Ask the Expert - Royce Kuntz

Royce Kuntz, Regional Sales Manager with DaVinci Roofscapes has been with the company for 6+ years now, and much of his time is spent on the road meeting with customers. We want to share some of Royce's unique insights with you about his conversations with roofers, project managers and homeowners.

 

Fake Shake RoofQ: You're meeting with a lot of roofers across the east. What do they identify as one of the best aspects of using DaVinci polymer roof tiles?

A: Roofers really care about the pre-collated bundles DaVinci supplies. This saves them time and labor on the construction site because they don't have to hand sort different colors and widths. This pre-planned distribution produces the right aesthetic effect every time on the roof --- which also matters to homeowners.

 

Q: Are roofers giving you feedback on anything else?

A: Yes. Bellaforte roofing tiles, which we introduced several years ago, are a big hit with roofers. They all cite the speed of installation with these lightweight roofing tiles as being very appealing to them.

 

Q: What about consumers? What are homeowners asking about?

A: Along with getting the exact look on the roof they want, which is where the pre-collated bundles come in, homeowners are keenly interested in color fade concerns, warranty and the integrity of the composite roofing tiles.

 

Q: Let's tackle these individually. How do you respond to the color fade concerns?

A: At DaVinci, our proprietary engineered polymer incorporates state-of-the-art color and ultraviolet stabilizers in order to provide the best possible color performance. Although all outdoor products tend to fade a bit over time, the DaVinci Slate and Shake synthetic roofing material has proven itself in internal accelerated weathering, third party testing and outside exposure. And, since our color extends completely through each tile, this also brings greater confidence to the reduction of color fade issues.

 

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Q: Next, the warranty.

A: DaVinci offers a Limited Lifetime Material Warranty. This provides exceptional value for a homeowner along with peace-of-mind. I also remind consumers to check with their homeowner insurance company since many agencies will offer a discount with our Class A Fire Rated product.

 

Q: Finally, the integrity of composite roofing tiles. What do you share with homeowners to eliminate concerns?

A: This is easy. The combination of the rib structure of the DaVinci tiles with the thickness of the synthetic roofing material --- especially when compared to competitive composite roofing products --- prevents the DaVinci tiles from curling and warping. The thicker simulated shake roofing and imitation slate tiles we manufacture also provide better shadow lines and makes for a more realistic looking slate or cedar shake roof.

 

Want to know what contractors think of DaVinci manufactured slate roofs? See Out of the Mouths of Contractors

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Composite Shake DaVinci Tiles Selected By Missouri Community

The Compton family served as the "neighborhood guinea pigs" in 2014 when the architectural review committee of their homeowners association decided to allow polymer roofing as an option on homes in their Missouri community.

"We volunteered our house to display examples of two shades of the Bellaforté Shake composite shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes," says Robert Compton. "This worked out great for us because we wanted to see exactly which simulated shake roofing color looked best on our house."

Neighbors flooded the Compton property to see the sustainable roofing product samples and options that Cardinal Contractors had set up on site. "We previously had cedar shake roof shingles that were a hassle to maintain," says Compton. "There were several features about the DaVinci shake shingles that appealed to us. We liked the improved performance over real cedar in terms of fire and impact ratings.

"We're very pleased with the Bellaforté product. One of our neighbors had their roof replaced with real cedar shake roofing just a year ago and it already appears to need cleaning. We expect our roof to maintain the current appearance for years to come."

The Comptons have led the way in the neighborhood as residents make the change to synthetic roof material. "Three of our immediate neighbors had the same DaVinci product installed on their own homes and we know of one more that will probably do so in the near future," says Compton. "Since we served as the 'guinea pig' in the community I've gotten to know many of our neighbors better. Many of them have been overwhelmingly supportive of the community's move to allow these fake cedar shake shingles for our designer roofs."

 

For more neighborhood roofing stories, see Roof Envy - A Tale of Two Roofs and Why You Should Care that DaVinci Polymer Roofs are Used on Condo Communities.

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DaVinci Roofscapes Launches 2015 "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest

Are you ready to shake up the outside of your home with color? If you home exterior is suffering from the blahs, tell us about it --- and you may win $2,500 cash to add color to your home!

On April 1 (no foolin!) we'll be kicking off our 2015 "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest. To enter, all you need to do is visit www.todayshomeowner.com/color and submit a photo of your house exterior along with a description of why and how you want to add color to your home.

Sponsored by DaVinci Roofscapes, Fypon and Therma-Tru, our third annual contest gives you the opportunity to get an artist rendering done of your home (if you're one of the three finalists!) that shows how color can enhance your home exterior.

Where should your colorful imagination take you? How about a new color painted on your front door? Or, think about trimming up your home with new shutters and millwork. And, of course, start at the top of the home by adding composite shake or simulated slate roofing to your home!

Don't miss out on this opportunity. Enter the "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest from April 1 - 24 and let's see if we can help you shake up your home!

Need more inspiration? See 2013 DaVinci "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest Winner Shares His Story and Tips for Shaking Up Your Home’s Exterior with Color.

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Freeze/Thaw No Trouble for DaVinci Polymer Roofing

5 degrees in Nashville. -2 degrees in Atlanta. This past winter's deep freeze stretched far deeper into the South than usual. The good news is that, when these temperatures "heated up" to the 20's and 30's, roofers were back out installing DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing materials. (See Bone-Chilling Polymer Roofing Installations)

Polymer RoofingWhat those southern roofers might not know --- because they don't always experience extreme temperature conditions --- is that DaVinci composite roofing materials are designed to be installed in areas where freeze-thaw conditions are common. These hard-working imitation slate and synthetic shake products don't absorb water so there aren’t the same freeze thaw issues that some roofing materials have.That means that even if a DaVinci roof has moisture on it, there will be no damage during freeze-thaw cycles like cracking or splitting of tiles.

Made of 100% virgin polymer resin, simulated shake roofing and composite slate tiles from DaVinci don't react the same to colder weather conditions as natural roof products. For example, a wood shake roof goes through freeze/thaw cycles constantly in some weather environments. This means that it is common to see cracking and splitting on some cedar roofs. In some areas of the country, the daylight to nightfall temperature swings alone can cause damage to cedar shake roofing. (See DaVinci Shake is the Best Fake Cedar Shake on the Market)

In addition, DaVinci plastic roofing materials are very thermally stable. A 12" synthetic slate roof tile expands just 1/12" with a 100 degree temperature swing. Thanks to this engineering feat, you don't get the buckling or movement with a DaVinci tile that can put strain on fasteners as with some other products.

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Real Cedar Shake Roofs are for the Birds!

shake roofLook! Up in the sky ... is it a bird? is it a plane? No, it's birds making their homes on real cedar roof shingles!

As these birds --- and many people --- will attest to, cedar roofing has, well, gone to the birds. Why? Perhaps because the shake shingles are the perfect nesting area for our winged friends. Or, maybe it's because natural wood shake shingles can warp, rot and decay over time ... making the perfect sanctuary for birds, but not a great roof for your home.

If you love the look of cedar shake roofing, but don't want the hassles (or bird nests!) sometimes associated with it, then now's the time to learn about cedar shake alternative roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Polymer Shake RoofMade of virgin resins, DaVinci simulated shake roofing is fire-, insect-, impact- and high-wind resistant. The rustic appeal of our shake alternative tiles comes from the deep shake impressions that perfectly replicate real shake shingles. Our virtually maintenance free plastic roofing materials also resist curling, splitting and cracking ... and fading --- so the color you select today is the same color you'll see on your roof for decades to come!

With DaVinci synthetic shake roofing, you also get choices. Our environmentally friendly roofs come in 50 different standard colors plus a variety of blends. Or, visit our Color Designer tool to create your own blend.

Need more details on DaVinci shake options? Then see DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options.

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50 Shades of DaVinci

We've hit the big 5-0. With the introduction of our newest color, Smokey Gray, DaVinci Roofscapes now offers 50 standard color options for our composite slate and synthetic shake roofing products! (Click HERE to see all 50 of our color options in our new color brochure online)

From light shades of violet to bold terracotta and subtle gray tones, there are now 50 different polymer roofing colors available to add "top down" color on a home. These 50 colors --- combined with a variety of color blends available from DaVinci --- give homeowners unlimited possibilities for customizing their designer roofs.

"In today's world, consumers use color to personalize every aspect of their lifestyles," says Kate Smith, president and chief color maven of Sensational Color. "From the selection of an iPhone case to placemats for a table setting to flowers in a garden, color plays a role in every element of our daily lives.

"Because having color options is so critical to expressing our personalities, it makes complete sense for homeowners to want to express themselves with their own luxury roof color selection. DaVinci makes this possible by offering a multitude of standard colors with subtle shade tones plus the opportunity for homeowners to create their own custom luxury roof color if they desire. That ability to be completely in control of one's color choices empowers people."

 

At DaVinci, the 50 color options for simulated shake roofing and synthetic slate roofing include:

            - Light New Cedar, Medium Light New Cedar, Medium New Cedar, Medium Dark New Cedar, Dark New Cedar

            - Medium Terracotta, Dark Terracotta

            - Light Clay, Dark Clay

            - Light Autumn, Medium Light Autumn, Medium Autumn, Dark Autumn

            - Dark Amber

            - Light Brown, Medium Brown

            - Light Weathered Gray, Medium Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray, Medium Dark Weathered Gray, Dark Weathered Gray

            - Medium Tan, Dark Tan

            - Light Green, Medium Green, Dark Green

            - Light Chesapeake, Medium Light Chesapeake, Medium Chesapeake, Dark Chesapeake

            - Light Tahoe, Medium Light Tahoe, Medium Tahoe, Medium Dark Tahoe, Dark Tahoe

            - Light Mountain, Medium Mountain, Dark Mountain

            - Green Stone, Dark Stone

            - Light Gray, Medium Gray, Dark Gray, Slate Gray, Smokey Gray

            - Slate Black

            - Light Purple, Dark Purple

            - Light Violet, Dark Violet

Want more color insights? See Don't Hide Your Gray! plus Shaking It Up with Color Blends and Timeless Roof Colors.

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Hail, Hail, the Hail's Coming Near!

Spring weather can turn ugly and dangerous very quickly. An innocent-looking thunderstorm can turn into a hail event when updrafts push water droplets into a part of the atmosphere which is below the freezing temperature.

The results? Pounding hail that can ruin crops, dent cars and damage roofs.

Hail storms --- which can occur in any part of the country given the right weather conditions ---can be dangerous because of two major reasons. The icy pellets coming out of the sky can fall at speeds of up to 100mph and they can generally range from a half inch to three inches in diameter. Just imagine dropping a baseball from an airplane and having it hit your roof ... that's what it can be like for hail to hit your home.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, our customers sleep easier at night during scary thunderstorms, hail events and other weather activities. Why? Because our impact-resistant polymer roof tiles resist impact, fire and high winds.

Made for strength, composite roofing tiles from DaVinci actually allow hail to bounce off our durable roofs with minimal to no damage. And, to prove our confidence in our imitation slate and simulate shake roofing materials, we provide a limited lifetime material warranty with all DaVinci lightweight roofing systems.

Want to learn what professionals think about how DaVinci synthetic roofing material stands up to hail? Then see Contractors "Hail" DaVinci Roofscapes and Spring Weather Demands a DaVinci Roof.

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Roofing ROI

It’s no secret that home upgrades cost time and money. But certain projects can actually save you money in key areas and improve the resale value of your home, while making it more beautiful and livable now.

Fake Shake RoofThe roof is an integral part of a house’s curb appeal. It’s also a vital protective layer between the elements and your family. Polymer roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes has the advantage of being impact-, fire- and weather-resistant, as well as beautiful.

A new roof can pay off, according to “Remodeling" magazine, which cites a 71.6 percent recoup of costs in their 2015 Cost vs. Value study.

Here's some great advice: skip over bargain-basement priced roofs, even if you’re on a budget. What’s important is finding a luxury roof that will be virtually maintenance free for years to come. You may pay more out of pocket now, but you’ll save big on repairs, inspection and maintenance in the long run. (See A DaVinci Slate Tile Roof - An Investment In Your Home's Aesthetic And Re-Sale Value!)

Manmade imitation slate and simulated shake roofing offer the authentic look of natural materials but are more resistant to chipping, flaking and splintering over time. And, with the 50 standard colors available from DaVinci, you can focus on your home’s 'top down' curb appeal to create a cohesive exterior.

Looking for another way to save? Ask your insurance company about any discounts that may be available each year to you on homeowner's insurance because you're investing in synthetic roofing material!

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Homeowner Celebrates Fire-Resistant Bellaforté Roof

Some homeowners get so excited about their new DaVinci Roofscapes designer roof that they include pictures of their homes on Facebook. Others feature their home's new luxury roof on their holiday greeting cards. And then there's Dan Baer ... who threw a roof party to celebrate his new simulated slate roofing product.

“We hosted a party on our balcony to celebrate our new roof,” says Baer, a homeowner in Yorba Linda, Calif. “I wanted everyone to reach out, touch this roof and see why we’re so excited.

"The DaVinci slate looks like authentic slate but it’s completely man-made. I’m thrilled with the quality of the product, the custom color we selected and the fire-resistancy of this polymer roof.”
 
Baer had good reason to celebrate when his DaVinci roof was installed in 2011. Just a few years earlier he and his family watched from their back porch as raging wildfire flames came within a half mile of their home.
 
“More than fifty homes burned in our area during the one fire,” says Baer. “If the winds had been stronger, our home would have been included. Our old shake roof was a tinderbox waiting to ignite. Our new Bellaforté polymer tiles are rated Class A for fire retardance, which gives us tremendous peace-of-mind.”

 

Class A Fire Rated

 
Both strong and beautiful, the Bellaforté roofing tiles installed on the home are made of a custom blend designed by Baer and his wife, Cynthia. “I selected colors to complement our overall home,” says Baer. “Our custom blend is a mix of light brown, medium brown, medium tan and dark amber. DaVinci used its VariBlend technology to create a continuous variation from tile to tile, which resulted in a beautiful, natural blend.”

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How to Find a Contractor

What's in your toolbox?

If you're visiting the DaVinci Roofscapes website, your homeowner toolbox includes a handy chart that allows you to compare DaVinci simulated slate roofing green roof systemsproducts to natural slate and other synthetic slate roofing options. Click the chart and you can then compare DaVinci composite shake products to natural cedar shake roofing and to other simulated synthetic shake roofing options.

Your homeowner toolbox from DaVinci also includes full product warranty information on our polymer roofing, an overview of roofing terminology and, most importantly, important tips on how to select a contractor.

This section offers tips on where to find contractors, doing "due diligence" when interviewing and selecting a contractor and what to look for in a roofing proposal from a contractor. This handy tip sheet can make the start-to-finish project of re-roofing a home go much smoother.

Here are a few of the tips you'll find in our Homeowner Toolbox:

- Established roofing materials distributors are a good source for identifying contractors. They usually know who's been around and who pays their bills.

- If you are buying a DaVinci composite shake or synthetic slate roof and live in a geographic area that gets snow, make sure your proposal includes snow guards.

- Try to get trade references from where contractors purchase their materials.

For more insights on selecting a roofer for luxury roof installation, see The Proposal ... No Diamond Ring Required.

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DaVinci Shake Tiles Enhance Japanese Home Design

Drive through Rehoboth, Delaware and you may be surprised to discover a Japanese-style home with a DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roof tucked between more traditional looking homes in the neighborhood. That's the brainchild of homeowner Jim McIntire.

"It all started with our desire for unique skylights and ended up with a pagoda-style roof," says McIntire, a retired financial advisor. "We had a home on this lot that didn't excite me very much, so we worked with architect Michael Sing to create something truly inspirational."

McIntire discovered the DaVinci synthetic shake roofing option on the Internet and then contacted DaVinci project specialist Katie Wheeler. As a result, McIntire and Sing chose a DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roof in the Chesapeake blend of four earthy tones to complement the house design.

"The slight flexibility in the DaVinci imitation slate shingles helped us achieve the curve to the roofline and the upswept corners," says Sing, of Michael J. Sing, LLC. "We took inspiration for the home's design from many books on Japanese architecture. The roof is the showpiece of the home and it looks great. For me, this was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design something really unique for our area."

McIntire's home has been featured in The Washington Post (click HERE to see the story and pictures) and features everything from 200 unique Japanese-inspired porcelain tiles to roof skirting that enhances the pagoda style of the home. The three-story home includes the original back lower deck plus the addition of an upper deck.

"This home is a few blocks from the ocean with lots of incredible rooflines so we needed a simulated shake roofing alternative that could withstand potentially high winds and storms," says McIntire. "We're pleased with both the beauty and adaptability of this composite shake roof."

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Ask the Experts: Snow Guards

If you install polymer roofing in a snowy region, you need to know Lars Walberg. As the president of Rocky Mountain Snow Guards, Inc., Lars and his son Clay are experts at snow retention systems. At DaVinci Roofscapes, we work closely with Lars and thought you'd benefit from learning more about his company and experiences.

Q: What sets your company apart in the marketplace?

A: We're one of only four manufacturers in the United States that design and sell complete snow retention systems for any type of roofing system, whether on a residence or commercial project. We sold more than 900 systems last year. And, we offer a 50-year warranty on our systems when installed in accordance with our designs.

 

Q: Your site shows a wide variety of snow retention systems. How does a roofer know which one is best to use on their roofing project?

A: The best thing to do is go to our website, www.rockymountainsnowguards.com. That's where a contractor can go to SEARCH BY ROOF TYPE to find the appropriate snow guard and retention system for their project. There's also an online request form there or roofers can call us at 877-414-7606.

 

Q: Let's talk specifically about synthetic roofing materials. What advice do you have for roofers installing or retrofitting composite slate or synthetic shake roofs?

A: First of all, roofers need to understand that all polymer roof tiles are slippery and won't hold snow, regardless of the pitch. Snow will definitely slide off composite roofing, even if you have a low 4/12 pitch. In fact, show will accumulate more on a lower pitch than on a higher pitch before it slides, which can cause greater potential for damage.

 

Q: So, what should a roofer do?

A: Make sure snow guards are properly specified and installed --- and don't skimp on them. We run into situations where contractors buy a box of 50 or 100 snow guards for a 40 or 50 square roof. One or two snow guards per 100 square feet of roofing area just won't do the job. The polymer designer roof needs a "system" to reduce the potential for a "catastrophic release" where all the snow comes down in an avalanche and has the potential to harm people and property.

 

Q: Finally, what's the most popular snow retention type product for DaVinci imitation slate shingles and simulated shake roofing?

A: The SnowTrapper line is the most popular of our products for DaVinci luxury roofs. We have different models that work for each DaVinci product for both new and retrofit applications and we're happy to work directly with roofers on their product selections.

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Fake Shake Outperforms Cedar Shake Roofing

Look up the word "shake" in a thesaurus and you'll see the following synonyms: tremble, quiver, quake, shudder, wobble and vibrate. Funny that those are the same words that many people use to describe their experiences with real cedar shake roofing.

While cedar roof shingles can look attractive and appealing when first installed, over time they have a tendency to rot, warp and splinter. And, they've been known to also become "wobbly" and insect-infested.

How do homeowners satisfy their desire for the eye-catching appeal of cedar roofing without the maintenance hassles associated with real shake roofing? Simulated shake roofing to the rescue.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we manufacture fake cedar shake roofing tiles that look so realistic that people standing below a house can't tell the difference from a real shake tile roof. Available in 9", 7", 6" and 4" tile widths, DaVinci's hand-split multi-width composite shake roofing tiles are carefully crafted using only virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable roofing product.

To increase the realistic appearance of these shake alternative roofing tiles, each fake cedar shake tile features both straight and wavy grains throughout the tile for a realistic look. And, as with all DaVinci lightweight roofing materials, the composite shake tiles resist fire, high wind and impact. They're also created to resist rot, insects and moisture and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

Need more details? See DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options and Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci.

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I'm Not Going to Take it Anymore!

Remember the movie "Network"  back in 2000? A longtime television anchor creates a nationwide outcry during an evening news broadcast by encouraging viewers to shout out "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore."

That classic movie moment has led to January 7 being named national "I'm Not Going to Take it Anymore Day."

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we invite you to celebrate this day by taking a long, hard look at your roof. If slate shingles are cracked, there are upturned cedar roof shingles or if water is leaking into your home, decide on January 7 that you're not going to take it anymore!

Then, take the next step and go to the DaVinci website to explore all the simulated slate roofing and composite shake products available to make your life --- and the life of your home --- better.

 

Need inspiration? Then see what other homeowners are saying:

"I was tired of our older wood shakes deteriorating with different weather conditions. Plus, mold would accumulate on the wood shakes and the shakes were fading. Overall, dealing with this roof was a huge headache. I wanted something that looked like real wood shakes but performed better.After doing research on DaVinci Roofscapes and discussing the product with our contractor, we decided our best option was the Bellaforté Shake product that resists impact, wind, algae and mold. I'd definitely recommend the roof to family and friends, and I believe the Bellaforté Shake product is a sensible long-term investment for our home."

                                                Thomas Meyers of Prior Lake, Minnesota

"More than fifty homes burned in our area during the one wildfire. If the winds had been stronger, our home would have been included. Our old shake roof was a tinderbox waiting to ignite. Our new Bellaforté polymer tiles are rated Class A for fire retardance, which gives us tremendous peace-of-mind."

                                                Dan Baer of Yorba Linda, California

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2015: Are There Polymer Shakes in Your Future?

You don't need a magical crystal ball or a palm reader to know if your house needs a new roof. If you have cedar shake roofing, just go outside and look up. Curling, dry cedar roofing shakes or cedar roof shingles with insect infestations are a sure sign that you'll soon be looking for a new roof.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we do have a prediction to make. If you're in the market for a cedar shake alternative roof, you'll end up loving our synthetic shake roofing product. You may even Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake!

An authentic replica to real cedar shakes, our simulated shake roofing gives you the shake look you want, without the hassles of popping nails, curling shakes and insect infestations. Our synthetic cedar shakes are also Class A Fire Rated, so you don't have to worry about flame spread. And, as a bonus, DaVinci lightweight roofing solutions are also impact-rated so you can say farewell to concerns about high winds, hail and severe weather damage.

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When you're ready to start your composite shake roof research, start with DaVinci and these terrific looking products to create your next designer roof!

  • 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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Epic Roofing Insights

When the team at Epic Exteriors gets started on a project --- watch out! This talented group of roofers can tackle any challenge, including this steep slope roofing project at a home in Lawrence, Kansas this past October.

For this "epic" transformation, Epic Exteriors installed Bellaforté Slate from DaVinci Roofscapes to replace tired, worn out shake shingles. And, while there were a variety of challenges associated with this sloped roofing project, the team at Epic Exteriors handled the job with expert efficiency.

"My company has installed almost 20 Bellaforté synthetic roofs since the product was launched several years ago," says Shawn Bellis with Epic Exteriors. "This durable imitation slate roofing tile resists impact, fire, algae and insects. It's a real winner for our geographic area."

According to Bellis, who is a member of the DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program, there are many advantages to working with DaVinci. "When your sole business is synthetic roofing material, like DaVinci and unlike other roofing manufacturers, you can really focus on making it the best product on the market by solving all the issues that the other products have," says Bellis. "As asphalt products continue to go up in price, it makes the sale of DaVinci all the easier. In fact, I think that Bellaforté is going to make the asphalt market merge into the synthetic. 

"When it comes to the color blends, there is nothing better. DaVinci has simplified the color collation process for the contractor. With other synthetic products, the contractor has to work with the homeowner and figure it out --- and sometimes that takes forever. Furthermore, with other roofing products, when you do have to pre-blend and sort the roof, it takes a lot of extra time on the job site too. 

"When it comes to the color blends, I love the selection. I'm not interested in being a designer and neither is the homeowner. I say leave the color stuff to the professionals at DaVinci, they are the experts at the color blends. If you start to complicate it then the job drags on. By streamlining the process for the homeowner, DaVinci gives the homeowner the right amount of choices."

Want to know what other roofers think about polymer roof tiles from DaVinci? Then check out Simulated Slate Roofing the "Go To" Product for Champion Roofing and Interview with DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor, Doug Fry of Douglas Fry Roofing in Wichita.

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No Sissy Shakes

Boing! Up pops a real wood shake from your roof. Unable to stop itself from curling and warping over time, real cedar shake roofing often causes problems and replacement concerns over the years.

 

These "sissy shake shingles" may look pretty the first year or so after they are installed, but they're unreliable over time. Plus, they're a fire hazard and can't withstand severe weather and high winds prone to some areas of the country.

What to do if you really like the look of cedar roofing and want it on your home? Explore the many options for cedar shake alternative roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

 

Manufactured to resist curling, fading, high winds and especially fire and impact, Class A Fire Rated simulated shake roofing from DaVinci is backed by a 50 year roof limited warranty to give you peace-of-mind. This sustainable roofing option creates an environmentally friendly roof that can make you the envy of the neighborhood. (See Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci for more details!)

When it's time to replace your real shake roofing materials, visit our DaVinci website to learn about these great synthetic shake roofing shingles:

> 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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Tiny Houses ... Big DaVinci Roofs!

Tune in on Monday, December 22nd when the popular show Tiny House Nation returns for its second season on FYI Network. Airing at 9 EST, this television series focuses on the construction of tiny homes (less than 500 square feet!) for homeowners across America.

In the December 22 and 29 shows (episodes 109 and 110), DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roofing products will be highlighted in the construction process of both homes. You can also watch on-line HERE once the shows have aired.

For the two upcoming season-opening houses, Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing tiles in the Mountain-VariBlend of three brown tones was installed on the tiny houses. Show producers liked the authentic look of the simulated shake roofing and loved the fact that DaVinci products are Class A Fire Rated and also resist impact, moisture and insects.

If you haven't seen the popular show yet, here's a quick overview from the FYI.TV network:

In “Tiny House Nation,” renovation experts and hosts, John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin, travel across America to show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them, as well as help new families design and construct their own mini-dream home in a space no larger than 500 square feet. From a micro-apartment in New York City to a caboose car turned home in Montana to a micro-sized mobile home for road tripping – this is a series that celebrates the exploding movement of tiny homes. From pricey to budget friendly, “Tiny House Nation” is not a typical design show, but one that proves size doesn’t always matter – it’s creativity that counts.

Check out DaVinci Roofscapes Makes Big Impact on Tiny Houses to see how other DaVinci polymer roofing products were used during Season 1 of the show!

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Santa's Reindeer Add DaVinci Polymer Roofing to their Wish Lists

Why should children get the best gifts during the holidays? This year, Santa's reindeer have started their own "wish list" that includes peppermint-flavored lichen, full-body insulated sweaters and impact-resistant polymer roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.
 
"It's hard on our hoofs to land on millions of slate roofs in a single night," says Blitzen, spokes-deer for Santa's nine reindeer. "We have the weight of Santa's sled filled with toys, to say nothing of Santa's ever-increasing waistline, to pull through the sky. When we land, the reindeer are looking for durable composite roofing that can really support our weight and be easy on our hoofs!"

At DaVinci, creating impact-resistant composite slate and simulated shake roofing tiles that can withstand strong winds, severe weather and reindeer-landings is a daily occurrence. The earth-bound elves at the Kansas-based company focus on being good all year long and creating reliable sustainable roofing products 365 days a year.
 
"Last year Rudolph made a mistake and brought the sleigh down too quickly on a shake tile roof that he thought had DaVinci shake shingles," says Blitzen. "It was ugly. With the weight of the sleigh and Santa aboard, our hooves went right through those darned cedar roof shingles and we had our legs dangling through a living room ceiling. Rudolph won't make that mistake again!"
 
While Blitzen and the team can't depend on rooftop lights to guide their way and identify DaVinci simulated slate roofing and composite shake roofs, the spokes-deer says they have worked out an alternate identification roof method.
 
"We always know when there's a DaVinci 50 year roof below us because their colors shine through in the sky," says Blitzen. "From New York to California, we've seen these colorful roofs on homes all across America and we look for them to guide our way. I can't say it officially on the record, but the European blend of five gray and purple shades is our personal favorite."
 
With the introduction of the new Smokey Gray color in January of 2015, DaVinci will offer 50 different colors for their realistic slate and shake alternative roofing tiles. The company's polymer roof tiles are Class 4 impact rated, making it possible for them to handle severe weather conditions and unscheduled sleigh landings. The roofing tiles have passed the highest rating wind tests, so even if weather conditions are blustery on December 24th, Santa and his reindeer will have no difficulties landing on the secure DaVinci luxury roofs.

It's not just the reindeer who love synthetic slate roof shingles from DaVinci ... Reindeer-Resistant Synthetic Roofing High on Santa's Wish List!

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Homeowners Talk About DaVinci Roofscapes

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we understand that homeowners do a substantial amount of research before selecting a new environmentally friendly roof for their homes. We applaud consumers for learning as much as they can about roofing options and encourage everyone to visit our recently-enhanced DaVinci website for lots of resources and information.

Plus, since we know you'd like to hear from other homeowners who have made the investment in our synthetic roofing material, we're sharing these quotes with you today from people across the country who have chosen composite roofing for their homes to create a designer roof overhead! 

“We felt that this fake slate roof would be a huge improvement in our area over the old asphalt shingle roof. They truly replicate natural slate shingles, and it definitely lends an air of authenticity to our somewhat contemporary home design.”

            Rob Fanjoy - Maine

"This so accurately resembles real slate that we’re completely delighted with its beauty. Now we’re the envy of the neighborhood and our roof is ready for any weather we face in Texas!”

                        Kathy Telecky - Texas

“It’s wonderful to now have this new custom color polymer slate tile on our roof. Our home features many design elements that make it unique, and the roofing is the icing on the cake. The bold custom colors created by DaVinci give the house a unified look that complements the detail work of the house trim, siding and stone pathways.”

                        Carol Knoff - Iowa

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

                        Nancy Dye - Virginia

"This home is a few blocks from the ocean with lots of incredible rooflines so we needed a simulated shake roofing alternative that could withstand potentially high winds and storms. We're pleased with both the beauty and adaptability of the DaVinci composite shake roof."

                        Jim McIntire - New Jersey

Want to learn more about what homeowners think of our lightweight roofing tiles? See Roof Envy - A Tale of Two Roofs and Slate Roof Alternatives Applauded by Homeowners.

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