Featured Project - Irving, TX

When the folks over at Christian Brother's Roofing showed me these birds eye perspective photos, the first thing I said to them was, "I have to put these on my blog!" Located in Irving, Texas this Bellaforté Shake roof in the Abruzzo blend perfectly caps this home's massive brick exterior. Besides adding an aesthetic quality to the home, the unique design of these imitation cedar shake roof tiles makes them an eco friendly roof choice. Bellaforté Shake tiles are 12" wide by 15" long. The tiles self-align, and that feature, along with the built in rain gutter, means that the tiles install at a 12" exposure. Because of that, you only need 100 tiles to fulfill a square, reducing materials needed for installation and therefore reducing the overall footprint of this particular roof. Also, this shake shingle roof system comes with a 50 year warranty, and will outlast a natural shake roof by many years. 

DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program Member
Christian Brothers Roofing
Grand Prairie, TX

polymer shake      

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.

Happy Friday, Architects!


Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci

If you're in the mood to "shake up" your roof, do yourself a favor and research the many polymer shake roofing options available from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Why? Because one of the main problems with natural cedar shake shingles is their flammability --- and with DaVinci synthetic cedar shakes you all but eliminate that concern with the product's Class A Fire Rating!

Need more reasons to shake up the way you think about your roof? DaVinci composite shakes are impact-, rot- and insect-resistant. Plus, they're virtually maintenance free and resist curling, splitting and cracking. Another key bonus is that DaVinci shake alternative tiles resist fading --- so the color you select today is the same color you'll see on your roof decades from now!

Check out the many simulated shake roofing options you have from DaVinci:

  • DaVinci Multi-Width Shake displays the texture of natural cedar shake with a deep-grained surface. Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths along with a virtually limitless color palette, the multi-width cedar shake roof features both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths of the 5/8" profile on the tiles help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in either a straight or staggered pattern.

  • Single-Width Valoré Shake tiles embrace the art and science of roofing to offer exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. Valoré Shake comes in a 9" tile width with a 5/8" profile to provide deep, attractive shadow lines.

  • Bellaforté Shake composite roofing tiles include a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge, which help reduce the installation time for the products. A square of Bellaforté tiles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

  • DaVinci Fancy Shake luxury roof tiles provide a more refined cedar look when compared to traditional hand-split shake. With the clean, smooth look of a machine-sawn shake, Fancy Shake is available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with a tile thickness of 7/16". Using multiple widths helps create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid at a straight or staggered pattern.


See how one neighborhood relies on shake alternative roofing at Designer Shakes Up Utah Roofs.


Frogs, Mushrooms and Kites

Forget "April Showers" ... if you really want to celebrate something this month, try frogs, kites and grilled cheese! That's right, there are month-long celebrations for some very unique items in April including straw hats, brussels sprouts and pecans.

A few dedicated April observances are things we'd personally choose not to celebrate --- such as World Rat Day on April 4 and Root Canal Awareness Week from April 1 through 6. But then there's Consumer Awareness Week from April 19-24. We like that week at DaVinci Roofscapes, because we think all consumers should be made aware of the benefits of polymer slate and shake roofing tiles!

Our "Made in the USA" cedar shake alternative and simulated slate roofing products are backed by a 50-Year limited lifetime warranty .... something that is also cause for celebration on April 22 --- Earth Day!

But, in case you like celebrating the less-traditional landmark holidays, mark your calendar for April 16. That's the "Day of the Mushroom," National Save the Elephant Day and National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day!

Oops ... if you live in the Midwest, don't forget that there's something else important happening this month --- April is Tornado Awareness Month!


Heard it on the Roofline ...

If you're a homeowner, you'll buy a roof once, maybe twice, in your lifetime. If you're a roofer, you're making roofing material purchases constantly.

With that in mind, it makes sense to listen to what roofers are saying about DaVinci Roofscapes products. These are the professionals who have the choice of selecting and installing any type of roofing product they desire --- yet they return again and again to DaVinci synthetic shake and slate roof shingles.

“I’m a big believer in polymer roofing products for our geographic area. The security that comes from this Florida community now having these roofs overhead is unmatched. Homeowners get peace-of-mind, low maintenance and years of guaranteed top performance.”

     ~Al Christiano, senior account manager for Empire Roofing in Florida


We install several DaVinci roofs each year on residential and commercial projects. This (the roof on the LeConte Center in Tennessee) was the largest project we’ve had the opportunity to install polymer roofing material and it went very smoothly. The result is a roof that blends in with its natural setting, is very durable, requires virtually no maintenance and will last for decades to come.”

     ~Joe Whitmore, vice president of operations for Detail Slate and Tile in Tennessee



“Our team has completed numerous residential projects in the past with DaVinci Roofscapes products and every client has been extremely pleased.

     ~Scott Riopelle, owner of Interstate Roofing in Colorado


“We used Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing tiles for this project (a home in California) which really helped the job go smoothly because they’re typically lighter in weight than actual wood shakes. DaVinci has a reliable product that provides my customers an alternative to actual slate, wood or tile. Homeowners realize the cost savings is in the reduction of maintenance needed over time for these products, plus the 50-year limited warranty that gives them peace-of-mind.”

     ~Guy Galitski, president of G.G. Roofing in California


“You can’t just throw anything up a roof and hope it will work — especially not in coastal areas. I believe this roof (on Captain George's Seafood Restaurant) will work perfectly because of its anticipated long life span, low maintenance needs for the restaurant owners and the product testing results. This DaVinci roof is Class 4 impact rated, Class A rated for fire retardance and tested for high wind endurance. It’s darned hard to beat those qualifications in a roof!

     ~Rex Simpson, general manager of Gallop Roofing & Remodeling in North Carolina


Want to hear more? Visit Out of the Mouths of Contractors and Interview with Stella Amador of Florida Quality Roofing!


Roof Replacement: Do Your Research Before You Buy

No matter what the reason --- a leaky roof, hail damage or just old age --- when it's time to add a  new roof make sure to do your research before purchasing a replacement roof.

Take a tip from homeowners John and Joyce Mastronardo, who own a 1920s English Tudor style home outside of Philadelphia. "We didn't make the roofing decision lightly," says John Mastronardo. "We completed extensive research before making the decision on what to put on top of our 2,600-square foot home.

"We wanted to preserve the look and feel of the original slate roof along with the overall character of the home. But, as with most people, I had a budget. The cost of a synthetic slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes was much more affordable than using real slate.

“The more I learned about the synthetic DaVinci roofing tiles, the more I liked them. The product perfectly complements the stone, brick and stucco features of our home. As an added benefit, the product comes with a 50-year roof warranty. Even if the costs were equal, I’d still choose this DaVinci product because of all the inherent benefits of synthetic roofing tiles.”

For the Mastronardos, the re-roofing experience for their home went so well that they decided on the spot to move ahead and have their garage, pool cabana and patio roofs redone with the slate alternative roof materials.

In Minnesota, homeowners Barbara and Thomas Meyers also relied on solid research before purchasing their Bellaforté Shake shingles from DaVinci.

“I wanted something that looked like real wood shakes but performed better,” says homeowner Thomas Meyers. “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. 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.”

Start your own roofing research today by visiting www.davinciroofscapes.com and visit Invest in Your Roof for more research insights.


DaVinci Roofscapes -1 ... Mother Nature - 0

Sometimes the best way to share information, is to proudly offer a list. That's what we're doing today with this blog posting.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we know it's important to provide you with a reliable lightweight roofing system. Don't be fooled though, even though our polymer shake and slate tiles are lightweight tiles, they're extremely durable. So, here's the impressive list of what our simulated shake and slate products have achieved:

All DaVinci products:

  • are Class 4 impact rated, meeting the UL 2218 Impact Test (tested by Intertek)
  • are rated Class A for fire retardance in the ASTME E 108 fire test
  • have the highest ratings for straight line wind testing at 110 mph in the ASTM D3161 test (same as UL 997 Wind Uplift)
  • passed the TAS-125 certification test for wind uplift resistance in High Velocity Hurricane Zones
  • passed the TAS-100 certification test for wind driven rain
  • tested in accelerated weathering in accordance with ASTM G 26 for 4,500 hours. The average loss in tensile strength was 2.6%. According to people in the weathering business this accelerated exposure is equivalent to many months or even years of actual exposure
  • passed the freeze-thaw ICC-ES Test (Acceptance Criteria AC07, section 4.9) with exposure to temperatures from -40 F to 180 F in 22 hour cycles for approximately a month
  • passed the ASTM D 3462 nail pull through resistance at 32 F and 72 F test
  • have the following Building Code Approvals: ICC-ES ESR-2119, Miami Dade County, FL (see product pages for NOA number), and TDI


For more impressive details on designer roofs from DaVinci, visit Severe Weather Worries? Not With A DaVinci Roof!


NRCA a Resource for Roof Shoppers

If you're considering adding a new roof to your home, check out the "consumers" section on the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) website.

DaVinci Roofscapes is a proud member of NRCA, one of the construction industry's most respected trade associations and the voice of roofing professionals. Founded in 1886, NRCA is a nonprofit association representing all segments of the roofing industry and also provides homeowners with valuable information.

What type of helpful data will you find on the NRCA website? You can find a Roof Checkup Guide for Homeowners along with Consumer Natural Disaster Information and details on Attic Ventilation. There's also an "FYI - Buying a New Roof and Getting Your Money's Worth" section plus a Homeowner FAQ area.

The NRCA site includes tips on maintaining your roof, a search location for finding a roof contractor and a technical questions area. This one-stop website provides valuable resources.

Remember, when shopping for a new roof, make sure to consider all the benefits of polymer slate and shake roofing tiles. The lightweight roofing systems from DaVinci have a Class A Fire Rating, resist hail and impact, and are ideal for creating a designer roof --- all the essentials of a worry-free, reliable and high performance sustainable roofing product!

For more guidance when shopping for a roof, visit Check Out Polymer Slate Roofing Options.


Roofing 101 for Homeowners

Here's a fact of life: as a homeowner, sometimes you forget about your roof overhead. Unless you have a gaping hole, storm damage or messy leaks, it's easy to take your roof for granted.

Fortunately, your roof doesn't forget about you. It usually protects your home and its contents for many years before needing to be replaced. But how do you know when it's time to replace your roof? Start first by determining the age of your roof. Every product in your home has a life cycle ... and usually 20 to 25 years is about the length of time you can get out of an asphalt shingle roof.

Next, think about your geographic location. Does your roof get subjected to searing sun, heavy snows or hail? If so, that may shorten the roof's lifespan.

To get a good idea of how your roof is holding up, climb a ladder and look around ... or, go to a high spot in the area and look at your roof through a set of binoculars. If you see curling, splitting or missing shingles, that's a clear sign there's damage to your roof that needs to be addressed. Don't be afraid to call in a roofing expert to do a professional evaluation of your roof. Getting the insights of someone who deals with roofs for a living can be a valuable asset.

Need some good, practical reasons to invest in a new roof even if there's no apparent damage? Consider this ... by adding a new roof you can increase the resale value of your entire home. Or, if your area has seen changing weather conditions in recent years, it's a good idea to invest in a strong, low-maintenance polymer roof with a 50-year roof warranty.

When it's time to replace your roof, look no further than DaVinci. Our synthetic roofing tiles are made with state-of-the-art UV stabilizers embedded throughout the polymer to create a durable synthetic roofing tile which resists mold, algae, fungus and insects, with virtually no curling, or cracking so they’re headache-free. And, all DaVinci imitation slate and shake roof tiles have a Class A fire rating available, are Class 4 rated for impact resistance, and have passed wind tests at over 110 MPH. Just imagine having beautiful, virtually maintenance-free polymer roofing slate or shake synthetic roof that adds value to your home while protecting it from severe weather conditions!

You can Say Goodbye to Poor Weather Roof Wear with DaVinci by checking out this additional blog post!


Spring Weather Demands a DaVinci Roof

Get ready ... after a brutal winter throughout the country, springtime weather is no picnic. Thunderstorms, high winds, hail and tornados are all commonplace as the weather warms up and storms kick in.

Weather conditions have changed so much in recent years,” says Mark Clement, co-host of MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show and a professional contractor. “My recommendation is to always select an impact-resistant roof for the home. Even though we live inland in Pennsylvania, we put a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roof on our home.

“Now is the time to carefully evaluate your home’s exterior. Never assume that the roof, windows, doors or garage doors that held up well during previous storms will again be able to handle severe weather conditions.

“Repeated exposure to strong weather can take a toll on the home. Always review and evaluate the effectiveness of the entire home ‘envelope’ each year. Start at the top of your home and evaluate the condition of your roof first, then work down to your windows, entry doors and garage doors. These are the four most critical areas of the home because if any one of these areas is compromised, then wind and pressure can enter the home with devastating results.”

A home’s roof should be examined yearly to determine if there are missing shingles, curling or splitting shingles, lifting shingles or loss of granules. Both straight line winds and pressurized winds can cause different damage --- from uplifting the shingles off the roof to pushing intense wind-driven rain and flying debris onto the roof. Also check for damage from severe winter weather that may have included freeze/thaw cycles, heavy snow sliding off the roof, damage to gutters and loose tiles.

Clement notes that these headaches are greatly reduced when having a composite slate or imitation shake roof from DaVinci installed on the home. The manufactured slate and composite shake roofs resist impact, fire, insects and termites --- making for years of worry-free enjoyment of your designer roof.

For more insights on preparing your home for the next season, see Springtime Home Improvement Tips for Knowing When It’s Time to Replace The Roof on Your Home and Hail Bounces Off DaVinci Synthetic Roofs.


Slate or Shake --- Which DaVinci Roofscapes Product is for Me?

The good news is that you've made the decision to get a new roof. The GREAT NEWS is that you've decided to invest in a 50-year roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. Now, where do you go from here?

While some people say the next decision is color, slow down and decide first if you'd like a polymer slate roof or a composite shake roof. The synthetic slate product is made to resemble real slate tiles, while the imitation shake resembles natural cedar shakes.

Just because you may have shake or slate on your roof currently doesn't mean you can't "change things up" with a totally new roof look. Or, perhaps you have an asphalt shingle roof now and you're not sure what type of plastic roofing materials to select.

Start by looking at pictures of different homes with similar styles to yours to see what others have put on their roofs. (HINT: the Masterpiece Photo Gallery on the DaVinci website is a great place to look!). You may also want to get some different plastic slate and simulated shake roof samples to lay on your roof and hold up near your siding to see what appeals to your home's style. (HINT #2 - Check out the "FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior" downloadable guide to see a variety of home styles with different roofs!).

Whichever you select --- synthetic slate shingles or synthetic shake roofing, know that you're in good hands with the DaVinci product. These roofing products resist insects, fungus, algae and mold. They come in a variety of profile lines, and DaVinci leads the industry in tile thickness, tile width variety and the greatest selection of subtle earth-toned colors.

DaVinci Roofscapes has manufactured award-winning, lightweight roofing systems since 1999. The environmentally friendly roofing tiles are 100 percent recyclable. And, as a bonus all homeowners will appreciate, the virtually maintenance-free imitation slate and shake shingles are far more cost effective than the natural product.

For more insights, visit Check Out Polymer Slate Roofing Options and Invest in Your Roof.         


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.

Happy Friday, Architects!


DaVinci Roofs: An Answer to Many Prayers

Coast-to-coast you'll find DaVinci polymer roofing tiles atop many different churches. While each church recognizes the benefits of the long-lasting synthetic roofing tiles, perhaps the churches that appreciate them the most are the oldest ones.

“This simulated slate roofing product truly looks like the original slate tile that was placed on our church and chapel more than 75 years ago," says Father Peter Grover, OMV with St. Clement Eucharist Shrine in Boston. "The Bellaforté product allowed us to preserve both the historical look and feel of our facilities. We also gained the advantage that these polymer tiles resist fire, high winds and severe weather. That gives us all peace-of-mind knowing that our church facility and seminary are protected."

In Jacksonville, Oregon, the town's Historic Architectural Review Committee approved a DaVinci Roofscapes shake shingle roof to replace the decaying cedar shakes on the roof at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, which opened in 1881. A Tahoe blend featuring five shades of brown in multi-width composite shake tiles provides the church with the authentic cedar look they desired.

"Our entire town is on the national historic register and we had to receive permission from the Historic Architectural Review Committee to use the DaVinci roofing product," says Dave Harter, elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville. "Because the product looked so authentic to real cedar shakes and had a better fire rating than wood shingles, the committee made the decision for the first time ever to allow polymer roofing tiles on a structure in our city."

The DaVinci lightweight roofing materials used for both churches are Class 4 impact rated and have been rated Class A for fire retardance. The fake slate and fake cedar shake roofing materials have also achieved the highest ratings for straight line wind testing at 110 mph and have passed testing for extreme weather conditions.

Backed by a 50-year limited lifetime warranty, DaVinci plastic roofing materials resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.  

Looking for more details on how imitation slate shingles are used to create eco friendly roofs? Then visit Historic Church Gets High-Tech Polymer Roof and Historic Peterson House Gets DaVinci Polymer Roof.


DaVinci Roofscapes Takes on Las Vegas!

No time to take a breather during February for any of the DaVinci Roofscapes team members. Show floor traffic at both the 2014 International Builders' Show and the 2014 International Roofing Expo --- both held in Las Vegas --- was strong and steady.

A renewed excitement in the housing market recovery brought more than 75,000 building industry professionals to the largest builders' show in the world --- and at times it felt like many of those people were crammed into the DaVinci booth checking out our polymer roof tiles and luxury roof products. During the three-day event in early February, the hot topics in the DaVinci booth were the eco friendly elements of composite slate and shake roofing tiles along with the color options available in synthetic roofing materials.

"Universally, at both of these major trade shows, industry professionals were impressed with the high-performance aspects of our polymer slate and shake roofing tiles," says Wendy Bruch, marketing manager for DaVinci Roofscapes. "Show attendees spent time talking about the benefits of our plastic roofing materials and how consumers are specifically asking for roofing products that offer a 50 year roof warranty and peace-of-mind against strong weather conditions.

"We're being told that homeowners are eager to invest in smart roofing choices and to express the style of their home exterior starting with their roof. Whether selecting a cedar shake alternative or a simulated slate roofing product, roofers report that consumers are becoming quite adept at selecting authentic-looking designer roof alternatives for their homes."

For more trade show insights, visit February Means Las Vegas for DaVinci Roofscapes and What Happens in Vegas....         


March is Time for Spring Roof Check-Up

Traditionally thought of as a "transition month" from winter to spring, March is more than just a time to think of burst of flowers and the wearin' of the green.

Start your March by celebrating National Women in Construction Week from March 2 - 8. There are nearly one million women employed in the construction trades nationwide, including 3,444 members of the National Association of Women in Construction. And, right in the middle of the week --- on March 7 --- is Employee Appreciation Day. That's a special time at DaVinci Roofscapes when we salute our dedicated workers who craft our polymer roofing tiles.

The week of March 2-9 focuses attention on National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. There's no better time than now (and before National Procrastination Week starts on March 9th) to check the condition of your roof before spring storms start up ... and perhaps add an impact-resistant DaVinci composite slate or imitation shake roof to your home!

Contractor and home improvement expert Mark Clement with MyFixitUpLife offers these tips to evaluate your roof this springtime:

  1. Check your roof (from a ladder or from a neighbor’s home with binoculars) to determine the condition of your roof. Look for problem areas, such as missing or broken shingles, along with roofing tiles that may be “flapping” in the wind. These are all indications that a new roof may be in your future.

  2. Don’t forget to 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 one. 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.

  3. If you’re in the market for a new roof, investigate polymer roofing tiles as a good option. These impact-resistant slate and shake tiles are man-made in a wide variety of colors. Some tiles, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes, have a 50-year limited warranty and are ideal for all types of weather conditions, including hurricanes and hail.

  4. Since the installation of a new roof exceeds the capabilities of most homeowners, make sure to research and hire a professional roofer. Check to make sure your roofer is insured, licensed and certified. Ask for a written job estimate and references along with warranty information for both the roof you select and his installation services.


For more home preparedness tips visit National Hurricane Preparedness Week and April is Tornado Awareness Month.


It's the Law: DaVinci Roofing in Lee's Summit, Missouri

If you're building a commercial structure in Lee's Summit, Missouri, you'd better check the local laws --- and use DaVinci slate or shake polymer roofing tiles!

Back in 2009, then Mayor Karen Messerli and the City Council voted to remove a restriction that allowed only concrete tile to be used on the roofs of commercial projects in the 65-square mile city. What product prompted this change? DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic roofing tiles.

To be considered for the waiver by the leadership in Lee’s Summit, DaVinci Roofscapes had to first show compliance with International Code Council – Evaluation Services (ICC-ES) for its imitation slate and shake products. An evaluation report --- which is used by architects, engineers, contractors and specifiers --- was presented to the City Council offering the positive findings of ICC-ES as to the compliance with code requirements of DaVinci plastic roofing materials.  

The independent testing helped the City Council in Lee's Summit understand that DaVinci Roofscapes are the perfect solution for new construction needs in their community. Impervious to freeze/thaw cycles, DaVinci slate and slate roof alternatives are often more cost effective than natural slate and shake shingles. They have superior color fade resistance with color throughout each designer roof tile for long-term durability. In addition, the virtually maintenance-free green roofing materials are ideal for commercial applications because they resist curling, fading and cracking under normal conditions.

The icing-on-the-cake for Lee's Summit? The 50-year limited warranty provided by DaVinci that backs up their product. Now Lee's Summit boasts at least a dozen projects with DaVinci simulated slate and shake roofing tiles overhead ... and law-abiding contractors below!

To understand more benefits of a low-maintenance polymer roof for commercial and residential projects, visit Reduce Your Roof Maintenance Worries with a DaVinci Roof!


Buying a New Roof: DaVinci Roofscapes Rocks the Ridge

When it comes to buying a new roof, I recommend considering two important things that are easy to
overlook: How does the roof look on Day-1? And how will it look on Day-2101?

So while I try to be frugal up front buying a new roof, I don’t want to “jump over a dollar to pick up a dime” and hurt re-sale value. In fact, I want to create a better re-sale value and buying a new roof is a great opportunity for that.

Add to that I want to install jobs and live in a place that’s nice. Many basic asphalt shingled homes that are just a few years old are streaked and stained and require cleaning to look nice. Who wants that?  And who wants to pay for it?

So when I’m buying a new roof I recommend something that will look fantastic when it’s 1-day old and 2001-days after that. And I don’t want it to look just like my neighbors’. My recommendation: Go for awesome.

DaVinci Roofscapes Bellaforte Shake and Slate polymer tiles have all this covered—from boss good looks to budget. Like anything that performs well—a remodeler, a professional athlete, your doctor—it’s not the cheapest thing in the world. But when your neighbors are paying hundreds or thousands of dollars to have their roofs cleaned, chances are your roof will look exactly like it did the day you installed it. And all you had to do was nuthin’. Yes, that’s a win. Gloating yet?

What’s more, it’ll look brand new and stylin’ to the couple trundling up your driveway to hopefully buy your house instead of your neighbor’s. They don’t want to buy something that looks old, dirty or like it needs work. And it’s then that you’ll think back 2001-days or so about when you decided to buy a roof that rocks the long haul from rake boards to ridge beam.

Guest Blogger: Mark Clement, MyFixitUpLife

Mark knows more about tools than anyone has a right to know. From docks and decks to kitchen renovations, Mark Clement loves moving fast on the jobsite.

He is the tool and how-to expert for DIYNetwork.com and contributes to NBC’s The 10! Show, Men’s Health, Professional Deck Builder, Old House Journal, Popular Mechanics, Handy, and Extreme How-To magazines. He teaches clinics for JLC Live! and other professional trade shows. He is the former award-winning executive editor of Tools of the Trade, and has been a project manager for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and featured guest on shows airing on PBS, DIY Network, Discovery Channel, A&E. He’s been a regular contributor on Good Day Philadelphia, and other national radio and TV programs. Mark is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel The Carpenter’s Notebook, and Kid’s Carpenter’s Workbook. 


The Proposal ... No Diamond Ring Required

Recently our DaVinci Roofscapes team members have offered insights on our blog about how to locate and interview roofing contractors. Once that process is over, the next step in the process is to request a written proposal.

This proposal should provide a clear, written understanding for all parties on exactly what will be done by a contractor and what the cost will be to you. When requesting a written proposal, the experts at DaVinci recommend you consider asking for the following items:

  1. The exact materials to be used in the project (including the underlayment, type of flashing, nails and and roofing materials) and the manufacturers of these products.

  2. General idea of timing for the job. Certainly weather plays a role in any outside project, but a qualified contractor should be able to give you a specific timeframe for a start-to-finish re-roof project.

  3. If you're having your current roof torn off, define in the contract that the roofing contractor is responsible for damage both inside and outside (including water damage if there is a rain storm) the house once the tear-off begins.

  4. Ask to review the written warranty you will be given when the job is completed. Look for a warranty with strong service and product guarantees especially during the first few years in case there are immediate problems. Plus, look for a 50-year roof warranty on durable composite roofing tiles.

  5. Request that the project site be cleaned up every day and old materials hauled away. Use of magnetized sweepers can be requested to remove screws and nails that fall to the ground.

  6. If you are purchasing a composite slate or simulated shake DaVinci roof and live in areas prone to snow, make certain the proposal includes snow guards.

  7. If there are roofing permits required in your area, have them spelled out in the proposal along with defining who secures and pays for them.

  8. Have any special code requirements detailed in the proposal for your area.

  9. Payment terms should be clearly defined for your review.

  10. Worker's compensation and liability insurance details should be spelled out in the proposal along with the contractor's willingness to issue a certificate of insurance (in your name) if they are awarded the contract.


Looking for more insights on working with roofing contractors? Visit the "Consumers" section of the National Roofing Contractors Association website for valuable tips. You can also find more helpful information at Why Choose a DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor? and Who Can Install DaVinci Polymer Roofing?


Be Picky When Picking a Roofing Contractor

Have you seen the TV commercial, "Choosy Moms Choose Jif?" Well, that peanut butter maker has the right idea. Be selective when making an important decision. That's why the experts at DaVinci Roofscapes recommend you "be picky" when picking the roofing contractor for your home re-roofing project.

Start by asking friends, neighbors, roofing material distributors and general contractors for recommendations. To find a qualified contractor, check out the tips we recently offered in our "The Hunt for a Qualified Roofing Contractor" blog.

When you start interviewing contractors (and we recommend you speak with several of them in order to identify two or three contractors you wish to request a written proposal from for your project), bring a list of questions to the meeting. Here's a good starting point for you:

  • How long have you been in business?

  • Do you have liability and worker's compensation insurance that covers all your employees?

  • Do you have experience installing polymer roofing tiles?

  • Are you familiar with codes for my area?

  • Can you provide me with three to five references of similar types of re-roof projects that I can view and homeowners I can contact?

  • Who will actually be installing my roof? Have this crew worked with synthetic roofing products in the past?

  • Where are you purchasing my roofing materials from?

  • What type of weather conditions will you and will you not work in?

  • Do you have a contractor's license for our area?

  • To what extent do you warrant your workmanship?

  • How long do you believe our re-roofing project will take from start to finish?

  • What are your daily disposal practices for the old roofing materials?

Begin by getting comfortable with the roofers you interview and their answers. Once you can identify two or three roofers you're very interested in, the next step is to request a written proposal. Find out what that proposal should include by checking out our next  DaVinci blog!

If you need to take a step backwards in this process, check out Who Can Install DaVinci Polymer Roofing? 


Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake

New Year's Eve celebrations at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta had the popular theme of "Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake" during the early 1990s. The all-night event included music options to match the mood of every partygoer.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we make every day a "roof party" with our synthetic shake roofing products. While these cedar shake roof alternatives don't dance, they're the talk of any house party when they sit on the roof overhead!

Made in the U.S.A. by experienced professionals, the full line of polymer shake roofing tiles at DaVinci add value and prestige to homes across America. DaVinci Multi-Width Shake shingles display the texture of natural cedar shake with a deep-grained surface. Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths along with a virtually limitless color palette, the multi-width fake shake product features both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths of the 5/8" profile on the tiles help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in either a straight or staggered pattern.

Bellaforté composite shake roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge to help reduce the installation time for the products. A square of Bellaforté tiles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

And, if you want to get fancy about your cedar shake alternative roof, look at DaVinci Fancy Shake polymer roof tiles. They provide a more refined cedar look when compared to traditional hand-split shake shingles. With the clean, smooth look of a machine-sawn shake, Fancy Shake is available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with a tile thickness of 7/16". Using multiple widths helps create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid at a straight or staggered pattern.

Finally, shake up your home with the single-width Valoré Shake product line. These lightweight roofing materials embrace the art and science of roofing to offer exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. Valoré Shake comes in a 9" tile width with a 5/8" profile to provide deep, attractive shadow lines.

All DaVinci designer roof tiles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects, making them ideal for installation in a wide variety of geographic areas. Plus, they are 100 percent recyclable and come with a 50-year limited warranty ... so party on!

For more information on our shake products, please visit Four Shake Profiles - What's the Difference? and Roof Check Recommended During Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013.