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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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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Picking the Brain of a Roofing Expert

Shawn Wittenberg knows roofs ... and he knows a great deal about DaVinci Roofscapes. Having installed 40 DaVinci composite roofs over his career, he's the expert you want to connect with if you need insights on polymer roofing. So, we're bringing his expertise right to you!

Q: Your company, Duration Construction, generally installs roofs within a 50 mile radius of St. Louis. What type of roofing projects does your team do?

A: We install a variety of specialty roofs in residential and commercial markets. And, we're expanding to Kansas City, Omaha and Illinois.

Polymer RoofingQ: When did you start installing DaVinci roofs?
A: I began installing DaVinci lightweight roofing systems in 2004. I recently drove by the first DaVinci roof that I installed more than 10 years ago and it still looks great!

Q: What do people seem to appreciate most about simulated shake roofing and slate roof alternatives from DaVinci?

A: People love how well the DaVinci product replicates the look of real slate and cedar shake roofing. They also appreciate the ability to get the look they want with the wide range of available colors. Other key factors that help sell this product are its durability and virtually maintenance-free aspects.

Q: What about homeowner insurance discounts?

A: Absolutely. I've found that most insurance companies give discounts when there's a composite slate roof or synthetic shake roofing overhead. Sometimes the discount can reach upwards of 22 percent off annual premiums.  That's really significant for a homeowner and something that should be considered when investing in a DaVinci designer roof.

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

A: I tell anyone (and everyone!) that DaVinci is one of the most durable and best-looking manufactured roofing products on the market.  It's my top choice next to real slate.

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Unique Church Roof Accented with Synthetic Shake Roofing

One of our favorite church roof renovation projects at DaVinci Roofscapes took place in Johnson City, N.Y in 2011. That's when the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church got new simulated shake roofing. (See Polymer Shake Roof Accents Ukrainian Church)

Shake RoofingWhat makes this such a special project? 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, look closer and you'll see that the roof is really made of our synthetic shake tiles.

Church leaders say that the architectural style of the landmark church mimics those structures found in the Ukraine. And, the composite shake roofing is a perfect match to the original cedar shake roof.

"The new polymer shakes look almost identical to the older wooden ones, but these will last so much longer," says Rev. Teodor B. Czabala, Jr. "The wood exterior of the church has been cleaned and stained, so now the structure looks perfect. We're both amazed and pleased that these man-made roofing tiles could have such a positive and beautiful impact on our facility.

"We searched for a product that would not need replacing for many years. Our research brought us to the DaVinci shake roofing tiles. We're thrilled with the 50-year limited warranty on the product and how these polymer tiles have already stood up to the weather conditions in our area."

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Roofs Sell Roofs

Spend time with Mark Hansen, VP of Sales and Marketing at DaVinci Roofscapes and you'll quickly find he has a favorite saying: Roofs Sell Roofs.

"When it comes to DaVinci, once people see our polymer roofing installed on a project, they start asking questions and it leads to another sale, then another and another, and so on," says Hansen, who joined the company in 2008. "We routinely hear from homeowners who have recently had a DaVinci designer roof installed on their home who tell us people stop by to ask them about their roofs.

"We end up selling the most product in geographic markets where we have been the longest, because those simulated shake roofing and imitation slate roof projects end up selling more roofs. It's a wonderful multiplier effect!"

Having traveled around the country regularly as part of his job, Hansen gravitates to residential projects where the selected composite roofing profile and color best reveal the character of a home. For example, he tends to like DaVinci Single-Width Slate on classic architecture while preferring multi-width slate or shake products on less formal home designs.

"DaVinci has a niche in the marketplace as one-stop shopping for lifetime roofing systems with amazing aesthetics," says Hansen. "Our roofing materials and color palettes are broad enough to allow us to accommodate almost any residential design."

When it comes to his favorite commercial projects, Hansen prefers the look of Bellaforté products. "Two of my favorites are the Fleur du Lac Estates and Hotel Breakers projects," says Hansen.  "They both used Bellaforté tiles in an amazing architectural fit to the properties. These Class A Fire Rated shingles are perfect for commercial projects. They have a strong warranty, resist impact and severe weather conditions, and perfectly complete a project."

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Tips for Cold Weather Installations

In many parts of the country, almost balmy weather conditions made December a dream month for roofers. Forget about layering up ... many roofers from North Carolina to New York were still in t-shirts!

However, as January weather settles in, colder weather is inevitable. That means polymer roofing installers need to prepare for cold weather situations.

If the temperatures have gotten nippy in your area and you're forging onwards with roofing installs, here are some tips from DaVinci Roofscapes to warm you up through the next several months:

Designer RoofTip #1 - Prior to installation in colder temperatures, make sure that synthetic shake shingles and composite slate tiles have been stored flat.

Tip #2 - DaVinci's unique formula allows our synthetic roofing material to remain flexible in colder weather. It's important that the roofing shingles are laid at a very minimum 3/16”.

Tip #3 - If using a pneumatic roofing nail gun for plastic roofing materials installation, the pressure should not be set too high. You may wish to hand nail pieces in if you're having trouble with your air compressor.

Tip #4 - Cold hands? Buy some "shake and use" hand warmers to slide into your gloves.

Tip #5 - When cutting imitation slate tiles or shake alternative shingles in colder temperatures, score the lightweight roofing tiles with a straight blade and break the tile along the score or use a saw blade with smaller and finer teeth.

 

Need more help for simulated shake roofing and plastic slate installations this winter? Then see Brrrrrisk Polymer Roofing Installations.

 

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New Roof in New Year? We've Got You Covered!

Does a new year mean there's a new roof in your future? If that's the case, then DaVinci Roofscapes can help.

There's no better time to invest in polymer roofing from DaVinci. Why? Because we recently enhanced the profiles of all our simulated slate roofing products. The new refined profile has a more quarried look that closely resembles natural slate. You can choose from:

DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate - Available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths, bundles of the sustainable roofing product arrive at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork. The composite slate is crafted to display rough edges and natural stone-like surface textures and comes at an impressive 1/2" tile thickness.

Bellaforté Slate - Includes a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge to help reduce the installation time for the composite slate products. A square of Bellaforté slate roof shingles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

Single-Width Slate - Offers exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. These imitation slate tiles are available in a 12" tile width with a 1/2" thickness and are modeled after natural slate pieces.

 

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If a synthetic shake roof is in your future, you've also come to the right place. Our fake cedar shake tiles have been created as an exact duplication of real wood shakes. Thanks to their authenticity, composite shake roofing is our best selling product. Just look at all the options we offer:

DaVinci Multi-Width Shake - 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 Shake - 9" tile width offers exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point.

Bellaforté Shake - Features a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge, which help reduce the installation time for the products. At a one-inch average tile thickness, Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles are reminiscent of natural jumbo shakes.

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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DaVinci Roofscapes Products Shake Up Lake Tahoe Cabins

What roofing color would you select for a cabin and boathouse project if it sat near the shore of Lake Tahoe? Well, Tahoe-VariBlend, of course!

The story begins with Nancy and Tim Gilbert acquiring a 1929 cabin in the old summer community of Elk Point on the Nevada Fake Cedar Shakeside of Lake Tahoe. Their goal was to renovate and restore the log cabin to the period. At the same time they built a new boathouse, also designed with a rustic look.

"Cedar shake roofs are no longer allowed in the Tahoe Basin as they are prone to fire," says Tim Gilbert. "DaVinci Roofscapes was the answer to our design concerns and fire prevention requirements."

Fire- and impact-resistant, DaVinci synthetic roofing material has been growing in popularity in recent years throughout California, Nevada and other areas concerned with wildfire spread. The Class A Fire Rated simulated shake roofing perfectly replicates real cedar shake roofing, yet has built in additives that allow the manmade product to give peace-of-mind to homeowners. (See also Playing with Fire)

"We wanted a roof that looked like cedar shake to complement the rustic architecture of the cabins," says Gilbert. "The roof is a major focal point of exterior design, so we're very pleased with our selection of DaVinci and the Tahoe-VariBlend. It looks like real cedar and fits into the environment nicely.

"Based on our initial experience with the composite shake product, we would recommend DaVinci to those who want the look of cedar shake without the fire hazard of cedar roof shingles."

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