Hard to Bungle Cedar Shake Roofing Colors on Bungalow Homes

Relaxed and refined, Bungalow-style homes offer a variety of opportunities to welcome color in many ways. According to Kate Smith, chief color maven with Sensational Color, simplicity is the hallmark of Bungalows, but that doesn't mean the colors have to be simple.

Cedar Shake Roofing"Bright colors with contrasting white trim can really add personality to a Bungalow-style home," says Smith. "I've seen fresh color schemes of nocturnal sea complemented by white trim and rich woodgrain doors on these home styles that I love. Because a Bungalow is often a one-story or two-story home with dormer windows, there's lots of ways to play with color."

Smith always recommends working from the "top down" when adding color to a home. And for Bungalows that usually means starting with a cedar shake roof.

"Similar to an Arts and Crafts style home, a Bungalow really looks great with the texture and color of cedar shingles," says Smith. "The color palettes I've seen on composite shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes mimics nature but offers long-term resistance to fading from the sun. This means the color you select is the one you'll enjoy for many years.

"One of my favorite blends of synthetic roofing material colors for a Bungalow home is the DaVinci Autumn blend which has a combination of five shades of cedar colors. Very natural looking to set the home apart in a neighborhood."

Here's another tip from Smith: Think "FRESH" When Selecting Roof Colors


Pet Rocks, Elephants and Scooby-Doo!

Welcome to September ... traditionally a post-summer time of back-to-school activities and the onset of cooler autumn weather.

But, September is also known for some not-so-traditional activities. For example, did you know this is Happy Cat Month, Passion Fruit Month and Fall Hat Month? If that's not creative enough for you, several September dates are also unusual, such as Wonderful Wierdos Day on the 9th, Elephant Appreciation Day on the 22nd and Scooby-Doo Day on the 13th!

At DaVinci Roofscapes we're choosing to focus on another September event --- Shameless Promotion Month!

We quite proudly (and now shamelessly) want you to know that our synthetic shake and composite slate roofing systems are the best in the industry! One reason is because polymer roofing products is all we manufacture, so we're focused on creating the very best luxury roof products that can be made --- right here in America!

Of course, we can't promote ourselves shamelessly for all 30 days of September ... so we'll take time out on the 5th to celebrate Pet Rock Day and then again on the 19th for Talk Like a Pirate Day!



Pop Goes the Shake!

Cedar ShakePOP! Another real cedar shake shingle breaks free from your roof. Aren't you tired of that sound yet?

Well, of course it doesn't really make that sound when a cedar shingle pops up off the roof. But, if it did have a sound, it most likely would be a CHA-CHING sound ... like an old-fashioned cash register ringing up additional costs for you on home renovations.

If you have cedar shakes, you're unfortunately used to their inherent problems of popping, decay, insect infestations and deterioration. Not to mention the always-present concerns of fire spread if you live in a drought-ridden area prone to wildfires.

Stop listening to those annoying sounds and start saving your hard-earned money by investing in composite shake roofing. (See No Sissy Shakes)

Polymer shakes from DaVinci Roofscapes have a lifetime limited warranty and are impact- and fire- resistant. Bugs and mold also hate simulated shake roofing products --- which is another reason why you'll love them!

At DaVinci, we offer lightweight roofing solutions, including:

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.



Under Construction

You might not be able to tell it from these pictures, but this "under construction" house in upstate New York will soon be a landmark home.

Nancy and Scott Adams are reconstructing "The Suplina House" designed by Nancy's grandfather Andrew Geller, a respected mid-century modernistic architect. This particular home was originally erected 50 years ago. This is the first Andrew Geller house to be built in more than 25 years.

A main design feature of the house are the cedar shake "sails" that make up the siding and also the designer roof. When Nancy and Scott decided to recreate Geller's design, they brought it up to code and then started looking for materials to complement the exterior.


"After thoroughly investigating current roofing materials on the market, we feel that the DaVinci shakes (outside of real cedar) are the only material Nancy's grandfather would have approved of," says Scott Adams. "Geller was as much an artist as he was a designer and architect, so we can't help but think he'd approve of a product named DaVinci!

"We feel this is a perfect fit; a 20th century design using a 21st century roofing product that stays true to tradition."

For this exciting project, Nancy and Scott have chosen DaVinci Single-Width Shake roofing in the Autumn-VariBlend color for the home. Stay tuned to future blogs as we show the house taking shape and how fantastic we believe the simulated shake roofing will look on the top and sides of this designer home!

Want to use synthetic shake for your siding project? See Polymer Shake - Not Just for Your Roof. Think Siding.



Tim's Tips Times Two

This posting could easily be called "A Tale of Two Tim's" ... that's because we have TWO Tim experts to lean on right now!

Tim Gentry, the vice president of technical services at DaVinci Roofscapes has more than 30 years experience with roofing. Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, also has roofing experience --- including his first installation this year of a DaVinci polymer slate roof on his own home!

With this much expertise around, we asked both Tims for installation tips to share with you.

Tips from Tim Gentry:

1. Valley Cuts: Avoid wasteful tile cuts for valleys by finding the correct angle and then cutting your polymer tiles with a circular saw. Then use all the accurate valley cuts and use the leftovers to finish the hips.

2. Nail It: DaVinci steep slope roofing tiles can be nailed with copper, stainless steel, or hot-dipped galvanized nails during installation. The reason for this recommendation is that we expect our synthetic roofing tiles to last for a very long time (especially since we have a lifetime roof warranty!) and we don’t want the fasteners to rust, become ineffective, and be the mode of failure of the Class A Fired Rated roofing system.

3. Rake Tile: Try using a rake tile on gable ends when installing Bellaforté Shake products. It makes these luxury roof tiles easier to install because you don't need to be too concerned with how precise your cuts are on the gable end --- the rake tile covers up all the cuts.

Tips from Tim Carter:

1. Starter Course Overhang: Unless you are using an overhanging drip edge, I recommend installers create a 5/8-inch overhang of the starter shingles past the edge of the metal drip edge. Capillary attraction is a real force of nature and it will suck water up under starter shingles to any unprotected wood decking.

2. Drill Holes for Hip and Ridge: To prevent depressions when cap shingles lay on top of compressible ridge ventilation products, it's a "best practice" to drill holes in the cap shingles for the nails. Make the hole just ever so larger than the shaft of the nail. The nail will not pull the shingle down as it's nailed. And remember, don't overdrive the nails!

3. Snap Lines Every Other Course: Resist the temptation to chalk course lines every five feet or so. Take the few extra minutes to chalk them every other course. This way each course has perfect alignment.




From the Architect's Corner - Utilize Your Local Support

I work with architects every day, offering all the support I can over the phone or via email, all from my office inside the DaVinci Roofscapes manufacturing headquarters. In most markets in the US and Canada I work in tandem with a local DaVinci Sales Representative as well. His or her job also includes working with the design professional on the specifications for your projects, assisting with sales presentations to your clients or design review boards, and providing product education. Aside from that, knowing your local luxury roof expert will ensure you have accurate pricing information, referrals to local contractors, and up to date samples and materials for your library. Contact me today to set up an appointment with your local DaVinci representative.

Happy Friday, Architects!

Bellaforte Shake

Checking in with Aaron Adams

A few weeks back we caught up with Aaron Adams, Central Region Manager for DaVinci Roofscapes, during one of his rare trips home. He spends many days traveling to roofing job sites to support our customers and can routinely be found anywhere from Minnesota to South Dakota to Louisiana.

Aaron's back in town again, so we're sharing more of his insights on the roofing industry.

Q: When you're on the jobsite, what are roofers telling you about the ease or challenges of installing DaVinci polymer roofing products?

A: Roofers equate our roofing tile install to a slightly faster cedar shake roof. Faster because they don't have to cull broken or knotted pieces, felt interlay is not typical, and they can be fastened with gun nails. One of the challenges they face is making sure new crews know how to hide cuts effectively.

Q: How do you see homeowners responding to DaVinci roofing materials?

A: The homeowners I've met with love the aesthetics of the polymer shake and composite slate. They look forward to not dealing with the ongoing maintenance of products like cedar shakes. Another piece of feedback I'm getting is that homeowners are relieved that they'll never again have to deal with bug infestations (like silverfish or termites) that they've had in the past with cedar shake roofing.

Q: What about the number of colors available in DaVinci products --- how do homeowners respond to having 50 standard color options?

A: Homeowners really seem to love the options and the ability to personalize their designer roof for their own home. Being able to put together a truly unique color combination that ideally suits their taste using the Color Designer Tool is a big hit.

Q: If you could sum up the message of DaVinci sustainable roofing products in one sentence, what would it be?

A: From color, virtually any steep slope roofing architectural design, severe weather conditions or green roofing options, DaVinci composite roofing products are up to the challenge!

Want to hear directly from roofers using plastic roofing materials from DaVinci? Then visit DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Profile: McRay Roofing and Roofer Endorses DaVinci Roofscapes.


Roof Busters!

When it's time to get insights into roof replacement, who ya gonna call? Not ghost busters ... but a qualified builder!

Luckily we know just the guy --- Tim Carter, builder and founder of AsktheBuilder.com. With several decades of experience (more than he would probably like us to mention!) Tim knows EVERYTHING about building homes ... including roofing systems.

This summer Tim started re-roofing his own home in New Hampshire ... with DaVinci Roofscapes composite slate roofing tile.

Now Tim's sharing his candid insights on the process in a series of free online videos. The first one, entitled "DaVinci vs. Asphalt Shingles" can be found by clicking HERE.

Listen in and you'll hear Tim's past challenges and concerns with asphalt roofing plus his love of real slate roofs. Now Tim's discovered the best of all worlds --- simulated slate roofing from DaVinci that has the appearance of real slate, but not the weight.

Want more details on Tim's summer roofing adventures? Stay tuned for more videos that will be posted soon, and see Roofing Dreams Do Come True and DaVinci Roofscapes Helps Me to "Do it Right, Not Over!"


Composite Shake Roofs "Shake Up" Wichita Neighborhood

After five years of hail and storms that damaged her cedar shake roof, Anita Jones decided it was time for a change.

"There was never enough damage to allow my insurance company to agree to any financial help with a new roof," says Jones, a Wichita, Kansas homeowner. "I had to do something about my roof on my own --- and I'm glad I did."

Jones admired a neighbor's polymer shake roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. After doing her research and securing Heiland Roofing to complete the job, she now sleeps better at night with her new Bellaforté Shake roof overhead.

"Since the installation of my DaVinci roof we've had several storms including some golf ball sized hail and high winds, yet I have had no damage at all," reports Jones. "A neighbor who has envied my composite shake roof since it was finished called to tell me she had enough roof hail damage from a storm on her almost-new shake roof to get a new roof. She was thrilled at the possibility of a DaVinci roof."

Along with the impact resistance of her fake cedar shake roof, Jones also likes the overall aesthetics of the roof. "This roof suits the design of my home and I love the Mountain blend of three shades of brown colors," says Jones. "I was quickly the envy of the neighborhood with my new DaVinci roof.


"At least four of my neighbors replaced their roofs with DaVinci roofs after mine was completed and they're also very pleased with the quality and style. When my roof was first installed I would sit in my driveway as I drove in and just ADMIRE my new roof. I'm so proud of it!"

Learn more about another Happy Homeowner Sings Praises of DaVinci Roofscapes Synthetic Shake Roofing who loves her cedar shake alternative roof!


Pass the Popcorn ... and the Roofing Tile Possibilities

What does "unlimited possibilities" mean to you? 

If you're in the market for a new designer roof, it probably means getting exactly what you want, in the color you want and with a style that complements your home exterior. That's what we deliver at DaVinci Roofscapes.

Now there's a great video we're sharing that shows  you how DaVinci offers you unlimited possibilities. Click HERE to see our exceptional choices in simulated shake roofing, synthetic slate roof shingles, 50 colors and so much more.

You'll discover that with DaVinci, you get more than just possibilities ...you get peace-of-mind. That's because our polymer roof tiles are Class A Fire Rated, have superior impact resistance and come with a lifetime warranty. Our sustainable roofing tiles have color "through and through" each tile that won't fade over time. Plus, insects, bugs and termites just hate our synthetic cedar shake tiles ... which we know you'll love!

For more details on Getting Serious About DaVinci Slate Roof Tiles and Slate or Shake --- Which DaVinci Roofscapes Product is for Me? click on these stories!


This Old House Winner Gets New Synthetic Shake Roof

For Liz Weinberger, learning that her old house was a winner in the 2014 Great Giveaway sponsored by This Old House magazine was very welcome news. (See You Get a New Roof ... and YOU Get a New Roof ... and YOU GET A NEW ROOF!)

"We were quite surprised to learn we had won the new DaVinci Roofscapes designer roof," says Weinberger, who lives in Wisconsin. "We bought a foreclosed home fairly recently and almost everything needs to be fixed, replaced or updated."

Weinberger and her boyfriend (who installed the polymer roof tiles himself!) selected Bellaforté Shake for their 80-year old farmhouse-style home in the Tahoe blend of four colors.

While not everyone may feel confident enough to install a luxury roof themselves, the leading edge tab on every Bellaforté tile makes it easy to secure each tile to the next one. The polymer shake tiles come in multiple profiles to simulate a multi-width staggered rough hewn wood cedar shake. And, as with other DaVinci products, the Bellaforté Shake is Class A Fire Rated and resists high wind, impact, severe weather conditions and insects.

"We love the new look," says Weinberger. "We are still in the process of renovating our front landscape but this has been a big kick start to jazzing up our exterior."


Class A Fire Rated Polymer Roofing Eases Worries for West Coast Residents

Smokey the Bear is not a happy camper. Incredible drought conditions on the West Coast mean many woodland areas are suffering from wildfires.

Eco Friendly RoofFor many homeowners with cedar shake roofing, the threat of flying embers from those wildfires that could ignite their cedar roofing is a constant worry during summer months. Fortunately for homeowners, DaVinci Roofscapes offers Class A Fire Rated synthetic shake roofing that looks just like real shake roofing, but resists fire.

"More than fifty homes burned in our area during one wildfire," says Dan Baer, a California homeowner. "If the winds had been stronger, our home would have been included. Our old shake roof was a tinderbox waiting to ignite. Our new Bellaforté polymer tiles are rated Class A for fire retardance, which gives us tremendous peace-of-mind.”

In Nevada, homeowner Mary Katherine Hirsh feels the same way. After she was evacuated from her home in 2011 due to a firestorm sweeping through her Reno neighborhood, she decided her old wooden cedar roof shingles had to go.

"The idea that a stray cinder landing on my roof could ignite the entire home was scary,” says Hirsh, a Nevada resident. “I immediately started researching roofing options and focused in on fire-resistant polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.”

For more information on synthetic shake shingles, see Playing with Fire.


From the Architect's Corner: Can You Tell the Difference?

For the last 15 years we have made it our mission to make the most authentic polymer slate and shake composite roofing tiles on the market. You know you've succeeded when time and time again you send homeowners, contractors, and architects out to see the products installed on a nearby home or business and their response is, "I drove right by it! It looked like natural slate and I was looking for a plastic slate." Or when you're standing in a tradeshow booth and people absentmindedly stop and touch the material, and end up blown away because it didn't feel like the slate or wood they were expecting to feel. 

I recently received this picture from a longtime contractor (Featured Project to come!) and had to share. With the copper gutters and flashings, these Multi-Width Slate tiles in the European Blend have the authentic look that people seeking a roof in our category require. If you were driving by and saw this roof, what would you think? 

Happy Friday, Architects!

Simulated Slate Roofing

Low Maintenance and Durability Key Selling Features for Polymer Roofing in Northwest

In the damp climate of the Pacific Northwest, algae and moss accumulation on cedar shake roofs is a common concern. For some homeowners tired of maintaining and constantly cleaning these pesky growth formations from their roofs, easy-care polymer roofing tiles are their new best friends.

"Natural slate and cedar shake roof shingles can be increasingly difficult to maintain over time in this environment," says Jordan Eades, president of HOPE Roofing & Construction. "When homeowners see the advances of man-made polymer roofing tiles they get almost giddy with the idea that they'll be spending much less of their valuable time and money on maintenance to remove unsightly moss and algae from their roofs."

In recent years Eades and her team have started offering synthetic shake and imitation slate roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes. At the 2015 Building, Remodeling and Energy Expo in Sequim, Wash., Eades received overwhelming interest in the DaVinci product showcased in their booth.  

"We're seeing that more and more customers want long-lasting and low maintenance features in their roofs," says Eades, whose company is headquartered in Port Townsend, Wash. "The Bellaforté roofs we're installing offer those advantages plus the look is very realistic. The beauty of these tiles coupled with the lifetime warranty are features that homeowners in our area are very excited about."

Want to learn more about lightweight roofing tiles from DaVinci and what contractors think of our environmentally friendly roofs? Then see Out of the Mouths of Contractors.


DaVinci Synthetic Roofing Material Can Stand the Test of Time

Summer has always been my favorite time of the year. It invokes childhood memories of the days I used to spend at my grandmother’s house in north Louisiana. There was a grocery store down the road called the Dixie Dandy and their chocolate covered ice cream bars were the best ever!

The heat was sweltering, but we never stayed inside. I mean, come on! It’s summer vacation! I played outside from dawn to dusk.

One of the craziest things I remember was how, on a hot day, a storm blew in rather suddenly, and even though the thermometer was showing 90-degrees, big nuggets of ice started raining down from the sky! Hail storm!! Yes, that was summer down south.

Eco-Blend Fake SlateI had the opportunity to re-visit that small Louisiana town recently, and between the scorching sun, many more hail storms and the strong winds that accompanied them, I noticed many of the houses were looking a little worse for the wear, especially the roofs.

It’s unreal what Mother Nature can do to a traditional shingle, slate or cedar shake roof. Curled edges, missing tabs, faded colors, cracked and split edges…..if this describes your roof, then it’s past time for a change.

Before spending your hard-earned money on another rooftop that starts to degrade the minute it’s sitting out in the elements, do a little homework and look into low-maintenance polymer roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

All those natural elements I talked about don’t stand a chance against a synthetic shake or composite slate roof. These lightweight roofing tiles are fade-resistant and the color runs completely through them.

Hail stones the size of golf balls? Not a dent! Hurricane force winds? They won’t budge! Aside from the fact that a polymer roof is going to last longer, it’s also going to look better and stay that way for years beyond that of a traditional roof. This is an added bonus, because it adds value and curb appeal to your home. (See Superman Roofs)

By the way, there’s a big difference between “standing out” and “sticking out” (like a sore thumb) and a composite slate roof  or simulated shake roofing from DaVinci stands out.

I would defy anyone to drive down the road and be able to tell the difference between a DaVinci fake slate roof and genuine slate, or DaVinci composite shake and a true cedar shake roofing. It looks that good!

One final thought to consider when choosing which product is right for you. DaVinci’s EcoBlend tiles have an Energy Star rated version called Cool Roof that actually helps reflect sun and heat away from the roof which, in turn, will reduce the load on your AC. That means your roof can positively impact your home's energy efficiency, the lifespan of your cooling unit AND help reduce power consumption to keep the house cool.

The moral of my story? Time will march on. I’m not a kid anymore…the recipe for the perfect Dixie Dandy ice cream bar is gone forever…but the right synthetic roofing material will stand the test of time well into the future.

Allen Lyle
Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford
Radio Show Co-Host - See more at: http://blog.davinciroofscapes.com/blog/friends-and-partners#sthash.Wt3sffvV.dpuf

Allen Lyle
Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford
Radio Show Co-Host


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

If you plan on attending the Construction Specifiers Institute convention in St. Louis this fall, set aside some time to come and see the DaVinci Roofscapes booth at booth #637. We will be there ready to discuss our lifetime roof options, and armed with plenty of polymer roofing information and product samples, including our new Single-Width and Bellaforté Slate profiles. The exhibit hall is open October 1-2, 10:30-4:30. I look forward to seeing you there! 


Happy National Roofing Week!

The National Roofing Contractors Association has designated July 5 - 11 as the Second Annual National Roofing Week. The special focus on this week is the importance of hiring professional roofing contractors and making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing a roof system.

As we talk about regularly, the roof is one of the most important components on a home or business. If a roof fails, whether due to storm damage or old age, the entire structure is compromised. That's why DaVinci Roofscapes recommends that you make it a yearly goal to examine and evaluate your roof --- and what better time to do so than National Roofing Week!

We've shared these tips before, but they're worth repeating:

Fake Cedar ShakeTip #1 - If you're able to easily see all areas of your roof yourself, use either a ladder or binoculars from across the street, and look for problem areas. Missing or broken shingles or shingles "flapping" in the wind are all signs that your roof needs immediate help.

Tip #2 - If you have steep slope roofing or a roof with multiple valleys, or you're not able to see all areas of your roof, then hire a professional roofing contractor to inspect your roof. They have the proper safety equipment to accurately inspect your roof and know exactly how to look for rodent and animal damage around chimneys along with worn out areas of the roof.

Tip #3 - Check the sides of your roof. The southern exposure weathers significantly faster than the other sides of the roof, so make sure to carefully examine this area. Also, shallower pitches weather faster than steeper pitches. So again, if your roof has a shallow pitch --- like a shed dormer --- make certain you can clearly see it to get a true indication of the condition of your roof. If you have a real cedar roof, consider your geographic location.

Tip #4 - Consider your geography. If you live in areas prone to hail, then impact resistant polymer roofing is a great choice. Or, if you live in the western portion of the country where wildfires are a problem, then having Class A Fire Rated imitation slate or simulated shake roofing is a great choice. Along with helping protect the home, these fake cedar shake and slate alternative roofs oftentimes come with a homeowner insurance discount.

Need more tips? Check out 6 Signs of a Failing Roof: How to Tell if You Need a New Roof.


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."


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!