DaVinci Synthetic Shake Roof Specified for New Hotel on Biltmore Estate - Part I

Nestled on 8,000 acres of pristine land in the mountains of western North Carolina, Biltmore welcomes more than a million visitors each year. Facing increased demand for additional on-site lodging, the new Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate was opened in late 2015.

The task of designing the four-story, 130,000 square foot hotel to assure it fit comfortably within the Antler Hill Village and Winery area of the estate fell to PGAV Destinations. "Antler Hill Village was intended to look like a series of buildings that belonged together but maintain an individual identity through the use of different roofing materials and trim treatments," says Emily Pelcak, director of practice and innovation for PGAV Destinations. "With the Village Hotel we wanted to continue that story. We specified DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic shake roofing to complement the general aesthetics of the area but also to create a distinctive personality for the hotel."

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"Photo courtesy of The Biltmore Company" 

The sprawling 209-room hotel is tucked next to restaurants, shops and a winery that all have real or simulated shake roofing. Each of the structures has a natural, rustic feeling, inspired by the eclectic mix of cottages and farm homes original to the estate that opened in 1895 belonging to George Vanderbilt.

"The look of the DaVinci shake roofing is convincing as a shake shingle, which is a traditional building material in western North Carolina," says Pelcak. "Their ability to create unique blends so the hotel could have subtle color shifts across the building roof was a key reason the DaVinci shake roofing was specified."

To ensure a distinctive look to the roof, Pelcak and her team worked with DaVinci to gain samples of multiple color blends of Bellaforté Shake tiles. The final decision was to create and install three unique color blends with the predominant colors including a range of Tahoe colors (Light, Medium Light, Medium and Dark), plus Dark Chesapeake.

"The color selection was an arduous process since we wanted a subtle variation across the roof to blend with the adjacent existing structures and complement the main exterior facade treatment," says Pelcak. "We're proud of this project and pleased that The Biltmore Company is happy with the look and performance of the DaVinci product. Based on their feedback, we may specify these tiles again on future projects throughout the estate."

 

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Montana Builder Selects Bellaforté Shake for Parade of Homes Entry

Synthetic ShakeBuilder Cory Taylor, owner of CT Construction, Inc. out of Manhattan Montana, is known for the way in which he balances the many aspects of his home design to achieve a masterpiece. Included in his many accomplishments is the 6,000-square-foot home that he featured in the 2016 Parade of Homes, sponsored by Southwest Montana Building Industry Association. The expansive rustic-style home in Bozeman features hand-hewn log accents, natural stone fireplaces, and remarkable finishes. 

Taylor’s team is very meticulous in the way they choose the products that make up their finished project.  When it came to topping off this specific home, he said, “we selected Bellaforté Shake by DaVinci Roofscapes, in particular because they mimic the weathered cedar shake which complements the rustic style we were after on this home. These synthetic shake tiles have a great look to them.”

According to Taylor, he plans on using DaVinci composite roofing in the future on other homes in his area. "While this type of roof can cost a bit more than other roofs, it’s definitely worth it," says Taylor. "The cedar-shake look coupled with the low maintenance aspects and lifetime limited warranty will be very appealing to homebuyers in our area.”

Thanks to the CT Construction team, the homeowners now have a remarkable home with a DaVinci roof overhead to top it off with style and an unfaltering product.

Want to know what other builders think of our cedar shake roofing and imitation slate shingles? Then read Architect and Builder Team Up on Simulated Slate Roofing Project and Roofer Recommends DaVinci Polymer Roofs for High-End Homes.

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Ask a Homeowner

If you're starting to research new roof options and you've found this blog site, then you know that we have many testimonials and insights from roofers and contractors. You may have even read some of our stories related to residential projects.  Now we invite you to "ask a homeowner" how they feel about our polymer roofing materials.

From our years of experience answering calls in customer service and dealing with questions from homeowners, we have a pretty good idea what questions you'd like to ask.  So, here are some top questions, with answers supplied by homeowners who have chosen to use our simulated slate or synthetic shake roofing materials.

 

synthetic slate roofQ: How did you discover DaVinci polymer roofing products?

A: We did what most homeowners do when searching for product options --- we turned to the Internet. After searching for faux slate shingles, we found that many companies produced these products, but our research showed that most of them warp over time. We discovered that only the slate tiles produced by DaVinci Roofscapes are uniquely designed to resist warping, fading, curling and cracking. And, these polymer tiles are fire and impact resistant, so we never have to worry about how our intense Texas heat or hail storms will affect them.

          - Kathy Telecky, Dallas, Texas

 

 

 

Q: DaVinci products cost more than asphalt shingles. What made you invest in composite roofing?

A: The more I learned about the synthetic DaVinci roofing tiles, the more I liked them. As with most people, I had a budget. The cost of a synthetic slate roof from DaVinci was much more affordable than using real slate. The product perfectly complements the stone, brick and stucco features of our home. As an added benefit, the product comes with a lifetime limited warranty warranty. Even if the costs were equal, I’d still choose this DaVinci product because of all the inherent benefits of synthetic roofing tiles.

          - John Mastronardo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

slate alternativeQ: There are so many colors to choose from. How did you decide?

A: We wanted a roof with some interest to it, not just one tedious color. The subtleness of the colors we selected (including Slate Black and Slate Gray with highlight colors mixed in of Light Green and Dark Green) blended well together. We liked the blend of the roof colors so much that they inspired us to select exterior siding and accent colors to complement it.

          - Dr. Mike Boone, Cayucos, California

 

 

 

Q: How was the DaVinci team to work with?

A: The product testing and manufacturing processes were very impressive at DaVinci. Their customer service was also outstanding and we developed a great confidence in the team.

          - Ray Knoff, Des Moines, Iowa

 

 

 

Q: We have an older roof that we're trying to replace and add more color. How did DaVinci help you in a similar situation?

A: We did an extensive amount of research on roofing materials and searched for a realistic and durable slate product. The result is a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate roof that we love. We brightened up the home’s exterior --- which previously had a black roof --- by selecting the Vineyard blend of eight different colors --- dark and medium tan, light and medium gray, light and dark violet, dark stone and dark amber. This color combination fits the era of the home and complements our cobblestone driveway and sidewalk, the stone exterior of the house and our copper gutters and snow guards.

          - Nancy Dye, Roanoke, Virginia

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Natural Shake Vs. DaVinci Shake

Call it "The Roofing Struggle." When homeowners are set on the look of real cedar shakes, but common sense pulls them back to reality. Why? Because while beautiful, a real cedar shake roof requires an extreme amount of upkeep. Plus, over time true cedar shakes can split, curl and attract insects or algae growth.

Now flip the coin. The other side of the story is that homeowners can gain all the charm of shake by investing in synthetic shake shingles. Made of virgin polymers with built-in UV inhibitors to ensure long-lasting color, polymer shakes perform better than real wood and require no ongoing maintenance.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we're making it easy for you to compare real cedar versus synthetic shake roofing. The video displayed HERE, which features Allen Lyle of Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, provides a comprehensive comparison between our composite shake products and real shake. Take a minute to watch the video to learn more about alternative shake roofing!

And, for more details on shake roofing, see Simulated Shake Roofing Without the Hassles of Real Cedar Roofing and Real Cedar Shingles ... Worth the Hassles?

 

 

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Mansard Roofing at Donges Bay Elementary School

When Roofing Consultants, Ltd. was brought in to make recommendations on improving the building envelope of Donges Bay Elementary School, one of their first thoughts was the roofing. The school, which houses 460 students, needed the replacement of both flat and mansard roofing.

"The mansard application was old cedar shakes, many of which were well past their prime," says Eric Raatz, senior consultant with Roofing Consultants, Ltd. "Some of the cedar shakes were starting to curl. Water had run down this siding-type application for years, so there was also organic growth on the shakes. Overall, it was clear that improvements were needed."

For the very visible mansard tile shake application at the Mequon, Wisc. school, the team at Roofing Consultants, Ltd. decided to specify multi-width composite shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"We felt that a synthetic shake would last longer than natural shake and have some advantages for this application," says Raatz. "Our team compared several types of synthetic shake tiles and the DaVinci product was remarkable.

"We were especially impressed by the fire rating of the product and the algae resistance. We took a torch gun to several products and the DaVinci tiles held up incredibly well. Add to that the authentic look of the simulated cedar shakes was great and the 50-year warranty was appealing for everyone involved."

With five locations throughout the Midwest, Roofing Consultants, Ltd. offers engineering, architectural and building envelope specialists to support commercial projects. The licensed engineering firm includes many staff members who have earned credentials through RCI Inc., the Roofing, Waterproofing and Building Envelope Institute.

Raatz and his team specified EPDM (ethylene propylene dienete polymer) for the flat section of the roof for its durability. The synthetic rubber roofing membrane, which is unseen from the ground, served the needs of the project. For the more visible aspects of the school's mansard roof, white sheet metal trim was added to accent the rich deep color of the DaVinci Tahoe Blend shake tiles.

"The finished product is tremendous," says Raatz. "The look is great and we enhanced the durability of these synthetic shakes by going a step 'above and beyond' by recommending that ring shank stainless steel nails were used. This roofing application will last for decades!"

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50+ DaVinci Shake Roofs and Counting

 

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Family means everything to Chris and Terry Neemann. So, when their sons decided to join the family roofing business the couple was proud to rename their company from Neemann Roofing to Neemann & Sons, Inc.

"We're a family-owned business that appreciates living and working in the Lincoln, Nebraska area," says Chris Neemann. "Our sons --- Travis, Trevor and Trent --- all work alongside us to provide excellent customer service."

That focus on customer service has led the Neemann family to installing more than 50 DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofs in the past eight years.

"Typically we're doing replacement wood shingle roofs that are failing due to old age or storm damage," says Neemann. "We've been very pleased with the DaVinci simulated shake shingles. Our customers love both the appearance of the Single-Width Shake tiles and the long-term warranty that comes with them."

Of the DaVinci re-roofing jobs the Neemanns have completed, a few stand out. "We worked with the DaVinci team to create a custom five-color blend of tiles that turned out beautifully for one home," says Neemann. "On another project, the team worked with us to create a Multi-Width Shake blend that perfectly matched the house. In one community alone we've done at least half a dozen reroofing projects with this durable material. Hail is definitely a problem in our area --- but once a roof has been replaced with the DaVinci product we know the problem has been eliminated."

According to Neemann, the consistent quality of the composite shake tiles from DaVinci isn't the only thing that has impressed her family. "We've had great customer service over the years that supports our projects and has helped build our business," says Neemann. "We're going to continue recommending DaVinci to our customers because we believe in the product and we've repeatedly seen that it makes a positive addition to homes."

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The Neemann family aren't the only roofers to endorse shake roofing shingles from DaVinci. For more roofer insights, visit DaVinci Roofscapes Shake Up Log Cabins and Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos.

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Heber Valley: A Hot Spot for DaVinci Roofing

What's going on in Heber Valley, Utah?

During the past several years we've witnessed a constant increase in DaVinci polymer roofing being specified and installed in this beautiful area of the country.

Where can you find synthetic shake and simulated slate roofing in Heber Valley? Everywhere.

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Designer Kevin Price has specified our polymer shake roofing tiles on many of the homes in the Red Ledges community and is still going strong with DaVinci roofing products. (See Designer Shakes Up Utah Roofs) "Since the roof in this desert setting takes the most abuse from the sun and weather, it needs to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing," says Price, president of Kevin Price Designs. "Both the Multi-Width Shake and Bellaforté Shake lightweight roofing materials we've been using capture both desires perfectly."

On Top Roofing has also seen an increase in usage of DaVinci polymer slate roofing materials. The company has installed our products on many high-end multi-family homes in the area. The new construction projects are starting off right ... with Multi-Width Slate roofs in the Slate Gray color blend.

Head to the downtown Heber Valley Visitor Center and you'll also find a DaVinci tile roofing --- right on their building! (See Heber Valley Visitor Center)

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

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

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Meet Michael Cobb

At DaVinci Roofscapes we're offering a warm welcome to Michael Cobb, our new Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Michael, who has more than 26 years of building industry experience, will lead the company's sales force, customer service team and marketing efforts. Most recently with Nichiha, USA, Inc. in roles involving sales, marketing and logistics. Michael has additional industry experience with Louisiana-Pacific, Nailite International, James Hardie Building Products and Velux-America.

In his new leadership role at DaVinci Roofscapes, Michael will build on all his previous experiences to allow him to manage the sales and marketing for our polymer roofing company. (look what's ahead this year for us at  DaVinci Roofscapes Predicts Demand to Increase in 2017 for Synthetic Roofing)

"We're excited to bring Michael's industry expertise and insights to our team at DaVinci,"  says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. "In particular, his sales leadership will support the sustained growth we've seen during the past decade for our simulated shake and imitation slate roofing products. With demand continually increasing for synthetic roofing products, we know Michael can lead us into new markets and support our enhanced sales efforts."

Michael and his family are based in Atlanta, where he enjoys boating, golfing and reading. He'll be making the commute to DaVinci headquarters in Kansas on a regular basis to focus on the growth of DaVinci and meeting the needs of our valued customers. 

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Think About Luxury Homes with DaVinci Roofs

Dream a bit. Think about the "McMansions" you've seen over the years, or the retreat compounds that make you envious. Now, think about the roofs over those luxury homes ... and think DaVinci Roofscapes.

Our company has been fortunate to provide polymer slate and shake roofing for town homes to cabins to villas to getaways. Our versatile imitation slate and composite shake roofing products complement all styles of homes, including these luxurious properties:

- French Manor Estate in Camden County, New Jersey ... featuring 16,500-square-feet, the Alton Manor boasts six bedrooms, an in-law suite and a three-story pool house connected through a tunnel to a dedicated Man Cave. The 5,000-square foot entertainment area includes a 42-stool bar, dance floor, professional DJ equipment, gaming area and a 12-seat movie theater. Topping it all is a Bellaforté Slate roof!

- Red Ledges private home in Park City, Utah ... with relaxing waterfalls, fire pits and spacious spaces. Designed with minimal maintenance demands and topped with a DaVinci simulated shake roof. (See Designer Shakes Up Utah Roofs)

- Luxury home in Traverse City, Michigan ... expansive and homey, yet luxurious with lake views and lots of room for family and friends. This home was re-roofed with DaVinci polymer slate tiles and within a few months withstood a freak storm with hail up to four inches in size and 100 mph winds. The roof survived without any problems.

- Historic home in Roanoke, Virginia ... this mountaintop home sits just below the famous illuminated Mill Mountain Star, and has sweeping views of downtown Roanoke. Built in 1929 the homeowners decided to replace a dark, black slate roof with DaVinci Multi-Width Slate in the Vineyard blend of eight different colors to complement the home, the cobblestone driveway and sidewalk. (See Colorful Slate Roof the "Second Star" on Mill Mountain)

For more details on simulated shake roofing or synthetic slate roof tile on luxury homes, see Pass the Popcorn ... and the Roofing Tile Possibilities.

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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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Fire Prevention Week Starts Today

 

While folklore has it that Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern that started the tragic Chicago fire of 1871, it was never proven that the cow was at fault. However, the October 9 fire was indeed the key reason that this is national Fire Prevention Week.

Since 1922 Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the week in which October 9 falls, as a way to remember the importance of fire safety.

Actually, not a great deal has changed in the basic construction of barns, buildings and other structures since Mrs. O'Leary's day. Most are still made out of wood, which of course, is very flammable. What has changed are the options people have for topping off their homes.

At DaVinci Roofscapes we're proud that our impact-resistant polymer shake and slate roofing tiles can all help a roofing system achieve a Class A fire rating when installed with the proper underlayment. This means that fire won't spread on a roof if a flame touches it ... and it makes the roof system more resistant to burning (see it for yourself by clicking HERE).

These days it's not a potential cow kicking over a lantern that homeowners have to worry about. It's Mother Nature.

Severe wildfires across our dry country have destroyed many homes during the past several years. High winds that fuel the fires also carry flames toward structures. That's where having a fire-resistant roof can help. While certainly any structure --- including its roof --- will burn when fully engulfed in a fire, it's comforting to know that wind-carried flames from a wildfire simply won't "catch hold" and cause a building to ignite.

At DaVinci, we think that keeping families safer with fire-resistant roofing is not just a great idea ... it's something to moo about!

For more on the 2016 campaign "Don't Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years" sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association, click HERE. Also, learn more about simulated shake roofing at It's Fire Prevention Week - How Important Is a Strong Fire Rating for a Roof? and Roof Check Recommended During Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013

 

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Hot Dipped Galvanized Nails Now Available From DaVinci Roofscapes

Want to nail your next DaVinci roofing project? Then opt for hot dipped galvanized (HDG) nails.

Made to last longer than electro galvanized (EG) nails thanks to a thicker zinc outer layer, HDG nails are submerged in molten zinc to get an even covering. Because the thick, smooth zinc coating on HDG nails is an advancement over EG nails, they're even less likely to rust over time. That's important because the DaVinci roof you install will last for decades ... and you want the nails to last that long too!

An added benefit is that HDG nails generally achieve higher ratings on salt spray tests and are especially good for use where environmental conditions can be challenging --- like high humidity or salt air locations.

DaVinci Roofscapes now makes it easy for you to purchase HDG nails when placing your order for our synthetic shake and simulated slate roofing products. We've started stocking HDG nails and can sell them to you with your order. We've even got HDG nails available in coils for gun nailing!

Need to know how many nails to request for your DaVinci composite roofing project? Click HERE to see our fast nail chart that tells you how many nails per roofing square to order by product type. We make it simple by breaking down products and exposure, and then telling you how many nails to ask for per square.

For more tips on nails and polymer roofing, see Nailed It!
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There's a Fungus Among Us

As children, we used to laugh when someone would say "there's a fungus among us" ... a cute play on words. However, there's nothing funny about fungus or mold ... especially when it's growing on your roof.

MoldWith September being Mold Awareness Month, it's a good time to remind you that attics need ventilation to help stop the growth of mold. Damp areas of the home, like crawl spaces, attics and bathrooms, are some of the most likely places for mold to grow.

These areas of the home need extra attention. A basement or crawl space may need a dehumidifier. The bathroom needs fans turned on when showers are being taken. And, the attic needs air to flow through vents (see Roofing 101 for Homeowners),

Because many of us live in damp areas --- or even get lots of fog in the morning hours --- it's also important to select a roofing material that resists the growth of mold, fungus and algae. Synthetic roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes is the answer. (see Composite Roofing Resists Mold)

Made of durable polymer, DaVinci simulated slate and composite shake tiles actually resist the growth of mold, algae and fungus. And, they also resist insects, rot, decay, fire spread and even impact.

Our number one tip for you this month is to check out the damp areas of your home and take steps to eliminate moisture and mold. Our second tip is that, when it's time to add a new roof to your home, invest in composite roofing that takes away your moldy headaches and makes life easier for you.

 

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National Safe at Home Week

We're right in the middle of National Safe at Home Week --- a time designated for homeowners to evaluate their homes and make positive changes.

According to the National Safety Council Mission, preventable injuries are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Many of those injuries happen in the home with falls, fire and burns, poisoning and window safety issues.

While looking inside the home is critical, homeowners should also take time to evaluate their home exterior. Wobbly porch steps, loose shutters and rotting deck boards are all accidents waiting to happen.

After you've fixed those potential safety problems, look up at your roof. Make sure you don't have loose or broken shingles waiting to fall off. If you haven't had a full roof evaluation in a few years, now is a good time to call in a professional roofer. (See DaVinci Advice: Call the Pros)

Just like other products on your house, roofs have a limited lifespan. If your roofer suggests that it's time to replace your roof, consider investing in simulated shake roofing or manufactured slate. Lightweight roofing materials from DaVinci Roofscapes help assure your home's safety for many years to come.

Impact- and fire-resistant, DaVinci's best-in-class composite roofing can help protect your home and family. And, our lifetime limited warranty adds peace-of-mind.

During National Safe at Home Week, think twice about adding synthetic roofing material to your home. It's a decision that can help keep you and your family safe for many years to come.

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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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Flying Garbage Cans? No Problem with a DaVinci Roof

Is there any chance we'll meet Tomas, Virginie and Walter this year? Those are the last three storm names that would be used for the 2016 Hurricane Season, which ends November 30.

Even though it's unlikely all the names on the hurricane list will be used this year, there is a very good chance that high winds and severe weather will continue to impact many areas of the United States. That's why high-wind resistant DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofing shingles are a good choice for homes all across the country.

Sustainable RoofCan you imagine the conditions your roof goes through at winds of 30, 50 or even 90 mph? A reporter with the Associated Press wanted to experience these conditions for himself, so he went to a wind tunnel laboratory at the University of Maryland. After getting harnessed in, he had the team crank up the winds ... all the way up to 100 mph.

Click HERE to see the video of how the winds impacted his body. Clearly, if he wasn't anchored and harnessed in, he would have been blown away. Now think about your roof.

During severe weather --- not even hurricane conditions --- high winds can rip some roofing tiles right off the roof. And, flying debris during a storm can deeply damage some roofs. Not DaVinci polymer roofing.

Our roofs are manufactured and tested to stand firm in extreme weather conditions. (see DaVinci Roof Tiles: Engineered to Withstand Hurricane Force Winds) DaVinci roofs meet the ASTME D3161 test for withstanding 110 mph sustained winds. Our simulated shake roofing and composite slate roof tiles also have a Class 4 impact rating (UL 2218 Impact test) ... so if a tree limb falls on your DaVinci roof or a flying garbage can hits it, you don't have to worry about broken tiles.

Learn more about how DaVinci synthetic roofing materials can help keep your property safe at Worried? Sleep Easier with a DaVinci Roof Overhead

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Featured Project - Aspen, CO

Back when we first came out with our Class A Fire Rated shake, we knew we had to develop color blends so that each region of the country would have a color option that looked like what they were used to. Due to the climate, natural cedar shakes in mountainous areas age to be a different color than shakes in other parts of the country. From this research, the Mountain Blend was born. In Multi-Width Shake the Mountain Blend consists of three colors - Light Mountain, Medium Mountain, and Dark Mountain and looks just like natural cedar shake in places like Aspen. 

Umbrella Roofing installed this project, in the Mountain Blend, in Aspen earlier this year. What does Trevor Cannon, owner of Umbrella Roofing have to say about DaVinci's impact rated shake tiles? "In our geographic market people are moving away from real cedar shake shingles due to their deterioration and susceptibility to fire. Anytime we have a new customer looking for a simulated shake roofing product we discuss the cost, insurance, appearance and maintenance saving aspects of the DaVinci cedar shake alternative product. These are features that immediately win over the client."

Thank you for sharing this project with us, Umbrella Roofing! 

Umbrella Roofing
970-704-9130
www.umbrella-roofing.com 

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Tip of the Day: NO Red Chalk

If you're a roofer installing DaVinci synthetic shake or simulated slate roofing, here's our "tip of the day" for you: Do NOT use red chalk when snapping chalk lines.

Polymer SlateMade of iron oxide, red chalk will not come off composite roofing tiles. Check the packaging for your chalk products. No matter what color you select, if it says "permanent chalk" on the label, believe it.

At DaVinci Roofscapes we've heard stories over the years from installers who used red chalk when snapping lines. The headaches this causes are unbelievable. Even if you power wash the tiles, that red chalk does not come off.

For a hassle-free installation, look for and use a chalk that is not permanent. Usually blue chalk is a better choice. And, when doing a staggered installation, consider adding your snap lines directly to the underlayment. Then lay the tips of the tiles to match up with the underlayment. When you don't mark the tiles directly, you don't end up with headaches on the job site.

Need more advice in installing sustainable roofing from DaVinci? Check out Five Top DaVinci Install Tips and  DaVinci Installation – Things To Keep In Mind. 

 

 

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DaVinci Composite Roofing Sparks Confidence in Roofers

Have a toothache? You go to a trusted dentist. Need your car worked on? You head to a trusted mechanic. Ready for a roof replacement? Then call an expert roofer.

When it's time to invest in a new roof, ask the roofers you interview what synthetic roofing material they recommend. We're betting you'll hear these words: DaVinci Roofscapes.

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Once a roofer works with our lightweight roofing materials, they're hooked. The ease of installation married with the strong warranty behind our simulated shake roofing and synthetic slate roof shingles makes a big impression on professional roofers.

Here are some comments from roofers you should take into consideration when searching for your new roof:

"Delta Exteriors has total confidence in the DaVinci Roofscapes product. From our experiences we've learned that DaVinci is a first-class company and they've taken the measures to assure their composite roofing product will stand the test of time. To their credit, DaVinci did not rush in to the market hoping to make a quick buck. Instead, they invested the time and energy into creating a reliable product that differentiates itself from other competitive synthetic roofing products in the marketplace."

Rob Orf
Owner
Delta Exteriors

 

"Purchasing DaVinci's composite roofing over natural slate roof tiles or cedar shake roofing is a no brainer. The look and durability of these imitation slate and synthetic shake shingles is simply incredible. Plus, we save time and money on the jobsite for the homeowner by installing these sustainable roofing tiles."

Mike Heiland
President
Heiland Roofing and Exteriors

 

"Half of the roofs I install these days are polymer shake or slate products. Once someone sees this product installed, they love it and want it on their own home. The roof has a good profile and dimension to it, the color blends are terrific and the advantage of knowing you have a roof backed by a limited lifetime warranty is extremely impressive."

Stacy Stines
Owner
Stacy Stines Roofing

 

 

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DaVinci Roofing Selected By Maroon Creek Townhome Association

Roofer Dave Spence spends a lot of time up on roofs ... and much of that time he and his team are installing DaVinci Roofscapes sustainable roofing.

Spence, who works for Umbrella Roofing out of Basalt, Colorado, and his crew have just finished up adding DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roofing to 15 town-homes in Aspen. The Maroon Creek Town-home Association decided to replace their worn out real cedar roof shingles in favor of more reliable DaVinci composite shake roofing.

Class A Fire Rating

 

"The original cedar roofing was about 15 years old and had started to dry out, split and cup," says Spence, general manager at Umbrella Roofing. "The homeowners association wanted a more dependable product that would last longer and resist impact, so we recommended DaVinci composite shake roofing.

"A key selling point for this shake alternative roof in our area is its Class A Fire Rating. Wildfires are always a concern here and the DaVinci roofing products bring peace-of-mind to homeowners."

The Autumn blend of synthetic cedar shake the Umbrella Roofing team installed on the town-homes in Aspen complement the exteriors of the large town-homes. "This is a beautiful development that was both fun and challenging for the roof installation," says Spence. "We had to go into the structural end of the roofing trusses to build up blocking so we could do an extensive snow retention system on top of the DaVinci tiles. Due to the amount of snow we get in this area, the units needed both snow fences and snow stops added."

The challenges of high roofs and complicated roofing didn't faze the Umbrella Roofing team.

"We install about 25 to 30 DaVinci roofs each year on single family homes and associations," says Spence. "This is a simulated shake roofing product everyone in our market appreciates for its beauty, authenticity, durability, and especially for its resistancy to fire and impact."

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**Snow guards should be considered in all geographic areas where accumulating snow fall is possible.**

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