Pet Rocks, Elephants and Scooby-Doo!

Welcome to September ... traditionally a post-summer time of back-to-school activities and the onset of cooler autumn weather.

But, September is also known for some not-so-traditional activities. For example, did you know this is Happy Cat Month, Passion Fruit Month and Fall Hat Month? If that's not creative enough for you, several September dates are also unusual, such as Wonderful Wierdos Day on the 9th, Elephant Appreciation Day on the 22nd and Scooby-Doo Day on the 13th!

At DaVinci Roofscapes we're choosing to focus on another September event --- Shameless Promotion Month!

We quite proudly (and now shamelessly) want you to know that our synthetic shake and composite slate roofing systems are the best in the industry! One reason is because polymer roofing products is all we manufacture, so we're focused on creating the very best luxury roof products that can be made --- right here in America!

Of course, we can't promote ourselves shamelessly for all 30 days of September ... so we'll take time out on the 5th to celebrate Pet Rock Day and then again on the 19th for Talk Like a Pirate Day!

 

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Tim's Tips Times Two

This posting could easily be called "A Tale of Two Tim's" ... that's because we have TWO Tim experts to lean on right now!

Tim Gentry, the vice president of technical services at DaVinci Roofscapes has more than 30 years experience with roofing. Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, also has roofing experience --- including his first installation this year of a DaVinci polymer slate roof on his own home!

With this much expertise around, we asked both Tims for installation tips to share with you.

Tips from Tim Gentry:

1. Valley Cuts: Avoid wasteful tile cuts for valleys by finding the correct angle and then cutting your polymer tiles with a circular saw. Then use all the accurate valley cuts and use the leftovers to finish the hips.

2. Nail It: DaVinci steep slope roofing tiles can be nailed with copper, stainless steel, or hot-dipped galvanized nails during installation. The reason for this recommendation is that we expect our synthetic roofing tiles to last for a very long time (especially since we have a lifetime roof warranty!) and we don’t want the fasteners to rust, become ineffective, and be the mode of failure of the Class A Fired Rated roofing system.

3. Rake Tile: Try using a rake tile on gable ends when installing Bellaforté Shake products. It makes these luxury roof tiles easier to install because you don't need to be too concerned with how precise your cuts are on the gable end --- the rake tile covers up all the cuts.

Tips from Tim Carter:

1. Starter Course Overhang: Unless you are using an overhanging drip edge, I recommend installers create a 5/8-inch overhang of the starter shingles past the edge of the metal drip edge. Capillary attraction is a real force of nature and it will suck water up under starter shingles to any unprotected wood decking.

2. Drill Holes for Hip and Ridge: To prevent depressions when cap shingles lay on top of compressible ridge ventilation products, it's a "best practice" to drill holes in the cap shingles for the nails. Make the hole just ever so larger than the shaft of the nail. The nail will not pull the shingle down as it's nailed. And remember, don't overdrive the nails!

3. Snap Lines Every Other Course: Resist the temptation to chalk course lines every five feet or so. Take the few extra minutes to chalk them every other course. This way each course has perfect alignment.

 

 

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From the Architect's Corner - Utilize Your Local Support

I work with architects every day, offering all the support I can over the phone or via email, all from my office inside the DaVinci Roofscapes manufacturing headquarters. In most markets in the US and Canada I work in tandem with a local DaVinci Sales Representative as well. His or her job also includes working with the design professional on the specifications for your projects, assisting with sales presentations to your clients or design review boards, and providing product education. Aside from that, knowing your local luxury roof expert will ensure you have accurate pricing information, referrals to local contractors, and up to date samples and materials for your library. Contact me today to set up an appointment with your local DaVinci representative.

Happy Friday, Architects!

Bellaforte Shake
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Checking in with Aaron Adams

A few weeks back we caught up with Aaron Adams, Central Region Manager for DaVinci Roofscapes, during one of his rare trips home. He spends many days traveling to roofing job sites to support our customers and can routinely be found anywhere from Minnesota to South Dakota to Louisiana.

Aaron's back in town again, so we're sharing more of his insights on the roofing industry.

Q: When you're on the jobsite, what are roofers telling you about the ease or challenges of installing DaVinci polymer roofing products?

A: Roofers equate our roofing tile install to a slightly faster cedar shake roof. Faster because they don't have to cull broken or knotted pieces, felt interlay is not typical, and they can be fastened with gun nails. One of the challenges they face is making sure new crews know how to hide cuts effectively.

Q: How do you see homeowners responding to DaVinci roofing materials?

A: The homeowners I've met with love the aesthetics of the polymer shake and composite slate. They look forward to not dealing with the ongoing maintenance of products like cedar shakes. Another piece of feedback I'm getting is that homeowners are relieved that they'll never again have to deal with bug infestations (like silverfish or termites) that they've had in the past with cedar shake roofing.

Q: What about the number of colors available in DaVinci products --- how do homeowners respond to having 50 standard color options?

A: Homeowners really seem to love the options and the ability to personalize their designer roof for their own home. Being able to put together a truly unique color combination that ideally suits their taste using the Color Designer Tool is a big hit.

Q: If you could sum up the message of DaVinci sustainable roofing products in one sentence, what would it be?

A: From color, virtually any steep slope roofing architectural design, severe weather conditions or green roofing options, DaVinci composite roofing products are up to the challenge!

Want to hear directly from roofers using plastic roofing materials from DaVinci? Then visit DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Profile: McRay Roofing and Roofer Endorses DaVinci Roofscapes.

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Simulated Slate Roofing Chosen Over Cedar Shakes

Homeowner Jill Bybee was faced with a challenge. Her 14-year old cedar shake roof had to go.

Designer Roof"We knew we wanted and needed a product that would meet our insurance company's standards and would be accepted by our Architectural Review Committee," says Bybee, who lives in St. Albans, Missouri.

Working with Cardinal Contractors, Bybee had DaVinci Roofscapes color samples made and installed on her roof to determine how the color blends would work with her stone and brick Country French home exterior. At the same time, her family decided to switch from cedar roof shingles to an imitation slate roof from DaVinci.

"We liked the appearance of the synthetic slate as it looks very authentic," says Bybee. "The warranty on the product, its maintenance-free qualities and the color selections all impressed us. We like the way our custom blended slate looks on our roof as it enhances our house and the beauty of it with a quiet stateliness and elegance."

Bybee selected four shades of Autumn to create the unique blend for her simulated slate roofing. She has positive things to say about both her new designer roof and the team that installed it.

"Working with Aaron Wallis was a great experience," says Bybee. "I am truly amazed at his professionalism and his dedication to his job, his projects, and his customers. I would highly recommend Aaron to anyone looking for a referral. And, we've heard that one of our neighbors is considering the same color blend for their DaVinci roof!"

Is a custom roofing tile color in your future? See 3 Reasons A Custom Color Could Be The Best Choice For Your Project.

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Roof Busters!

When it's time to get insights into roof replacement, who ya gonna call? Not ghost busters ... but a qualified builder!

Luckily we know just the guy --- Tim Carter, builder and founder of AsktheBuilder.com. With several decades of experience (more than he would probably like us to mention!) Tim knows EVERYTHING about building homes ... including roofing systems.

This summer Tim started re-roofing his own home in New Hampshire ... with DaVinci Roofscapes composite slate roofing tile.

Now Tim's sharing his candid insights on the process in a series of free online videos. The first one, entitled "DaVinci vs. Asphalt Shingles" can be found by clicking HERE.

Listen in and you'll hear Tim's past challenges and concerns with asphalt roofing plus his love of real slate roofs. Now Tim's discovered the best of all worlds --- simulated slate roofing from DaVinci that has the appearance of real slate, but not the weight.

Want more details on Tim's summer roofing adventures? Stay tuned for more videos that will be posted soon, and see Roofing Dreams Do Come True and DaVinci Roofscapes Helps Me to "Do it Right, Not Over!"

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Pass the Popcorn ... and the Roofing Tile Possibilities

What does "unlimited possibilities" mean to you? 

If you're in the market for a new designer roof, it probably means getting exactly what you want, in the color you want and with a style that complements your home exterior. That's what we deliver at DaVinci Roofscapes.

Now there's a great video we're sharing that shows  you how DaVinci offers you unlimited possibilities. Click HERE to see our exceptional choices in simulated shake roofing, synthetic slate roof shingles, 50 colors and so much more.

You'll discover that with DaVinci, you get more than just possibilities ...you get peace-of-mind. That's because our polymer roof tiles are Class A Fire Rated, have superior impact resistance and come with a lifetime warranty. Our sustainable roofing tiles have color "through and through" each tile that won't fade over time. Plus, insects, bugs and termites just hate our synthetic cedar shake tiles ... which we know you'll love!

For more details on Getting Serious About DaVinci Slate Roof Tiles and Slate or Shake --- Which DaVinci Roofscapes Product is for Me? click on these stories!

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DaVinci Slate Roof: Then and Now

After three years of harsh Maine winters, homeowner Rob Fanjoy is as happy with his plastic slate roof as the day his re-roofing project was finished. (See Maine Challenge)

Fake Slate"My wife and I love our DaVinci Roofscapes luxury roof even more now that it's been installed for a few years," says Fanjoy, a resident of Hampden, Maine. "The durability is plainly evident and the composite roofing tiles have performed exactly as advertised.

"Our imitation slate roof has held up to three colder and snowier than usual winters and two very hot, sunny summers. EVERYONE who comes up our driveway comments on our designer roof --- friends, family, delivery drivers and service professionals --- they all rave about how great it looks and can't believe it's not real slate."

Fanjoy and his wife Holly selected a Multi-Width Slate roof from DaVinci in the Vineyard blend of eight colors. "We wanted a strong visual interest on the roof to accent our home," says Fanjoy. "We decided to make the roof the centerpiece of our exterior renovation plans. This worked out great for us and now we're in the process of using the 'top-down' color approach to select a siding that complements the roof!"

A big supporter of man-made products that replicate Mother Nature but offer more long-term benefits than natural products, Fanjoy continues to appreciate the features of his synthetic slate roof. "The DaVinci product resists cracking, fading, curling and impacts," says Fanjoy. "Plus, this polymer slate roof has a great warranty, so how could we want anything more?"

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Composite Slate Roof Tops Utah Home

Inspired by castles visited during a trip to Germany, Brecken Bang and his wife decided to incorporate turrets into the architectural design of their new Utah home in 2014. The stunning custom home looks like a mini castle itself with a unique stone/rock overlay on top of cast-in-place concrete.

"Everyone who sees our Bellaforté Slate roof thinks it is a real slate roof and they love it," says Brecken Bang.

In reality, the simulated slate roofing atop the home is manufactured slate from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"We wanted our house to have the real slate roof look, but with lower maintenance concerns," says Bang. "One big factor for us selecting DaVinci was the wind rating. It can withstand winds up to 110mph. We did not want to lose any roofing in the strong winds we can get here. An added bonus was that we could create a custom gray and black color blend to add depth and a bold look to the roof."

Slate Roof Alternative

 

All of the structural walls and floors in the home are concrete and steel, which is not surprising since Bang is co-owner of Bang Concrete, which creates custom concrete walls.

"The home was built to last and we also wanted a designer roof that would last," says Bang. "Especially when it came to the turrets. Our roofer, Centennial Roofing, agreed that the DaVinci polymer roofing was much easier to use on the turrets than concrete tiles or natural slate shingles. The look is so authentic that sometimes I tell people that the DaVinci roof almost looks like dragon scales on our castle!"

Love turrets? Then see Turrets Are Easy With DaVinci’s Turret Package.

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Class A Fire Rated Polymer Roofing Eases Worries for West Coast Residents

Smokey the Bear is not a happy camper. Incredible drought conditions on the West Coast mean many woodland areas are suffering from wildfires.

Eco Friendly RoofFor many homeowners with cedar shake roofing, the threat of flying embers from those wildfires that could ignite their cedar roofing is a constant worry during summer months. Fortunately for homeowners, DaVinci Roofscapes offers Class A Fire Rated synthetic shake roofing that looks just like real shake roofing, but resists fire.

"More than fifty homes burned in our area during one wildfire," says Dan Baer, a California homeowner. "If the winds had been stronger, our home would have been included. Our old shake roof was a tinderbox waiting to ignite. Our new Bellaforté polymer tiles are rated Class A for fire retardance, which gives us tremendous peace-of-mind.”

In Nevada, homeowner Mary Katherine Hirsh feels the same way. After she was evacuated from her home in 2011 due to a firestorm sweeping through her Reno neighborhood, she decided her old wooden cedar roof shingles had to go.

"The idea that a stray cinder landing on my roof could ignite the entire home was scary,” says Hirsh, a Nevada resident. “I immediately started researching roofing options and focused in on fire-resistant polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.”

For more information on synthetic shake shingles, see Playing with Fire.

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From the Architect's Corner: Can You Tell the Difference?

For the last 15 years we have made it our mission to make the most authentic polymer slate and shake composite roofing tiles on the market. You know you've succeeded when time and time again you send homeowners, contractors, and architects out to see the products installed on a nearby home or business and their response is, "I drove right by it! It looked like natural slate and I was looking for a plastic slate." Or when you're standing in a tradeshow booth and people absentmindedly stop and touch the material, and end up blown away because it didn't feel like the slate or wood they were expecting to feel. 

I recently received this picture from a longtime contractor (Featured Project to come!) and had to share. With the copper gutters and flashings, these Multi-Width Slate tiles in the European Blend have the authentic look that people seeking a roof in our category require. If you were driving by and saw this roof, what would you think? 

Happy Friday, Architects!

Simulated Slate Roofing
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Low Maintenance and Durability Key Selling Features for Polymer Roofing in Northwest

In the damp climate of the Pacific Northwest, algae and moss accumulation on cedar shake roofs is a common concern. For some homeowners tired of maintaining and constantly cleaning these pesky growth formations from their roofs, easy-care polymer roofing tiles are their new best friends.

"Natural slate and cedar shake roof shingles can be increasingly difficult to maintain over time in this environment," says Jordan Eades, president of HOPE Roofing & Construction. "When homeowners see the advances of man-made polymer roofing tiles they get almost giddy with the idea that they'll be spending much less of their valuable time and money on maintenance to remove unsightly moss and algae from their roofs."

In recent years Eades and her team have started offering synthetic shake and imitation slate roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes. At the 2015 Building, Remodeling and Energy Expo in Sequim, Wash., Eades received overwhelming interest in the DaVinci product showcased in their booth.  

"We're seeing that more and more customers want long-lasting and low maintenance features in their roofs," says Eades, whose company is headquartered in Port Townsend, Wash. "The Bellaforté roofs we're installing offer those advantages plus the look is very realistic. The beauty of these tiles coupled with the lifetime warranty are features that homeowners in our area are very excited about."

Want to learn more about lightweight roofing tiles from DaVinci and what contractors think of our environmentally friendly roofs? Then see Out of the Mouths of Contractors.

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DaVinci Synthetic Roofing Material Can Stand the Test of Time

Summer has always been my favorite time of the year. It invokes childhood memories of the days I used to spend at my grandmother’s house in north Louisiana. There was a grocery store down the road called the Dixie Dandy and their chocolate covered ice cream bars were the best ever!

The heat was sweltering, but we never stayed inside. I mean, come on! It’s summer vacation! I played outside from dawn to dusk.

One of the craziest things I remember was how, on a hot day, a storm blew in rather suddenly, and even though the thermometer was showing 90-degrees, big nuggets of ice started raining down from the sky! Hail storm!! Yes, that was summer down south.

Eco-Blend Fake SlateI had the opportunity to re-visit that small Louisiana town recently, and between the scorching sun, many more hail storms and the strong winds that accompanied them, I noticed many of the houses were looking a little worse for the wear, especially the roofs.

It’s unreal what Mother Nature can do to a traditional shingle, slate or cedar shake roof. Curled edges, missing tabs, faded colors, cracked and split edges…..if this describes your roof, then it’s past time for a change.

Before spending your hard-earned money on another rooftop that starts to degrade the minute it’s sitting out in the elements, do a little homework and look into low-maintenance polymer roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

All those natural elements I talked about don’t stand a chance against a synthetic shake or composite slate roof. These lightweight roofing tiles are fade-resistant and the color runs completely through them.

Hail stones the size of golf balls? Not a dent! Hurricane force winds? They won’t budge! Aside from the fact that a polymer roof is going to last longer, it’s also going to look better and stay that way for years beyond that of a traditional roof. This is an added bonus, because it adds value and curb appeal to your home. (See Superman Roofs)

By the way, there’s a big difference between “standing out” and “sticking out” (like a sore thumb) and a composite slate roof  or simulated shake roofing from DaVinci stands out.

I would defy anyone to drive down the road and be able to tell the difference between a DaVinci fake slate roof and genuine slate, or DaVinci composite shake and a true cedar shake roofing. It looks that good!

One final thought to consider when choosing which product is right for you. DaVinci’s EcoBlend tiles have an Energy Star rated version called Cool Roof that actually helps reflect sun and heat away from the roof which, in turn, will reduce the load on your AC. That means your roof can positively impact your home's energy efficiency, the lifespan of your cooling unit AND help reduce power consumption to keep the house cool.

The moral of my story? Time will march on. I’m not a kid anymore…the recipe for the perfect Dixie Dandy ice cream bar is gone forever…but the right synthetic roofing material will stand the test of time well into the future.

Allen Lyle
Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford
Radio Show Co-Host - See more at: http://blog.davinciroofscapes.com/blog/friends-and-partners#sthash.Wt3sffvV.dpuf

Allen Lyle
Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford
Radio Show Co-Host

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Polymer Roofing Stands Up to Microburst

The morning of April 2, 2015 started out clear and sunny for residents at the Harbor Isle community in Wichita, Kansas. By evening, a powerful microburst with winds reaching up to 100mph destroyed a bulk of the roofs in the subdivision --- except the DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing installed by Heiland Roofing.

Composite Slate RoofAccording to homeowner Paul Dugan, concrete tiles littered the entire Harbor Isle community after the storm.

"Concrete roof tiles were thrown through neighbor's windows, into vehicles parked along the streets and in driveways," says Dugan. "Every home with a concrete tile roof was missing large sections while a couple of the homes that had been recently re-roofed by Heiland Roofing with DaVinci shake roofing tiles has every single tile in place and no visible damage to the property. I was very impressed and called Heiland Roofing the next morning.

"I now have a DaVinci Bellaforté Slate roof that looks exactly the same as the concrete tile roof but has the highest impact resistance in the industry. The impressive interlocking system allows for installation with securing the tile in all four corners so we're not going to worry about tiles peeling back and blowing away in future storms."

For more details about Heiland Roofing and their installation of green roofing options, see Featured Project of the Year - Heiland Roofing & Exteriors.

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From the Architect's Corner - Come See us at CONSTRUCT 2015

If you plan on attending the Construction Specifiers Institute convention in St. Louis this fall, set aside some time to come and see the DaVinci Roofscapes booth at booth #637. We will be there ready to discuss our lifetime roof options, and armed with plenty of polymer roofing information and product samples, including our new Single-Width and Bellaforté Slate profiles. The exhibit hall is open October 1-2, 10:30-4:30. I look forward to seeing you there! 

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DaVinci Roofscapes Helps Me to "Do it Right, Not Over!"

Yesterday I covered "why I love DaVinci Roofscapes" and today I'm launching right into the step-by-step aspects of installing my new imitation slate roof.

Alignment Aids

Look at one of the DaVinci composite slate shingles and you’ll quickly see they provide all the needed alignment guides for your required exposure on each shingle.

They provide the target holes where you nail the shingles. I love those and it’s not a problem to hit the target.

The shingles provide reminders about the required spacing between the shingles so the roof looks fantastic for decades.

If you chalk lines every other course, you get to use the lines to align each course. That’s a great feature to keeping the roof looking just like real slate.

Cutting

You can cut the shingles with a sharp razor knife or a tin snips, but I find a sliding compound miter saw does it faster, safer and provides a cleaner cut. You want to use this same saw to make your miter cuts that create the stunning closed valleys.

A table saw is the tool of choice for me when cutting off the tops of the shingles that are found at roof ridge lines.

Nailing

The fasteners are as important as the simulated slate roofing shingles in my opinion. They need to last as long, or longer, than the roofing product.

I feel this is why DaVinci suggests to use hot-dipped galvanized nails. These, in my opinion, are the best nails for all roofing projects. The molten zinc atoms interlock with the steel on the entire nail. Hot-dipped nails simply won’t rust for many, many decades.

Use the hot-dipped galvanized nails and rest assured the fasteners will not fail. Be sure the nail is long enough to penetrate the roof sheathing. (see Stainless Steel Nails)

The Bottom Line

After working now with the DaVinci composite roofing product for a little over two weeks, I have to give it five hammers out of five.

 

My wife Kathy loves it, my kids love it, my neighbors love it and I’m swooning over it.

As a builder who demands quality not only in a product but the workmanship that goes with it, I’m glad to go on the record saying that given the choice, I’d go with DaVinci Roofscapes whenever the situation allowed it.

Why?

That’s easy. DaVinci is a perfect example of my AsktheBuilder.com motto:

Do It Right, Not Over!

Tim Carter
Founder
AsktheBuilder.com

 

 

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Roofing Dreams Do Come True

I’ve been in the residential construction business for decades. I started while in college as a laborer for a man that rehabbed - we call it "flipping" now - houses. I loved working with my hands and still do.

You can’t describe the satisfaction of looking over something you just built knowing it’s done right and won’t have to be done over.

I’m experiencing that same feeling with my new DaVinci Roofscapes Single-Width Slate composite roofing tiles on my own home.

As crazy as it seems, I decided to do the installation myself. I’m qualified to do it as I’ve done roofing of all sorts for more than forty years. I’ll say it now before you read much more:

I love working with my DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic slate. It’s a dream product that’s easy to install. It’s not easy to impress me with products because I tend to be the Doubting Thomas. I tend to compare new products with older time-tested products that I know work well.

My son, a young man of few words, is helping me with this job. A few days into the project after installing enough of the polymer roofing shingles to where you can really see what it will look like when complete, he exclaimed, “Wow Dad, it really looks like real slate roof tiles! The shadow lines are so deep!”

Believe me, that’s a compliment of the highest from a young adult who rarely is impressed with all the great products I get to see on a routine basis.

Faux SlateThe Decision

You may wonder what drove me to DaVinci Roofscapes?

Two things.

First and foremost I’ve known about their fine products for years because they have the best public relations machine working for them. It seems not a week goes by that I don’t hear about a success story about DaVinci. That’s a good thing.

Second, my 40-year-guarantee asphalt shingle roof failed in just 12 years. That’s not a typo. Couple that with other asphalt shingle failures in the news and I have to tell you I was leery about getting bitten a second time.

The Roofing Process

I’ve installed tens of thousands of shingles. I’ve repaired roofs. Roofs are designed to take advantage of gravity. One layer of shingles overlaps the row below it and this continues up the roof creating a weather-resistant barrier to rain, wind-driven rain, snow and ice.

What I discovered after reading the official installation instructions provided by DaVinci is this job was going to be a breeze. It was hard to believe that a synthetic slate roof tile could be so easy to install.

As the head of AsktheBuilder.com, I stand witness to tell you this product is easier to install than traditional asphalt shingles. Yes, easier and they look far better. Tune in tomorrow to find out exactly how easy it is to install DaVinci lightweight roofing materials!

Tim Carter
Founder
AsktheBuilder.com

 

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Tour de Roofs

Thousands of cyclists are currently spending 21 days pedaling their way through France as part of the Tour de France. Unfortunately they're mostly looking straight ahead and concentrating on their route. What a shame.

If these dedicated cyclists looked up, they'd be in for quite a treat.

During my recent trip to France I had the opportunity see some truly beautiful roofs. While my fellow travelers were oohing and aahing over the countryside, my camera was pointed upwards at these incredibly historic roofs.

My favorite was the very colorful designer roof at Hotel-Dieu in Beaune. Founded in 1443, this structure was actually built as a hospital. The medieval jewel boasts geometric, multi-colored Burgundian roof tiles. It reminded me so much of the custom color capabilities available from DaVinci Roofscapes that I could easily imagine replicating the roof in the United States!

 

More sedate roofs also caught my attention in France. Everywhere you turned there were turrets and structures covered mostly with old clay tiles. Slate roofs are also popular in France, as are concrete spires that top structures such as the impressive Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) in Avignon. Constructed in 1309, there are ten towers in the fortress that spans more than 148,000 square feet!

 

For a vacation trip with lots of roof-appeal, I've got to say, Vive la France!

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Happy National Roofing Week!

The National Roofing Contractors Association has designated July 5 - 11 as the Second Annual National Roofing Week. The special focus on this week is the importance of hiring professional roofing contractors and making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing a roof system.

As we talk about regularly, the roof is one of the most important components on a home or business. If a roof fails, whether due to storm damage or old age, the entire structure is compromised. That's why DaVinci Roofscapes recommends that you make it a yearly goal to examine and evaluate your roof --- and what better time to do so than National Roofing Week!

We've shared these tips before, but they're worth repeating:

Fake Cedar ShakeTip #1 - If you're able to easily see all areas of your roof yourself, use either a ladder or binoculars from across the street, and look for problem areas. Missing or broken shingles or shingles "flapping" in the wind are all signs that your roof needs immediate help.

Tip #2 - If you have steep slope roofing or a roof with multiple valleys, or you're not able to see all areas of your roof, then hire a professional roofing contractor to inspect your roof. They have the proper safety equipment to accurately inspect your roof and know exactly how to look for rodent and animal damage around chimneys along with worn out areas of the roof.

Tip #3 - Check the sides of your roof. The southern exposure weathers significantly faster than the other sides of the roof, so make sure to carefully examine this area. Also, shallower pitches weather faster than steeper pitches. So again, if your roof has a shallow pitch --- like a shed dormer --- make certain you can clearly see it to get a true indication of the condition of your roof. If you have a real cedar roof, consider your geographic location.

Tip #4 - Consider your geography. If you live in areas prone to hail, then impact resistant polymer roofing is a great choice. Or, if you live in the western portion of the country where wildfires are a problem, then having Class A Fire Rated imitation slate or simulated shake roofing is a great choice. Along with helping protect the home, these fake cedar shake and slate alternative roofs oftentimes come with a homeowner insurance discount.

Need more tips? Check out 6 Signs of a Failing Roof: How to Tell if You Need a New Roof.
 

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From the Architect's Corner - Customizing Doesn't Mean You Have to Change It All

When you are working with 50 individual colors it can become pretty easy to overcomplicate things. Typically, the quest for finding your perfect custom color blend starts on our color designer, or with a set of our synthetic shake or slate color chips. While some have a great eye for color and can easily sort through and put together something that looks amazing, the rest of us are stuck on where to even start. In the context of possible blend customization, I often get asked if somebody can take a standard blend and just tweak it. Recently, an architect and I worked together to take the European Blend (which consists of Light Gray, Medium Gray, Dark Gray, Light Purple and Dark Purple in multi-width slate) and change it into something that the client wanted, which was essentially European with just a little less purple. By removing just the Light Purple from the blend, it turned out to be exactly the color blend they needed. Not every custom color blend story can be this easy, but often starting with something already created can help you and your clients know what needs to be added or removed. 

Happy Friday Architects!

                Fake Slate

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