From the Architect's Corner - a Helpful Tip

A product's sample in the hand is about the best thing you can provide your clients when choosing colors for the exterior of their home. It is important to remember to take your samples outside and put them in the natural light. Be sure to leave them there for a day or two and view them in all different lights and shadows. This will allow you to have a better idea of what the color will look like once the products are installed.

Click here to read more FRESH tips for choosing exterior color from our Color Expert, Kate Smith.

 

Fake Cedar Shake

 

Happy Friday, Architects!

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Knock, Knock ...

Knock, knock ... who's there?

If you have a DaVinci slate or shake roof, that's not the start of a bad joke ... it's a way of life.

"I've had people drive by my home, look at my roof, stop and ring my doorbell asking questions about my DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roof!" says Robbin Torrey, a California homeowner. And she's not alone.

Polymer Slate RoofIn North Carolina, where Kathy Ziprik had a Bellaforté Slate roof installed several years ago after an unusual hail storm destroyed her asphalt shingle roof, she gets roofing questions at the most unusual times. "When I host a garage sale I continually get more questions on the roof than on what I'm selling," says Ziprik. "I've started passing out some extra DaVinci shingles that were left over in my garage after the installation.

"It doesn't stop there. Neighbors still come by to ring my bell and ask about the roof. When I have contractors or plumbers come to do work in my home, it's completely predictable that the first thing they'll ask about is what kind of roof I have on my house!"

What's all the fuss about? For most people, even though DaVinci products have been on homes for almost two decades, they're not used to seeing a product that looks so close to real slate or shake.

"EVERYONE who comes up our driveway comments on our designer roof --- friends, family, delivery drivers and service professionals," says homeowner Rob Fanjoy. "They all rave about how great it looks and can't believe it's not real slate. Our DaVinci imitation slate roof has held up to four incredibly challenging Maine winters so far and looks like it did the day it was installed."

Want to get people knocking at your door? Read what other satisfied DaVinci customers have to say at  Omaha Homeowners Embrace DaVinci Roofscapes.

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Worry-free Synthetic Shake Roof Chosen by Homeowner

Most people would be envious of Robbin Torrey's home. Located in Carmel, the coastal rustic California house has sweeping ocean views that could soothe any soul. The one blemish on her ideal home ... the original 51-year-old redwood shake roof.

"The old roof had deteriorated to the point that rusted nails holding the curling wood shakes in place (plus the shakes themselves!) were simply falling off the roof," says Torrey. "The roof was in very bad condition and I was worried that it would start leaking when it rained."

In 2013 Torrey made the important decision to invest in a new designer roof. After a search on the Internet she discovered composite shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes. Then she did three important things:

1. Torrey found a roofing contractor who had installed DaVinci products on other homes in her area;

2. She looked at product and color samples of DaVinci tiles at the roofer's warehouse; and,

3. She brought the samples to her home to see how they would look near her house during different times of daylight.

"The DaVinci roofing material was of the best quality of all the products I reviewed," says Torrey. "I liked the durability and appearance of the shake. Since my house is right on the coast, the fact that this synthetic shake tile has a wind resistance of 110 mph was very important to me."

Also of importance was the fire-resistance of the composite shake shingles. "While I don't have concerns about wildfires in my area, I was worried about the hot embers escaping from my fireplace and fire resistor," says Torrey. "They could easily have started a fire on the old wood shake roof. Now, with the DaVinci synthetic roofing, I no longer have this concern." (see Class A Fire Rated Polymer Roofing Eases Worries for West Coast Residents)

Three years after her DaVinci roof was installed, Torrey continues to have peace-of-mind and enjoy her Multi-Width Shake roof in DaVinci's Mountain blend color.

"The appearance of my new DaVinci roof far exceeded my expectations," says Torrey. "A person would never know that my house is 51 years old. I really appreciate that DaVinci has crafted such a beautiful roof that I can trust to help protect my home for many years to come."

 

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How Does Made in America Roofing Benefit ME?

Have you ever tried calling a company about a product warranty and ended up speaking with someone in Asia? Or, have you had a question about the product you purchased and found out your call was routed to India for technical support?

 

 

Today is American Made Matters Day ... and it matters for many reasons. Along with the fact that American-Made products support the USA economy, it's generally easier to contact and work with companies in America than those overseas.

At DaVinci Roofscapes our entire operation is based in Lenexa, Kansas. That's where we manufacture all our synthetic shake and polymer slate roofing products. And, that's where our corporate office is located along with all of our customer support and technical team members. So, when you're calling us for assistance, you're connecting with someone in Kansas.

Why else does it matter to purchase Made in America products? Because you can usually get them quicker. Think about it ... if products are made in and shipped from outside the USA it takes time and increases the cost of the product to get it to you. By shipping out of Kansas, which is centrally located in America, we can get our composite roofing products into your hands much faster than products that might be coming from China or Europe.

Finally, Made in America evokes a sense of pride for a purchaser. Pride in supporting our USA workers and our economy. When it's time to purchase your next roof, make sure it's American Made. (See DaVinci Proud and Red, White & Blue ... and Green)

 

 

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Dreaming of a Famous Re-Roofing Project

The Taj Mahal. Buckingham Palace. The Empire State Building. Hearst Castle. These famous landmarks all have one thing in common: a roof overhead.

Just for fun, we asked some of our DaVinci Roofscapes team members to "dream a little" and tell us which famous building they would re-roof with our synthetic slate or shake roofing products if they had the chance. Here are some of their responses that may help to transform famous structures in the future! And, by the way ... which famous building would YOU re-roof with our polymer tiles?

"It must be the roof that the Mona Lisa is looking at ... that's why she has that smile!"

Ray Rosewall
President and CEO, DaVinci Roofscapes

 

"The AT&T Stadium in Dallas. And I'd do a custom design with the Dallas Star out of contrasting roof tiles because it would look stunning."

Aaron Adams
Central Regional Manager, DaVinci Roofscapes

 

"Too many to choose just one building, but I'd definitely pick a historic hotel, like the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec or the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park."

Mike Ward
Northeast Regional Manager, DaVinci Roofscapes

 

"Absolutely The White House. By upgrading to a DaVinci slate roof this famous building would benefit from the technical advances that make it a long-lasting, eco-friendly roof."

Kate Smith
Chief Color Maven, Sensational Color

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Town Hall Gets Dependable Roof

Located 34 miles from downtown Chicago, the Village of Lincolnshire is a hidden gem in Illinois. Incorporated in 1957 with a population of 237 people and covering just .4 miles, the Village now boasts 7,275 residents and 4.58 square miles.

The mayor and six trustees set policy and run the small municipality from the sprawling Village Hall in downtown Lincolnshire. When constructed, cedar shingles were used to cover the structure. Over time --- and subject to Illinois winter weather conditions --- the shingles failed.

In the summer of 2016 All American Exterior Solutions was hired to replace the worn out shingles with Bellaforté Shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes. A Tahoe-VariBlend color was selected to complement the brick exterior of the building and its new lead-coated inlay copper gutter system. (See Hassle-Free DaVinci Composite Shake Tiles)

Fake Cedar Shake     Shake Alternative

 

The re-roofing project took several weeks to finish, due to its size, different elevations and pitch changes. A 50-foot showpiece tower also proved an interesting challenge for the roofers. Now complete, the durable synthetic cedar shake roof sits atop the town's government structure and is ready to help safeguard the building as the Village of Lincolnshire continues to grow. 

 

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Featured Project, Dawnsonville, GA

We are so lucky to have a group of contractors we work with who like to show off their completed work! Reports from the field about completed projects give us opportunity to show off not only our products, but promote the contractors who install them regularly. This project is the second project this year that we have featured by Braswell Construction Group out of Covington, GA. Like the project previous featured, they also installed a Bellaforté Shake roof on this home in the Tahoe Blend.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The reason Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing systems are so popular with contractors is because they are a self-aligning system. Once the first few tiles go in, the rest line up and snap fit together with no additional course lines needing to be chalked. Also, most of the tiles installed have two shakes stamped on the 12" wide piece, so the homeowner can get the look of smaller shakes, but the installers aren't working with as many pieces. Thank you for sharing this project with us, Braswell Construction!

Braswell Construction Group
678-283-2551
www.braswellconstructiongroup.com

 

 

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Insurance Agencies Reject Real Cedar Shake Tiles

The townhome community of Chelsea II at Jacaranda in Plantation, Florida is about a dozen miles from the ocean. But that is still close enough for salt air, humidity and high winds to play havoc with the real cedar roofing tiles on the 24 buildings in the community.

Earlier this year, after researching replacement roofing products for at least three years, the board of directors for Chelsea II took the leap and invested in polymer shake roofs from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Fake Cedar Shake

"The decision to replace our existing roofs was accelerated since we could no longer get insurance companies to bid on our association because of the cedar shakes over our 96 units," says Carol Sachs, president of the board and a resident at Chelsea II. "This year in order not to pay $150,000 for insurance we were forced to go with an unadmitted insurance company. That spurred us to action and the new roof started going up in January."

Once on top of the structures, the roofing crew discovered the existing cedar shakes were at the end of their lifespan. In some cases they were leaking badly.

"Those shakes were curled, cracked and rotted," says Jerry Lowenstein, vice president of operations for North Star Contractors. "There simply wasn't much life left in them and they were actually becoming a hazard for the community.

"We've installed the DaVinci roofing product before at the Hialeah Race Track here in Florida. In my opinion the composite roofing is a major improvement over metal and a far superior option than shingles."

As each Chelsea II building gains its new roof, homeowners are expressing their excitement over the composite shake tiles.

"We selected the Bellaforté Shake in a Mountain VariBlend color because it's an almost exact match to our existing roof," says Sachs. "Homeowners here love the new roofing tiles, as do residents in our sister communities. We can all breathe a bit easier now with these roofing tiles overhead."

Chelsea II isn't the only community to select DaVinci roofing materials. See Condo Community Chooses Impact- and Fire-Resistant DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles and DaVinci Roofs Crown Condo Communities.

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Featured Project - Topeka, Kansas

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

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

Appelhanz Roofing
785-246-0006
www.appelhanzroofing.com

 
 
 
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Bellaforté Shake Tops Off Exterior Makeover at Prestwick Country Club

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

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

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

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

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

Fake Cedar Shake

 

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

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What's Growing on That Roof?

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Polymer Shake Roofing Bridges the Gap

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now, you too can have another focus:

“Which color do I pick?”

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

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

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Polymer Roofing vs. Slate, Shake, Asphalt, Clay and Concrete

 

Durable: able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration; lasting.

There you have it. Webster's Dictionary has defined synthetic roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes for us.

Our cedar shake alternative and imitation slate tiles are manufactured to last --- and they're backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

Interested in how our durable, impact- and fire-resistant polymer roofing compares to other real and man-made products? Here's a fast look at the pros and cons of some competitive roofing products:

NATURAL SLATE:

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

REAL SHAKE:

            Pros: Turns colors and fades when exposed to the sun; lightweight
            Cons: Vulnerable to fire, hail and moss growth; short lifespan; can crack and split

ASPHALT:

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

CLAY:

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

CONCRETE:

            Pros: Fireproof; unaffected by the sun; many shapes
            Cons: Heavy; vulnerable to freezing weather

Naturally we're firm believers in composite roofing for durability. You will be too once you hear how we make our polymer roof tiles.

Each shingle starts with pellets of colored plastic polymer blended with ultraviolet inhibitors and fire retardants. The mix is heated into a liquid state and then injected into a hot steel mold. Next, up to 1,000 tons of hydraulic pressure produces a tile of uniform density with a crisp, flawless profile.

That tile pops out of the press, is cooled, inspected and collated by color blend before being shipped. Want to see this operation in action? Here's our plant tour video:

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Virgin Versus Recycled Roofing Tiles

Have you ever wondered why DaVinci Roofscapes uses only virgin polymer for our field tiles?

Virgin polymers are consistent. They're the purest form of plastic so we know we can control the quality of our field roofing tiles when using virgin polymers.

It's important to know that every time plastic is reheated or reformed, it loses some of its strength and performance predictability. By using only virgin polymers, we can control the quality of imitation slate and composite shake roofing tiles that we sell. Take a walk through our manufacturing process in the video below.


Click HERE if you have trouble viewing the video.

 

All of our incoming raw materials at DaVinci are thoroughly tested and must match our stringent specifications or we don't use the product. Knowing that our pure polymer makes the best looking and performing composite roofing tiles, we don't settle for less than the best. This is what makes DaVinci stand above the rest of the roofing manufacturers in our industry.

For our starter tiles (which are generic in color and hidden under field tiles on the roof) we do use recycled content. But, we only use product recycled at our own facility, so we're not bringing in outside product.

 

 

For these starter tiles, we sort our scrap regrind into different color batches. Then we regrind this scrap and produce our starter tiles. By only using our own product in recycling, we know there's only a one-step generation of recycling, and the original pieces that are going into our starter tiles were made according to our quality standards.

Interested in learning more about virgin and recycled plastics? There's a great article on the DeepRoot website that can provide you with details. Click HERE for a fast link!

And, to learn more about our comprehensive recycling capabilities at DaVinci, see 2016 Earth Day: DaVinci Roofscapes Recycled 800,000 Pounds of Polymer Last Year.

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Why DaVinci for a Roof Replacement?

If you're a regular reader of our blogs, you know by now that DaVinci is a smart choice for roofing. Our products resist severe weather, impact, high winds, hail and flame spread. And, our realistic-looking slate and shake roofing tiles come in 50 colors plus an assortment of color blends.

Those are all great reasons to invest in composite roofing. Now let us give you some more.

Polymer Roof TilesAccording to Mark Dalrymple, president of Butcher and Butcher Construction in Michigan, the lightweight aspect of DaVinci products should be considered when thinking about a roof replacement.

"In comparison to natural slate, the DaVinci slate products would be a smart decision on existing structures that are not built to support the weight of natural slate," says Dalrymple. "Also, when a project is budget-driven, DaVinci is a great selection for its lower installation costs.

"Natural slate can be more time consuming with sorting of the sizes and colors, and also with cutting of the slates. The ease of installing DaVinci slate tiles straight out of the bundle with presorted colors and having the bundles presorted for rain line space really can save costs and time in comparison to natural slate."

Not to worry if you're looking at synthetic shake shingles from DaVinci. Dalrymple says that the DaVinci composite shakes are also a great choice in place of natural cedar roofing on many projects.

"DaVinci shake products do not require the individual coursing felt that natural cedar shakes do," says Dalrymple. "This cuts out some material costs and eliminates one step in the installation process.

"The presorted shake bundles can really save on time, and the marked fastening points help make fastener installation quick and correct. Finally, with the lifetime limited warranty, the DaVinci shakes will last much longer than most cedar roof systems."

Still not convinced? See How Could Imitation Slate Be Better Than the Real Thing?

 

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Wood You Burn Your House Down?

Here's an easy question: What do you burn in your fireplace? The answer, of course, is wood. So if wood ignites quickly, why would you put it on your roof?

We agree that real cedar shakes look great on a roof, but why have a product installed that could put your home and family at risk? Even if treated, cedar shingles are still a product that can deteriorate over time and requires lots of ongoing maintenance.

Fake ShakeNow the solution: Class A Fire Rated shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Carefully crafted to look like real cedar roofing, synthetic shake roofing from DaVinci has all the features you've ever dreamed of in a roof. It resists impact, high winds, insects, termites, fungus and algae. And, did we mention it's fire resistant? Even if the wind blows embers on to the simulated shake roofing, they won't "catch" and spread.

Want another reason to consider hand-split fake cedar shake shingles? The colors. At DaVinci, we offer 50 standard roofing colors, plus an assortment of realistic color blends. Many of our VariBlend color combinations feature four variations of a color --- including light, medium light, medium and dark --- to naturally replicate the look of real cedar. You'll find these colors available in shades of  brown, gray, autumn and blue-gray. (See Shaking Up Your Roof with Unlimited Possibilities)

Deep shadow lines, multiple widths that create a natural, non-repeating appearance and both straight and wavy grains for an authentic look ... what more could you want from an eco-friendly, fire-resistant roof?

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Synthetic Shake Beats Out Real Shake

It can be tiring to own real cedar shake roofing. There are cedar roof shingles that need replacing from time to time due to popping or warping, and insect infestations need to be dealt with regularly.

For Dave and Jeannie Schwab, the effort of cleaning and applying shake oil to their massive cedar shake roof every five years or so eventually wore them down. They loved the look of shake on their home, but hated the maintenance aspects.

"Our home was built in 1993 and there's a lot of roofing involved in its design," says Dave Schwab. "Eventually the roof really needed to be replaced. We liked how the natural cedar roofing looked on the house, but when we went shopping for a new roof we wanted a cedar shake alternative."

The Schwabs discovered DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roofing tiles and were sold.

Fake Cedar Shake

"The authentic appearance of the DaVinci fake cedar shake sold us right away," says Schwab. "Then you add in the Class A Fire Rating, the impact resistance and the lifetime limited warranty and it was easy to make our decision."

The large roof on the Schwab home is broken up visually by seven skylights and the addition of decorative European-designed ridge vents. The DaVinci Multi-Width roof, in the Mountain blend, now covers the home and attached three-car garage.

"Every time I pull up to the house I still get a 'wow' experience," says Schwab. "The color is perfect for our home. It looks so natural, yet we know we'll never again have to spend another hour maintaining this roof. That's the real joy of selecting synthetic shake shingles."

Discover why The Switch is On! ... and how you can Invest in Your Roof with synthetic shake roofing materials!

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Bellaforté Shake Shingles = Peace of Mind

Fire.  A homeowner's worst nightmare.

It happened recently to the Matthews family in California. A chimney fire caused by hot embers and ash got through the spark arrestor and ignited the dry, combustible cedar shake roofing at the top of the chimney.

Fortunately the Alameda Fire Department responded quickly to stop the fire from entering the living areas. However, the damage to the roof was severe, requiring the old shake shingles to be replaced.

Fake Shake
 

"We're part of the Seastrand Homeowners Association of 28 homes that overlook the San Francisco bay and skyline," says Ron Matthews. "Coincidentally, the HOA was in the process of approving DaVinci Roofscapes products for roof replacement in our community. After our fire, they approved the Class A Fire Rated polymer roofing immediately."

Matthews selected Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles in a Mountain VariBlend for his home and had the team at Roof Guard Roofing Company Inc. install the new composite shake roof.

"There are several reasons why we like our new cedar shake alternative roof," says Matthews. "The lifetime limited warranty on the product plus the Class A Fire Rating are 90% of the reason behind the total replacement.  The fact that the polymer shake product is an authentic-looking alternative and that we were ready for the roof replacement sealed the deal.

"The DaVinci synthetic shake roofing actually looks BETTER than real shake tiles. All of my neighbors were very anxious to see the finished roof and they have nothing but positive comments about it. I believe we'll see many more of these DaVinci roofs in our neighborhood in the coming years."

Seastrand Homeowners Association isn't the only HOA selecting lightweight roofing tiles from DaVinci. See  Condo Community Chooses Impact- and Fire-Resistant DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles, Bellaforté Shake Roofs Chosen by Florida HOA for Townhomes  and HOA Selects Polymer Roofing for more stories.

 

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Composite Shakes Replace Real Cedar on Historic Home

Built in 1853, the Douglas House in Waukegan, Illinois has a great history. Robert Douglas came to Waukegan from England in 1844. He traveled to California and made his fortune in a gold strike and then returned to Illinois to build his dream home.

The house closely resembles a Gothic cottage that Douglas had loved in England. With its steeply-pitched roofs, wall dormers, hooded window molds and gingerbread bargeboards along the eaves, the home perfectly ties in with the Gothic Revival style.

Fake SlateFast forward through the years and the home was purchased and donated by the Upton family to the Waukegan Park District. It now houses offices and space where recreation programs are held for special needs individuals.

In its 169-year history, the Douglas House has gone through several roofs. Most recently, in 1998, wood shake shingles were added to the structure to preserve the historic look.

As cedar roofing is prone to do, the individual cedar shake tiles deteriorated badly over the years. The rotting, insect-infested shakes suffered from nails failing and wood shakes cupping and falling off the roof.

This year the city decided to invest in a new composite shake roof. After receiving a recommendation from Legat Architects, it was decided that a low-maintenance DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake roof in Weathered Gray would preserve the historic shake look while being a smart long-term investment.

"The appearance and projected durability made it an easy choice for us to select DaVinci products," says Lali Salinas, parks department support aide in the Waukegan Park District. "On this historic building the DaVinci product offers the look of cedar shake shingles, but will give a greater lifespan and lower long term maintenance cost."

For more historical roofing projects using DaVinci composite slate and synthetic shake roofing products, see History Repeats Itself --- With DaVinci Composite Roofing.

 

 

 

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Bee-ware of Cedar Shake Roofing!

Nestled amongst 26 wooded acres in Mentor, Ohio you'll find the Deepwood North apartment complex. Twelve separate buildings are home to about 200 apartment units.

A distinctive element of the design of the buildings are the mansard roofs that extend vertically from the top of the first floor up to the top of the second floor. An attractive decorative detail of the complex, these siding/roofs were originally covered in real cedar shake shingles.

With time, the cedar roofing rotted and became infested with thousands of bees. That's when it became apparent a solution was needed.

"The owners realized they were spending a lot of money year after year repairing and treating the old wood shakes," says Todd Runyon, president of Runyon and Sons Roofing out of Mentor, Ohio. "The apartment owners wanted to maintain the look and character of the original wood shake design without having all of the future maintenance work.

"Once they saw the Bellaforté Shake synthetic shake shingles they fell in love with the look and functionality. We've previously done another roof project with DaVinci composite roofing and we're seeing more and more opportunities for these imitation slate and composite shake products in the marketplace."

Fake Cedar Shake

 

Working through rough Cleveland winter weather, the re-roofing project took seven months for Runyon and his team. Along the way they created unique flashings around the windows and the second floor balcony doors.

"The new fake cedar shake shingles transform and update the look of the entire apartment complex," says Runyon. "Best of all, the apartment owners will have decades of no maintenance hassles ... plus no bees!"

Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos and Colorado Townhome Community Topped with DaVinci Roofscapes Composite Shake Tiles tell the stories of other multi-family housing locations that made the smart choice to invest in polymer roofing from DaVinci!

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