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.

Polymer Roof Tiles

 

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."

For more insights on Umbrella Roofing projects, click HERE.

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

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Homeowners Build Country Living Magazine Potting Shed

Skake AlternativeFor Jeanne and Dave Schwab, inspiration for an outdoor shed came from the cover of an old issue of Country Living magazine.

"When we saw this potting shed on the magazine cover in 2002, we knew the style matched our home perfectly," says Dave Schwab. "We purchased the plans from the magazine and constructed it in 2004 to hold our snow blower, bicycles, lawn mower and gardening tools."

This year the real shake shingles needed replacing, so they turned to DaVinci Roofscapes.

"It was very exciting to complete this DIY project a decade ago," says Jeanne Schwab. "We wired it with electricity, and added insulation and pine tongue and groove. For the floor we put in a black and white checkered vinyl. Now, up on the roof we've replaced the shake and added DaVinci simulated shake roofing that matches our home. We even used it on top of the cupola!"

The Schwabs had their home re-roofed in 2015 with DaVinci Multi-Width Shake tiles in the Mountain color blend. When it came time to re-roof the potting shed, they wanted to extend their roofing selection so the two structures would have a similar look.

"The appearance of the DaVinci product sold us right off," says Dave Schwab. "Our home style looked really good with shake, but we didn't want to go with real cedar shake roofing again due to the maintenance concerns. The DaVinci synthetic shake was the perfect solution.

"Now we have two structures on our property with unified looks. Having the potting shed completed gives us a great deal of satisfaction... and we're sure the new DaVinci roof will serve us well for many years to come."

 

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Shopping List for Your Roof

You head to the grocery store with a written list of food items to purchase, so why can't you do that when it comes to buying a designer roof? You can!

DaVinci Roofscapes has created a roofing checklist for you that makes it easy to see the benefits of composite roofing products when compared to any other products. Here's your checklist:

Polymer Roof Tiles- Weight: Ranging from 182 to 356 pounds per square (depending on the product and the exposure) polymer roofing weighs about the same as asphalt shingles. However, it's significantly less in weight that quarried slate (which can weigh 2,000 pounds per square!).

- Thickness: Thanks to a ribbed structure on the underside, synthetic shake and imitation slate tiles from DaVinci appear to be as thick as natural materials, but they aren't as heavy in most cases.

- Colors: With DaVinci composite roofing, you can choose from 50 standard color options, or have a custom color created. You can also select from an existing blend of several colors, or custom create your own blend. Bundles are color-coordinated at the factory, saving roofers time at the job site and ensuring a random variation of colors across the roof.

- Warranty: At DaVinci, we stand behind our products for a lifetime ... that's why we offer a transferable lifetime limited warranty on our simulated shake roofing and composite slate roofing materials.

- Fire Resistance: Based on actual fire tests, DaVinci tiles have earned a Class A rating, which is the highest resistance to flame spread and makes our products suitable even for wildland-urban interface zones.

Fake Cedar Shake- Wind Rating: Our durable Eco-friendly roof materials can withstand winds of up to 110mph.

- Impact Resistance: Here's where DaVinci products really shine with a Class 4 impact rating. Both our sturdy shake alternative and imitation slate roof products can withstand hail, failing tree limbs and even workers walking on your roof!

- Pests and Growth: Nonporous polymer tiles discourage algae, moss, lichen and fungi, and will not harbor wood-eating insects.

- Recycled Content: None. DaVinci uses virgin polymers to ensure optimum performance and longevity. Only the starter course tiles (which are not generally seen) include recycled content. And yes, at the end of their life, all of our polymer tiles are 100% recyclable.

- Insurance Discounts: Because of synthetic slate and shake's resistance to impact and fire spread, many insurance companies offer discounts on homeowners insurance to those people with our sustainable roofing.

Shopping list complete! For more details on polymer roof tiles, see  Multi-Width DaVinci Shake Tiles - Providing a "Premium Shake" Look to Your Home and DaVinci Slate Roofing Rivals Natural Slate.

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Snow Guards: An Important Decision for Your Synthetic Roof

It's 75 degrees outside and your new DaVinci Roofscapes designer roof will be installed by the end of the month. Congratulations!

Your roofer has just one more question: do you want snow guards?

SnowguardsDon't let the warm weather sway your decision. When it's 25 degrees outside next January with snow falling fast, you want your composite roofing to have snow guards. Why? Because snow guards can help stop the "movement" of a snow avalanche from coming off your roof all at one time. They help break up the melting snows so they come off in smaller amounts.

Snow guards don't have to be intrusive on your roof. Companies like Rocky Mountain Snow Guards specialize in offering a variety of options that look good and work effectively with synthetic roofing material. And, they can powder coat the snow guards to match the color of your DaVinci roof!

What kind of costs are we talking about? Lars Walburg, President of Rocky Mountain Snow Guards, offers this insight: "Painted aluminum and steel snow guards generally cost between $5 and $6 each, while copper snow guards cost between $8 and $10 each. Then, the roofer will charge for installing the snow guards. Depending on the roofer, they may charge between $3 to $6 each for installation."

Your roofer can work with experts like Walburg to determine exactly where the snow guards should be placed on your roof, in what type of pattern and how many are needed. The pitch of your roof is important when deciding where snow guards will be placed (see Ask the Experts: Snow Guards). Another placement consideration is to plan on having snow guards located over key walkways, entry areas of the home and landscaping elements.

Click HERE to learn more about snow guards offered by Rocky Mountain Snow Guards that are designed especially for simulated shake roofing and imitation slate shingles. And, to learn more about snow guards overall, see Q & A Guide to Snow Guards.

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

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Museum on the Move

What traveled at 11 mph for 5 hours in order to cover the distance of 9 miles? The Johnson County All Electric House!

Originally built in the 1950s, the All Electric House was carefully (and slowly!) moved in May to its new home inside the county's Arts & Heritage Center. The All Electric House is being refurbished and will reopen to the public in 2017. When it does, it will feature Bellaforté Shake shingles on top in an Autumn-VariBlend color.

"We're excited to support this local project by donating our top-quality simulated shake roofing tiles to this project," says Mark Hansen, vice president of sales and marketing for DaVinci Roofscapes. "This project is in the same county as our manufacturing operations in Lenexa, Kansas, so it's got special meaning for us."

Since opening in 1998, more than 55,000 people have toured the House. At the new location, the All-Electric House will be protected from the elements since it will be featured inside the massive Arts & Heritage Center as a cornerstone of the new signature exhibition, Becoming Johnson County.

Stay tuned for more news on the "Museum on the Move" --- including the installation of the composite shakes. The move itself (which involved 50 officers from six jurisdictions!) - stay tuned for updates! Or, learn more about roofing systems for other museums at Museum Rooftops

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Shaking Up the Look of Your Roof

You've definitely decided to invest in composite shake roofing. Congratulations ... but you're not quite done making decisions.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we offer both single- and multi-width simulated shake roofing products. They're both terrific roofing options, but depending on how they're installed and the product you select, you can get completely different looks on your roof.

Here's a quick guide to help you make the decision that's perfect for your home!

  • Multiple-Width --- a very popular, realistic look, this installation requires your roofer to take extra care to offset the between-tile gaps from one course to the next.
  • Single-Width --- every synthetic shake tile is the same size, and your roofer can stagger each course to give you a textured look to the roof.
  • Straight Course --- row after row of composite shake tiles are installed on the roof, with no overlapping, to give a very uniform look.
  • Staggered Course --- a ragged, saw-tooth pattern on each course gives this roof a rustic appearance.
 
Synthetic Shake
 

When it comes to options for shake alternative products, DaVinci has you covered. Here are the realistic-looking cedar shake alternative tiles we offer: 

> DaVinci Multi-Width Shake: Reminiscent of natural cedar shake roofing with a deep-grained surface reflecting natural cedar roofing. 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: Forget the worries of fire, wind and rain with No Sissy Shakes our durable eco friendly roof made of composite shake. These 9" shake alternative tiles resemble hand-split cedar shake roofing. The 5/8" profile deepens shadow lines replicate real cedar roofing.

> Bellaforté Shake: Designed with a snap-fit tile that creates a built-in rain gutter, Bellaforté simulated shake roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab that secures every tile to drastically improve wind performance. 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: If you're looking for a more refined cedar look, then Fancy Shake synthetic shakes are for you. 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.

While you consider Class A Fire Rated cedar roofing options from DaVinci, check out this story: No Sissy Shakes

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Take Time to Select Composite Roofing Colors

Petite paint chip cards. Tiny fabric swatches. Key-ring sized roofing pieces. How is anyone supposed to make a purchasing decision based on small samples?

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we encourage homeowners to request roofing tiles in the colors you're considering in order to make a smart, educated decision on the roof color that works best for your home. Since you're going to have this durable, impact-resistant polymer roofing for decades to come, make sure to select a color combination that truly accents your home.

Polymer Roof Tiles"We happily send out full-sized samples of either synthetic shake or simulate slate roofing tiles so that homeowners can truly see how different colors look with their home setting," says Megan Stone, marketing program manager with DaVinci Roofscapes. "Nothing compares to standing outside your home and holding the actual tiles up against your siding to see which color works best for your home exterior.

"It's not just about having a good sized sample. It's about seeing what the sample looks like against your home or on your roof at different times of the day, when light hits it differently. Next, homeowners should look at the tiles from every angle of the house. A color that looks great from the southern side of the home may not look as appealing when viewed from the east or west.

"My biggest piece of advice is to not rush a polymer roofing color choice. Your designer roof is an investment that will last for decades ... so take the time to work with your roofer and make the right choice. Spend several days moving the tiles around. Look at them in sunny weather, on cloudy days and in rainy conditions."

Dave and Jeanne Schwab are homeowners who invested the time to select their DaVinci Mountain color blend.

"We took home many of your color options," says Dave Schwab. "We put them on the roof and started removing ones that just didn't fit. Then we would put them back up and get friends to pick their favorite. The Mountain blend was the last color standing. Now that the entire roof is covered with the color, we like it even better!"

For more ideas on color selection of composite roofing, see Is that a Peacock on the Roof? and Try "Top Down" Approach to Unify a Home's Exterior.

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That's A Lot of Roof

Lee and Chris Young have a sprawling custom home in Kansas. When their old cedar roofing started to fail they didn't want to say farewell to the look of cedar shake roofing --- just to the hassles inherent in real cedar.

"Wind, sun and hail took their toll on our shake shingles," says homeowner Lee Young. "We plan to live in our house for another 15-20 years and wanted a roofing product that would maintain a like-new appearance for decades to come.

"We're in a rural area, so we also have concerns about fire protection and the spread of wildfire. That's a big concern throughout Kansas these days. Once we did our research, we found that composite shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes was the answer. It brought us comfort just knowing about its high ratings against fire spread, wind and impact."

The Youngs selected DaVinci Multi-Width Shake in a Tahoe Blend to cover their home in the "wood shingle" look they wanted. And they chose Weddle & Sons, Inc. to handle the challenging task of installation.

Fake Cedar Shake

 

"This was a huge project because of the size of the roof along with the beautiful landscaping surrounding the home," says Allyn Weddle, co-founder of Weddle & Sons. "We took great care to plan out removal of the old cedar shake roofing, covering up the roof to protect from pop-up storms, and then the actual installation of the synthetic cedar shake materials.

"This was one of almost 20 DaVinci roofs we installed last year, so we have solid experience with this simulated shake roofing product. Because our company serves communities within a 60-mile radius of Manhattan, Kansas, we get repeat calls for this composite roofing. It can withstand severe weather and look great for years to come.

"With a DaVinci roof overhead, homeowners definitely have more peace-of-mind. And, in some cases like the Youngs, there's also an added benefit of gaining discounts on homeowner insurance premiums. That's a win-win situation!"

Want to learn more about how other homeowners made the switch to composite roofing? Check out  North Carolina Embraces Polymer Shake Shingles and  Big Changes for Big Bear Lake Resident.

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Real Cedar Shingles ... Worth the Hassles?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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All hail, HAIL!

We're entering the time of year again when severe storms can pop up, bringing chunks of hail down from the sky to damage your roof.

Hail can range in size from tiny pea shapes to golf balls to soft ball sizes. But, the size isn't as important as the impact hail can make --- on cars, landscaping and, your roof.

Just imagine a baseball being dropped from an airplane at about 30,000 feet. As it falls to the ground it gains speed and can hit a roof at about 120 mph. That’s the kind of impact some hail storms can have on roofs.

 

Hail deserves our respect ... and your home deserve a Class 4 impact-resistant composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes to help protect your home. (See Roof Hail Damage No Fun)

Here's what roofers think of our imitation slate and composite shake roofing:

"The peace of mind that comes with an impact-resistant roof of the quality made by DaVinci is dramatic for homeowners. In the 11+ years I've been installing DaVinci polymer roofing, we've never had one of their roofs totaled by hail."

            Mike Heiland, president of Heiland Roofing and Exteriors in Kansas.

"There were grapefruit-sized hail and 60 mph winds that pounded our area. A DaVinci Aberdeen simulated slate roof we installed a few weeks beforehand in Nichols Hills received minimal damage --- especially compared to the concrete tile roof next door that was totally destroyed."

            Jim Hofegartner, president of Central Roofing and Construction Co. in Oklahoma

"Every ceramic, concrete, metal, asphalt and composite roof I’ve seen in this area has been damaged by the hail storms. However, the synthetic slate DaVinci roofs we’ve installed over the past several years on homes in the same area are completely unaffected. It’s like a Superman roof that nothing can touch. The synthetic roofing material looks like it was just installed yesterday."

            Thad Jennings, president of Jenco Roofing in Oklahoma 

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