Composite Slate Luxury Roofs --- Times Two

Side-by-side homes in Birmingham, Michigan have more than the same contractor in common --- they both have DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate roofs.

Fake SlateBuilt by Thomas Sebold & Associates and roofed by Butcher and Butcher Construction Company, the homes are both topped with durable composite slate roofing to complement the home designs and help protect them from severe weather conditions.

"We felt good about working with the team at Butcher and Butcher," says homeowner Jay Feldman. "They were patient while we picked out our custom color blend of Castle Grey, Medium Tan and Dark Purple for our designer roof and they did a professional job.

"There are many strong features of our DaVinci roof. The lifetime limited warranty and low maintenance aspects bring us peace-of-mind. Best of all, our roof looks unique and perfectly complements our home's design."

Imitation SlateNext door at the home of Feldman's neighbors, Castle Gray Multi-Width imitation slate tiles were installed on his home.

"The authentic natural slate appearance of the DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate tiles was the most important feature in our decision to select this product," says the homeowner. "The product's benefits of resistance to hail and fire, as well as the lightweight aspect of the composite tiles, have added to my overall satisfaction with the DaVinci roofing products."

Ready to think about synthetic slate roof tile for your home? Then visit Which DaVinci Slate is Right for My Home? for guidance and ideas!



American Made MATTERS

November 19 is American Made Matters Day. Why does it matter that products are made in America? Because it keeps jobs in our country, grows the economy and makes it faster and easier to get products you need.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we've always been exceptionally proud to promote the fact that our polymer roof tiles are 100% Made in America. Our facility in Lenexa, Kansas is a one-stop location where we manufacture all of our composite slate and simulated shake roofing products. This includes our multi-width and single-width full product lines, plus our 50 standard colors of polymer roofing. (See Made in the U.S.A)

You don't have to travel to Kansas to see how we make our  Class A Fire Rated lightweight tiles.  Just click HERE  or on the video below to see a short video of our team at work.

Making our sustainable roofing materials in the USA means we control all aspects of the manufacturing process. And it means we get them to the job site fast.

This November 19th stop a minute to think about what it means to buy products Made in America. Whether it's clothing, furniture, appliances or roofing, you have the power to help grow our economy when you dedicate your efforts --- and your dollars --- to purchasing American Made products!


Sky-High View of Polymer Roofing

Look! Up in the sky ... is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's a drone!

These days drones are all the rage --- and sometimes they cause rage. Despite some concerns, drones are predicted to be one of the top Christmas gift items this year. And, after DaVinci Roofscapes hired a drone photographer for the first time, we now understand why.

As you might guess, it's a bit difficult to get pictures of our polymer roofing on homes in some areas. Steep slope roofing can make it especially hard to get good shots of valleys featuring our simulated shake roofing and synthetic slate shingles.

Late this past summer we hired a company to take both drone pictures and video of Al Ruggerillo's house in Traverse City, Michigan. Al and his wife Pam had our Multi-Width Slate roofing tiles installed earlier this year on their expansive home. We were especially interested to get aerial images because the Traverse City area had severe weather, including hail and high winds, right before the photographer came out. (See  When the Winds Blow ... )

As you can see in the video, this designer roof looks tremendous. And, we've now got some terrific pictures and video to share with you to prove our composite roofing can hold up to all kinds of weather!


Home Synthetic Home

For many homeowners across the country, the phrase "Home Sweet Home" has happily turned into "Home Synthetic Home."

Thanks to DaVinci Roofscapes, people are enjoying their home more ... and sleeping a bit easier at night. Along with adding protection to the home, the composite roofing materials bring curb appeal and extra value to the home along with peace-of-mind. Here are some of the comments we've had from homeowners who have invested in our easy-care polymer roofing:

“This synthetic roof is really amazing. It has great street appeal and has definitely improved the value of my home. And, it’s remarkable how quickly it sheds the snow that builds up after a winter storm. I’ve recommended this slate alternative roof to family members and friends because I believe it’s such a durable and top-quality product.”

Gary Ackerman

Polymer Roofing“We looked into many options when deciding to replace the asphalt shingle roof on our home. Our research brought us to the DaVinci Roofscapes website. The Bellaforté roof that’s now on our house is absolutely beautiful --- it’s the icing on the cake for our 3,800-square foot ranch-style home.”

Kathy Bradshaw

 “After doing extensive research, I selected DaVinci’s slate polymer tiles. They return the original historic look to the home, but because they’re made out of polymer they won’t be as much trouble as the previous roof. This product looks authentic to the original house, but resists rot, impact, fire and insects, so it’s virtually maintenance-free.”

Irene Darocha

"DaVinci's warranty is unbeatable and the roof looks sensational. I would recommend this roof to anyone because it resists moss and mildew so the roof is virtually maintenance free. Even the birds that used to gather on our old wood shake roof are finally gone. So this roof has solved many problems for us while enhancing the look and value of our home.”

Henry Bretthauer



Spotlight on: Butcher & Butcher Construction Co.

In 2015 the team at Butcher & Butcher Construction Co., Inc. served as the roofing and waterproofing contractor for two custom homes built by Thomas Sebold & Associates in Birmingham, Michigan. Here are insights from Mark Dalrymple, President of Steep Roofing & Sheet Metal Operations at Butcher & Butcher.

Polymer Roof TilesQ: The two homes you re-roofed are side-by-side. Both homes gained large additions to existing structures. What was the role of Butcher & Butcher?

A: As an industry leading contractor for high-end residential roof installations, Butcher & Butcher was contracted for installation of DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate for each designer roof. One home has the Castle Grey blend synthetic slate shingles and the other homeowner chose to create their own custom color blend of Castle Grey, Medium Tan and Dark Purple for their luxury roof. Both DaVinci roof projects were completed with copper flashings, half round copper gutters & downspouts, copper barrel dormers and copper standing seam roofs. 

Q: Your company has installed DaVinci composite roofing for more than 10 years. How do you compare the DaVinci roofing tile to other competitors?

A: DaVinci Roofscapes has proven themselves in the synthetic slate and shake industry as the best. I've had many experiences with other manufacturers' synthetic material failures. I've never had a failure with DaVinci or heard of a failure with DaVinci. As a result, I've singled out DaVinci as the only polymer roofing material I will work with.

Q: What specifically keeps you coming back to DaVinci synthetic roofing material?

A: Compared to other roof system types, DaVinci gives a great natural slate roof appearance with many additional benefits to the homeowner. Their consistent high quality lightweight roofing materials are a benefit to me as the installer. And, the large selection of color options provides my clients with the opportunity to choose a roof to their individual liking.

Q: How important is the lifetime limited warranty offered by DaVinci to you and your customers?

A: DaVinci's got our backs. The actual fine print of the warranty and its coverage is very important to me as an installer because if there were to be any failures I am the first contact for the owner. I only install the best materials with the best warranties, which is another reason I install DaVinci.

Need a roofer for your next project? See  How to Find a Contractor for tips from DaVinci!



Choosing Polymer Slate Tiles Over Real Slate Roofing Shingles

Go ahead and take some advice from homeowner John Mastronardo. When he purchased a 1920s English Tudor style home in the West Mount Airy section of Philadelphia in 2008, he and his wife Joyce decided to make replacing the original slate roof tiles a top priority.

Fake SlateAs with the rest of the home renovation, Mastronardo and Joyce completed extensive research before making a decision on what to put on the top of their 2,600-square foot home. “We didn’t make the roofing decision lightly,” says Mastronardo. “We wanted to preserve the look and feel of the original roof along with the overall character of the home. But, as with most people, I had a budget. The cost of a synthetic slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes was much more affordable than using real slate.

“The more I learned about the DaVinci synthetic slate roofing tiles, the more I liked them. The product perfectly complements the stone, brick and stucco features of our home. Even if the costs were equal, I’d still choose this DaVinci product because of all the inherent benefits of synthetic roofing tiles.”

Composite SlateThe re-roofing experience for the home went so well that the Mastronardos decided on the spot to move ahead and have their garage, pool cabana and patio roofs redone with the Castle Gray synthetic roof materials.

“From the street, you simply cannot tell that these are not real slate tiles,” says Mastronardo. “My neighbors stop me all the time to ask about the roof. They’re surprised to discover it’s a synthetic product."

If you're ready to consider polymer roofing for your home, visit this story to get serious!  Getting Serious About DaVinci Slate Roof Tiles


Save $$$ with Imitation Slate and Synthetic Shake Roofing

End-of-year bills getting you down? Here's a way to save ... invest in durable polymer roofing and you may be able to save significantly on your yearly homeowner's insurance premiums. (See New DaVinci Roof = Cash in Your Wallet)

Fake Cedar Shake“After my roof had hail damage, my independent adjuster told me we’d save 25 to 30 percent on our annual homeowner’s insurance because the DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roof we purchased resists severe weather, hail and fire,” says Andrew Marenin, a resident of Centennial, Colo. “After seeing my new roof, he was so impressed by its quality and reasonable pricing that he told me he was seriously considering getting this product for his own home!”

Homeowner Kathy Bradshaw had the same positive experience when she and her husband decided to invest in composite roofing. "Because these tiles are fire resistant and can stand up to severe weather conditions, we’re able to save on our homeowners insurance,” says Bradshaw. “And, one of our neighbors was so impressed with the look and quality of the roof that they’ve scheduled to have Bellaforté tiles installed on their home this month.”

With a lifetime limited materials warranty, DaVinci synthetic shake and imitation slate roofs bring more than beauty and reliability to your home --- they may also bring extra savings to your wallet!

Need more incentive? See Happy Insurance Awareness Day!


Luxury Roof Options with Architectural Shingles

October is Self Promotion Month ... and at DaVinci Roofscapes we've got a lot to promote!

Along with our incredible Lifetime Limited Warranty, we've got test results that show our polymer roofing product is exceptional at resisting severe weather, impact, hail and fire. Our composite shake and imitation slate roof tiles are ideal for all areas of the country, on both residential and commercial projects.

And here's a big bonus --- we have synthetic roofing material to fit the needs of every project and wallet.

Here's a fast overview of our full product offering: 

DaVinci Multi-Width Slate: Our multi-width profile is available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths with 1/2" tile thickness at butt and 1/8" thickness at tip.

DaVinci Single-Width Slate: Available in 12" tile widths, the 1/2" tile thickness of this slate is twice the thickness of other synthetic slate tiles. Our VariBlend technology is used when creating this tile to form slightly varying shades from tile to tile for an authentic slate look.

Bellaforté Slate: A high performance, interlocking shingle that has superior wind resistance. Bellaforté tiles are 12" in width with 1/2" tile thickness at butt and 3/8" thickness at tip.

Fake Slate


DaVinci Multi-Width Shake: Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths that can be installed in a non-repeating fashion in either a straight or staggered pattern. A deep 5/8" profile has both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend to create enviable shadow lines.

DaVinci Single-Width Shake: 9" shake alternative tiles resemble hand-split cedar shake roofing. The 5/8" profile deepens shadow lines replicate real cedar roofing.

Bellaforté Shake: The 12" tile width with multiple profiles simulates a multi-width, staggered rough hewn wood shake. And, at 1" average tile thickness, Bellaforté Shake designer roof tiles are reminiscent of natural jumbo shakes.

Fancy Shake: With a clean, smooth look replicating machine-sawn shake, these 7/16" thick shake shingles provide a polished beauty for your roof. Available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with bundles arriving at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork.

Fake Cedar Shake


Need more details on sustainable roofing? See 2015: Are There Polymer Shakes in Your Future?


DaVinci Roofscapes Bragging Rights

We don't like to brag ... but ... it IS Self Promotion Month ... and Let's Talk Month. So, this is the perfect time for us to point out that DaVinci Roofscapes Single-Width Slate was named one of the top 100 products by readers in the August 2015 issue of Professional Builder magazine!

Fake SlateWhat makes our slate product such a stand-out winner?  We think builders are taking notice of our new slate profile with a more authentic quarried look.

"A significant amount of time and energy has been invested in design improvements to create slate tiles with thicker, more realistic profiles that accurately replicate genuine slate," says Ray Rosewall, president of DaVinci Roofscapes. "The edges of these composite slate tiles now have a more quarried look to them.

"Deeper impressions in the fake slate tiles make them appear thicker, even though they're the same weight as the previous imitation slate tiles. This is just one example of how we're continually refining our products and making improvements that enhance the overall aesthetical appeal of DaVinci polymer roofing products."

The refined profile is produced in eight unique 12-inch slate tile variations and are included in DaVinci's blended bundles, including all color and blend options for Single-Width Slate. And, stay tuned, because our Multi-Width Slate and Bellaforté Slate roof tiles  (see DaVinci Slate Profiles) will all soon have this terrific new look!


Say Farewell to Scary Energy Bills with an Eco Friendly Roof!

Composite RoofingBoo! There's plenty to be scared of in October. After all, this is Bat Appreciation Month, October 25th is Mother-in-Law Day (and also Sourest Day!) and we close out the month with Halloween.

One thing you don't have to be frightened of this month ... the possibility of getting your roof replaced before winter weather sets in. That's not scary at all ... in fact, replacing your old, worn-out roof with an EcoBlend roof from DaVinci Roofscapes can actually help you cut down on daunting high energy bills this winter.

Since October is also Energy Awareness Month (and International Magic Month!) we wanted you to know that you can make your energy bills magically drop when you get an EcoBlend eco-friendly roof installed. That's because EcoBlend polymer roofing tiles have achieved the Cool Roof designation from the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC).

Our EcoBlend composite roofing tiles help reflect heat and light from the sun away from the home to help reduce the amount of energy it requires to keep the home cool. The roof literally stays cooler and reduces the amount of heat conducted to the structure below. That translates into improved energy efficiency and helps your HVAC unit doing a better job of heating and cooling the entire home. (See What is EcoBlend?  and Save Energy with Cool Roof Colors)

According to the CRRC, homeowners can recognize an average energy savings ranging from seven to 15 percent of total cooling costs by using a Cool Roof that helps reduce temperature fluctuations inside the home. And, that's a treat no matter what the season!


Restaurants and Retailers Rely on Dependable Composite Roofing

Polymer SlateWhat do the retail stores Old Navy, Banana Republic, Chico's and Talbot's in Charlottesville, Virginia have in common? They're all in the Barracks Road Shopping Center --- and they all rely on the DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing overhead to help protect them from severe weather!

From restaurants to banks to shopping centers, thousands of consumers each day walk into retail facilities and never realize there's a designer roof overhead from DaVinci.

In Chesterfield, Missouri, the upscale Edgewild Restaurant and Winery boasts DaVinci composite roofing, as does The North Face store in Victor, New York. Westwood Plaza in Omaha, Nebraska features 70 stores and dining experiences ... all housed under a DaVinci Multi-Width imitation slate roof in the Vineyard blend of colors.


Fake Cedar Shake RoofA variety of specialty dining locations across America are also topped with lightweight roofing materials from DaVinci. Captain George's Seafood Restaurant on the Outer Banks of North Carolina selected simulated shake roofing in a Mountain blend when it was constructed several years ago because of the ability of DaVinci synthetic shake to stand up to severe weather conditions, salt air and sea spray. Further inland, Yesterday's Restaurant in New Jersey selected Class A Fire Rated synthetic slate roof shingles when the owners rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2010.

From the Ole Liberty Station restaurant in Bedford, Virginia to Paces 88 American Bistro at the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta, commercial project owners and builders are selecting imitation slate and shake alternative roofing materials from DaVinci. They've discovered what savvy homeowners already know ... that these sustainable roofing products bring beauty, peace of mind and easy care to their retail projects from coast to coast!

Looking for more unique commercial projects with lightweight roofing tiles? Then see Colorful DaVinci Roofs Help Businesses Stand Out and Condos, Churches and Colleges ... Oh My! 


From the Architect's Corner - "Do You Have Any Examples of _________________"?

The great thing about this blog is that we can regularly feature projects so that we almost always have a project to point to when somebody calls and says, "Do you have any examples of ____________ (fill in the blank) that you can show me?". So we can definitely check the next four Featured Projects off the list - a historic clock tower, a residential project using the very colorful Vineyard Blend, a roof in Oklahoma that needs to stand up to the highest wind and impact standards, and a Bellaforté Shake roof that was a natural cedar shake tear off project. 

Featured Project - Vail, CO

Polymer Roof Tiles

Click here to read how this luxury roof tile has transformed the Vail Village skyline. 


Featured Project - Des Moines, IA

Composite Slate

Click here to read about this project and the phases it took to complete the job. 


Featured Project - Greenwood Village, CO

Fake Cedar Shake

Click here to read about this natural shake tear off and re-roof project in Colorado. 


Featured Project - Oklahoma

Fake Slate

Click here to read about this impact resistant roof in Oklahoma. 

To see more of our projects, visit our media room and browse through our project profiles.

Happy Friday, Architects! 



When the Winds Blow ...

Al and Pam Ruggirello were away in Europe on vacation when a freak storm hit Traverse City, Michigan --- and their home --- on August 2.

The National Weather Service reports 28 severe weather warnings issued on that day in the area, with winds reaching 100mph. Hail up to four inches in diameter was recorded in one part of the city. Straight-line winds accompanied by severe thunderstorms resulted in thousands of downed trees and power lines.

"Our neighbors called to tell us about the storm and how some shingles had blown off their roof," says Al Ruggirello. "We had just had our DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roof installed earlier this year, so we had confidence that our home would be protected.

DaVinci SlateSlate Roof"We had trees down on the property but our roof held up exactly as I thought it would. Hail, high winds and driving rain didn't impact the composite roof at all.

"I feel that I've made the right choice having the DaVinci roof installed. It not only looks great, it also is doing its job in helping protect our house from the most significant storm this area has ever seen."

Ruggirello isn't the only homeowner to enjoy the benefits of imitation slate roof materials during severe weather. See Homeowner "Lucky" to Have Roof Hail Damage and Hail Bounces Off DaVinci Synthetic Roofs for more homeowner insights!



Church Tired of Replacing Copper Roofs

The cornerstone of the historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church in San Angelo, Texas was laid in 1887. Since that time the church has seen many changes. The most recent is the addition of an impact- and fire-resistant Multi-Width Slate polymer roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"The copper roofs on this church were destroyed twice by hail in the past 10 years," says Sam Colson, national restoration and construction estimator for Jim Filipowicz and Associates. "Church members came to us for a recommendation of a roofing product that would hold up against severe weather conditions and ideally replicate the slate look on the building when it was originally constructed. After doing product research and seeing the variety of selections available from DaVinci, we knew their composite slate product was the ideal solution."

Polymer SlateAfter contacting other churches across the country --- including in hail-prone areas --- the church grounds and building maintenance team at Emmanuel Episcopal Church made a presentation to church members to familiarize them with the polymer roofing material. "With its warranties and the quality of the product, we all knew we were making a decision not just for our current situation, but for those who will follow after us," says Ski Lisewsky, a junior warden at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

The church leadership selected an Aberdeen blend of five colors to complement the stone exterior on the historic church. The eye-catching blend of imitation slate tiles includes dark gray, light brown, dark purple, green stone and dark stone colors.

"We saw many samples of colors available from DaVinci," says Lisewsky. "With our stone texture there was no doubt that the Aberdeen blend was the best look for what we were trying to achieve. When the sun hits the church at the right time, with the colors of the garden and all the colors of the Aberdeen roofing, it looks just wonderful."

According to Lisewsky, there has been nothing but praise for the synthetic slate roofing selection. Both congregation members and local residents have complimented the new roof.

"This went from a sad situation of our copper roof being declared a total loss by the insurance company to an exciting change for our church," says Lisewsky. "The JFA team was great to work with. They kept us informed every step of the way. From start to finish, we're pleased with this project, the product and the people involved in helping us acquire this new roof."

Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead can provide you with more simulated shake roofing and synthetic slate roof tile information!


What Would Your Friends Say About a New Lifetime Roof From DaVinci Roofscapes?

If you're in the market for a specific brand of a new car, computer, or even a refrigerator, you're likely to seek out a lifetime warranty and ask friends who own those products for their opinions. It's the same way with buying a new roof.

But, you may not know of any friends with a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roof ... so let us introduce you to some new friends to hear what they have to say about our plastic roofing materials.

>>> Anthony Polotto, a registered roof consultant who works in the University Architects Office at Notre Dame, installed DaVinci composite slate on his own home after he was impressed by the installation of a composite slate roof from DaVinci on a campus project. "I actually recommend this roof to everyone I know," says Polotto. "The only drawback is this is an investment roof with a higher price tag. However, this is really no comparison to the value of this product, even with the most expensive asphalt on the market. I still have people drive by my home very slow to admire the roof ... and several people have even stopped to ask what type of roof it is. That makes me very proud!"

Imitation Slate


>>> Kim Butler had her DaVinci roof installed in combination with a steel roof on her Nebraska home last year. She's all smiles about her designer roof. "We are happy with our DaVinci roof and continue to receive great comments from those who see it," says Butler. "I think it's the combination of the steel with the DaVinci product that makes our roof unique. We would recommend the DaVinci product to others!"


Fake Shake


>>> Henry Bretthauer lives in Oregon and had his DaVinci synthetic slate roofing installed in 2013. "The spring rains wash the dirt off our roof and it looks like new again," says Bretthauer. "While our neighbors have to power wash their roof regularly to remove bird droppings, moss and mold, we just rely on Mother Nature to clean off our DaVinci roof!"


Polymer Roof Tiles


Hear more from homeowners at Checking in With DaVinci Roofscapes Homeowners.




Real Slate Versus Composite Slate Roofing

Spoiler Alert: real slate roofs are heavy. According to one slate roofing company, they estimate the weight of natural slate roofing as anywhere between 800 and 1,500 pounds per square.

Lightweight SlateThat type of weight means installation of slate roof tiles is a slow, heavy process. Each piece has to be individually taken to the roof and secured in place (by some very tired installers!). And, even more importantly, if you're going to have all that weight on a roof, you need to make sure your home's "bones" can handle that weight on its structure.

Enter DaVinci Roofscapes composite slate --- the lightweight roofing solution.

DaVinci offers a variety of manufactured slate options, including Multi-Width, Single-Width and Bellaforté Slate. These products weigh substantially less than natural slate materials, yet they're even more durable when it comes to impact resistance.

The lighter weight imitation slate means roofing installers can transport our lightweight roofing tiles up to the roof quicker, handle the product faster and install it in less time than real slate roofing materials. And, it means that the structural system of the home won't be compromised.

There's more. Unlike natural slate, imitation slate shingle's won't crack or break. Plus they have impact resistance and come in a wide array of colors.

If you're considering a slate roof, think twice before committing to heavy natural slate  ... and check out DaVinci Slate Roofing Rivals Natural Slate and Polymer Slate: Beauty Without the Maintenance.


Ohio Assisted Living Facility Gets Synthetic Slate Roofing

This is National Assisted Living Week --- a time to shine the spotlight on the facilities and people dedicated to helping people as they age or need special services.

Fake SlateAt DaVinci Roofscapes, we're tipping our hat to all those who help people in assisted living locations ... and those who will soon help others at new, "under construction" facilities that will have our plastic roofing materials overhead.

In Granville, Ohio, the Middleton of Granville complex will open in just a few weeks. This $18.3 million community includes 94 assisted living and memory care units plus lots of amenities. Atop the new single-story facility is an abundance of Bellaforté Slate Black polymer roofing.

"Our assisted living facility has a large footprint for a one-story building," says Jack Lucks, a founding partner with Continental Realty, the developer of the property. "Anything you can do to give depth to the roof on a project like ours is a benefit. The DaVinci tiles have the shadow lines and aesthetics we need for our facility."

The consistent single width of Bellaforté Slate tiles provides beauty to the property's roof with its clean, simple design. At a half-inch tile thickness, these simulated slate roofing tiles are twice the thickness of most other synthetic slates.

"DaVinci offered the look we needed to make our facility come together," says Lucks. Keep watching and we'll share pictures of the finished facility soon. In the meantime, you can see other examples of synthetic slate roofing at SRA Architects Specify DaVinci Polymer Roof for New LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge and Contractors Go to Church with DaVinci Roofscapes.


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!



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, 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.




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