Shopping List for Your Roof

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Slate: Mother Nature Versus Man-Made

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bellaforté 101

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Featured Project - Fontana, WI

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

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

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

  

 

 

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Deciding on a Slate Roof

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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5 "Projects with Payback" for Home Improvement Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Featured Project - Winchester, MA

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

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

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

 

 

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

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Home Improvement Month Starts on the Roof!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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.

Polymer Slate Roof Tiles

 

"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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