Featured Project - Aspen, CO

This project features another high-end Colorado townhome community roofed by Umbrella Roofing. Umbrella Roofing out of Gypsum, CO has been installing simulated shake roofing by DaVinci Roofscapes for many years and put on dozens of these roofs in the Aspen area, including this project for the luxury townhomes located in the Maroon Neighborhood Townhome Association. 

Multi-Width Shake is the natural choice for material as it has a spot on cedar shake look, but is Class A Fire Rated (which, in Colorado is necessary), Class 4 Impact Rated, wind certified to 110 mph and comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. Also a plus for these townhome owners? It is virtually maintenance free, which means it won't gross moss/algae and it will retain it's fire rating and color without having to be treated annually. 

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American Made MATTERS

November 19 is American Made Matters Day. Why does it matter that products are made in America? Because it keeps jobs in our country, grows the economy and makes it faster and easier to get products you need.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we've always been exceptionally proud to promote the fact that our polymer roof tiles are 100% Made in America. Our facility in Lenexa, Kansas is a one-stop location where we manufacture all of our composite slate and simulated shake roofing products. This includes our multi-width and single-width full product lines, plus our 50 standard colors of polymer roofing. (See Made in the U.S.A)

You don't have to travel to Kansas to see how we make our  Class A Fire Rated lightweight tiles.  Just click HERE  or on the video below to see a short video of our team at work.

Making our sustainable roofing materials in the USA means we control all aspects of the manufacturing process. And it means we get them to the job site fast.

This November 19th stop a minute to think about what it means to buy products Made in America. Whether it's clothing, furniture, appliances or roofing, you have the power to help grow our economy when you dedicate your efforts --- and your dollars --- to purchasing American Made products!


Sky-High View of Polymer Roofing

Look! Up in the sky ... is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's a drone!

These days drones are all the rage --- and sometimes they cause rage. Despite some concerns, drones are predicted to be one of the top Christmas gift items this year. And, after DaVinci Roofscapes hired a drone photographer for the first time, we now understand why.

As you might guess, it's a bit difficult to get pictures of our polymer roofing on homes in some areas. Steep slope roofing can make it especially hard to get good shots of valleys featuring our simulated shake roofing and synthetic slate shingles.

Late this past summer we hired a company to take both drone pictures and video of Al Ruggerillo's house in Traverse City, Michigan. Al and his wife Pam had our Multi-Width Slate roofing tiles installed earlier this year on their expansive home. We were especially interested to get aerial images because the Traverse City area had severe weather, including hail and high winds, right before the photographer came out. (See  When the Winds Blow ... )

As you can see in the video, this designer roof looks tremendous. And, we've now got some terrific pictures and video to share with you to prove our composite roofing can hold up to all kinds of weather!


One Year Later: What it's Like to Have a DaVinci Polymer Roof

A year ago Jeremy Hollingsworth had a Bellaforté Shake roof installed on his Birmingham, Alabama home. We decided to reach out to Jeremy to see how he felt about his DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roof tiles after living with them for awhile.

Q: Now that your composite shake roof has been on for awhile, what do you think of it? 

A: No question, this is the roof for our home. The Weathered Gray blend is color matched to the home and the colors have held up very well. Its durability is unmatched. No one thinks of their roof as a “feature” of their home. With a DaVinci designer roof, we notice it every single day and so does everyone else.  

Designer Roof


Q: What do friends and neighbors have to say about your roof?  

A: All of our neighbors comment on it because it definitely grabs your attention when you go by. People always ask me, “what’s it made of?" From the street, it looks like natural cedar roofing, but I tell them it’s an engineered product that will last longer and has a Class A Fire Rating.

Q: Hail and storms can be a problem in your area. Has your DaVinci shake tile roof had to "do battle" with any severe weather conditions? If so, how did it do? 

A: We get a lot of storms in the deep south during the summer months including limbs and debris from all of our trees. This impact-resistant roof has held up as we thought it would. The durability is unmatched.

Q:  What do you consider the best features of the Bellaforté Shake roof? 

A: We feel it brought great new character to our home aesthetically. Plus, nobody wants to get on a roof to make repairs and the durability of DaVinci cedar shake roof keeps me off the ladder and roof, which keeps my wife happy. Also, the life of the simulated shake roofing is a bonus for us down the road. Whether we decide this is our forever home or if we decide to sell in the future, it's a win/win investment.

For more details on Jeremy's composite shake roof, see Shaking Up an Alabama Home.




Snow Worries

You've probably heard the nationwide winter weather forecast by now. It's a strong El Nino year and while that can mean a milder winter in northern states, there's no guarantees. The Farmer's Almanac predicts winter weather that repeats the brutal conditions of last year with unseasonably cold temperatures over the Atlantic Seaboard, eastern portions of the Great Lakes, and the lower peninsula of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, most of the Tennessee and Mississippi Valley, as well as much of the Gulf Coast.

snowguardsWhat's a homeowner to do? Get your roof ready with snow guards.

Take a snow globe and shake it. You'll see light snow settling on the roof. Shake it again and the snow moves away. Unfortunately that's not that easy when it comes to your home.

Accumulating snow can be very heavy. When it melts off composite roofing, it can slide off in an "avalanche". This can damage landscaping plus block garage doors and home entryways. (Check out  To Guard ... or Not to Guard)

Our advice at DaVinci Roofscapes is that, if you have simulated shake roofing or a composite slate roof, invest in snow guards. These small, durable pieces can be added to your roof by a professional roofer (called retrofitting) at any time. As snows melt, they help "break up" the snow so it doesn't come down in a sheet and cause harm.

Bundle up for the season ahead ... and make sure to take the steps necessary now so that you'll have "s-no-w worries" when the winter snows arrive!


West Coast Homeowners Rely on DaVinci Roofscapes Composite Roofing

Ask Emilio Ricci why he selected composite shake tiles to re-roof his Tahoe City, Calif. home and his one-word answer comes swiftly. Wildfires.           

Cedar Roof Shingles“Our insurance company basically told us to get rid of the original cedar shake roof or they would drop us,” says homeowner Emilio Ricci. “We did some research and liked the functionality and long life span of the DaVinci synthetic shake roofing tiles. In our area, it was extremely important that the roofing tiles have a Class A Fire Rating. These tiles achieve that by meeting the ASTME E 108 fire test.”

Since the roof on Ricci’s 960-square foot A-frame home covers the vast majority of the exterior, he paid special attention to the roofing tiles selected. “We found that the synthetic roofing tiles were within our budget and added a strong visual appeal to the home,” says Ricci. “Now we’re counting on the warranty of the product so that we don’t have to replace the roofing tiles again for decades.”

Another West Coast homeowner depending on synthetic shake shingles is James Brinton in Glenbrook, Nevada.

“Our mountain-style home needed the extra protection offered by synthetic shake roofing tiles,” says Brinton. “The combination of the durability, look and safety features of the roof convinced us this was a solid investment for our home’s future.”

For more details on simulated shake roofing that can stand up to wildfires, see Class A Fire Rated Polymer Roofing Eases Worries for West Coast Residents


Composite Shake Roofing Makes Great First Impression

You only get one chance to make a first impression ... that's why builder Tim Aalders with Handcrafted Homes decided to use a Bellaforté Shake designer roof on a show home in Salt Lake City.

"This is the first time we've used composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes we're very impressed," says Aalders, owner of Handcrafted Homes based in South Jordan, Utah. "People visiting this home love the cedar shake alternative roof. They are constantly asking about the type of material it's made of and what the color is of the polymer shake roofing tiles. We have to answer questions about the roof all day long!"

The realistic looking Bellaforté Shakes have a natural hand-split cedar shake look with sawn edges and staggered lengths. Each one-inch thick tile is 100 percent recyclable and meets exceptional testing standards.


Designer Roof


According to Aalders, the different seasonal weather and high winds experienced in Utah make the simulated shake roofing a good choice for their homes.

"The Tahoe blend of roofing colors looks very authentic and complements the overall style of the house design," says Aalders. "We've been pleasantly surprised at the response to the roof. Some show home visitors have specifically asked if we could reroof their homes with this product! We were able to refer these people to area roofers and we already know of three homes that have the new DaVinci roofs as a result!"

Wondering what other builders have to say about DaVinci lightweight roofing systems? See First-Time DaVinci Installer Sold on Polymer Shakes and Out of the Mouths of Contractors.


Luxury Roof Options with Architectural Shingles

October is Self Promotion Month ... and at DaVinci Roofscapes we've got a lot to promote!

Along with our incredible Lifetime Limited Warranty, we've got test results that show our polymer roofing product is exceptional at resisting severe weather, impact, hail and fire. Our composite shake and imitation slate roof tiles are ideal for all areas of the country, on both residential and commercial projects.

And here's a big bonus --- we have synthetic roofing material to fit the needs of every project and wallet.

Here's a fast overview of our full product offering: 

DaVinci Multi-Width Slate: Our multi-width profile is available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths with 1/2" tile thickness at butt and 1/8" thickness at tip.

DaVinci Single-Width Slate: Available in 12" tile widths, the 1/2" tile thickness of this slate is twice the thickness of other synthetic slate tiles. Our VariBlend technology is used when creating this tile to form slightly varying shades from tile to tile for an authentic slate look.

Bellaforté Slate: A high performance, interlocking shingle that has superior wind resistance. Bellaforté tiles are 12" in width with 1/2" tile thickness at butt and 3/8" thickness at tip.

Fake Slate


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.

Fake Cedar Shake


Need more details on sustainable roofing? See 2015: Are There Polymer Shakes in Your Future?


Make Your Home’s Exterior Pop with Color

Color is a fundamental component of curb appeal and can make your home either stand out from the pack or blend in nicely with its environment. But you’re not alone if you’re unsure how to incorporate color to make your home look its best.

Designer Roof“Many homeowners are afraid to add color to their home exteriors because they don’t want to make a mistake,” says Kate Smith, chief color maven of Sensational Color. “No one should feel locked into blah or standard colors though.”

The roof is the best place to start when considering color for your home. Consider opting for colors that complement the home’s architectural style or give a nod to a particular era in design. (See 50 Shades of DaVinci)

A blend of two to eight colors in composite shake or simulated slate roofing is a great way to shake things up. At DaVinci Roofscapes you can find a variety of colors to choose from. We offer 50 standard colors including diverse hues like dark amber, smokey gray and light violet. Plus we offer ways to customize personalized color blends! Just check out the DaVinci Color Designer Tool


Mansard "Sails" of Simulated Shake Roofing

Here's a riddle for you. When does a roof not look like a roof? The answer ... when it's a mansard roof application!

Mansard roofs run vertically instead of horizontally. While they could be confused for siding on a structure, they're really an extension of the roof ... just in an "up and down" fashion.

Fake Cedar ShakeAt DaVinci Roofscapes we've seen our polymer shake and simulated slate roofing product used on several unique mansard applications over the years on college dormitories, restaurants and other applications. (See Towering DaVinci Roofs at SUNY). The latest project is a unique house being created in upstate New York.

The "Suplina Home" was designed by architect Andrew Geller fifty years ago. His granddaughter Nancy and her husband Andrew are building the home (with some up-to-code changes) to mark the golden anniversary of the design.

The house was inspired by a sailboat, so one of the design features is mansard-type roofing applications.

"After thoroughly investigating current roofing materials on the market, we feel that the DaVinci cedar shakes (outside of real cedar) are the only material her grandfather would have approved of and actually embraced for this design," says Scott Adams. "Geller was as much an artist as he was a designer and architect, so we can't help but think he'd approve of a product named DaVinci!"

The Autumn blend of DaVinci Single-Width composite shake tiles are now being installed in the mansard application --- and on the roof --- of this unique home. Stay tuned for updates on the Suplina Home and more pictures as we share with you this exciting home design using our synthetic shake roofing!


Brrrrrisk Polymer Roofing Installations

Break out the pocket warmers and the heavy-duty work gloves. Temperatures are dropping and that means getting yourself and your crew ready for cold weather polymer roofing installations!

The good news is that, even if the temperatures drop below freezing, you can still install DaVinci Roofscapes simulated slate roofing and composite shake tiles. Actually, synthetic roof materials from DaVinci can usually be installed in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Polymer RoofingWhile you might resist installing other roofing materials in temperatures this cold, bundle up, because our products can handle frigid weather.

DaVinci's carefully-formulated imitation slate and shake alternative roof tiles aren't brittle (like plastic roofing materials are thought to be). They're actually made to remain flexible in very cold temperatures. Even in bone-chilling cold temperatures, you don't have to worry about excess breakage of the designer roof tiles due to cold weather conditions.

Of course, we do have a few tips to share. First, if you're using a pneumatic nail gun for installing our roof tiles, make sure the pressure isn't set too high. Second, make sure that our DaVinci shake alternative and slate roofing tiles have been stored flat, and are flat when installed. Third, You must make certain that the space between tiles is at a very minimum 3/16”. And, most importantly, use extra personal care when working in cold weather conditions. That means staying focused, keeping those pocket warmers handy and making sure to stay safe up on the roof!

Need more tips on installing synthetic roofing material in cold conditions? Check out Freeze/Thaw No Trouble for DaVinci Polymer Roofing and Winter Roofing Installation With No Worries.


Canadian Barns Updated with Synthetic Shake Roofing

Synthetic Shake RoofingThe signs of autumn are everywhere --- pumpkins, scarecrows and barns with DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing!

Yes, that's correct. In Canada there are several beautiful old red barns being refurbished with polymer roofing from DaVinci, showing another unique use for our simulated shake roofing tiles.

In Ponoka, Alberta, a homeowner decided to have Woodchuck Roofing Ltd. replace her worn out cedar roof shingles with Bellaforté Shake tiles in a Weathered Gray blend. "Alberta is notorious for massive hail and crazy storms as well as harsh winters and hot, dry summers," says Charles Busque with Woodchuck Roofing. "DaVinci roofing materials are ideal for this environment."

Fake Cedar ShakeBellaforté Shake is also the choice of another homeowner in Bentley, Alberta who is replacing the cedar roofing on her 100-year old barn.

"This barn was previously used for housing Chuck Wagon thoroughbred horses and has now been turned into a workshop," says Corey Rosta with Monarch Siding & Roofing Centre. According to Rosta, the Autumn blend of synthetic shake roofing was selected for this historic barn.

No matter which way the winds blow this autumn, these barns are now ready for the chill to set in thanks to the durability of Bellaforté Shake. At a one-inch average tile thickness, these polymer shake shingles are reminiscent of jumbo shakes. For more details on impressive shake alternative roofing products from DaVinci, see Invest in Your Roof.


Restaurants and Retailers Rely on Dependable Composite Roofing

Polymer SlateWhat do the retail stores Old Navy, Banana Republic, Chico's and Talbot's in Charlottesville, Virginia have in common? They're all in the Barracks Road Shopping Center --- and they all rely on the DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing overhead to help protect them from severe weather!

From restaurants to banks to shopping centers, thousands of consumers each day walk into retail facilities and never realize there's a designer roof overhead from DaVinci.

In Chesterfield, Missouri, the upscale Edgewild Restaurant and Winery boasts DaVinci composite roofing, as does The North Face store in Victor, New York. Westwood Plaza in Omaha, Nebraska features 70 stores and dining experiences ... all housed under a DaVinci Multi-Width imitation slate roof in the Vineyard blend of colors.


Fake Cedar Shake RoofA variety of specialty dining locations across America are also topped with lightweight roofing materials from DaVinci. Captain George's Seafood Restaurant on the Outer Banks of North Carolina selected simulated shake roofing in a Mountain blend when it was constructed several years ago because of the ability of DaVinci synthetic shake to stand up to severe weather conditions, salt air and sea spray. Further inland, Yesterday's Restaurant in New Jersey selected Class A Fire Rated synthetic slate roof shingles when the owners rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2010.

From the Ole Liberty Station restaurant in Bedford, Virginia to Paces 88 American Bistro at the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta, commercial project owners and builders are selecting imitation slate and shake alternative roofing materials from DaVinci. They've discovered what savvy homeowners already know ... that these sustainable roofing products bring beauty, peace of mind and easy care to their retail projects from coast to coast!

Looking for more unique commercial projects with lightweight roofing tiles? Then see Colorful DaVinci Roofs Help Businesses Stand Out and Condos, Churches and Colleges ... Oh My! 


Colorful Ranch-Style Homes

Known for their long and low architectural style, Ranch homes can be sprawling masterpieces just waiting for the right colors to showcase their design. Kate Smith, chief color maven with Sensational Color, recommends starting with the roof tiles to add color to these sometimes rectangular-shaped homes.

"The roofing systems really dominate most L-, U- or asymmetrical Ranch-style homes," says Smith. "That means a homeowner has a large palette just waiting for color. Multiple colors combined in a composite slate or synthetic shake roofing blend, like those I've seen from DaVinci Roofscapes, can help set the overall color tone for a Ranch home."

Because many older Ranch homes are made of brick, Smith recommends identifying the colorcast of a brick exterior before deciding on the color for the roof. (See Try "Top Down" Approach to Unify a Home's Exterior for more hints!)

Fake Slate

"If a home has brick siding, that's really a fixed feature to play off of," says Smith. "A classic red brick works well with Black simulated slate roofing, while bricks with brown tones can be accented strongly by Brownstone blend of imitation slate tiles. For bricks that have a more grayish tint, a Slate Gray blend composite shake roof would be ideal. The same considerations should be taken if you have a walkway or pavement in these colors."

Working down from the top of the home, Smith suggests that, since there are usually an abundance of windows in one-level Ranch homes, that trim around the windows and shutters are the opportunity to add color to the exterior. "A mid-tone from the main color, like a deep green or harbor brown, can help windows pop," says Smith. "Generally shutters that are as dark (or darker) than the roof color will also move the eye vertically upward, making a single-story home feel taller."

Smith notes that for many Ranch-style homes the front door does not really stand out. To draw attention to the door, consider adding a contrasting color that fits with the overall color scheme. "This is a great time to paint a door burnt orange or red velvet," says Smith. "That type of subtle bright color will catch the eye."


Sleep Secure with Composite Shake Shingles Overhead

"Burn, Baby Burn" is definitely NOT the theme song for the 2015 Fire Prevention Week. Instead, it's a very sensible message of "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep."

Fake Shake RoofWhile the National Fire Protection Association focuses primarily on fire safety within the home and the strategic placement of smoke detectors, it's important to also think about keep your home exterior safe from the spread of fire.

If you have real cedar roof shingles, you should be extra cautious. Wood shake roofs tend to have a faster flame spread than simulated shake roofing. The video showing fire testing of cedar shake roofing compared to composite shake roofing materials from DaVinci Roofscapes (click HERE to see video) shows that in less than 15 minutes, a real cedar shake roof can completely go up in smoke ... whereas a Class A Fire Rated DaVinci  fake cedar shake roof doesn't tolerate flame spread.

Here's the important message during Fire Prevention Week: composite shake roofing from DaVinci looks like natural cedar shake, but it has a Class A fire rating that proves it resists burning. That's especially important if you live in drought-stricken areas of the country where wildfires are prevalent.

For more details on composite roofing that refuses to burn, see Help Deter Wildfire Spread with DaVinci Class A Fire Rated Polymer Roof Tiles.


Save $$$ With an Eco-Friendly Roof

One of the many celebrations taking place in October is Energy Awareness Month. It's a time to look closely at your energy bills and figure out how you can make changes to your home that will help reduce costly monthly bills.

Here's a hint: Start at the top of your home.

Eco Friendly RoofBy selecting EcoBlend polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes for your designer roof, you're choosing tile roofing that is ENERGY STAR® compliant. (See DaVinci Roofscapes Products Earn ENERGY STAR® Rating) These hard-working tiles can actually help reflect sunlight and heat away from your home, which can help increase the energy efficiency of your entire structure.

EcoBlend polymer roof tiles come in eight color options in simulated shake roofing and imitation slate tiles. These include Weathered Gray (in Medium, Medium Light, Medium Dark, Light and Dark) and Gray (in Dark, Light and Medium) colors.

The truly great news about this composite roofing product is that EcoBlend roofing shingles can help property owners improve the comfort of the structure and mitigate global warming.  

Now let's talk savings. According to the Cool Roof Rating Council, homeowners can recognize an average energy savings ranging from seven to 15 percent of total cooling costs by using a cool roof that helps reduce temperature fluctuations inside the home.

Celebrate Energy Awareness Month this year by becoming more aware of how green roof construction using EcoBlend composite roofing can help you save on your energy bills.

Still have questions about green roofing options? Then check out our  What is EcoBlend? story.


For DaVinci Composite Roofing, Remember the Membrane!

Autumn nights are just starting to offer cooler temperatures, but it's already time to start thinking about how your roof will handle weather conditions this winter.

If you're having a new roof installed during these comfortable months prior to the start of ice and snow season, and live in an area where your temperatures can fall below freezing in the winter, then remember to select a premium self-adhered membrane. This "protective layer" helps prevent the buildup of potentially damaging ice dams on your roof and overhang areas.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we require self-adhered membrane be installed from the bottom edge to two feet above the exterior wall line on all eaves in areas where ice dams are possible. DaVinci requires a self-adhered membrane in all valleys regardless of temperature. For Bellaforté products DaVinci requires self-adhered membrane on all gables and all around roof projections Tim Carter with AsktheBuilder.com, who recently installed a DaVinci manufactured slate roof on his New Hampshire home, says he chose the Grace ice and water shield® product because it was a premium matchup for his new luxury roof from DaVinci.

Our recommendation is to review your options and select the self-adhered membrane that works best for your designer roof project --- but don't eliminate this necessary step. Ice dams can cause serious damage to a composite slate roof or simulated shake roofing, so you should take every step to avoid their creation.

Installing a premium self-adhered membrane is one good step toward eliminating this concern ... and another step is to keep the attic well ventilated and insulated. The attic temperature should stay as close to the outside temperature as possible.

For more information on installing composite roofing products for cold weather areas, see Common Winter Weather Roof Woes.


Church Tired of Replacing Copper Roofs

The cornerstone of the historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church in San Angelo, Texas was laid in 1887. Since that time the church has seen many changes. The most recent is the addition of an impact- and fire-resistant Multi-Width Slate polymer roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"The copper roofs on this church were destroyed twice by hail in the past 10 years," says Sam Colson, national restoration and construction estimator for Jim Filipowicz and Associates. "Church members came to us for a recommendation of a roofing product that would hold up against severe weather conditions and ideally replicate the slate look on the building when it was originally constructed. After doing product research and seeing the variety of selections available from DaVinci, we knew their composite slate product was the ideal solution."

Polymer SlateAfter contacting other churches across the country --- including in hail-prone areas --- the church grounds and building maintenance team at Emmanuel Episcopal Church made a presentation to church members to familiarize them with the polymer roofing material. "With its warranties and the quality of the product, we all knew we were making a decision not just for our current situation, but for those who will follow after us," says Ski Lisewsky, a junior warden at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

The church leadership selected an Aberdeen blend of five colors to complement the stone exterior on the historic church. The eye-catching blend of imitation slate tiles includes dark gray, light brown, dark purple, green stone and dark stone colors.

"We saw many samples of colors available from DaVinci," says Lisewsky. "With our stone texture there was no doubt that the Aberdeen blend was the best look for what we were trying to achieve. When the sun hits the church at the right time, with the colors of the garden and all the colors of the Aberdeen roofing, it looks just wonderful."

According to Lisewsky, there has been nothing but praise for the synthetic slate roofing selection. Both congregation members and local residents have complimented the new roof.

"This went from a sad situation of our copper roof being declared a total loss by the insurance company to an exciting change for our church," says Lisewsky. "The JFA team was great to work with. They kept us informed every step of the way. From start to finish, we're pleased with this project, the product and the people involved in helping us acquire this new roof."

Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead can provide you with more simulated shake roofing and synthetic slate roof tile information!


Building Up at Biltmore Estate

Visitors to the expansive Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina will soon have a new location close to the historic home where they can spend the night.

Fake Cedar ShakeThe Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, the second lodging property on the estate, is now under construction and scheduled to open in December of this year. With 209 guestrooms and many amenities, the 130,000 square foot hotel is located within the estate's popular Antler Hill Village and adjacent to the estate winery.

The design of the hotel complements other buildings on the property nestled in the western North Carolina mountains. While those structures have aging cedar shakes on their roofs, the new hotel will be covered in simulated shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

The hotel's design team selected the Bellaforté Shake in a unique custom blend of three colors to top the sprawling four-story hotel.

The durable and low maintenance composite shake roofing has a natural hand-split cedar shake look with slanted sawn edges and staggered lengths. At a one-inch average tile thickness, Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles are reminiscent of jumbo cedar shakes on other structures on the Biltmore property.

An extra bonus for the developers of this project is that DaVinci polymer shake tiles have achieved a Class A Fire Rating and also resist impact resistance, moisture and algae growth. And, these eye-catching tiles add dimension to the designer roof that complements other buildings in the Antler Hill Village complex.

You don't have to live on an estate to have designer shake roofing tiles! See Shaking Up Your Roof with Unlimited Possibilities and 2015: Are There Polymer Shakes in Your Future?


Composite Roofing Resists Mold

Ick. MOLD. That four-letter word can cause any homeowner to tremble.

Since September is Mold Awareness Month, our team at DaVinci Roofscapes wants to calm your moldy fears and offer some information and ways to eliminate your designer roof ever being associated with the word "ick."

Designer RoofOverall, mold likes to grow where it's damp. That's why you will see it accumulate on bathroom walls and showers, in not-so-recently opened jars of food that are left too long in the refrigerator, and in closed-in attic spaces.

The best way to prevent the "dreaded mold" is with proper ventilation. So, put on the ceiling fan when taking a shower, tightly seal opened food containers, and add ventilating louvers to your attic.

You should also make sure to add a continuous ridge vent at the top of your roof ---- especially in steep slope roofing situations. And, to prevent mold from growing on your designer roof, make sure to research the roofing material you select for your home.

Simulated slate roofing and composite shake tiles from DaVinci resist mold, algae and fungus growth. That's important because natural cedar shake shingles can be a smorgasbord for mold and algae. (See Simulated Shake Roofing Without the Hassles of Real Cedar Roofing)

At DaVinci, we manufacture our tiles to resist these elements of nature --- plus insects, decay and rot. Thanks to our proprietary manufacturing techniques and our lifetime warranty on DaVinci plastic roofing materials, you'll never be saying "ick" when looking at your beautiful roof --- instead the word coming out will be "ahhhhhh."