Contractors "Hail" DaVinci Roofscapes

What do quarters, golf balls, grapefruit and tennis balls all have in common? The answer is that they're all used to describe the size of hail that comes down during severe weather.

Back in 2010, Thad Jennings, president of Jenco Roofing out of Oklahoma City described some of the worst hail storms he'd seen in the city's history. "There were hundreds of destroyed roofs everywhere," says Jennings. "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."

In another area of Oklahoma, roofing installer Jim Hofegartner believed this was the worst hail storm he’d witnessed during his 35 years as a roofer. (See: Grapefruit-Sized Hail Bounces Off DaVinci Synthetic Roofs)

“There were grapefruit-sized hail and 60 mph winds that pounded our area,” says Hofegartner, president of Central Roofing and Construction Company in Luther, Okla. “A DaVinci Aberdeen slate roof we installed a few weeks prior to the storm in Nichols Hills received minimal damage --- especially compared to the concrete tile roof next door that was totally destroyed.”

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According to Hofegartner, the windows and siding of the home were broken and chipped, but the major sections of the simulated slate roofing was not damaged. “We’ve had several homeowner association representatives come by to see this roof along with other people in the neighborhood,” says Hofegartner. “They’re all impressed with how well this synthetic slate roofing stood up to these severe weather conditions. I expect this will positively influence people to invest in polymer roofs now that they have to replace their ruined roofs.”

Standard simulated slate roofing and composite shake style roofing tiles manufactured by DaVinci are Class 4 impact rated, meeting the UL 2218 Impact Test. The 50 year roof limited warranty of the luxury roofs brings added peace-of-mind to homeowners. (See Tennis Balls of Ice Demolish Roof)

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Get Your Roof Ready for Autumn

Summer sun may still be beating down on us, but it's not too early to get your home's exterior ready for autumn. As a bonus, the regular maintenance you do now on your home adds to its curb appeal and means less work when the weather turns colder.

Sustainable RoofingStart with your roof and gutters. Before your beautiful oak and maple trees shed all their leaves, check out the condition of your both your roof and gutters.

Using either a ladder or binoculars from across the street, look for problem areas in your roof, such as missing or broken shingles, along with roofing tiles that may be “flapping” in the wind. These are indications that roof repairs or a new roof may be in your future. If that’s the case, research the benefits of synthetic shake and simulated slate roofing tiles. These impact- and fire-resistant tiles come in a wide variety of colors and require minimal upkeep. Some roofing tiles, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes, help prevent roof hail damage and are classified as an environmentally friendly roof. They also have a 50 year roof warranty.

Next, check out your gutters. Too many homeowners underestimate the importance of the gutter system on the home. Several times a year you should to make sure your gutters are clean, unclogged, securely attached to your home and remain sloped for proper drainage. Plus, make sure the water running off the roof doesn’t cause damage to your building's structure, landscaping or property below the roof.

For more tips see Springtime Home Improvement Tips for Knowing When It’s Time to Replace The Roof on Your Home and Top Tips for National Home Improvement Month.

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Helpful Tip: Installing DaVinci Tiles with No Waste

I often get calls from contractors about how much waste they should add to their bid when figuring multi-width DaVinci Slate or DaVinci Simulated Shake roofing products. Although I don't know how often I'm believed, my answer is "there is no waste on a hip roof and one square for every 100 lineal feet of valley on a gable roof". Installing DaVinci tiles with no waste is a huge competitive advantage when compared with other steep slope systems where 10% or more waste factor is common. 

I have already discussed how to use a combination of our plastic slate tiles to avoid waste on gable ends in a previous tip. Another way to avoid waste is when cutting tiles for valleys. When I cut tiles for valleys I find the correct angle and cut all my tiles with a circular saw. 

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I then use all the valley cuts shown on the right in my valleys and then the cuts  that are leftover are the perfect angle to use to finish the hips. Not only does this save material but it also saves time.

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For more tips on figuring waste for installation of DaVinci tiles, please visit Five Top DaVinci Install Tips and Calculating Waste on a DaVinci Job .
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Find the Perfect Roof Color

So you're getting a new roof. Whether you are re-roofing on an existing home or business, or building from the ground up, finding the right roof color can be daunting task. 

We've simplified it for you.

Kate Smith, our color expert, has a great eBook out called, FRESH - 5 Steps on Choosing Exterior Colors. In this free eBook, Kate details the steps to finding the perfect roof color:

  1. Start with the roof
  2. Identify the colors that need to be considered
  3. Choose the main color
  4. Select color for windows, trim and shutters
  5. Select your front door color

Kate talks more about her approach in the video below or you can Ask Your Color Questions Here.

Our simulated shake roofing and synthetic slate roof tiles are unique in a number of ways, including color.  We offer a multitude of color blends and if you can't find a standard blend that is just perfect, then you can select from our 49 standard colors to put together your own custom blend. Of course, if you're prefer a completely custom color for your home or business, we can work with you to create just the color you want.


Having trouble viewing this video, click here to view.

Do you own one of our green roof systems? Which color did you go with and why? We would love to see how your roof turned out. Please consider sharing a photo of your home and a story about your roofing journey here on our blog.

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Class A Fire Rated Roof Tiles... What Does that Mean?

shake brandWhat does a class A fire rating mean on a roofing product mean? It means that the roof covering has undergone extensive fire testing using the ASTM E 108 test standard at the Class A level. Class A is the best classification available.

For polymer roof coverings there are three tests.

1. Intermittent Flame - an assembly of tiles is subjected to an intense flame for two minutes then turned off for two minutes. This is cycled 15 times to see if there is failure in the roof deck.

2.  Spread of Flame -  flame and air current are applied for 10 consecutive minutes and then checked for failure. 

3. Burning Brand - This is my personal favorite...not that I liked starting fires as a child. In this test, a burning brand is placed on an assembly of roofing tiles with a high volume of wind behind it.The decking of the assembly is constantly monitored for 90 minutes to see if any fire burns through. If fire burns through the roof deck anytime during the 90 minute trial, the tiles fail. Below are pictures of DaVinci's Class A Fire rated slate and simulated shake roofing. DaVinci tiles PASS these tests with flying colors.

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Lesson Learned: Life After Hail Damage

After severe hail damaged all 35 condo roofs at the Catawba Shores lakeside community in 2012, the homeowners association vowed not to let costly storm damage impact their homes again.

“The hail damage caught us by surprise," says Jim Packard, president of the Catawba Shores Homeowners Association in Port Clinton, Ohio. "But we quickly learned that real wood shakes just don’t hold up against Mother Nature. The damage was so bad that our insurance company subsidized the cost of all the replacement roofs.”

After researching the community’s options and meeting with a contractor from Industrial Tech Construction and a representative a DaVinci Roofscapes, the Catawba Shores community committed to the man-made Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles.

“We’re all extremely pleased with the authentic appearance of these synthetic shake tiles and how they’ve given a fresh, new look to our condos,” says Packard. “More importantly, we feel we made the right selection with DaVinci since these roofing tiles are impact-, hail-, insect-, algae- and fire-resistant. We estimate that we’re saving more than $10,000 per year on the ongoing maintenance costs from our old roof, and we’ve got the peace-of-mind that these roofs will help protect our units from fire and hail.

 

Bellaforté Shake composite roofing tiles have a multi-width appearance replicating hand-split real cedar shakes. The tiles feature slanted sawn edges and staggered lengths.

The 12-inch Bellaforté Shake tiles feature multiple profiles that enable roofing contractors to create a staggered appearance that simulates a natural rough hewn wood shake roof. Just as with other DaVinci luxury roof products, the Bellaforté Shake lightweight tiles are 100 percent recyclable and come with a 50-year limited warranty.

See Bellaforté Shake Tiles Generate Four Times More Sales than Anticipated for more great news on Bellaforté Shake products!

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Oops! We Forgot the Snowguards!

Kansas homeowner Brad Buscher couldn't be more pleased with his new DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roof. After 14 years the original cedar roof shingles on his home were wearing out from a combination of old age, storm damage and natural deterioration.

"Our house was designed for a shake look on the roof, so I wanted to find a realistic shake alternative that would provide years of service to our home," says Buscher. "That search brought us to DaVinci's Bellaforté Shake simulated shake roofing tile, and we are thrilled with the choice. The roof looks great and I've recommended these lightweight roofing tiles to many people."

 

Unfortunately for Brad and his wife Gwen, they forgot to request snowguards at the time of the roof installation on their ranch-style home. "Kansas gets a fair amount of snow each year and we should have thought ahead, but we simply forgot to order the snowguards," says Buscher. "We're absolutely going to make the retrofit addition of the snowguards this summer before our home sees another winter."

Designed to help hold snow on your roof while helping it melt at a more even rate, snowguards can be installed on DaVinci polymer slate and shake roofs either at the time of installation or retrofitted afterwards. Snowguards are generally metal devices placed on the bottom third of the roof so as snow melts, it comes off the roof in a nice, peaceful manner (usually in the form of water), rather than all at once, which can sometimes create an avalanche effect.

"Some of our bushes got damaged this past winter with snow from the roof piling up on them," says Buscher. "I want to prevent that from happening again, so we'll be certain to contact our installer within the next few weeks to get our snowguards in place!"

Need more snowguard information? Check out Retrofit snowguards and Got Snow? Better Get Snowguards!          

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Omaha Homeowners Embrace DaVinci Roofscapes

If you want to know how people in Omaha feel about DaVinci Roofscapes impact-resistant products, just knock on almost any door. After severe weather and hail damaged homes in Nebraska last year, more than 250 broken and dented roofs were replaced with polymer slate and composite shake roofing tiles.

"We love the upgraded look the DaVinci roof has given our home," says Jill Baron, who had Bellaforté Slate installed on her home. "Our neighbors who replaced their roof with natural cedar shakes look cheap by comparison.

"We had no problems at all during this past winter with our new roof and we're confident going into tornado season that we'll be protected from hail damage this year. I highly recommend the DaVinci roof and have told several friends about it."

Just down the same street, the Koslosky family is also enjoying their new Bellaforté manufactured slate roofing product. "The simulated slate roofing complements our stucco and stone home," says Kathryn Koslosky. "This roof improved the look of our home to the point that neighbors stopped and asked what product we used so they could use it to replace their damaged roofs."

Koslosky reports that another positive benefit of requesting the DaVinci composite slate roof is that Fireman's Fund reduced their homeowner's insurance premium by 20 percent.

"When comparing the 50-year life of this roof to the 25-year life of a cedar roof, insurance savings and peace-of-mind, the DaVinci Bellaforté roof is the value winner," says Koslosky. "It's the last roof I plan on replacing."

To learn more about Bellaforté products, see Bellaforté Roofing Stands Up to Rough Canadian Weather and Bellaforté = Strong + Beautiful in Oklahoma.

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Boys and Their Toys ....

What happens when two home improvement experts take a flame torch and baseball bat to DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate and shake roofing tiles? Click HERE to see the video of Joe Truini and Allen Lyle of Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford television show test our DaVinci composite roofing in their workshop.

Joe swings his baseball bat repeatedly at the plastic slate tiles with no impact damage. And, to make the challenge more difficult, he freezes our simulated slate roofing tile and then whacks away at it again ... with the same "no problem" results. His impression? That unlike natural slate that can become brittle and break easily, DaVinci fake slate tiles can withstand the pounding of his bat (and most hail storms!) along with frigid weather.

Next, Allen lights up his propane torch to try and set the DaVinci fake cedar shake tiles on fire. No go. As Allen learns, the flame won't easily spread on our fire-resistant composite shake tiles. Why? Because unlike natural cedar shake roof materials that almost instantly spread flames when a burning ember hits it, DaVinci shake roofing materials are manufactured to resist flame spread --- and they're backed by a 50-year Limited Lifetime Warranty!

For more details on imitation slate tiles, see Roof Check Recommended During Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013 and March Winds and Hammers Don't Impact DaVinci Roofing Tiles.

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Frogs, Mushrooms and Kites

Forget "April Showers" ... if you really want to celebrate something this month, try frogs, kites and grilled cheese! That's right, there are month-long celebrations for some very unique items in April including straw hats, brussels sprouts and pecans.

A few dedicated April observances are things we'd personally choose not to celebrate --- such as World Rat Day on April 4 and Root Canal Awareness Week from April 1 through 6. But then there's Consumer Awareness Week from April 19-24. We like that week at DaVinci Roofscapes, because we think all consumers should be made aware of the benefits of polymer slate and shake roofing tiles!

Our "Made in the USA" cedar shake alternative and simulated slate roofing products are backed by a 50-Year limited lifetime warranty .... something that is also cause for celebration on April 22 --- Earth Day!

But, in case you like celebrating the less-traditional landmark holidays, mark your calendar for April 16. That's the "Day of the Mushroom," National Save the Elephant Day and National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day!

Oops ... if you live in the Midwest, don't forget that there's something else important happening this month --- April is Tornado Awareness Month!

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Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci

If you're in the mood to "shake up" your roof, do yourself a favor and research the many polymer shake roofing options available from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Why? Because one of the main problems with natural cedar shake shingles is their flammability --- and with DaVinci synthetic cedar shakes you all but eliminate that concern with the product's Class A Fire Rating!

Need more reasons to shake up the way you think about your roof? DaVinci composite shakes are impact-, rot- and insect-resistant. Plus, they're virtually maintenance free and resist curling, splitting and cracking. Another key bonus is that DaVinci shake alternative tiles resist fading --- so the color you select today is the same color you'll see on your roof decades from now!

Check out the many simulated shake roofing options you have from DaVinci:

  • DaVinci Multi-Width Shake displays the texture of natural cedar shake with a deep-grained surface. Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths along with a virtually limitless color palette, the multi-width cedar shake roof features both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths of the 5/8" profile on the tiles help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in either a straight or staggered pattern.

  • Single-Width Valoré Shake tiles embrace the art and science of roofing to offer exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. Valoré Shake comes in a 9" tile width with a 5/8" profile to provide deep, attractive shadow lines.

  • Bellaforté Shake composite roofing tiles include a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge, which help reduce the installation time for the products. A square of Bellaforté tiles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

  • DaVinci Fancy Shake luxury roof tiles provide a more refined cedar look when compared to traditional hand-split shake. With the clean, smooth look of a machine-sawn shake, Fancy Shake is available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with a tile thickness of 7/16". Using multiple widths helps create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid at a straight or staggered pattern.

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See how one neighborhood relies on shake alternative roofing at Designer Shakes Up Utah Roofs.

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DaVinci Roofscapes -1 ... Mother Nature - 0

Sometimes the best way to share information, is to proudly offer a list. That's what we're doing today with this blog posting.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we know it's important to provide you with a reliable lightweight roofing system. Don't be fooled though, even though our polymer shake and slate tiles are lightweight tiles, they're extremely durable. So, here's the impressive list of what our simulated shake and slate products have achieved:

All DaVinci products:

  • are Class 4 impact rated, meeting the UL 2218 Impact Test (tested by Intertek)
  • are rated Class A for fire retardance in the ASTME E 108 fire test
  • have the highest ratings for straight line wind testing at 110 mph in the ASTM D3161 test (same as UL 997 Wind Uplift)
  • passed the TAS-125 certification test for wind uplift resistance in High Velocity Hurricane Zones
  • passed the TAS-100 certification test for wind driven rain
  • tested in accelerated weathering in accordance with ASTM G 26 for 4,500 hours. The average loss in tensile strength was 2.6%. According to people in the weathering business this accelerated exposure is equivalent to many months or even years of actual exposure
  • passed the freeze-thaw ICC-ES Test (Acceptance Criteria AC07, section 4.9) with exposure to temperatures from -40 F to 180 F in 22 hour cycles for approximately a month
  • passed the ASTM D 3462 nail pull through resistance at 32 F and 72 F test
  • have the following Building Code Approvals: ICC-ES ESR-2119, Miami Dade County, FL (see product pages for NOA number), and TDI

 

For more impressive details on designer roofs from DaVinci, visit Severe Weather Worries? Not With A DaVinci Roof!

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Slate or Shake --- Which DaVinci Roofscapes Product is for Me?

The good news is that you've made the decision to get a new roof. The GREAT NEWS is that you've decided to invest in a 50-year roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. Now, where do you go from here?

While some people say the next decision is color, slow down and decide first if you'd like a polymer slate roof or a composite shake roof. The synthetic slate product is made to resemble real slate tiles, while the imitation shake resembles natural cedar shakes.

Just because you may have shake or slate on your roof currently doesn't mean you can't "change things up" with a totally new roof look. Or, perhaps you have an asphalt shingle roof now and you're not sure what type of plastic roofing materials to select.

Start by looking at pictures of different homes with similar styles to yours to see what others have put on their roofs. (HINT: the Masterpiece Photo Gallery on the DaVinci website is a great place to look!). You may also want to get some different plastic slate and simulated shake roof samples to lay on your roof and hold up near your siding to see what appeals to your home's style. (HINT #2 - Check out the "FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior" downloadable guide to see a variety of home styles with different roofs!).

Whichever you select --- synthetic slate shingles or synthetic shake roofing, know that you're in good hands with the DaVinci product. These roofing products resist insects, fungus, algae and mold. They come in a variety of profile lines, and DaVinci leads the industry in tile thickness, tile width variety and the greatest selection of subtle earth-toned colors.

DaVinci Roofscapes has manufactured award-winning, lightweight roofing systems since 1999. The environmentally friendly roofing tiles are 100 percent recyclable. And, as a bonus all homeowners will appreciate, the virtually maintenance-free imitation slate and shake shingles are far more cost effective than the natural product.

For more insights, visit Check Out Polymer Slate Roofing Options and Invest in Your Roof.         

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DaVinci Roofscapes Takes on Las Vegas!

No time to take a breather during February for any of the DaVinci Roofscapes team members. Show floor traffic at both the 2014 International Builders' Show and the 2014 International Roofing Expo --- both held in Las Vegas --- was strong and steady.

A renewed excitement in the housing market recovery brought more than 75,000 building industry professionals to the largest builders' show in the world --- and at times it felt like many of those people were crammed into the DaVinci booth checking out our polymer roof tiles and luxury roof products. During the three-day event in early February, the hot topics in the DaVinci booth were the eco friendly elements of composite slate and shake roofing tiles along with the color options available in synthetic roofing materials.

"Universally, at both of these major trade shows, industry professionals were impressed with the high-performance aspects of our polymer slate and shake roofing tiles," says Wendy Bruch, marketing manager for DaVinci Roofscapes. "Show attendees spent time talking about the benefits of our plastic roofing materials and how consumers are specifically asking for roofing products that offer a 50 year roof warranty and peace-of-mind against strong weather conditions.

"We're being told that homeowners are eager to invest in smart roofing choices and to express the style of their home exterior starting with their roof. Whether selecting a cedar shake alternative or a simulated slate roofing product, roofers report that consumers are becoming quite adept at selecting authentic-looking designer roof alternatives for their homes."

For more trade show insights, visit February Means Las Vegas for DaVinci Roofscapes and What Happens in Vegas....         

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Check Out DaVinci Roofs on Hotels

Before you check into to your next hotel room, check out the roof overhead. You may be surprised to discover it's made of DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roof tiles.

While guests checking into the 48-room Beach Terrace Inn hotel in Carlsbad, California may initially be drawn to the oceanfront views, their gaze soon wanders to the fully-renovated hotel itself. And, that’s when they’re likely to notice the structure’s unique design and low-pitch roof covered in imitation slate.

When renovating the oceanfront hotel, the owners searched for a low-maintenance roof that could hold up to both the salt air and the harsh rays of the sun. They also wanted an eco friendly roof that would add to the overall design of the structure. After extensive research, they selected a DaVinci synthetic slate roof in an Aberdeen blend of stone, gray, brown, green and purple shades. The fake slate was ideal for the hotel since it resists fire, impact and high winds sometimes found in California.

Across the country in Atlanta's prestigious Buckhead section is the five-star St. Regis Hotel. And, sitting atop the roof of the hotel’s famous Paces 88 American Bistro restaurant are weather-resistant simulated slate roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

“We got the call in early 2009 that the St. Regis wanted to add a small one-story addition to the front of its property to house a café-type restaurant to the right of the main entrance,” says Todd Spencer, president/architect at Spencer Roofing & Construction, Inc. in Kennesaw, Ga. “The goal was for the roof addition to complement the roof on the main section of this prestigious hotel. This desire immediately brought DaVinci products to mind.

“We installed 15 squares of 12-inch DaVinci Dark Green authentic slate tiles in a mansard application on this restaurant roof. The match is ideal. When the doors opened to the 26-floor hotel in April of 2009 the roof and the entryway looked perfect.”

To discover more uses of composite slate and shake tiles on commercial structures, visit Commercial Projects Rely on Polymer Roofing – Part I and Commercial Projects Rely on Polymer Roofing – Part II.

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Praying for a New DaVinci Roof

We may bow our head to pray inside the church, but when outside of several churches across the country people are looking up ... at their DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofs that grace the top of those churches.

From coast to coast, synthetic shake and imitation slate roofing tiles from DaVinci top off churches of every religion.

Ukrainian ChurchIn Johnson City, New York, visitors to the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church are immediately captivated by the traditional Ukrainian design of the church structure. Topped by three 80-foot tall domes, the massive building looks like it’s made completely of wood shakes on the siding and roof. But, a closer look reveals that the designer roof is really made of Valoré synthetic cedar shakes that perfectly replicate real wood shake shingles. (See Polymer Shake Roof Accents Ukrainian Church)

Several states away in Terra Haute, Indiana, St. Patrick’s Church has been in existence since 1881. After putting up with leaky roofs for years, Bellaforté simulated slate roofing tiles in a blend of greens were installed on three of the original four structures.

Dependability and long-term low-maintenance features are key reasons that the Cynthiana Baptist Church in Kentucky, the Unitarian Universalists Church in Indiana, the Self-Realization Fellowship in California and the St. Louis Catholic Church in Virginia all selected lightweight roofing solutions from DaVinci.

Dayton ChapelBut perhaps the church that has made the best use of the features of DaVinci eco friendly roofing tiles is the 140+ year old chapel at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Ohio. This historic building’s DaVinci fake slate roof replicates the original large cross design with a star-studded border in medium tan slate polymer tiles on a background of black slate alternative tiles.

“The availability of different shades of tiles made it possible to accurately duplicate the original design from the chapel’s roof,” says architect Edward Groh with PEDCO, an engineering and architecture firm in Cincinnati, Ohio responsible for designing the roof. “The result is a roof that everyone is exceptionally pleased with and a design that brings the original exterior look back to the chapel.”

You might just say that a DaVinci roof is the answer to many prayers.            

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Cold Weather? Bring on the DaVinci Roofing Tiles!

The U.S. Postal Service employees aren't the only ones who deliver in bad weather --- DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing tiles are manufactured to be installed and perform great in rugged, cold weather conditions!

Roofing contractors can install synthetic DaVinci roof products in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit. That's because our carefully-formulated imitation slate and shake alternative roof tiles aren't brittle (like plastic roofing materials are thought to be). Even in the bone-chilling cold temperatures, contractors don't have to worry about excess breakage of the luxury roof tiles due to cold weather conditions. DaVinci composite roofing tiles are manufactured to remain flexible in cold temperatures.

Of course we have a few tips for those warm-hearted, but cold weather installations. First of all, if you're the one on the roof, bundle up! Dress in layers and wear heavy shoes that can break pieces of ice or grip the roof sub-surface as you're installing slate and shake alternative products. Second, if you're using a pneumatic nail gun, make sure the pressure isn't set too high. And third, make sure that the DaVinci simulated slate and shake roofing tiles have been stored flat, and are flat when installed.

While winter installations are no "day at the beach" for a roofing contractor, the roof must go up --- and hardy installers can re-roof homes with confidence during winter months when installing DaVinci lightweight roofing systems. Check out more winter installation tips at Cold Weather Installation of DaVinci Roofing Materials.

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The Proposal ... No Diamond Ring Required

Recently our DaVinci Roofscapes team members have offered insights on our blog about how to locate and interview roofing contractors. Once that process is over, the next step in the process is to request a written proposal.

This proposal should provide a clear, written understanding for all parties on exactly what will be done by a contractor and what the cost will be to you. When requesting a written proposal, the experts at DaVinci recommend you consider asking for the following items:

  1. The exact materials to be used in the project (including the underlayment, type of flashing, nails and and roofing materials) and the manufacturers of these products.


  2. General idea of timing for the job. Certainly weather plays a role in any outside project, but a qualified contractor should be able to give you a specific timeframe for a start-to-finish re-roof project.


  3. If you're having your current roof torn off, define in the contract that the roofing contractor is responsible for damage both inside and outside (including water damage if there is a rain storm) the house once the tear-off begins.

  4. Ask to review the written warranty you will be given when the job is completed. Look for a warranty with strong service and product guarantees especially during the first few years in case there are immediate problems. Plus, look for a 50-year roof warranty on durable composite roofing tiles.

  5. Request that the project site be cleaned up every day and old materials hauled away. Use of magnetized sweepers can be requested to remove screws and nails that fall to the ground.

  6. If you are purchasing a composite slate or simulated shake DaVinci roof and live in areas prone to snow, make certain the proposal includes snow guards.

  7. If there are roofing permits required in your area, have them spelled out in the proposal along with defining who secures and pays for them.

  8. Have any special code requirements detailed in the proposal for your area.

  9. Payment terms should be clearly defined for your review.

  10. Worker's compensation and liability insurance details should be spelled out in the proposal along with the contractor's willingness to issue a certificate of insurance (in your name) if they are awarded the contract.

 

Looking for more insights on working with roofing contractors? Visit the "Consumers" section of the National Roofing Contractors Association website for valuable tips. You can also find more helpful information at Why Choose a DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor? and Who Can Install DaVinci Polymer Roofing?

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The Hunt for a Qualified Roofing Contractor

If you’re thinking about replacing the roof on your home, make sure to invest as much time in finding a qualified roofing contractor as you do in selecting the right luxury roof for your house.

Locating the right roofing contractor may be easier than you think. Along with the traditional ways of locating installers, such as the Yellow Pages and searching businesses online, here are some fast and easy recommendations from the experts at DaVinci Roofscapes to help you find qualified installers in your area:

Tip #1 – Talk with the manufacturer and find out if they have a list of installers who have installed their product. If you're installing a polymer slate or shake roof from DaVinci, you'll find that members of our DaVinci Masterpiece Contractors Program are even more familiar with our composite roof products. Make the "Locate a Contractor" button on the DaVinci website your first stop if you plan to have a lightweight roofing system made of durable simulate slate or shake roofing installed on your home.

Tip #2 – Ask your local lumberyards, distribution centers and building product dealerships for recommendations on quality roofing installers in your area ... especially those that have experience installing green roof systems and imitation slate shingles. You can also ask architects and general contractors if they have a recommendation for a roofer they feel does exceptional work.

Tip #3 – Visit a website like 1800contractor.com, Home Advisor or Angie’s List. Let them match you up with installers in your specific geographic area to receive installation quotes. And, make sure to check the Better Business Bureau and Chamber of Commerce for roofer listings in your area.

Tip #4 – Ask family, friends and colleagues for recommendations of reputable roofers they’ve used in the past. Select those whose services have been stand-out top quality with your friends.

Tip #5 - Visit the National Roof Contractors Association (NRCA) website. In the "Consumers" section on the home page there's a "Find a Contractor" button where you can plug in your zip code to find an NRCA member roofer in your area. You'll also find other valuable information on this website regarding your roofing project.

Once you locate roofing contractors to interview, start by making sure the contractor is licensed and insured. Find out if the contractor warrants their work. Then, get a written bid for your project. Next, ask for references and then take the time to check them out. Finally, have a signed written contract outlining all aspects of the project.

Need more assistance? Visit Why Choose a DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor? and How Do I Find a Contractor for Installation of My DaVinci Roof?

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"Over the Roof” Options at DaVinci Online Color Studio

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we don't take it lightly when we proudly claim the title of "color leader in the polymer roofing industry." Not only do we offer 49 standard colors, but we allow you to custom create a designer roof blend using any of those colors.

To make your color selection experience easy, our popular online DaVinci Color Studio provides a Color Designer tool that allows you to click and see how different colors look together on our simulated slate and shake roofing products. You can create blends from two to five colors and keep trying different combinations until you find one that's right for your home. Best of all, you can then print out your color selections to share with family, friends and your roofing installer.

Not sure how to select color or looking for advice on the best color for your luxury roof? Then ask a professional --- Kate Smith, president and chief color maven at Sensational Color. You can send questions to Kate along with your home photos online and she'll respond with customized advice just for you.

The DaVinci Color Studio also provides tips for selecting color from the top down on your home along with a list of questions and answers to bring you "up to color speed" on selecting new 50-year roof for your home. And, if you'd like to make sure your home color selections complement the style of your house, just download the free "FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior" at our site. Here you'll find color guidance for seven different home styles, including Colonial, Ranch, Bungalow, Victorian, Spanish Mission, European and New American.

Start to finish, we know you'll be "over the roof" with our synthetic roof color offering AND our free DaVinci Color Studio services! And, if you need more color insights right now, just visit How Do I Choose the Right Composite Roofing Color for My Home?

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