Pop Goes the Shake!

Cedar ShakePOP! Another real cedar shake shingle breaks free from your roof. Aren't you tired of that sound yet?

Well, of course it doesn't really make that sound when a cedar shingle pops up off the roof. But, if it did have a sound, it most likely would be a CHA-CHING sound ... like an old-fashioned cash register ringing up additional costs for you on home renovations.

If you have cedar shakes, you're unfortunately used to their inherent problems of popping, decay, insect infestations and deterioration. Not to mention the always-present concerns of fire spread if you live in a drought-ridden area prone to wildfires.

Stop listening to those annoying sounds and start saving your hard-earned money by investing in composite shake roofing. (See No Sissy Shakes)

Polymer shakes from DaVinci Roofscapes have a lifetime limited warranty and are impact- and fire- resistant. Bugs and mold also hate simulated shake roofing products --- which is another reason why you'll love them!

At DaVinci, we offer lightweight roofing solutions, including:

Fake Cedar Shake > 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.

 

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Shedding Light on Shed Roofs

Feeling handy this summer? Then you might want to check out the story on-line from Handy magazine entitled "Build This Modular Shed."

Cedar ShakeLast summer skilled handyman Spike Carlsen decided to build an outdoor shed ... not from a kit, but from scratch. His resulting step-by-step construction project is outlined in the magazine's on-line story (click HERE to view).

In our opinion, one of the smartest moves Spike made was to install composite shake Bellaforté roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes to top off his new shed. As he mentions in the story, the reason he selected he selected the synthetic cedar shake from DaVinci was because of their appearance and durability. We couldn't agree more!

Along with bringing a natural hand-split cedar shake look to the polymer roof tiles, Bellaforté is easy to install. A leading edge tab secures every tile to drastically improve wind performance plus the snap-fit tile creates a built-in rain gutter.

Available in 12" tile widths with multiple profiles to simulate a multi-width, staggered rough hewn wood shake, Bellaforté Shake offer impact resistance, a Class A Fire Rating and resistance to insects --- features even a small shed roof project can appreciate!

Need more cedar roofing insights using polymer shake products? See DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options and Shaking Up Your Roof with Unlimited Possibilities.

           

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Under Construction

You might not be able to tell it from these pictures, but this "under construction" house in upstate New York will soon be a landmark home.

Nancy and Scott Adams are reconstructing "The Suplina House" designed by Nancy's grandfather Andrew Geller, a respected mid-century modernistic architect. This particular home was originally erected 50 years ago. This is the first Andrew Geller house to be built in more than 25 years.

A main design feature of the house are the cedar shake "sails" that make up the siding and also the designer roof. When Nancy and Scott decided to recreate Geller's design, they brought it up to code and then started looking for materials to complement the exterior.

 

"After thoroughly investigating current roofing materials on the market, we feel that the DaVinci shakes (outside of real cedar) are the only material Nancy's grandfather would have approved of," 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!

"We feel this is a perfect fit; a 20th century design using a 21st century roofing product that stays true to tradition."

For this exciting project, Nancy and Scott have chosen DaVinci Single-Width Shake roofing in the Autumn-VariBlend color for the home. Stay tuned to future blogs as we show the house taking shape and how fantastic we believe the simulated shake roofing will look on the top and sides of this designer home!

Want to use synthetic shake for your siding project? See Polymer Shake - Not Just for Your Roof. Think Siding.

 

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Simulated Slate Roofing Chosen Over Cedar Shakes

Homeowner Jill Bybee was faced with a challenge. Her 14-year old cedar shake roof had to go.

Designer Roof"We knew we wanted and needed a product that would meet our insurance company's standards and would be accepted by our Architectural Review Committee," says Bybee, who lives in St. Albans, Missouri.

Working with Cardinal Contractors, Bybee had DaVinci Roofscapes color samples made and installed on her roof to determine how the color blends would work with her stone and brick Country French home exterior. At the same time, her family decided to switch from cedar roof shingles to an imitation slate roof from DaVinci.

"We liked the appearance of the synthetic slate as it looks very authentic," says Bybee. "The warranty on the product, its maintenance-free qualities and the color selections all impressed us. We like the way our custom blended slate looks on our roof as it enhances our house and the beauty of it with a quiet stateliness and elegance."

Bybee selected four shades of Autumn to create the unique blend for her simulated slate roofing. She has positive things to say about both her new designer roof and the team that installed it.

"Working with Aaron Wallis was a great experience," says Bybee. "I am truly amazed at his professionalism and his dedication to his job, his projects, and his customers. I would highly recommend Aaron to anyone looking for a referral. And, we've heard that one of our neighbors is considering the same color blend for their DaVinci roof!"

Is a custom roofing tile color in your future? See 3 Reasons A Custom Color Could Be The Best Choice For Your Project.

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Colorful Roofs of France

Slate Tile RoofIf you travel to France, forget about the tastes, smells and sights ... instead, look up at the colorful tile roofs!

Old ceramic and slate tiles in France are a patchwork of color. From unique turrets with bright and bold zig-zag patterns to the famous kaleidoscope roof on the Hotel-Dieu in Beaune, France is a spectacular site for roof lovers. Even the older well-worn designer roofs with their faded concrete and cement tiles have a charming appeal in France.

If you'd like to incorporate some of that charm and color into your own luxury roof, contact us at DaVinci Roofscapes. We now offer 50 standard colors for our synthetic shake and simulated slate roofing. And, the really good news is that the colors are manufactured throughout each piece, so you don't have to worry about fading over time from the sun's powerful rays.

Need help deciding on the best polymer roofing color combination for your home? Then click HERE to download our free FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home exterior e-book ... or visit our Color Designer tool online to create a unique color blend of composite roofing that's perfect for your home!

Don't see a color you love out of our 50? Then check out 3 Reasons A Custom Color Could Be The Best Choice For Your Project and come up with your very own color of roof tiles for your roof!

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Pass the Popcorn ... and the Roofing Tile Possibilities

What does "unlimited possibilities" mean to you? 

If you're in the market for a new designer roof, it probably means getting exactly what you want, in the color you want and with a style that complements your home exterior. That's what we deliver at DaVinci Roofscapes.

Now there's a great video we're sharing that shows  you how DaVinci offers you unlimited possibilities. Click HERE to see our exceptional choices in simulated shake roofing, synthetic slate roof shingles, 50 colors and so much more.

You'll discover that with DaVinci, you get more than just possibilities ...you get peace-of-mind. That's because our polymer roof tiles are Class A Fire Rated, have superior impact resistance and come with a lifetime warranty. Our sustainable roofing tiles have color "through and through" each tile that won't fade over time. Plus, insects, bugs and termites just hate our synthetic cedar shake tiles ... which we know you'll love!

For more details on Getting Serious About DaVinci Slate Roof Tiles and Slate or Shake --- Which DaVinci Roofscapes Product is for Me? click on these stories!

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Snow Guards Needed for Synthetic Slate Roof

Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, has undertaken a special project this summer --- installing a DaVinci Roofscapes Single-Width Slate roof on his home. Because of the rough winters he experiences in New Hampshire, Tim decided to install Rocky Mountain Snow Guards on his new imitation slate roof.

SnowguardsQ: How much snow do you usually get in your area?

A: Average annual snowfall here is around five feet; but in the past six years, we've had a total snowfall of over 100 inches!

Q: You didn't have snow guards on your last roof ... why are you installing them this time?

A: My previous roof was traditional asphalt shingle and didn't require snow guards. Accumulated snow and ice locked themselves into the ceramic granules and had to be "raked" off the roof. My new DaVinci polymer roof tiles have a smooth surface. The snow guards will help "break up" melting snow. I know the snow will come down on its own with this imitation slate roof, saving me lots of work and hassle.

Q: Where did you install your snow guards?

A: On areas of the roof that are above pedestrian walkways and my rear deck.

Q: How did you like the Rocky Mountain snow guards, and how easy were they to install?

A: These are very substantial, high-quality snow guards. It was a breeze to install them. They come with pre-punched holes for the nails and a great diagram showing exactly where to put them on the roof.

Q: Would you recommend snow guards for other homeowners with composite roofing in snow-prone areas?

A: Absolutely. I've watched videos and seen what happens when you don't have snow guards. Giant slabs of hard, crusty snow weighing thousands of pounds can come off a roof with no notice or sound. I firmly recommend snow guards like these to either lock the snow on the roof or cut it up into smaller pieces as it slides off synthetic slate shingles or simulated shake roofing.

Need  more snow guard answers? See Q & A Guide to Snow Guards.

 

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Nathan's Roofing, Windows & Siding: A High-End Contractor

A successful business since its launch in 1991, Nathan's Roofing, Windows & Siding has built up a strong reputation for its quality work in the Richmond area of Virginia.

Having installed more than 60 DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofs, it's easy to see why Nathan Barbuto, Jr. and his team are thriving, longtime contractors. We wanted to gain his insights to share with you.

Polymer RoofingQ: How does offering DaVinci composite roofing materials allow your company to grow its business?

A: Nathan's Roof Repairs is able to grow due to its reputation within the community. A large part of our positive reputation comes from using quality products, such as the imitation slate shingles and synthetic shake roofing offered by DaVinci. We've partnered with DaVinci to offer homeowners in our area the best composite roofing possible. This way both companies --- and our customers --- win.

Q: Getting a new roof can be intimidating for the average homeowner. How do you make homeowners feel comfortable with your services?

 

A: We have an outstanding reputation in the community that brings peace of mind to our customers. We stand behind our jobs and the work that we perform ... plus we use quality products and can offer extended  manufacturer warranties. These factors together have helped us be successful for many years.

 

Q: DaVinci introduced a new, more authentic-looking profile in their slate shingles this year. What do you think of the new profile?

A: I think it looks more realistic in comparison to real slate and I believe it has improved the overall aesthetics of the simulated slate roofing offered by DaVinci.

 

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This Old House Winner Gets New Synthetic Shake Roof

For Liz Weinberger, learning that her old house was a winner in the 2014 Great Giveaway sponsored by This Old House magazine was very welcome news. (See You Get a New Roof ... and YOU Get a New Roof ... and YOU GET A NEW ROOF!)

"We were quite surprised to learn we had won the new DaVinci Roofscapes designer roof," says Weinberger, who lives in Wisconsin. "We bought a foreclosed home fairly recently and almost everything needs to be fixed, replaced or updated."

Weinberger and her boyfriend (who installed the polymer roof tiles himself!) selected Bellaforté Shake for their 80-year old farmhouse-style home in the Tahoe blend of four colors.

While not everyone may feel confident enough to install a luxury roof themselves, the leading edge tab on every Bellaforté tile makes it easy to secure each tile to the next one. The polymer shake tiles come in multiple profiles to simulate a multi-width staggered rough hewn wood cedar shake. And, as with other DaVinci products, the Bellaforté Shake is Class A Fire Rated and resists high wind, impact, severe weather conditions and insects.

"We love the new look," says Weinberger. "We are still in the process of renovating our front landscape but this has been a big kick start to jazzing up our exterior."

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DaVinci Synthetic Roofing Material Can Stand the Test of Time

Summer has always been my favorite time of the year. It invokes childhood memories of the days I used to spend at my grandmother’s house in north Louisiana. There was a grocery store down the road called the Dixie Dandy and their chocolate covered ice cream bars were the best ever!

The heat was sweltering, but we never stayed inside. I mean, come on! It’s summer vacation! I played outside from dawn to dusk.

One of the craziest things I remember was how, on a hot day, a storm blew in rather suddenly, and even though the thermometer was showing 90-degrees, big nuggets of ice started raining down from the sky! Hail storm!! Yes, that was summer down south.

Eco-Blend Fake SlateI had the opportunity to re-visit that small Louisiana town recently, and between the scorching sun, many more hail storms and the strong winds that accompanied them, I noticed many of the houses were looking a little worse for the wear, especially the roofs.

It’s unreal what Mother Nature can do to a traditional shingle, slate or cedar shake roof. Curled edges, missing tabs, faded colors, cracked and split edges…..if this describes your roof, then it’s past time for a change.

Before spending your hard-earned money on another rooftop that starts to degrade the minute it’s sitting out in the elements, do a little homework and look into low-maintenance polymer roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

All those natural elements I talked about don’t stand a chance against a synthetic shake or composite slate roof. These lightweight roofing tiles are fade-resistant and the color runs completely through them.

Hail stones the size of golf balls? Not a dent! Hurricane force winds? They won’t budge! Aside from the fact that a polymer roof is going to last longer, it’s also going to look better and stay that way for years beyond that of a traditional roof. This is an added bonus, because it adds value and curb appeal to your home. (See Superman Roofs)

By the way, there’s a big difference between “standing out” and “sticking out” (like a sore thumb) and a composite slate roof  or simulated shake roofing from DaVinci stands out.

I would defy anyone to drive down the road and be able to tell the difference between a DaVinci fake slate roof and genuine slate, or DaVinci composite shake and a true cedar shake roofing. It looks that good!

One final thought to consider when choosing which product is right for you. DaVinci’s EcoBlend tiles have an Energy Star rated version called Cool Roof that actually helps reflect sun and heat away from the roof which, in turn, will reduce the load on your AC. That means your roof can positively impact your home's energy efficiency, the lifespan of your cooling unit AND help reduce power consumption to keep the house cool.

The moral of my story? Time will march on. I’m not a kid anymore…the recipe for the perfect Dixie Dandy ice cream bar is gone forever…but the right synthetic roofing material will stand the test of time well into the future.

Allen Lyle
Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford
Radio Show Co-Host - See more at: http://blog.davinciroofscapes.com/blog/friends-and-partners#sthash.Wt3sffvV.dpuf

Allen Lyle
Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford
Radio Show Co-Host

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Happy National Roofing Week!

The National Roofing Contractors Association has designated July 5 - 11 as the Second Annual National Roofing Week. The special focus on this week is the importance of hiring professional roofing contractors and making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing a roof system.

As we talk about regularly, the roof is one of the most important components on a home or business. If a roof fails, whether due to storm damage or old age, the entire structure is compromised. That's why DaVinci Roofscapes recommends that you make it a yearly goal to examine and evaluate your roof --- and what better time to do so than National Roofing Week!

We've shared these tips before, but they're worth repeating:

Fake Cedar ShakeTip #1 - If you're able to easily see all areas of your roof yourself, use either a ladder or binoculars from across the street, and look for problem areas. Missing or broken shingles or shingles "flapping" in the wind are all signs that your roof needs immediate help.

Tip #2 - If you have steep slope roofing or a roof with multiple valleys, or you're not able to see all areas of your roof, then hire a professional roofing contractor to inspect your roof. They have the proper safety equipment to accurately inspect your roof and know exactly how to look for rodent and animal damage around chimneys along with worn out areas of the roof.

Tip #3 - Check the sides of your roof. The southern exposure weathers significantly faster than the other sides of the roof, so make sure to carefully examine this area. Also, shallower pitches weather faster than steeper pitches. So again, if your roof has a shallow pitch --- like a shed dormer --- make certain you can clearly see it to get a true indication of the condition of your roof. If you have a real cedar roof, consider your geographic location.

Tip #4 - Consider your geography. If you live in areas prone to hail, then impact resistant polymer roofing is a great choice. Or, if you live in the western portion of the country where wildfires are a problem, then having Class A Fire Rated imitation slate or simulated shake roofing is a great choice. Along with helping protect the home, these fake cedar shake and slate alternative roofs oftentimes come with a homeowner insurance discount.

Need more tips? Check out 6 Signs of a Failing Roof: How to Tell if You Need a New Roof.
 

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Don't Panic! DaVinci Roofscapes Has The Answer

Don't panic! Even though it's International Panic Day, remain calm and we'll explain how to make roofing decisions easier with the wide variety of composite roofing options from DaVinci Roofscapes.

While selecting a new designer roof can seem overwhelming with all the options in the marketplace, it's easy to make DaVinci your one-stop location for composite shake and imitation slate roofing tiles. Here's a fast overview of our full product offering:

 

Fake Slate
 

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 Cedar Shake
 

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.

Need more details on polymer roof tiles? See Multi-Width or Single-Width, Slate or Shake…

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DaVinci Roofscapes: Proudly Made in America

At DaVinci Roofscapes we fly the American flag proudly on June 14th --- Flag Day --- and every other day of the year. That's because we're a Made in America company.

Made in AmericaEvery one of our imitation slate tiles and simulated shake roofing pieces are made in Lenexa, Kansas at our company headquarters. For 16 years we've hired American workers and remained dedicated to keeping the manufacturing of our polymer roofing products contained completely in the United States.

What does that mean to you? Faster service and delivery of our composite roofing products --- when you need them and where you need them. Flexibility for us to work with you quickly to design a custom color or support a challenging roofing installation project. Focus on your specific color needs by using Made in America resins to manufacture our 50 different colors of lightweight roofing materials.

“We’re extremely proud that all of our products are made in the United States and that we support our economy by providing jobs for hard working folks around the country,” says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO at DaVinci Roofscapes. “We’re part of the multiplier effect because our ‘Made in America’ commitment also means we purchase from suppliers located only in the United States. So, with every roofing tile we sell we’re helping our economy to expand in many, many ways.”

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DaVinci Roofscapes Shake Alternative Roof Gains HOA Approval

After more than two decades, the cedar roofing on Jim and Janice Steinlage's home had become faded and was simply worn out. Eager to get the same cedar shake roof look for their Kansas home but with a longer lifespan, Jim Steinlage hit the Internet to research his options. That's where he discovered DaVinci Roofscapes.

Fake Cedar ShakeAfter deciding to invest in composite shake roofing, the couple's next hurdle was their homeowner's association.

"The most challenging part about this process was getting our HOA to approve our synthetic shake selection since we were the first in our community to request this type of polymer roofing," says Steinlage. "After getting them materials and details on quality references, we were happy that the approval went through within three weeks.

"We were the first in our community to get simulated shake roofing, but we're betting we won't be the last!"

What was the easiest part of the re-roofing process for the Steinlages? "Selecting the shake roofing materials that were perfect for our home," reports Steinlage. "The selections and quality available from DaVinci were great, and we chose a Bellaforté Shake in the Tahoe-VariBlend to match the color of our home and our landscaping.

"Everyone thinks the fake cedar shake on the roof looks awesome. We've told several people that this product looks great, is of great quality and has a terrific long-term warranty that means this is the last roof we'll ever put on our home!"

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Polymer Roofing Welcomes Hurricane-Force Winds

Here are some unpopular names this year: Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny and Erika. If you live in hurricane-prone areas of the country, you know that these are the names given to the first hurricanes of the 2015 season, which started on June 1st.

Severe WeatherBefore the winds start to blow in your area, check your roof --- especially if any type of severe weather battered your home in the past 12 months.

As a first step, coastal homeowners should make sure they have proper bracing (such as galvanized metal hurricane straps) to connect the roof to the walls of the home. For a second step, consider Class 4 Impact Rated DaVinci polymer roofing tiles. Imitation slate and simulated shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes have been formulated and tested to withstand hurricane strength winds and severe impact.

Having a composite roofing system overhead means you have gone the extra mile to increase the odds that your home, personal belongings and family treasures will be there when the severe weather has passed.And, in many areas, there's an added benefit that selecting synthetic cedar shake or synthetic slate shingles can help lower your homeowner insurance bills.

This year, take the steps to help secure YOUR home by installing sustainable roofing from DaVinci overhead before hurricane-force winds arrive.

How strong are Class A Fire Rated DaVinci tiles? Check out March Winds and Hammers Don't Impact DaVinci Roofing Tiles!

 

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Superman, Seed Spitting and Sun Safety

National Bathroom Reading Month. Superman Week. Moonshine Day. June is filled with silly celebrations. There's Ugliest Dog Day on the 20th, Watermelon Seed Spitting Week at the end of the month, and even World Bike Naked Day on the 13th!

However, if you want to get serious about June, then you should consider June 1st marks the start of Hurricane Season 2015, June 7-12 is National Sun Safety Week and the entire month is dedicated to disaster preparedness. Those are three aspects of June that we pay special attention to at DaVinci Roofscapes ... and with good reason.

Our Class A Fire Rated polymer roofing tiles are ideal for homes and businesses that may be in drought-stricken areas prone to wildfires. The Class A Fire Rating we have achieved means that our composite roofing tiles resist fire spread, so even if a burning ember lands on a DaVinci designer roof, it will not result in the spread of the fire. Watch our simulated burn test video here.

Hurricanes also bring their own form of nasty weather. While flooding is a primary concern when a hurricane latches onto an area, high winds and blowing items can also do major damage. Again, DaVinci synthetic roofing material can handle these concerns. Rated to resist high winds (ASTM D3161), our imitation slate and composite shake roofing tiles also resist impact (Class 4 Impact Rating) --- whether from falling tree limbs or flying lawn furniture. (See Earth, Wind & Fire). View our Simulated Class 4 Impact Test Video here.

Even when the sun is shining, there's concern of ultraviolet exposure to people and homes, which is a focus of National Sun Safety Week. The good news is that DaVinci composite roofing tiles are manufactured from a proprietary engineered polymer that includes multiple virgin resins, organic fire retardant, state-of-the-art color and UV stabilizers and inorganic pigments that are safe for the environment. These UV stabilizers are what helps our polymer roof tiles resist fading --- even after decades of intense daily sun exposure.

During June, go ahead and have some fun celebrating World Juggling Day on the 13th or National Chocolate Ice Cream Day on the 7th ... but also remember to get serious about preparing your home and family for anything Mother Nature throws your way.

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Affordable Beauty with Bellaforté

Fake SlateThere's both an art and a science behind the creation of our polymer roofing tiles at DaVinci Roofscapes. The result of our team's efforts are beautiful, long-last composite roof tiles that stand up to Mother Nature for decades.

When we created the Bellaforté product line several years ago, we added a product that brings exceptional value to homeowners. An affordable investment for any homeowner, Bellaforté Slate comes in 12" tile widths, while Bellaforté Shake also comes in 12" widths but has multiple profiles to simulate a multi-width staggered rough hewn wood shake.

Bellaforté Slate and Shake lightweight roofing tiles make installation easy for roofers --- saving materials and cutting down on installation costs. With the Bellaforté self-aligning ledge, roofers can reduce installation time and assure consistent quality and installation on your roof.

Bellaforte ShakeBacked by a Lifetime Warranty, Bellaforté shake and slate roof tiles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects. And, with 50 colors to choose from, you're sure to find the luxury roof color for your home!

Need more details on our strong and beautiful Bellaforté green roofing materials? Then visit Bellaforté Roofing Stands Up to Rough Canadian Weather.

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Shaking Up Your Roof with Unlimited Possibilities

As a homeowner, you might love the look of cedar roofing but hate the long-term maintenance associated with real cedar shake roofing. DaVinci Roofscapes to the rescue!

With four different synthetic shake product lines all backed by a Lifetime Limited Material Warranty, DaVinci provides you with shake shingles that resist warping, fading and insect infestations. Plus, they're fire- and impact-resistant so you don't have to worry about severe weather damaging your luxury roof.

Here's a fast look at the exciting simulated shake roofing options available from DaVinci:

Fake Cedar Shake
 

> 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.

Looking for more information on synthetic shake shingles? Then see No Sissy Shakes and Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake.

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Checking in With DaVinci Roofscapes Homeowners

Oftentimes in our blog posts we share stories about homeowners who have recently had DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing installed on their homes. Today, we're going back to some of those homeowners to see how they feel about their composite roofing now that they've lived with it awhile.

Back in 2012 Andrew Marenin had our simulated shake roofing installed on his Colorado home. Here's what he has to say today. "The DaVinci roof has been holding up very well," says Marenin. "Neighbors are continuously inquiring about how well the roof looks. One neighbor a block away has already installed a DaVinci roof and two others who have inquired will be installing this Spring."

Fake Shake

 

Another happy homeowner is Mary Kathryn Hirsh in California, who replaced her real shake shingles when frequent wildfires got too close for comfort. She switched to Class A Fire Rated simulated slate roofing to gain peace of mind and a new look for her home. (See Fire-Resistant DaVinci Roof Eases Homeowner Concerns) "I am very, very happy with my DaVinci roof," says Hirsh. "It receives many compliments. People stop and take pictures, and it really is so outstandingly attractive."

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More kudos for lightweight roofing materials from DaVinci come from Joe Blumetti who raves about his new designer roof. "We love our new roof," says Blumetti. "It improves the whole look of the house! We get many positive comments on our house and people love our roof. We would use it again and suggest to anyone building to consider it also! It may cost a bit more initially but should pay off for years in beauty and durability."

 

Cedar Shake Alternative

 

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Springtime Snow Guard Installations for Synthetic Roofing Material

Whew! Winter is gone and so is the snow. Think back though ... if you have synthetic roofing material on your home, how did your roof perform this winter?

SnowguardsChances are, if you had a good deal of snowfall in your area AND you have snow guards on  your roof, your home did just fine. But, if you didn't have snow guards added when your imitation slate or simulated shake roofing was installed, you may have been the unhappy recipient of "snowfall dump" as large masses of snow slid off your roof as the snows warmed in the sun's rays.

Now --- during the sunny months of Spring and Summer --- is the time to have snow guards retrofitted into your DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roof tiles.

Snow guard installation is best left to an experienced roofer. The selected snow guards are installed on composite roofing shingles around the perimeter of your roof, usually on the lower portion. Their function is to create friction between the roof's surface and the snow/ice that settles on your roof. The snow guards help break apart melting snows so that you don't have an avalanche of snowfall coming down all at one time on your landscaping or in front of your entry doors.

The folks at Rocky Mountain Snow Guards offer a variety of snow guards especially designed to work effectively with polymer roofing. They also stock an assortment of colors to match your composite roofing. For more information on the background and philosophy of snow guards, click HERE.

For more details on snow guards, see Ask the Experts: Snow Guards and On Guard for Winter Weather ... with Snow Retention Systems.

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