Custom Home Deserves Custom DaVinci Roof

Noel Etzel had a "do it once, do it right" philosophy he followed when making product selections for his family's custom home last year in Topeka, Kansas. That theory led him to select Bellaforté Shake roofing to top off his 6,400-square-foot contemporary mountain style home.

Bellaforte Shake

"We wanted a roofing product that would look like real shake without the issues associated with shake roofs," says Etzel. "To that end, we wanted to make a roofing selection only one time, so the DaVinci product was ideal. After seeing some local installations of the synthetic shake product, we were sold on it.

"For us, the fact that there is color variation between the individual polymer shake shingles adds to the 'realism' of the roof and makes it look very natural."

Designed by NSPJ Architects, the Etzel home boasts real stone pillars and wood planking on the exterior. The custom home was designed by Timothy Homburg, AIA, NCARB, Principal Architect and Co-President at NSPJ Architects, to include a four-season room with a fireplace, steam room, theatre, dumbwaiter from the main floor kitchen to a walk-out summer kitchen and outdoor pool.

"My favorite part of the exterior design of the home is the screened porch that opens up the entire back of the house to the lake view," says Homburg. "Our custom residential designs are well thought out and evoke our client's personality and lifestyle. As in the case of the Etzel family, we listen and are attentive to our client's needs. So, when the Etzels said they wanted an easy-care, authentic-looking faux cedar shake roof, we thought of the DaVinci product. We've used this synthetic roofing product successfully on other projects for our firm and believed it would be a good match for this home design."

Bellaforte Shake

To gain a "top down" flow of cohesive color on the home exterior, the Etzels worked with Appelhanz Roofing to select the Mountain-VariBlend color combination of varying tones of browns for their Bellaforté Shake roof. "After comparing several DaVinci color samples to our stone work, cedar siding and trim, the Mountain-VariBlend was the best fit for our home," says Etzel. "Overall we're extremely happy with the exterior of the house and we can't think of anything we would change.

"While some might think it's hard to get excited about something as simple and necessary as a roof, we feel otherwise. We routinely receive positive feedback on the roof and are extremely pleased with our decision to invest in the DaVinci product."

Interested in a custom color for your custom home? See 3 Reasons A Custom Color Could Be The Best Choice For Your Project.

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Looking Back at the 2017 International Builders' Show

They came, they saw, they were IMPRESSED!

2017 Builders' ShowsThousands of builders and show attendees visited our DaVinci Roofscapes booth at the 2017 International Builders' Show this month in Orlando. They held samples of our synthetic shake and slate roofing pieces, asked questions about the durability of our tiles, and walked away with new insights on how polymer roofing can help out their residential and commercial projects.

"There were many builders and contractors here from the southeast due to the location of this trade show," says Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services for DaVinci Roofscapes. "Because of the type of weather conditions experienced in Florida and throughout the southern states, we were answering a lot of questions about the high wind and impact resistance features of our tiles.

"Fortunately, DaVinci products are truly 'made' for the adverse weather conditions faced in the southeast. They resist moisture, sea spray and salt air, so there's not corrosion of the tiles. Plus, they can also stand up to the toughest winds and rains Mother Nature throws at them!"

In case you missed the show (or, heaven forbid, our booth!), here are some pictures of all the action in Orlando!

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Tick Tock: Real Cedar Shingles Wear Out

Nothing lasts forever. And, for many homeowners with cedar shake shingles, they find that time runs out far too quickly on their roofs.

Real shakes simply don't last as long as homeowners would like. That was the case at Regent Villas in Northfield, Illinois. After just 17 years, the cedar roofs above three buildings were already failing and started leaking and rotting, providing ideal conditions for insects to thrive.

Fake ShakeEarlier this year homeowners in the community of 33 condo units decided enough was enough.Tired of the problems with their roofs and frustrated by the cost and life expectancy of a new cedar roof, they did their research. While the master association's covenants required all roofing to be replaced with real cedar shakes, they found a better solution from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Homeowners got an amendment to the covenants and determined that an investment in Bellaforté Shake roofing in a Chesapeake-VariBlend color would be their best solution.

"The realistic appearance of the DaVinci tiles plus the 50-year warranty were very helpful in our decision making process," relates Lee Flanagan, CMCA, AMS, vice president and property manager with Braeside Condominium Management, Ltd. "We're pleased with the results of the reroofing and I'd tell any condo or homeowners association that wants to either create or preserve the appearance of cedar shingles that the DaVinci product is a valid option. The cost is somewhat higher, but the benefits are considerable in terms of pleasing aesthetics, longevity and durability.

"There's another property I manage with 112 townhomes with cedar roofs. The roofs are in bad shape and we're already considering the DaVinci synthetic shake as a valid material option."

The team at D-Wing Construction tackled the re-roofing of the Regent Villas. "We tore off and removed the existing rotting cedar shake roof down to the wood deck," says Keith Weber, commercial sales director for D-Wing Construction. "We rebuilt the substrate installation with multiple courses of ice and water shield, leak barrier membrane at all of the gutter edges, up through the valleys, along all walls and around all the roof penetrations, and covering the entire roof with an acceptable synthetic felt.

"The transformation was incredible --- beautiful but subdued. Those roofs went from looking shabby to having a clean, up-to-date shake appearance that will last far beyond the life of a real new cedar roof. This was my first experience working with the Bellaforté product. Given the results, our client's satisfaction, and that we have already received a referral through this project, I'm confident we will be using the DaVinci product again in the future."

Learn how other multi-family communities gained by adding DaVinci composite roofing at Condo Community Chooses Impact- and Fire-Resistant DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles and Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos

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Colorful Home Transformation

After spending long winter months indoors, many people feel "pale" when they finally feel the sun's warm summer rays. The Wisconsin home of David and Kirsten Gaskin had a similar feeling.

The home was "pale" in many ways. It had a faded greyish brown cedar shake roof and a pale yellow exterior paint color.

This past year the Gaskins decided to bring some color to their family home. They started by replacing their roof with a Tahoe-VariBlend roof (featuring four tones of brown) in the Bellaforté Shake product line. Then they worked from the "top down" to change out the light yellow siding with a custom blue-gray stain for their cedar panels. The Gaskins chose a rich cocoa color for their front door, porch and steps, with the risers of the steps painted white. (See From Nondescript Neutral To Bold And Beautiful Color)

 

Polymer Shake

 

"We're so happy with the transformation of our home and love driving up to the house every day," says David Gaskin. "We've received many positive (and envious!) comments and inquiries from our neighbors about the roof and our color selections.

"Many people are surprised to find out the roof is not real cedar, since cedar is a requirement of our area. We were able to petition for a waiver in our community, which was approved after our neighbors reviewed samples of the DaVinci product. They agreed with us that it has a natural look. For us, the best part is the maintenance-free aspect of this composite roofing.

"This polymer roof selection was a real winner for us. It looks so authentic, yet it's more durable and has a longer lifespan than real cedar. It perfectly complements the rest of our exterior. Now we have a show home that's the talk of the neighborhood!"

 

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Keeping Cool in the Hot Florida Sun

 

Sunshine and warm weather. That's reason enough to travel to Florida in early January. But, we've got an even better reason: the 2017 International Builders' Show (IBS)!

From January 10-12, thousands of industry professionals will gather in Orlando to see all the newest products, gain insights in seminars and unite to find the "hot products" for 2017.

DaVinci Roofscapes will be at the show again (in the West Hall, in booth W6871) with hot products that are pretty cool.

We're showcasing our DaVinci EcoBlend polymer roofing tiles and the four recently-introduced colors approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC). What's so hot about these cool composite roofing tiles? EcoBlend tiles reflect sunlight and heat away from a home or commercial structure ... and the four new color blends all meet Title 24 requirements for California.

Visit us at IBS and see for yourself our newest EcoBlend polymer shake and slate roofing tiles:

- Tahoe-EcoBlend: Light Tahoe, Medium Light Tahoe and Medium Tahoe blend

- Mountain-EcoBlend: Light Mountain, Medium Mountain and Dark Mountain blend

- Brownstone-EcoBlend: Light Brown, Dark Stone and Dark Tan blend

- Slate Gray-EcoBlend: Slate Gray                                               

You can also see our original  EcoBlend color blends previously accessible from DaVinci Roofscapes that meet the stringent requirements to receive ENERGY STAR® designations, and still available from the company include:

- Weathered Gray-EcoBlend: Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray and Dark Weathered Gray blend

- Castle Gray-EcoBlend: Light Gray, Medium Gray and Dark Gray

While you're at our booth, check out the full line of DaVinci products ... from Multi-Width to Single-Width to Bellaforté synthetic shingles. We've got the right composite roofing tiles for YOUR next project!

Need more reasons to cool off at IBS? Check out Sunscreen for Your Designer Roof and   Green Roof Systems are Cool and Energy Efficient.

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From the Tech Team: Bellaforte Solid Shake Tile

Recently, a DaVinci contractor gave me a call to let me know that he loved installing DaVinci Bellaforté Shake. He said that the one suggestion he had, was that because of the very high profile of the DaVinci Bellaforté Shake, there were some situations where a solid tile would be helpful. One example of where a solid tile would be beneficial is in a situation where Bellaforté Shakes are installed in a closed valley in an area where there are a lot of messy trees, especially pine trees. In these instances, pine needles and leaves can catch on the ribs of the Bellaforté shakes where they are cut. While this doesn’t usually cause a performance issue it can sometimes detract from the overall look of the roof. Another example of where a solid tile can be helpful is in flashing situations where the cut edge of the tile may be exposed. While this is not a performance issue if it is in an area visible from the ground, it may not have the “finished look” that some customers would like.

 

I discussed this request with our design team and they worked quickly to develop a Bellaforté solid shake tile. These solid tiles can be used where tiles are cut around flashings, on flared rakes (gable ends), straight gable ends, and even valleys. It should be noted that these solid tiles are not the answer from an aesthetic point of view for a true open valley. The reason for this is when the solid tiles are cut for use in valleys, there is an occasional small void in instances where the tile cut crosses the gutter of the tile. These tiles also have occasional visible bubbles where the tile is cut, that may be objectionable to some customers. We recommend that when using Bellaforté Shake solid tiles the installer still use the closed valley or double w valley system.

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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.


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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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