That's A Lot of Roof

Lee and Chris Young have a sprawling custom home in Kansas. When their old cedar roofing started to fail they didn't want to say farewell to the look of cedar shake roofing --- just to the hassles inherent in real cedar.

"Wind, sun and hail took their toll on our shake shingles," says homeowner Lee Young. "We plan to live in our house for another 15-20 years and wanted a roofing product that would maintain a like-new appearance for decades to come.

"We're in a rural area, so we also have concerns about fire protection and the spread of wildfire. That's a big concern throughout Kansas these days. Once we did our research, we found that composite shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes was the answer. It brought us comfort just knowing about its high ratings against fire spread, wind and impact."

The Youngs selected DaVinci Multi-Width Shake in a Tahoe Blend to cover their home in the "wood shingle" look they wanted. And they chose Weddle & Sons, Inc. to handle the challenging task of installation.

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"This was a huge project because of the size of the roof along with the beautiful landscaping surrounding the home," says Allyn Weddle, co-founder of Weddle & Sons. "We took great care to plan out removal of the old cedar shake roofing, covering up the roof to protect from pop-up storms, and then the actual installation of the synthetic cedar shake materials.

"This was one of almost 20 DaVinci roofs we installed last year, so we have solid experience with this simulated shake roofing product. Because our company serves communities within a 60-mile radius of Manhattan, Kansas, we get repeat calls for this composite roofing. It can withstand severe weather and look great for years to come.

"With a DaVinci roof overhead, homeowners definitely have more peace-of-mind. And, in some cases like the Youngs, there's also an added benefit of gaining discounts on homeowner insurance premiums. That's a win-win situation!"

Want to learn more about how other homeowners made the switch to composite roofing? Check out  North Carolina Embraces Polymer Shake Shingles and  Big Changes for Big Bear Lake Resident.

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Featured Project - Dawsonville, GA

Ever since we rolled it out, Bellaforté Shake has exceeded expectations with architects, roofing contractors, and homeowners. These lightweight tiles are Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated, 110 mph wind rated and come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. The profile is thick, emulating the rich look of jumbo cedar shakes, and they come in natural color blends. All of these features allow us to fit nicely into areas where natural shakes just aren't a viable choice anymore, whether it due to climate or access to quality cedar products. 

This project, installed by Braswell Construction Group out of Convington, GA, shows the Tahoe Blend on a house with dark blue siding. The combination of the dark on dark is striking and a look that would just not be possible with natural cedar shakes due to color changes as shakes age. The tiles are fade resistant, and the homeowners can remain confident that their largest fixed feature will stay the dark color blend they chose. 

Braswell Construction Group
678-283-2551
www.braswellconstructiongroup.com

 

 

 

 

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Fake Cedar Shake Roofs Top Historical Projects

History is repeating itself ... this time at the Governor Ross Mansion in Delaware.

Fake Cedar ShakeEarly in 2015 the Seaford Historical Society decided it was time to replace the old roof on the Victorian Italianate mansion where Governor William Henry Harrison Ross lived in the 1850s. The brick home, featuring a three-story tower, is a testament to gentile southern living before Civil War times.

In their search for an authentic roof replacement, French & Ryan Architects recommended a Fancy Shake roof to the historical society. A Tahoe blend of five shades of brownish tones weaves together to create a stunning designer roof on the restored mansion.

So, why do we say history is repeating itself?

Because, at DaVinci Roofscapes, our composite shake roofing tiles can be found on a variety of historical projects.  From the 1881 First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Oregon  to the Animus Museum in Durango, Colorado, synthetic shake roofing from DaVinci has been repeatedly selected for historic preservation projects across the country. (see Historical Sites Rely on Polymer Roofing)

If you have an older project that needs the look of real cedar shakes without the hassles of insects, algae and the potential for hail or fire damage, it's time to check out the variety of polymer shake options from DaVinci with their lifetime limited warranty. It's a history lesson worth repeating!

 

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5 "Projects with Payback" for Home Improvement Month

May is Home Improvement Month --- the ideal time to make upgrades to your home.

"Owning a home means you have the ability to enhance your living space on a regular basis," says Allen Lyle, co-host of the Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford radio show. "Home Improvement Month is the ideal time to consider updating your roof, adding a deck or changing out your windows."

Lyle reminds people that improvements to the home are more than just a necessity --- they're an investment in the life and value of the home. "Don't think of it as splurging on a new roof or privacy window," says Lyle. "Instead, know that every positive change you make to your home adds to its overall resale value."

Designer RoofIn the 2016 Cost Versus Value Report issued by Remodeling magazine, 30 popular remodeling projects were evaluated. The study shows that, on an average, homeowners with mid-range priced homes can expect to recoup 91.5 percent of their investment when replacing a garage door. Other high return-on-investment projects around the house include a roof replacement (71.7 percent cost recoup expected) and adding a composite deck (64.4 percent cost recoup expected).

With these insights and motivation in mind, here are five "projects with payback" you can consider tackling during Home Improvement Month to enhance your home:

Project #1 - Replace a garage door. This is probably the hardest working door in your home. You enter your house through it several times a day, so update it with a style that reflects your home's character. Consider a dependable American Tradition SeriesTM steel garage door from Haas Door® that combines elegant craftsmanship with durability. These carriage house style garage doors come in solid or wood-grain colors with unique overlay colors and details so you can personalize the door to your home.

Project #2 - Get a new roof. It protects your family and your home, so don't take your roof for granted. Evaluate it every year, and, if it's time for a replacement, consider a long-lasting, low-maintenance synthetic shake or slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes®. The realistic-looking shingles resist impact, fire and insect damage for peace-of-mind. Plus, having this sturdy roof overhead can often result in reduced homeowner insurance premiums each year!

Project #3 - Add a new deck. Ready to enjoy your outdoor living space in a new way? Add Composite Decking and prepare to relax in style. Easy to install, low-maintenance compression molded composite decking has a deep, lasting wood-grain look. Best of all, there's no need for painting or staining, and it comes in a variety of colors to complement your home exterior.

Project #4 - Upgrade to a designer privacy window. Tired of too-close neighbors looking into your home? Decorative privacy windows from Hy-Lite® solve that problem. Replace existing windows in the bathroom and other rooms with eclectic Baroque, Mission, Prairie or Metro windows in the Home Designer CollectionTM to add style and privacy to your home.

Project #5 - Replace rotted exterior trim. Can you poke your finger into rotting trim around your home? If so, it's time to replace those insect-infested boards with cellular PVC trim. Long-term maintenance hassles disappear when you invest in composite trim pieces like those from Ply Gem®. The durable pieces don't absorb water like wood, so they won't rot or warp. And, because they're a cellular material, they tend to hold paint longer, giving you more time to enjoy your home rather than work on it.

Snow guards should be considered in all geographic areas where accumulating snow fall is possible.

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Featured Project - Mentor, OH

Wow! It is like our luxury roof tiles were made for the mansard on this apartment complex located in Mentor, OH. The Deepwoods North Apartments met their steep slope roofing match with Bellaforté Shake in the Tahoe color blend when Runyon & Sons Roofing installed the material on the project last year. Using our imitation shake products enables apartment complexes and other multi-family living structures to have the aesthetic quality that brings renters in, but overall will save them on wear and tear that happens to shakes. 

When I was preparing to write this blog, I showed this photo to our VP of Technical Services, Tim Gentry. He liked the way Runyon & Sons Roofing (also out of Mentor, OH) did the flashing detail around the windows and up top where the flat roof meets the Bellaforté Shake tiles. Thank you for sharing your photos with us Runyon & Sons!

Runyon & Sons Roofing
440-974-6810
www.runyonroofing.com

 

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Windy Weather? You Need DaVinci Roofscapes

Spring storms come fast and hard in the Midwest. This is the time of year when Midwesterners have to hunker down and prepare for the worst.

That's exactly what happened last year to homeowners Thomas and Tammy Ritchie in Wichita, Kansas.

"Our house was hit last Spring by 100mph winds, or possibly a small twister," says Tammy Ritchie. "We lost a good chunk of our concrete roof and ended up getting replacement roof appraisals from three different companies.

Fake Shake"We decided to invest in a Bellaforté Shake synthetic roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. We were impressed by how well this shake alternative roof tested against 100+ mph winds and it looked truly authentic. The added bonus is that our insurance company, Farm Bureau, offers us a yearly discount on our homeowners insurance with this fake cedar shake roof."

Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab that secures every tile to drastically improve wind performance. The composite shake tiles have passed the ASTM D 3161 test for 110 mph wind resistance, along with the UL 2218 testing for Class 4 impact resistance. (See Huff and Puff ... and DON'T Blow Composite Roofing AwayThe designer roof has a lifetime limited material warranty and a Class A fire rating.

The Ritchies relied on Heiland Roofing and Exteriors to install their new synthetic shake roof. "Heiland did an amazing job," says Ritchie. "We wouldn't change one thing about our decision to hire them.

"The team cleaned up the entire work area every night and left things neat and tidy. The workers were polite and professional, and Mike Heiland kept us informed throughout the entire job of his progress."

According to Ritchie, the entire experience turned from a windy, bad mess to a positive move for the homeowners. "The roof looks great and I love knowing that it has passed the test to resist the crazy winds we get here in Kansas," says Ritchie. "Now we have a reliable roof overhead and we're saving on our insurance premiums!"

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Featured Project - Ft. Worth, TX

When you look at a roof, your attention mainly goes to the field tiles, which are the tiles that make the majority of a roof. Sometimes, though, it is all in the details. For our polymer slate and shake roof systems we offer all the accessories including starter tiles, one piece hip/ridge tiles, two piece hip/ridge tiles, transition tiles, and turret tiles. All of these components, combined with the field tiles, makes up all the parts that a contractor would need to complete your roof. 

Ramon Roofing out of Fort Worth, TX recently completed a job in Single-Width Slate in the Castle Gray Blend and sent over some great pictures of the details of the roof, including one with a custom made cap to top a turret. Recently, the Dallas/Fort Worth area experienced a bit of hail and we're thinking these homeowners are glad they put on a DaVinci Roofscapes' impact resistant roof!

Ramon Roofing
817-924-1645
www.ramonroofing.com

 

 
                       Field Tiles                                                                 One-Piece Hip/Ridge and a custom cap

 

 

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A New Roof ... Times 35

Selecting a new roof for your home can seem like a challenging task ... but what about when you're involved in selecting roofs for 35 homes?

That's the scenario Jim Packard found himself in when hail damaged the roofs of all 35 condos in the Catawba Shores community back in 2013. The damage was so bad to the roofs on the homes located on Lake Erie that the insurance company subsidized the cost of replacing all of them.
 
That's the good news. But the community was constructed in 1985 and the homeowners expected to get more "life" out of their real cedar shakes. (See Lakeside Condo Community Relies on Bellaforté Shake Roofing Tile

“The hail damage caught us by surprise," says Packard, president of the Catawba Shores Homeowners Association in Port Clinton, Ohio. "We quickly learned that real wood shakes just don’t hold up against Mother Nature.”

After researching the community’s options and meeting with a contractor from Industrial Tech Construction and a representative a DaVinci Roofscapes, the Catawba Shores community committed to the man-made Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles.

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“We’re all extremely pleased with the authentic appearance of these synthetic shake tiles and how they’ve given a fresh, new look to our condos,” says Packard. “More importantly, we feel we made the right selection with DaVinci since these roofing tiles are impact-, hail-, insect-, algae- and fire-resistant.

"We estimate that we’re saving more than $10,000 per year on the ongoing maintenance costs from our old roof, and we’ve got the peace-of-mind that these roofs will help protect our units from fire and hail."

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Real Cedar Shingles ... Worth the Hassles?

Ask 10 people what's the best thing about real cedar shake roofing and you'll probably get the same answer from each person: the appearance.

Fake Cedar ShakeThen, ask those same 10 people what's the worst thing about cedar roof shingles. You may get 10 different answers. Insect infestations. Decay. Fire. Splitting. Termites. Curling. Rotting. You get the idea.

The solution is actually fairly simple. Find a roofing product with the natural look of real cedar shake but with none of the inherent problems. That's how we created our synthetic shake roofing material.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we've taken real pieces of cedar to create the molds for our simulated shake roofing. There are different grain patterns and sizes to replicate natural hand-split real cedar, complete with slanted sawn edges and staggered lengths. And, we offer our Multi-Width, Single-Width and Bellaforté Shake composite roofing in a wide variety of color options ... so you can get everything from varying shades of Weathered Gray to Autumn to Chesapeake.

Best of all, you can say fair riddance to that lengthy list of problems that are sure to crop up with real cedar shingles. (See No Sissy Shakes)

Each DaVinci Shake roofing tile is made of virgin resins that include fire retardants, state-of-the-art color and ultraviolet stabilizers and inorganic pigments that are safe for the environment. The synthetic shakes resist insects, decay and weathering. And, each tile is completely recyclable. 

What to learn more? See how DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options

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On the Road ... with DaVinci Roofscapes!

Philadelphia. Las Vegas. Anchorage. San Francisco. Those are just some of the many cities where DaVinci Roofscapes will participate in trade shows in the coming weeks.

Our polymer roofing products have become so popular that we've cloned our booth! Now we have displays of our impressive imitation slate shingles and synthetic shake roof tiles "on the road" to several locations constantly to keep up with demand.

While many of these shows are limited to the members of professional trades (and it's like alphabet soup figuring out which group event you can attend!) there are some shows open to the public.

Here's a listing of where you can find our designer roof products in the coming weeks:

April 17-19: Anchorage Home Show in Anchorage, Alaska

 

May 9-12: ALFA 2016 in Denver, booth 843

May 19-21: AIA Show in Philadelphia, booth 2523

May 22-26: ICSC Reconstruction in Las Vegas, booth N1768

 

June 3-4: ECHO Show in San Francisco, booth 106

June 12-14: Western Roofing Expo 2016 in Las Vegas, booth 115

June 16-18: FRSA in Orlando, booth 920

June 26-28: BOMA 2016 in Baltimore, booth 930

If you live in any of these cities, stop by to see our products in person. Or, if you'd like more details on our products, visit our YouTube site to see videos on how we make our products and how they're used in different residential applications.

 

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It's All About the Roof

Throughout the mountainous areas of Nevada and California, home designs go far beyond simplistic. They capture incredible views while blending effortlessly into the landscape.

Fake Cedar ShakeGeometric-shaped homes, A-frame getaways and multi-level vacation homes bring the focus clearly on the roofs of these mountainside retreats. “In our area, the roof is an integral part of the home design,” says Mike Hudson, a roofing installer in Nevada’s Incline Village area. “With so much exposure to our sometimes severe weather conditions of snow, winds and heavy moisture, selecting the right roofing tile is a critical decision for homeowners, architects and builders.”

For more than 35 years Hudson has installed every type of roofing product imaginable. Ask the founder and president of Class A Roofing what his preferred type of roofing material is, and you’ll find that he’s a fan of composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes. (See what other roofers have to say about DaVinci roofs at Out of the Mouths of Contractors)

“Without a doubt, I really like synthetic roofing tiles for project work,” says Hudson. “The advantages of these tiles over original slate or shake roofing are substantial. Ever since being introduced to these tiles I’ve had tremendous success with them. Installation is fast and easy. Best of all, synthetic roofing tiles allow us to create beautiful, lasting roofs that combine Old World techniques with New World technology.”

Multi-Level Homes

Polymer SlateFrom a small A-frame to a sprawling lakefront home with surrounding mountain views and multiple rooflines, Hudson works on projects of all sizes. One roof installation on a South Lake Tahoe project left the contractor with a new appreciation of synthetic roofing tiles.

“We had the custom Green and Gray Blend Slate roofing tiles created especially for this home,” says Hudson. “The ability to get custom blends is just another reason I like synthetic roofing tiles. I was able to offer this homeowner a roof that perfectly complements his home’s overall design and natural setting.

For the multi-level home project, there were four different roof pitches. Even with last minute design changes, Hudson was unflappable about the roofing installation.

 “The DaVinci slate requires no special engineering for added weight, so changes to the design structure present no problems for us,” says Hudson. “Even though we had virtually 15 roofs to apply on this one house, the work went quickly and easily. The starter tiles and accessories that come with synthetic roofing make it possible to customize any application.”

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Sick of Cedar Shakes

It doesn't take much to fall "out of love" with a product you thought would be great for your home long-term.

Broken sprinkler heads on a lawn irrigation system. Windows that let in moisture and continually fog up. An entry door that never closes "just right" so you're always feeling chilly drafts.

Real cedar shake roofing falls into that same category.  While a wood shake roof may look good when it's first installed, it doesn't take long to fall out of love with it. Why? Because real cedar shakes can deteriorate quickly. They welcome bug infestations and the shakes can warp and curl. All of which mean constant maintenance headaches.

If you want to stay in love with a cedar roof, make the smart choice and select composite shake roofing. Made of fire- and impact-resistant polymers, simulated shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes resists insects, warping and curling ... and it doesn't fade like real cedar shake roofing.

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At DaVinci, we offer you four different synthetic shake roofing options to perfectly complement your home ...and your wallet:

> DaVinci Multi-Width Shake: Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths that can be installed in a non-repeating fashion in either a straight or staggered pattern. A deep 5/8" profile has both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend to create enviable shadow lines.

> DaVinci Single-Width Shake: 9" shake alternative tiles resemble hand-split cedar shake roofing. The 5/8" profile deepens shadow lines replicate real cedar roofing.

> Bellaforté Shake: The 12" tile width with multiple profiles simulates a multi-width, staggered rough hewn wood shake. And, at 1" average tile thickness, Bellaforté Shake designer roof tiles are reminiscent of natural jumbo shakes.

> Fancy Shake: With a clean, smooth look replicating machine-sawn shake, these 7/16" thick shake shingles provide a polished beauty for your roof. Available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with bundles arriving at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork.

Polymer Shake Roofing

 

Learn more about our shake roofing materials at No Sissy Shakes and Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci

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March 26: I Love My Polymer Roof Day!

The windy month is here! Which is why March is probably also celebrated as National Kite Month. But, did you know that March is also National Noodle Month, Mad for Plaid Month and Dolphin Awareness Month?

Polymer Slate RoofAt DaVinci Roofscapes, we marked our calendars for March 6-12, which is Women in Construction Week. And, since we are a Made in America company, we like to celebrate the third week of March, which is National Manufacturing Week.

Although some of us might not admit it, our calendars are also marked for some very fun dates to remember in March, such as Sock Monkey Day on the 5th, International Fanny Pack Day on the 12th and World Marbles Day on the 25th.  And, as a last farewell to winter weather, we're looking forward to Snowman Burning Day on the 20th!

Of course, March also has some very serious dates to remember. March 13 is Daylight Savings Time and Easter falls early this year on March 27. The Ides of March are on the 15th ... and the oftentimes not-so-serious St. Patrick's Day is on the 17th.

Finally ... our absolute favorite March date is the 26th.  That's "Make Up Your Own Holiday Day."  So, we're declaring March 26 as "I Love My Polymer Roof Day." If you have a synthetic shake or imitation slate polymer roof, join us on March 26th by posting your love of polymer roofing on your Facebook page - be sure to tag DaVinci Roofscapes so we can celebrate with you!

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One-of-a-Kind Synthetic Roofing Material

How do you know a roofing company really believes in the polymer roofing product they install? When they put it on their own company headquarters!

TASK Construction did just that ... they installed DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roofing on their Leawood, Kansas headquarters building in late 2015. According to company president Jake Kaminski, they selected a Bellaforté Shake in a Mountain-VariBlend to perfectly accent their building exterior.

Fake Cedar ShakeQ: Your company headquarters already had a standing seam metal roof on it that was in good condition. So, why replace it with simulated shake roofing?

A: We decided to update the look of our office building with a material that has proven long-term sustainability. We love the realistic aesthetics and curb appeal of the DaVinci product and we believe this composite shake roof brings positive attention to our place of business.

Q: TASK has offices in six major markets throughout the U.S. and you've completed almost 100 DaVinci roof installations in various regions of the country. What keeps you coming back to DaVinci lightweight roofing solutions?

A: DaVinci is a one-of-a-kind roofing product that is unmatched in functionality and aesthetics. We have never experienced a repair call after installation or witnessed any type of defective manufacturing. Our crews are enthusiastic about installing this synthetic roofing material. We're proud of our commitment to surpass expectations in every project we complete. Whether on a residential or commercial project, the curb appeal of the DaVinci product speaks for itself and helps us achieve this goal.

Q: What would you tell your friends and family members if they asked you about DaVinci products?

A: I would confidently tell them that DaVinci Roofscapes is the last roofing system they'll ever have to put on their homes ... then I'd point to our headquarters roof and show them that we believe in the product so much we put it on our building!

Need more Roofer Insights into DaVinci Composite Roofing? Then see Interview with High-End Contractor, John Howard of Gentry Roofing in Kansas City and Roofer Endorses DaVinci Roofscapes.

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Composite Shake Tops Historic Buildings

Looking to make a move to Pennsylvania? Then you may want to check out the beautiful luxury homes available from Toll Brothers at Liseter, a master-planned community in Newtown Square.

While the homes are all new, there are two historic stone buildings on the site, which started as "Liseter Farm," a horse farm created in the 1920s. Nestled in Delaware County, the once-grand estate now happily welcomes new homeowners. As people pass by the older buildings they most likely think the cedar shake roofing overhead is authentic cedar, but they'd be wrong.

 

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Two rebuilt historic structures and one new building are where they'll find DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake roofing tiles.

"We installed the DaVinci polymer shake tiles in the Spring and Summer of 2014," says William Reinhardt with A. Brooks Roofing, Inc. "This was our first DaVinci installation. The historic buildings were rebuilt and presented to us as if newly constructed, so we could easily move forward with the roofing installation.

"There's an amazing natural look to the DaVinci composite shake products that fit in very well with this setting. And, the reduced weight of the product makes it easy to work with. This was a beautiful product to work with and one that really complements the historic nature of these buildings."

You can also be  Shaking Up Your Roof with Unlimited Possibilities

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IRE Forecast: Sunny with a Chance of Synthetic Slate

If you're visiting the International Roofing Expo this week in Orlando, don't be lured outside by the 70 degree weather and sunny skies. Step inside the Orange County Convention Center and head to booth #1275 for a truly eye-opening experience.

DaVinci Roofscapes is at IRE showcasing our newest slate profiles, featuring synthetic slate composite roofing profiles with an authentic quarried look. These polymer slates tiles feature a thick, realistic profile that accurately replicates real slate.

Fake Slate

 

And, if Orlando's sunny weather makes you want to cool off, come see our new Cool Roof EcoBlend colors that are available starting in mid-March. The new color blends for EcoBlend polymer shake and slate roofs include:

  • Tahoe-EcoBlend: Light Tahoe, Medium Light Tahoe and Medium Tahoe
  • Mountain-EcoBlend: Light Mountain, Medium Mountain and Dark Mountain
  • Brownstone-EcoBlend: Light Brown, Dark Stone and Dark Tan blend
  • Slate Gray-EcoBlend: Slate Gray

 

Only at the DaVinci Roofscapes booth can you cool off with hot new products!

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Architectural West Magazine Focuses on DaVinci Roofscapes

What are architects reading about these days? In the two most recent issues of Architectural West magazine, they're reading about synthetic shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes!

The November/December 2015 issue of the magazine included a cover story on the re-roofing of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Centennial, Colorado featuring composite shake shingles from DaVinci. (See Horn Brothers Create Lightweight Roofing Solutions).

Then, in the new January/February 2016 issue, the cover story is on the beautiful Fleur du Lac Estates project on the shores of Lake Tahoe in Nevada.  That's where DaVinci simulated shake roofing tiles have been installed on the Yacht Club and Boat House, and will soon appear on homes in the community. (See Hassle-Free DaVinci Shake Tiles)

In case you don't subscribe to Architectural West, we want to make it easy for you to read these in-depth project profiles on DaVinci polymer roofing. Just click on the magazine covers below to get instantly connected to the stories.  Happy reading!

 

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Visit Booth #1275 at IRE!

Looking for the best of the best at IRE next week? Then stop by the DaVinci Roofscapes booth #1275 to see our newest polymer slate roofing profiles. As a bonus, we're previewing new EcoBlend colors that will be available by mid-March.

Why should you spend time at the DaVinci Roofscapes booth? Because seeing is believing.  Come see the newly-enhanced slate profile on our Single-Width Slate 12-inch tile, Multi-Width Slate and Bellaforté Slate polymer roofing tiles. When you see first-hand the depth of the profiles, the shadow lines and the realistic look of slate, you'll be convinced that these synthetic slate tiles will look great on your next project.

"These new profiles offer exceptional curb appeal value to a home or commercial project," says Ray Rosewall, CEO and president of DaVinci Roofscapes. "When looking up at a roof with these tiles it's difficult for someone to differentiate between these synthetic slate profiles and real slate."

Don't forget ... February 17 - 19, when you get to the West Hall at the Orange County Convention Center, head to booth #1275. You'll be glad you did!

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Bad News for Cupid

Oh no! Cupid has an important job to do, but he's been thwarted by homes with impact-resistant DaVinci Roofscapes polymer shake and slate tiles overhead.

"Time is tight and I'm trying to shoot my love messages to people in homes, but the DaVinci roofs are really getting in my way," says Cupid. "I'm using all my strength, but my arrows are simply bouncing off the DaVinci roofs."

Cupid has discovered what many homeowners have already learned --- DaVinci synthetic slate and imitation shake roofing tiles are Class 4 rated for impact resistance, plus they have a Class A fire rating, so even flaming arrows won't damage them.

"Synthetic roof tiles are durable in all kinds of situations," says Wendy Bruch, marketing manager with DaVinci Roofscapes. "Our roofs normally have to stand up to hail, high winds, snow and other weather conditions that Mother Nature throws at them. So, unfortunately for Cupid, he's going to have to find another way to deliver his heartfelt messages."

The good news for Cupid is that he can see DaVinci roofs in shades of his favorite color --- red --- during his romantic travels.(See Red, Red Roof)

Designer RoofIn Stamford, Conn. the Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat has a custom terracotta color blend of DaVinci Multi-Width Slate on its roof to accent the restful setting of the Mediterranean-style complex and gardens. (See Terracotta-Hued Roof Added to Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat).

And, in Greenwood, Penn. homeowner Ellen Greenwood recently had a custom adobe red composite slate roof put on her 1867 white farmhouse to complement a nearby classic red metal roof on a stone barn.

Gillespie Contracting helped Greenwood get the red roof of her dreams. "The owner had a very specific shade of red in mind for her roof and I had confidence DaVinci could deliver," says Bill Gillespie, president of Gillespie Contracting. "The final choice on product selection came down to DaVinci and another faux slate. Mrs. Greenwood compared both products side by side and felt the DaVinci simulated slate roofing was more durable and sturdier than the other option."

Durable, colorful and arrow puncture-proof. A winning combination sure to impress even Cupid.

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Mother Nature Hired as Head Designer at DaVinci Roofscapes

As we launch into 2016, the team at DaVinci Roofscapes gives full credit to Mother Nature for the continued success and acceptance of our composite shake and imitation slate roofing products. (See Is it Real or is it DaVinci?)

"In 2015 we recreated all of our composite slate product profiles using Mother Nature as our head designer," says Mark Hansen, vice president of sales and marketing at DaVinci Roofscapes. "The results are an amazingly realistic quarried profile that people have to get up close to in order to determine they're not looking at real slate roofing.

Polymer Slate Roof

"Our synthetic Bellaforté Shake tiles were already created as an exact duplication of real wood shakes. Thanks to their authenticity, polymer shake roofing is our best selling product. With our slate line now perfectly replicating natural slate, we believe 2016 will be another strong year for our company."

Fake Cedar Shake

 

Hansen points out that growth of DaVinci products overall appears to come as a result of the acceptance and growing awareness of the company's polymer roofing.

"We always say that roofs sell roofs," says Hansen. "We seem to do the best in areas where we have had the longest presence. The more DaVinci lightweight roofing systems installed in a specific market, the more we sell there because people like what they see.

"We hear stories everyday about people stopping homeowners to ask what roofing product is on their home ... then they contact us about replacing their own roofs with DaVinci products."

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