Homeowners Build Country Living Magazine Potting Shed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Shopping List for Your Roof

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Snow Guards: An Important Decision for Your Synthetic Roof

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Museum on the Move

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

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

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

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

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

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Shaking Up the Look of Your Roof

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

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

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

  • Multiple-Width --- a very popular, realistic look, this installation requires your roofer to take extra care to offset the between-tile gaps from one course to the next.
  • Single-Width --- every synthetic shake tile is the same size, and your roofer can stagger each course to give you a textured look to the roof.
  • Straight Course --- row after row of composite shake tiles are installed on the roof, with no overlapping, to give a very uniform look.
  • Staggered Course --- a ragged, saw-tooth pattern on each course gives this roof a rustic appearance.
 
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When it comes to options for shake alternative products, DaVinci has you covered. Here are the realistic-looking cedar shake alternative tiles we offer: 

> DaVinci Multi-Width Shake: Reminiscent of natural cedar shake roofing with a deep-grained surface reflecting natural cedar roofing. Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths that can be installed in a non-repeating fashion in either a straight or staggered pattern. A deep 5/8" profile has both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend to create enviable shadow lines.

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

> Bellaforté Shake: Designed with a snap-fit tile that creates a built-in rain gutter, Bellaforté simulated shake roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab that secures every tile to drastically improve wind performance. The 12" tile width with multiple profiles simulates a multi-width, staggered rough hewn wood shake. And, at 1" average tile thickness, Bellaforté Shake designer roof tiles are reminiscent of natural jumbo shakes.

> Fancy Shake: If you're looking for a more refined cedar look, then Fancy Shake synthetic shakes are for you. With a clean, smooth look replicating machine-sawn shake, these 7/16" thick shake shingles provide a polished beauty for your roof. Available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with bundles arriving at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork.

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

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Take Time to Select Composite Roofing Colors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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That's A Lot of Roof

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Real Cedar Shingles ... Worth the Hassles?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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All hail, HAIL!

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            Thad Jennings, president of Jenco Roofing in Oklahoma 

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Sick of Cedar Shakes

It doesn't take much to fall "out of love" with a product you thought would be great for your home long-term.

Broken sprinkler heads on a lawn irrigation system. Windows that let in moisture and continually fog up. An entry door that never closes "just right" so you're always feeling chilly drafts.

Real cedar shake roofing falls into that same category.  While a wood shake roof may look good when it's first installed, it doesn't take long to fall out of love with it. Why? Because real cedar shakes can deteriorate quickly. They welcome bug infestations and the shakes can warp and curl. All of which mean constant maintenance headaches.

If you want to stay in love with a cedar roof, make the smart choice and select composite shake roofing. Made of fire- and impact-resistant polymers, simulated shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes resists insects, warping and curling ... and it doesn't fade like real cedar shake roofing.

Designer Roof

 

At DaVinci, we offer you four different synthetic shake roofing options to perfectly complement your home ...and your wallet:

> 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.

Polymer Shake Roofing

 

Learn more about our shake roofing materials at No Sissy Shakes and Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci

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The Switch: Cedar Roofing to Synthetic Slate Shingles

Challenge: California residents faced losing their homeowner insurance if they didn't replace their deteriorating cedar roof shingles.

Solution: A new roof style with imitation slate shingles that met the needs of the insurance company. Resistant to fire, high winds and severe weather, the DaVinci Roofscapes simulated slate roofing transformed the couple's home.

Polymer Roof TilesHomeowner Insights:

“Our biggest change was that we wanted to move away from the shake roof and move to a slate that we thought fit the style of the house better,” says Dr. Mike Boone, a part-time resident of Cayucos, Calif. “But, we didn’t want the hassle, weight and expense of real slate.

“We wanted a roof with some interest to it, not just one tedious color. Also, we needed a roof color combination that would not show sea salt spray or seagull poop. The subtleness of the colors we selected blended well together. We liked the blend of the roof colors so much that they inspired us to select exterior siding and accent colors to complement it."

Boone and his wife Andrea decided to create a custom color blend for the roof of their "Carmel Cottage" style home. They selected a DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roof in a stunning color combination that includes Slate Black and Slate Gray with highlight colors blended in of Light Green and Dark Green. (See Homeowners Create Their Own DaVinci Roofing Color Blends) Now their insurance concerns are a thing of the past and they're enjoying the synthetic slate roofing on their home.

 “Cayucos is a walking town," says Boone. "We get comments on our roof on a daily basis from people strolling by. The roof is a focal point of the house and we are extremely happy with the decisions we made on all the colors and products that make up our ‘new’ older home.”

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One-of-a-Kind Synthetic Roofing Material

How do you know a roofing company really believes in the polymer roofing product they install? When they put it on their own company headquarters!

TASK Construction did just that ... they installed DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roofing on their Leawood, Kansas headquarters building in late 2015. According to company president Jake Kaminski, they selected a Bellaforté Shake in a Mountain-VariBlend to perfectly accent their building exterior.

Fake Cedar ShakeQ: Your company headquarters already had a standing seam metal roof on it that was in good condition. So, why replace it with simulated shake roofing?

A: We decided to update the look of our office building with a material that has proven long-term sustainability. We love the realistic aesthetics and curb appeal of the DaVinci product and we believe this composite shake roof brings positive attention to our place of business.

Q: TASK has offices in six major markets throughout the U.S. and you've completed almost 100 DaVinci roof installations in various regions of the country. What keeps you coming back to DaVinci lightweight roofing solutions?

A: DaVinci is a one-of-a-kind roofing product that is unmatched in functionality and aesthetics. We have never experienced a repair call after installation or witnessed any type of defective manufacturing. Our crews are enthusiastic about installing this synthetic roofing material. We're proud of our commitment to surpass expectations in every project we complete. Whether on a residential or commercial project, the curb appeal of the DaVinci product speaks for itself and helps us achieve this goal.

Q: What would you tell your friends and family members if they asked you about DaVinci products?

A: I would confidently tell them that DaVinci Roofscapes is the last roofing system they'll ever have to put on their homes ... then I'd point to our headquarters roof and show them that we believe in the product so much we put it on our building!

Need more Roofer Insights into DaVinci Composite Roofing? Then see Interview with High-End Contractor, John Howard of Gentry Roofing in Kansas City and Roofer Endorses DaVinci Roofscapes.

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Architectural West Magazine Focuses on DaVinci Roofscapes

What are architects reading about these days? In the two most recent issues of Architectural West magazine, they're reading about synthetic shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes!

The November/December 2015 issue of the magazine included a cover story on the re-roofing of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Centennial, Colorado featuring composite shake shingles from DaVinci. (See Horn Brothers Create Lightweight Roofing Solutions).

Then, in the new January/February 2016 issue, the cover story is on the beautiful Fleur du Lac Estates project on the shores of Lake Tahoe in Nevada.  That's where DaVinci simulated shake roofing tiles have been installed on the Yacht Club and Boat House, and will soon appear on homes in the community. (See Hassle-Free DaVinci Shake Tiles)

In case you don't subscribe to Architectural West, we want to make it easy for you to read these in-depth project profiles on DaVinci polymer roofing. Just click on the magazine covers below to get instantly connected to the stories.  Happy reading!

 

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Bad News for Cupid

Oh no! Cupid has an important job to do, but he's been thwarted by homes with impact-resistant DaVinci Roofscapes polymer shake and slate tiles overhead.

"Time is tight and I'm trying to shoot my love messages to people in homes, but the DaVinci roofs are really getting in my way," says Cupid. "I'm using all my strength, but my arrows are simply bouncing off the DaVinci roofs."

Cupid has discovered what many homeowners have already learned --- DaVinci synthetic slate and imitation shake roofing tiles are Class 4 rated for impact resistance, plus they have a Class A fire rating, so even flaming arrows won't damage them.

"Synthetic roof tiles are durable in all kinds of situations," says Wendy Bruch, marketing manager with DaVinci Roofscapes. "Our roofs normally have to stand up to hail, high winds, snow and other weather conditions that Mother Nature throws at them. So, unfortunately for Cupid, he's going to have to find another way to deliver his heartfelt messages."

The good news for Cupid is that he can see DaVinci roofs in shades of his favorite color --- red --- during his romantic travels.(See Red, Red Roof)

Designer RoofIn Stamford, Conn. the Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat has a custom terracotta color blend of DaVinci Multi-Width Slate on its roof to accent the restful setting of the Mediterranean-style complex and gardens. (See Terracotta-Hued Roof Added to Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat).

And, in Greenwood, Penn. homeowner Ellen Greenwood recently had a custom adobe red composite slate roof put on her 1867 white farmhouse to complement a nearby classic red metal roof on a stone barn.

Gillespie Contracting helped Greenwood get the red roof of her dreams. "The owner had a very specific shade of red in mind for her roof and I had confidence DaVinci could deliver," says Bill Gillespie, president of Gillespie Contracting. "The final choice on product selection came down to DaVinci and another faux slate. Mrs. Greenwood compared both products side by side and felt the DaVinci simulated slate roofing was more durable and sturdier than the other option."

Durable, colorful and arrow puncture-proof. A winning combination sure to impress even Cupid.

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February: Loving Jello, Valentine's Day and a Fake Shake Roof

Love. Love. Love. The month of February is the most romantic month of the year.

While many focus on Valentine's Day with their warm thoughts, others just love to focus on Super Bowl Sunday and Mardi Gras as their favorite "holidays" in this lovely month. But, there's so much more to February.

We've done our research and discovered that February 20th is "Love Your Pet Day" and Jello Lovers Week is February 7-13. Do you love pizza, Girls Scout cookies or pancakes? There are specialty days devoted to these tasty treats in this festive month.Fake Cedar Shake

Of course, at DaVinci Roofscapes we're very tuned in to love --- because we get so many comments and calls from homeowners who love their synthetic roofing material. Linda Merrihew is a great example. She didn't want a composite roof ... until she saw the DaVinci simulated shake roofing on a home in her neighborhood. (DaVinci Composite Shake: Seeing is Believing)

"After we visited a few locations so I could actually see it on an entire roof (and not just a picture or a piece), I loved it," says Merrihew, a resident of Tualitin, Oregon. "Our roof is a huge portion of our house so a single color would have been boring and overpowering. The tri-color grey blend is subtle but just enough to break it up and make it look unique. I love it!" 

 

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Tips for Solar Panel Installations on Polymer Roofing

How green are you? If you're like many environmentally-conscious homeowners, it's not enough to recycle your newspapers and compost old banana peels and coffee grinds. You may want to go "off the grid" by including solar panels in your roofing system.

Eco-Friendly RoofGetting from the "idea" of having solar panels on your roof to actually incorporating them on your home is a big step. You'll probably wish to consult a licensed PV/solar installer with a General Contractors license. This person will need a licensed electrician on the team to wire the panels and get the panels inspected once installed.

The good news is that you can include solar panels on your DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofing!

According to Tyler Storfa, DaVinci's Western Technical Services Manager (see On the Road with DaVinci's Tyler Storfa) it's not any more difficult to include solar panels with polymer roofing than with most other roofing materials, and it's actually easier than including panels with more ridged roofing products like natural slate, clay and concrete tile.

Here are some insights from Tyler that can help get you started:

Tip #1 - When having a mounting system for solar panels installed, make sure anything that penetrates the tiles is flashed appropriately. Most systems need "L" type brackets to be lag bolded into rafters to hold a rail system that the solar panels are mounted on.  The "L" brackets have to be attached both under and through our simulated shake and imitation slate products. This is the area that needs to be properly flashed.

Tip #2 - Contractors can rest easier when walking on DaVinci's green roof systems. Our synthetic roofing material will not break when walked on, so it's actually a bit easier to make solar panel installations.

For more insights on solar panel installations on fake slate and cedar shake alternative roofs, see From the Architects Corner - Solar Panels.

 

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Heber Valley Visitor Center - Part II

With the decision made to re-roof the Heber Valley Visitor Center with Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles, county leaders turned to Utah Correctional Industries (UCI) for installation assistance. Started in 1997 in conjunction with the Division of Facilities and Construction Management, the roofing program provides job training to low risk inmates who have been cleared and qualified for the work release program.

Fake Cedar Shake"The objective is to enable prisoners to make a contribution to society," says Jason Manwaring, correctional industries supervisor for UCI. "The program helps reduce prison idleness while increasing inmate job skills that can improve the prospects for a successful transition back into the community when they're released.

For the re-roofing of the Heber Valley Visitors Center with simulated shake tiles, UCI inmates, under the supervision of Manwaring and Adam Pierce, learned skills associated with the easy-installation of Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles. "The DaVinci team was very supportive of this project, making it go smoothly for everyone involved," says Manwaring. "This is a product that is very self-explanatory to install and the inmates were able to complete the entire roofing project in less than two weeks."

According to Rachel Kahler with the visitors center, the inmates did exemplary work.

"These individuals were respectful, kind and professional," says Kahler. "Because we're in a high-profile location, we get 25,000 people cars passing us daily on Main Street. Whenever visitors stopped in our center during the roofing process, the inmates ensured the area was clean and the building accessible --- all while working efficiently to have the roof installed in a timely manner."

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Heber Valley Visitor Center - Part I

In a unique program coordinated by the state of Utah, ten inmates and their supervisors recently installed a new Bellaforté Shake roof on the Heber Valley Visitor Center. The minimum security inmates from the Lone Peak facility at the Utah State prison completed the polymer roof installation in 10 days with outstanding results.

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

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

Wasatch County officials relate that Utah Correctional Industries (UCI) program inmates have installed two other roofs on county buildings in the past --- on the courts/jail building in 2014 and on the county administrative building in 2012.  "UCI does very good work," says Mike Davis, Wasatch County manager. "They're responsive and the quality of work is excellent.

"This was the first time our county used DaVinci products and we're exceptionally pleased with their look and durability. The next time we have a county roofing project we'll definitely consider another DaVinci roof."

Stay tuned tomorrow to find out more about the inmate installation program in Utah.

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Fires Belong in the Fireplace, Not on Your Roof

Imagine a crackling fire. Dry wood burning that shoots off sparks and a warm glow. Seems nice, right? And it is ... if it's in a fireplace. However, the image changes entirely if you're looking at cedar shake roofing catching fire atop a home.

In drought areas on the West Coast, homeowners with old cedar roofing live with the constant fear that wildfires may send embers onto their natural cedar shake roofs. Even sparks flying in the air from a wildfire a half mile away can have disastrous results for people with shake shingles.

The concern for flame spread on shake roofing materials is so strong that many communities and towns have passed legislation banning the use of real cedar shake roofing for new construction and replacement projects. So, what's a homeowner to do who loves the look of a wood shake roof? DaVinci Roofscapes to the rescue.

Synthetic shake roofing materials from DaVinci have a Class A Fire Rating. Even when a torch is held to them, they simply won't allow a flame to ignite or spread. (See Class A Synthetic Roofs Resist California Wildfires)

Allan Lyle with Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford recently put the product to the test. Watch this VIDEO and you'll quickly discover that the safest way to get the look of cedar on your home is to rely on simulated shake roofing from DaVinci.

 

Environmentally Friendly Roof

 

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Expert Help at DaVinci Roofscapes

This is it. The year you and your family invest in a new designer roof. A composite roof that will stand up to severe weather, resist fire spread and need minimal maintenance for decades to come. This is your year to purchase a DaVinci Roofscapes roof.

Polymer RoofingYou've seen our beautiful synthetic shake or composite slate roof on a friend's home. Or, you've been visiting our blog site for awhile and have seen the success stories from dozens of people who are ecstatic about their simulated shake roofing or fake slate roof.

You're almost there ... but you have a few questions. Don't worry, we're here to help.

Our DaVinci project specialists Katie Thoele and Chris Brady can answer your questions, provide insights and point you in the right direction. These knowledgeable professionals are available to talk you through a project, explain differences between our products and connect you with our color expert, Kate Smith, for color assistance. (See also Ask Your Color Questions Here)

Katie and Chris have the answers to your questions. Whether you need a sample of a product to hold up to your home to check the color or you need an estimate on how much product will be needed for your roof, they can help. Just call them at 800-328-4624 for one-on-one support to help make all your roofing dreams come true.

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