Featured Project - Topeka, Kansas

It's always nice to see new construction happening, especially when it includes a luxury roof like Bellaforté Shake by DaVinci Roofscapes. This project, located in our home state's capital city, Topeka, Kansas, features a roof installed by Appelhanz Roofing, also out of Topeka.

Polymer roofing options are a popular in the Midwest because of their high impact rating and natural look. In Kansas, we see a lot of natural shake roofing damaged by storms, so we offer homeowners an alternative to the yearly maintenance and premature roof replacement with an impact and wind resistant option.

Appelhanz Roofing


Bellaforté Shake Tops Off Exterior Makeover at Prestwick Country Club

When the leaders at Prestwick Country Club decided to invest in a new roof, they had three requirements: maintenance-free, aesthetically-pleasing and rot-resistant. Synthetic shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes met all those needs, and then some.

"The real cedar shake roof overhead we had was more than 25 years old and deteriorated badly in recent years," says Stefan Sperlich, general manager of Prestwick Country Club in Frankfurt, Ill. "There was rot and mold damage, plus it was starting to leak. We were more than ready to invest in a solution to this roofing problem."

Fortunately for the club's almost 350 members, the House Chair of the country club, Art Reichert, had experienced his own roofing challenges two years prior. A tornado raced through the community ripping off most of the real slate from his home's roof. (See After the Storm ... Synthetic Roofing)

Fast forward two years and Reichert heads up the team working on remodeling and repair for the full-service Prestwick Country Club and golf course. His immediate thought was to contact his roofer, Scott Owen with Owen Enterprises Inc., and see if the DaVinci composite roofing could be used on the country club.

The team at Prestwick Country Club decided to replace the siding on the club house with cement board at the same time as replacing the roof. The Board selected the Tahoe VariBlend of four brown tones in Bellaforté Shake so that the roof would complement the club's new exterior.

Fake Cedar Shake


"Everyone here is excited that we now have a truly a maintenance-free roof and structure," says Sperlich. "Club members feel the new roof has depth and mass that stays in line with a cedar roof without all the issues of cedar at a remarkably good cost."


What's Growing on That Roof?

Yuk. What IS that? Would you believe it's a real wood roof? Under all that green mold, lichen, algae, fungus and "furry stuff" lies a decaying wood roof.

While a very few people might call this roof "charming" or say that it has "character," smart homeowners know that this roof is trouble. Mother Nature's elements have taken over the roof, making it a hazardous problem.


It's fine to love the look of a real wood roof, but be sensible when selecting your roofing product.

Simulated shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes offers the look of real shake shingles, but none of the maintenance hassles. Our fake cedar shake roofing resists the growth of algae, fungus and mold so that you never have to worry about trying to figure out how to scrape off unsightly messy growths.

The realistic-looking shake roofing materials manufactured at DaVinci provide peace-of-mind for homeowners. Backed by a lifetime limited warranty, our fire- and impact-resistant composite shake tiles come in 50 different colors and a wide assortment of color blends.



For more details on our easy-care shake shingles that maintain the look of cedar shake roofing for decades to come, visit Simulated Shake Roofing Without the Hassles of Real Cedar Roofing and Composite Roofing Resists Mold.




Nature vs. Science—DaVinci Takes on the Age-Old Debate

Polymer Shake Roofing Bridges the Gap


The battle of nature vs. science is one that has been argued for centuries. It’s been debated by artists in the eras of Romanticism and Enlightenment, scholars whose focus is in the realm of academia, and even politicians in modern-day elections.

Consequently, the two are often presented in opposition. There are those who appreciate the authentic beauty and eco-friendly benefits of natural elements, and those that say science can perfect what nature got wrong.

Fake Cedar ShakeThe debate has become similar for people choosing products for their home, thanks to an ever-growing selection of synthetic or alternate building products like decking, columns, and of course, roofing. When choosing a new roof, for example, people have grown accustomed to asking themselves which is more important to them: natural beauty or scientifically proven performance?

Though it should be a careful balancing act between the two, homeowners, architects, and installers are often forced to tip the scales toward one or the other based on affordability, aesthetics, or their ability to install it easily and quickly. But the question should always have been, “how can I get both?”

In today’s day and age, it’s not enough simply to invest in a new roof that will reduce heating and cooling costs and last for years to come—it’s equally critical for that roof to have true aesthetic appeal, resembling the materials of nature that add character and authenticity to a home. Striking that balancing act is not easy, but DaVinci has learned it can be done; science and nature, as it turns out, do not always have to be in opposition.

DaVinci Shake was developed with an emphasis on science, but an appreciation for nature. In conceiving of the product, we knew that whatever performance benefits our science-driven approach to shake roofing would produce would ultimately mean nothing if it didn’t have the appearance of natural materials that homeowners love. We developed our Polymer Shake material to look like an authentic shake roof, but without the hassle. The natural variance of the material creates the perception of nature, but the long-lasting, weather resistant performance is all science—and best of all, it’s affordable to purchase, requires minimal maintenance, and comes with a lifetime limited warranty.

In short, someone making the decision about a new roof no longer has to look for ways to tip the scales between nature and science—they can have it both ways. DaVinci Shake has perfected the balancing act.

So while artists, scholars, and politicians are still debating the merits of nature vs. science, DaVinci Roofscapes has had another focus: making life easier for homeowners, installers, and architects by bridging the gap between the two.

Now, you too can have another focus:

“Which color do I pick?”

To learn more about DaVinci Shake roofing, download the product guide.

For a more in-depth comparison of natural vs. man-made roofing products, read our Shake Comparison Guide.


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:


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


            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


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


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


            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:


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.


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?



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?


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.

Fake Cedar Shake

"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!


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.

Fake Shake

"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.



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.





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."

Fake Cedar Shake


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!


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."



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.


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.


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.
Synthetic Shake

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


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.


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!


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.

Fake Cedar Shake


"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.


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