From the Architect's Corner - Solar Panels

The use of solar panels on residential properties is slowly increasing, mainly because over the last decade the cost to manufacture and install them has started to decline. Occasionally I speak with an architect who is working on a project where solar panels will be used, and he or she is investigating shingles or tiles to use in conjunction with these panels. It has been established that solar panels can be used on almost any type of roofing material, lightweight tiles by DaVinci Roofscapes included. Recently I received some photos of Bellaforté Slate installed on a house with solar panels. The photos do a great job of showing the finished product of a residential roof pairing solar panels and our products.

Happy Friday, Architects!

Eco-Friendly Roof

Environmentally Friendly Roof

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From the Architect's Corner - Mixing Two Products

There are many amazing features of our Bellaforté Slate. These lightweight tiles are our most cost effective product, they self-align for a fast installation, and they boast top performance ratings for fire, wind, and impact. Because of their self-aligning design, however, it can be difficult to maneuver the 12" x 15" tile around small or curved portions of the roof. The solution for this is to use our Multi-Width or Single-Width slate alternative on the parts of the roof where you need a bit more flexibility in design such as eyebrow windows, turrets or bay windows. The multi-width and single-width products are not self-aligning systems, so there is more wiggle room in pliability and cutting tiles to fit into a specific area. See photo examples below.

Happy Friday Architects!

 

   Bellaforté Slate on the majority of the roof, Single-Width Slate over the bay window. 

Bellaforté Slate on the majority of the roof, and Multi-Width Slate on the turret. 

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Home Improvement Month Tips for Your Roof

The focus in May during Home Improvement Month for many homeowners should start at the top of the house. That's the advice of home improvement expert Allen Lyle with Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford.

"The roof is the most essential item that helps protect your home and its contents, so you want to place a priority on its care," says Lyle, co-host of the Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford radio show.

Lyle suggests homeowners hire professional roofers or roofing inspectors to evaluate roofs after major storms or with older homes. (see also Worried? Sleep Easier with a DaVinci Roof Overhead)

Fake SlateFor homeowners doing their own evaluation he recommends the following:

Tip 1 - Make sure to inspect your roof on a windy day. That's when you're most likely to see broken tiles or those not secured properly because they'll be “flapping” in the wind.

Tip 2 - Take a pair of binoculars and "inspect" your roof from all angles around your house. Look for missing or damaged tiles that may indicate the life of your roof is coming to an end. If that's the case, consider a replacement eco friendly roof made of polymer roofing tiles, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes, that offer long-lasting beauty and durability, without maintenance hassles.

Tip 3 - If you have asphalt shingles, when you clean out your gutters, look to see how many asphalt granules are in the gutter. An abundance of shingle granule residue means your roofing product is starting to break down and fail, which may mean a new roof is in your future.

Tip 4 - To view and fix problem areas yourself, use caution on the roof and with ladders. Always work with at least one other person and take special care with tools brought onto the roof to secure them.

Tip 5 - When severe weather or a hail storm comes through your area, note the date and time immediately. If you think your roof has been damaged, contact your insurance agent first. There's no need to contact a roofer. Your insurance company will send their own inspector to evaluate any damage that may have occurred.

"All areas of the country are subject to severe weather of different kinds," says Lyle. "From strong winds to wildfires to hail, our roofs take a battering from Mother Nature. One of the best way to protect your home is to invest in a roof that can stand up to the elements and has a long, solid warranty.

"I've put some composite slate and synthetic shake roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes through my own tests. I've burned them with a blow torch, frozen them, pounded on them with a baseball bat and they still look like new. That's the advantage of having an advanced man-made product on your roof. These synthetic roofing tiles are a real asset for any home."

See Allen put synthetic slate shingles and fake cedar shake shingles through his tests by viewing the video below or by clicking HERE.

 

 

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From the Architects Corner - See you at AIA 2015!

Are you heading to Atlanta for the 2015 American Institute of Architects Convention and Trade Show May 14-16th? So are we! We would love to see you, so plan to swing by booth #3832 while you're there. In the booth we're going to be showing off our NEW profile in both our Single-Width and Multi-Width polymer slate roof tiles. We will also be happy to answer technical questions, give you a rundown of our products' features and benefits, and discuss your upcoming projects. 

We had a great time in Chicago last year and we think this year will be even better!

Happy Friday, Architects!

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Unlimited Possibilities with DaVinci Roofscapes

Like a tempting, over-flowing buffet line at a quality restaurant, DaVinci Roofscapes provides an endless array of designer roof possibilities for homeowners.

First, there are the colors --- oh, the colors! Whether you're looking for a stately, refined gray or an eye-catching violet, we have the color you desire to perfectly complement your home exterior. In fact, we have 50 different colors AND we can combine different shades to create a personal blend of polymer roofing just for you. If you can't find a color that doesn't perfectly meet your desires, just bring us your favorite paint color swatch, jacket or nail polish and we can create a custom roof color to meet your needs!

Designer Roof

 

Second, the composite roofing choices. DaVinci offers simulated shake roofing and composite slate in our lightweight roofing materials. And, we don't stop there. We have both multi-width and single-width offerings in our plastic roofing materials ... plus good-better-best options for pricing.

Unlimited possibilities at DaVinci Roofscapes is more than just a tagline --- it's our way of life.

For more than 15 years we've proudly created slate roof alternatives and synthetic cedar shake roofing that authentically replicates the real product, but offers so many more advantages. Our sustainable roofing gives you peace-of-mind with our Class A Fire Rating, high wind and severe weather tolerance and lifetime limited warranty.

Need more details? Then visit Which DaVinci Slate is Right for My Home? and DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options.

 

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From the Architect's Corner - 3 Part Specs Available Online

Need a DaVinci Roofscapes' composite roofing 3-part spec? Look no further because you can find one right here. Need it in an editable document (Word), a spec for a partciular product only, or need to talk something out with me? No problem! Contact me and I will be happy to work with you or put you in touch with a local representative who can make an appointment to come in and assist you and answer all questions. 

Happy Friday, Architects!

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Low Down on Technical Downloads

Polymer RoofingThere's no resource quite like the DaVinci Roofscapes website for materials roofers can use.

The Installation Details page offers several different installation guides and videos plus Cold Weather Installation Tips, how to Retrofit Snow Guards, Five Top DaVinci Install Tips and Calculating Waste for DaVinci Products. In the Technical Details section you'll also find code compliance documents, product selection guides, product specification sheets and color guides!

Look deeper into the site and you'll also find a checklist of Things to Consider When Quoting a polymer roofing job and a detailed Turret Package brochure. What more can you find on the DaVinci website? Plenty!

            > LEED and Sustainability information

            > Color Designer Tool for creating a custom roofing blend

            > Recycling Program details

            > Project Profiles to share with potential clients

            > Videos showing everything from color selection to testing & certification to our plant manufacturing video

Lots of companies say they have a one-stop website for all the needs of contractors and roofers. But, at DaVinci we really do have everything you could possibly need on composite roofing, steep slope roofing and lightweight roofing materials. Visit our website today for all your technical roofing support!

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Shaky Shake: Cedar Roofing Woes

Let's face it ... real cedar shake shingles are, well, shaky at best.

They have a history of curling, warping and getting infected with nasty wood-eating insects. They split over time and can pop their nails. Worst of all, they're very susceptible to fire.

Fake Shake RoofIf you love the look of cedar roof shingles, but don't want to invest in a product that has a very limited lifespan with unappealing problems, consider composite shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Created to replicate the look of cedar roofing without the maintenance hassles, simulated shake roofing from DaVinci is covered by a Limited Lifetime Materials Warranty. Our synthetic cedar shake shingles are authentic looking, fire-resistant and insect-resistant ... plus they come in a wide array of colors. (See Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci)

A helpful chart on the DaVinci polymer roof tiles website easily allows you to compare the beauty, performance and installation labor related to natural cedar shake roofing to DaVinci shake roofing materials and to other synthetic shake shingles. You'll find that Single-Width Shake, Multi-Width Shake, Bellaforté Shake and Fancy Shake products all have envious features --- including a Class A Fire Rating, wind resistance up to 110mph and color fade resistance.

When it comes time to adding a luxury roof to your home, shake off your concerns by requesting low maintenance synthetic cedar shaking roofing from DaVinci.

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From the Architect's Corner - Come See us at AIA 2015!

Are you heading to Atlanta for the 2015 American Institute of Architects Convention and Trade Show May 14-16th? So are we! We would love to see you, so plan to swing by booth #3832 while you're there. In the booth we're going to be showing off our NEW profile in both our Single-Width and Multi-Width polymer slate roof tiles. We will also be happy to answer technical questions, give you a rundown of our products' features and benefits, and discuss your upcoming projects. 

We had a great time in Chicago last year and we think this year will be even better!

Happy Friday, Architects!

 

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Aliens Eating Cedar Roofing in Alabama?

Rotten Natural Cedar ShakesBefore the Gapultos had their cedar roof shingles replaced with DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing, you'd swear aliens had chewed off part of their cedar shake roof.

Just 12 years after being installed, several cedar roofing shingles were missing, while others were curling up badly. The entire roof was faded, stained and had suffered roof hail damage. Now, after the installation of simulated shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes, the home’s exterior has been transformed.

 “The original cedar shakes should have lasted another eight years or so, but they were installed straight to the deck without an underlayment, so they’re history,” says Jim Butters, owner of Advanced Roofing and Gutters Systems. “When I was called in on this project I knew the only way to restore the homeowner’s faith in their roof was to install synthetic shake shingles.”

The 125 squares of DaVinci shake alternative tiles installed on the Gapultos home have a deep-grained surface that reflects the natural texture of cedar shakes. Butters and his team of 12 installed the Tahoe blend of tiles in May of 2010.

“Along with being able to withstand the hail that originally damaged them, these eco-friendly roof tiles have been tested for high winds and fire resistance,” says Butters. “This new roof will endure whatever kind of weather comes our way in Alabama.”

For more details on this synthetic cedar shake roofing, see DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options.

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Enhanced DaVinci Roofscapes Warranty

Selecting a new designer roof is a significant home improvement project. So, you want to do your research and make sure your investment is protected.

The newly-enhanced Lifetime Limited Material Warranty from DaVinci Roofscapes provides peace-of-mind when you select a new luxury roof from DaVinci. In addition to assuring you of impact, fire and insect resistance, this warranty now includes color fade protection. We can offer that confidently because our composite roofing has color running throughout each composite slate and synthetic shake tile.  

Another great aspect of the improved warranty is that it's transferable TWICE within the first 10 years of ownership. That means the warranty is viable for you, the person you sell your home to and potentially the person they sell it to --- all within the first 10 years!

And, if you live in a high wind area with severe weather and storms, this warranty covers you for winds up to 110mph when your installer follows specific high wind installation instructions for installing our sustainable roofing.

All together, we've taken a great roofing warranty and made it even stronger. Click HERE to see all the details on our new warranty. Or, call 913-599-0766 and ask to speak with one of our customer service specialists about how this warranty will help protect you and your home!

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The Switch is On!

Look at a Ranch or European style home and you just naturally expect to see slate shingles. Similarly, if you're looking at a Bungalow or Cottage style home, you might expect to see cedar shake roofing.

Slate AlternativeIs there a right or wrong roof product for different style homes? The answer is no.

While some home styles go together like peanut butter and jelly, there are no right or wrong answers. In fact, we're surprised how often we hear from homeowners who "inherited" a specific style roof and when it came time to replace the roof, they switched to a completely different polymer roofing product.

Take Mary Katherine Hirsh for example. Her Nevada home had a cedar shake roof on it for 42 years. When she decided to replace her failing cedar roof shingles, she chose to use DaVinci Roofscapes simulated slate roofing. Hirsh reports that the slate style suits her home’s design more than the original wooden shakes.

“With slate I would have paid yearly fees just to maintain the roof,” says Hirsh. “Now with this new polymer roof I won’t have to worry about it ever again.”

Fake Slate RoofMichael Klappa is another homeowner who made the switch. He too had cedar roofing on his home, but after bug infestations and storm damage, switched to synthetic slate roofing.             

"I knew we could not install real slate because of the roof pitch and structure on our home," says Klappa, a Kansas homeowner. "Plus, real slate is extremely heavy and we would have had to spend considerable money to reinforce the roof to make it capable of holding the weight of a slate roof. Also, it would not stand up to the hail we sometimes get in our area. However, the DaVinci slate roof was so natural looking that we felt really good about our decision to make the change to this product."

Are you ready to make the switch? If so, make sure to switch to easy-care composite roofing from DaVinci!

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From the Architect's Corner - Tornado Season

Back in 2008 something pretty scary happened in a residential neighborhood in Manhattan, Kansas. An F4 tornado touched down and left behind a lot of damage. Trees were uprooted, debris was everywhere, there was damage to property. You get the picture. So when Jeff Lord and Karen Hudson emerged from the basement of their home to find a tree on their house, they were expecting to find significant damage. They called the insurance company and had somebody out to have the tree removed. Now, if you have been through something like this then you know this is where things can go sideways as you start to have visions of months of damage repair, and a revolving door of bids and different contractors to fix different areas of your home. What they found surprised everyone. Despite having a tree crash onto their roof, and neighbors on surrounding sides all suffering significant damage, they had no damage to their DaVinci Roofscapes composite slate roof. 

We recognize a story like this may not be the norm when you are dealing with a weather event like that, but the take away here is with your residential clients aesthetics will get your foot in the door, but it won't always be the number one factor in making a decision on what roofing material they end up choosing as safety and performance need to also weigh in. Specifying a material that is Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated and wind certified to 110 mph, in addition to the fact it looks like real slate and cedar shake, will end up satisfying this goal, "I want a roof that looks beautiful and will protect my home at the highest level possible". 

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Happy Friday, Architects!

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Real Cedar Shake Roofs are for the Birds!

shake roofLook! Up in the sky ... is it a bird? is it a plane? No, it's birds making their homes on real cedar roof shingles!

As these birds --- and many people --- will attest to, cedar roofing has, well, gone to the birds. Why? Perhaps because the shake shingles are the perfect nesting area for our winged friends. Or, maybe it's because natural wood shake shingles can warp, rot and decay over time ... making the perfect sanctuary for birds, but not a great roof for your home.

If you love the look of cedar shake roofing, but don't want the hassles (or bird nests!) sometimes associated with it, then now's the time to learn about cedar shake alternative roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Polymer Shake RoofMade of virgin resins, DaVinci simulated shake roofing is fire-, insect-, impact- and high-wind resistant. The rustic appeal of our shake alternative tiles comes from the deep shake impressions that perfectly replicate real shake shingles. Our virtually maintenance free plastic roofing materials also resist curling, splitting and cracking ... and fading --- so the color you select today is the same color you'll see on your roof for decades to come!

With DaVinci synthetic shake roofing, you also get choices. Our environmentally friendly roofs come in 50 different standard colors plus a variety of blends. Or, visit our Color Designer tool to create your own blend.

Need more details on DaVinci shake options? Then see DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options.

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DaVinci Roofscapes Prize Winner!

Look up the word "lucky" in the dictionary and you might see a picture of Dan Garnaat in there.

The Arkansas homeowner once won $10,000 in the Powerball lottery AND he won one of the grand prizes in the 2014 The Great TOH Giveaway --- a free DaVinci Roofscapes eco-friendly roof!

"My ranch-style home was built in 2000 and the roof had been showing signs of wear recently," says Garnaat. "I had noticed a fair amount of asphalt shingle aggregate in the gutters lately, which is never good because it means the shingles were starting to fail. I was hoping to put off getting a new roof because I just had to replace my heating and air system, which was costly. This synthetic shake roofing prize from This Old House magazine and DaVinci came at just the right time!"

Garnaat selected a Bellaforté Shake designer roof as his grand prize. To complement his single-level home he chose the composite shake roofing in the Tahoe-VariBlend combination of Light Tahoe, Medium Light Tahoe, Medium Tahoe and Medium Dark Tahoe.

"The crew from Foster Roofing stripped the old roof off and installed the new synthetic shake shingles in a little over six hours," says Garnaat. "I'm really happy with the look of this fake cedar shake product. I even have enough leftover synthetic cedar shake shingles to cover the dog house!

"I've had many good comments on this new shake roofing materials from others. When I tell them that the product is Class A Fired Rated, resists impact and has a lifetime limited materials warranty they're even more impressed!"

For another winner's story see DaVinci Roofscapes WINNER Share Her Experience.

 

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From the Architect's Corner - Free Online Learning!

Have you ever wondered what a color expert would tell you if you asked the question, "What order should I go in when selecting exterior colors for my home?"

According to Kate Smith, DaVinci Roofscapes' color expert, the correct order is roof, siding, windows, front door, trim then garage door. Unless the home is brick or stone, the largest fixed feature is probably the roof, so you will want to start there. 

Interested in learning more? Are you a professional in need of a continuing education credit? Jump over to AEC Daily's website to take our course, The FRESH Approach to Choosing Exterior Colors. It is free and available online 24/7.

 

Happy Friday, Architects! 

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Roofing ROI

It’s no secret that home upgrades cost time and money. But certain projects can actually save you money in key areas and improve the resale value of your home, while making it more beautiful and livable now.

Fake Shake RoofThe roof is an integral part of a house’s curb appeal. It’s also a vital protective layer between the elements and your family. Polymer roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes has the advantage of being impact-, fire- and weather-resistant, as well as beautiful.

A new roof can pay off, according to “Remodeling" magazine, which cites a 71.6 percent recoup of costs in their 2015 Cost vs. Value study.

Here's some great advice: skip over bargain-basement priced roofs, even if you’re on a budget. What’s important is finding a luxury roof that will be virtually maintenance free for years to come. You may pay more out of pocket now, but you’ll save big on repairs, inspection and maintenance in the long run. (See A DaVinci Slate Tile Roof - An Investment In Your Home's Aesthetic And Re-Sale Value!)

Manmade imitation slate and simulated shake roofing offer the authentic look of natural materials but are more resistant to chipping, flaking and splintering over time. And, with the 50 standard colors available from DaVinci, you can focus on your home’s 'top down' curb appeal to create a cohesive exterior.

Looking for another way to save? Ask your insurance company about any discounts that may be available each year to you on homeowner's insurance because you're investing in synthetic roofing material!

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Tune in to DaVinci Roofscapes on the Radio!

DaVinci Roofscapes is going "on the air" in 2015 with home improvement experts from both The Money Pit and Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford radio shows!

The Money PitFrom coast-to-coast on hundreds of radio stations across America, these two powerhouse radio shows bring consumers weekly updated home improvement news and insights. And, starting in March you'll be hearing more about DaVinci polymer roofing on these two exciting programs.

Need the scoop on these radio shows? The Money Pit is a nationally syndicated, call-in radio show that helps listeners with their home repair and improvement problems. Co-hosts Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete bring their expertise to the show that is carried on more than 300 radio affiliates, along with on Sirius XM satellite radio.

You may have seen Tom during one of his home improvement guest appearances on CNN, MSNBC, The History Channel or HGTV/DIY Network. Leslie, a carpenter, decorator and designer, brings her television experiences from "Hotel Impossible," "$100 Makeover" and "The Ugliest House on the Block" to the show. Together they've co-authored My Home, My Money Pit: Your Guide to Every Home Improvement Adventure.

From deep in the South, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford features national home improvement television experts Danny Lipford and Allen Lyle on their own nationally syndicated weekly radio show. Together they interview special guests, answer caller questions and trade tips on the world of home improvement.

You may have seen their Emmy-nominated television show, which is now in its 17th season on more than 200 stations nationwide. From this successful show was born their radio program in 2009, which is quickly becoming a "must hear" show for enthusiasts of home improvement on 100+ radio stations across the country.

Danny has been a home improvement guru for the CBS Early Show and The Weather Channel for years ... and Allen is a skilled handyman with decades of experience, including testing out DaVinci composite roofing for one of their shows a few years back! (Click HERE to see the fun video!)

Stay tuned for more details of these exciting partnerships as 2015 progresses ... and tune in to both The Money Pit and Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford for great home improvement tips each week!

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Do Extreme Freeze-Thaw Cycles Affect DaVinci Roof Tiles?

In some parts of the country roofing materials experience very harsh weather with extreme temperature change. The high country in the Rockies or Sierras is very indicative of this. In these mountain areas daily temperature swings of 30 to 40 degrees are common and 50 degrees or more are not unheard of. The ambient temperature can be 75 degrees wPolymer Roofith a roof temperature of 120 degrees or more during the day and then the temperature can fall considerably below freezing overnight. This change in temperature, especially if moisture is added to the mix, can be very troublesome. If a roof covering absorbs moisture and goes through-freeze thaw cycles there can be  damage that results in crazing, cracking, splitting, etc. Over time these freeze-thaw cycles can destroy a roofing product.

At DaVinci Roofscapes we have designed our tiles to be impervious to freeze-thaw. DaVinci tiles don’t absorb water so there are no issues with the tremendous force of freezing water. In addition, DaVinci tiles are very thermally stable, in fact the coefficient of thermal expansion is 10-3in/in °F. What this means is that the DaVinci 12” slate tiles expands 1/12” with a 100 degree temperature swing. Because of this you don’t get the buckling or movement that puts strain on fasteners as some products do.

DaVinci Roofscapes is a very popular roofing product for the resort areas of the Rockies and Sierras for a reason; it works. Well, also because it looks great!

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Falling in Love with DaVinci Roofscapes

February is traditionally associated with the month of love. As soon as stores remove their Christmas decorations, hearts and cupid's arrows are decked throughout the aisles.

While we associate Valentine's Day with chocolates and flowers, is it possible to fall in love with your designer roof? According to many homeowners, the answer is YES! Here's what several satisfied homeowners shared with us recently about their new polymer roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes:

"I didn't realize how different a home can look based upon roof selection. The DaVinci roof totally enhanced our home in every way. Aesthetically, it anchors the house. The color, the weight and thickness of the tiles and the materials looks very substantial."

                                    Kerry Nelson - Oklahoma homeowner

"We felt that this faux-slate roof would be a huge improvement in our area over the old asphalt shingle roof. This roof truly replicates natural slate, and it definitely lends an air of authenticity to a somewhat contemporary home design."

                                    Rob Fanjoy - Maine homeowner

"This new roof, with the patina green on the copper gutters, complements the original historic look of the home and helps us more appropriately 'fit' in our historic neighborhood. The roofing tiles never look like plastic. Right from the start they looked very natural with their understated slate gray color."

                                    Kathy Telecky - Texas homeowner

“There’s not a week that goes by when someone passing by doesn’t remark on our ‘real slate’ roof. I enjoy explaining about the benefits of our polymer roof and have no worries now about future storms in our area. This roof can handle it.”

                                    Michael Klappa - Kansas homewoner

“We still have roofers and contractors come by to show our roof to their potential customers. Both my wife Anita and I love the look of the roof and couldn’t be more satisfied with DaVinci Roofscapes.”

                                    Chuck Musgrave - Oklahoma homeowner

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