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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