Up in the Sky ... it's Snow Guards!

Look! Up in the sky and on the roof ... is it a bird? Is it a plane? No ... it's SNOW GUARDS!

In many ways snow guards share some of the same powers as the Man of Steel. While they can't leap buildings in a single bound, they can help prevent avalanches of snow falling off your roof and help save shrubbery.

Even during the sizzling days of summer, it's important to remember to add snow guards to your roof. Whether you're investing in a new roof this summer or remembering the snowfalls of last winter, now is the time to make sure snow guards are a priority for your roof!

Fitted snuggly on the lower portion of the roof --- especially over shrubbery and entry doors --- snow guards prevent snow and ice from suddenly sliding down in one large heap. They allow snow to melt slowly so that anything (or anyone!) below is not in danger when the snow melts.

The experts at DaVinci Roofscapes recommend asking your roofing contractor this summer about snow guards. They can be installed easily by a roofing contractor and on almost any roofing material including polymer roof tiles, steep slope roofing, rubber slate roofs, and fake slate roofs.

Made of materials that are designed to endure the cold months (metal or polycarbonate) snow guards come in an array of shapes and colors, so as to match any type of roof.

For more details see Q & A Guide to Snow Guards, Stopping The Snow and What Are Snowguards And Why Do They Matter?


From the Architect's Corner - Non Traditional Roof Designs

Designers love to throw me 'curve balls', so to speak. One of the questions I get most often is, "will your imitation slate and shake tiles work on this type of roof?" Then they send me details and there is usually some sort of curve to the roof. What is my answer? While our product isn't a rubber slate roof tile, the material is flexible enough to be compatible with almost any design. There are always exceptions so I recommend forwarding me your details so that I  can double check with our technical gurus - mstone@davinciroofscapes.com.


Happy Friday, Architects!


From the Architect's Corner - Non Traditional Roof Designs

Designers love to throw me 'curve balls', so to speak. One of the questions I get most often is, "will your imitation slate and shake tiles work on this type of roof?" Then they send me a detail and there is usually some sort of curve to the roof. What is my answer? While our product isn't a rubber slate roof tile, the material is flexible enough to be compatible with almost any design. There are always exceptions so I recommend forwarding me your details so that I can double check with our technical gurus - mstone@davinciroofscapes.com.

Happy Friday, Architects!


Polymer Roofing vs. Rubber Roofing Materials

Rubber Slate Roof When fake slate products were first introduced on the market, a number of them were made from a variety of different products.  Some were made of old tires and some were made from cement boards.  While the idea of old tires and the whole concept of recycling was a nice idea, unfortunately, the performance of those shingles wasn't the best.

However, those rubber slate roof products left their mark on the roofing industry - so much so that we are often asked if our products are made from recycled rubber.

While we love the idea of recycling and helping the environment (and we do have a recycling program!), we also understand that tearing off a recycled rubber roof 5 years after it was installed would be not be helping the environment.  We wanted to create a product that lasted.

Therefore, we decided to make our lightweight roofing materials from virgin polymer resins with some other goodies (like fire retardants) thrown in.  We also wanted to avoid the issues that rubber roofs had - curling and cracking - so we added an engineered rib structure on the back of our shingles to ensure that they would lay flat for years to come.  We did so much preliminary testing and analysis of other products that we even offer a 50 year warranty with our product. 

You can read more about this topic on our blog:


Clarifying a Common Misconception - Polymer is Rubber…

Polymer roof tiles are some of the most modern types of roofing products, and are becoming more popular due to the large number of advantages they offer over natural slate and shake, as well as other types of roof tiles. Since polymer tiles have been in existence for much less time than older roofing materials, there are a few misconceptions about polymer. The most common is that polymer is rubber.

Imitation Slate ShinglesAlthough this misconception may have been generated by the somewhat pliable nature of polymer products, referring to them as "rubber" is not correct. "Polymer" is a kind of highly refined plastic that (in this case) is developed and designed for roofs. The huge benefits that polymer tiles bring to a roof stem from the fact that this material can be crafted in a laboratory to solve a variety of roofing issues. For example, our engineers have worked to come up with a "polymer recipe" that will withstand high impacts, be impervious to water and freeze/thaw cycles, be resistant to fire (our tiles have a Class A fire rating), and have a high wind rating (rated up to 110 mph).

No, DaVinci polymer tiles are not rubber, but a very tough, long-lasting, carefully designed plastic material that is also available in a huge range of colors.

To learn more about how our polymer products can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.


From The Architect's Corner - Non Traditional Roof Designs

Designers love to throw me 'curve balls', so to speak. One of the questions I get most often is, "will your imitation slate shingles work on this type of roof?" Then they send me a detail and there is usually some sort of curve to the roof. What is my answer? While our product isn't a rubber slate roof tile, the material is flexible enough to be compatible with almost any design. There are always exceptions so I recommend forwarding me your details so that I can double check with our technical gurus - mstone@davinciroofscapes.com.


Is It a Rubber Roof or Are Those Plastic Roofing Materials?

Some people say that our fake shake and slate shingle tiles look more real than actual stone and wood. Lightweight Roofing SystemsThat's a great thing to hear because our designers and engineers strive to come up with that highly authentic look. But at the end of the day, our tiles are made with something entirely different than quarried stone or hand split cedar. Even though some folks just about refuse to believe that our shake isn't crafted from old growth cedar forests, we can guarantee that they are crafted with a polymer resin that was specifically engineered to be used on roofs. 

That means that our products are designed to withstand winds up to 110 miles per hour and have achieved Class A fire and Class 4 impact ratings. It also means that their light weight reduces their carbon footprint and that they are technically made with a type of plastic. As odd as that might sound, since we use composite resins to create our durable, beautiful tiles, yes, you could also call them "plastic". It's always good to clarify that because several people are under the impression that our roofing materials are made with some kind of rubber. Because there was a generation of roofing tiles that were made from recycled tires, the idea still exists in the roofing market that any faux slate roof is a rubber one.  However, you can rest assured that our tiles are fabricated with an advanced polymer resin that is backed by a 50 year warranty.

To learn more about the benefits of our products, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.


Is Rubber Roofing the Same as Composite Roofing?

When people see or hear about our roofing Lightweight Roofing Systemsproducts for the first time, some are under the impression that we make a type of rubber roof. They usually realize that our polymer shake and slate aren't the same as rubber roofs, but they still think that our products fall into the same category.

To clear up that misconception, DaVinci products cannot be categorized as rubber roofs by any means. The difference is pretty basic. Whereas rubber roofs are made with the same stuff that goes into tires and other rubber-based materials, our products are engineered with polymer resins that have been carefully designed to withstand fire, heat, wind, hail, and freeze and thaw cycles.

Although it would be more accurate to call a DaVinci roof "plastic" than "rubber", that doesn't really give an accurate picture of our products either. Maybe it's best to refer to them as a "composite polymer" since that term provides a more accurate name for the advantages that come with using our products. That would be better because compared to a rubber roof, our products may have a higher fire rating, look better, and are more durable.

To learn more about the ways in which DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact us by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.


Historic Texas Home Gets Faux Slate Roof

Slate Gray Polymer RoofAs anyone looking at the weather map this year knows, it's hot and dry in Texas. So, when the Telecky family decided to replace the roof on their historic 1914 home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, they sought out fire-resistant alternative roofing products.

"The home originally had wooden shake shingles, covered up over the years with several layers of asphalt shingles," says homeowner Kathy Telecky. "We wanted a historically-accurate product on the roof, but our weather conditions made using wood shake roofing impractical and dangerous."

Telecky researched the area and found that slate was also appropriate to the historical accuracy of her Prairie School/Arts and Crafts style period home.

"Our research showed that only the polymer slate tiles produced by DaVinci Roofscapes are uniquely designed to resist warping, fading, curling and cracking," says Telecky. "And, these fake slate tiles are fire and impact resistant, so we never have to worry about how our intense Texas heat or roof hail damage again."

Polymer Slate RoofThe Telecky's were extremely pleased with the multi-width Slate Gray DaVinci tiles. "This new roof complements the original historic look of the home and helps us more appropriately 'fit' in our historic neighborhood," says Telecky. "These new polymer tiles never look like plastic. They resemble real slate tiles so much that now we're the envy of the neighborhood and our rubber slate roof is ready for any weather we face in Texas!"


Fake Slate Shingles and Your Roof

Are you looking to replace your existing roof and need help determining what the best match is for both the roof design and affordability? Perhaps you are hearing talk or have read literature about fake slate shingles that resemble traditional slate tiles without the cost and maintenance typical to slate roof installations. These types of shingles do exist!

Steep Slope RoofingDaVinci Roofscapes offers what many call a rubber slate roof but in actuality is a polymer roofing tile that is easy to install compared to other roofing materials. Our lightweight roofing tiles offer sustainable building design backed by a 50 year warranty so you can rest assured that your roof will last for many years of enjoyment and protection.

Made from polymers embedded with fire retardants, DaVinci tiles have received fire, wind and impact test ratings that demonstrate their safety and reliability for the environment. Our recyclable roofing tiles are manufactured in our Kansas City, Kansas facility, and our process demonstrates our company’s continued commitment to sustainability efforts by realizing energy and transportation cost savings in the manufacturing process.

For the same look as slate in an earth friendly product, DaVinci roofing shingles hold promise for good looking, green projects. Visit our site to learn more about our products and the installation process for your home or business roofing needs.

Exterior Color Enhances Your Home

Color is an important style choice when designing and decorating your home, and if you are looking to install a new roof or replace an existing one, you are at a great starting point for defining your color palette.

Choosing a new roof color from our selection of lightweight roofing systems is easy with our 49 different polymer tile colors in addition to over 28 different blended color options that add to the color choices when you are determining siding or trim color as well as landscape and exterior accessories for your home.

Our DaVinci wood shake roof alternative comes in subtle shades of brown that will really open up color options for your paint color on stucco, brick or siding. The Bellaforté, which some like to call a rubber slate roof, is actually premium quality polymer slate tiles that comes in color variations that will also add charm and style to your rooftop.

Our website color studio is a place where your imagination can soar. You will find all of our standard colors that can be combined right online to create your own color blend to suit your personal tastes and home or building design. The software program allows you to place color blends in 2 to 5 color combinations on both the slate and shake roofing tiles for both Multi-Width DaVinci tiles and Bellaforté designs.

See our YouTube video below to learn more about how our roofing solution can colorfully enhance your home and then visit our polymer roofing tile site online to create your own colors in our color design studio.


From the Architect's Corner - Non-Traditional Roof Design

Designers love to throw me 'curve balls', so to speak. One of the questions I get most often is, "will your imitation slate shingles work on this type of roof?" Then they send me a detail and there is usually some sort of curve to the roof. What is my answer? While our product isn't a rubber slate roof tile, the material is flexible enough to be compatible with almost any design. There are always exceptions so I recommend forwarding me your details so that I can double check with our technical gurus - mstone@davinciroofscapes.com

Castle Gray
This home features a cool eyebrow 

Slate Black
Notice the slight curve of the roof over the front porch

DaVinci Shake
A slight curve at the eaves of this shake roof

European Blend
A little curve for a gazebo


Factors to Consider for Synthetic Slate Cost

With the increase in demand for synthetic roofing, there are a few factors to consider for the synthetic slate cost when purchasing a new roof or renovating an existing one. The reasons people choose to use synthetic slate is related to its cost, weight and maintenance.

Lightweight Roofing MaterialsA synthetic or rubber slate roof typically involves lower overall costs than a real slate roof. Real slate weighs much more than our lightweight roofing tiles so shipping costs are increased. The cost to install our roofs is lower since they can be installed easily without any special preparation, and their light weight reduces labor costs because they can be raised to the roof quicker. Our roofs help with cooling and heating expenses so energy savings are also realized.

Generally speaking, our tiles do not require any special handling such as is involved with cutting slate, and they also help reduce waste on the construction site. Additionally, the materials used to produce our tiles can be recycled so their impact on the environment is much lower than slate. Any leftovers or future roof replacement tiles can be recycled rather than discarded.

The ease of maintenance as compared to natural slate is significant. Once our roof is installed, they are pretty much problem free, however, slate can easily crack or break with wind or hail. Our roofing material has high wind and impact resistance while also being fire retardant. This is not the case with slate so significant savings are realized in continued maintenance and possible accidental breaking that may occur with a natural slate roof. 
Understanding the factors of cost, weight and maintenance will help you make an informed decision about your actual roofing needs so contact our customer service with any questions about how our product will benefit your home.


Historic DuSable Museum Gets New Roof - Part II

Polymer Slate, Castle GrayThe 66,000-square foot Roundhouse that's part of the DuSable Museum in Chicago recently received a major renovation. Part of the first African American museum campus in the United States, the Roundhouse will soon be home to a library, galleries, technology and language lab and educational spaces.


Atop the museum now sits a lightweight DaVinci roofing system made to replicate the structure's historical slate roof from the early 19th century.


"The shape of the Roundhouse structure made this a challenging simulated slate roofing installation project, but without a doubt the DaVinci polymer roof will serve the building for decades to come," says Mark T. Clark Sr., chairman of the board of Tolberts Roofing. "The multi-width Castle Gray synthetic slate product we installed is warranted for 50 years and can easily withstand the incredibly tough, diverse weather conditions we get in the Chicago area."

Clark believes polymer roofs are ideal for renovation projects. "The successful competition of the Class A Fire Rated Roundhouse roof puts our company in the limelight for other historic restoration projects nationwide," says Clark. "We'll definitely be recommending the DaVinci green roof construction products in the future.

"Our installation team was very comfortable installing the lightweight tiles and the finished look is outstanding. I've been recommending this rubber slate roof product to everyone I speak with because I believe it has long-term benefits for both residential and commercial projects."

For more information on the museum and its restoration visit www.dusablemuseum.org. For details on Tolberts Roofing, visit www.tolberts-roofing.com.



Roof Hail Damage Got You Down?

Whether you live in one of the areas in the Midwest that often gets hit by hailstorms or if there was a hailstorm that just came through your area, then you might be really sick of roof hail damage.

No matter if your insurance company replaces your roof every time or not, the simple pain of coordinating roofers and having your home or building worked on, on a regular basis can be a bit of a problem.

You, therefore, might be looking for a solution to your hail damage woes. While DaVinci is not a rubber slate roof system, our lightweight roofing materials are ideal for hail prone areas.

Our shingles carry a Class 4 impact rating which is the highest rating that a roofing product can obtain.

Here's a video that we have on our YouTube channel that explains the impact rating test and how it actually works.

Would you like to learn more about our shingles performance ratings? Please feel free to get in touch with a member of our customer service department.

Did you get a DaVinci roof because of the hail damage problems to roofs in your area? Please feel free to tell us about your DaVinci roof and how it has made your life easier.

Technical Specs: Single-Width Valoré Slate

Imitation Slate TilesIf you are interested in our manufactured slate tile, then you will definitely want to learn about the different product lines we have in regards to our imitation slate tiles.

Like all of our slate products, our Single-Width Valoré Slate is not a rubber slate roof.  It is made out of 100% virgin polymers.

Now for the nitty gritty of our Single-Width Valoré Slate line.

Shingle Dimensions of Single-Width Valoré Slate

  • Width 12"
  • Thickness at Butt 1/2"
  • Length 18"
  • Thickness at Tip 1/8"

Valore SlatePacking and Shipping Information for Single-Width Valoré Slate

  • There are 22 shingles per bundle and the bundles weigh approximately 37 lbs
  • There are 1,056 shingles per pallet and they weigh approximately 1,776lbs 
  • There are 25,344 per truckload and they weigh approximately 42,624lbs

There are 48 bundles per pallet and 24 pallets per truckload. 

The Testing for Single-Width Valoré Slate Includes:

  • Fire Test: ASTM E 108 Class A
  • Impact Test: UL 2218 Class 4
  • Wind Test: ASTM D 3161 Certified to 110 MPH
  • Building Code Approvals: ICC-ES ESR-2119, Miami Dade County, FL NOA No. 06-308.03 Exp. 7/12/12 and TDI

As a professional roofer, there is no special training or handling required when it comes to our Valoré Slate, but of course, you'll want to read through and reference our Slate Installation Guide.

If you are a homeowner or a building owner and are considering DaVinci for your home or building, then you can see more photos and information about our slate products on our website.

If you are interested in learning more about our Single-Width Valoré Slate, please feel free to reach out to us.


Technical Specifications: Multi-Width DaVinci Slate

There are several advantages to using imitation slate tiles (but not a rubber slate roof, for example).  Usually, using fake slate in constructing a home's roof is less costly, yet it features the same appearance and durability as a real slate roof.  

Fake SlateDaVinci Multi-Width Slate tiles are available in five standard widths.  The 6-inch, 7-inch, 9-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch slates all have a length of 18 inches and a thickness of ½ inch at the butt and 1/8 inch at the top.

Our hip, ridge and starter slate tiles are available in bundles of 20 for the 6-inch (best used over a ridge vent), the 7-inch (standard ridge) and the 12-inch (starter).

At a 6-inch exposure, the 20 6-inch ridge vent tiles will cover 5 lineal feet with 4 pieces per lineal feet.  Likewise, the 7-inch standard bundle will also cover the same area at 6-inch exposure.  For the 12-inch starter the 20 tiles can cover 20 lineal feet with one tile per lineal feet.

We have calculated the number of tiles expected to be used depending on the coursing of the slates, the maximum exposure for each tile, the bundles and the shingles per square and the weight per square.  These calculations are done while taking into consideration a 3/8 inch gap between shingles.

Imitation Slate Shingles - Straight CoursingFor a straight coursing, at 7.5 inch maximum exposure, there will be 7 bundles per square weighing 273 pounds per square.

For a staggered coursing at 7-inch maximum exposure, 7.5 bundles per square will weigh 293 pounds.

With a maximum exposure of 6 inches, either a straight or a staggered coursing will weigh 342 pounds.

For more information about the tests done on our products and our shipping procedures, feel free to contact us.


Non-Traditional Roof Shape? Bring it!

Just because a manufactured slate tile isn't a rubber slate roof product doesn't mean it can't be pliable enough to be used on a non-traditional roof shape! The components of our composite slate and composite shake products aren't brittle and can be molded in ways you wouldn't initially think! Take the roof pictured below for example. Installed by DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program Member Douglas Fry Roofing (Wichita, Kansas) this home features some unique dormers, and DaVinci Slate in the Castle Gray blend was used for the project (as discussed in an interview with Doug Fry last summer).

Castle Gray


Manufactured Slate Tiles and Shake Shingles – What is it made of?

Bellaforte SlatePlastic slate and cedar shake alternatives are typically comprised of a variety of engineeredpolymers, rubbers, UV and color stabilizers, and natural or cement components with fiber or polymer bonds. We use 100% virgin resin (TPO) in our manufactured slate tiles and shake shingles. While other synthetic tiles may be manufactured from recycled materials such as tires or milk bottles, it is our opinion that the variability found in recycled materials could compromise the long term viability of a roof. Roofing tiles are exposed to extremely harsh conditions (extreme weather, extreme UV, extreme temperature). The only way to assure that a synthetic slate or shake will provide good service for 50 years or more is to consistently produce those tiles to very exacting standards. We do not feel it is possible to meet our high standards for quality and durability using recycled materials.

Featured Project - Genesee County Building

The roof was replaced on this holding center/prison facility with DaVinci Roofscapes' simulated slate roofing material late last year by DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program Member, Grove Roofing Services. One notable part of the project was the four turrets on the building, all replaced with our manufactured slate tile in the European blend.

European TurretsWhy did the crew with Grove Roofing like our material? They liked how the material was delivered flat, so they didn't have to pre-bend it the way you do with other plastic slate roof tiles or rubber slate roof tiles.

Contact us today to learn more about this eco friendly roof system!

DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program Member
Grove Roofing Services, Inc