Prestigious Red Roofs from DaVinci

Wander around Europe --- or even the New England states --- and you'll see some beautiful red slate roof tiles. But, you won't see many. Why? Because natural red slate is extremely limited and not widely available.

Long valued for its scarcity and prestige, in the United States natural red slate roofing shingles can only be found in Washington County, New York. According to the National Slate Association, "unfading red" is a dense, very hard slate that can be dry and brittle when quarried, making the rare slate very expensive to produce.

Fortunately for homeowners wishing to add a bit of red to a roof (or who wish to create an entire imitation slate roof of one stunning red color!), DaVinci Roofscapes offers a cost-effective alternative with our imitation slate shingles.

Our experts at DaVinci can create a custom color or custom color blend for your designer roof quite easily. Send us a sample of the red you're interested in --- whether it's a tube of red lipstick or a swatch of red fabric --- and we can match the color. That's because we have some of the most advanced color matching capabilities in the industry to help you accent your designer roof with fire engine red highlights or cover the entire roof in a soft mottled wine red blend.

So, if you'd like to capture the prestige of red in your lightweight roofing tiles (or any other unique color), contact us for all your roofing options! And, for more information on custom colors and blends, see Bring a Little Custom to Your Blend and Rainbow of Roofing Colors.

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Easy Beachfront Living Under DaVinci Roofscapes Slate Roofs

Hanging out during hot summer days just got cooler for visitors to Buckroe Beach in Hampton, Virginia. A large central shelter pavilion and three smaller structures within the city park were all updated earlier this year and now have synthetic slate shingles from DaVinci Roofscapes roofs overhead.

The bay front park features almost a mile of clean beaches where kayaks and paddleboats are available for rent. The free-use picnic structures feature grills and tables, with a children's playground and restroom facilities located nearby.

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The new synthetic slate gray roof tiles on the shelters replace roofs that were worn out over time by salt air and sea spray off the Chesapeake Bay. The shelters also receive harsh exposure to high winds and relentless sun, which is why simulated slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes was selected.

polymer slateBoth Bellaforté Slate and Single-Width Slate composite slate roofing were used on the shelters. The roofing tiles resemble classic traditional slate tile found on upscale residences and commercial projects throughout the world, but requires none of the maintenance. Modeled after actual slate, the synthetic slate roof shingles are backed by a 50-year limited warranty and resist fire, impact, moisture, curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects!

The easy-to-install lightweight roofing tiles are made with a non-porous material, so the beach shelter rooftops won't absorb water. And, state-of-the-art ultraviolet and color stabilizers help protect the rooftop from color fading. For more details on impressive sustainable roofing products from DaVinci, see Check Out Polymer Slate Roofing Options.

 

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FREE Roofing!

That’s right … YOU can win a prize package worth $25,000 of durable and beautiful Bellaforté Shake or Bellaforté Slate roofing tiles. And, you have three chances to win!

Enter The Great TOH Giveaway sponsored by This Old House magazine for the chance to win more than $727,000 in prizes. Three of those top prizes are $25,000 packages of DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofing tiles!

There are two ways to enter. Simply purchase the August 2014 issue of This Old House magazine, scan the pages using the Blippar free app available on iTunes and you’re entered into the drawing. Or, visit www.thisoldhouse.com/win to enter online. And, you can increase your chances to win your luxury roof by entering every day through September 1st!

Just imagine ... you get the call this autumn that you have the winning entry. Then your roofing headaches just dissolve. First you get to decide if you'd like composite shake or composite slate roof in the Bellaforté family. Then you choose a color or color blend. After that, find an installer and get that designer roof up on your home!

Don’t miss out … this is THE coolest contest to enter this summer!

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Featured Project - Fort Worth, TX

"I'm looking at your Multi-Width Slate webpage and I see the color Castle Gray, but I want to order it in Bellaforté, can I do that?" This is the type of questions that our Project Specialists field every day from homeowners who are interested in putting DaVinci's plastic slate roof tiles on their homes. The answer is YES, all the standard color blends offered in Bellaforté were actually inspired by the color blends offered in our flagship product, DaVinci Slate.

This project, installed by Dynasty Roofing out of Fort Worth, is a beautiful example of Bellaforté in the Villa Blend. Villa was inspired by Castle Gray in Multi-Width Slate. Because the tiles are all the same width (12") we can make an entire order off one machine using our VariBlend Technology which creates a continuous color variation from tile to tile. 

DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program Member
Dynasty Roofing
817-423-0880
www.dynastyroofing.com 

 

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Seeing Double: The Ward Boys

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we're fortunate to have the dynamic duo of brothers Bryan and Mike Ward on our team.

Bryan started with us in 2004 as the Injection Molding Manager and is now Vice President of Operations at company headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas, overseeing our polymer roofing manufacturing departments and warehouse functions. His brother Mike (one of three Ward Designer Roofbrothers) joined DaVinci as the Eastern Regional Sales Manager in 2009. Today he's heading up the national sales effort.

What do these talented brothers bring to DaVinci? According to Bryan, "Mike is passionate and extremely competitive in everything he does. This is important in sales and Mike is the most competitive, driven, customer-focused sales person I know."

From his side of the country in New Jersey, Mike also has praises for his little brother. "Bryan is smart and completely dedicated to manufacturing the best high-performance composite roofing product in the industry. He's inventive (his name is on several DaVinci patents to prove it!) and never tires of working to continually improve operational efficiency and quality control."

Both Ward Boys have their favorite aspects of their jobs --- and of projects involving the company's lightweight roofing systems.

"Our Multi-Width Shake roofing is on several buildings at Camp David, our U.S. presidential retreat," says Mike. "It makes me proud to be the chosen synthetic slate roof tile for such a significant national landmark."

Bryan has his own favorite. "We had a homeowner that wanted a custom blend to match their paver stones for their Victorian-style home," says Bryan. "This dedicated couple came to our plant so we could develop the custom Bellaforté Slate VariBlend product while they were there. The wife was so pleased she literally hugged the shingles we had produced!"

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Ask a Contractor About DaVinci Polymer Roof Tiles

Want to get true feedback on what industry professionals think about DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roof tiles? We thought so ... and so, check out the quotes we have below from roofers and contractors who have worked with our imitation slate and composite shake roofing products over the years!

  • “I’ve primarily installed asphalt shingle roofs in the past, but given my experience with the DaVinci product, I’m definitely ready to sell and install synthetic roofing tiles. The Bellaforté product was easy to install and is a great, cost-effective option for homeowners looking to protect their homes with a durable, aesthetically-pleasing roofing product.”  ~ Donny Dewey, owner of Superior Roofing of Oklahoma.

  • “Our installation team was very comfortable installing the DaVinci tiles and the finished look is outstanding. I’ve been recommending this product to everyone I speak with because I believe it has long-term benefits for both residential and commercial projects.”   ~Mark T. Clark Sr., chairman of the board of Tolberts Roofing

  • “In Colorado, there’s always pressure to get roofing projects finished before the snow starts. This project required 400 squares of DaVinci synthetic slate tile. We began installation in late August and the project was completed in October. Both the Design Review Board at Beaver Creek and the homeowners association for the town homes had to approve the product choice and the color before we could begin. There’s a standard six-blend ‘Beaver Creek style’ throughout the village area that DaVinci was able to match up perfectly.”  ~ Mark Belitt, owner and vice president of Arapahoe Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc.

  • "I’ve been installing roofs for 28 years and the authenticity of the DaVinci synthetic roofing tiles we used is one of the best advances I’ve witnessed in this industry.”  ~ Chris Boyd with CM Boyd Authentic Design

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Want more insights? Check out DaVinci Roofs Crown Condo Communities and DaVinci Roofscapes Get A+ in the Classrooms.

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Featured Project - Priest River, ID

Multi-Width SlateDid you know that our Multi-Width Slate product was the first product we manufactured when the company started in 1999? With 5 slate widths, 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" tiles in every bundle, this luxury roof tile comes in a variety of multi-color or single-color blends. For this project, the homeowners chose Slate Black to complement their gray siding and cedar shingle accents. These tiles look amazing AND they have top performance ratings with a Class A Fire Rating, Class 4 Impact Rating, wind certification to 110 mph and they also come with a 50 year material warranty.

Click here to contact us and obtain a color sample for your home's new roof.

DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program Member
Granite Enterprises, Inc
208-687-4277
www.graniteroofing.com

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From the Architect's Corner - Utilize Our 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!

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Homeowners Want Durable Roofs

Results of a nationwide consumer study, conducted by Harris Interactive©, show that 88 percent of the respondents indicate that the durability of a roofing product will have “a lot of influence” on the product they select when it comes time to purchase a new roof.

In the 2011 DaVinci Roofscapes’ Homeowners Exterior Preferences Study, more than 1,000 homeowners overwhelmingly indicated that durability and longevity were the two key aspects that will influence the type of roof they purchase for their homes in the future.

“Extreme weather events have increased in frequency and severity in the past decade and that has changed the way people think about their roofs,” says Ray Rosewall, CEO and president of DaVinci Roofscapes. “Damaging winds and hail are increasing in frequency and severity and are now occurring in almost every state. With the dramatic weather changes we’ve experienced recently it’s no wonder homeowners name durability as their number one influencer when considering the purchase of a new roof.”

 

When do homeowners plan to replace their roofs and what influences that decision? In the same study, 65 percent of homeowners indicated they would be prompted to replace their roof if it became damaged from severe weather. (See Weather Concerns Top-of-Mind with Homeowners When Making Plans to Replace Roof) Another 23 percent reported that their current roof is old and will soon need to be replaced, with an additional 13 percent indicating that their roof is near the end of its warranty and needs to be replaced.

Top 10 Influencers

Homeowners ranked the following factors as having “a lot of influence” in the decision-making process for the type of new roof to purchase:

  • 88 percent – Durability

  • 83 percent – Longevity/Built to Last

  • 72 percent – Low/No Maintenance

  • 71 percent – Resistant to Severe Weather

  • 69 percent – Has a Warranty

  • 57 percent – Fire Resistancy

  • 55 percent – Material Roof is Made Out of

  • 50 percent – Price

  • 41 percent – Colors Available

  • 24 percent – Complements the Neighborhood Setting

“Everyone is cost conscious but it’s interesting to see that homeowners are putting more value on the inherent quality and durability of the alternatives when looking at the cost of a new roof,” says Rosewall. “We believe this truly reflects the thought process of the homeowner that a roof is an investment in their home, and as such, they will get more value from a quality roof versus a lower cost bargain-basement priced roof.

“Every feature rated by homeowners on this top 10 list of roofing purchase influencers is available in our polymer shake and synthetic slate roofing tiles. With a 50-year roof, DaVinci designer roof tiles are a solid investment in an easy-care luxury roof that’s built to last and give the homeowner peace-of-mind.”

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From the Architect's Corner - A Red Luxury Roof

Have a project that has you seeing red (but in a good way)? If you are working on a home or a building that calls for some red roof tiles, whether they be for an accent in a gray or green color blend, or for the entire roof covering, contact us to see what we have available in this distinctive color. We can plug our various shades of red into either our imitation slate or imitation shake product molds. 

 

Happy Friday, Architects! 

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Impact-Resistant DaVinci Roof Selected for Oklahoma City Country Club

The motto of Mallard Construction says it all ... "because Oklahoma weather happens." And, as everyone knows, that weather can include strong winds and hail a good portion of the year. That's the number one reason that Concert Golf Partners went searching for a new designer roof for their clubhouse right after they acquired Gaillardia Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City earlier this year.

"The new owners wanted 600 squares of a Class 4 impact-resistant roof system to replace the concrete tiles on their 15-year old country club," says Andy Lacks, vice president of commercial roofing with Mallard Construction out of Oklahoma City, Okla. "Concert Golf Partners expressed an interest to us in finding a durable lightweight roofing system that would fit the high-end neighborhood surrounding the Gaillardia Country Club while withstanding severe weather.

"We've installed the DaVinci Roofscapes product before in several Oklahoma locations with great success. So, our confident recommendation was the Bellaforté Slate Black impact-resistant tiles for this job. We love this product because every time we've installed Bellaforté it quickly becomes a centerpiece roof in a community and almost always results in creating several referrals for our company."

The elegant 55,000-square foot, three-level clubhouse at Gaillardia Country Club has a French Normandy design style and features state-of-the-art meeting rooms, a fitness center, a wine room and an extensive learning center.

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"The clubhouse was opened the same year we started our family-owned business and the same year DaVinci Roofscapes was launched," says Lacks, a member of the DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor program. "Coincidence? I don't think so. Instead, I think it's a trifecta of excellence that has come together in a unique way."

Interested in how DaVinci sustainable roofing looks on other commercial projects? Then visit Commercial Projects Rely on Polymer Roofing – Part I.

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For the Love of Slate!

Love the look of slate on a roof, but concerned with the weight and breakage factors? Then you're a smart homeowner!

For centuries heavy slate has been used for a variety of construction purposes (including slate roofs). The breakability of slate (both for the cleavage and grain) makes it possible to split slate into sheets. Marry up the durability and availability of slate and you've got a product with a winning look. But, it's still heavy and can break when you don't want it to.

Enter the age of man-made products. This is a time when lumber decking has been replaced by composite boards and low-maintenance vinyl siding now substitutes for real wood siding. The great news is that the same advances have been made for slate.

Synthetic slate roof shingles manufactured by DaVinci Roofscapes perfectly mimic real slate, but with far more advantages than the natural product. Lightweight and easy to install, imitation slate tiles are used every day to create luxury roofs across America. From individual homes to condominiums to hotels to schools, the advantages of fake slate roofing tiles have made composite slate a preferred product for builders, remodelers, roofers and architects.

When selecting a DaVinci slate alternative roof, you're investing in a roof that comes with an impressive 50-year warranty --- plus it resists impact, fire and high winds. (See Check Out Polymer Slate Roofing Options) This manufactured slate roofing product is also an economical choice, costing approximately one-half the installed cost of natural slate.

To make your life easier --- and your home or project more beautiful --- DaVinci offers the option of single-width and multi-width simulated slate roofing alternatives. Made from state-of-the-art engineered polymers, our durable products come in 49 standard colors and a wide variety of color blends. So, no matter what kind of slate roof you're looking for, you're bound to fall in love with DaVinci sustainable roofing products.

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Garage Sale Find: A DaVinci Roof

May 30th dawned sunny and mild ... the perfect day for our annual community yard sale. Signs were posted, balloons rose above mailboxes indicating which homes were participating in the sale, and our tables were lined up with hundreds of "must have" items for shoppers.

As the initial garage sale groupies arrived at 7:30am to snatch up the "steals and deals" of the day, we were surprised by the first question we got: "What's that roofing material you've got on your house?"

We explained about our relatively new Bellaforté Slate roof and the advantages of synthetic roofing material ... and then calmly pointed the shopper to the sales items.

Less than 20 minutes later we had another person ask us about the roof ... and then another, and another. Soon I was pulling out a few of our leftover imitation slate tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes and handing them out as samples. Every time someone walked up the driveway with their head tilted skyward I'd reach for another lightweight tile and start talking about Things To Consider Before Replacing Your Roof.

During the day we had a woman bring her husband back to see the designer roof (but she didn't buy anything in the sale) and another man ask to take pictures of the manufactured slate roof. At the end of the sale we were $159 richer and had more room in the garage for storage --- especially since we had also given away 23 Bellaforté roofing tiles as samples to our garage sale visitors. Next year we'll make sure to put a price tag on the roof!

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Celebrate July 4th with "Made in America" DaVinci Products!

As the nation celebrates Independence Day, DaVinci Roofscapes is also celebrating. This marks the 15th year of growth for the polymer slate and composite shake roofing company that manufactures all its products in Kansas.

"We've grown a good deal since we launched this company 15 years ago and have recently moved into larger facilities in Lenexa, Kansas," says Ray Rosewall, President and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. "We had a good problem --- we outgrew our original Kansas City synthetic roofing materials manufacturing location. Now we've expanded our polymer roofing operations to fulfill the growing requests for our impact- and fire-resistant roofing products."

Started in 1999, DaVinci Roofscapes manufactures award-winning synthetic shake and imitation slate roofing products that are installed on residential and commercial projects. The company offers a wide spectrum of 49 colors in shake and slate roofing tiles along with a variety of unique eco friendly roof color blends. Each roofing tile resists insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.

"We're extremely proud that all of our designer roof products are made in the United States and that we can support the economy with the taxes we pay and people we employ," says Rosewall. "We're part of the multiplier effect because our 'Made in America' commitment also means we purchase from suppliers located only in the United States. So, with every sustainable roofing tile we sell we're helping our economy's growth in many, many ways."

 

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From the Architect's Corner - 2014 AIA Show Recap

Last week DaVinci Roofscapes wrapped up another year exhibiting our eco friendly roof systems at the National AIA Convention and Expo located in Chicago. I love the opportunity to work at this show and educate architects and specifiers on the products. So what was on the minds of those who stopped by our booth? Here were our top 3 questions (and our answers!):

1. What are your products made of? This was definitely an expected question and I would say almost everyone (if not everyone) who stopped by to chat at our booth asked this question in one form or another. All our products are made of 100% pure virgin resin (polyethylene) also embedded with UV stabilizers, fire retardants and polymer stabilizers. 

2. Where is this made? Did you hear? Buying things made in America is sort of a big deal (okay a lot of a big deal), and our products are all made here in the USA. In fact, we just moved to a new 172,000 square foot manufacturing facility located in Lenexa, Kansas. In a world where many manufactured goods are imported, people are relieved to hear that we aren't one of them. Click here to take a virtual tour of our plant! 

3. Do you offer continuing education? While most of the credit hours an AIA member needs for the entire year can be obtained through the seminars located at the convention, there was still a lot of interest in what we have to offer. We have 2 courses, available online 24/7 (and for free!) for architects and specifiers. Click here to learn more.

See you next year in Atlanta, Architects!

 

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$75,000 of FREE Bellaforté Roofing!

Lois Phelps knows how it feels. So does Martha Zechman. Would YOU like to know how it feels to win $25,000 of FREE DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic cedar shake or composite slate roofing tiles for YOUR HOME?

If you'd like to be a winner --- like Lois and Martha were last year --- then check out the August 2014 issue of This Old House magazine and The Great TOH Giveaway. You can register to win a DaVinci Roofscapes Bellaforté Slate or Bellaforté Shake roof.

And, the best news of all is that DaVinci has INCREASED its prize package! This year there will be THREE lucky winners to receive prize packages of polymer roofing products.

This Old House magazine is offering the chance to win more than $727,000 worth of prizes overall in their annual giveaway. Just download the free Blippar app at iTunes to scan the pages of the magazine to enter to win. Or, you can visit www.thisoldhouse.com/win and enter online.

Act fast … you can enter the contest daily between July 1 and September 1 to increase your chances of winning a designer roof from DaVinci!

To learn more about Lois and Martha's exciting FREE green roof systems from DaVinci, see And, the DaVinci Roofscapes Winners Are ...

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From the Architect's Corner - Waste is so...Wasteful

If you're like me you hate the thought of jobsite waste. This morning I searched the web to see exactly what the percentages are on both a new home build and a renovation project for waste material. The statistics vary (from the articles and blogs I read anywhere between 20%-35% material waste), but any way you look at it the amounts are staggering. So what happens to the waste? Some of it is recycled, some is free-cycled, but the majority of it ends up in a landfill. The material that a home or building owner has paid for ends up in a landfill. When talking to contractors I often hear a 20% waste reference when it comes to roofing material, but when it comes to DaVinci Roofscapes' lightweight roofing systems, that just isn't true. 

A few weeks ago our VP of Technical Services, Tim Gentry, put out a blog that addresses how to install a designer roof with LITTLE TO NO WASTE (yes you read that correctly).  I think it is important for all architects and designers to read this blog because it highlights not only a major benefit of our products (that you do not need to order 20% extra material per job), but education of ourselves and our customers is key to making an informed purchase. Click here to read Tim's blog. 

Happy Friday, Architects! 

 

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New DaVinci Roofscapes Facility

What has 172,000 square feet of space, 16 silos and a train track attached to it? Give up? It's our new DaVinci Roofscapes manufacturing facility in Lenexa, Kansas!

That's right ... we recently moved to a larger location to accommodate the growing demand for our synthetic shake and composite slate roofing products.

Our new location at 13890 W. 101st Street in Lenexa boasts larger office spaces and 15 transportation docks to quickly move out our lightweight roofing materials. Plus, we've made upgrades to the facility (which used to be home to a plastics manufacturer) including a motion sensor lighting system, energy-efficient lighting and a security system.

Our move coincides with our 15th year in business, the move to Lenexa was made possible due to the increased demand for DaVinci manufactured slate and shake alternative products. Steady growth and repeated use of our plastic roofing materials by contractors across the country has led to this expansion.

So, while we say "happy anniversary" to our team, we also offer a huge "thank you" to everyone in the industry who specifies, installs and requests our luxury roof materials. And, CLICK HERE if you'd like to see how we manufacture our synthetic cedar shake and imitation slate shingles!

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From the Architect's Corner - Come See Us at the AIA Convention in Chicago!

Attention AIA members! If you plan on attending next week's American Institute of Architects Convention and Expo in Chicago, be sure to drop by booth #3545 and see what's new from DaVinci Roofscapes! I hope to see you there!

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DaVinci Slate Roofing Rivals Natural Slate

If you're thinking of a natural slate roof for your home, think again.

The beautiful look of real slate can be offset by the weight of the product and its typically high cost. Instead, consider a slate alternative that offers the same beauty as the natural product, but is lighter in weight, resists impact, fire, mold, algae and insect infestations.

DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate is carefully engineered to provide the authentic look and durability of natural slate using virgin resins. Available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths, bundles of the sustainable roofing product arrive at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork. The composite slate is crafted to display rough edges and natural stone-like surface textures and comes at an impressive 1/2" tile thickness.

DaVinci offers a line of slate products to fit every project. One of the company's most popular slate lines, Bellaforté, provides a manufactured slate roofing product that includes a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge to help reduce the installation time for the products. A square of Bellaforté slate roof shingles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

Single-Width Slate roof tiles offer exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. Single-Wdith imitation slate tiles are available in a 12" tile width with a 1/2" thickness and is modeled after natural slate pieces.

No matter which simulated slate roofing tile you select, DaVinci products are all impervious to freeze/thaw cycles, impact resistant, maintenance free, color fade resistant, Class A fire rated (with specified underlayments), UL 2218 Class 4 impact rated, and wind resistant to 110 mph. All DaVinci synthetic slate shingles resist water absorption, which eliminates freeze-thaw issues and allows for installation in most weather conditions. And, every imitation slate tile from DaVinci is 100 percent recyclable and comes with a 50-year limited warranty.

For more information on DaVinci Slate products, visit Polymer Slate Profiles: Features and Benefits.

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