitation slate and composite shake roofing tiles also resist impact (Class 4 Impact Rating) --- whether from falling tree limbs or flying lawn furniture. (See Earth, Wind & Fire). View our Simulated Class 4 Impact Test Video here.

Even when the sun is shining, there's concern of ultraviolet exposure to people and homes, which is a focus of National Sun Safety Week. The good news is that DaVinci composite roofing tiles are manufactured from a proprietary engineered polymer that includes multiple virgin resins, organic fire retardant, state-of-the-art color and UV stabilizers and inorganic pigments that are safe for the environment. These UV stabilizers are what helps our polymer roof tiles resist fading --- even after decades of intense daily sun exposure.

During June, go ahead and have some fun celebrating World Juggling Day on the 13th or National Chocolate Ice Cream Day on the 7th ... but also remember to get serious about preparing your home and family for anything Mother Nature throws your way.


Lumpy Rugs, Pickles and Smiles!

While May often signals the pre-launch of summer activities, it's also a time to focus on some important things ... like Better Sleep Month, National Family Week and Memorial Day.

If you're not quite ready to get serious, then have some fun celebrating World Belly Dance Day on May 9th, National Lumpy Rug Day on the 3rd and International Pickle Week, which is the third week of May. If these silly activities bring a smile to your face, that's terrific, because May is also National Smile Month!

At DaVinci Roofscapes, one of our favorite designations in May is Breathe Easy Month ... that's because we've found that homeowners investing in polymer roofing do indeed tend to breathe easier once they have an impact- and fire-resistant designer roof overhead.

But, while we believe you'll breathe easier with a composite roofing decision made for your home, you can also take time in May to mark your calendar for these fun and tasty celebrations:

                        May 1 - National Chocolate Parfait Day

                        May 8 - National Coconut Cream Pie Day

                        May 22 - National Vanilla Pudding Day

                        May 26 - National Cherry Dessert Day

If these sweet days make you think of how you'll burn off the calories, don't worry --- May is also National Tennis Month!