Featured Project - Ft. Worth, TX

When you look at a roof, your attention mainly goes to the field tiles, which are the tiles that make the majority of a roof. Sometimes, though, it is all in the details. For our polymer slate and shake roof systems we offer all the accessories including starter tiles, one piece hip/ridge tiles, two piece hip/ridge tiles, transition tiles, and turret tiles. All of these components, combined with the field tiles, makes up all the parts that a contractor would need to complete your roof. 

Ramon Roofing out of Fort Worth, TX recently completed a job in Single-Width Slate in the Castle Gray Blend and sent over some great pictures of the details of the roof, including one with a custom made cap to top a turret. Recently, the Dallas/Fort Worth area experienced a bit of hail and we're thinking these homeowners are glad they put on a DaVinci Roofscapes' impact resistant roof!

Ramon Roofing
817-924-1645
www.ramonroofing.com

 

 
                       Field Tiles                                                                 One-Piece Hip/Ridge and a custom cap

 

 

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Featured Project - Englewood, CO

The Aberdeen Blend is one of our more colorful options in our Multi-Width Slate line. The blend is comprised of 5 individual colors - Dark Gray, Light Brown, Dark Purple, Green Stone, and Dark Stone and 5 widths - 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" and pre-mixed for size and for color before shipping out to the Designer ROofjobsite. The bundles are pre-blended so the blending doesn't have to happen on the ground or driveway of the homeowner during installation. 

This colorful roof was installed by a loyal DaVinci Roofscapes contractor, Advanced Exteriors, out of Denver. Their crews don't shy away from any DaVinci product including Bellaforté Shake , Single-Width Shake, and other colorful blends in the Multi-Width Slate

Interested in shaking up the exterior of your home with a little color? Contact your local contractor, like Advanced Exteriors, for samples, or contact us and we'll be happy to get some information out to you. 

Advanced Exteriors
303-756-7663
www.advancedexteriors.com

 

 

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Composite Slate Accents Tuscarora Academy Museum

Fake SlateThe historic Tuscarora Academy Museum in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, which was founded in 1836, boasts a long history. The recently-reroofed structure is the only surviving building of the Tuscarora Academy, the site of the first secondary school in Juniata County.

The interior of the museum hosts an old walnut post office, a doctor's office, a typical boarding room for students and timber belonging to the David H. Wilson GAR Post 134. But, it's the outside of the structure that is causing some added interest these days.

"Our team was brought in to remove 50-year old asbestos shingles on the roof," says Philip Mead, estimator with KLA Roofing & Construction, LLC of Everett, Pennsylvania. "They needed to get the asbestos removed and sought a low-maintenance product that could withstand our harsh winter weather."

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission researched several roofing alternatives before selecting Single-Width Slate synthetic tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Polymer Slate"We had a four-man crew install the composite slate roof and they liked working with the product very much," says Mead. "I actually heard one person say that they wish we would get more projects like this one because it went so smoothly!"

The KLA Roofing & Construction team installed the Smokey Gray roof during the summer of 2015. The company, who works on many commercial roofing projects across Pennsylvania, specializes in historical restoration.

"Roofing requires an understanding of a structure's form, how it bends and how water will flow over it," says Mead. "If a certain area of roof will take on a high level of rain-flow, it might be wise to spend a little extra time sealing that particular area. Another area of the roof might need extra wood to support it. A crucial piece of properly laying a roof is understanding nuances like these. That's what we brought to the Tuscarora Academy project that helped make the re-roofing projects such a success." 

Tuscarora isn't the only historic museum to feature DaVinci's composite roofing. See Museum Rooftops and Happy National Museum Day! for more insights.

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On the Road ... with DaVinci Roofscapes!

Philadelphia. Las Vegas. Anchorage. San Francisco. Those are just some of the many cities where DaVinci Roofscapes will participate in trade shows in the coming weeks.

Our polymer roofing products have become so popular that we've cloned our booth! Now we have displays of our impressive imitation slate shingles and synthetic shake roof tiles "on the road" to several locations constantly to keep up with demand.

While many of these shows are limited to the members of professional trades (and it's like alphabet soup figuring out which group event you can attend!) there are some shows open to the public.

Here's a listing of where you can find our designer roof products in the coming weeks:

April 17-19: Anchorage Home Show in Anchorage, Alaska

 

May 9-12: ALFA 2016 in Denver, booth 843

May 19-21: AIA Show in Philadelphia, booth 2523

May 22-26: ICSC Reconstruction in Las Vegas, booth N1768

 

June 3-4: ECHO Show in San Francisco, booth 106

June 12-14: Western Roofing Expo 2016 in Las Vegas, booth 115

June 16-18: FRSA in Orlando, booth 920

June 26-28: BOMA 2016 in Baltimore, booth 930

If you live in any of these cities, stop by to see our products in person. Or, if you'd like more details on our products, visit our YouTube site to see videos on how we make our products and how they're used in different residential applications.

 

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Featured Project - Chicago, IL

"Can your products be installed over a curve?". This is a question that we get often. The answer (generally) is probably. There are many factors we consider before answering yes or no, including the grade of the curve and the product being used, but apply a little heat to the products and you can likely make them curve around whatever you want. (Click here to read my earlier blog on this topic). 

Apex Exteriors, Inc out of the Chicago area recently installed a cedar shake alternative on this home in Chicago. They used Multi-Width Shake, which is one of the better products to use when you have a curved roof structure. The reason for this is the tiles are 22" long and are cored out in back with a rib structure. The designs of the ribs allow for easier pliability if the product is warmed up a little. The home featured here used the Tahoe Blend and is Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated, Wind Certified to 110 mph, and comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. 

Apex Exteriors
847-531-8960
www.apexext.com

 

 

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5 Years Later: Revisiting St. Clement Eucharist Shrine

Back in 2011, members of the St. Clement Eucharist Shrine in Boston decided to tackle a big project --- installation of a Bellaforté Slate roof on top of their historic church.

After removing heavy, old slate shingles from the roof, the talented church volunteers installed the imitation slate tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes in a Slate Gray. We revisited the church recently to see how our synthetic slate roofing was holding up ... and we got rave reviews!

"We've had no problems with the roof," says Father Peter Grover. "We've had lots of wind, snow and rain in the past five years. We've never had a leak and it looks just as great today as the day it was installed.

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"We consider the DaVinci roof a good investment. The roof accents the church. A real slate roof would have been too costly; asphalt would not have given us the visual appeal that the composite slate gives us."

Looking back at the project, we asked Father Grover if they would have changed anything about the re-roofing installation.

"Our only regret is that we didn't have snow guards installed when we had the roof done," says Grover. "We ran out of time and it was a secondary thought. Now, when there is heavy snow, it falls off into the parking lot and we end up shoveling twice. Once we had a broken windshield from the snowfall."

Given his experience, we recommended retrofitting snowguards (see Can I Install Snowguards After My Roof Is Installed?) to help control the snow as it melts in the future. For more information on this church projects using polymer roof tiles, see Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead.

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A Love Affair with Slate Roofs

Let's face it ... some people are in love with heavy, old, real slate roofs. They think the algae growing between the slate tiles is "charming" and that the broken-off brittle pieces of slate add "character" to the roof.

That's fine if you're touring historic homes in Europe, but if it's on your house, who wants the never-ending problems of real slate roofs?

DaVinci Roofscapes to the rescue. To mimic the charm and character of slate roof tiles, DaVinci creates the molds for our imitation slate tiles by using real pieces of slate. (See Realistic Profile Imitation Slate Tiles)

A multi-width or single-width composite slate roof from DaVinci enhances the beauty of a home while protecting the earth's natural resources. The slate polymer tiles are made of virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable product, and each piece is crafted to display rough edges and a natural stone-like surface texture.

Polymer slate from DaVinci comes in three profiles:

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Multi-Width - comes in 5 different widths - 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths with natural stone appearance on tiles that are 1/2" thick
Single-Width - a 12" tile width with each tile being a 1/2" thick
Bellaforté - a 12" tile width featuring interlocking leading edge tabs for increased wind resistance; each tile is 1/2" thick

Go ahead ... have a love affair with "the look" of real slate tiles. But when it comes to what you'll put on your home, opt for lightweight tiles that replicate slate tiles, but have the advantages of a man-made product.

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It's All About the Roof

Throughout the mountainous areas of Nevada and California, home designs go far beyond simplistic. They capture incredible views while blending effortlessly into the landscape.

Fake Cedar ShakeGeometric-shaped homes, A-frame getaways and multi-level vacation homes bring the focus clearly on the roofs of these mountainside retreats. “In our area, the roof is an integral part of the home design,” says Mike Hudson, a roofing installer in Nevada’s Incline Village area. “With so much exposure to our sometimes severe weather conditions of snow, winds and heavy moisture, selecting the right roofing tile is a critical decision for homeowners, architects and builders.”

For more than 35 years Hudson has installed every type of roofing product imaginable. Ask the founder and president of Class A Roofing what his preferred type of roofing material is, and you’ll find that he’s a fan of composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes. (See what other roofers have to say about DaVinci roofs at Out of the Mouths of Contractors)

“Without a doubt, I really like synthetic roofing tiles for project work,” says Hudson. “The advantages of these tiles over original slate or shake roofing are substantial. Ever since being introduced to these tiles I’ve had tremendous success with them. Installation is fast and easy. Best of all, synthetic roofing tiles allow us to create beautiful, lasting roofs that combine Old World techniques with New World technology.”

Multi-Level Homes

Polymer SlateFrom a small A-frame to a sprawling lakefront home with surrounding mountain views and multiple rooflines, Hudson works on projects of all sizes. One roof installation on a South Lake Tahoe project left the contractor with a new appreciation of synthetic roofing tiles.

“We had the custom Green and Gray Blend Slate roofing tiles created especially for this home,” says Hudson. “The ability to get custom blends is just another reason I like synthetic roofing tiles. I was able to offer this homeowner a roof that perfectly complements his home’s overall design and natural setting.

For the multi-level home project, there were four different roof pitches. Even with last minute design changes, Hudson was unflappable about the roofing installation.

 “The DaVinci slate requires no special engineering for added weight, so changes to the design structure present no problems for us,” says Hudson. “Even though we had virtually 15 roofs to apply on this one house, the work went quickly and easily. The starter tiles and accessories that come with synthetic roofing make it possible to customize any application.”

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March 26: I Love My Polymer Roof Day!

The windy month is here! Which is why March is probably also celebrated as National Kite Month. But, did you know that March is also National Noodle Month, Mad for Plaid Month and Dolphin Awareness Month?

Polymer Slate RoofAt DaVinci Roofscapes, we marked our calendars for March 6-12, which is Women in Construction Week. And, since we are a Made in America company, we like to celebrate the third week of March, which is National Manufacturing Week.

Although some of us might not admit it, our calendars are also marked for some very fun dates to remember in March, such as Sock Monkey Day on the 5th, International Fanny Pack Day on the 12th and World Marbles Day on the 25th.  And, as a last farewell to winter weather, we're looking forward to Snowman Burning Day on the 20th!

Of course, March also has some very serious dates to remember. March 13 is Daylight Savings Time and Easter falls early this year on March 27. The Ides of March are on the 15th ... and the oftentimes not-so-serious St. Patrick's Day is on the 17th.

Finally ... our absolute favorite March date is the 26th.  That's "Make Up Your Own Holiday Day."  So, we're declaring March 26 as "I Love My Polymer Roof Day." If you have a synthetic shake or imitation slate polymer roof, join us on March 26th by posting your love of polymer roofing on your Facebook page - be sure to tag DaVinci Roofscapes so we can celebrate with you!

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A Special Roof for a Special Collections Building

Time really does move quickly. It's already been five years since the Special Collections Libraries building at the University of Georgia was constructed.

Fake SlateIt's here on this sprawling southern campus that unique and extraordinary materials are preserved and organized related to the history and culture of Georgia. There are rare books, manuscripts and other collections inside this 110,000-square-foot climate-controlled structure. The building also includes classroom and exhibit space.

On the top of this impressive 90-foot tall building you'll find a Slate Gray polymer slate roof manufactured by DaVinci Roofscapes and installed by Bone Dry Roofing of Athens, Georgia. (See Valore Slate Tops UGA Special Collections Libraries Building)

The brick and limestone veneer building sits proudly on the UGA campus ... as if it had always been there. Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc. planned it that way. The building was constructed on top of a 28,000-square-foot records vault that is located 35 feet below the finish floor. After a challenging construction process, the building --- and its impressive synthetic slate roof --- are now firmly entrenched on the college grounds.

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Jesse James Slept Here

What do the famous outlaw Jesse James and DaVinci Roofscapes have in common? A connection with St. Mary's Catholic Church in Independence, Missouri.

Founded in 1823, Saint Mary's is one of the oldest churches in the Dioceses of Kansas City - Saint Joseph. The current church was constructed in 1865, with an impressive 10-story high steeple added in 1900. In 2015 that tall steeple --- plus the rest of the church --- was re-roofed using DaVinci polymer roofing tiles.

While steeplejacks with Inspired Heights installed multi-width faux slate tiles on the tall steeple, another roofing company tackled the massive installation of the main roof on St. Mary's church. DaVinci Single-Width Slate was selected to replace hail-damaged roofing shingles.

"Our church history includes many notable milestones," says Rev. Matthew Bartulica. "One of the most popular pieces includes how Father Kennedy harbored an injured outlaw in the church in the 1860s --- Jesse James.

"Now we're starting a new chapter in our history. Our old, deteriorated roof is gone and now we're very pleased to have the DaVinci slate roofing products overhead."

If you like church roofing stories, check out  Steeple People and Praying for a New DaVinci Roof!

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Composite Slate a Winner for Texas Homeowner

What a difference the right roofing contractor can make. Just ask homeowner Bruce Granger. After experiencing headaches trying to find the best roofer for his Fort Worth, Texas home, he finally discovered the team at Showtime Exteriors in Mansfield, Texas.

"One of the best aspects of working with Showtime Exteriors is their professionalism," says Granger. "They were eager to make us comfortable and happy with our roofing project from start to finish. The Showtime Exteriors team did a great job on our reroofing project. I'd feel confident in recommending their services to my family and friends."

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Granger feels equally satisfied with his decision to invest in synthetic slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes. He selected Bellaforté Slate in a Slate Gray color for his Tudor-style home.

"We love the look of our Bellaforté Slate polymer roof and the incredible Lifetime Limited Materials Warranty that DaVinci Roofscapes provided to us," says Granger. "When we were looking for a roof, we were impressed by the many features of the DaVinci  Roofscapes products, such as the resistance to impact, hail and fire. Now that we have the roof on our home, we're even more impressed that those features come with a roof that looks so good on our house!"

Want to know what other Texas homeowners think of DaVinci lightweight roofing materials? See Historic Texas Home Gets Faux Slate Roof and Featured Project: Irving, Texas!

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Failing Concrete Roof Leads Homeowner to Composite Slate Roofing

Homeowner Julie Beck knew she had to get a new roof when it started raining inside her attic. Cracked concrete tiles, a poor installation job and overall deterioration of her concrete roof all combined in 2015 to prompt Beck to invest in a new Bellaforté Slate roof.

"We suffered with this failing concrete roof for almost five years," says Beck, a homeowner in Stillwell, Kansas. "I loved the look of the concrete tiles, but problems kept reoccurring. They did not perform well with our freeze/thaw cycles and temperature changes."

Fake SlateWhen Shawn Bellis of Epic Exteriors saw the condition of Beck's roof he knew it was time the family invested in new simulated slate roofing.

"There were broken and cracked concrete tiles throughout the entire roof resulting in multiple leaks," says Bellis. "It's such a beautiful home and the roof is a prominent feature. However it was in very poor condition and gave the homeowners headaches on a daily basis."

Bellis recommended a product he's installed many times before, polymer slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes. The composite roofing material is impervious to freeze-thaw conditions and even with moisture on the tiles, the simulated slate tiles won't absorb water, so there are no chances of cracking or splitting of the tiles.

Following advice from Bellis, Beck and her husband Christopher went to 15 different homes to see the installed product before making their decision. (See Invest in Your Roof)

"Our roof has a strong visual effect on the house plus there's a breezeway that connects to a guest house," says Beck. "I needed to feel completely comfortable that the new faux slate roof would complement our entire home.

"I have zero regrets about selecting the Bellaforté Slate roof. The European-VariBlend of four different shades of grays and purple looks very authentic to natural slate. This roof has given new life to our home and I have peace-of-mind because there's a lifetime limited materials warranty backing up our new roof. We just had three straight days of rain and it's completely dry in our attic. I couldn't be happier!"

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IRE Forecast: Sunny with a Chance of Synthetic Slate

If you're visiting the International Roofing Expo this week in Orlando, don't be lured outside by the 70 degree weather and sunny skies. Step inside the Orange County Convention Center and head to booth #1275 for a truly eye-opening experience.

DaVinci Roofscapes is at IRE showcasing our newest slate profiles, featuring synthetic slate composite roofing profiles with an authentic quarried look. These polymer slates tiles feature a thick, realistic profile that accurately replicates real slate.

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And, if Orlando's sunny weather makes you want to cool off, come see our new Cool Roof EcoBlend colors that are available starting in mid-March. The new color blends for EcoBlend polymer shake and slate roofs include:

  • Tahoe-EcoBlend: Light Tahoe, Medium Light Tahoe and Medium Tahoe
  • Mountain-EcoBlend: Light Mountain, Medium Mountain and Dark Mountain
  • Brownstone-EcoBlend: Light Brown, Dark Stone and Dark Tan blend
  • Slate Gray-EcoBlend: Slate Gray

 

Only at the DaVinci Roofscapes booth can you cool off with hot new products!

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Architectural West Magazine Focuses on DaVinci Roofscapes

What are architects reading about these days? In the two most recent issues of Architectural West magazine, they're reading about synthetic shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes!

The November/December 2015 issue of the magazine included a cover story on the re-roofing of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Centennial, Colorado featuring composite shake shingles from DaVinci. (See Horn Brothers Create Lightweight Roofing Solutions).

Then, in the new January/February 2016 issue, the cover story is on the beautiful Fleur du Lac Estates project on the shores of Lake Tahoe in Nevada.  That's where DaVinci simulated shake roofing tiles have been installed on the Yacht Club and Boat House, and will soon appear on homes in the community. (See Hassle-Free DaVinci Shake Tiles)

In case you don't subscribe to Architectural West, we want to make it easy for you to read these in-depth project profiles on DaVinci polymer roofing. Just click on the magazine covers below to get instantly connected to the stories.  Happy reading!

 

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Visit Booth #1275 at IRE!

Looking for the best of the best at IRE next week? Then stop by the DaVinci Roofscapes booth #1275 to see our newest polymer slate roofing profiles. As a bonus, we're previewing new EcoBlend colors that will be available by mid-March.

Why should you spend time at the DaVinci Roofscapes booth? Because seeing is believing.  Come see the newly-enhanced slate profile on our Single-Width Slate 12-inch tile, Multi-Width Slate and Bellaforté Slate polymer roofing tiles. When you see first-hand the depth of the profiles, the shadow lines and the realistic look of slate, you'll be convinced that these synthetic slate tiles will look great on your next project.

"These new profiles offer exceptional curb appeal value to a home or commercial project," says Ray Rosewall, CEO and president of DaVinci Roofscapes. "When looking up at a roof with these tiles it's difficult for someone to differentiate between these synthetic slate profiles and real slate."

Don't forget ... February 17 - 19, when you get to the West Hall at the Orange County Convention Center, head to booth #1275. You'll be glad you did!

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Featured Project of the Year - EPIC Exteriors

We're on week three (of four) of blogs showing off the four Featured Projects of the Year leading up to this year's International Roofing Expo (Click HERE to see week one and HERE to see week two). Up this week is a home located in the exclusive city of Mission Hills, Kansas installed by EPIC Exteriors out of Kansas City. This home was one of the first in the area to use our newest color blend, Smokey Gray. Smokey Gray was introduced last year as the 50th color added to our color line, and provides a classic look in the Single-Width Slate. 

This home also has an architectural detail you don't see every day - a turret. At DaVinci Roofscapes we know turrets can be labor intensive, so we offer the option of a custom turret package. With the custom package the contractor sends us the measurements of the turret and we custom cut each piece and create a layout for a more detailed installation guide. 

Come by booth # 1275 at the IRE February 17-19th to see this project, along with the other three winners, featured in our booth! Congratulations EPIC Exteriors! 

EPIC Exteriors
913-712-8342
www.epicexteriorskc.com

 

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10-Story High Steeple Gets New DaVinci Slate Roof

Third-generation steeplejack Tony Stratton loves a challenging church roof project. So, when he was contacted to install DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roofing tiles on the 110-foot tall steeple on St. Mary's Catholic Church in Independence, Missouri, he jumped at the chance.

Fake Slate"We're an 'old school trade' with one foot in the past and one foot in the future," says Stratton, owner of Inspired Heights out of Rockford, Illinois. "We combine the techniques of long-ago with the technologies of today. This allows us to offer a less invasive, more affordable restoration for church roofs and steeples."

The non-intrusiveness of Inspired Heights is exactly what appealed to Rev. Matthew Bartulica. "We didn't want scaffolding or a crane to obscure the steeple during the re-roofing," says Rev. Bartulica of St. Mary's. "Inspired Heights did it the old fashioned way --- they used pulleys and ropes. That saved on our budget and just 'felt right' for this project."

According to Stratton, this was the first time his company had used DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofing tiles for a church project, but it won't be the last.

"We've installed real slate on lots of churches and found that it's heavy and awkward to mount," says Stratton. "The DaVinci slate product has a natural slate look, plus it was lighter in weight and came in different widths, adding to its natural look, unlike other comparable products. We were grateful that we didn't have to worry about the tiles 'curling' like other synthetic tiles because the ridging in the back of each tile helped keep it more stable.

"We're impressed with the DaVinci roofing and hope to use it again in the future. It's a great example of what we like to refer to as matching up modern technological advances for products with our old school steeplejack trade."

Looking for more examples of synthetic slate roofing and polymer shake on churches? See  Praying for a New DaVinci Roof and Steeple People.

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Bad News for Cupid

Oh no! Cupid has an important job to do, but he's been thwarted by homes with impact-resistant DaVinci Roofscapes polymer shake and slate tiles overhead.

"Time is tight and I'm trying to shoot my love messages to people in homes, but the DaVinci roofs are really getting in my way," says Cupid. "I'm using all my strength, but my arrows are simply bouncing off the DaVinci roofs."

Cupid has discovered what many homeowners have already learned --- DaVinci synthetic slate and imitation shake roofing tiles are Class 4 rated for impact resistance, plus they have a Class A fire rating, so even flaming arrows won't damage them.

"Synthetic roof tiles are durable in all kinds of situations," says Wendy Bruch, marketing manager with DaVinci Roofscapes. "Our roofs normally have to stand up to hail, high winds, snow and other weather conditions that Mother Nature throws at them. So, unfortunately for Cupid, he's going to have to find another way to deliver his heartfelt messages."

The good news for Cupid is that he can see DaVinci roofs in shades of his favorite color --- red --- during his romantic travels.(See Red, Red Roof)

Designer RoofIn Stamford, Conn. the Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat has a custom terracotta color blend of DaVinci Multi-Width Slate on its roof to accent the restful setting of the Mediterranean-style complex and gardens. (See Terracotta-Hued Roof Added to Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat).

And, in Greenwood, Penn. homeowner Ellen Greenwood recently had a custom adobe red composite slate roof put on her 1867 white farmhouse to complement a nearby classic red metal roof on a stone barn.

Gillespie Contracting helped Greenwood get the red roof of her dreams. "The owner had a very specific shade of red in mind for her roof and I had confidence DaVinci could deliver," says Bill Gillespie, president of Gillespie Contracting. "The final choice on product selection came down to DaVinci and another faux slate. Mrs. Greenwood compared both products side by side and felt the DaVinci simulated slate roofing was more durable and sturdier than the other option."

Durable, colorful and arrow puncture-proof. A winning combination sure to impress even Cupid.

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Mother Nature Hired as Head Designer at DaVinci Roofscapes

As we launch into 2016, the team at DaVinci Roofscapes gives full credit to Mother Nature for the continued success and acceptance of our composite shake and imitation slate roofing products. (See Is it Real or is it DaVinci?)

"In 2015 we recreated all of our composite slate product profiles using Mother Nature as our head designer," says Mark Hansen, vice president of sales and marketing at DaVinci Roofscapes. "The results are an amazingly realistic quarried profile that people have to get up close to in order to determine they're not looking at real slate roofing.

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"Our synthetic Bellaforté Shake tiles were already created as an exact duplication of real wood shakes. Thanks to their authenticity, polymer shake roofing is our best selling product. With our slate line now perfectly replicating natural slate, we believe 2016 will be another strong year for our company."

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Hansen points out that growth of DaVinci products overall appears to come as a result of the acceptance and growing awareness of the company's polymer roofing.

"We always say that roofs sell roofs," says Hansen. "We seem to do the best in areas where we have had the longest presence. The more DaVinci lightweight roofing systems installed in a specific market, the more we sell there because people like what they see.

"We hear stories everyday about people stopping homeowners to ask what roofing product is on their home ... then they contact us about replacing their own roofs with DaVinci products."

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