Falling in Love with DaVinci Roofscapes

February is traditionally associated with the month of love. As soon as stores remove their Christmas decorations, hearts and cupid's arrows are decked throughout the aisles.

While we associate Valentine's Day with chocolates and flowers, is it possible to fall in love with your designer roof? According to many homeowners, the answer is YES! Here's what several satisfied homeowners shared with us recently about their new polymer roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes:

"I didn't realize how different a home can look based upon roof selection. The DaVinci roof totally enhanced our home in every way. Aesthetically, it anchors the house. The color, the weight and thickness of the tiles and the materials looks very substantial."

                                    Kerry Nelson - Oklahoma homeowner

"We felt that this faux-slate roof would be a huge improvement in our area over the old asphalt shingle roof. This roof truly replicates natural slate, and it definitely lends an air of authenticity to a somewhat contemporary home design."

                                    Rob Fanjoy - Maine homeowner

"This new roof, with the patina green on the copper gutters, complements the original historic look of the home and helps us more appropriately 'fit' in our historic neighborhood. The roofing tiles never look like plastic. Right from the start they looked very natural with their understated slate gray color."

                                    Kathy Telecky - Texas homeowner

“There’s not a week that goes by when someone passing by doesn’t remark on our ‘real slate’ roof. I enjoy explaining about the benefits of our polymer roof and have no worries now about future storms in our area. This roof can handle it.”

                                    Michael Klappa - Kansas homewoner

“We still have roofers and contractors come by to show our roof to their potential customers. Both my wife Anita and I love the look of the roof and couldn’t be more satisfied with DaVinci Roofscapes.”

                                    Chuck Musgrave - Oklahoma homeowner


And the Award Goes to ...

It's awards season. Every time you turn on the television there's a different awards program to watch. Up next .. the Oscars on February 22nd.

Which movie will run away with the most awards --- American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood? Or will it be Selma, Imitation Games, Theory of Everything or one of the other nominees?

polymer roofAt DaVinci Roofscapes, we're rooting for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Why? Because we like DaVinci Slate for the hotel roof, of course!

We're actually lobbying to have a "Best Roofing" category added to all the awards competitions for next year. Just think about it ... Birdman almost flies off a roof, the American Sniper was situated on a roof in several scenes and the old-style roofs in Selma are showcased throughout the movie.

What would the criteria be for winning the "Best Roofing" award? How about beauty, durability and worry-free maintenance for the life of the roof? And, don't forget impact, fire and high wind resistance. Then add in unlimited color options ... including 50 shades of standard colors and the ability to create your own custom color or blend.

And, of course you need to have a proven track record to win an award. For DaVinci, that includes composite roofing on thousands of homes across America along with inspiring roofs that can be found on hotels, restaurants, country clubs, churches and even university buildings.

We think it's pretty obvious. When the envelope is opened in the "Best Roofing" category, the Oscar goes to .... DaVinci Roofscapes.



Cupid's Arrows Bounce Off DaVinci Roofs

2015 hasn't been a good year for Cupid. Strong winter winds have caused many misfires of his arrows, causing him to miss his target of would-be lovers. Fortunately for Cupid, some of his mis-fired arrows are hitting DaVinci Roofscapes roofing tiles ... and they're bouncing right off the durable polymer slate and shake roofing tiles, so the arrows can be used again!

"It's embarrassing to have this many arrows go astray," says the Chubby Cheri. "Those gusty winds are making my arrows go crazy. I'm just lucky when the arrows hit a DaVinci roof because they bounce off. I've heard that these roofs resist hail, severe weather and fire, but I didn't know they'd also resist my arrows!"

Developed with a state-of-the-art polymer chemistry, DaVinci polymer roofing tiles resist impact, high winds and fire. DaVinci composite tiles are manufactured from a 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.

DaVinci roofs have earned a Class 4 rating for impact resistance along with the Miami Dade County Acceptance (High Velocity Hurricane Winds) and the Texas Department of Insurance, showing that the roofing tiles can withstand hurricane-force winds. In addition, DaVinci slate and shake roofing tiles are rated Class A for fire retardance and have achieved the highest rating for straight line wind testing at 110 mph.

"These roofs are very impressive," says Cupid. "They're not penetrated by my arrows. It's taken thousands of years, but I think I can truly say this is the first time that Cupid is in love ... and it's with a roofing tile!"


DaVinci Shake Tiles Enhance Japanese Home Design

Drive through Rehoboth, Delaware and you may be surprised to discover a Japanese-style home with a DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roof tucked between more traditional looking homes in the neighborhood. That's the brainchild of homeowner Jim McIntire.

"It all started with our desire for unique skylights and ended up with a pagoda-style roof," says McIntire, a retired financial advisor. "We had a home on this lot that didn't excite me very much, so we worked with architect Michael Sing to create something truly inspirational."

McIntire discovered the DaVinci synthetic shake roofing option on the Internet and then contacted DaVinci project specialist Katie Wheeler. As a result, McIntire and Sing chose a DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roof in the Chesapeake blend of four earthy tones to complement the house design.

"The slight flexibility in the DaVinci imitation slate shingles helped us achieve the curve to the roofline and the upswept corners," says Sing, of Michael J. Sing, LLC. "We took inspiration for the home's design from many books on Japanese architecture. The roof is the showpiece of the home and it looks great. For me, this was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design something really unique for our area."

McIntire's home has been featured in The Washington Post (click HERE to see the story and pictures) and features everything from 200 unique Japanese-inspired porcelain tiles to roof skirting that enhances the pagoda style of the home. The three-story home includes the original back lower deck plus the addition of an upper deck.

"This home is a few blocks from the ocean with lots of incredible rooflines so we needed a simulated shake roofing alternative that could withstand potentially high winds and storms," says McIntire. "We're pleased with both the beauty and adaptability of this composite shake roof."


Fake Shake Outperforms Cedar Shake Roofing

Look up the word "shake" in a thesaurus and you'll see the following synonyms: tremble, quiver, quake, shudder, wobble and vibrate. Funny that those are the same words that many people use to describe their experiences with real cedar shake roofing.

While cedar roof shingles can look attractive and appealing when first installed, over time they have a tendency to rot, warp and splinter. And, they've been known to also become "wobbly" and insect-infested.

How do homeowners satisfy their desire for the eye-catching appeal of cedar roofing without the maintenance hassles associated with real shake roofing? Simulated shake roofing to the rescue.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we manufacture fake cedar shake roofing tiles that look so realistic that people standing below a house can't tell the difference from a real shake tile roof. Available in 9", 7", 6" and 4" tile widths, DaVinci's hand-split multi-width composite shake roofing tiles are carefully crafted using only virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable roofing product.

To increase the realistic appearance of these shake alternative roofing tiles, each fake cedar shake tile features both straight and wavy grains throughout the tile for a realistic look. And, as with all DaVinci lightweight roofing materials, the composite shake tiles resist fire, high wind and impact. They're also created to resist rot, insects and moisture and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

Need more details? See DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options and Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci.


I'm Not Going to Take it Anymore!

Remember the movie "Network"  back in 2000? A longtime television anchor creates a nationwide outcry during an evening news broadcast by encouraging viewers to shout out "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore."

That classic movie moment has led to January 7 being named national "I'm Not Going to Take it Anymore Day."

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we invite you to celebrate this day by taking a long, hard look at your roof. If slate shingles are cracked, there are upturned cedar roof shingles or if water is leaking into your home, decide on January 7 that you're not going to take it anymore!

Then, take the next step and go to the DaVinci website to explore all the simulated slate roofing and composite shake products available to make your life --- and the life of your home --- better.


Need inspiration? Then see what other homeowners are saying:

"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. I wanted something that looked like real wood shakes but performed better.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. 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."

                                                Thomas Meyers of Prior Lake, Minnesota

"More than fifty homes burned in our area during the one wildfire. 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."

                                                Dan Baer of Yorba Linda, California


2015: Are There Polymer Shakes in Your Future?

You don't need a magical crystal ball or a palm reader to know if your house needs a new roof. If you have cedar shake roofing, just go outside and look up. Curling, dry cedar roofing shakes or cedar roof shingles with insect infestations are a sure sign that you'll soon be looking for a new roof.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we do have a prediction to make. If you're in the market for a cedar shake alternative roof, you'll end up loving our synthetic shake roofing product. You may even Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake!

An authentic replica to real cedar shakes, our simulated shake roofing gives you the shake look you want, without the hassles of popping nails, curling shakes and insect infestations. Our synthetic cedar shakes are also Class A Fire Rated, so you don't have to worry about flame spread. And, as a bonus, DaVinci lightweight roofing solutions are also impact-rated so you can say farewell to concerns about high winds, hail and severe weather damage.

Wood Shake Roof


When you're ready to start your composite shake roof research, start with DaVinci and these terrific looking products to create your next designer roof!

  • 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.

From the Architect's Corner - Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015! As we all get back into the swing of things here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. It is time to schedule your local DaVinci Slate and Shake specialist in for an update meeting! We have a new profile for our Single-Width Slate product, you are going to want to see it! 

2. We offer two continuing education courses for your learning needs. Both courses can be found on AEC Daily's Website, are free and are available 24/7. 

3. Everything we offer to architects can be found online in online in our Digital Architect Binder. Do you need something you can't find? Let me know! The needs of the architectural community are always evolving and it is from your input and requests that DaVinci Roofscapes can evolve with you.

Click here to contact me via email or phone.

Happy New Year (and Happy Friday), Architects! 


Meet Us at Booth 2136!

If you're headed to Las Vegas in a few weeks for the 2015 International Builders' Show, we invite you to meet us in booth 2136 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center!

January 20 - 22 are the key dates to be at this mega trade show to see all the newest items available from manufacturers across the country. DaVinci Roofscapes will be one of those companies launching new products at the show --- our new Single-Width Slate 12-inch tile with an enhanced profile and a new Smokey Gray color!

Available starting January 1st, the new Single-Width Slate 12-inch tile boasts a more authentic quarried look. This new slate alternative tile has a thicker, more realistic profile that accurately replicates genuine slate in an imitation slate tile. Deeper impressions in the slate alternative tiles make them appear thicker, even though they're the same lightweight roofing tiles as previous tiles in this product offering.

And, at DaVinci we just can't get enough of color! Already the leader in color options in the polymer roofing industry, we are enhancing our position in 2015 by introducing our newest color, Smokey Gray.

When you get your first look at our Smokey Gray color, you'll see that this deep, rich blackish gray is reminiscent of real slate shingles. The color reminds some people of a dark, stormy night or of charcoal. The distinct Smokey Gray color will be available as a standard color option starting in January in the DaVinci Multi-Width and Single-Width Slate composite slate product lines, along with the Bellaforté Slate® line of green roofing materials.

In case you're counting, Smokey Gray will be the 50th color offered by DaVinci, and the darkest gray available from us. Other gray options from DaVinci include: Slate Gray, Medium Gray, Light Gray, Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray, Medium Light Weathered Gray, Medium Dark Weathered Gray, Dark Weathered Gray, Light Chesapeake, Medium Light Chesapeake, Medium Chesapeake and Dark Chesapeake!

Click here to register for a free 3-day pass to the Builders' Show!



No Sissy Shakes

Boing! Up pops a real wood shake from your roof. Unable to stop itself from curling and warping over time, real cedar shake roofing often causes problems and replacement concerns over the years.


These "sissy shake shingles" may look pretty the first year or so after they are installed, but they're unreliable over time. Plus, they're a fire hazard and can't withstand severe weather and high winds prone to some areas of the country.

What to do if you really like the look of cedar roofing and want it on your home? Explore the many options for cedar shake alternative roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.


Manufactured to resist curling, fading, high winds and especially fire and impact, Class A Fire Rated simulated shake roofing from DaVinci is backed by a 50 year roof limited warranty to give you peace-of-mind. This sustainable roofing option creates an environmentally friendly roof that can make you the envy of the neighborhood. (See Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci for more details!)

When it's time to replace your real shake roofing materials, visit our DaVinci website to learn about these great synthetic shake roofing shingles:

> 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.


Santa's Reindeer Add DaVinci Polymer Roofing to their Wish Lists

Why should children get the best gifts during the holidays? This year, Santa's reindeer have started their own "wish list" that includes peppermint-flavored lichen, full-body insulated sweaters and impact-resistant polymer roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.
"It's hard on our hoofs to land on millions of slate roofs in a single night," says Blitzen, spokes-deer for Santa's nine reindeer. "We have the weight of Santa's sled filled with toys, to say nothing of Santa's ever-increasing waistline, to pull through the sky. When we land, the reindeer are looking for durable composite roofing that can really support our weight and be easy on our hoofs!"

At DaVinci, creating impact-resistant composite slate and simulated shake roofing tiles that can withstand strong winds, severe weather and reindeer-landings is a daily occurrence. The earth-bound elves at the Kansas-based company focus on being good all year long and creating reliable sustainable roofing products 365 days a year.
"Last year Rudolph made a mistake and brought the sleigh down too quickly on a shake tile roof that he thought had DaVinci shake shingles," says Blitzen. "It was ugly. With the weight of the sleigh and Santa aboard, our hooves went right through those darned cedar roof shingles and we had our legs dangling through a living room ceiling. Rudolph won't make that mistake again!"
While Blitzen and the team can't depend on rooftop lights to guide their way and identify DaVinci simulated slate roofing and composite shake roofs, the spokes-deer says they have worked out an alternate identification roof method.
"We always know when there's a DaVinci 50 year roof below us because their colors shine through in the sky," says Blitzen. "From New York to California, we've seen these colorful roofs on homes all across America and we look for them to guide our way. I can't say it officially on the record, but the European blend of five gray and purple shades is our personal favorite."
With the introduction of the new Smokey Gray color in January of 2015, DaVinci will offer 50 different colors for their realistic slate and shake alternative roofing tiles. The company's polymer roof tiles are Class 4 impact rated, making it possible for them to handle severe weather conditions and unscheduled sleigh landings. The roofing tiles have passed the highest rating wind tests, so even if weather conditions are blustery on December 24th, Santa and his reindeer will have no difficulties landing on the secure DaVinci luxury roofs.

It's not just the reindeer who love synthetic slate roof shingles from DaVinci ... Reindeer-Resistant Synthetic Roofing High on Santa's Wish List!


From the Architect's Corner: Online Continuing Education

Have you ever wondered what a color expert would tell you if you asked the question, "What order should I go in when selecting exterior colors for my home?"

According to Kate Smith, DaVinci Roofscapes' color expert, the correct order is roof, siding, windows, front door, trim then garage door. Unless the home is brick or stone, the largest fixed feature is probably the roof, so you will want to start there.

Interested in learning more? Are you a professional in need of a continuing education credit? Jump over to AEC Daily's website to take our new course, The FRESH Approach to Choosing Exterior Colors. It is free and available online 24/7.


Happy Friday, Architects! 


From the Architect's Corner - 3-Part Specs Available Online

Need a DaVinci Roofscapes' composite roofing 3-part spec? Look no further because you can find one right here. Need it in an editable document (Word), a spec for a specific project only or need to talk something out with me? No problem! Contact me and I will be happy to work with you or put you in touch with a local representative who can make an appointment to come in and assist you and answer questions. 

Happy Friday, Architects!


Profile: Turner Morris Roof Systems

Ask Scott Cunningham with Turner Morris, Inc. how he feels about DaVinci Roofscapes and get ready to be captivated.

"DaVinci is a true stand alone (roofing material) in the synthetic world," says Cunningham, mountain project manager with Turner Morris Roof Systems in Colorado. "The product itself is durable and withstands the stringent demands of our high alpine environment. This is the only product we've found that works well in our climatic region."

Cunningham should know. In the past eight years his company has installed more than a dozen commercial roofing projects in Colorado using DaVinci synthetic roofing material.

"The impressive thing is that DaVinci stands behind its product," says Cunningham, a member of the DaVinci Masterpiece Contractors program. "I have been installing DaVinci imitation slate and composite shake for eight years and have never had any significant product issues. The problems that I have seen throughout the years have been specifically contractor installation defects, and unforeseen issues with snow and ice migration due to Mother Nature.

"I always recommend that extra caution should be taken when switching traditional cedar shakes to synthetic shake roofing as their insulation value and breathability is very much different."

A major project recently completed by Turner Morris is the reroofing of 30 condo units with simulated shake roofing from DaVinci. "These roofs are impact- and fire-resistant with the natural look of real cedar with great shadow lines, but with all the advantages of a man-made product," says Cunningham. "Best of all, they have a 50-year limited warranty, so this is a great investment for the community."


From the Architect's Corner - "Do You Have Any Examples of _______________________"?

The great thing about this blog is that we can regularly feature projects so that we almost always have a project to point to when somebody calls and says, "Do you have any examples of ____________ (fill in the blank) that you can show me?". So we can definitely check the next four Featured Projects off the list - a historic clock tower, a residential project using the very colorful Vineyard Blend, a roof in Oklahoma that needs to stand up to the highest wind and impact standards, and a Bellaforté Shake roof that was a natural cedar shake tear off project. 

Featured Project - Vail, CO

Polymer Roof Tiles

Click here to read how this luxury roof tile has transformed the Vail Village skyline. 


Featured Project - Des Moines, IA

Composite Slate

Click here to read about this project and the phases it took to complete the job. 


Featured Project - Greenwood Village, CO

Fake Cedar Shake

Click here to read about this natural shake tear off and re-roof project in Colorado. 


Featured Project - Oklahoma

Fake Slate

Click here to read about this impact resistant roof in Oklahoma. 

To see more of our projects, visit our media room and browse through our project profiles.

Happy Friday, Architects! 



Colorado Townhome Community Topped with DaVinci Roofscapes Composite Shake Tiles

As part of a two-phase re-roofing project, two dozen townhomes at Buckhorn - Bachelor Gulch now have impact-resistant DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake roofs overhead.

Shake AlternativeLocated in Avon, Colo., Buckhorn - Bachelor Gulch offers luxury living and fast access for residents and visitors to area ski slopes. The homeowners association for the community selected the DaVinci lightweight roofing materials in the Autumn blend to complement their mountainous location. Custom copper flat seam roofs and a full snow-retention plan designed by Rocky Mountain Snowguards was incorporated into the luxury roofs on the multi-story townhomes.

"Our team has installed more than 100 DaVinci roofs in the Aspen and Vail areas," says Trevor H. Cannon, owner of Umbrella Roofing. "This is the only synthetic roof we install. The track record we have with this polymer roofing product is very impressive.

"In our geographic market people are moving away from real cedar shake shingles due to their deterioration and susceptibility to fire. Anytime we have a new customer looking for a simulated shake roofing product we discuss the cost, insurance, appearance and maintenance saving aspects of the DaVinci cedar shake alternative product. These are features that immediately win over the client."

Fake ShakeA DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor program member, Umbrella Roofing has 35 employees. Many of those team members worked on the re-roofing project at Buckhorn - Bachelor Gulch.

"This project had a great number of steep slopes, was very 'cut up' and had many transitions from custom flat seam copper to the DaVinci polymer roofing tiles," says Cannon. "Our quality installers embraced the challenges of this project and produced a superior finished designer roof product.

"We specialize in re-roofing high-end residences. The combination of our expertise and the reliable DaVinci sustainable roofing product have positioned us a step above our competition. When homeowners in this area want peace-of-mind plus a sensational looking imitation shake or slate roof, they come to us!"

Want to learn about other composite roofing successes in multi-housing projects? Read Why You Should Care that DaVinci Polymer Roofs are Used on Condo Communities and Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos.


Giving Thanks ... for DaVinci Roofs

Every Thanksgiving people reflect on what they're grateful for ... and many times, that's a reliable, worry-free roof over their heads.

We are fortunate at DaVinci Roofscapes that we hear from homeowners throughout the entire year about how they appreciate our composite roofing products. We'd like to share some of those grateful comments with you.

“More than fifty homes burned in our area during one wildfire. 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.”
            Dan Baer - California

We looked into many options when deciding to replace the asphalt shingle roof on our home. Our research brought us to the DaVinci Roofscapes web site. The Bellaforté roof that’s now on our house is absolutely beautiful --- it’s the icing on the cake for our 3,800-square foot ranch-style home.”                                                        
            Kathy Bradshaw - Oklahoma

 “Watching the polymer roof go up overhead was a very moving experience. It completes the home so perfectly and complements the overall design that the Homes for Our Troops people have developed for my house. The peace-of-mind that will come from having a home designed to accommodate my physical limitations is amazing.”

            Cpl. Joshua Lindsay - Georgia

"There simply is not another product out there that provides the durability, hail resistance and appearance that can touch the DaVinci roofing product.”

            Dean Imel - Oklahoma


DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Profile: McRay Roofing

Commitment to craft makes a world of difference, and that’s what defines McRay Roofing & Exteriors LLC in Oklahoma City.

Polymer Slate RoofPresident Jeff McRay is passionate about the quality of his team’s creations. He views the roof like a canvas, creating a masterpiece that brings out the beauty of each home and its surroundings. His dedication to excellence has helped make Jeff a platinum member of the DaVinci Masterpiece Contractors program and the ideal roofer to chat with to share insights on composite roofing products.

Q: Jeff, tell us about your company and how long you've been installing DaVinci polymer roofing.

A: I started this company seven years ago, serving the roofing needs of property owners throughout Oklahoma. Four years ago I discovered DaVinci lightweight roofing systems. These luxury roof products have transformed my business.


Q: Why is that ... and how many DaVinci roofs have you installed?

A: We've installed 25 DaVinci roofs so far, and we have 10 more projects lined up in the next few months. We recommend DaVinci because the product has an authentic slate and shake appearance, is lightweight and extremely durable.


Q: How do you and your customers feel about the look of the DaVinci synthetic roofing material?

A: The look is everything to me. I want to see perfection on a roof, and I see it with these imitation slate and synthetic shake tiles. My customers are very happy. And, I wouldn't install the product if they weren't happy. I like to tell people that I've seen the product of the future in DaVinci!


Fake SlateQ: What is your competitive "edge" when you approach homeowners and suggest the DaVinci roofing product?

A: First of all, quality of the simulated slate roofing and the 50 year roof warranty that helps protect homeowners against severe Midwestern weather conditions. Second, the wide range of colors available in these polymer roof tiles. DaVinci gives me a bigger arsenal of colors with 49 slate color choices --- and I love being able to share those colors with our customers!


Q: What does it mean to you to be a DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor program member? What benefits does it bring to your company?

A: It's always good to be aligned with the best in the business. I think the DaVinci polymer roofing product provides unlimited possibilities to homeowners, and being able to offer this eco friendly roof product as a DMCP member really helps grow our business.

Click HERE to visit the McRay Designer Roof Photo Gallery with a selection of top-quality designer roofs created by DaVinci Roofscapes.


Polymer Roofing Caps Off Mixed Texture Home

After almost a quarter of a century with cedar shake shingles overhead, the Butler family decided to "shake up" their roof. Rather than simply replace their cedar shake roofing, the homeowners opted for a combination of metal and composite shake tiles on their roof to complement the brick, cedar and copper textures on the home's exterior.

Faux Shake ShinglesThe Butlers chose a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake roof in a Mountain blend of three brown tones of color for the top of their designer roof with an aging artisan metal secondary roof underneath and capping off dormer windows. The home's siding features both real cedar and brick accents, and the gutters and garage doors are made of copper.

"With each rain and wind storm we were losing pieces of our original wood shingles from the roof," says Kim Butler, of Brock, Nebraska. "We started searching online for long-lasting roofs and discovered the polymer shake tiles from DaVinci. At the same time we remembered the appeal of steel roofs we'd seen in Montana. Somehow we knew we wanted to combine the two products.

"We really like how metals patina with age to give a rustic look. With a steel roof and copper gutters, we believe the slow progression of the patinas will bring long-term beauty and durability to our home. Add in the DaVinci composite shakes and we have a winning combination."

Tips for Creating a Textured Exterior

For homeowners wishing to mix textures on the home exterior, national color expert Kate Smith recommends following the FRESH approach.

"Start by looking at the fixed features of the home --- such as the foundation material, chimney structure or walkways --- to determine the basic common color or color cast that will link all your materials together," says Smith, president of Sensational Color. "Next, look for commonalities in the regional colors for your home and the environment near your home.

Fake Shake"The Butlers did this perfectly. They were able to bring together so many different textures and colors seamlessly because they took into consideration the whole house and the surroundings while they stayed within one color family. From the dark window frames to the roughhewn cedar shutters to the smooth metal roofing, the style of their home beautifully lends itself to the use of multiple textures."

When choosing metal accents for the home, Smith reminds homeowners to take into consideration the aging process.

"As copper develops a patina it does so in stages," says Smith. "The initial patina is a rust color that generally turns a deeper brown within the first five years. After that it begins to slowly take on a light greenish tone (known as verdi gris) after 15 years. Each stage has a unique character and will work together beautifully with the other materials on the home, such as the siding and polymer shake roof."

Need colorful composite roofing? Then check out "Over the Roof” Color Options Available .


From the Architect's Corner: Digital Asset Library

Going paperless? Need an update to an existing architectural binder? Our website offers all documents found in our binders in one convenient place. Click here to get to our digital architectural binder and download the latest brochures, installation instructions, testing certifications, and green information on our steep slope roofing materials.

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