Windy Weather? You Need DaVinci Roofscapes

Spring storms come fast and hard in the Midwest. This is the time of year when Midwesterners have to hunker down and prepare for the worst.

That's exactly what happened last year to homeowners Thomas and Tammy Ritchie in Wichita, Kansas.

"Our house was hit last Spring by 100mph winds, or possibly a small twister," says Tammy Ritchie. "We lost a good chunk of our concrete roof and ended up getting replacement roof appraisals from three different companies.

Fake Shake"We decided to invest in a Bellaforté Shake synthetic roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. We were impressed by how well this shake alternative roof tested against 100+ mph winds and it looked truly authentic. The added bonus is that our insurance company, Farm Bureau, offers us a yearly discount on our homeowners insurance with this fake cedar shake roof."

Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab that secures every tile to drastically improve wind performance. The composite shake tiles have passed the ASTM D 3161 test for 110 mph wind resistance, along with the UL 2218 testing for Class 4 impact resistance. (See Huff and Puff ... and DON'T Blow Composite Roofing AwayThe designer roof has a lifetime limited material warranty and a Class A fire rating.

The Ritchies relied on Heiland Roofing and Exteriors to install their new synthetic shake roof. "Heiland did an amazing job," says Ritchie. "We wouldn't change one thing about our decision to hire them.

"The team cleaned up the entire work area every night and left things neat and tidy. The workers were polite and professional, and Mike Heiland kept us informed throughout the entire job of his progress."

According to Ritchie, the entire experience turned from a windy, bad mess to a positive move for the homeowners. "The roof looks great and I love knowing that it has passed the test to resist the crazy winds we get here in Kansas," says Ritchie. "Now we have a reliable roof overhead and we're saving on our insurance premiums!"

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Featured Project - Ft. Worth, TX

When you look at a roof, your attention mainly goes to the field tiles, which are the tiles that make the majority of a roof. Sometimes, though, it is all in the details. For our polymer slate and shake roof systems we offer all the accessories including starter tiles, one piece hip/ridge tiles, two piece hip/ridge tiles, transition tiles, and turret tiles. All of these components, combined with the field tiles, makes up all the parts that a contractor would need to complete your roof. 

Ramon Roofing out of Fort Worth, TX recently completed a job in Single-Width Slate in the Castle Gray Blend and sent over some great pictures of the details of the roof, including one with a custom made cap to top a turret. Recently, the Dallas/Fort Worth area experienced a bit of hail and we're thinking these homeowners are glad they put on a DaVinci Roofscapes' impact resistant roof!

Ramon Roofing
817-924-1645
www.ramonroofing.com

 

 
                       Field Tiles                                                                 One-Piece Hip/Ridge and a custom cap

 

 

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A New Roof ... Times 35

Selecting a new roof for your home can seem like a challenging task ... but what about when you're involved in selecting roofs for 35 homes?

That's the scenario Jim Packard found himself in when hail damaged the roofs of all 35 condos in the Catawba Shores community back in 2013. The damage was so bad to the roofs on the homes located on Lake Erie that the insurance company subsidized the cost of replacing all of them.
 
That's the good news. But the community was constructed in 1985 and the homeowners expected to get more "life" out of their real cedar shakes. (See Lakeside Condo Community Relies on Bellaforté Shake Roofing Tile

“The hail damage caught us by surprise," says Packard, president of the Catawba Shores Homeowners Association in Port Clinton, Ohio. "We quickly learned that real wood shakes just don’t hold up against Mother Nature.”

After researching the community’s options and meeting with a contractor from Industrial Tech Construction and a representative a DaVinci Roofscapes, the Catawba Shores community committed to the man-made Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles.

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“We’re all extremely pleased with the authentic appearance of these synthetic shake tiles and how they’ve given a fresh, new look to our condos,” says Packard. “More importantly, we feel we made the right selection with DaVinci since these roofing tiles are impact-, hail-, insect-, algae- and fire-resistant.

"We estimate that we’re saving more than $10,000 per year on the ongoing maintenance costs from our old roof, and we’ve got the peace-of-mind that these roofs will help protect our units from fire and hail."

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Real Cedar Shingles ... Worth the Hassles?

Ask 10 people what's the best thing about real cedar shake roofing and you'll probably get the same answer from each person: the appearance.

Fake Cedar ShakeThen, ask those same 10 people what's the worst thing about cedar roof shingles. You may get 10 different answers. Insect infestations. Decay. Fire. Splitting. Termites. Curling. Rotting. You get the idea.

The solution is actually fairly simple. Find a roofing product with the natural look of real cedar shake but with none of the inherent problems. That's how we created our synthetic shake roofing material.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we've taken real pieces of cedar to create the molds for our simulated shake roofing. There are different grain patterns and sizes to replicate natural hand-split real cedar, complete with slanted sawn edges and staggered lengths. And, we offer our Multi-Width, Single-Width and Bellaforté Shake composite roofing in a wide variety of color options ... so you can get everything from varying shades of Weathered Gray to Autumn to Chesapeake.

Best of all, you can say fair riddance to that lengthy list of problems that are sure to crop up with real cedar shingles. (See No Sissy Shakes)

Each DaVinci Shake roofing tile is made of virgin resins that include fire retardants, state-of-the-art color and ultraviolet stabilizers and inorganic pigments that are safe for the environment. The synthetic shakes resist insects, decay and weathering. And, each tile is completely recyclable. 

What to learn more? See how DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options

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On the Road ... with DaVinci Roofscapes!

Philadelphia. Las Vegas. Anchorage. San Francisco. Those are just some of the many cities where DaVinci Roofscapes will participate in trade shows in the coming weeks.

Our polymer roofing products have become so popular that we've cloned our booth! Now we have displays of our impressive imitation slate shingles and synthetic shake roof tiles "on the road" to several locations constantly to keep up with demand.

While many of these shows are limited to the members of professional trades (and it's like alphabet soup figuring out which group event you can attend!) there are some shows open to the public.

Here's a listing of where you can find our designer roof products in the coming weeks:

April 17-19: Anchorage Home Show in Anchorage, Alaska

 

May 9-12: ALFA 2016 in Denver, booth 843

May 19-21: AIA Show in Philadelphia, booth 2523

May 22-26: ICSC Reconstruction in Las Vegas, booth N1768

 

June 3-4: ECHO Show in San Francisco, booth 106

June 12-14: Western Roofing Expo 2016 in Las Vegas, booth 115

June 16-18: FRSA in Orlando, booth 920

June 26-28: BOMA 2016 in Baltimore, booth 930

If you live in any of these cities, stop by to see our products in person. Or, if you'd like more details on our products, visit our YouTube site to see videos on how we make our products and how they're used in different residential applications.

 

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It's All About the Roof

Throughout the mountainous areas of Nevada and California, home designs go far beyond simplistic. They capture incredible views while blending effortlessly into the landscape.

Fake Cedar ShakeGeometric-shaped homes, A-frame getaways and multi-level vacation homes bring the focus clearly on the roofs of these mountainside retreats. “In our area, the roof is an integral part of the home design,” says Mike Hudson, a roofing installer in Nevada’s Incline Village area. “With so much exposure to our sometimes severe weather conditions of snow, winds and heavy moisture, selecting the right roofing tile is a critical decision for homeowners, architects and builders.”

For more than 35 years Hudson has installed every type of roofing product imaginable. Ask the founder and president of Class A Roofing what his preferred type of roofing material is, and you’ll find that he’s a fan of composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes. (See what other roofers have to say about DaVinci roofs at Out of the Mouths of Contractors)

“Without a doubt, I really like synthetic roofing tiles for project work,” says Hudson. “The advantages of these tiles over original slate or shake roofing are substantial. Ever since being introduced to these tiles I’ve had tremendous success with them. Installation is fast and easy. Best of all, synthetic roofing tiles allow us to create beautiful, lasting roofs that combine Old World techniques with New World technology.”

Multi-Level Homes

Polymer SlateFrom a small A-frame to a sprawling lakefront home with surrounding mountain views and multiple rooflines, Hudson works on projects of all sizes. One roof installation on a South Lake Tahoe project left the contractor with a new appreciation of synthetic roofing tiles.

“We had the custom Green and Gray Blend Slate roofing tiles created especially for this home,” says Hudson. “The ability to get custom blends is just another reason I like synthetic roofing tiles. I was able to offer this homeowner a roof that perfectly complements his home’s overall design and natural setting.

For the multi-level home project, there were four different roof pitches. Even with last minute design changes, Hudson was unflappable about the roofing installation.

 “The DaVinci slate requires no special engineering for added weight, so changes to the design structure present no problems for us,” says Hudson. “Even though we had virtually 15 roofs to apply on this one house, the work went quickly and easily. The starter tiles and accessories that come with synthetic roofing make it possible to customize any application.”

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Sick of Cedar Shakes

It doesn't take much to fall "out of love" with a product you thought would be great for your home long-term.

Broken sprinkler heads on a lawn irrigation system. Windows that let in moisture and continually fog up. An entry door that never closes "just right" so you're always feeling chilly drafts.

Real cedar shake roofing falls into that same category.  While a wood shake roof may look good when it's first installed, it doesn't take long to fall out of love with it. Why? Because real cedar shakes can deteriorate quickly. They welcome bug infestations and the shakes can warp and curl. All of which mean constant maintenance headaches.

If you want to stay in love with a cedar roof, make the smart choice and select composite shake roofing. Made of fire- and impact-resistant polymers, simulated shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes resists insects, warping and curling ... and it doesn't fade like real cedar shake roofing.

Designer Roof

 

At DaVinci, we offer you four different synthetic shake roofing options to perfectly complement your home ...and your wallet:

> 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.

Polymer Shake Roofing

 

Learn more about our shake roofing materials at No Sissy Shakes and Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci

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March 26: I Love My Polymer Roof Day!

The windy month is here! Which is why March is probably also celebrated as National Kite Month. But, did you know that March is also National Noodle Month, Mad for Plaid Month and Dolphin Awareness Month?

Polymer Slate RoofAt DaVinci Roofscapes, we marked our calendars for March 6-12, which is Women in Construction Week. And, since we are a Made in America company, we like to celebrate the third week of March, which is National Manufacturing Week.

Although some of us might not admit it, our calendars are also marked for some very fun dates to remember in March, such as Sock Monkey Day on the 5th, International Fanny Pack Day on the 12th and World Marbles Day on the 25th.  And, as a last farewell to winter weather, we're looking forward to Snowman Burning Day on the 20th!

Of course, March also has some very serious dates to remember. March 13 is Daylight Savings Time and Easter falls early this year on March 27. The Ides of March are on the 15th ... and the oftentimes not-so-serious St. Patrick's Day is on the 17th.

Finally ... our absolute favorite March date is the 26th.  That's "Make Up Your Own Holiday Day."  So, we're declaring March 26 as "I Love My Polymer Roof Day." If you have a synthetic shake or imitation slate polymer roof, join us on March 26th by posting your love of polymer roofing on your Facebook page - be sure to tag DaVinci Roofscapes so we can celebrate with you!

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One-of-a-Kind Synthetic Roofing Material

How do you know a roofing company really believes in the polymer roofing product they install? When they put it on their own company headquarters!

TASK Construction did just that ... they installed DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roofing on their Leawood, Kansas headquarters building in late 2015. According to company president Jake Kaminski, they selected a Bellaforté Shake in a Mountain-VariBlend to perfectly accent their building exterior.

Fake Cedar ShakeQ: Your company headquarters already had a standing seam metal roof on it that was in good condition. So, why replace it with simulated shake roofing?

A: We decided to update the look of our office building with a material that has proven long-term sustainability. We love the realistic aesthetics and curb appeal of the DaVinci product and we believe this composite shake roof brings positive attention to our place of business.

Q: TASK has offices in six major markets throughout the U.S. and you've completed almost 100 DaVinci roof installations in various regions of the country. What keeps you coming back to DaVinci lightweight roofing solutions?

A: DaVinci is a one-of-a-kind roofing product that is unmatched in functionality and aesthetics. We have never experienced a repair call after installation or witnessed any type of defective manufacturing. Our crews are enthusiastic about installing this synthetic roofing material. We're proud of our commitment to surpass expectations in every project we complete. Whether on a residential or commercial project, the curb appeal of the DaVinci product speaks for itself and helps us achieve this goal.

Q: What would you tell your friends and family members if they asked you about DaVinci products?

A: I would confidently tell them that DaVinci Roofscapes is the last roofing system they'll ever have to put on their homes ... then I'd point to our headquarters roof and show them that we believe in the product so much we put it on our building!

Need more Roofer Insights into DaVinci Composite Roofing? Then see Interview with High-End Contractor, John Howard of Gentry Roofing in Kansas City and Roofer Endorses DaVinci Roofscapes.

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Composite Shake Tops Historic Buildings

Looking to make a move to Pennsylvania? Then you may want to check out the beautiful luxury homes available from Toll Brothers at Liseter, a master-planned community in Newtown Square.

While the homes are all new, there are two historic stone buildings on the site, which started as "Liseter Farm," a horse farm created in the 1920s. Nestled in Delaware County, the once-grand estate now happily welcomes new homeowners. As people pass by the older buildings they most likely think the cedar shake roofing overhead is authentic cedar, but they'd be wrong.

 

Fake Shake

 

Two rebuilt historic structures and one new building are where they'll find DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake roofing tiles.

"We installed the DaVinci polymer shake tiles in the Spring and Summer of 2014," says William Reinhardt with A. Brooks Roofing, Inc. "This was our first DaVinci installation. The historic buildings were rebuilt and presented to us as if newly constructed, so we could easily move forward with the roofing installation.

"There's an amazing natural look to the DaVinci composite shake products that fit in very well with this setting. And, the reduced weight of the product makes it easy to work with. This was a beautiful product to work with and one that really complements the historic nature of these buildings."

You can also be  Shaking Up Your Roof with Unlimited Possibilities

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IRE Forecast: Sunny with a Chance of Synthetic Slate

If you're visiting the International Roofing Expo this week in Orlando, don't be lured outside by the 70 degree weather and sunny skies. Step inside the Orange County Convention Center and head to booth #1275 for a truly eye-opening experience.

DaVinci Roofscapes is at IRE showcasing our newest slate profiles, featuring synthetic slate composite roofing profiles with an authentic quarried look. These polymer slates tiles feature a thick, realistic profile that accurately replicates real slate.

Fake Slate

 

And, if Orlando's sunny weather makes you want to cool off, come see our new Cool Roof EcoBlend colors that are available starting in mid-March. The new color blends for EcoBlend polymer shake and slate roofs include:

  • Tahoe-EcoBlend: Light Tahoe, Medium Light Tahoe and Medium Tahoe
  • Mountain-EcoBlend: Light Mountain, Medium Mountain and Dark Mountain
  • Brownstone-EcoBlend: Light Brown, Dark Stone and Dark Tan blend
  • Slate Gray-EcoBlend: Slate Gray

 

Only at the DaVinci Roofscapes booth can you cool off with hot new products!

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Architectural West Magazine Focuses on DaVinci Roofscapes

What are architects reading about these days? In the two most recent issues of Architectural West magazine, they're reading about synthetic shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes!

The November/December 2015 issue of the magazine included a cover story on the re-roofing of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Centennial, Colorado featuring composite shake shingles from DaVinci. (See Horn Brothers Create Lightweight Roofing Solutions).

Then, in the new January/February 2016 issue, the cover story is on the beautiful Fleur du Lac Estates project on the shores of Lake Tahoe in Nevada.  That's where DaVinci simulated shake roofing tiles have been installed on the Yacht Club and Boat House, and will soon appear on homes in the community. (See Hassle-Free DaVinci Shake Tiles)

In case you don't subscribe to Architectural West, we want to make it easy for you to read these in-depth project profiles on DaVinci polymer roofing. Just click on the magazine covers below to get instantly connected to the stories.  Happy reading!

 

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Visit Booth #1275 at IRE!

Looking for the best of the best at IRE next week? Then stop by the DaVinci Roofscapes booth #1275 to see our newest polymer slate roofing profiles. As a bonus, we're previewing new EcoBlend colors that will be available by mid-March.

Why should you spend time at the DaVinci Roofscapes booth? Because seeing is believing.  Come see the newly-enhanced slate profile on our Single-Width Slate 12-inch tile, Multi-Width Slate and Bellaforté Slate polymer roofing tiles. When you see first-hand the depth of the profiles, the shadow lines and the realistic look of slate, you'll be convinced that these synthetic slate tiles will look great on your next project.

"These new profiles offer exceptional curb appeal value to a home or commercial project," says Ray Rosewall, CEO and president of DaVinci Roofscapes. "When looking up at a roof with these tiles it's difficult for someone to differentiate between these synthetic slate profiles and real slate."

Don't forget ... February 17 - 19, when you get to the West Hall at the Orange County Convention Center, head to booth #1275. You'll be glad you did!

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Bad News for Cupid

Oh no! Cupid has an important job to do, but he's been thwarted by homes with impact-resistant DaVinci Roofscapes polymer shake and slate tiles overhead.

"Time is tight and I'm trying to shoot my love messages to people in homes, but the DaVinci roofs are really getting in my way," says Cupid. "I'm using all my strength, but my arrows are simply bouncing off the DaVinci roofs."

Cupid has discovered what many homeowners have already learned --- DaVinci synthetic slate and imitation shake roofing tiles are Class 4 rated for impact resistance, plus they have a Class A fire rating, so even flaming arrows won't damage them.

"Synthetic roof tiles are durable in all kinds of situations," says Wendy Bruch, marketing manager with DaVinci Roofscapes. "Our roofs normally have to stand up to hail, high winds, snow and other weather conditions that Mother Nature throws at them. So, unfortunately for Cupid, he's going to have to find another way to deliver his heartfelt messages."

The good news for Cupid is that he can see DaVinci roofs in shades of his favorite color --- red --- during his romantic travels.(See Red, Red Roof)

Designer RoofIn Stamford, Conn. the Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat has a custom terracotta color blend of DaVinci Multi-Width Slate on its roof to accent the restful setting of the Mediterranean-style complex and gardens. (See Terracotta-Hued Roof Added to Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat).

And, in Greenwood, Penn. homeowner Ellen Greenwood recently had a custom adobe red composite slate roof put on her 1867 white farmhouse to complement a nearby classic red metal roof on a stone barn.

Gillespie Contracting helped Greenwood get the red roof of her dreams. "The owner had a very specific shade of red in mind for her roof and I had confidence DaVinci could deliver," says Bill Gillespie, president of Gillespie Contracting. "The final choice on product selection came down to DaVinci and another faux slate. Mrs. Greenwood compared both products side by side and felt the DaVinci simulated slate roofing was more durable and sturdier than the other option."

Durable, colorful and arrow puncture-proof. A winning combination sure to impress even Cupid.

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Mother Nature Hired as Head Designer at DaVinci Roofscapes

As we launch into 2016, the team at DaVinci Roofscapes gives full credit to Mother Nature for the continued success and acceptance of our composite shake and imitation slate roofing products. (See Is it Real or is it DaVinci?)

"In 2015 we recreated all of our composite slate product profiles using Mother Nature as our head designer," says Mark Hansen, vice president of sales and marketing at DaVinci Roofscapes. "The results are an amazingly realistic quarried profile that people have to get up close to in order to determine they're not looking at real slate roofing.

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"Our synthetic Bellaforté Shake tiles were already created as an exact duplication of real wood shakes. Thanks to their authenticity, polymer shake roofing is our best selling product. With our slate line now perfectly replicating natural slate, we believe 2016 will be another strong year for our company."

Fake Cedar Shake

 

Hansen points out that growth of DaVinci products overall appears to come as a result of the acceptance and growing awareness of the company's polymer roofing.

"We always say that roofs sell roofs," says Hansen. "We seem to do the best in areas where we have had the longest presence. The more DaVinci lightweight roofing systems installed in a specific market, the more we sell there because people like what they see.

"We hear stories everyday about people stopping homeowners to ask what roofing product is on their home ... then they contact us about replacing their own roofs with DaVinci products."

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110,000 Flood Las Vegas

They came from every state in the U.S. and from many countries. Last week more than 110,000 builders, general contractors, remodelers, designers and industry professionals gathered in Las Vegas for the 2016 International Builders' Show. (See DaVinci Roofscapes Synthetic Slate Tiles Predicted to be a Hit at 2016 IBS)

Front and center in the main hall attendees found the booth for DaVinci Roofscapes. From the minute the doors opened each day until closing time every night, our booth was jammed with people looking at our synthetic cedar shakes and imitation slate tiles. The new profiles on our polymer slate tiles were a huge hit ... as were the previews of new, upcoming EcoBlend tiles.

Fake SlateDesigner RoofFake Cedar Shake

 

In addition to building industry professionals, many media members stopped by the booth, including Dean Johnson with Hometime, Danny Lipford with Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, James and Morris Carey with On the House with the Carey Brothers, and Gary Sullivan with At Home With Gary Sullivan. Some of our team members were on camera and on the radio with these industry experts, talking about the advances of polymer roofing in the industry.

 

Missed the show? Don't worry, we'll keep you updated right here on all the newest DaVinci products and information in the days ahead!

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Heber Valley Visitor Center - Part II

With the decision made to re-roof the Heber Valley Visitor Center with Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles, county leaders turned to Utah Correctional Industries (UCI) for installation assistance. Started in 1997 in conjunction with the Division of Facilities and Construction Management, the roofing program provides job training to low risk inmates who have been cleared and qualified for the work release program.

Fake Cedar Shake"The objective is to enable prisoners to make a contribution to society," says Jason Manwaring, correctional industries supervisor for UCI. "The program helps reduce prison idleness while increasing inmate job skills that can improve the prospects for a successful transition back into the community when they're released.

For the re-roofing of the Heber Valley Visitors Center with simulated shake tiles, UCI inmates, under the supervision of Manwaring and Adam Pierce, learned skills associated with the easy-installation of Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles. "The DaVinci team was very supportive of this project, making it go smoothly for everyone involved," says Manwaring. "This is a product that is very self-explanatory to install and the inmates were able to complete the entire roofing project in less than two weeks."

According to Rachel Kahler with the visitors center, the inmates did exemplary work.

"These individuals were respectful, kind and professional," says Kahler. "Because we're in a high-profile location, we get 25,000 people cars passing us daily on Main Street. Whenever visitors stopped in our center during the roofing process, the inmates ensured the area was clean and the building accessible --- all while working efficiently to have the roof installed in a timely manner."

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Heber Valley Visitor Center - Part I

In a unique program coordinated by the state of Utah, ten inmates and their supervisors recently installed a new Bellaforté Shake roof on the Heber Valley Visitor Center. The minimum security inmates from the Lone Peak facility at the Utah State prison completed the polymer roof installation in 10 days with outstanding results.

Constructed in 1992, the alpine-style visitor's center was in dire need of a new roof. "When the team started pressure washing our wood shake roof this past autumn, water began leaking into the building," says Rachel FAke Cedar ShakeKahler, marketing and events manager for the Heber Valley Visitors Center. "The original wood shake roof had deteriorated badly over time and had finally given out.

"After reviewing our options and budget, we decided the best solution was new composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes in a Tahoe-VariBlend. These simulated shake tiles beautifully accent our peg-and-groove building. The tiles look extremely authentic. People now stop in our visitors center and ask us about the roof on the building!"

Wasatch County officials relate that Utah Correctional Industries (UCI) program inmates have installed two other roofs on county buildings in the past --- on the courts/jail building in 2014 and on the county administrative building in 2012.  "UCI does very good work," says Mike Davis, Wasatch County manager. "They're responsive and the quality of work is excellent.

"This was the first time our county used DaVinci products and we're exceptionally pleased with their look and durability. The next time we have a county roofing project we'll definitely consider another DaVinci roof."

Stay tuned tomorrow to find out more about the inmate installation program in Utah.

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Fires Belong in the Fireplace, Not on Your Roof

Imagine a crackling fire. Dry wood burning that shoots off sparks and a warm glow. Seems nice, right? And it is ... if it's in a fireplace. However, the image changes entirely if you're looking at cedar shake roofing catching fire atop a home.

In drought areas on the West Coast, homeowners with old cedar roofing live with the constant fear that wildfires may send embers onto their natural cedar shake roofs. Even sparks flying in the air from a wildfire a half mile away can have disastrous results for people with shake shingles.

The concern for flame spread on shake roofing materials is so strong that many communities and towns have passed legislation banning the use of real cedar shake roofing for new construction and replacement projects. So, what's a homeowner to do who loves the look of a wood shake roof? DaVinci Roofscapes to the rescue.

Synthetic shake roofing materials from DaVinci have a Class A Fire Rating. Even when a torch is held to them, they simply won't allow a flame to ignite or spread. (See Class A Synthetic Roofs Resist California Wildfires)

Allan Lyle with Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford recently put the product to the test. Watch this VIDEO and you'll quickly discover that the safest way to get the look of cedar on your home is to rely on simulated shake roofing from DaVinci.

 

Environmentally Friendly Roof

 

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We're Vegas Bound for IBS! Are You?

 

Are your bags packed and ready to head to Las Vegas?  We're looking forward to sharing our products with everyone at the 2016 International Builders' Show that starts in just a few days in Las Vegas! If you're heading to the show, be our guest with a complimentary 3 day pass to the show! Click here to register (pass is for exhibits only) and make sure that visiting us in C2136 is tops on your list. 

From January 19-21 we'll showcase our popular Single-Width Slate 12-inch tile, Multi-Width Slate and Bellaforté Slate polymer roofing tiles in our expansive booth. 

"All three of our durable slate composite roofing profiles now boast a truly authentic quarried look," says Ray Rosewall, CEO and president of DaVinci Roofscapes. "The enhancement to the Single-Width profile was so positively received (see DaVinci Roofscapes to Launch New Profile at 2015 International Builders' Show) that we've taken the steps to offer all of our slate tiles with thicker, more realistic profiles that accurately replicate real slate.

"These new profiles offer exceptional curb appeal value to a home. When looking up at a roof with these tiles it's difficult for someone to differentiate between these synthetic slate profiles and real slate."

Details on the edges of the DaVinci slate tiles now have a more accurate quarried look that replicates natural slate. Deeper impressions in the tiles make them appear thicker, even though they're the same weight as the previous tiles.

"This is just one example of how we're continually refining our products and making improvements that enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of DaVinci polymer roofing products," says Rosewall. "As with all our polymer roofing materials, these three slate profiles resist impact, fire and severe weather conditions.

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