Don't Panic! DaVinci Roofscapes Has The Answer

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

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

 

Fake Slate
 

DaVinci Multi-Width Slate: Our multi-width profile is available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths with 1/2" tile thickness at butt and 1/8" thickness at tip.

DaVinci Single-Width Slate: Available in 12" tile widths, the 1/2" tile thickness of this slate is twice the thickness of other synthetic slate tiles. Our VariBlend technology is used when creating this tile to form slightly varying shades from tile to tile for an authentic slate look.

Bellaforté Slate: A high performance, interlocking shingle that has superior wind resistance. Bellaforté tiles are 12" in width with 1/2" tile thickness at butt and 3/8" thickness at tip.

 

Fake Cedar Shake
 

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

DaVinci Single-Width Shake: 9" shake alternative tiles resemble hand-split cedar shake roofing. The 5/8" profile deepens shadow lines replicate real cedar roofing.

Bellaforté Shake: The 12" tile width with multiple profiles simulates a multi-width, staggered rough hewn wood shake. And, at 1" average tile thickness, Bellaforté Shake designer roof tiles are reminiscent of natural jumbo shakes.

Fancy Shake: With a clean, smooth look replicating machine-sawn shake, these 7/16" thick shake shingles provide a polished beauty for your roof. Available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with bundles arriving at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork.

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

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DaVinci Roofscapes: Proudly Made in America

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

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

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

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

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DaVinci Roofscapes Shake Alternative Roof Gains HOA Approval

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Polymer Roofing Welcomes Hurricane-Force Winds

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Superman, Seed Spitting and Sun Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Affordable Beauty with Bellaforté

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

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

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

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

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

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Shaking Up Your Roof with Unlimited Possibilities

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

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

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

Fake Cedar Shake
 

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

> DaVinci Single-Width Shake: 9" shake alternative tiles resemble hand-split cedar shake roofing. The 5/8" profile deepens shadow lines replicate real cedar roofing.

> Bellaforté Shake: The 12" tile width with multiple profiles simulates a multi-width, staggered rough hewn wood shake. And, at 1" average tile thickness, Bellaforté Shake designer roof tiles are reminiscent of natural jumbo shakes.

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

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

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Checking in With DaVinci Roofscapes Homeowners

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

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

Fake Shake

 

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

Fake Slate

 

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

 

Cedar Shake Alternative

 

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Springtime Snow Guard Installations for Synthetic Roofing Material

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Imitation Slate Roof Atop Grace Episcopal Church

After almost 100 years atop Grace Episcopal Church in Mansfield, Ohio, the heavy original slate tile roof was replaced in late 2014 with lightweight polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Polymer Slate Roof"We would categorize the original slate as in poor to average condition," says Roman Koval, business manager at Cleveland Commercial Roofing. "This was a soft slate that was costing thousands of dollars each year for the church in upkeep. Selecting the durable DaVinci Single-Width Slate profile was a sound investment for this historic building."

DaVinci synthetic slate roofing tiles are carefully crafted using virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable roofing product. The 12" wide tiles are modeled after actual slate and resist impact, severe weather and are Class A Fire Rated. Backed by a Lifetime Limited Materials Warranty, the simulated slate roofing offer the church decades of easy maintenance care.

"Our church dealt with the high mounting costs of maintaining our real slate roof for many years," says Rev. Joe Ashby with Grace Episcopal Church. "The slate needed constant attention and wasn't energy efficient. After we saw the authentic appearance of the DaVinci product, we knew we'd found the solution to our problem."

The aesthetic appeal of the DaVinci roof boasts an authentic quarried look to replicate genuine slate roof tiles. "Those people who don't know we had the church re-roofed still think we have the slate roof --- that's how realistic the slate appearance is of the polymer roofing product," says Ashby. "We're exceptionally happy with our choice of DaVinci and have already recommended it to another church in our area."

See also Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead for more churches across the country using synthetic slate shingles and cedar shake roofing from DaVinci.

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Unlimited Possibilities with DaVinci Roofscapes

Like a tempting, over-flowing buffet line at a quality restaurant, DaVinci Roofscapes provides an endless array of designer roof possibilities for homeowners.

First, there are the colors --- oh, the colors! Whether you're looking for a stately, refined gray or an eye-catching violet, we have the color you desire to perfectly complement your home exterior. In fact, we have 50 different colors AND we can combine different shades to create a personal blend of polymer roofing just for you. If you can't find a color that doesn't perfectly meet your desires, just bring us your favorite paint color swatch, jacket or nail polish and we can create a custom roof color to meet your needs!

Designer Roof

 

Second, the composite roofing choices. DaVinci offers simulated shake roofing and composite slate in our lightweight roofing materials. And, we don't stop there. We have both multi-width and single-width offerings in our plastic roofing materials ... plus good-better-best options for pricing.

Unlimited possibilities at DaVinci Roofscapes is more than just a tagline --- it's our way of life.

For more than 15 years we've proudly created slate roof alternatives and synthetic cedar shake roofing that authentically replicates the real product, but offers so many more advantages. Our sustainable roofing gives you peace-of-mind with our Class A Fire Rating, high wind and severe weather tolerance and lifetime limited warranty.

Need more details? Then visit Which DaVinci Slate is Right for My Home? and DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options.

 

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Sneak Peek at DaVinci Roofscapes on Upcoming Commercial Projects

Look, up in the sky ... it's DaVinci Roofscapes!

Yes indeed, there are several unique commercial projects underway right now throughout the country that are getting polymer roofing added. These projects aren't complete yet, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek at the lightweight roofing systems being installed on these prestigious projects.

Polymer RoofingWardman Towers - 32 luxury residences in the 11-story Wardman Towers are currently being renovated. Atop the historic building in Washington, DC the roof is also being replaced --- with Single-Width Slate composite roofing in a Slate Gray.

Hawes Place - At the New Hope Baptist Church in Boston, work is underway to convert the historic church structure into condos. Atop the building a custom color blend of DaVinci Multi-Width Slate is being installed. A striking combination of Medium Green, Dark Green, Dark Tan and Green Stone will grace the roof of this structure.

Mississippi State University - Construction is underway at MSU of an impressive three-level building with 20 classrooms on the top level and parking for 150 cars on the bottom two levels. The new structure will be capped off with a Single-Width Slate luxury roof from DaVinci in a Slate Gray color.

Granville Assisted Living - The Middleton of Granville Assisted Living facility is being constructed in Granville, Ohio. The $18.3 million community consists of 94 assisted living and memory care units in a park-like setting. A Bellaforté Slate roof in Slate Black will top the 92,000 square foot single story facility.

Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate - Located on the grounds of the famous Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, the new Village Hotel captures a feeling of English cottage charm. Tucked into the property's spacious Antler Hill Village, the new hotel is scheduled to open in December. Atop the 209-room hotel will be Bellaforté Shake simulated shake roofing tiles in a custom blend selected to complement other structures in Antler Hill Village.

Want to learn about more composite shake and imitation slate roof product used on commercial projects across the country? Then check out DaVinci Roofscapes Goes Commercial!

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Rest, Relaxation and Roofing

A place to unpack, relax and lay down after a busy day. That's what most hotels offer their guests. But, at the Beach Terrace Inn and Hotel Breakers, they also offer a designer roof overhead from DaVinci Roofscapes that boasts a Class A Fire Rating for added peace of mind.

The eco friendly roof on the Beach Terrace Inn is almost as picturesque as the calming Pacific Ocean waters just a few feet from the California hotel. Fake SlateSimulated slate roofing atop the 48 rooms in an Aberdeen blend of stone, gray, brown, green and purple shades, offers an eye-pleasing appeal to the structure. And, the easy-care polymer roofing resists the damages of salt air and sea spray, so the fake slate roof always looks its best.

Also located on restful waters, the Hotel Breakers sits between Lake Erie and Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio. The historic hotel is now in the second phase of having Bellaforté synthetic slate roofing installed over the entire hotel complex. (see Cedar Point Hotel Gets Bellaforté Roof)

"One of the chief reasons Bellaforté slate roofing tiles were chosen for the Hotel Breakers re-roofing project originally was because the installation could be done in cold weather without having to warm the polymer roof tiles before installation," says Jim Carson, vice president of A-STAR, the roofing company in charge of installing both phases of the imitation slate roof.

While the Union Printers Home in Colorado Springs had similar cold weather concerns when installing DaVinci composite roofing on their 1892 historic structure for 120 assisted living residents, there are those lucky hospitality projects, like the Westin St. John Villas Timeshare, that have no worries. Located in the tropical paradise of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bellaforté Shake tile roofs were installed by people in shorts --- not in snowsuits!

Need more details on our lightweight roofing materials used on hotels? Then Check Out DaVinci Roofs on Hotels!

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Is it Real or is It DaVinci?

"There's not a week that goes by when someone passing by doesn't remark on our 'real slate' roof. I enjoy explaining about the benefits of our DaVinci polymer roof and have no worries now about future storms in our area. This roof can handle it."  Michael Klappa, a resident of the Lionsgate community in Overland Park, Kansas

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we hear this kind of comment quite a bit. People are actually surprised that our imitation slate roofing tiles look so close to the real thing that they can't tell the difference between what's real and what's composite roofing.

We take that as a compliment. After all, we're constantly seeking to improve the authentic profiles of our fake slate and composite shake roofing. The closer they look to natural slate and cedar roofing, the better they'll look on the home.

Try it for yourself ... which of these pictures is real slate and which is manufactured slate?

Fake Slate

 

Did you guess the second one as real slate? Then we fooled you ... actually, the third one is natural slate while the first two images show our DaVinci synthetic slate roof shingles.

While pictures can be tricky, there's no kidding around when it comes to the benefits of simulated slate roofing over a natural slate tile roof. Our man-made product features lightweight roofing tiles that install faster and easier than heavy natural slate, plus they provide maintenance-free peace-of-mind for homeowners for decades. (See To Slate, or Not to Slate ... That is the Question)

So, if you're ready to invest in a new luxury roof and have slate roof tiles on your mind, visit our comparison chart to learn the many benefits of synthetic slate roofing.

 

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Shaky Shake: Cedar Roofing Woes

Let's face it ... real cedar shake shingles are, well, shaky at best.

They have a history of curling, warping and getting infected with nasty wood-eating insects. They split over time and can pop their nails. Worst of all, they're very susceptible to fire.

Fake Shake RoofIf you love the look of cedar roof shingles, but don't want to invest in a product that has a very limited lifespan with unappealing problems, consider composite shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Created to replicate the look of cedar roofing without the maintenance hassles, simulated shake roofing from DaVinci is covered by a Limited Lifetime Materials Warranty. Our synthetic cedar shake shingles are authentic looking, fire-resistant and insect-resistant ... plus they come in a wide array of colors. (See Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci)

A helpful chart on the DaVinci polymer roof tiles website easily allows you to compare the beauty, performance and installation labor related to natural cedar shake roofing to DaVinci shake roofing materials and to other synthetic shake shingles. You'll find that Single-Width Shake, Multi-Width Shake, Bellaforté Shake and Fancy Shake products all have envious features --- including a Class A Fire Rating, wind resistance up to 110mph and color fade resistance.

When it comes time to adding a luxury roof to your home, shake off your concerns by requesting low maintenance synthetic cedar shaking roofing from DaVinci.

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Aliens Eating Cedar Roofing in Alabama?

Rotten Natural Cedar ShakesBefore the Gapultos had their cedar roof shingles replaced with DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing, you'd swear aliens had chewed off part of their cedar shake roof.

Just 12 years after being installed, several cedar roofing shingles were missing, while others were curling up badly. The entire roof was faded, stained and had suffered roof hail damage. Now, after the installation of simulated shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes, the home’s exterior has been transformed.

 “The original cedar shakes should have lasted another eight years or so, but they were installed straight to the deck without an underlayment, so they’re history,” says Jim Butters, owner of Advanced Roofing and Gutters Systems. “When I was called in on this project I knew the only way to restore the homeowner’s faith in their roof was to install synthetic shake shingles.”

The 125 squares of DaVinci shake alternative tiles installed on the Gapultos home have a deep-grained surface that reflects the natural texture of cedar shakes. Butters and his team of 12 installed the Tahoe blend of tiles in May of 2010.

“Along with being able to withstand the hail that originally damaged them, these eco-friendly roof tiles have been tested for high winds and fire resistance,” says Butters. “This new roof will endure whatever kind of weather comes our way in Alabama.”

For more details on this synthetic cedar shake roofing, see DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options.

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The Switch is On!

Look at a Ranch or European style home and you just naturally expect to see slate shingles. Similarly, if you're looking at a Bungalow or Cottage style home, you might expect to see cedar shake roofing.

Slate AlternativeIs there a right or wrong roof product for different style homes? The answer is no.

While some home styles go together like peanut butter and jelly, there are no right or wrong answers. In fact, we're surprised how often we hear from homeowners who "inherited" a specific style roof and when it came time to replace the roof, they switched to a completely different polymer roofing product.

Take Mary Katherine Hirsh for example. Her Nevada home had a cedar shake roof on it for 42 years. When she decided to replace her failing cedar roof shingles, she chose to use DaVinci Roofscapes simulated slate roofing. Hirsh reports that the slate style suits her home’s design more than the original wooden shakes.

“With slate I would have paid yearly fees just to maintain the roof,” says Hirsh. “Now with this new polymer roof I won’t have to worry about it ever again.”

Fake Slate RoofMichael Klappa is another homeowner who made the switch. He too had cedar roofing on his home, but after bug infestations and storm damage, switched to synthetic slate roofing.             

"I knew we could not install real slate because of the roof pitch and structure on our home," says Klappa, a Kansas homeowner. "Plus, real slate is extremely heavy and we would have had to spend considerable money to reinforce the roof to make it capable of holding the weight of a slate roof. Also, it would not stand up to the hail we sometimes get in our area. However, the DaVinci slate roof was so natural looking that we felt really good about our decision to make the change to this product."

Are you ready to make the switch? If so, make sure to switch to easy-care composite roofing from DaVinci!

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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.

 

Fake Slate Roof

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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