DaVinci Proud

July seems to be the ideal month to focus on American traditions --- and American-made products.

Naturally we celebrate Independence Day on July 4, but we also celebrate Made in the USA Day on July 2. At DaVinci Roofscapes, where we make all our polymer roofing products in Lenexa, Kansas, we happily celebrate both occasions!

By manufacturing every one of our composite roofing products in the United States, we help keep Americans working. Our company supports the economic structure of our country. And,  because we make our imitation slate and synthetic shake roofing product in America, we can get those roofs delivered quickly to our customers. (See Happy 4th of July --- Buy American!)

"We're part of the multiplier effect because our 'Made in America' commitment also means we purchase from suppliers located only in the United States," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. "So, with every roofing tile we sell we're helping our economy to expand in many, many ways."

You'll find DaVinci Roofscapes on thousands of homes and commercial projects "from sea to shining sea" in our country.  "DaVinci roofs are on the Dayton Veteran's Administration Chapel, several college campuses, in theme parks and even on the William Penn home," says Rosewall. "The successful reach of our designer roof products into the daily lives of Americans makes all of us at DaVinci extremely proud."


DaVinci Roofscapes Masterpiece Contractor Program Member - Heiland Roofing & Exteriors

During the early stages of DaVinci Roofscapes, roofer Mike Heiland was one of the first contractors to offer and install our polymer roof tiles. A roofer for more than 25 years, Mike and his company, Heiland Roofing & Exteriors, have been installing roofs throughout Kansas since 1987.

Polymer Roof TilesWhen we started our DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program (DMCP) in 2007, we invited Mike to join immediately. Now we're sharing his thoughts on our DMC program with you.

Q: What has it meant to your company to be part of our DMC Program?

A: It's a tremendous experience for our company. When we tell people of our DMC Program status, it brings us instant credibility. We received great training in the DaVinci plant and we stay on top of advances and new products from DaVinci. Because our company has grown right alongside of DaVinci, we've got our heart in every project using these polymer roofing tiles.

Q: What do you think is the best overall feature of the DMCP membership?

A: Our status as a DMCP member gives us a selling advantage over the competition in our marketplace that can't be beat.

Q: If a roofer in New Jersey, Arkansas or Utah asked you if they should become a DMC Program member, what would you tell them?

A: I really believe that, if you're fortunate enough to qualify for the DMC program, then you should go for it. DMCP membership is restricted, and it sets you apart in your market. It's a no brainer for any roofer who wants to increase their sales.

To see what another DMCP member has to say about DaVinci manufactured slate tiles and fake cedar shake roofing, read DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Profile: McRay Roofing.


Accessorizing Your Designer Roof

Think accessories are just for the fashion industry? Think again.

Polymer Roof TilesIf you're a roofing installer looking to finish a course, rake end or valley with a solid piece of synthetic slate or shake, you're looking for roofing accessories. Fortunately, DaVinci Roofscapes has just what you need in our multi-width imitation slate and synthetic shake product lines!

While a solid accessory tile is not required for a successful roof application, we recognize that some installers prefer to use it as an option. The solid tile is just another method of blending the appearance of cut tiles to give a polished look to a finished luxury roof project.

Offered in several colors, our solid slate accessory tiles and are 18-inches long and 12-inches wide and solid shake accessory tiles are 22-inches long and 12-inches wide

Remember that the unique design of DaVinci slate roof tiles and cedar shake alternative tiles has ribbing to provide improved flexibility and reduced weight. (see Solid Polymer Roof Tiles) This allows us to create a thick profile that is lightweight - the rib structure helps the tile have less mass than it otherwise would which makes the deck cooler than a solid tile would be to help keep both the tile and roof deck cooler.


Roofing Magic

Home renovations can be a bit like magic. One day you're living with an outdated kitchen with aging appliances, and weeks later that space is transformed into an inviting kitchen area with new cabinets, sinks and appliances.

Fake Cedar ShakeA re-roofing project can have similar positive results for your home ... especially if your cedar shake roof is splitting, curling or insect-infested.

DaVinci Roofscapes to the rescue! Our synthetic shake roofing materials are carefully crafted using virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable roofing product. And, they come with a lifetime warranty, so you know you're gaining long-term peace of mind when investing in our composite shake shingles.

Need proof? Just read what one Minnesota homeowner had to say about his roofing transformation project.

"I wanted something that looked like real wood shakes but performed better," says homeowner Thomas Meyers of Prior Lake, Minn. "I was tired of our older wood shakes deteriorating with different weather conditions. Plus, mold would accumulate on the wood shakes and the shakes were fading. Overall, dealing with this roof was a huge headache.

"After doing research on DaVinci Roofscapes and discussing the product with our contractor, we decided our best option was the Bellaforté Shake product that resists impact, wind, algae and mold.

"Overall our roof plays a major role in the architectural style of our home. Having a new roof that we won't have to worry about warping, mold or storm damage is terrific. I'd definitely recommend the roof to family and friends, and I believe the Bellaforté Shake product is a sensible long-term investment for our home."

Here's a bonus tip: Roof Replacement: Do Your Research Before You Buy!



Happy Homeowner Sings Praises of DaVinci Roofscapes Synthetic Shake Roofing

April 2, 2015 brought a microburst to Wichita, Kansas that caused major devastation. To homeowner Donna Westhoff the storm felt more like a tornado. Here's her story:

Luxury Roof"We didn't believe it was straight line winds because the 25-foot pine tree in our front yard was bending back and forth," says Westhoff. "Little did we know 29 power lines in front of our development were being broken off by those winds.

"To our joy and surprise, the new DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic shake roof, installed in December of 2014 by Heiland Roofing, had only one end cap gone from the winds. Many of our development neighbors had major shingle loss and some had structural roof damage.

"Within the last year our development added DaVinci as an approved shingle. Thanks goodness. Prior that they had only allowed wood cedar shakes, tile or concrete shingles. Most, if not all, of our neighbor's roofs consisted of these materials. Our DaVinci shingles survived the storm and were perfect except for one!

"We had replaced a 15-year old concrete shingle roof after years of leaking problems, and were we ever glad! We have a beautiful roof, but more importantly we have peace of mind.

"Not only did our contractor install our new roof in less than three days, but our DaVinci composite shake shingles came through and held up when we needed them most. The shingles are beautiful and durable and we would recommend them to anyone."

Learn more about the luxury roofs installed by Heiland Roofing at Featured Project of the Year - Heiland Roofing & Exteriors.


Talking with Aaron Adams

For the past four years Aaron Adams has seen hundreds of DaVinci Roofscapes projects firsthand. In his role as Central Region Manager for DaVinci, Aaron routinely travels from Texas to Wisconsin to New Mexico (and all states in between!) to support the needs of polymer roofing customers for DaVinci.

Q: In your travels, what do you see as the "mood" of roofers during the past few months?
A: Overall the mood is positive. The demand for good installation crews is up, which is a good indicator of the market being on the rise.

Q: Bad weather has kicked in early this year in your region. How are DaVinci synthetic shake and slate alternative roofs holding up?

A: Omaha, Oklahoma City and the Dallas/Fort Worth areas have all seen significant storms so far this season. Fortunately all our DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor program members have reports that the DaVinci sustainable roofing tiles they have previously installed have weathered the storms well. Now those same roofers are selling even more of our lightweight roofing systems to homes that need new roofs after those storms.

Q: What are some upcoming commercial projects in your region that will use composite roofing from DaVinci?

A: There are two great ones in Illinois I'm excited about. The Garlands is a long-term assisted living facility in Barrington that's going to have Single-Width Slate roof tiles in a custom blend. In Mettawa there's an equestrian training facility at Always Faithful Stables. They're also getting the Single-Width Slate roof shingles.

Q: If you had to pick a favorite DaVinci roofing project in your marketplace, which would it be?

A: Definitely the Dayton VA Church. I think that's a great example of how our imitation slate tiles can be used to restore the aesthetic integrity of a historic building. (See Contractors Go to Church with DaVinci Roofscapes)





DMC Profile: Rob Capkovic

Two key words describe roofer Rob Capkovic: Passionate and Busy.

A DaVinci Roofscapes Masterpiece Contractor program member, Rob is owner of Capkovic Brothers Roofing, Inc. out of St. Louis. Started in 2002, his company employs 10 roofers who are in constant motion installing roofs throughout the metro St. Louis area.

"Repairing roof hail damage keeps us very busy throughout the year," says Capkovic. "We're also busy with normal replacement projects and we're absolutely passionate about bringing the industry's leading products to our customers at compelling value."

Fake ShakeOne of the roofing products Capkovic feels strongly about is polymer roofing from DaVinci. "The composite roofing from DaVinci looks beautiful and holds up to so many different kinds of weather conditions," says Capkovic. "We've done almost a dozen roofs on homes plus a country club and a church --- they all have imitation slate shingles on them.

"We've found the DaVinci lightweight roofing tiles are very 'installer friendly.' Most recently we've been involved with the roofing of a spectacular new home in the Turkey Ridge community. The homeowners first had us install the synthetic shake product on a pavilion on their property and then we roofed their new home with composite shake. These folks made the right decision with DaVinci --- it's a product that adds curb appeal to the home with a terrific lifetime limited materials warranty."

For more contractor insights on lightweight roofing materials, see Profile: Turner Morris Roof Systems and DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Profile: McRay Roofing.


DaVinci Roofscapes Supports Recycling Efforts

National Recycling Month is a great time to think about the pros and cons of recycling as it relates to composite roofing.

On the "con side" would be manufacturers that use recycled products to create their roof shingles. You won't find that at DaVinci Roofscapes. Our composite slate and synthetic shake roof tiles are made from 100% virgin polymer resins ... and there's nothing recycled in there! This provides you with dependable beauty throughout each tile.

Another "pro" on the DaVinci checklist is that we offer a jobsite recycling program. Unused lightweight tiles and scrap material can be shipped back to our Kansas manufacturing plant where we'll use them to recycle into starter tiles for projects. (see Reduce Jobsite Waste with DaVinci Roofscapes)

At DaVinci, our green roofing options extend to how we operate our facility every day. That's because, as part of our daily manufacturing operations, there are usually a certain amount of scrap materials. We don't trash those products, we recycle them -- more than 300,000 pounds of polymer roofing tile scraps are recycled each year into starter tiles. (see Happy Earth Day!)

This month, we encourage you to do your part to recycle. And, we want you to know that we're doing our part too!


Don't Panic! DaVinci Roofscapes Has The Answer

Don't panic! Even though it's International Panic Day, remain calm and we'll explain how to make roofing decisions easier with the wide variety of composite roofing options from DaVinci Roofscapes.

While selecting a new designer roof can seem overwhelming with all the options in the marketplace, it's easy to make DaVinci your one-stop location for composite shake and imitation slate roofing tiles. Here's a fast overview of our full product offering:


Fake Slate

DaVinci Multi-Width Slate: Our multi-width profile is available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths with 1/2" tile thickness at butt and 1/8" thickness at tip.

DaVinci Single-Width Slate: Available in 12" tile widths, the 1/2" tile thickness of this slate is twice the thickness of other synthetic slate tiles. Our VariBlend technology is used when creating this tile to form slightly varying shades from tile to tile for an authentic slate look.

Bellaforté Slate: A high performance, interlocking shingle that has superior wind resistance. Bellaforté tiles are 12" in width with 1/2" tile thickness at butt and 3/8" thickness at tip.


Fake Cedar Shake

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.

Need more details on polymer roof tiles? See Multi-Width or Single-Width, Slate or Shake…


Here When You Need Them --- the DaVinci Roofscapes Tech Team

You're getting ready to install a DaVinci Roofscapes designer roof and you have a question that you can't easily find the answer to on our website. What do you do? Call the experts in our Tech Department!

Polymer Roof TilesTim, Eric and Tyler have decades of roofing experience to share with you. Whether you're looking for cold weather installation tips or have a question about the green roofing materials you're installing, they're available to support you.

Get to know our top three key polymer roofing guys. Here's a fast introduction!

Tim Gentry - Vice President of Technical Services
Tim has 40+ years of roofing experience, including cedar, asphalt, tile and slate roofing. Before joining DaVinci, he owned his own roofing company. Tim has been with DaVinci since our company started and has in-depth knowledge of engineered polymers, steep slope roofing and the composite roofing market.

While Tim plays a key role aiding in the design and technical processes of DaVinci tiles, he also manages all of our product testing and certifications, works on the Product Development Team, conducts installation training, meets with contractors, and heads up warranty and customer satisfaction inquiries.

Eric Salvesen - Central Technical Services Manager

Eric brings a wealth of hands-on building industry experience with him to our company. After putting himself through college as a roofer, Eric spent several years on the distribution side of the business. He supports our internal staff along with contractors, distributors, architects, developers and homeowners in the central portion of the United States. (see On the Road with DaVinci's Eric Salvesen)

You'll see Eric at sales/installation trainings and demos, jobsites and presentations for design engineers, architects and consultants. He's here to help you solve your roofing challenges and to provide insights on when, where and how to best use DaVinci synthetic roofing material.

Tyler Storfa - Western Technical Services Manager

Tyler joined the DaVinci team in 2013 after spending 10 years as a technical rep in the field showcasing proper tile installation procedures to contractors, architects and building officials. He has experience in roofing product testing, underlayments and snow retention systems for roofs.

As a technical support representative for DaVinci, Tyler assists with unique and unusual details of installation projects, finding permanent solutions to roofing issues and dealing with cost effectiveness issues. His chief goal is to "take the mystery out of our polymer roofing materials" so that contractors and distributors understand and feel comfortable with DaVinci lightweight roofing solutions.


DaVinci Roofscapes: Proudly Made in America

At DaVinci Roofscapes we fly the American flag proudly on June 14th --- Flag Day --- and every other day of the year. That's because we're a Made in America company.

Made in AmericaEvery one of our imitation slate tiles and simulated shake roofing pieces are made in Lenexa, Kansas at our company headquarters. For 16 years we've hired American workers and remained dedicated to keeping the manufacturing of our polymer roofing products contained completely in the United States.

What does that mean to you? Faster service and delivery of our composite roofing products --- when you need them and where you need them. Flexibility for us to work with you quickly to design a custom color or support a challenging roofing installation project. Focus on your specific color needs by using Made in America resins to manufacture our 50 different colors of lightweight roofing materials.

“We’re extremely proud that all of our products are made in the United States and that we support our economy by providing jobs for hard working folks around the country,” says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO at DaVinci Roofscapes. “We’re part of the multiplier effect because our ‘Made in America’ commitment also means we purchase from suppliers located only in the United States. So, with every roofing tile we sell we’re helping our economy to expand in many, many ways.”


DaVinci Roofscapes Shake Alternative Roof Gains HOA Approval

After more than two decades, the cedar roofing on Jim and Janice Steinlage's home had become faded and was simply worn out. Eager to get the same cedar shake roof look for their Kansas home but with a longer lifespan, Jim Steinlage hit the Internet to research his options. That's where he discovered DaVinci Roofscapes.

Fake Cedar ShakeAfter deciding to invest in composite shake roofing, the couple's next hurdle was their homeowner's association.

"The most challenging part about this process was getting our HOA to approve our synthetic shake selection since we were the first in our community to request this type of polymer roofing," says Steinlage. "After getting them materials and details on quality references, we were happy that the approval went through within three weeks.

"We were the first in our community to get simulated shake roofing, but we're betting we won't be the last!"

What was the easiest part of the re-roofing process for the Steinlages? "Selecting the shake roofing materials that were perfect for our home," reports Steinlage. "The selections and quality available from DaVinci were great, and we chose a Bellaforté Shake in the Tahoe-VariBlend to match the color of our home and our landscaping.

"Everyone thinks the fake cedar shake on the roof looks awesome. We've told several people that this product looks great, is of great quality and has a terrific long-term warranty that means this is the last roof we'll ever put on our home!"


Composite Roofing Chatter

What are contractors and roofers saying about DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing materials? Read on ...

“DaVinci gives residents the look of cedar shake, but with a much longer life span. Also, the product is not combustible and provides better protection from fire than real cedar shake."
                                    Ken Bowman - Blue Ridge Roofing

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

                                    Mark T. Clark Sr. - Tolberts Roofing

 “I’ve worked with the DaVinci product before in our area and felt the long-term value these polymer tiles would bring to the Animas Museum project would be ideal. Each tile has a refined cedar look, much like a machine-sawn shake shingle, so it blends in perfectly with our mountain setting. Plus, the tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.”
                                    Tony Whittle - TL Roofing

“We’ve done numerous re-roofing jobs with slate and shake profile tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes. When we’re bidding on a job, we showcase these DaVinci products because they look great when properly installed, offer an excellent warranty and have a Class 4 impact rating which is very important in our area."

                                    Mark Bloyer - Bloyer Roofing

Shake Alternative


Read more about what roofing professional say about synthetic roofing material at Out of the Mouths of Contractors.


Strong and Beautiful ... Bellaforté Synthetic Roofing Materials

Fake ShakeHere's your Italian lesson for the day. "Bella" means "beautiful" in Italian ... and "forte" means "strong." So, it's no surprise that when we named our newest composite roofing product a few years ago we came up with Bellaforté --- a beautiful and strong luxury roof product for both homes and commercial projects.

Bellaforté polymer roofing makes installation easy while saving materials and cutting down on installation costs. How do we do this at DaVinci Roofscapes?  The Bellaforté self-aligning ledge on the back of each composite shake or imitation slate tile allows roofers to reduce installation time while assuring consistent installation quality.

That's impressive, but it's not all Bellaforté has going for it. The snap-fit tile creates a built-in rain gutter and the leading edge tab secures every tile to drastically improve wind performance.

The durability of Bellaforté lightweight roofing materials is also impressive --- at 1/2" thick, the Bellaforté Slate roofing tiles are twice the thickness of most other synthetic slates. And, if you're looking for a shake alternative product, the Bellaforté Shake tile is 1" thick with multiple profiles. This allows roofers to give a multi-width staggered look to the roof even though the tiles are all the same 12" width.

For more information on Bellaforté plastic roofing materials, see DaVinci's Bellaforté Roof Tiles Revolutionizing Roofing



Evaluate Your Roof During National Home Ownership Month

Do you own a home? If so, congratulations --- it's National Home Ownership Month!

Along with the joys of gardening and interior decorating projects, home ownership also means being responsible for the "building envelope" of your home. That means annually checking on the status of your siding, windows, doors, garage doors and, you guessed it, your roof.

Polymer Roof TilesEvery part of a home exterior needs to be evaluated yearly to make sure weather and age haven't had a bad impact over time. And, it's important to know that the products used to create your home won't last forever. At some point your windows, doors or roof will start to fail --- and then it's time to consider replacement products.

If your home is at an age where you're seeing lots of missing or broken roof tiles, a large amount of granules in your gutters from asphalt shingles, or if you've had storm damage recently, it may be time for a new designer roof. Our polymer roofing tiles at DaVinci Roofscapes are an exceptional value for re-roofing projects. They're constructed of proprietary engineered polymer that includes multiple virgin resins, organic fire retardant, state-of-the-art color and UV stabilizers and inorganic pigments that are safe for the environment.

What does that mean for you?

It means our imitation slate tiles and composite shake roofing resists fading, impact (Class 4 Impact Rating), insects, fire (Class A Fire Rating) and high winds (ASTM D3161). And, to give you added peace of mind, we provide a Lifetime Warranty on all of our green roofing materials.

This month, enjoy the start of summer weather ... but also celebrate National Home Ownership Month by making time to evaluate your roof. (see Tips to Determine if You Need a New Roof)


From the Architect's Corner - AIA 2015 Show Recap

DaVinci Roofscapes recently exhibited at the 2015 expo for the American Institute of Architects annual national conference. Being able to show off our products and connect with so many design professionals all in one place is truly a great opportunity for us. This year we were able to show off our new profile designs for both our Single-Width and Multi-Width Slate products. The new, quarried edges really caught the eye of those who passed by and I think we even converted a few people into composite slate and shake believers. 

Here is my re-cap of the top 3 asked questions of this year's AIA Expo:

1. Is that real slate!? The large, middle display of this year's booth was the new Single-Width Slate profile in the European Blend. It was an eye catcher to say the least. Which leads me to the next question...

2. What is it made out of? The answer to this question is polyethylene. This is the point where we would launch into what polyethylene is and why it makes th best synthetic slate and shake products, but since you are reading this online, you should really watch our Plant Tour Video on YouTube for an excellent explanation of our product's components and manufacturing process. 

3. Do you offering continuing education? Yes we do! We have 2 courses online on AEC Daily. They are both free and available 24/7. 

See you next year in Philadelphia! 


Affordable Beauty with Bellaforté

Fake SlateThere's both an art and a science behind the creation of our polymer roofing tiles at DaVinci Roofscapes. The result of our team's efforts are beautiful, long-last composite roof tiles that stand up to Mother Nature for decades.

When we created the Bellaforté product line several years ago, we added a product that brings exceptional value to homeowners. An affordable investment for any homeowner, Bellaforté Slate comes in 12" tile widths, while Bellaforté Shake also comes in 12" widths but has multiple profiles to simulate a multi-width staggered rough hewn wood shake.

Bellaforté Slate and Shake lightweight roofing tiles make installation easy for roofers --- saving materials and cutting down on installation costs. With the Bellaforté self-aligning ledge, roofers can reduce installation time and assure consistent quality and installation on your roof.

Bellaforte ShakeBacked by a Lifetime Warranty, Bellaforté shake and slate roof tiles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects. And, with 50 colors to choose from, you're sure to find the luxury roof color for your home!

Need more details on our strong and beautiful Bellaforté green roofing materials? Then visit Bellaforté Roofing Stands Up to Rough Canadian Weather.


Shaking Up Your Roof with Unlimited Possibilities

As a homeowner, you might love the look of cedar roofing but hate the long-term maintenance associated with real cedar shake roofing. DaVinci Roofscapes to the rescue!

With four different synthetic shake product lines all backed by a Lifetime Limited Material Warranty, DaVinci provides you with shake shingles that resist warping, fading and insect infestations. Plus, they're fire- and impact-resistant so you don't have to worry about severe weather damaging your luxury roof.

Here's a fast look at the exciting simulated shake roofing options available from DaVinci:

Fake Cedar Shake

> 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.

Looking for more information on synthetic shake shingles? Then see No Sissy Shakes and Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake.


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


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.