Do You REALLY Want to Pay More for Real Cedar?

Shake RoofRecently-imposed tariffs on soft woods transported from Canada to the USA means two key things. First, lesser amounts of wood are crossing the border from Canada to America. Second, the likelihood that the prices of those wood products making it into the USA are rising.

How does that affect the roofing industry? Think about real cedar shake roofs. Much of that product comes to us from Canada.

In recent years homeowners have sought alternatives to real wood shingles because of their inherent problems: rotting, curling, splitting, insect infestations and algae growth. Now there's other reasons to look away from real cedar shake roofs --- availability and increasing costs.

Fortunately DaVinci Roofscapes has an abundant supply of cost-effective synthetic shake roofing tiles. Made of durable polymers, Multi-Width, Single-Width, Bellaforté and Fancy Shake composite roofing from DaVinci resists all the challenges that real cedar roofs experience. Our products will never rot, curl, split or become infested with algae or insects. Plus, they're impact- and moisture-resistant so they're ideal to use in coastal areas. And, if you live in California, you'll be happy to know that our EcoBlend shake tiles meet Title 24 requirements.

Now, what about the price? There's good news there too.

While pricing for real cedar shakes is rising, DaVinci Roofscapes announced price reductions in late 2016 on the company's most popular roofing products. Thanks to operational efficiencies, we've reduced prices from 11 to 16 percent on several synthetic shake product lines. These price reductions mean that pricing of Bellaforté Shake tiles now falls below the cost of many real cedar shingles, but with the added benefit of resistance to fire, splitting, curling, mold and algae.

For aesthetic appeal, long-term low maintenance and ease of availability, you owe it to yourself to research synthetic shake options for your home.

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Historic Homes from Coast to Coast

Pennsylvania. Virginia. Iowa. California. All across America you can find historic homes that have been enhanced with DaVinci composite slate and shake roofing tiles.

Up until recent years, restoring a historic home generally meant using original products, like real cedar shakes, clay or slate tiles. Oftentimes that was a tremendous problem. Real cedar roofs can split, cup or attract algae growth in a relatively short time. Real slate and clay tiles are very heavy and can split or crack.

With the introduction of top-quality composite roofing products in the past several decades, historic homes can now have all the long-term beauty of slate and shake roofs without the hassles.

A great example is the Nasratullah home in Mt. Airy, Pennsylvania. The 139-year old home needed a new when the family purchased the house. They researched their options and selected a DaVinci synthetic slate roof in a Sonora blend of terracotta and clay colors to replicate the original tiles on the home's roof.

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In Mill Mountain, Virginia, the Dye family wanted to replicate an original Mediterranean tile roof on their 1929 Italianate-style stone home. They chose DaVinci's Multi-Width Slate roof. "We brightened up the home’s exterior by selecting the Vineyard blend of eight different colors --- dark and medium tan, light and medium gray, light and dark violet, dark stone and dark amber," says homeowner Nancy Dye. "This color combination fits the era of the home and complements our cobblestone driveway and sidewalk, the stone exterior of the house and our copper gutters and snow guards.”

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Midway through the country, in Des Moines, Iowa, the Knoff family decided to replicate the red to gray roofing color with a custom color created by DaVinci Roofscapes for their 300-year-old home. “The bold custom colors created by DaVinci give the house a unified look that complements the detail work of the house trim, siding and stone pathways," says homeowner Carol Knoff.

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Stretching across the country, the Fleur du Lac community in Homewood, California was originally created in 1938 as a private estate for Henry J. Kaiser to serve as his hideaway for himself and the heads of five companies who joined forces to build the Hoover Dam project. Years later the complex was turned into a private condo community. In 2015, the Yacht Club and Boat House were re-roofed with Bellaforté polymer shake tiles. In 2016 project work began on re-roofing the condos on the property.

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"We started with our two most valuable community structures, the Yacht Club and Boat House," says Stewart Dalie, maintenance supervisor and project manager at Fleur du Lac Estates in Homewood, California. "Our plans are to re-roof all of the buildings in the Tahoe Blend over the next five to seven years. We did a tremendous amount of research to determine what roofing products would look realistic in this setting, meet the new codes required for roofs in our area, yet offer us superior qualities and a long life span.

"Selecting the fire- and impact-resistant Bellaforté shake material from DaVinci Roofscapes means we won't have to be concerned with the potential spread of flames should our area ever be touched by wildfires. That's a huge concern for our geographic area. However, not having to worry about wind-blown embers landing on a roof and then catching the building on fire is a tremendous relief."

Learn more about some of these coast to coast projects at Colorful Slate Roof the "Second Star" on Mill Mountain and Modern Roofing Materials Give New Life to Historic Home.

 

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If It's Good Enough to Withstand Hurricane Katrina ...

Want to find a dependable roofing product? Then go visit an area devastated by severe weather. That's what John Adler did.

During his term as HOA president, the need to re-roof 34 units in his bayfront community became apparent. Constructed in the early 1960s, the Mai Kai condo community in Newport Beach, Calif. was exposed continually to salt air and sea spray.

Adler decided that he wanted to see roofs that had withstood other severe weather conditions --- most notably, Hurricane Katrina.

"Before a trip to New Orleans I contacted DaVinci Roofscapes," says Adler. "They gave me addresses of almost a dozen properties in the Garden District of the city which had been deeply impacted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The area was in bad shape --- except for the addresses given to me with DaVinci roofs overhead. 

"I thought the location was likely among the harshest in the country for roof longevity. I reported the results to my colleagues and the Board then selected a contractor and approved the purchase of the composite shake products from DaVinci."

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The Mai Kai installation project was almost five years ago. Despite strong gale force winds and exposure to coastal conditions, the DaVinci shake alternative roofing products have held up quite well.

"From the day it was installed, the DaVinci roofing has maintained its appearance as a quality material with a very natural look," says Adler. "I think this is the best looking, most practical roofing alternative material I could imagine working in our location."

For more HOA decisions leaning toward synthetic roofing materials, see HOA Selects Polymer RoofingDaVinci Roofscapes Shake Alternative Roof Gains HOA Approval and DaVinci Roofs Crown Condo Communities.

 

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Featured Project - Yorkville, IL

Before and after photos are amazing to receive because they really help tell a story that I think we can all relate to. You have an old, possibly leaking, roof that needs to be replaced. There are tons of options on the market, from regular asphalt all the way up to expensive tile. You want to choose something that is durable, but also fits the look you need to maintain the standards of the neighborhood. On top of that, you have to find a reputable, local roofing company to install it. 

This project, installed by Naperville Exterior out of Naperville, IL, shows the before and after of a natural cedar shake roof being replaced with a lifetime roof by DaVinci Roofscapes. Bellaforté Shake, in the Tahoe Blend, is long lasting, durable, and will retain is texture and color (unlike natural cedar shake!) so the likelihood of this homeowner ever needing a new roof again is pretty low. Thank you for sharing the project with us Naperville Exterior! 

Naperville Exterior
630-254-4831

     

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Featured Project - Hayden, ID

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Cedar shakes are a traditional look in the west, for both roofing and siding. In recent years, the use of natural cedar shakes has gone down due to availability and performance issues. In neighborhoods with a lot of trees, the shift towards a polymer cedar shake roof makes sense given the surroundings. Polymer shake roofs, like Bellaforté Shake featured here, are fire and impact resistant, harmonize with the natural surroundings, and won't grow mold or algae. 

This project was shared to us by Granite Roofing in Radthdrum, ID. I like these photos because they show the Bellaforté Shake used as both the roofing material as well as the siding on the dormers. These homeowners will appreciate many years of maintenance free shakes. Thank you for sharing this project with us Granite Roofing!

Granite Roofing
208-687-4277

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Featured Project - Omaha, NE

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Bellaforté Shake has made a name for itself in Omaha, as a good looking and environmentally friendly replacement of it's natural counterpart. Cedar roofing, though authentic to many homes in the area, has lost popularity over the years due it it's inability to stand up to wind and hail events. Using polymer shake products, instead of natural cedar shake, can have a tremendous positive environmental impact. In storm prone areas, like Omaha, hail and wind events happen often enough that homeowners often don't have to wait too long for a storm that will require them to get their old roof torn off an a new one put on. People have grown accustomed to putting on a new roof every few years, but unfortunately most of the old products are not recycled (or even recyclable), thus sending them to the landfill.

A new Bellaforté Shake roof by DaVinci Roofscapes, offers the look of authentic cedar shakes, but comes with a Class 4 Impact Rating and a 110 mph wind rating. This means that in the event of a storm, it is less likely your roof will be damaged and needing to be replaced.

This project was sent our way by Rich Poisel's Roofing out of Omaha. It has Bellaforté Shake in the Mountain Blend installed prominently on a mansard roof. Thank you for sharing this project with us Rich Poisel's Roofing!

Rich Poisel’s Roofing
402-339-3491

 

 

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Johnson County Museum Ready to Open

Today is National Museum Day --- a day to shine a spotlight on the many impactful museums across America.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we're proud that our synthetic roofing materials have been installed on several prominent museums across the country (see Museum Rooftops).

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Now we're also excited to announce that our Bellaforté Shake tiles in Autumn-VariBlend will top off the roof of a major feature of the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center opening on Saturday, June 10. Located in Overland Park, Kansas, this center will open a new Johnson County Museum. The museum's "1950s All-Electric House" exemplifies the American Dream many sought in new suburban communities in that time frame. The home was built by Kansas City Power & Light in 1953 to tout the innovative advantages to electric living. (See Museum on the Move)

Photo Courtesy of Bob Greenspan Photography

We're especially pleased to donate our innovate synthetic shake roofing materials to this project because it's right in our backyard. The Johnson County Museum will include KidScape for children of all ages, guided tours, family programs, art classes, theatre and so much more.

Happy National Museum Day to everyone --- especially to our new neighbors at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center!

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Featured Project - Denver, CO

In the last couple of years, many homeowners have come to the realization that the products they once used on the exterior of their homes, just aren't feasible anymore. In the case of natural cedar shake, many communities, and even entire states, have outlawed them due to them being a fire hazard. With fire hazard probably being the #1 reason folks in the West are looking for alternatives, the fact that they aren't impact resistant, don't hold up well in climates with a lot of freeze/thaw, and have all sorts of problems due to mold and algae growth, are all also factors. 
 
The owners of this house tore off their cedar shakes and had Excel Roofing, also out of Denver, install a new Bellaforté Shake tile roof in the Tahoe blend. They also installed pad style snow guards, as our installation instructions recommend in high snow areas like Denver, in order to protect their walkways, gutters, and shrubbery from sliding snow this winter. Thank you for sharing these photos with us, Excel! 

Excel Roofing
303-761-6400
www.excelroofing.com    

 

 

 

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Montana Builder Selects Bellaforté Shake for Parade of Homes Entry

Synthetic ShakeBuilder Cory Taylor, owner of CT Construction, Inc. out of Manhattan Montana, is known for the way in which he balances the many aspects of his home design to achieve a masterpiece. Included in his many accomplishments is the 6,000-square-foot home that he featured in the 2016 Parade of Homes, sponsored by Southwest Montana Building Industry Association. The expansive rustic-style home in Bozeman features hand-hewn log accents, natural stone fireplaces, and remarkable finishes. 

Taylor’s team is very meticulous in the way they choose the products that make up their finished project.  When it came to topping off this specific home, he said, “we selected Bellaforté Shake by DaVinci Roofscapes, in particular because they mimic the weathered cedar shake which complements the rustic style we were after on this home. These synthetic shake tiles have a great look to them.”

According to Taylor, he plans on using DaVinci composite roofing in the future on other homes in his area. "While this type of roof can cost a bit more than other roofs, it’s definitely worth it," says Taylor. "The cedar-shake look coupled with the low maintenance aspects and lifetime limited warranty will be very appealing to homebuyers in our area.”

Thanks to the CT Construction team, the homeowners now have a remarkable home with a DaVinci roof overhead to top it off with style and an unfaltering product.

Want to know what other builders think of our cedar shake roofing and imitation slate shingles? Then read Architect and Builder Team Up on Simulated Slate Roofing Project and Roofer Recommends DaVinci Polymer Roofs for High-End Homes.

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FREE: "Upgrade Your Roof: The Complete Guide to Synthetic Slates and Shakes"

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Thinking of getting a new roof? Have we got a deal for you --- and it doesn't cost a cent!

Last year, DaVinci Roofscapes teamed up with the experts at This Old House magazine to create an easy-to-understand and comprehensive online guide called "Upgrade Your Roof: The Complete Guide to Synthetic Slates and Shakes."

Click HERE to download this free online guide that walks you through everything you need to consider when a new roof is in your future.

The experts and DaVinci and This Old House combined their experience to offer you everything you need to know when considering composite roofing, including:           

            - Comparing synthetic roofing to other types of roofing

            - How polymer tiles are made

            - What goes under your roofing tiles

            - Cost comparisons

            - Key factors of different types of roofing

            - Choosing the perfect slate or shake products for your home

Whether for your new home or old house, this one-stop online guide should be your first stop when considering a roof replacement!

 

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Natural Shake Vs. DaVinci Shake

Call it "The Roofing Struggle." When homeowners are set on the look of real cedar shakes, but common sense pulls them back to reality. Why? Because while beautiful, a real cedar shake roof requires an extreme amount of upkeep. Plus, over time true cedar shakes can split, curl and attract insects or algae growth.

Now flip the coin. The other side of the story is that homeowners can gain all the charm of shake by investing in synthetic shake shingles. Made of virgin polymers with built-in UV inhibitors to ensure long-lasting color, polymer shakes perform better than real wood and require no ongoing maintenance.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we're making it easy for you to compare real cedar versus synthetic shake roofing. The video displayed HERE, which features Allen Lyle of Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, provides a comprehensive comparison between our composite shake products and real shake. Take a minute to watch the video to learn more about alternative shake roofing!

And, for more details on shake roofing, see Simulated Shake Roofing Without the Hassles of Real Cedar Roofing and Real Cedar Shingles ... Worth the Hassles?

 

 

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Mansard Roofing at Donges Bay Elementary School

When Roofing Consultants, Ltd. was brought in to make recommendations on improving the building envelope of Donges Bay Elementary School, one of their first thoughts was the roofing. The school, which houses 460 students, needed the replacement of both flat and mansard roofing.

"The mansard application was old cedar shakes, many of which were well past their prime," says Eric Raatz, senior consultant with Roofing Consultants, Ltd. "Some of the cedar shakes were starting to curl. Water had run down this siding-type application for years, so there was also organic growth on the shakes. Overall, it was clear that improvements were needed."

For the very visible mansard tile shake application at the Mequon, Wisc. school, the team at Roofing Consultants, Ltd. decided to specify multi-width composite shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"We felt that a synthetic shake would last longer than natural shake and have some advantages for this application," says Raatz. "Our team compared several types of synthetic shake tiles and the DaVinci product was remarkable.

"We were especially impressed by the fire rating of the product and the algae resistance. We took a torch gun to several products and the DaVinci tiles held up incredibly well. Add to that the authentic look of the simulated cedar shakes was great and the 50-year warranty was appealing for everyone involved."

With five locations throughout the Midwest, Roofing Consultants, Ltd. offers engineering, architectural and building envelope specialists to support commercial projects. The licensed engineering firm includes many staff members who have earned credentials through RCI Inc., the Roofing, Waterproofing and Building Envelope Institute.

Raatz and his team specified EPDM (ethylene propylene dienete polymer) for the flat section of the roof for its durability. The synthetic rubber roofing membrane, which is unseen from the ground, served the needs of the project. For the more visible aspects of the school's mansard roof, white sheet metal trim was added to accent the rich deep color of the DaVinci Tahoe Blend shake tiles.

"The finished product is tremendous," says Raatz. "The look is great and we enhanced the durability of these synthetic shakes by going a step 'above and beyond' by recommending that ring shank stainless steel nails were used. This roofing application will last for decades!"

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Efficient Operations at DaVinci Mean More Savings for YOU!

We're better than ever. Really. Our plant operations have become so efficient at DaVinci Roofscapes that we dropped our product pricing in late 2016.

"When DaVinci started manufacturing synthetic roofing tiles about two decades ago they were considered specialty products," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO for DaVinci Roofscapes. "Now, thanks to technological advancements our synthetic slate and shake tiles are seen more as 'main stream' products.

DaVinci Roofscapes Manufacturing"This means we're very comfortable competing against products like slate, real cedar, high end asphalt and other materials. From an aesthetic, performance and cost standpoint synthetic roofing products are very competitive."

Using new molds at DaVinci (see DaVinci Roofscapes Applauds "American Made Matters Day") allowed us to enhance the look of all our slate profiles in 2016. The thicker, more authentic profiles accurately replicate the quarried look of slate at a cost less than natural slate. Thanks to recent price reductions, pricing for the company's Bellaforté Shake tiles falls below pricing of many real cedar shingles, but with the added benefit of resistance to fire, splitting, curling, mold and algae.

"Adding more workers and line equipment at our plant, along with other advances, have enabled us to leverage our operational efficiencies," says Rosewall. "The bottom line is that we're more efficient than ever before at making our quality synthetic roofing products and we've shared the saving to our distributors. It's our sincere hope that those price breaks are then passed on through the channel to roofers and homeowners."

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50+ DaVinci Shake Roofs and Counting

 

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Family means everything to Chris and Terry Neemann. So, when their sons decided to join the family roofing business the couple was proud to rename their company from Neemann Roofing to Neemann & Sons, Inc.

"We're a family-owned business that appreciates living and working in the Lincoln, Nebraska area," says Chris Neemann. "Our sons --- Travis, Trevor and Trent --- all work alongside us to provide excellent customer service."

That focus on customer service has led the Neemann family to installing more than 50 DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofs in the past eight years.

"Typically we're doing replacement wood shingle roofs that are failing due to old age or storm damage," says Neemann. "We've been very pleased with the DaVinci simulated shake shingles. Our customers love both the appearance of the Single-Width Shake tiles and the long-term warranty that comes with them."

Of the DaVinci re-roofing jobs the Neemanns have completed, a few stand out. "We worked with the DaVinci team to create a custom five-color blend of tiles that turned out beautifully for one home," says Neemann. "On another project, the team worked with us to create a Multi-Width Shake blend that perfectly matched the house. In one community alone we've done at least half a dozen reroofing projects with this durable material. Hail is definitely a problem in our area --- but once a roof has been replaced with the DaVinci product we know the problem has been eliminated."

According to Neemann, the consistent quality of the composite shake tiles from DaVinci isn't the only thing that has impressed her family. "We've had great customer service over the years that supports our projects and has helped build our business," says Neemann. "We're going to continue recommending DaVinci to our customers because we believe in the product and we've repeatedly seen that it makes a positive addition to homes."

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The Neemann family aren't the only roofers to endorse shake roofing shingles from DaVinci. For more roofer insights, visit DaVinci Roofscapes Shake Up Log Cabins and Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos.

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Featured Project of the Year - Sparrow Exteriors

Throughout the year, as contractors register their jobs, we are presented with so many good projects that we're excited to feature on our blog. What makes a project blog-worthy? Well, not only does it look amazing, but it comes from loyal contractors who are eager to provide DaVinci Roofscapes with feedback, awesome photography, and stories about how working with our polymer roof tiles impacts their business.

For the third year running, we have asked our loyal contractors to submit projects they believe should be chosen for Featured Project of the Year. Among other prizes at stake, the big opportunity is to have a banner featuring the contractor and the project displayed in our booth at the 2017 International Roofing Expo which starts tomorrow in Las Vegas! So, without further adieu, is the first of the three winners chosen as part of the 2016 Featured Project of the Year.

This project was installed by Sparrow Exteriors out of Woodstock, Georgia. Sparrow sent us this video as their submission, which detailed the tear off of an old shake roof in Rosewell, Georgia, and a replacement with a Bellaforté Shake roof. We loved the story the video told which showed a total transformation of the exterior of this home. Check it out and see for yourself!

 

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If you are headed out to the International Roofing Expo, DaVinci will be in booth #​2245. The show starts tomorrow, Wednesday, March 1, and runs until Friday, March 3. We will be featuring this project, along with the other two winners in our booth. Hope to see you there!
 
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Heber Valley: A Hot Spot for DaVinci Roofing

What's going on in Heber Valley, Utah?

During the past several years we've witnessed a constant increase in DaVinci polymer roofing being specified and installed in this beautiful area of the country.

Where can you find synthetic shake and simulated slate roofing in Heber Valley? Everywhere.

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Designer Kevin Price has specified our polymer shake roofing tiles on many of the homes in the Red Ledges community and is still going strong with DaVinci roofing products. (See Designer Shakes Up Utah Roofs) "Since the roof in this desert setting takes the most abuse from the sun and weather, it needs to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing," says Price, president of Kevin Price Designs. "Both the Multi-Width Shake and Bellaforté Shake lightweight roofing materials we've been using capture both desires perfectly."

On Top Roofing has also seen an increase in usage of DaVinci polymer slate roofing materials. The company has installed our products on many high-end multi-family homes in the area. The new construction projects are starting off right ... with Multi-Width Slate roofs in the Slate Gray color blend.

Head to the downtown Heber Valley Visitor Center and you'll also find a DaVinci tile roofing --- right on their building! (See Heber Valley Visitor Center)

polymer shakeConstructed in 1992, the alpine-style visitor's center was in dire need of a new roof. "When the team started pressure washing our wood shake roof, water began leaking into the building," says Rachel Kahler, marketing and events manager for the Heber Valley Visitors Center. "The original wood shake roof had deteriorated badly over time and had finally given out.

"After reviewing our options and budget, we decided the best solution was new Bellaforté Shake composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes in a Tahoe-VariBlend. These simulated shake tiles beautifully accent our peg-and-groove building. The tiles look extremely authentic. People now stop in our visitors center and ask us about the roof on the building!"

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DaVinci Roofscapes Lowers Product Pricing By Up to 16%

You read that headline correctly. At DaVinci Roofscapes, we've done something few other companies have ever done: we've LOWERED our pricing.

During the fourth quarter of 2016, our leadership team determined that we were experiencing manufacturing efficiencies that allowed us to save money --- and we decided to pass on those savings to you!

The price reductions range from 11 to 16 percent on several of our popular synthetic slate and imitation shake product lines.  

"We're going 'outside of the box' by sharing our cost savings to make our composite roofing products even more accessible to roofers and homeowners across the country," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO for DaVinci Roofscapes. "We're exceptionally conscious of what the market is telling us versus what our competitors are doing. For us, it's all about advancing the growth of our customer's business.

"Most importantly, we've heard from distributors, roofers and builders that our products are becoming more preferred to the natural roofing products. People want the expected look of shake and slate, but they want the benefits that a manmade product offers. We've achieved that goal by creating realistic-looking products with exceptional features."

If you're thinking of investing in one of our designer roofs, don't let price concerns stop you. Just ask about the lower prices now available on our composite slate and synthetic slate roofing products! 

P.S. - Don't wait -- DaVinci Roofscapes Predicts Demand to Increase in 2017 for Synthetic Roofing!

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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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Custom Roof Color Answers Church's Prayers

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kronborg, Neb. has been through some terrifying weather in its 118-year history. After straight-line winds and large hail struck the church, parsonage and fellowship hall in 2014, the congregation went in search of new siding, windows and roofing.

lightweight roofing tiles"Danish churches like ours are known for our red and white roofs, which tie back to the colors of the Danish flag and the heritage of our church," says Gene Hansen, a member of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. "Those colors identify us. We knew we needed to replace the roof with a product that could help protect the church more in the future but still had those special colors."

Congregation members voted to install Bellaforté Shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes in a custom red color on both the church and the Fellowship Hall in 2016.

"The durability and beauty of this roof really spoke to the church members," says Nick Paschke, president of Paschke Brothers Construction. "The composite roofing answers so many challenges for this project. We were removing old wood shingles, metal and other roofing products. As we tackled the steepness of the steeple, the lightweight nature of the polymer roofing really helped us."

This Nebraska church isn't alone in relying on synthetic roofing tiles from DaVinci. See more church stories at Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead and Impact-Resistant DaVinci Roof Tops Kansas Church.

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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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