Condo Community Chooses Impact- and Fire-Resistant DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles

The luxury ski resort area of Beaver Creek, Colorado received 186 inches of snowfall in 2013 ... and already has more than 188 inches of snowfall recorded for 2014. What helps protect the Dakotas at Arrowhead Townhome Association in nearby Edwards, Colorado from such massive amounts of snow? Their new roof featuring impact-resistant DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake tiles.

Fake Cedar Shake

 

"We had some leaking issues with the aging cedar shake roofs and new rules looming regarding approved roofing materials in Arrowhead for our 30 units at the Dakotas and decided now was the time to reroof," says Kimberly Rowland, director of association services at Bold Solutions, the property management companies for the Dakotas. "Real wood roof shingles are no longer allowed when doing a full roof replacement in this area due to fire risk and difficulty securing insurance, so we explored the options of synthetic shake shingles."

The team at Bold Solutions worked closely with the board, the roofing committee, the Arrowhead design review board for the association and other stakeholders to make a decision on new polymer roofing. When professionals from Turner Morris Roof Systems offered the fire-resistant Bellaforté simulated shake roofing tiles from DaVinci as an alternative roofing product, the group was impressed.

"We've installed DaVinci products on a dozen different commercial roofing projects in Colorado because they're the only product we've found that works well in our climatic region," says Scott Cunningham, mountain project manager with Turner Morris Roof Systems. "These roofs are impact- and fire-resistant with the natural look of real cedar with great shadow lines, but with all the advantages of a man-made product. Best of all, they have a 50-year limited warranty, so this is a great investment for the Dakotas community."

The final selection of Bellaforté synthetic shake tiles in the Mountain-Variblend color blend of three mountain browns was chosen for the project in the autumn of 2013.

"We looked at the 'total cost of ownership' when evaluating which roofing tile to purchase," says Rowland. "In doing our research, we found that the investment in these durable roofing tiles would potentially be offset by the expected longevity and low maintenance costs represented by Turner Morris and DaVinci," says Rowland. "From an aesthetics standpoint, the Dakotas at Arrowhead owners are very pleased. We have recommended the DaVinci product to other homeowner associations along with the services of Turner Morris."

Colorado residents aren't the only ones that love composite cedar roof shingles! North Carolina Embraces Polymer Shake Shingles showcases homes on the East Coast that are excited about DaVinci polymer shake roofing materials!

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Profile: Turner Morris Roof Systems

Ask Scott Cunningham with Turner Morris, Inc. how he feels about DaVinci Roofscapes and get ready to be captivated.

"DaVinci is a true stand alone (roofing material) in the synthetic world," says Cunningham, mountain project manager with Turner Morris Roof Systems in Colorado. "The product itself is durable and withstands the stringent demands of our high alpine environment. This is the only product we've found that works well in our climatic region."

Cunningham should know. In the past eight years his company has installed more than a dozen commercial roofing projects in Colorado using DaVinci synthetic roofing material.

"The impressive thing is that DaVinci stands behind its product," says Cunningham, a member of the DaVinci Masterpiece Contractors program. "I have been installing DaVinci imitation slate and composite shake for eight years and have never had any significant product issues. The problems that I have seen throughout the years have been specifically contractor installation defects, and unforeseen issues with snow and ice migration due to Mother Nature.

"I always recommend that extra caution should be taken when switching traditional cedar shakes to synthetic shake roofing as their insulation value and breathability is very much different."

 

A major project recently completed by Turner Morris is the reroofing of 30 condo units with simulated shake roofing from DaVinci. "These roofs are impact- and fire-resistant with the natural look of real cedar with great shadow lines, but with all the advantages of a man-made product," says Cunningham. "Best of all, they have a 50-year limited warranty, so this is a great investment for the community."

 Turner Morris isn't the only Colorado roofer who believes in cedar shake roofing alternatives from DaVinci. See Contractors Return to DaVinci Products for another great story!

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Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos

Cracked, rotted and algae-engulfed real cedar roof shingles have topped the 207 condo units at Covington Creek in recent years. The stained, curling and shrunken wooden cedar roofing tiles have now been replaced with Bellaforté Shake polymer roof tiles, giving new life and a renewed look to the 31 buildings in the Fort Wayne, Indiana community.

"The old, less-than-functional cedar shake shingles devalued this property and truly needed to be replaced," says Mike Hamilton, RRC, RRO and principal with MartinRiley architects and engineers. "Our firm had previously specified DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic slate roofing for another project and we were happy to present the low-maintenance shake roofing option to the Covington Creek condo committee.

"The homeowners wanted a similar look and color to the original cedar shake roof, but one that would last longer. The realistic-looking Bellaforté shake shingles in the Tahoe-VariBlend color of four gray-brown tones best matched the original shake."

For roofing installer Terry Minser, the selection of the Bellaforté simulated shake roofing made his job easier. "This condo project has a lot of mansard roofing applications, plus small, tight areas requiring roofing," says Minser, owner of Minser Enterprises. "The Bellaforté shake alternative shingles work well with all of the different roof slopes at Covington Creek, saving us time and labor. We've installed DaVinci composite roofing products on other roofs and the results are always the same --- a professional-looking product that enhances the overall project."

Lightweight roofing solutions from DaVinci are extremely popular for condo projects nationwide. See California’s Mai-Kai Condos Stand Out with New DaVinci Multi-Width Shake Roofing for another feature project!

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Hail No Match for DaVinci Roofscapes Polymer Roof Tiles

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

Back in 2010, Thad Jennings, president of Jenco Roofing out of Oklahoma City described some of the worst hail storms he'd seen in the city's history. "There were hundreds of destroyed roofs everywhere," says Jennings. "Every ceramic, concrete, metal, asphalt and composite roof I’ve seen in this area has been damaged by the hail storms.

“However, the synthetic slate DaVinci roofs we’ve installed over the past several years on homes in the same area are completely unaffected. It’s like a Superman roof that nothing can touch. The synthetic roofing material looks like it was just installed yesterday."

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

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

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

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

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Simulated Shake Roofing Without the Hassles of Real Cedar Roofing

What's that disgusting black and green coating you often see on cedar shake roofing products? Mold. Fungus. Algae. And, it can even grow in yellow, sickly green and red colors. That's NOT the kind of color you want on your roof!

Homeowners who desire the beauty of cedar roofing without the rainbow of growth problems can turn to DaVinci Roofscapes for a shake alternative with all the right colors. Made of virgin polymers that resist algae, mold, fungus and insects, DaVinci synthetic shake shingles come in dozens of standard colors and eye-pleasing color blends.

Fake Cedar Shake

 

Forget about the worries of rotting wood, decay and fire hazards. DaVinci fake cedar shake tiles resist impact, high winds and fire, along with fading, curling and ugly mold growth. And, because each DaVinci shake blend is formulated from different wood tones -- with both wavy and straight grains throughout the designer roof blend -- you get a natural variation in colors to give you a realistic shake tile roof look. (See Shaking Up Roofs)

Need another reason to have DaVinci simulated shake roofing overhead? Then consider this: DaVinci products have a Class A Fire Rating and a Class 4 Impact Resistance Rating to help withstand whatever Mother Nature sends your way. Package all that together with a 50 year roof warranty and you'll turn green with envy ... and that's a color we CAN get on your luxury roof!

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Energy Awareness Month Insights for Your Luxury Roof

Happy Energy Awareness Month! To start off your celebration, home improvement expert Mark Clement suggests you focus on your roof.

"If your roof is older and inefficient, it can either absorb too much heat from the sun or 'leak out' the comfortable air in your home, which can increase your energy bills," says Mark Clement, co-host of the MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show and website. "I recommend homeowners make smart, energy-efficient investments in their homes beginning with ENERGY STAR® qualified products."

Polymer Slate RoofClements says it's easy for homeowners to seek out the ENERGY STAR approval when purchasing windows, doors and simulated slate and shake roofing for the home.

“A product that meets ENERGY STAR requirements for a specific geographic area is constructed to help make the home as energy efficient as possible," says Clement. "Using several ENERGY STAR qualified products together can really help ease the energy burden on the home, which can help save homeowners a great deal of money each year on energy costs.”

When it comes time to replace the roof, Clement advises looking for a “Cool Roof” that will help lower the home’s overall energy costs. A Cool Roof is measured by two properties, solar reflectance and thermal emittance. (See Save Energy with Cool Roof Colors)

EcoBlend polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes have been verified by the independent Cool Roof Rating Council to meet or exceed requirements for ENERGY STAR qualified roofing products to reflect sunlight and heat away from the home, helping increase the overall energy efficiency of the structure. (See Ask Us About Our ENERGY STAR® Qualified Products!)

"Along with having a 50 year roof warranty, these durable, impact-resistant polymer roofing tiles  resist hail damage and fire," says Clement. "This composite roofing is a smart investment to both save on energy and create a best-in-class designer roof for the home."

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It's "Ask a Stupid Question Day"

How many times in life have you heard a teacher or parent say, "there's no such thing as a stupid question." Well ... maybe there is. Why else would today be designated as "Ask a Stupid Question Day."

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we understand the general homeowner may not be familiar with the "ins and outs" of our polymer roofing products. After all, it's a complicated formula we use to create our impact-, fire-, insect- and algae-resistant simulated shake roofing and imitation slate shingles. That's why we want to share with you some of the most frequently asked (and not stupid!) questions we get about our composite roofing products.

Q: How do you get the color in your composite roofing tiles?

A: We use extra-strength crayons to color each tile. No, seriously ... DaVinci lightweight roofing tiles are made of an engineered polymer with virgin resins and the colors are blended throughout each piece in the manufacturing process. We call it "color through and through." The polymer is also impregnated with fire retardant and the most advanced UV and thermal stabilizers available.

Q: How can you prove that your synthetic roofing materials will resist hurricane force winds and hail?

A: We use simulated weather conditions to make sure our sustainable roofing products can withstand severe weather conditions and meet the highest Class 4 Impact Resistance codes to provide a more secure home for you and your family. Our designer roof tiles have also achieved a 110 mph wind resistance rating, equivalent to Category 4 hurricane conditions. See for yourself ...

Click HERE to view all of our product testing videos.

Q: If my house burns down, will the fire-resistant roof still be standing?

A: Well, no. It's impossible for a roof to still stand if there's nothing to hold it up. However, a DaVinci Class A Fire Rated roof resists the spread of flames, so if you're in an area with wildfires and sparks "jump" or land on your roof, the DaVinci manufactured slate and shake alternative roof will not ignite. (Don't believe us? Check out our video)

Want more answers to your questions? Visit our extensive DaVinci Roofscapes FAQ section on our website.

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DaVinci Composite Shake: Seeing is Believing

Homeowner Linda Merrihew did not want a composite roof. Then she saw DaVinci Roofscapes simulated shake roofing tiles on a home and her mind was changed.

"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. "It looked so real and I thought it would be perfect on our five acres with all the trees always dropping needles and leaves. I was right. They just slide right off!"

Most importantly, Merrihew always had the dream of a grey house ... and she was able to reach that dream with a custom blend of three grey fake cedar shake tiles created for a DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roof.

"I thought if I started with a grey roof I would work my way down," says Merrihew. "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!"

 

Merrihew's home is now painted a pale grey with grey shutters and trim. Although she may not have known it at the time, she was adhering to the "top down" color advice offered by national color expert Kate Smith, who always recommends starting at the roof and working down with color combinations on a home exterior. (see Adding Color to the Exterior of the Home)

How satisfied is Merrihew with her new luxury roof? "I absolutely LOVE the look, and everyone who sees it is totally impressed," says the homeowner. "My son was a 'Street of Dreams' builder last year and he wishes he had known about this roof sooner!"

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Condos, Churches and Colleges ... Oh My!

At DaVinci Roofscapes you'll find us "topping" off all types of commercial projects around the country from banks to shopping centers to hotels.

Imitation SlateLeading our effort to share the attributes of polymer roofing products with commercial project managers is Mike Ward, our national sales manager in charge of vertical markets. Mike's favorite acronym to throw around these days is "TCO" ... and here's why:

Q: Mike, what does "TCO" stand for?

A: TCO stands for Total Cost of Ownership. This is what property owners, investors and other stakeholders look at carefully when making a purchasing decision. It involves an analysis of the total cost of making a product investment.

Q: How does TCO relate to DaVinci's synthetic roofing material?

A: A TCO analysis involving a decision on roofing products for a theme park, condo community or even a restaurant evaluates how much the roof costs versus the long-term payback potential. For DaVinci composite roofing, we fare great because our imitation slate and shake alternative tiles are low maintenance products backed by a 50 year roof warranty. We also score high because our luxury roof products never need to be treated for mold, insects or algae.

Q: What other aspects help DaVinci roofs be a good investment for commercial projects?
A: Actually, the same features that make the slate alternative and simulated shake roofing good for homeowners make it even better for commercial projects. For example, DaVinci tiles have the highest impact rating, are fire-resistant and can even be power washed. Our sustainable roofing tiles resist water absorption, curling, cracking and fading ... making them durable for many years.

Simulated Shake RoofingQ: What are some easy-to-recognize commercial projects where the general public might see DaVinci synthetic roofing material?

A: That's easy. Various restaurant chains such as Cheddars, Bahama Breeze and Starbucks; some Bass Pro Shops, The North Face store, along with well-known institutions such as Notre Dame, Mount St. Marys College and the campuses of the State University of New York.

Q: Finally, where can people find you if they're interested in DaVinci products for commercial projects?

A: I'm always happy to talk about commercial projects and our eco friendly roof systems. Call me at 1-888-362-4957.  

For more details on green roof construction, see DaVinci Roofscapes Goes Commercial!

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Contractors "Hail" DaVinci Roofscapes

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

Back in 2010, Thad Jennings, president of Jenco Roofing out of Oklahoma City described some of the worst hail storms he'd seen in the city's history. "There were hundreds of destroyed roofs everywhere," says Jennings. "Every ceramic, concrete, metal, asphalt and composite roof I’ve seen in this area has been damaged by the hail storms.

“However, the synthetic slate DaVinci roofs we’ve installed over the past several years on homes in the same area are completely unaffected. It’s like a Superman roof that nothing can touch. The synthetic roofing material looks like it was just installed yesterday."

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

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

Manufactured Slate

 

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

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

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Get Your Roof Ready for Autumn

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

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

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

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

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

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Insider's View: 15 Years at DaVinci Roofscapes

DaVinci Roofscapes celebrates its 15-year company anniversary in 2014. To mark the occasion, we're traveling back to the company's opening days with a chat with one of our original --- and most cherished --- employees, Sharon Underwood.

Sharon, who is fondly known as "the voice of DaVinci" because it's her warm welcome callers received when contacting our company, actually started with DaVinci a full year before the company launched. She's been answering the phones and performing administrative and human resource duties since February of 1998.

 Chatting with Sharon:

 Q: You speak with dozens of people each day as "the voice of DaVinci." How does that make you feel?

A: I LOVE what I do! I truly enjoy interacting with so many different people each day both inside and outside our company. And, having a front-row seat to DaVinci's growth over the past 15 years is a thrill.

Q: What changes have you seen in the company since the early days?

A: It's really been a steady progression of outstanding success. It's impressive that there's been a guided, well thought-out plan for what our company is, the benefits we bring to the industry and where we're headed in the future.

Q: Does it really seem like you've been with DaVinci for 15 years?

A: Absolutely not. This company started with a great idea and grew from there. We've come a long way in a short amount of time. It's exciting to witness first-hand this kind of American business success story.

Q: From your perspective, what do you believe is the best product advancement DaVinci has come out with in synthetic roofing since the company launched?

A: Hands down, it's Bellaforté. These polymer roof tiles are such a success story because the composite slate and shake tiles allow customers a wider variety of product choices to suit their needs and budget.

Q. What's the best part of working at DaVinci?

A: Without a doubt, it's the people, the product and the collective vision for the quality of our product  and the benefit it is for those who choose our sustainable roofing. It’s so rewarding to know that what we offer is a benefit to the consumer.  Also, I have to say that one of my very early-on “jump for joy” moments came when I realized that DaVinci simulated shake roofing is so much safer than traditional shake shingles.  Those wood shingles are a fire hazard --- I'm so glad we offer a good-looking alternative that's fire-resistant!

Q: Why have you stayed with the company for 15 years?

A: Because I LOVE what I do, the people I work with and the quality lightweight roofing tiles we produce. I can’t imagine not being part of this day-to-day process.  I am blessed to be here!!

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Lesson Learned: Life After Hail Damage

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Helpful Tip: Installing DaVinci Tiles with No Waste

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

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

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

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For more tips on figuring waste for installation of DaVinci tiles, please visit Five Top DaVinci Install Tips and Calculating Waste on a DaVinci Job .
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Class A Fire Rated Roof Tiles... What Does that Mean?

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

For polymer roof coverings there are three tests.

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

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

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

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Oops! We Forgot the Snowguards!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Find the Perfect Roof Color

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

We've simplified it for you.

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

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

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

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


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

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Omaha Homeowners Embrace DaVinci Roofscapes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boys and Their Toys ....

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

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

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

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

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Praying for a New DaVinci Roof

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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