From the Tech Team: Introducing SOLARHIDE

The DaVinci Roofscapes Technical Team is excited to share that we have completed the certification process that will allow us to offer ONE underlayment to achieve a Class A Fire Rating with ALL of our products! Yes, you heard that right! Previously, each product had its own requirements which could be cumbersome and difficult to remember, but just one layer of SOLARHIDE™ will do the trick across all of our product lines!

Class A Fire RatingMade from raw materials, SOLARHIDE is produced with woven and non-woven fabrics as well as pure aluminum. According to Wayne Foster, VP Sales and Marketing for Eco Chief who distributes this product, SOLARHIDE is designed to act as a radiant barrier, that can reflect up to 97% of the radiant heat it encounters. The durable underlayment is 100 percent recyclable and exceeds Miami-Dade specifications. The rip-resistant SOLARHIDE product is now available from DaVinci Roofscapes in a 10 square roll (48 inches wide by 250 feet long) with 25 rolls per pallet.

The cool thing is, this energy saving underlayment can be installed with either the shiny side up or shiny side down. Shiny side down creates a more walkable surface and help keep your customer’s attic cool, and shiny side up will provide optimal performance as far as solar reflection.

At DaVinci, we will be working on doing our own testing, so we’ll be able to quantify the energy savings this will provide for our customers. Contact us today to learn more!   

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Roofers: Setback Patterns to Speed Up Installation

If you're a roofer installing Bellaforté Shake tiles, you are familiar with the "false break" that gives the synthetic shake tile the appearance of being several smaller pieces to resemble the look of real wood shake. You may have scratched your head a time or two if, when installing this product, the false break lines up vertically.

Not to worry ... we have a solution.

Our experienced Technical Service Manager at DaVinci Roofscapes, Tyler Storfa, has handled this question several times in the field. His recommendation is to use a setback pattern that can really speed up installation of Bellaforté Shake tiles.

shake roofing materials"Bellaforté is installed from left to right," says Storfa. "The four-course repeating pattern runs up the left hand side rake. This can be cut on the ground and taken and applied on the roof."

Storfa says the first course (full course) is a full piece of field tile with the water channel or gutter removed. The second course (B course) is cut at approximately the letter "B" in the imprinted word "Bellaforté" on the tile (located in the upper left hand side of the tile) and then laid close to the edge of the tile. For the third course, repeat steps of first course. And the Fourth course (E course), take a new shake tile and cut at the last "E" in the word "Bellaforté at the top of every tile," discarding any waste product to the left of the letter "E." No "B" and "E" courses can be together without a "full" in between

Want an easy way to remember this installation pattern? Try this mantra: Full (with gutter removed), B, Full (with gutter removed), E. Yes, that's it: Full, B, Full, E!

Have other questions about installing Bellaforté products? See Bellaforte by DaVinci – Engineered to Withstand High Winds and DaVinci Solid Accessory Tiles.

 

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From the Tech Team: Step Flashing

Calling all roofing contractors! Today we want to talk to you about step flashing. Specifically step flashing with your Bellaforté Slate and Shake polymer roof systems.  A nuance of these products is that because of the way they are designed if you don’t use proper step flashing, which prevents water from running horizontally, the roof may not perform properly. From what we hear, a common hassle can be it is difficult to find step flashing with a return on it, or at the very least, a couple of bumps on it to assure that water doesn’t travel horizontally. To remedy this, DaVinci now sells step flashing just made just for Bellaforté!

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Take a sneak peek at the new Bellaforté Slate Installation Guide coming out this March to learn more on how to install our custom made step flashing. As always, never hesitate to contact us for more information
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From the Tech Team: Two Nails for Bellaforté

Here is more good news from DaVinci! After extensive testing we have discovered that reducing the nails used for installing Bellaforté Slate or Shake from three nails to two does not impact wind performance. The only nails you need are one in the tab and one on the top right corner. By reducing the number of fasteners needed by 1/3, just think of the time and money that could be saved using this method. 
 
As usual there are a couple of exceptions to this.synthetic roofing material
 
1. This method is not yet approved by ICC, so if you install roofs in California or any other jurisdiction where the codes official adheres directly to our ICE-ESR 2119 you should use three nails.
 
2. In Florida or other coastal regions where you must comply with our Miami-Dade NOA you still will need to use five nails. 
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From the Tech Team: Bellaforte Solid Shake Tile

Recently, a DaVinci contractor gave me a call to let me know that he loved installing DaVinci Bellaforté Shake. He said that the one suggestion he had, was that because of the very high profile of the DaVinci Bellaforté Shake, there were some situations where a solid tile would be helpful. One example of where a solid tile would be beneficial is in a situation where Bellaforté Shakes are installed in a closed valley in an area where there are a lot of messy trees, especially pine trees. In these instances, pine needles and leaves can catch on the ribs of the Bellaforté shakes where they are cut. While this doesn’t usually cause a performance issue it can sometimes detract from the overall look of the roof. Another example of where a solid tile can be helpful is in flashing situations where the cut edge of the tile may be exposed. While this is not a performance issue if it is in an area visible from the ground, it may not have the “finished look” that some customers would like.

 

I discussed this request with our design team and they worked quickly to develop a Bellaforté solid shake tile. These solid tiles can be used where tiles are cut around flashings, on flared rakes (gable ends), straight gable ends, and even valleys. It should be noted that these solid tiles are not the answer from an aesthetic point of view for a true open valley. The reason for this is when the solid tiles are cut for use in valleys, there is an occasional small void in instances where the tile cut crosses the gutter of the tile. These tiles also have occasional visible bubbles where the tile is cut, that may be objectionable to some customers. We recommend that when using Bellaforté Shake solid tiles the installer still use the closed valley or double w valley system.

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Roofer Tips for Winter Installations

There's a definite chill in the air --- especially if you're several stories up installing a new roof!

This is the time of year for roofers to pay special attention to their work. Bundle up, watch your step so you don't slip on unseen moisture on the roof and make sure to work smart.

Here are some cold weather installation tips for working this winter with DaVinci Roofscapes products to take to heart:

Tip #1 - Store your tiles flat, in as warm an area as you can.

Tip #2 - Install your tiles flat. If they are not flat because of the way they've been stored or shipped, then take time to flatten them before installing.

Tip #3 - If you're installing Bellaforté tiles during cold weather, make sure the tabs are horizontal with the bottom of the tile. If they are not you should manually adjust them to get them in alignment.

Tip #4 - Cold weather can affect a pneumatic roofing nail gun. If you're using this tool make sure to reduce the pressure. And, if it's really cold outside and you're having difficulties with your air compressor, you should go back to hand nailing polymer roofing pieces in place.

Tip #5 - When cutting our DaVinci products in colder temperatures, it's better to score the lightweight roofing tiles with a straight blade and then break the tile along the score. You can also use a saw blade with smaller and finer teeth.

For more cold weather installation tips, see Bundle Up, Roofers! and Brrrrrisk Polymer Roofing Installations

 

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

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DaVinci Roofscapes Now Offers SOLARHIDE

Great news for roofers: DaVinci Roofscapes now sells SOLARHIDETM, a one-step radiant barrier underlayment that also serves as a vapor barrier. SOLARHIDERoofers using a single layer of SOLARHIDE in conjunction with DaVinci Shake, Slate and Bellaforté products can attain a Class A fire rating for their roofing projects.

"Our testing shows that a single layer of SOLARHIDE underlayment works effectively with the majority of our products to allow roofers to achieve a Class A fire rating," says Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services of DaVinci Roofscapes. "By offering SOLARHIDE to roofers, we're serving as a 'one stop source' to make it easier for them to obtain a dependable underlayment and synthetic roofing materials at the same time."

Made from raw materials, SOLARHIDE is produced with woven and non-woven fabrics as well as pure aluminum. The durable underlayment is 100 percent recyclable and exceeds Miami-Dade specifications. The rip-resistant SOLARHIDE product is now available from DaVinci Roofscapes in a 10 square roll (48 inches wide by 250 feet long) with 25 rolls per pallet.

"SOLARHIDE was specifically engineered to reduce heat transfer into roof structures," says Wayne Foster, CEO of Eco Chief Products, makers of SOLARHIDE. "This product is able to protect the roof deck from heat much better than standard roofing underlayment."

Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Eco Chief's SOLARHIDE product meets or exceeds the requirements for ASTM D-226 Type I and II, along with specifications for Miami-Dade certification.

 

 

 

 

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Tyler's Top Tips for Roofers

Tyler Storfa KNOWS about installing DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofing. As one of our Technical Service Manager he spends a great deal of time traveling to help roofers. (See On the Road with DaVinci's Tyler Storfa)

From his time on the road, he's collected a few "top tips" to share with other roofers. See if some of these can help you out on the jobsite.

Tip #1 - Use a 3" by 3" metal, at the hip, over the field tile and under the two-piece hip and ridge piece. This is needed for water tightness plus makes the installation of the hip and ridge pieces go much easier.

Tip #2 - Remember to use a back cut (sometimes called a "dog ear") on the cut pieces in the valley.  It's easy to forget this fast step, but it's essential.

Tip #3 - Don't be afraid to cut down the vertical ribs in DaVinci's multi-width and single-width roofing tiles. This does two things: first, it makes sure the cuts are straight and secondly, leaving the vertical rib gives it the appearance of the piece being solid.

Tip #4 - DaVinci has a new step flashing with small ribs that's available for contractors who can't locate a 4" x 4" x 14" metal so that they don't have to cut and bend their own.

Tip #5 - If you're working in freezing temperatures this winter, store the DaVinci products in a garage to keep them warm. Only pull out what you will immediately use. Working with the "warmer" tiles makes your life lots easier!

For more polymer roofing installation tips, see DaVinci on the Roof: Ridges and DaVinci Slate and Five Top DaVinci Install Tips.

 

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Eric's Top Tips

Eric Salverson knows roofs. As a technical services manager for DaVinci Roofscapes, Eric devotes 100% of every day either at a job site assisting roofers or conducting hands-on training with our DaVinci composite roofing products.

When Eric's not up on a roof, he's in the car or on an airplane getting to another roofing project.

All these roofing experiences means that Eric is "the guy" to go to for roofing tips. Here are his top five:

Polymer RoofTip #1 - Save cut pieces to use on different areas of the roof. Pay special attention to where you can use cut pieces (as opposed to discarding them) and you can save 3% or more on job-site waste.

Tip #2 - Invest in an upgraded fastener. Ring shank stainless steel works really great. If you're using screws, they must be non-corrosive 5/16" pancake head type screws. Any fastener must penetrate all the way through the deck at least 3/16".

Tip #3 - For every 100 feet of valley, figure an extra square of lightweight roofing materials.

Tip #4 - Factor in roughly 2% transition tiles when ordering products.

Tip #5 - Try Bellaforté tiles. Depending on the job, Bellaforté Shake can install up to 40% faster than real cedar.

Need more win-win tips from the experts at DaVinci? Then check out Reduce Jobsite Waste with DaVinci Roofscapes and Return Those DaVinci Scraps!

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Nailed It!

Fifty years is a long time. Imagine how much your body ages during five decades of living. Now imagine how much sun, wind and weather exposure a DaVinci Roofscapes designer roof receives in 50 years.

We've made sure our dependable composite slate and synthetic shake roofing tiles will hold up year after year. If you're a roofer, it's up to you to make the right decision on the nails you use to assure that the DaVinci roof tiles you install now will indeed stay on the luxury roof for at least 50 years.

At DaVinci, we recommend using copper, hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel nails. Why? Because our roofs will last for decades, you need to make sure that the nails you use will also last that long. After all, you don't want callbacks down the line that the roof is fine, but the nails you used are popping or rusting!

Once you've made your nailing selection, keep this tip in mind: Remember to nail down the bottom tab on both Bellaforté composite slate and synthetic shake roofing products. It's important to secure the tabs for a firm, confident installation that can help prevent damage from high winds and severe weather. And, don't be stingy with those nails! Every DaVinci roof shingle should be secured using two nails, with dimensions of a 3/8" head by 1/2" length.

Need more nailing tips from our polymer roofing experts? Then check out Nailing No-No's and Which Nails Should I Use for a Composite Slate Roof?

 

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Five Fast Tips From A Roofing Expert

When you've been in the roofing industry as long as Tim Gentry (30+ years), you pick up a few tips along the way.

Lifetime RoofToday we invite you to learn from Tim's on-the-jobsite experiences ... plus his 15 years working at DaVinci Roofscapes.

Tim's Tip #1: Start with the right nails. DaVinci roofing systems can be installed with copper, stainless steel or hot-dipped galvanized nails.

Tim's Tip #2: Install snow guards during a new roof installation instead of retrofitting later. But if your DaVinci roof is already installed, don’t worry. There are snow guards available that are specifically designed to be installed after your roof is on. These are known as retro-fit snow guards and this type of snow guard won’t compromise the integrity, warranty or longevity of your beautiful DaVinci roof.

Tim's Tip #3: Make valley cuts with a circular saw. There's no need for wasteful tile cuts, find the correct angle and cut with a circular saw. Use all the leftovers to finish the hips.

Tim's Tip #4 - Never use red or black chalk lines -- stick with blue. If you're installing DaVinci composite roofing tiles in a staggered application, add snap lines to the underlayment. Then lay the tips of the tiles to those lines rather than marking the roofing tiles themselves.

Tim's Tip #5 - Try using rake tiles on gable ends when installing Bellaforté shake tiles. It makes your life easier and the project looks better. You don't need to be very concerned with how precise your cuts are on the gable end because the rake tile covers up all the cuts!

BONUS! Installing a composite slate roof? Here are some extra tips: Slate Installation – Tips And Tricks

 

 

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Understanding Class A Fire Ratings

Dry timber. Drought conditions. A lightning strike.  These three things can instantly spark a wildfire.

Summer is a time of tension for fire fighters throughout western regions of the U.S. and in many other states. During this time when conditions are right for the spread of sparks and flames to structures, homeowners are also on edge.

One way to gain some peace-of-mind is to invest in Class A Fired Rated composite roofing. This is the highest fire rating available for a roof, and one attained by DaVinci Roofscapes for all our products.

Want proof?

There are three tests our polymer roofs have undertaken to achieve the Class A Fire Rating. These include:

1. Intermittent Flame Test - an assembly of tiles is subjected to an intense flame for two minutes then turned off for two minutes. This is cycled 15 times to see if there is failure in the roof deck.

2. Spread of Flame Test -  flame and air current are applied for 10 consecutive minutes and then checked for failure. 

3. Burning Brand Test - in this test, a burning brand is placed on an assembly of roofing tiles with a high volume of wind behind it. The decking of the assembly is constantly monitored for 90 minutes to see if any fire burns through.  If fire burns through the roof deck anytime during the 90 minute trial, the tiles fail. 

Since seeing is believing, check out this video of flame spread testing of our DaVinci products:

For more information on roof ratings, see  Fire Codes and Your Roof: Class A vs. Class C Codes.

 

 

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Tip of the Day: NO Red Chalk

If you're a roofer installing DaVinci synthetic shake or simulated slate roofing, here's our "tip of the day" for you: Do NOT use red chalk when snapping chalk lines.

Polymer SlateMade of iron oxide, red chalk will not come off composite roofing tiles. Check the packaging for your chalk products. No matter what color you select, if it says "permanent chalk" on the label, believe it.

At DaVinci Roofscapes we've heard stories over the years from installers who used red chalk when snapping lines. The headaches this causes are unbelievable. Even if you power wash the tiles, that red chalk does not come off.

For a hassle-free installation, look for and use a chalk that is not permanent. Usually blue chalk is a better choice. And, when doing a staggered installation, consider adding your snap lines directly to the underlayment. Then lay the tips of the tiles to match up with the underlayment. When you don't mark the tiles directly, you don't end up with headaches on the job site.

Need more advice in installing sustainable roofing from DaVinci? Check out Five Top DaVinci Install Tips and  DaVinci Installation – Things To Keep In Mind. 

 

 

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Bellaforté 101

Today we're offering a Bellaforté 101 class. This product line is one of our most versatile, dependable and easy-to-install products.

Let's get started. If you're ordering Bellaforté synthetic shake or imitation slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes, you'll find there are three different types of tiles in the collated bundles that arrive on the job site.

Fake Shake AlternativeFirst, there are field tiles. These are the main tiles that will cover almost the entire roof and they're the most visible on the roof. Field tiles must be laid from left to right. Contractors should draw horizontal lines to ensure that the tiles are aligned properly.

Fake ShakeSecond, there are rake tiles. These are installed to finish gable ends. The first rake tile should be installed at the gable end so that the butt of the tile is flush with the butt of the first course of the field tiles. The second rake tile should be installed so its tip touches the butt of the second course. Subsequent tiles should be installed similarly.

Finally, there are the hip and ridge tiles. These should be maintained at 12” exposure and can be installed over hips and ridges in two ways: the standard method or the alternative method, both of which are explained in detail in the Bellaforté installation guide.

Here are some other important tips you need to know about Bellaforté synthetic roofing material:

-  Our one-piece hip and ridge bundle is composed of 10 pieces and covers 10 lineal feet.

-  Our rake bundle has 20 pieces for covering 10 lineal feet.

-  The 12-inch starter has 20 pieces per bundle and can cover 20 lineal feet.

-  Transition pieces come in 10 per bundle, which can cover 10 lineal feet.

-  The field tiles come 10 per bundle. Because Bellaforté is installed at a 12" exposure just 100 tiles are needed per roofing square.

For more details on DaVinci lightweight roofing materials, see Imitation Slate Tiles By DaVinci Roofscapes.

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Roofer Tips for Retrofitting Snow Guards

Spring weather often means phones are ringing with new business for roofers. Sometimes the calls are about roofs installed last year ... when the homeowners are reconsidering their decision not to put snow guards on their new composite roofing.

Polymer Roof TilesIf you're a roofer getting those calls, we can help. Lars Walberg, President of Rocky Mountain Snow Guards, says roughly two-thirds of the snow guards his company sells are for retrofit applications. Here are his insights on what you need to know when you get the call from a homeowner ready to commit to snow guards.

Q: Which snow guards to you recommend for retrofit applications?

A: For DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic roofing material we recommend the SnowTrapper ST11 for all slate profiles, single-width and multi-width shake up to 9/12, and Bellaforté Shake up to 7/12. For Bellaforté Shake over 7/12 and slate profiles over 9/12, we recommend the RockyGuard RG10. (Click HERE for more product details)

Q: How are snow guards retrofitted to DaVinci synthetic shake and composite slate roof tiles?

A: Sealant should be applied to seal between the snow guard strap and the shingle. Snow guards are attached with two or three Woodbinder Screws. These screws are self-tapping, self-sealing and have coated heads to match the color of the snow guard.

Q: What tips do you have for installers regarding retrofitting snow guards?

A: It’s easy. The most important things are to place the snow guards so there is a significant space between the butt end of the shingle above and the pad face so the snow guard can “grab” the snow.  We recommend that the strap is showing equal to three times the thickness of the butt end of the shingles on pitches up to 6/12, and six times the thickness on pitches over 6/12.  It’s also important to mark the placement so the pattern is uniform.

For more insights from Walberg, see Ask the Experts: Snow Guards.

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Demystifying Snow Guards

What are those funny-looking "things" that poke up from rooftops in some areas of the country? They're snow guards --- and their function is to break apart snow as it melts so that snow masses don't come "avalanching down" on walkways and landscaping.

SnowguardsThere's a science to adding snow guards to a home or commercial structure in snow-prone areas. To understand the process better, we asked Lars Walberg, president of Rocky Mountain Snow Guards, to walk us through the steps.

"First we look at a roof diagram for the building, either an aerial picture of an existing structure or architectural drawings of a new structure," says Walberg. "We ask the customer to identify areas over driveways, walks, dog runs, decks and other key 'traffic' locations. Then we design a snow guard system to help protect those eaves and areas from snow slides."

The science behind the operation comes in determining how many snow guards to specify, at which locations and to determine the snow load and retention.

"We've calculated and designed a number of different patterns of snow guards that are effective for different situations," says Walberg, whose company supplies snow guards for homes and buildings all across the country. "Steeper roofs, longer runs and the lower coefficient of friction of the roof covering all play a part in determining how many, what placement pattern and what snow guard will be most effective."

There's even more science involved. According to Walberg, placement distance of the snow guards from the eaves of the roof is a function of "eave to peak distance, pitch and snow load." Plus, there are different considerations if you're installing snow guards with synthetic shake roofing versus synthetic slate shingles.

"We're specifying a job in Minnesota right now with Bellaforté Shake from DaVinci Roofscapes," says Walberg. "For that project an RG10 snow guard is most effective because it has a larger and higher pad face. If the same house had Bellaforté Slate roofing, we'd most likely specify the SnowTrapper ST9 product because they're a lower profile snow guard and work well with the Bellaforté Slate product."

Need more details on snow guards? Then visit Slip, Sliding Away... Might Need Snow Guards and Snow Guards + Snow Fences = Smart Decision

 

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What's the Big Deal About Ice Dams?

They're actually fairly pretty, and many ice dams look like white frosting just dripping off the house. But looks can be deceiving.

Ice DamIce dams are those thick ridges of ice hanging from your home's eaves, gutters or siding. When ice dams form, they can weigh down and potentially break gutters. Ice dams can also block melting snows from properly draining and can lead to roof leaks. The common thinking is that the closer the ice dams are to the house, the more troublesome they can be to your home.

According to ENERGY STAR®: warm air inside the house escapes into the attic if not properly insulated. This will warm the underside of the roof, causing snow and ice on the roof to melt. The melted water will drain along the roof, under the snow, until it reaches the cold overhang. The overhang tends to be at the same temperature as the outdoors and the melted water will refreeze and form an ice dam and icicles. The ice dam can cause damage to the roof, which will result in water leaks to the inside. Frequently the result will be a water spot on the ceiling under the roof damage.

Taking a shovel and knocking off overhanging icicles isn't the solution. Neither is pouring hot water on the ice. Click HERE for a prescription checklist from ENERGY STAR that gives tips on handling ice dams and how to prevent them from reoccurring on your roof.

DaVinci Roofscapes provides more ice dam insights at  Dam Those Ice Dams and What are Ice Dams? Can I Prevent Them?

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It's Never Too Late for Snow Guards

Are you in between major snow storms and regretting your decision not to have snow guards installed? Not to worry ... your roofer can retrofit snow guards to your DaVinci Roofscapes roof!

SnowguardsWhile the ideal situation is to install snow guards (which help break up melting snow so it doesn't avalanche down all at one time) when your polymer roofing is put in, retrofitting is definitely possible.

According to Lars Walberg, President of Rocky Mountain Snow Guards, here's what roofers need to know about retrofit applications, "You need to apply sealant to the top of the DaVinci shingle where the snow guard will be placed. The snow guard is placed in the recommended pattern such that 2" of strap is showing between the face of the snow guard and the butt end of the shingle above. Then (2) 2.5" self tapping fasteners with gaskets are driven through the snow guard strap approximately 1/2" below the butt end of the shingle above, through the shingle and substrate until tight."

Walberg recommends the ST11 Snow Guard by SnowTrapper for this retrofit application. It comes in attractive copper or dark bronze coated aluminum at the Rocky Mountain Snow Guard website.

So, if you've got one eye on the weather report and another on your roof this month, stop worrying. Call your roofer and ask him to come back to your house to install snow guards. You'll sleep better at night with this worry eliminated, and your roof will thank you too!

PS - Need more information? Then see  Q & A Guide to Snow Guards

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Brrrrrisk Polymer Roofing Installations

Break out the pocket warmers and the heavy-duty work gloves. Temperatures are dropping and that means getting yourself and your crew ready for cold weather polymer roofing installations!

The good news is that, even if the temperatures drop below freezing, you can still install DaVinci Roofscapes simulated slate roofing and composite shake tiles. Actually, synthetic roof materials from DaVinci can usually be installed in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Polymer RoofingWhile you might resist installing other roofing materials in temperatures this cold, bundle up, because our products can handle frigid weather.

DaVinci's carefully-formulated imitation slate and shake alternative roof tiles aren't brittle (like plastic roofing materials are thought to be). They're actually made to remain flexible in very cold temperatures. Even in bone-chilling cold temperatures, you don't have to worry about excess breakage of the designer roof tiles due to cold weather conditions.

Of course, we do have a few tips to share. First, if you're using a pneumatic nail gun for installing our roof tiles, make sure the pressure isn't set too high. Second, make sure that our DaVinci shake alternative and slate roofing tiles have been stored flat, and are flat when installed. Third, You must make certain that the space between tiles is at a very minimum 3/16”. And, most importantly, use extra personal care when working in cold weather conditions. That means staying focused, keeping those pocket warmers handy and making sure to stay safe up on the roof!

Need more tips on installing synthetic roofing material in cold conditions? Check out Freeze/Thaw No Trouble for DaVinci Polymer Roofing and Winter Roofing Installation With No Worries.

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For DaVinci Composite Roofing, Remember the Membrane!

Autumn nights are just starting to offer cooler temperatures, but it's already time to start thinking about how your roof will handle weather conditions this winter.

If you're having a new roof installed during these comfortable months prior to the start of ice and snow season, and live in an area where your temperatures can fall below freezing in the winter, then remember to select a premium self-adhered membrane. This "protective layer" helps prevent the buildup of potentially damaging ice dams on your roof and overhang areas.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we require self-adhered membrane be installed from the bottom edge to two feet above the exterior wall line on all eaves in areas where ice dams are possible. DaVinci requires a self-adhered membrane in all valleys regardless of temperature. For Bellaforté products DaVinci requires self-adhered membrane on all gables and all around roof projections Tim Carter with AsktheBuilder.com, who recently installed a DaVinci manufactured slate roof on his New Hampshire home, says he chose the Grace ice and water shield® product because it was a premium matchup for his new luxury roof from DaVinci.

Our recommendation is to review your options and select the self-adhered membrane that works best for your designer roof project --- but don't eliminate this necessary step. Ice dams can cause serious damage to a composite slate roof or simulated shake roofing, so you should take every step to avoid their creation.

Installing a premium self-adhered membrane is one good step toward eliminating this concern ... and another step is to keep the attic well ventilated and insulated. The attic temperature should stay as close to the outside temperature as possible.

For more information on installing composite roofing products for cold weather areas, see Common Winter Weather Roof Woes.

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