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!