Polymer Roofing vs. Slate, Shake, Asphalt, Clay and Concrete

 

Durable: able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration; lasting.

There you have it. Webster's Dictionary has defined synthetic roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes for us.

Our cedar shake alternative and imitation slate tiles are manufactured to last --- and they're backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

Interested in how our durable, impact- and fire-resistant polymer roofing compares to other real and man-made products? Here's a fast look at the pros and cons of some competitive roofing products:

NATURAL SLATE:

            Pros: Doesn't burn; strong durability
            Cons: Heavy and brittle; requires beefy rafters and skilled roofers for installation; expensive

REAL SHAKE:

            Pros: Turns colors and fades when exposed to the sun; lightweight
            Cons: Vulnerable to fire, hail and moss growth; short lifespan; can crack and split

ASPHALT:

            Pros: Lightweight; inexpensive; fast to install
            Cons: Sheds granules; short lifespan; thin shadow lines

CLAY:

            Pros: Fireproof; long life span
            Cons: Heavy; brittle; expensive; requires heavy rafters and skilled roofers for installation

CONCRETE:

            Pros: Fireproof; unaffected by the sun; many shapes
            Cons: Heavy; vulnerable to freezing weather

Naturally we're firm believers in composite roofing for durability. You will be too once you hear how we make our polymer roof tiles.

Each shingle starts with pellets of colored plastic polymer blended with ultraviolet inhibitors and fire retardants. The mix is heated into a liquid state and then injected into a hot steel mold. Next, up to 1,000 tons of hydraulic pressure produces a tile of uniform density with a crisp, flawless profile.

That tile pops out of the press, is cooled, inspected and collated by color blend before being shipped. Want to see this operation in action? Here's our plant tour video:

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Virgin Versus Recycled Roofing Tiles

Have you ever wondered why DaVinci Roofscapes uses only virgin polymer for our field tiles?

Virgin polymers are consistent. They're the purest form of plastic so we know we can control the quality of our field roofing tiles when using virgin polymers.

It's important to know that every time plastic is reheated or reformed, it loses some of its strength and performance predictability. By using only virgin polymers, we can control the quality of imitation slate and composite shake roofing tiles that we sell. Take a walk through our manufacturing process in the video below.


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All of our incoming raw materials at DaVinci are thoroughly tested and must match our stringent specifications or we don't use the product. Knowing that our pure polymer makes the best looking and performing composite roofing tiles, we don't settle for less than the best. This is what makes DaVinci stand above the rest of the roofing manufacturers in our industry.

For our starter tiles (which are generic in color and hidden under field tiles on the roof) we do use recycled content. But, we only use product recycled at our own facility, so we're not bringing in outside product.

 

 

For these starter tiles, we sort our scrap regrind into different color batches. Then we regrind this scrap and produce our starter tiles. By only using our own product in recycling, we know there's only a one-step generation of recycling, and the original pieces that are going into our starter tiles were made according to our quality standards.

Interested in learning more about virgin and recycled plastics? There's a great article on the DeepRoot website that can provide you with details. Click HERE for a fast link!

And, to learn more about our comprehensive recycling capabilities at DaVinci, see 2016 Earth Day: DaVinci Roofscapes Recycled 800,000 Pounds of Polymer Last Year.

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Why DaVinci for a Roof Replacement?

If you're a regular reader of our blogs, you know by now that DaVinci is a smart choice for roofing. Our products resist severe weather, impact, high winds, hail and flame spread. And, our realistic-looking slate and shake roofing tiles come in 50 colors plus an assortment of color blends.

Those are all great reasons to invest in composite roofing. Now let us give you some more.

Polymer Roof TilesAccording to Mark Dalrymple, president of Butcher and Butcher Construction in Michigan, the lightweight aspect of DaVinci products should be considered when thinking about a roof replacement.

"In comparison to natural slate, the DaVinci slate products would be a smart decision on existing structures that are not built to support the weight of natural slate," says Dalrymple. "Also, when a project is budget-driven, DaVinci is a great selection for its lower installation costs.

"Natural slate can be more time consuming with sorting of the sizes and colors, and also with cutting of the slates. The ease of installing DaVinci slate tiles straight out of the bundle with presorted colors and having the bundles presorted for rain line space really can save costs and time in comparison to natural slate."

Not to worry if you're looking at synthetic shake shingles from DaVinci. Dalrymple says that the DaVinci composite shakes are also a great choice in place of natural cedar roofing on many projects.

"DaVinci shake products do not require the individual coursing felt that natural cedar shakes do," says Dalrymple. "This cuts out some material costs and eliminates one step in the installation process.

"The presorted shake bundles can really save on time, and the marked fastening points help make fastener installation quick and correct. Finally, with the lifetime limited warranty, the DaVinci shakes will last much longer than most cedar roof systems."

Still not convinced? See How Could Imitation Slate Be Better Than the Real Thing?

 

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Wood You Burn Your House Down?

Here's an easy question: What do you burn in your fireplace? The answer, of course, is wood. So if wood ignites quickly, why would you put it on your roof?

We agree that real cedar shakes look great on a roof, but why have a product installed that could put your home and family at risk? Even if treated, cedar shingles are still a product that can deteriorate over time and requires lots of ongoing maintenance.

Fake ShakeNow the solution: Class A Fire Rated shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Carefully crafted to look like real cedar roofing, synthetic shake roofing from DaVinci has all the features you've ever dreamed of in a roof. It resists impact, high winds, insects, termites, fungus and algae. And, did we mention it's fire resistant? Even if the wind blows embers on to the simulated shake roofing, they won't "catch" and spread.

Want another reason to consider hand-split fake cedar shake shingles? The colors. At DaVinci, we offer 50 standard roofing colors, plus an assortment of realistic color blends. Many of our VariBlend color combinations feature four variations of a color --- including light, medium light, medium and dark --- to naturally replicate the look of real cedar. You'll find these colors available in shades of  brown, gray, autumn and blue-gray. (See Shaking Up Your Roof with Unlimited Possibilities)

Deep shadow lines, multiple widths that create a natural, non-repeating appearance and both straight and wavy grains for an authentic look ... what more could you want from an eco-friendly, fire-resistant roof?

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Synthetic Shake Beats Out Real Shake

It can be tiring to own real cedar shake roofing. There are cedar roof shingles that need replacing from time to time due to popping or warping, and insect infestations need to be dealt with regularly.

For Dave and Jeannie Schwab, the effort of cleaning and applying shake oil to their massive cedar shake roof every five years or so eventually wore them down. They loved the look of shake on their home, but hated the maintenance aspects.

"Our home was built in 1993 and there's a lot of roofing involved in its design," says Dave Schwab. "Eventually the roof really needed to be replaced. We liked how the natural cedar roofing looked on the house, but when we went shopping for a new roof we wanted a cedar shake alternative."

The Schwabs discovered DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roofing tiles and were sold.

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"The authentic appearance of the DaVinci fake cedar shake sold us right away," says Schwab. "Then you add in the Class A Fire Rating, the impact resistance and the lifetime limited warranty and it was easy to make our decision."

The large roof on the Schwab home is broken up visually by seven skylights and the addition of decorative European-designed ridge vents. The DaVinci Multi-Width roof, in the Mountain blend, now covers the home and attached three-car garage.

"Every time I pull up to the house I still get a 'wow' experience," says Schwab. "The color is perfect for our home. It looks so natural, yet we know we'll never again have to spend another hour maintaining this roof. That's the real joy of selecting synthetic shake shingles."

Discover why The Switch is On! ... and how you can Invest in Your Roof with synthetic shake roofing materials!

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Bellaforté Shake Shingles = Peace of Mind

Fire.  A homeowner's worst nightmare.

It happened recently to the Matthews family in California. A chimney fire caused by hot embers and ash got through the spark arrestor and ignited the dry, combustible cedar shake roofing at the top of the chimney.

Fortunately the Alameda Fire Department responded quickly to stop the fire from entering the living areas. However, the damage to the roof was severe, requiring the old shake shingles to be replaced.

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"We're part of the Seastrand Homeowners Association of 28 homes that overlook the San Francisco bay and skyline," says Ron Matthews. "Coincidentally, the HOA was in the process of approving DaVinci Roofscapes products for roof replacement in our community. After our fire, they approved the Class A Fire Rated polymer roofing immediately."

Matthews selected Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles in a Mountain VariBlend for his home and had the team at Roof Guard Roofing Company Inc. install the new composite shake roof.

"There are several reasons why we like our new cedar shake alternative roof," says Matthews. "The lifetime limited warranty on the product plus the Class A Fire Rating are 90% of the reason behind the total replacement.  The fact that the polymer shake product is an authentic-looking alternative and that we were ready for the roof replacement sealed the deal.

"The DaVinci synthetic shake roofing actually looks BETTER than real shake tiles. All of my neighbors were very anxious to see the finished roof and they have nothing but positive comments about it. I believe we'll see many more of these DaVinci roofs in our neighborhood in the coming years."

Seastrand Homeowners Association isn't the only HOA selecting lightweight roofing tiles from DaVinci. See  Condo Community Chooses Impact- and Fire-Resistant DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles, Bellaforté Shake Roofs Chosen by Florida HOA for Townhomes  and HOA Selects Polymer Roofing for more stories.

 

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Composite Shakes Replace Real Cedar on Historic Home

Built in 1853, the Douglas House in Waukegan, Illinois has a great history. Robert Douglas came to Waukegan from England in 1844. He traveled to California and made his fortune in a gold strike and then returned to Illinois to build his dream home.

The house closely resembles a Gothic cottage that Douglas had loved in England. With its steeply-pitched roofs, wall dormers, hooded window molds and gingerbread bargeboards along the eaves, the home perfectly ties in with the Gothic Revival style.

Fake SlateFast forward through the years and the home was purchased and donated by the Upton family to the Waukegan Park District. It now houses offices and space where recreation programs are held for special needs individuals.

In its 169-year history, the Douglas House has gone through several roofs. Most recently, in 1998, wood shake shingles were added to the structure to preserve the historic look.

As cedar roofing is prone to do, the individual cedar shake tiles deteriorated badly over the years. The rotting, insect-infested shakes suffered from nails failing and wood shakes cupping and falling off the roof.

This year the city decided to invest in a new composite shake roof. After receiving a recommendation from Legat Architects, it was decided that a low-maintenance DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake roof in Weathered Gray would preserve the historic shake look while being a smart long-term investment.

"The appearance and projected durability made it an easy choice for us to select DaVinci products," says Lali Salinas, parks department support aide in the Waukegan Park District. "On this historic building the DaVinci product offers the look of cedar shake shingles, but will give a greater lifespan and lower long term maintenance cost."

For more historical roofing projects using DaVinci composite slate and synthetic shake roofing products, see History Repeats Itself --- With DaVinci Composite Roofing.

 

 

 

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Bee-ware of Cedar Shake Roofing!

Nestled amongst 26 wooded acres in Mentor, Ohio you'll find the Deepwood North apartment complex. Twelve separate buildings are home to about 200 apartment units.

A distinctive element of the design of the buildings are the mansard roofs that extend vertically from the top of the first floor up to the top of the second floor. An attractive decorative detail of the complex, these siding/roofs were originally covered in real cedar shake shingles.

With time, the cedar roofing rotted and became infested with thousands of bees. That's when it became apparent a solution was needed.

"The owners realized they were spending a lot of money year after year repairing and treating the old wood shakes," says Todd Runyon, president of Runyon and Sons Roofing out of Mentor, Ohio. "The apartment owners wanted to maintain the look and character of the original wood shake design without having all of the future maintenance work.

"Once they saw the Bellaforté Shake synthetic shake shingles they fell in love with the look and functionality. We've previously done another roof project with DaVinci composite roofing and we're seeing more and more opportunities for these imitation slate and composite shake products in the marketplace."

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Working through rough Cleveland winter weather, the re-roofing project took seven months for Runyon and his team. Along the way they created unique flashings around the windows and the second floor balcony doors.

"The new fake cedar shake shingles transform and update the look of the entire apartment complex," says Runyon. "Best of all, the apartment owners will have decades of no maintenance hassles ... plus no bees!"

Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos and Colorado Townhome Community Topped with DaVinci Roofscapes Composite Shake Tiles tell the stories of other multi-family housing locations that made the smart choice to invest in polymer roofing from DaVinci!

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Homeowners Build Country Living Magazine Potting Shed

Skake AlternativeFor Jeanne and Dave Schwab, inspiration for an outdoor shed came from the cover of an old issue of Country Living magazine.

"When we saw this potting shed on the magazine cover in 2002, we knew the style matched our home perfectly," says Dave Schwab. "We purchased the plans from the magazine and constructed it in 2004 to hold our snow blower, bicycles, lawn mower and gardening tools."

This year the real shake shingles needed replacing, so they turned to DaVinci Roofscapes.

"It was very exciting to complete this DIY project a decade ago," says Jeanne Schwab. "We wired it with electricity, and added insulation and pine tongue and groove. For the floor we put in a black and white checkered vinyl. Now, up on the roof we've replaced the shake and added DaVinci simulated shake roofing that matches our home. We even used it on top of the cupola!"

The Schwabs had their home re-roofed in 2015 with DaVinci Multi-Width Shake tiles in the Mountain color blend. When it came time to re-roof the potting shed, they wanted to extend their roofing selection so the two structures would have a similar look.

"The appearance of the DaVinci product sold us right off," says Dave Schwab. "Our home style looked really good with shake, but we didn't want to go with real cedar shake roofing again due to the maintenance concerns. The DaVinci synthetic shake was the perfect solution.

"Now we have two structures on our property with unified looks. Having the potting shed completed gives us a great deal of satisfaction... and we're sure the new DaVinci roof will serve us well for many years to come."

 

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DaVinci Roofscapes Goes on the Road

Designer ROofWhat is it that captures our attention and love of tiny houses? The idea from school days that all we value can fit in a backpack and travel with us?

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we've been involved in several tiny houses over the years related to the television show Tiny House Nation (see Tiny Houses ... Big DaVinci Roofs). Our polymer roofing tiles were selected for several of these small homes because of their aesthetic appeal, lightweight yet durable nature, and their ease of installation.

We've also recently learned that one Texas family constructed a tiny house on wheels and have been blogging about their on-the-road lifestyle (see Tiny House 43). Their goal is to travel through all 48 of the Lower States before 2017 when they'll settle in Washington state. Turns out these industrious folks also used a Bellaforté Shake roof on their tiny home!

As part of their blog, they report that they love their custom blend of Light Purple, Light Green, Light Violet and Dark Grey synthetic shake shingles that now top their tiny home. Homeowner Meg reports that, "It's the only thing on the entire house that never changed during the build. We found it several years ago when we were planning for a site built house in Washington, and we were stoked that we could use it on our tiny house.

"The Bellaforté line in particular has a Miami-Dade level hurricane rating, which is perfect for making sure the roof stays put while we travel. And no, we weren't sponsored by them --- we just reeeeally love our roof!"

We're reeeally glad the family selected our composite shake roof for their on-the-road home! You can tour this tiny house (it only takes a few seconds!) by seeing the pictures HERE.

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Shopping List for Your Roof

You head to the grocery store with a written list of food items to purchase, so why can't you do that when it comes to buying a designer roof? You can!

DaVinci Roofscapes has created a roofing checklist for you that makes it easy to see the benefits of composite roofing products when compared to any other products. Here's your checklist:

Polymer Roof Tiles- Weight: Ranging from 182 to 356 pounds per square (depending on the product and the exposure) polymer roofing weighs about the same as asphalt shingles. However, it's significantly less in weight that quarried slate (which can weigh 2,000 pounds per square!).

- Thickness: Thanks to a ribbed structure on the underside, synthetic shake and imitation slate tiles from DaVinci appear to be as thick as natural materials, but they aren't as heavy in most cases.

- Colors: With DaVinci composite roofing, you can choose from 50 standard color options, or have a custom color created. You can also select from an existing blend of several colors, or custom create your own blend. Bundles are color-coordinated at the factory, saving roofers time at the job site and ensuring a random variation of colors across the roof.

- Warranty: At DaVinci, we stand behind our products for a lifetime ... that's why we offer a transferable lifetime limited warranty on our simulated shake roofing and composite slate roofing materials.

- Fire Resistance: Based on actual fire tests, DaVinci tiles have earned a Class A rating, which is the highest resistance to flame spread and makes our products suitable even for wildland-urban interface zones.

Fake Cedar Shake- Wind Rating: Our durable Eco-friendly roof materials can withstand winds of up to 110mph.

- Impact Resistance: Here's where DaVinci products really shine with a Class 4 impact rating. Both our sturdy shake alternative and imitation slate roof products can withstand hail, failing tree limbs and even workers walking on your roof!

- Pests and Growth: Nonporous polymer tiles discourage algae, moss, lichen and fungi, and will not harbor wood-eating insects.

- Recycled Content: None. DaVinci uses virgin polymers to ensure optimum performance and longevity. Only the starter course tiles (which are not generally seen) include recycled content. And yes, at the end of their life, all of our polymer tiles are 100% recyclable.

- Insurance Discounts: Because of synthetic slate and shake's resistance to impact and fire spread, many insurance companies offer discounts on homeowners insurance to those people with our sustainable roofing.

Shopping list complete! For more details on polymer roof tiles, see  Multi-Width DaVinci Shake Tiles - Providing a "Premium Shake" Look to Your Home and DaVinci Slate Roofing Rivals Natural Slate.

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Shaking Up the Look of Your Roof

You've definitely decided to invest in composite shake roofing. Congratulations ... but you're not quite done making decisions.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we offer both single- and multi-width simulated shake roofing products. They're both terrific roofing options, but depending on how they're installed and the product you select, you can get completely different looks on your roof.

Here's a quick guide to help you make the decision that's perfect for your home!

  • Multiple-Width --- a very popular, realistic look, this installation requires your roofer to take extra care to offset the between-tile gaps from one course to the next.
  • Single-Width --- every synthetic shake tile is the same size, and your roofer can stagger each course to give you a textured look to the roof.
  • Straight Course --- row after row of composite shake tiles are installed on the roof, with no overlapping, to give a very uniform look.
  • Staggered Course --- a ragged, saw-tooth pattern on each course gives this roof a rustic appearance.
 
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When it comes to options for shake alternative products, DaVinci has you covered. Here are the realistic-looking cedar shake alternative tiles we offer: 

> DaVinci Multi-Width Shake: Reminiscent of natural cedar shake roofing with a deep-grained surface reflecting natural cedar roofing. 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: Forget the worries of fire, wind and rain with No Sissy Shakes our durable eco friendly roof made of composite shake. These 9" shake alternative tiles resemble hand-split cedar shake roofing. The 5/8" profile deepens shadow lines replicate real cedar roofing.

> Bellaforté Shake: Designed with a snap-fit tile that creates a built-in rain gutter, Bellaforté simulated shake roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab that secures every tile to drastically improve wind performance. 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: If you're looking for a more refined cedar look, then Fancy Shake synthetic shakes are for you. 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.

While you consider Class A Fire Rated cedar roofing options from DaVinci, check out this story: No Sissy Shakes

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Bellaforté 101

Today we're offering a Bellaforté 101 class. This product line is one of our most versatile, dependable and easy-to-install products.

Let's get started. If you're ordering Bellaforté synthetic shake or imitation slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes, you'll find there are three different types of tiles in the collated bundles that arrive on the job site.

Fake Shake AlternativeFirst, there are field tiles. These are the main tiles that will cover almost the entire roof and they're the most visible on the roof. Field tiles must be laid from left to right. Contractors should draw horizontal lines to ensure that the tiles are aligned properly.

Fake ShakeSecond, there are rake tiles. These are installed to finish gable ends. The first rake tile should be installed at the gable end so that the butt of the tile is flush with the butt of the first course of the field tiles. The second rake tile should be installed so its tip touches the butt of the second course. Subsequent tiles should be installed similarly.

Finally, there are the hip and ridge tiles. These should be maintained at 12” exposure and can be installed over hips and ridges in two ways: the standard method or the alternative method, both of which are explained in detail in the Bellaforté installation guide.

Here are some other important tips you need to know about Bellaforté synthetic roofing material:

-  Our one-piece hip and ridge bundle is composed of 10 pieces and covers 10 lineal feet.

-  Our rake bundle has 20 pieces for covering 10 lineal feet.

-  The 12-inch starter has 20 pieces per bundle and can cover 20 lineal feet.

-  Transition pieces come in 10 per bundle, which can cover 10 lineal feet.

-  The field tiles come 10 per bundle. Because Bellaforté is installed at a 12" exposure just 100 tiles are needed per roofing square.

For more details on DaVinci lightweight roofing materials, see Imitation Slate Tiles By DaVinci Roofscapes.

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Bellaforté Shake Roofs Chosen by Florida HOA for Townhomes

Ewa Ziegler has become very popular in her community of Springdale in Palm Springs, Florida. As the first homeowner in her community to recently get a new Bellaforté Shake roof, she's getting plenty of people dropping by to admire her new synthetic shake roof in the Autumn - VariBlend. And, those people ask lots of questions.

fAKE sHAKE"I'm the center of attention with my friends and neighbors because everyone stops to ask how much the roof costs, if I like it and other questions," says Ziegler. "Our old cedar shake roof was one of the worst in our community. Now I feel more secure and happy with this impact-resistant composite shake roof."

Ziegler stepped up to get her roof done as soon as her homeowner association approved of the cedar shake alternative roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. Her friend, Piotr Zawadzki with Trusted Construction, recommended the DaVinci roof and installed it on her townhome.

"The DaVinci roof is a smarter investment than real wood shake because of our geographic location," says Zawadzki. "It's humid here and we have tropical storms and hurricane conditions. You need a special roof that can stand up to that kind of weather."

The leadership at the Springdale homeowner association agreed. 

"Everyone liked the look of cedar roofs but not how the cedar was weathering on the homes," says Wesley Finch, regional director of southeast operations for Signature Associations, which manages the Springdale community. "After a good deal of research it became apparent that the DaVinci roof, with its high resistance to impact, fire and winds, was the ideal choice for this community."

Finch relates that there are 412 townhomes in the community, with a third of them having real cedar shake roofs. "It's up to the individual homeowners when they choose to replace their roofs and we expect the conversion to be a staggered process.

"However, now that Ewa's roof is in place and other residents see how beautiful it is, I expect we'll have homeowners making the transition fairly quickly. With another hurricane season now upon us, all it will take is some severe weather for homeowners to see the value of making the change sooner rather than later. We believe that will lead them to investing in the synthetic cedar shake roofing."

Florida residents aren't alone in selecting lightweight roofing materials from DaVinci. HOA Selects Polymer Roofing showcases a Kansas community choosing polymer roofing. And, Utah Homeowners Appreciate DaVinci Roofs takes the composite roofing preference westward!

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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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