Tiny Houses ... Big DaVinci Roofs!

Tune in on Monday, December 22nd when the popular show Tiny House Nation returns for its second season on FYI Network. Airing at 9 EST, this television series focuses on the construction of tiny homes (less than 500 square feet!) for homeowners across America.

In the December 22 and 29 shows (episodes 109 and 110), DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roofing products will be highlighted in the construction process of both homes. You can also watch on-line HERE once the shows have aired.

For the two upcoming season-opening houses, Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing tiles in the Mountain-VariBlend of three brown tones was installed on the tiny houses. Show producers liked the authentic look of the simulated shake roofing and loved the fact that DaVinci products are Class A Fire Rated and also resist impact, moisture and insects.

If you haven't seen the popular show yet, here's a quick overview from the FYI.TV network:

In “Tiny House Nation,” renovation experts and hosts, John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin, travel across America to show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them, as well as help new families design and construct their own mini-dream home in a space no larger than 500 square feet. From a micro-apartment in New York City to a caboose car turned home in Montana to a micro-sized mobile home for road tripping – this is a series that celebrates the exploding movement of tiny homes. From pricey to budget friendly, “Tiny House Nation” is not a typical design show, but one that proves size doesn’t always matter – it’s creativity that counts.

Check out DaVinci Roofscapes Makes Big Impact on Tiny Houses to see how other DaVinci polymer roofing products were used during Season 1 of the show!

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Winter Forecast: Get Snow Guards!

People throughout the Northeast and Midwest aren't singing "let it snow, let it snow, let it snow" any longer. Their new song is "stop the snow, Stop The Snow, STOP THE SNOW!"

And, with such a dramatic snowfall start to the 2014-2015 winter season, who can blame them? With the November "dump" of 90 inches of snow on areas in Buffalo, New York, homeowners can only hope they've seen the worst Mother Nature has to offer.

But, what if they're wrong?

As we all know, Mother Nature can be fickle. So, what if the early snowfall is just an indicator of what's to come this winter season? That chilling thought should give all homeowners pause to consider the value of adding snow guards to their homes right now ... before Mother Nature hits with her next round of record-breaking snow.

Why get snow guards? Quite simply, to help slow down and regulate the snow melt from your roof. When the snow starts to melt, snow guards help control the "departure" of the snow to break up the snow and control the melting process. Snow guards can help create friction, or a barrier, between the roof surface and the snow on the roof. So, when the snow starts to melt, it doesn't come sliding down all at one time as an avalanche that covers up landscaping, doorways, driveways and decks.

Especially if you have polymer roofing, like the composite shake and synthetic slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes, snow guards can really be an asset for composite roofing. (see Q & A Guide to Snow Guards )

Here's an extra tip: don't worry if you have a designer roof with synthetic roofing materials and no snow guards. The good news is you can have your roofer "retrofit" snow guards to your roof right now ... before Mother Nature sends her next white blanket to cover you!

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Q & A Guide to Snowguards

Does snow slide off of a DaVinci roof?
Snow tends to slide off all roofs, but is more likely to slide off metal, natural slate, glazed tile, and polymer tiles (like DaVinci roofs).  This is due to some of the same physical characteristics that help to make DaVinci such a long lasting beautiful roof.  DaVinci roofing products have smooth surfaces and don’t absorb water. This means that snow and ice have no place to “grip” as it might with some other roofing products. When snow begins to melt from a warm attic underneath, the snow blanket on top may slide off the roof all at once.

What is the solution?
Installing a pattern of snow guards or attaching snow fences near the eave can reduce or eliminate snow slides. Snow guards work by adding friction to the roof. Snow fences on the other hand, create  a barrier to prevent snow movement.  Snow guards are the preferred product for most areas while snow fences are used in very high snow areas like ski resorts.


Who should consider snow guards?
Snow guards should be considered in parts of the country where accumulating snowfalls occur. Many roofs or parts of roofs may not need any snow guards at all. In fact, some structures are designed so that snow will slide off of the roof, reducing the stress on the structure.  

Does my house need snow retention?  
It all depends on what the snow may fall on as it slides off of the roof. The installation of snow guards should be considered on roof areas where sliding snow might land on people or property. Decks, walkways and driveways are obvious examples of such areas.  
 
What snow guards should I use?
There are many different types of snow guards. Snow guards for use on DaVinci roofs must have an attachment strap and be manufactured of long lasting- non-corrosive metals. The best types to use with DaVinci products are manufactured of copper, stainless steel or coated aluminum. Plastic snow guards, typically used on metal roofs, are not recommended for DaVinci roofs.  
 
What if my roof is already installed without snow guards?
The best time to install snow guards is when your DaVinci roof is being installed. But if your DaVinci roof is already installed, don’t worry. There are snow guards available that are specifically designed to be installed after your roof is on.  These are known as retro-fit snow guards and this type of snow guard won’t compromise the integrity, warranty or longevity of your beautiful DaVinci roof.
 
Ask your contractor if you need snow guards.  The final decision on whether or not to install snow guards rests with you and your contractor.
 
For more information, a good resource for snow guards on DaVinci roofs is Rocky Mountain Snow Guards. 

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Snow Guard Tips for Engineered Polymer Roofing

If you get something in your eye that needs attention, you don't go to a general doctor --- you go to an eye doctor. Why? Because an optometrist is a specialist in eye care.

Similarly, if you're installing polymer roofing in snow-prone areas, it's best to consult a specialist on the type of snow guards that will work best for your luxury roof project. The knowledgeable team at Rocky Mountain Snow Guards have great insights on the variety of shapes, sizes, colors and styles of snow guards that work best when installed with synthetic roofing material.

Here are some of their tips:

- Homes with "slippery" roofing materials (such as metal or synthetic roofing material) greatly benefit from having snow guards installed since they are designed to stop avalanches from taking place and thus protecting areas that are located under the roof (such as patio furniture, plants, cars, toys, porches, gutters and people).

 

- Whether you refer to them as snow guards, snow cleats, snow brackets, snow jacks or snow pads, these helpful roof items are design to reduce snow movement and control the rate of melting snow. When doing their job correctly, they should help break down the roof's snow mass into smaller and safer sections.

- The quantity and pattern of snow guard installation on a fake slate roof should match the specific needs of the roof to provide the most uniform system of snow retention possible. The strength of a snow guard is only one factor in controlling rooftop snow. Snow guards must be installed in a high enough density and in the right pattern to keep the snow in place. Click HERE to use a free Snow Guard Calculator. Always have your roofing contractor include the snowguards and their installation in their quote.

- Snow guards can be made of many materials ... from copper to Kynar-coated aluminum to steel. Research the type of product that will work best in your area before making a purchase.

For  more insights on snow guards, DaVinci Roofscapes recommends you see these stories: Got Snow? Better Get Snowguards! Slip, Sliding Away... Might Need Snow Guards and Are Snowguards Really Necessary?

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Get Ready for Ice Dam Season

Heavy snows can cause more worries than just potential avalanches from composite roofing. Almost any roof has the potential for ice dams this winter if the proper precautions are not taken before the first snow falls.

Ice damming occurs when snow melts from heat loss in the attic. As a result, the water runs down the roof and then re-freezes on the of the edge of the roof (eave). This creates beautiful large icicles clinging to your gutters. They may be pretty to look at, but they stop water from properly draining off into the gutters and can be damaging to the gutters and your roof. A bad result of ice damning is that it can cause water to back up onto the roof and lead to a potential leak.

Composite Roofing
 

When and where will ice dams occur? They're most likely to form on structures with poorly insulated or ventilated attics during very cold weather.

According to This Old House magazine, there are eight different ways you can regulate the temperature of the roof so that it remains the same as the eaves to help reduce ice damming. These include ventilation, capping the hatch, adding insulation and insulating ducts. (Click HERE for the story).

To help reduce the chance of an ice dam forming on your luxury roof, take time now --- before the cold weather hits --- to make sure your attic is well insulated and vented. This will help keep the attic temperature closer to the outside temperature to reduce chances of ice dams. While DaVinci Roofscapes tiles are not waterproof, use of the proper peel and stick membrane on the bottom of the roof will also help make areas where ice damming occurs water-tight.

In areas with potential heavy/moderate snows, consider installing snow guards on your composite roof.

For more tips on ice dams, see Ice Dams, Snow Slides and Freezing Temperatures… Oh my!

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Snow Retention Insights from DaVinci Roofscapes

November hasn't hit yet and already the first snowfalls of the season have come down in many parts of the country. If you're in one of those "snow prone areas," it's not too late to add a snow retention system to your roof before Mother Nature unleashes her full winter fury.

The most important thing about selecting a specific type of snow retention system is to have it meet the needs for your roof and climate. "There is no 'one size fits all' system that is foolproof," says Tyler Storfa, Western Technical Services Manager with DaVinci Roofscapes. "Engineering calculations need to be factored in for, among other things: ground snow load, slope of the roof, drift zones on the roofing plan, fail point of the type of snow retention chosen and the safety factor of the project."

Storfa relates that most snow retention product manufacturers will design a custom system from your roof plans. They'll also provide detailed layout and installation instructions.

"From snow brackets to guards to fences to coils, I've seen all types and methods of snow retention, especially for polymer roofing," says Storfa. "The key is make sure the snow retention method selected can handle the expected snow loads on your composite roofing.

"One area most overlooked is the upper roofing sections that drop into lower sections. The snow on the upper parts shed and overwhelm the snow retention system in place on the lower section of the roof. When that happens, it's almost impossible to stop it from sliding once it's on the move."

For more considerations of snow guards and retention systems for plastic roofing materials, see  Q & A Guide to Snow Guards,  On Guard for Winter Weather ... with Snow Retention Systems and To Guard ... or Not to Guard.  

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Prepping Your Composite Roof for Winter Weather

Grab a sweatshirt, ladder and work gloves --- it's time to get your roof ready for the cold weather ahead.

Before frigid winter weather arrives, make sure to spend time cleaning out your gutters, checking downspouts and evaluating the condition of your roof. If you experienced roof hail damage over the spring or summer months, you should also have a roofing professional evaluate the condition of your roof before the snow starts to fall. You especially need assistance from a professional if you have steep slope roofing that can make it dangerous to work on the roof yourself.

As you're checking out your roof, the experts at DaVinci Roofscapes recommend you make sure your snow guards are firmly in place and clear of debris. If you don't have snow guards and have experienced strong snowfall in the past, now is the time to have them retrofitted to your roof --- especially if you have composite roofing. (See Let It Snow… And Keep The Snow On Your Roof for tip)

Snowguards are strategically placed on your roof, so that when the snow melts, it melts more evenly. That way, it doesn't have the opportunity to bind together and create an avalanche falling all at one time on your landscaping or around entry doors of the home. Sloped roofs are particularly susceptible to these types of avalanches and require special consideration in states that are known to have heavy snowstorms and ice dams. When snow guards are in place on polymer roofing, it's less likely that you'll have problems with ice or snow falling on people or property.

Once you're done with your outside roof evaluation, go indoors. Head for the attic to make certain there are no visible signs of leaks from summer storms. While there, check out your insulation. Homes with superior attic insulation help reduce energy bills. And, importantly, proper attic insulation and ventilation in the house are proven solutions that can be implemented to help prevent ice dams from forming on your roof and creating problems.

 

For more tips to prepare your home for the upcoming winter months, see Prevent Common Cold Weather Roof Issues.

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On Guard for Winter Weather ... with Snow Retention Systems

It's never too early to think about the upcoming winter season and the potential snowstorms ahead.

If you live in a cold weather region, now is the time to plan ahead and have snow guards retrofitted to your synthetic shake or composite slate roof. Not sure which snow guards to request? Oftentimes it depends on how much snow you receive in your specific geographic area ... and we can help. Here's a "Snow Guards 101" of different styles from the experts at DaVinci Roofscapes.

Snow Guards - Individual "guards" that are from one to four inches tall are securely placed in alternate positions on the roof around the home perimeter. They look like small triangles and stick up a few inches from the roof surface. The guards work best for small to medium sized amounts of snowfall, as they hold back snow while allowing it to melt and break as it comes off the roof.

Snow guards

Snow Fences - Usually placed horizontally along the gutter line of the house, snow fences are more "visually impactful" on a home than snow guards. Because of their height (sometimes more than a foot tall) they can hold multiple layers of snow better than snow guards, so they're ideal if you live in a heavy snow zone. Their height is the advantage here, allowing large quantities of snow to be "held back" and melt slowly.

Snowfence

Heating Coils - This alternative (which can also include heat tape, self-regulating heat cables and other heating cables) is used in areas to prevent ice damming, but does not hold snow on the roof. It's often used in conjunction with snow guards or another snow retention system. For these, basically you're using electricity to melt ice and snow from the roof, so this is considered a good alternative for especially frigid areas of the country.

Heating Coils

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For more information on snow guard options used in conjunction with polymer roofing products, see  Q & A Guide to Snow Guards and Slip, Sliding Away... Might Need Snow Guards.

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History of Snow Guards

If you think snow guards are a new idea, then think again.

Some folks believe different forms of snow guards have been in place for more than 300 years. Consider stones and logs that were placed on roofs ages ago in high-snow areas like the Alps. They were put hauled up to the roofs and left on top to help increase friction and retention of the snow ... and probably to help keep the roof on during high winds!

"Modern" snow guards started back in 1897 when Dr. M. Halliday invented and started selling snow guards for slate tile roofs and slanting roofs in New York City. One of his company's first snow guard installation projects was on the historic Bellevue Hospital, which still stands today.

Regardless of how old snow guards are or where they were created, they're very much a part of our roofing lives, both in the United States and in Europe. Designed to break up falling snow as it melts and prevent "avalanches" of snow from sliding off roofs, snow guards come in many forms.

Pictured here are a variety of snow guards currently being used throughout Europe. You'll see everything from a line of metal "teeth" on the roof to the entire roof saturated with snow guards.

Whether you live in an older home in Germany or a modern home in Colorado, the experts at DaVinci Roofscapes recommend you remember that snow guards are essential for helping create a safe roofing situation. For more details see Q & A Guide to Snow Guards and What Are Snowguards and Why Are They Necessary?

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Up in the Sky ... it's Snow Guards!

Look! Up in the sky and on the roof ... is it a bird? Is it a plane? No ... it's SNOW GUARDS!

In many ways snow guards share some of the same powers as the Man of Steel. While they can't leap buildings in a single bound, they can help prevent avalanches of snow falling off your roof and help save shrubbery.

Even during the sizzling days of summer, it's important to remember to add snow guards to your roof. Whether you're investing in a new roof this summer or remembering the snowfalls of last winter, now is the time to make sure snow guards are a priority for your roof!

Fitted snuggly on the lower portion of the roof --- especially over shrubbery and entry doors --- snow guards prevent snow and ice from suddenly sliding down in one large heap. They allow snow to melt slowly so that anything (or anyone!) below is not in danger when the snow melts.

The experts at DaVinci Roofscapes recommend asking your roofing contractor this summer about snow guards. They can be installed easily by a roofing contractor and on almost any roofing material including polymer roof tiles, steep slope roofing, rubber slate roofs, and fake slate roofs.

Made of materials that are designed to endure the cold months (metal or polycarbonate) snow guards come in an array of shapes and colors, so as to match any type of roof.

For more details see Q & A Guide to Snow Guards, Stopping The Snow and What Are Snowguards And Why Do They Matter?

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Q & A Guide to Snow Guards

Does snow slide off of a DaVinci roof?
Snow tends to slide off all roofs, but is more likely to slide off metal, natural slate, glazed tile, and polymer tiles (like DaVinci roofs).  This is due to some of the same physical characteristics that help to make DaVinci such a long lasting beautiful roof.  DaVinci roofing products have smooth surfaces and don’t absorb water. This means that snow and ice have no place to “grip” as it might with some other roofing products. When snow begins to melt from a warm attic underneath, the snow blanket on top may slide off the roof all at once.

What is the solution?
Installing a pattern of snow guards or attaching snow fences near the eave can reduce or eliminate snow slides. Snow guards work by adding friction to the roof. Snow fences on the other hand, create  a barrier to prevent snow movement.  Snow guards are the preferred product for most areas while snow fences are used in very high snow areas like ski resorts.


Who should consider snow guards?
Snow guards should be considered in parts of the country where accumulating snowfalls occur. Many roofs or parts of roofs may not need any snow guards at all. In fact, some structures are designed so that snow will slide off of the roof, reducing the stress on the structure.  

Does my house need snow retention?  
It all depends on what the snow may fall on as it slides off of the roof. The installation of snow guards should be considered on roof areas where sliding snow might land on people or property. Decks, walkways and driveways are obvious examples of such areas.  
 
What snow guards should I use?
There are many different types of snow guards. Snow guards for use on DaVinci roofs must have an attachment strap and be manufactured of long lasting- non-corrosive metals. The best types to use with DaVinci products are manufactured of copper, stainless steel or coated aluminum. Plastic snow guards, typically used on metal roofs, are not recommended for DaVinci roofs.  
 
What if my roof is already installed without snow guards?
The best time to install snow guards is when your DaVinci roof is being installed. But if your DaVinci roof is already installed, don’t worry. There are snow guards available that are specifically designed to be installed after your roof is on.  These are known as retro-fit snow guards and this type of snow guard won’t compromise the integrity, warranty or longevity of your beautiful DaVinci roof.
 
Ask your contractor if you need snow guards.  The final decision on whether or not to install snow guards rests with you and your contractor.
 
For more information, a good resource for snow guards on DaVinci roofs is Rocky Mountain Snow Guards.  www.rockymountainsnowguards.com   

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Oops! We Forgot the Snowguards!

Kansas homeowner Brad Buscher couldn't be more pleased with his new DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roof. After 14 years the original cedar roof shingles on his home were wearing out from a combination of old age, storm damage and natural deterioration.

"Our house was designed for a shake look on the roof, so I wanted to find a realistic shake alternative that would provide years of service to our home," says Buscher. "That search brought us to DaVinci's Bellaforté Shake simulated shake roofing tile, and we are thrilled with the choice. The roof looks great and I've recommended these lightweight roofing tiles to many people."

 

Unfortunately for Brad and his wife Gwen, they forgot to request snowguards at the time of the roof installation on their ranch-style home. "Kansas gets a fair amount of snow each year and we should have thought ahead, but we simply forgot to order the snowguards," says Buscher. "We're absolutely going to make the retrofit addition of the snowguards this summer before our home sees another winter."

Designed to help hold snow on your roof while helping it melt at a more even rate, snowguards can be installed on DaVinci polymer slate and shake roofs either at the time of installation or retrofitted afterwards. Snowguards are generally metal devices placed on the bottom third of the roof so as snow melts, it comes off the roof in a nice, peaceful manner (usually in the form of water), rather than all at once, which can sometimes create an avalanche effect.

"Some of our bushes got damaged this past winter with snow from the roof piling up on them," says Buscher. "I want to prevent that from happening again, so we'll be certain to contact our installer within the next few weeks to get our snowguards in place!"

Need more snowguard information? Check out Retrofit snowguards and Got Snow? Better Get Snowguards!          

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Next Year - No Snow Flow

When, oh when, will it stop snowing?

For many areas of the country this has been one of the snowiest and coldest winters we can remember. And, for those homes without snowguards on their roofs, this was probably an "avalanche" kind of winter.

To prepare your roof against future snow slides, the warmer months are an ideal time to retrofit your roof with snowguards.

If you have DaVinci Roofscapes steep slope roofing products on your home, ask your roofer to come back for the retrofit application. They'll need to apply sealant to the top of the DaVinci polymer roof tiles where the snowguard will be placed ... and it's recommended that snowguards are placed in a pattern so that two inches of strap is showing between the face of the snowguard and the butt end of the shingle above.

The next step is to drive two 2.5-inch self-tapping fasteners with gaskets through the snowguard strap, approximately a half-inch below the butt end of the slate or shake shingle above. The fastener should go through the synthetic slate or shake shingle and substrate until tight.

A tip to remember is that snowguards used on DaVinci composite slate or shake roofs must have an attachment strap and be manufactured of long-lasting, non-corrosive metals. While snowguards can definitely be retrofitted to a roof, if you're planning on getting a new DaVinci roof in the future, it makes a great deal of sense (and will save you time and money in the long run) to have the snowguards installed at the time of the roof installation.

Still not convinced... watch this video of snow slides (or roof avalanches)...


Having trouble viewing the video, click here.

For more snowguard insights, visit Don't Forget Snowguards - Even in the Summer! and What All Is Involved In The Installation Of DaVinci?

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To Guard ... or Not to Guard

The question may be "to guard or not to guard" (with snow guards, that is!) but the answer is really easy.

If you live in an area of the country where accumulating snowfalls occur on a routine basis, then you should consider snow guards for your roof.

When snow accumulates on your roof sunshine and warmer temperatures can help melt the snow and ice away, as will the warm air under the roof in the attic of your home. But, problems can occur if all that snow and ice comes down in large chunks or in "snow slides" that dump too much snow in one area. Along with being potentially dangerous for people, property or landscaping that this lands on, it's difficult to navigate on the pathways around your home when an avalanche occurs!

Snow guards to the rescue. Installed either when your roof is originally installed or retrofitted in place, snow guards are strategically placed on your roof to help snow stay on the roof to melt instead of sliding to the ground. There are several different types of snow guards, so talk with your roofer to determine the best snow guard system for your home.

Snow guards recommended for use on DaVinci polymer roofs must have an attachment strap and be manufactured of long-lasting, non-corrosive metals.

To learn more about selecting snow guards for the home, visit Keep the Snow on the Roof with Snowguards and Don't Forget Snowguards!

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Slip, Sliding Away... Might Need Snow Guards

When Paul Simon wrote and recorded his famous song "Slip Slidin' Away" in 1977 he wasn't thinking about snow on roofs --- but we are! That's why the experts at DaVinci Roofscapes always recommend that if you live in snow-prone areas that you talk with your contractor about having snow guards installed when installing one of our composite slate or synthetic shake roofs. The final decision to install snow guards rests with you, but we recommend you discuss the need on your home with your contractor.

While snow tends to slide off all roofs, it's more likely to slide off metal, natural slate, glazed tile and polymer tiles (like our DaVinci roofs). Why is that? Because our DaVinci imitation slate and shake alternative roofing products have smooth surfaces and don't absorb water. This means that snow and ice have no place to "grip" as they might on some other types of roofing products.

So, when snow begins to melt from a warm attic underneath the roof, the snow blanket on top of the roof may slide off all at once. To help prevent this roof avalanche from occurring at your home, make certain to have snow guards installed when getting a new DaVinci roof.

There are a few different types of snow guards, some are rails and some are small pieces that stick up on the roof a few inches. All are intended to break the pattern of snow as it melts, helping to prevent sheets of snow and ice from coming down. Usually snow guards are installed on the lower eaves of roof, especially over walkways, decks and driveways where sliding snow might land on people or property.

To learn more about snow guards, visit What Are Snowguards and Why Are They Necessary? and Guarding Your Home.

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Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful ...

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

If the weather has turned nasty in your area and snow is mounting up on the top of your house, then it's time to consider retrofitting snowguards on your roof. Snowguards are the nifty invention that helps hold snow on your roof while allowing it to melt at a more even rate so that you don't get an avalanche of snow coming down all at one time.

Of course, the best idea is to have snowguards installed when your DaVinci luxury roof is being put in place, but if that didn't happen on your home, there's a "fix" for the problem. When adding snowguards in for a retrofit application on DaVinci polymer roof tiles, follow these tips:

  1. Apply sealant to the top of the DaVinci composite shingle where the snowguard will be placed.

  2. Place the snow guard in a pattern so that a minimum of two inches of strap is showing between the face of the snow guard and the butt end of the shingle above. The amount of strap showing should be longer for thicker profiles like Bellaforte’ Shake and roof pitches greater than 6/12. Individual snow guard manufacturers will offer more guidance on placement of snow guards and the appropriate snow guard layout for your particular situation.

  3. Next, drive two 2.5-inch self tapping fasteners with gaskets through the snowguard strap approximately a half-inch below the butt end of the shingle above, through the shingle and substrate until tight.

Still not sure? Check out this video of the damage snow avalanching off of a roof can cause and see why we recommend using snowguards.


If you are having trouble viewing this video, click here

 

Need more tips and advice on snowguards? Then visit Don't Forget Snowguards! and Great Time to Install Snowguards!

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Let It Snow… And Keep The Snow On Your Roof

If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, then you’re probably already aware of the importance of snow guards on the roof. Or perhaps you have just moved into a cold region and aren’t familiar with snowguards, what they do, and why you should install them.

DaVinci Roof with Rocky Mountain SnowguardsSnowguards are a useful, and often necessary, addition to your roof. When the snow showers taper and the sun shines once again on your roof, the snow that has accumulated on your rooftop begins to melt. Snowguards help prevent snow from sliding off your roof in large chunks (otherwise known as a roof avalanche) and causing damage to whatever it might land on below (landscaping, mailboxes, etc).

In yet another situation, snow melting during winter can leave an array of large icicles. This cone shaped ice brings with it another set of problems, including blocked gutters and broken structures. Properly insulating your attic and ensuring that adequate ventilation will also help snow melt more evenly and help prevent ice damming.

As a homeowner, you can ward off the problems that come from uneven snow melting with snow guards, proper roof ventilation and adequate insulation in your attic. Modern snow guards blend well with synthetic slate roof shingles, simulated shake roofing, and other many kinds of roofs.

And the result? Your roof retains its beauty, your landscaping avoids damage,  and you enjoy the snow without worry.
 

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Are Snowguards Really Necessary?

If you live in an area of the country that gets a lot of snow, then you might be looking for a solution that stops that avalanche of snow from tumbling off the roof when the snow starts to melt.

The power and force behind a roof avalanche can rip off gutters and destroy beautiful landscaping below.

Rocky Mountain Snowguards on a DaVinci Shake RoofSo what's the solution to prevent that avalanche from happening? Snowguards.

Snowguards are devices that are installed on your roof to help hold snow on your roof while helping it melt at a more even rate. These can be installed when your roof is installed or can be retrofitted onto your simulated shake roofing or synthetic slate roof shingles.

How do snowguards work?

Snowguards are strategically placed on your roof, so that when the snow melts, it melts more evenly. That way, it doesn't have the opportunity to bind together and create that avalanche. There are several different types so talk with your roofer to determine the best snowguard system for your home.

You can read more about snowguards, how they work and why they're important in the following posts:

Do you have snowguards? What made you decide to install them? Did you install them at the same time your roof was installed or did you have them retrofitted? Share your snowguard stories with us in the comments below.

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Common Winter Weather Roof Woes - Benefits of Imitation Slate Shingles

Winter weather is on its way in many parts of the United States, and with cold weather comes some potential roof problems like:

  • Freeze and Thaw Issues
  • Ice Dams
  • Snow Slides

Synthetic Slate ShinglesPerhaps as a home or business owner you have experienced some of these issues and therefore are looking into imitation slate shingles or a cedar shake alternative to replace your natural slate or shake roof.

Or perhaps you have heard of these woes from friends or neighbors and therefore are looking for roofing tips to avoid these issues.

Our 50-year roof is a good option to help to avoid potential freeze and thaw issues. Since our products are made of a polymer blend, there is very little expansion and contraction in our shingles. As a result, the crazing, cracking and splitting that happens with natural products and some man made products, is less likely to occur with our shingles.

Another common problem that home and commercial building owners face during the winter is the formation of ice dams. These sometimes beautiful, yet dangerous chunks of ice are formed when melted water re-freezes when it reaches the edge of the roof. This is primarily caused by the absence of heating at the edge of the roof as opposed to other areas where warmth from the attic is present. Roofs that have a low slopes and large overhangs are more susceptible to ice dam formation. Proper attic insulation and ventilation in the house are proven solutions that can be implemented to help prevent ice dams from forming on your roof and creating problems. - See more at: http://blog.davinciroofscapes.com/blog/weather/page/2#sthash.yQj3XzRs.dpuf

Another common problem that home and commercial building owners face during the winter is the formation of ice dams. These sometimes beautiful, yet dangerous chunks of ice are formed when melted water re-freezes when it reaches the edge of the roof. This is primarily caused by the absence of heating at the edge of the roof as opposed to other areas where warmth from the attic is present. Roofs that have a low slopes and large overhangs are more susceptible to ice dam formation. Proper attic insulation and ventilation in the house are proven solutions that can be implemented to help prevent ice dams from forming on your roof and creating problems.

Finally, snow slides are also a possible winter weather issue for roofs, which can usually be taken care of with snowguards. Heavy sheet-like chunks of snow and ice can cause serious damage to property and even cause serious injuries. Sloped roofs are particularly susceptible to these types of avalanches and require special consideration in states that are known to have heavy snowstorms and ice dams. Special devices such as snowguards are generally installed on these roofs to hold snow and ice in place until they melt slowly. When this happens, it is less likely to have any problems with ice or snow falling on people or property.

If you would like to read more about how our shingles help with winter weather woes, please check out the following blog posts:

Do you have a DaVinci roof? How do you like it? Did you pick it because of its performance ability in the winter months?

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Got Snow? Better Get Snowguards!

SnowguardsIf you live in an area of the country where it snows and snows a fair amount, then having snow building up on your roof can be a concern. Not necessarily the snow piling up, but more the avalanche it creates as it melts and comes plummeting down onto your bushes or belongings below.

In fact, avalanches of snow off of roofs have been known to rip gutters off of homes and cause all kinds of damage.

One of the great roofing tips is a solution called "snowguards". Snowguards are devices that are designed to help melting snow drain more evenly so you don't have to worry about it toppling off all at once damaging items around your home. 

The great thing is whether you are looking to install imitation slate shingles or cedar shake alternative tiles, or if our simulated shake roofing has been on your roof for years, you can install snowguards. In other words, they can be installed at the time the roof is installed or they can be retrofitted.

For more information on snowguards, please read:

Have you experienced snow avalanching off of your roof? Or do you have snowguards on your roof? Which kind did you go with and why?

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