After the Storm ... Synthetic Roofing

Art Reichert remembers clearly the tornado that hit his Illinois community a few years ago.

"The roof peeled off my home like a house of cards falling," says Reichert, a resident in the Prestwick community in Frankfurt, Ill. "It was amazing to see the devastation to our area."

Polymer SlateAfter the storm, Reichert started searching for a replacement roofing product to help protect his 12,000 square foot home. That's when he learned about composite slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"Art was looking for a synthetic slate roof that preserved the character of his house," says Scott Owen, president of Owen Enterprises and the roof installer for the project. "There were numerous extruded concrete roof tiles missing and damage to his roof from where the falling tiles had been lifted and displaced by the tornado.

"He especially liked the authentic look of the DaVinci Single-Width slate, the reflectivity and lightweight aspects of the product. I've installed more than 30 DaVinci roofs in the past 15 years, so I know it's a good product. Plus it's Made in America, which is important to us so we can support the U.S. economy."

Owen recalls using body harnesses and an articulating boom (a type of mobile crane) to tackle the roofing project at Reichert's home. Along with proper safety precautions he offers this tip to other roofers: "Watch the DaVinci installation videos and look at the installation manuals on their website," says Owen. "These are very useful and can help save you time on the jobsite."

In a unique twist to this story, Reichert served on the board when the Prestwick community decided to replace the old roof on their club house this year. He made the recommendation for Bellaforté Shake roofing from DaVinci ... so now he's not the only one in the neighborhood with durable synthetic roofing overhead!

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Modern Roofing Materials Give New Life to Historic Home

Challenge: How do you recapture the vibrancy of a Terra Cotta roof after it has deteriorated on a home for more than a century?

Solution: Install a Sonora-VariBlend Single-Width Slate roof that combines three colors of slate: Medium Terracotta, Dark Terracotta and Light Clay.

Slate AlternativeAs the fifth owners of the 137-year old home in Mt. Airy, Pennsylvania, the Nasratullah family was searching for a new roof that would complement the design of their historic home. The solution came when they listened to roofer Rich Bennett's suggestion of using DaVinci Roofscapes.

"A very good friend used Rich to install DaVinci roofing tiles at his home close to our house and highly recommended his company," says Ahsan Nasratullah. "We selected the Sonora blend to replicate the Terra Cotta colored tiles that were still on the roof. The majority of the roof was original with some areas replaced and maintained by previous owners. It was a hodge podge collection.

"Now the new synthetic slate roofing complements the house in a way the original architect had intended."

Replacing the old roof took time and patience. The original roof had to be stripped down and disposed of ... and structural nightmares beneath the roofing tile had to be addressed. Between the structural remodeling, weather, detail and copper roof work, working on a turret, and the simulated slate roof installation, it took nine months for the completion of the project.

"After handling the countless issues with the roof structure itself, installing the DaVinci tile was a breeze," says Rich Bennett with Bennett Construction. "Our team has a combined 60 years of roofing experience, so we were able to tackle these challenges and bring the home back to its former glory.

"This home now represents the perfect combination of old world construction and modern materials."

Can't get enough of colorful roofing systems? Then see Red, Red Roof and Is that a Peacock on the Roof?

 

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Virgin Versus Recycled Roofing Tiles

Have you ever wondered why DaVinci Roofscapes uses only virgin polymer for our field tiles?

Virgin polymers are consistent. They're the purest form of plastic so we know we can control the quality of our field roofing tiles when using virgin polymers.

It's important to know that every time plastic is reheated or reformed, it loses some of its strength and performance predictability. By using only virgin polymers, we can control the quality of imitation slate and composite shake roofing tiles that we sell. Take a walk through our manufacturing process in the video below.


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All of our incoming raw materials at DaVinci are thoroughly tested and must match our stringent specifications or we don't use the product. Knowing that our pure polymer makes the best looking and performing composite roofing tiles, we don't settle for less than the best. This is what makes DaVinci stand above the rest of the roofing manufacturers in our industry.

For our starter tiles (which are generic in color and hidden under field tiles on the roof) we do use recycled content. But, we only use product recycled at our own facility, so we're not bringing in outside product.

 

 

For these starter tiles, we sort our scrap regrind into different color batches. Then we regrind this scrap and produce our starter tiles. By only using our own product in recycling, we know there's only a one-step generation of recycling, and the original pieces that are going into our starter tiles were made according to our quality standards.

Interested in learning more about virgin and recycled plastics? There's a great article on the DeepRoot website that can provide you with details. Click HERE for a fast link!

And, to learn more about our comprehensive recycling capabilities at DaVinci, see 2016 Earth Day: DaVinci Roofscapes Recycled 800,000 Pounds of Polymer Last Year.

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Featured Project - Pebble Beach, CA

California wildfires have been all over the news these last few months. In June, fires in Monterey County burned down dozens of homes and thousands of acres as firefighters fought to save homes and preserve land. As people start to rebuild, many more are facing a reality that non-fire rated exterior building products just aren't going to be an acceptable option anymore. 

DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate and shake roofing products are Class A Fire Rated. This means that our products have undergone extensive fire testing using the ASTM E 108 test standard at the Class A Level, which is the best available for roofing products. Our VP of Technical Services, Tim Gentry, writes more about this test which you can read here

This project was recently installed by Denison Roofing and is located in Pebble Beach, California. The product is Bellaforté Slate in the Castle Gray color blend. 

Denison Roofing
831-659-4677

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Why DaVinci for a Roof Replacement?

If you're a regular reader of our blogs, you know by now that DaVinci is a smart choice for roofing. Our products resist severe weather, impact, high winds, hail and flame spread. And, our realistic-looking slate and shake roofing tiles come in 50 colors plus an assortment of color blends.

Those are all great reasons to invest in composite roofing. Now let us give you some more.

Polymer Roof TilesAccording to Mark Dalrymple, president of Butcher and Butcher Construction in Michigan, the lightweight aspect of DaVinci products should be considered when thinking about a roof replacement.

"In comparison to natural slate, the DaVinci slate products would be a smart decision on existing structures that are not built to support the weight of natural slate," says Dalrymple. "Also, when a project is budget-driven, DaVinci is a great selection for its lower installation costs.

"Natural slate can be more time consuming with sorting of the sizes and colors, and also with cutting of the slates. The ease of installing DaVinci slate tiles straight out of the bundle with presorted colors and having the bundles presorted for rain line space really can save costs and time in comparison to natural slate."

Not to worry if you're looking at synthetic shake shingles from DaVinci. Dalrymple says that the DaVinci composite shakes are also a great choice in place of natural cedar roofing on many projects.

"DaVinci shake products do not require the individual coursing felt that natural cedar shakes do," says Dalrymple. "This cuts out some material costs and eliminates one step in the installation process.

"The presorted shake bundles can really save on time, and the marked fastening points help make fastener installation quick and correct. Finally, with the lifetime limited warranty, the DaVinci shakes will last much longer than most cedar roof systems."

Still not convinced? See How Could Imitation Slate Be Better Than the Real Thing?

 

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To Stagger, or Not to Stagger ... That is the Question

Straight, staggered or custom staggered. What's your preference?

When purchasing DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic slate roofing tiles, it's important to determine before ordering your composite slate shingles exactly what type of coursing you plan to have on a roof. That's because the coursing can affect the amount of product needed along with the overall appearance of the roof.

A quick education can help you know the differences between the coursing options.

Straight Coursing is when a roofer snaps a chalk line on the underlayment and then installs every tile on the line. The first course of slates is laid directly on the starter tiles. The simulated slate roofing tiles should be laid out directly as they come out of the bundle (also known as rack-style, stairstepping or pyramiding) to prevent the same size shingle from being placed on top of another.

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Staggered Coursing is when a roofer snaps the chalk line (again on the underlayment and not on the tiles) and then "drops" every other tile down an inch. The alternating placement of the tiles makes them appear staggered.

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Custom (or Double) Coursing can be achieved when a roofer creates their own staggered look. They may start by snapping a chalk line as the beginning location and then drop tiles down every inch (or even two) in a random manner.

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A few key notes about coursing:

  • Bellaforté Slate tiles cannot be staggered; they have to be placed in a straight course. That's because the tiles are self-aligning.
  • Never use red chalk. It may permanently discolor the polymer slate.(See Using The Right Color Chalk Line Makes a Difference)
  • For more installation details, view our installation guides by clicking HERE.

 

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Colorful Imitation Slate Shingles from DaVinci

Go ahead and imagine it ... a new composite slate roof sitting atop your home. Now close your eyes. What colors do you imagine for your polymer slate roof?

Whether your answer is Dark Gray, Light New Cedar or even Dark Violet ... at DaVinci Roofscapes we offer 50 standard roofing colors to make your dreams come true.

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One of the most fun elements for homeowners when purchasing new synthetic slate roof shingles is picking a color that works well with their home exterior. Our color expert, Kate Smith with Sensational Color, offers great advice on how to select the color that's right for your home (see Top Tips from Color Expert Kate Smith and "Top Down" Color Message from Kate Smith).

One of our key tips is to look at your home from the "top down" to determine a color that will serve as the perfect accent for your home's style. Don't know how to start? Then download our free e-guide: FRESH Color Schemes For Your Home Exterior.  There are lots of color options in the booklet that match up with different styles of homes. Best of all, we take you from the top of your house down to the lawn, so you get color recommendations for your roof, siding, shutters, door and trim!

Here's another tip: you don't have to select just one of our 50 colors. Our blends of two or more colors are especially popular because they add visual depth and character to the roof. For example, a Bellaforté Slate roof in the European-VariBlend includes Light Gray, Medium Gray, Dark Gray and Dark Purple. Or, you could select an imitation slate roof in a bright Sonora blend of Light Terracotta, Medium Terracotta, Dark Terracotta, Light Clay and Dark Clay!

Whichever color (or colors!) you select for your DaVinci polymer slate roof, we're here to make the process a colorful and fun experience. Visit our Color & Inspiration section of our website for more color assistance and ideas!

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EcoBlend Roof Meets Needs of California Homeowner

When it came time to move from San Francisco to Pebble Beach, Calif., the Hines were uttering the famous real estate mantra: location, location, location.

Cool Roof ShinglesThe couple fell in love with a home that had the perfect location, but needed lots of work ... probably more work than they expected.

Even though the home was just 31 years old, it had sat abandoned for several years. As a result, it required new floors, landscaping, windows, fencing and a roof. And that's just for starters.

"The old cedar shingles were in terrible shape," says Ray Hines. "They were turned up like potato chips, falling off and rotting."

Hines headed to a roofer he trusted --- Bob Denison with Denison Roofing --- for advice.

"The owners wanted to change the look of the roof and asked for my advice," says Denison. "I explained that the best product they could select would be a Bellaforté Slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. I've installed this synthetic roofing product in the past with great success."

To help make their home more energy efficient, the Hines selected the Castle Gray-EcoBlend product that is ENERGY STAR® rated and has been approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council to reflect sunlight and heat away from a home. All six EcoBlend color blends offered by DaVinci also meet Title 24 requirements in California. (See DaVinci Roofscapes Introduces Four New EcoBlend Colors for Cool Roofs)

"We're glad we listened to our roofer," says Hines. "The team at Denison Roofing did a terrific job and we love the new roof. Many of our neighbors have complemented it and we'd strongly recommend this good-looking, hard-working roofing product!"     

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Featured Project - Fort Worth, TX

Polymer SlateThe hail storms of 2016, while certainly a burden for many, are also an opportunity for people to replace their low impact rated roof (asphalt, slate, shake, tile, etc) with a Class 4 Impact Rated composite slate or shake roofing tile. Are you affected by a recent hail storm? Our advice - have patience. Tim Gentry, our VP of Technical Services and a long time roofing contractor, points out that just because your roof has been totaled in a storm, doesn't mean it is going to leak the next time it rains. The reality is, you likely have time to do your research and find a good, local installer to do you roof. Things are heating up in Texas where recent storms have homeowners looking for a contractor, researching roofing materials, and looking at going through this process all over again. This project was recently installed by Texas Tile Roofing out of Fort Worth, and for it they went with Single-Width Slate in the Slate Gray color blend. Thank you for sharing with us TTR! 

Texas Tile Roofing
817-838-6100
www.texastileroofing.com 

 

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Synthetic Slate Shingles: Seeing is Believing

Ed Delaney is like many other homeowners. He has an older house (built in the 1930s) and, after a rough winter, his old asphalt roofing shingles were failing.

Faced with a pending roof replacement project, he did what many other homeowners do: he drove around neighborhoods looking at roofs he liked.

"There was a new home being built in Newton and I admired the roof," says Delaney, a Massachusetts resident. "I asked the roofer what was the roofing material and he told me it was DaVinci. Then I contacted DaVinci and asked for other locations to check out in the Boston area. They all looked great."

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Delaney was a bit surprised to find out that an acquaintance locally also had a DaVinci roof, so he went to check it out. "The composite roofing looked like it was brand new, even though it had been installed eight years earlier," says Delaney. "I considered alternative composite slate products, but DaVinci looked the most like real slate so we made the commitment."

That's when Jim Gordon with Twin Metals, Inc. entered the picture. He and his team installed the DaVinci Multi-Width Slate in European-VariBlend in late 2015. To enhance the home exterior, he recommended copper valleys and ridge caps.

"The copper accents add a distinguished look to the roof," says Delaney. "We also liberally used snow guards since we have some nice plantings below our roof line that we wanted to protect.

"The finished roof is really striking. The European color blend is very distinctive and looks like natural slate on my roof. Now we're one of the houses people come to see when they want to gain insights on simulated slate roofing in our area!"

 

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Celebrating Made in USA Day with American-Made Building Products

Happy Made in USA Day!

July 2 each year is the time to remember that buying Made in America materials --- including building products --- helps support our economy.

MAde in USA"Selecting a toilet, roof or window that's made in the United States supports our economy and keeps Americans employed," says Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com. "I've had my hand on the pulse of the building industry for 20+ years as a builder, and now 20 more years as a new product reviewer, and I've seen firsthand that American-made products resonate with consumers in today's market.

"Some consumers don't realize how much rides on their decision when purchasing a new garage door or insulation for the attic. Every purchase we make impacts our nation's economy, so it's important to make a conscious effort to choose American-made products. That's an important part of the reason why I selected synthetic slate roofing tile from DaVinci Roofscapes, made in Kansas, for my own home last year." (See the story Roof Busters!)

Carter and others in the building industry have found through the years that USA-made products are quality-made with the added benefit of arriving faster at the job site.

"There's no magic to purchasing Made in America products for home construction," says Carter. "All it takes is the dedicated effort of consumers and building professionals to look for Made in America packaging and commit to supporting our country and our economy."

 

 

 

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Featured Project - Saffordville, Kansas

If your vacation home is sitting empty for parts of the year, it is important to find the right exterior building products that will stand up to mother nature, as well as not prematurely break down due to the natural cycles of the weather. DaVinci polymer roofing systems are perfect for all types of get away homes, including lake properties. The products look natural, but are strong against damage from wind and hail, are resistant to mold, algae, and moss growth, and are virtually maintenance free. Backed with a Lifetime Limited Warranty these owners likely won't have to replace this roof anytime soon!

This home sits near Lake Kahola in Kansas and recently had Bellaforté Slate in the European Blend installed on it by a loyal DaVinci Roofscapes contractor out of Emporia, Kansas. Thank you Geo. Groh & Sons for the pictures!

Geo. Groh & Sons Roofing
620-342-7576 
www.grohroofing.com

 

          

 

 

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Shopping List for Your Roof

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Slate: Mother Nature Versus Man-Made

Real quarried slate has many uses: flooring, chalkboards, signage, and of course, slate roofs.

Slate RoofThe benefit of real slate as a natural product is its beauty. For roofing applications, that's where the benefits stop.

Known to be heavy and brittle, real slate requires extra support on roofing structures to carry its extensive weight. Slate can be hard to install, time-consuming to collate with colors and sizes on the job site, and most importantly, expensive.

Now, think about polymer slate tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes. They have just one use: roofing. But, they have so many benefits: impact-resistance, lightweight, durable and resistant to cracking.

We manufacture Multi-Width, Single-Width and Bellaforté Slate tiles in 50 colors, giving you more options than Mother Nature provides in real slate. Plus, DaVinci offers collated color blends to give you different shading and color combination options --- something nature can't do. And, if you're looking for a custom color in a synthetic slate roof tile to match the fur of your favorite dog or even in a tropical blend, we can do that too.

Maintenance-free simulated slate roofing from DaVinci does not require inspection or repair ... and it's backed by a lifetime limited warranty.  (See Polymer Slate - How Does It Compare to the Real Thing?)

Weigh the options ...and the tiles. You'll find that lightweight roofing tiles from DaVinci beat out heavy slate shingles from Mother Nature every time!

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Bellaforté 101

Today we're offering a Bellaforté 101 class. This product line is one of our most versatile, dependable and easy-to-install products.

Let's get started. If you're ordering Bellaforté synthetic shake or imitation slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes, you'll find there are three different types of tiles in the collated bundles that arrive on the job site.

Fake Shake AlternativeFirst, there are field tiles. These are the main tiles that will cover almost the entire roof and they're the most visible on the roof. Field tiles must be laid from left to right. Contractors should draw horizontal lines to ensure that the tiles are aligned properly.

Fake ShakeSecond, there are rake tiles. These are installed to finish gable ends. The first rake tile should be installed at the gable end so that the butt of the tile is flush with the butt of the first course of the field tiles. The second rake tile should be installed so its tip touches the butt of the second course. Subsequent tiles should be installed similarly.

Finally, there are the hip and ridge tiles. These should be maintained at 12” exposure and can be installed over hips and ridges in two ways: the standard method or the alternative method, both of which are explained in detail in the Bellaforté installation guide.

Here are some other important tips you need to know about Bellaforté synthetic roofing material:

-  Our one-piece hip and ridge bundle is composed of 10 pieces and covers 10 lineal feet.

-  Our rake bundle has 20 pieces for covering 10 lineal feet.

-  The 12-inch starter has 20 pieces per bundle and can cover 20 lineal feet.

-  Transition pieces come in 10 per bundle, which can cover 10 lineal feet.

-  The field tiles come 10 per bundle. Because Bellaforté is installed at a 12" exposure just 100 tiles are needed per roofing square.

For more details on DaVinci lightweight roofing materials, see Imitation Slate Tiles By DaVinci Roofscapes.

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Featured Project - Fontana, WI

Natural slate, while beautiful, comes with its down falls. It is heavy, it is expensive, and it requires a considerable amount of maintenance. Last year we redesigned the molds for our Multi-Width Slate, giving the edges a more quarried look and adding deeper impression lines. The goal was to create an even more authentic quarried slate appearance, so that somebody visiting the home would never be able to tell the tiles on the roof were actually polymer slates. The result has been an exceptionally authentic, thicker look, but with no added weight or change in the performance of the tiles.   

This project was recently installed by Cedar Roofing Company, out of Lake Forest, IL. This high end roofing company has an arsenal full of premium roof products, and has installed dozens luxury roofs by DaVinci Roofscapes over the last few years. Thank you for sending these pictures over, CRC! 

Cedar Roofing Company
847-247-4400
www.cedarroofingcompany.com

  

 

 

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Deciding on a Slate Roof

You're in the market for a new roof, but you can't decide between real slate and composite slate. We understand your dilemma.

A roof is not a product you purchase every year ... or even every 10 years.  So, when it comes time to determine what to put atop your home, we can help.

Fake SlateIf you love the look of slate, but you're worried about the cost and weight of natural slate, visit our DaVinci Slate Comparison Guide to get fast insights as to the differences between real slate roofs and synthetic slate roofing. This easy-to-view chart outlines the differences (and similarities) between the beauty, labor and performance of natural slate roof tiles versus imitation slate tiles.

And, if you're concerned about the environment, check out our Sustainability & Environment website page before making a decision on your roofing materials. You'll find that plastic slate roof products from DaVinci Roofscapes are 100% recyclable. We also offer DaVinci EcoBlend tiles that reflect sunlight and heat away from your home. These environmentally-friendly roof tiles reduce the energy needed to heat and cool your home.

To further help you make a slate roofing decision, we've broken down the features and benefits of our composite slate products on our Products website page. Click HERE and you'll find tabs with available colors, features overview, maintenance & installation, and safety & warranty information for every slate product we produce.

Which DaVinci Slate is Right for My Home? and To Slate, or Not to Slate ... That is the Question can give you even more help in making your slate roofing decision!

 

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5 "Projects with Payback" for Home Improvement Month

May is Home Improvement Month --- the ideal time to make upgrades to your home.

"Owning a home means you have the ability to enhance your living space on a regular basis," says Allen Lyle, co-host of the Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford radio show. "Home Improvement Month is the ideal time to consider updating your roof, adding a deck or changing out your windows."

Lyle reminds people that improvements to the home are more than just a necessity --- they're an investment in the life and value of the home. "Don't think of it as splurging on a new roof or privacy window," says Lyle. "Instead, know that every positive change you make to your home adds to its overall resale value."

Designer RoofIn the 2016 Cost Versus Value Report issued by Remodeling magazine, 30 popular remodeling projects were evaluated. The study shows that, on an average, homeowners with mid-range priced homes can expect to recoup 91.5 percent of their investment when replacing a garage door. Other high return-on-investment projects around the house include a roof replacement (71.7 percent cost recoup expected) and adding a composite deck (64.4 percent cost recoup expected).

With these insights and motivation in mind, here are five "projects with payback" you can consider tackling during Home Improvement Month to enhance your home:

Project #1 - Replace a garage door. This is probably the hardest working door in your home. You enter your house through it several times a day, so update it with a style that reflects your home's character. Consider a dependable American Tradition SeriesTM steel garage door from Haas Door® that combines elegant craftsmanship with durability. These carriage house style garage doors come in solid or wood-grain colors with unique overlay colors and details so you can personalize the door to your home.

Project #2 - Get a new roof. It protects your family and your home, so don't take your roof for granted. Evaluate it every year, and, if it's time for a replacement, consider a long-lasting, low-maintenance synthetic shake or slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes®. The realistic-looking shingles resist impact, fire and insect damage for peace-of-mind. Plus, having this sturdy roof overhead can often result in reduced homeowner insurance premiums each year!

Project #3 - Add a new deck. Ready to enjoy your outdoor living space in a new way? Add Composite Decking and prepare to relax in style. Easy to install, low-maintenance compression molded composite decking has a deep, lasting wood-grain look. Best of all, there's no need for painting or staining, and it comes in a variety of colors to complement your home exterior.

Project #4 - Upgrade to a designer privacy window. Tired of too-close neighbors looking into your home? Decorative privacy windows from Hy-Lite® solve that problem. Replace existing windows in the bathroom and other rooms with eclectic Baroque, Mission, Prairie or Metro windows in the Home Designer CollectionTM to add style and privacy to your home.

Project #5 - Replace rotted exterior trim. Can you poke your finger into rotting trim around your home? If so, it's time to replace those insect-infested boards with cellular PVC trim. Long-term maintenance hassles disappear when you invest in composite trim pieces like those from Ply Gem®. The durable pieces don't absorb water like wood, so they won't rot or warp. And, because they're a cellular material, they tend to hold paint longer, giving you more time to enjoy your home rather than work on it.

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

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Featured Project - Winchester, MA

Some roofs are pretty simple, but some are full of hips, valleys, and dramatic pitch changes. This week's featured project is of the complicated variety, and Twin Metals, out of Billerica, MA, was kind enough to send some aerial photos of a project that they completed last fall in Winchester. 

For this roof, the homeowner's chose DaVinci Roofscapes' Multi-Width Slate polymer roof tiles for the field tiles, but accented the roof with copper hips, ridges, and valleys. I also notice their use of copper snow guards, which is something we always recommend in areas where snow fall is possible. In my opinion, the aerial shot gives the best view. 

Twin Metals, Inc
978-663-2563
www.twinmetals.com

 

 

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

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Home Improvement Month Starts on the Roof!

May is Home Improvement Month ... and what could possibly improve a home more than a new designer roof?

For the Kellerman family in Kansas, their decision to invest in a new composite slate roof came after their old cedar shake roof "ran out of life."

"We shopped for our roof for about three years, talking to contractors and looking at different types of roofs, before deciding on DaVinci Roofscapes," says Kevin Kellerman. "We felt the DaVinci composite roofing met our desire for an upgraded look that would complement our home's architectural style. It also has the superior durability ratings and long-term warranty that are important to us."

When deciding to invest in a new roof, the Kellermans also made a switch --- from real cedar shake to composite slate --- giving their home a fresher, more updated look.

"The appearance is everything we hoped it would be," according to Margaret Kellerman. "We've received many compliments from passersby and our neighbor thinks it's magnificent. Actually, we still admire this gorgeous roof ourselves every time we drive down our street!

"From a practicality standpoint, we have greater peace of mind knowing that this polymer slate roof can stand up to all types of weather conditions. When weather conditions are inclement, we know we are dry, safe and sound under this durable roof."

Part of what made the new roof experience so pleasant for the Kellermans was working with a quality roofing team. The couple hired Epic Exteriors in Kansas City to tackle the project.

"Shawn Bellis and his team worked hard, were respectful of our property and made sure to clean up after themselves during every stage of the project," says Kevin Kellerman. "In addition to getting the new roof, we also had new skylights, roof vents and gutters installed, plus we added insulation to our attic. It was a big project and they tackled it with skill.

"Shawn took care of our home as if it was his own. That level of personal commitment and professionalism helped make this a tremendous home improvement project for us."

 

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