From the Architect's Corner - 3 Part Specs Available Online

Need a DaVinci Roofscapes' composite roofing 3-part spec? Look no further because you can find one right here. Need it in an editable document (Word), a spec for a partciular product only, or need to talk something out with me? No problem! Contact me and I will be happy to work with you or put you in touch with a local representative who can make an appointment to come in and assist you and answer all questions. 

Happy Friday, Architects!

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Getting Serious About DaVinci Slate Roof Tiles

You've made the smart decision to invest in synthetic slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes. Congratulations! This choice means you'll have decades of easy roof maintenance ahead along with no worries about insect infestations, hail damage or fire spread.

Now it's time to decide which simulated slate roofing to purchase from DaVinci. Fortunately, there are unlimited possibilities with our colors and slate options!

Here's a fast breakdown of your slate roof alternatives:

DaVinci Multi-Width Slate: Our multi-width profile comes in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths. Bundles of the fake slate tiles arrive at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork.

DaVinci Single-Width Slate: Single-width synthetic slate roofing tiles come in a consistent 12" tile width that provides the beauty of a clean, simple design.

Bellaforté Slate: Our 12" wide Bellaforté Slate tiles include a leading edge tab that helps secure every slate shingle to the next to improve wind performance. The snap-fit tiles also create a built-in rain gutter.

Fake Slate

All composite slate tiles from DaVinci are 100% recyclable and made of virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable roofing product. For more details on our simulated slate roofing, see DaVinci Slate Roofing Rivals Natural Slate  and Patchwork Problems Not a Worry with DaVinci Imitation Slate Roofs.

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Is it Real or is It DaVinci?

"There's not a week that goes by when someone passing by doesn't remark on our 'real slate' roof. I enjoy explaining about the benefits of our DaVinci polymer roof and have no worries now about future storms in our area. This roof can handle it."  Michael Klappa, a resident of the Lionsgate community in Overland Park, Kansas

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we hear this kind of comment quite a bit. People are actually surprised that our imitation slate roofing tiles look so close to the real thing that they can't tell the difference between what's real and what's composite roofing.

We take that as a compliment. After all, we're constantly seeking to improve the authentic profiles of our fake slate and composite shake roofing. The closer they look to natural slate and cedar roofing, the better they'll look on the home.

Try it for yourself ... which of these pictures is real slate and which is manufactured slate?

Fake Slate

 

Did you guess the second one as real slate? Then we fooled you ... actually, the third one is natural slate while the first two images show our DaVinci synthetic slate roof shingles.

While pictures can be tricky, there's no kidding around when it comes to the benefits of simulated slate roofing over a natural slate tile roof. Our man-made product features lightweight roofing tiles that install faster and easier than heavy natural slate, plus they provide maintenance-free peace-of-mind for homeowners for decades. (See To Slate, or Not to Slate ... That is the Question)

So, if you're ready to invest in a new luxury roof and have slate roof tiles on your mind, visit our comparison chart to learn the many benefits of synthetic slate roofing.

 

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Low Down on Technical Downloads

Polymer RoofingThere's no resource quite like the DaVinci Roofscapes website for materials roofers can use.

The Installation Details page offers several different installation guides and videos plus Cold Weather Installation Tips, how to Retrofit Snow Guards, Five Top DaVinci Install Tips and Calculating Waste for DaVinci Products. In the Technical Details section you'll also find code compliance documents, product selection guides, product specification sheets and color guides!

Look deeper into the site and you'll also find a checklist of Things to Consider When Quoting a polymer roofing job and a detailed Turret Package brochure. What more can you find on the DaVinci website? Plenty!

            > LEED and Sustainability information

            > Color Designer Tool for creating a custom roofing blend

            > Recycling Program details

            > Project Profiles to share with potential clients

            > Videos showing everything from color selection to testing & certification to our plant manufacturing video

Lots of companies say they have a one-stop website for all the needs of contractors and roofers. But, at DaVinci we really do have everything you could possibly need on composite roofing, steep slope roofing and lightweight roofing materials. Visit our website today for all your technical roofing support!

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Featured Project - Fort Worth, TX

In Texas, homeowners take what they put on their roofs very seriously. They have to, with a climate that can produce hail, tornados and high winds pretty much year round. The folks over at Dynasty Roofing are quick to offer their customers products that will protect their home for many years, including synthetic slate roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes. On this project, the homeowners went with Bellaforté Slate in the European Blend. Bellaforté products are self-aligning and they interlock at a 12" exposure, which means a faster, easier installation as the roofers don't need to worry as much as about chalking lines and keeping the exposure consistent among courses. 

DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program Member
Dynasty Roofing
817-631-7171
www.dynastyroofing.com

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

Are you heading to Atlanta for the 2015 American Institute of Architects Convention and Trade Show May 14-16th? So are we! We would love to see you, so plan to swing by booth #3832 while you're there. In the booth we're going to be showing off our NEW profile in both our Single-Width and Multi-Width polymer slate roof tiles. We will also be happy to answer technical questions, give you a rundown of our products' features and benefits, and discuss your upcoming projects. 

We had a great time in Chicago last year and we think this year will be even better!

Happy Friday, Architects!

 

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Enhanced DaVinci Roofscapes Warranty

Selecting a new designer roof is a significant home improvement project. So, you want to do your research and make sure your investment is protected.

The newly-enhanced Lifetime Limited Material Warranty from DaVinci Roofscapes provides peace-of-mind when you select a new luxury roof from DaVinci. In addition to assuring you of impact, fire and insect resistance, this warranty now includes color fade protection. We can offer that confidently because our composite roofing has color running throughout each composite slate and synthetic shake tile.  

Another great aspect of the improved warranty is that it's transferable TWICE within the first 10 years of ownership. That means the warranty is viable for you, the person you sell your home to and potentially the person they sell it to --- all within the first 10 years!

And, if you live in a high wind area with severe weather and storms, this warranty covers you for winds up to 110mph when your installer follows specific high wind installation instructions for installing our sustainable roofing.

All together, we've taken a great roofing warranty and made it even stronger. Click HERE to see all the details on our new warranty. Or, call 913-599-0766 and ask to speak with one of our customer service specialists about how this warranty will help protect you and your home!

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The Switch is On!

Look at a Ranch or European style home and you just naturally expect to see slate shingles. Similarly, if you're looking at a Bungalow or Cottage style home, you might expect to see cedar shake roofing.

Slate AlternativeIs there a right or wrong roof product for different style homes? The answer is no.

While some home styles go together like peanut butter and jelly, there are no right or wrong answers. In fact, we're surprised how often we hear from homeowners who "inherited" a specific style roof and when it came time to replace the roof, they switched to a completely different polymer roofing product.

Take Mary Katherine Hirsh for example. Her Nevada home had a cedar shake roof on it for 42 years. When she decided to replace her failing cedar roof shingles, she chose to use DaVinci Roofscapes simulated slate roofing. Hirsh reports that the slate style suits her home’s design more than the original wooden shakes.

“With slate I would have paid yearly fees just to maintain the roof,” says Hirsh. “Now with this new polymer roof I won’t have to worry about it ever again.”

Fake Slate RoofMichael Klappa is another homeowner who made the switch. He too had cedar roofing on his home, but after bug infestations and storm damage, switched to synthetic slate roofing.             

"I knew we could not install real slate because of the roof pitch and structure on our home," says Klappa, a Kansas homeowner. "Plus, real slate is extremely heavy and we would have had to spend considerable money to reinforce the roof to make it capable of holding the weight of a slate roof. Also, it would not stand up to the hail we sometimes get in our area. However, the DaVinci slate roof was so natural looking that we felt really good about our decision to make the change to this product."

Are you ready to make the switch? If so, make sure to switch to easy-care composite roofing from DaVinci!

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Architect and Builder Team Up on Simulated Slate Roofing Project

Architect Christopher Derrick is like most people --- he sticks with what works. For his roof specifications, that often means recommending DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roof tiles.

“When the home style fits with a composite roofing product, I always recommend DaVinci,” says Derrick, principal and founder of Derrick Architecture out of Wheaton, Ill. (See DaVinci Polymer Tiles Meet Needs of Chicago Area Architect )

Over the years Derrick has worked with a variety of builders to construct his single-family custom home designs. Most recently he partnered with Charleston Building and Development to create two custom homes in Naperville, Ill. that feature Bellaforté Slate tile roofs.

“Working with Chris is exciting because he’s so creative and passionate about his home designs,” says Adam Van Someren, president of the residential division of Charleston Building and Development based out of Naperville. “He brings both historical perspective and solid product recommendations to his work.

“The Bellaforté product looks very realistic. I’ve seen other man-made plastic slate roofing products before that looked too fake. The DaVinci products look natural and complement the home styles very nicely.”

 

 

For their most recent project, Van Someren points out that using Bellaforté slate tiles probably saved the homeowner more than $50,000 as opposed to having natural slate on the roof.

“Considering the high cost of natural slate, the waste you get with cracked and broken pieces, plus the additional support required for the roof and rafters to support the weight of natural slate, the Bellaforté is a great option,” says Van Someren. “This product really has it all. Good looks, lightweight and durability. There’s definitely a value there with Bellaforté.”

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From the Architect's Corner - Tornado Season

Back in 2008 something pretty scary happened in a residential neighborhood in Manhattan, Kansas. An F4 tornado touched down and left behind a lot of damage. Trees were uprooted, debris was everywhere, there was damage to property. You get the picture. So when Jeff Lord and Karen Hudson emerged from the basement of their home to find a tree on their house, they were expecting to find significant damage. They called the insurance company and had somebody out to have the tree removed. Now, if you have been through something like this then you know this is where things can go sideways as you start to have visions of months of damage repair, and a revolving door of bids and different contractors to fix different areas of your home. What they found surprised everyone. Despite having a tree crash onto their roof, and neighbors on surrounding sides all suffering significant damage, they had no damage to their DaVinci Roofscapes composite slate roof. 

We recognize a story like this may not be the norm when you are dealing with a weather event like that, but the take away here is with your residential clients aesthetics will get your foot in the door, but it won't always be the number one factor in making a decision on what roofing material they end up choosing as safety and performance need to also weigh in. Specifying a material that is Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated and wind certified to 110 mph, in addition to the fact it looks like real slate and cedar shake, will end up satisfying this goal, "I want a roof that looks beautiful and will protect my home at the highest level possible". 

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Happy Friday, Architects!

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Green Roofing Options for St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day traditionally boasts all things green. And, at DaVinci Roofscapes we want to celebrate this special day by talking about our green roofs!

We offer four standard colors of polymer roofing products, including Light Green, Medium Green, Dark Green, Green Stone. But, more importantly, we're in the business of providing homeowners with green roofing options.

Sustainable roofing products like our composite shake and imitation slate roofing tiles are environmentally friendly, can be recycled and have a lifetime limited warranty, which helps you save green in your wallet. (see New DaVinci Roof = Cash in Your Wallet)

Many homeowners also find that their homeowner's insurance premiums are reduced when they invest in synthetic slate roofing or composite shake. That's because the Class A Fire Rating of our luxury roof tiles makes it a smart investment.

Here are some more green facts about DaVinci lightweight roofing materials:

- Selecting synthetic DaVinci Shake roof tiles over real cedar shake roofing saves trees.

- When you choose DaVinci Slate roof tiles over natural slate, you're making a smaller carbon footprint on the environment.

- DaVinci eco friendly roof tiles contribute less to landfills and use less of the earth's resources than asphalt roof shingles because they can be recycled.

When it comes to the environment, every little step helps. See Return Those DaVinci Scraps! and Happy Earth Day from DaVinci Roofscapes!

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From the Architect's Corner - Free Online Learning!

Have you ever wondered what a color expert would tell you if you asked the question, "What order should I go in when selecting exterior colors for my home?"

According to Kate Smith, DaVinci Roofscapes' color expert, the correct order is roof, siding, windows, front door, trim then garage door. Unless the home is brick or stone, the largest fixed feature is probably the roof, so you will want to start there. 

Interested in learning more? Are you a professional in need of a continuing education credit? Jump over to AEC Daily's website to take our course, The FRESH Approach to Choosing Exterior Colors. It is free and available online 24/7.

 

Happy Friday, Architects! 

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Roofing ROI

It’s no secret that home upgrades cost time and money. But certain projects can actually save you money in key areas and improve the resale value of your home, while making it more beautiful and livable now.

Fake Shake RoofThe roof is an integral part of a house’s curb appeal. It’s also a vital protective layer between the elements and your family. Polymer roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes has the advantage of being impact-, fire- and weather-resistant, as well as beautiful.

A new roof can pay off, according to “Remodeling" magazine, which cites a 71.6 percent recoup of costs in their 2015 Cost vs. Value study.

Here's some great advice: skip over bargain-basement priced roofs, even if you’re on a budget. What’s important is finding a luxury roof that will be virtually maintenance free for years to come. You may pay more out of pocket now, but you’ll save big on repairs, inspection and maintenance in the long run. (See A DaVinci Slate Tile Roof - An Investment In Your Home's Aesthetic And Re-Sale Value!)

Manmade imitation slate and simulated shake roofing offer the authentic look of natural materials but are more resistant to chipping, flaking and splintering over time. And, with the 50 standard colors available from DaVinci, you can focus on your home’s 'top down' curb appeal to create a cohesive exterior.

Looking for another way to save? Ask your insurance company about any discounts that may be available each year to you on homeowner's insurance because you're investing in synthetic roofing material!

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Tune in to DaVinci Roofscapes on the Radio!

DaVinci Roofscapes is going "on the air" in 2015 with home improvement experts from both The Money Pit and Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford radio shows!

The Money PitFrom coast-to-coast on hundreds of radio stations across America, these two powerhouse radio shows bring consumers weekly updated home improvement news and insights. And, starting in March you'll be hearing more about DaVinci polymer roofing on these two exciting programs.

Need the scoop on these radio shows? The Money Pit is a nationally syndicated, call-in radio show that helps listeners with their home repair and improvement problems. Co-hosts Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete bring their expertise to the show that is carried on more than 300 radio affiliates, along with on Sirius XM satellite radio.

You may have seen Tom during one of his home improvement guest appearances on CNN, MSNBC, The History Channel or HGTV/DIY Network. Leslie, a carpenter, decorator and designer, brings her television experiences from "Hotel Impossible," "$100 Makeover" and "The Ugliest House on the Block" to the show. Together they've co-authored My Home, My Money Pit: Your Guide to Every Home Improvement Adventure.

From deep in the South, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford features national home improvement television experts Danny Lipford and Allen Lyle on their own nationally syndicated weekly radio show. Together they interview special guests, answer caller questions and trade tips on the world of home improvement.

You may have seen their Emmy-nominated television show, which is now in its 17th season on more than 200 stations nationwide. From this successful show was born their radio program in 2009, which is quickly becoming a "must hear" show for enthusiasts of home improvement on 100+ radio stations across the country.

Danny has been a home improvement guru for the CBS Early Show and The Weather Channel for years ... and Allen is a skilled handyman with decades of experience, including testing out DaVinci composite roofing for one of their shows a few years back! (Click HERE to see the fun video!)

Stay tuned for more details of these exciting partnerships as 2015 progresses ... and tune in to both The Money Pit and Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford for great home improvement tips each week!

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Do Extreme Freeze-Thaw Cycles Affect DaVinci Roof Tiles?

In some parts of the country roofing materials experience very harsh weather with extreme temperature change. The high country in the Rockies or Sierras is very indicative of this. In these mountain areas daily temperature swings of 30 to 40 degrees are common and 50 degrees or more are not unheard of. The ambient temperature can be 75 degrees wPolymer Roofith a roof temperature of 120 degrees or more during the day and then the temperature can fall considerably below freezing overnight. This change in temperature, especially if moisture is added to the mix, can be very troublesome. If a roof covering absorbs moisture and goes through-freeze thaw cycles there can be  damage that results in crazing, cracking, splitting, etc. Over time these freeze-thaw cycles can destroy a roofing product.

At DaVinci Roofscapes we have designed our tiles to be impervious to freeze-thaw. DaVinci tiles don’t absorb water so there are no issues with the tremendous force of freezing water. In addition, DaVinci tiles are very thermally stable, in fact the coefficient of thermal expansion is 10-3in/in °F. What this means is that the DaVinci 12” slate tiles expands 1/12” with a 100 degree temperature swing. Because of this you don’t get the buckling or movement that puts strain on fasteners as some products do.

DaVinci Roofscapes is a very popular roofing product for the resort areas of the Rockies and Sierras for a reason; it works. Well, also because it looks great!

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From the Architect's Corner - Before and After

In marketing we often use phrases like, "Give your home a total makeover!" and things along those lines. We aren't alone, you often hear this phrase from other exterior product manufacturers (even those that manufacture smaller items). The truth is for most of us our roof is the largest fixed feature on our home. So when it is replaced, it truly does makeover the entire exterior. The below project photos show a roof where the homeowners took off an old wood shake roof and replaced it with a polymer, luxury roof tile. See for yourself how this multi-width slate roof, in Slate Gray, transformed the look of this home.

   Faux Slate
    The old, stained shakes                                                The new, Multi-WidthSlate tile roof

 

Happy Friday, Architects! 

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DaVinci Roofscapes Goes to Court

Look up at the historic Carroll County Courthouse in Carrollton, Ohio and you think you're seeing natural slate roof tiles on the rooftop. But, it's not.

Fake Slate RoofIn 2014 a re-roofing project was completed by Architectural Roofing Contractors, Inc. on the 1885 courthouse that now boasts Bellaforté Slate roofing in the European-VariBlend color blend.

"The DaVinci Roofscapes product was one of three presented to us along with slate and metal," says Ed Eick, building maintenance supervisor for Carroll County. "I found the DaVinci product to be very affordable to us along with being cost effecting in long-term maintenance."

The European VariBlend colors of Light Gray, Medium Gray, Dark Gray and Dark Purple was chosen because the color blend reminded Eick of the natural slate roofing materials already on the roof. This similarity helped the county retain its designation as a U.S. National Register of Historic Places site.

"I found it to be very appealing that the DaVinci product is 100 percent recyclable," says Eick. "Knowing that there are county offices that urge recycling, that in itself made sense that the county courthouse should be a good example of county officials looking out for the environment."

The results gained a big thumbs-up from Eick and the county commissioners. "Architectural Roofing Contractors did an excellent job and I made sure their company knew it," says Eick. "The roofers on the job said the product was nice to work with and easily installed. We have a roof and gutter system that will last us for years to come, hassle-free."

Carroll County isn't the only community to rely on composite roofing from DaVinci. See Downtown Vail A “City of DaVinci Roofs”

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Red, Red Roof

There's something about a red roof. It jumps out at you. It makes a statement. And, it sets your project apart.

Red Slate RoofJust ask Victoria Jackson, president of Classic Restorations in Stamford, Connecticut. Her company installed terracotta red DaVinci Roofscapes composite slate roofing on the Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat. (see Terracotta-Hued Roof Added to Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat in Connecticut)

"We had the DaVinci team create a custom color that involved 33 percent each of dark and medium terracotta with light clay colors to capture just the right blend to complement the retreat,” says Jackson. “We recommended the DaVinci slate tiles based on our past successful work with this company. We believe DaVinci is the best synthetic slate product in the marketplace and we’ve installed the roofing tiles on several homes in our area.”

 

 

Custom Color Polymer SlateHomeowners Carol and Ray Knoff understand the "lure of red." When it came time to replace the roof on their 111-year-old Queen Anne style home, they decided to replicate a red to gray roof coloring they had previously seen on a historic home with synthetic slate roofing. (see Vintage Home Gets Custom-Color Roof)

 “All of our investigative work brought us to DaVinci Roofscapes," says Carol Knoff. "The DaVinci team was as excited as we were about the challenge of custom creating the color for our roof. They worked with us to develop a color combination of Midnight Gray and Cottage Red that really ‘pops’ and gives a positive first impression of our home while helping define the roof lines and architectural style.”

 

Topping off the 1904 St. Paul's Cathedral and Parish House in Oklahoma also had this installation team seeing red.

"Our research brought us to DaVinci, and we're very pleased with the results," says Mike Murphy, a member of St. Paul's Church and a director at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. " The primary reasons we selected the DaVinci Multi-Width Slate product were the low-maintenance factor coupled with the roof's impact- and fire-resistancy features. The warranty from the manufacturer and the ability to get the roofing tile in the fire brick red color we wanted really sold us on the product.

"The new roofs have been up since early in 2014 and the bright, attractive red color now serves to highlight our location in the community."

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Homeowner Celebrates Fire-Resistant Bellaforté Roof

Some homeowners get so excited about their new DaVinci Roofscapes designer roof that they include pictures of their homes on Facebook. Others feature their home's new luxury roof on their holiday greeting cards. And then there's Dan Baer ... who threw a roof party to celebrate his new simulated slate roofing product.

“We hosted a party on our balcony to celebrate our new roof,” says Baer, a homeowner in Yorba Linda, Calif. “I wanted everyone to reach out, touch this roof and see why we’re so excited.

"The DaVinci slate looks like authentic slate but it’s completely man-made. I’m thrilled with the quality of the product, the custom color we selected and the fire-resistancy of this polymer roof.”
 
Baer had good reason to celebrate when his DaVinci roof was installed in 2011. Just a few years earlier he and his family watched from their back porch as raging wildfire flames came within a half mile of their home.
 
“More than fifty homes burned in our area during the one fire,” says Baer. “If the winds had been stronger, our home would have been included. Our old shake roof was a tinderbox waiting to ignite. Our new Bellaforté polymer tiles are rated Class A for fire retardance, which gives us tremendous peace-of-mind.”

 

Class A Fire Rated

 
Both strong and beautiful, the Bellaforté roofing tiles installed on the home are made of a custom blend designed by Baer and his wife, Cynthia. “I selected colors to complement our overall home,” says Baer. “Our custom blend is a mix of light brown, medium brown, medium tan and dark amber. DaVinci used its VariBlend technology to create a continuous variation from tile to tile, which resulted in a beautiful, natural blend.”

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Falling in Love with DaVinci Roofscapes

February is traditionally associated with the month of love. As soon as stores remove their Christmas decorations, hearts and cupid's arrows are decked throughout the aisles.

While we associate Valentine's Day with chocolates and flowers, is it possible to fall in love with your designer roof? According to many homeowners, the answer is YES! Here's what several satisfied homeowners shared with us recently about their new polymer roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes:

"I didn't realize how different a home can look based upon roof selection. The DaVinci roof totally enhanced our home in every way. Aesthetically, it anchors the house. The color, the weight and thickness of the tiles and the materials looks very substantial."

                                    Kerry Nelson - Oklahoma homeowner

"We felt that this faux-slate roof would be a huge improvement in our area over the old asphalt shingle roof. This roof truly replicates natural slate, and it definitely lends an air of authenticity to a somewhat contemporary home design."

                                    Rob Fanjoy - Maine homeowner

"This new roof, with the patina green on the copper gutters, complements the original historic look of the home and helps us more appropriately 'fit' in our historic neighborhood. The roofing tiles never look like plastic. Right from the start they looked very natural with their understated slate gray color."

                                    Kathy Telecky - Texas homeowner

“There’s not a week that goes by when someone passing by doesn’t remark on our ‘real slate’ roof. I enjoy explaining about the benefits of our polymer roof and have no worries now about future storms in our area. This roof can handle it.”

                                    Michael Klappa - Kansas homewoner

“We still have roofers and contractors come by to show our roof to their potential customers. Both my wife Anita and I love the look of the roof and couldn’t be more satisfied with DaVinci Roofscapes.”

                                    Chuck Musgrave - Oklahoma homeowner

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