1.2 Million Pounds and Counting

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we offer 49 different colors of synthetic slate and composite shake roofing tiles. This gives you an abundance of options to get the exact color --- or blend of colors --- you want on your designer roof.

Each time our manufacturing operation changes a color run of polymer tiles, there is a transition between colors. If you remember playing with Play-Doh as a child, it's the same thing. When you're finished with the red and start to put blue through your toy, there's inevitably an overlap ... maybe even creating a streak of color or a purple mixture. That's what happens when we make color run changes.

Polymer roofingThose transition tiles are "off spec" and immediately recycled at our facility in Kansas. They're ground up and moulded into starter shingles, which are generally not visible on a roof.

Why are we sharing this with you? Because June is National Recycling Month. And we believe it's important for you to know that every polymer tile we create is 100 percent recyclable. Because of our efforts, we keep about 1.2 million pounds of polymer scrap out of landfills each year.

Our record-setting recycling efforts include the remolding of more than 696,000 pounds of grinded scrap into starter tiles, and the transfer of 567,000 pounds of scrap to an end-user who makes pallets, crates and totes.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we look for ways to recycle and reuse every single piece of composite roofing waste in our plant ... and, even on the jobsite. We encourage our roofing customers to return any DaVinci unused imitation slate or fake cedar shake roofing to us after they complete a project. We're happy to recycle and reuse those pieces to help assure that our full cycle of operations is as environmentally friendly as possible. (See Return Those DaVinci Scraps!)

To learn more about our manufacturing operations, see Virgin Versus Recycled Roofing Tiles.

 

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Hawaiian Paradise

Eco RoofHeaven on earth. That's where Sid Alpert lives.

With a Hawaiian home located on a golf course overlooking the Maui coast and Pacific Ocean, Alpert lives in a lush tropical setting.

To help combat the intense sunlight received on the Hawaiian islands, Alpert recently re-roofed his home with EcoBlend Single-Width Slate composite roofing tiles in Castle Gray from DaVinci Roofscapes. To enhance the energy-efficiency of his roof, he selected SOLARHIDETM as the underlayment for his environmentally-friendly roof.

"This roof looks great in our island setting and has terrific qualities," says Alpert. "I'm exceptionally pleased with the appearance of the DaVinci roof and its many attributes. From being impact- and insect-resistant to having an outstanding warranty, this synthetic slate roofing product is a true winner."

The EcoBlend roof selected by Alpert is approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) to reflect sunlight and heat away from a home. The Castle Gray-EcoBlend features a blend of Light Gray, Medium Gray and Dark Gray imitation slate tiles and meets the stringent requirements to receive an ENERGY STAR® designation. (See DaVinci Roofscapes Products Earn ENERGY STAR® Rating)

The SOLARHIDE one-step radiant barrier underlayment chosen by Alpert also serves as a vapor barrier. Available from DaVinci, a single layer of SOLARHIDE used in conjunction with DaVinci Shake, Slate and Bellaforté products can help the DaVinci roof attain a Class A fire rating.

SOLARHIDE is produced with woven and non-woven fabrics as well as pure aluminum. The durable underlayment is 100 percent recyclable and exceeds Miami-Dade specifications. The rip-resistant SOLARHIDE product is now available from DaVinci Roofscapes in a 10 square roll (48 inches wide by 250 feet long) with 25 rolls per pallet.

"SOLARHIDE was specifically engineered to reduce heat transfer into roof structures," says Wayne Foster, CEO of Eco Chief Products, makers of SOLARHIDE. "This product is able to protect the roof deck from heat much better than standard roofing underlayment."

 

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2017 Earth Day: DaVinci Roofscapes Recycles 1.2 Million Pounds of Waste

At DaVinci Roofscapes we're proud to have kept more than 1.2 million pounds of polymer scrap out of landfills in 2016. Our record-setting recycling effort includes the remolding of more than 696,000 pounds of grinded scrap into starter tiles and the transfer of 567,000 pounds of scrap to an end-user who makes pallets, crates and totes. (See Virgin Versus Recycled Roofing Tiles)

Green Roof Systems Polymer"Our goal is zero percentage of scrap going into a landfill," says Bryan Ward, vice president of operations at DaVinci Roofscapes in Lenexa, Kan. "We are always looking for ways to recycle and reuse every single piece of waste in our plant.

"We made a significant capital investment in regrind machinery in recent years that's definitely paying off. Over the past two years we've decreased our trash generation by more than 50 percent annually. That's a number we're proud of and hope to improve upon even more in the future."

DaVinci Roofscapes produces synthetic slate and composite shake roofing tiles in 50 standard colors, plus custom colors. Each time our manufacturing operation changes color runs, there is a transitioning between colors.  Those transition tiles are off spec and are recycled. The tiles --- which are 100 percent recyclable --- are segregated by color and then ground up and molded into starter shingles, which are generally unseen on the roof.

"We view Earth Day as a time to evaluate the progress of our recycling operations and share the good news about our enhanced efforts," says Ward. "Our operation is extremely efficient. Between reusing the regrind polymer and selling off additional scrap, we're excited to prevent more than 1.2 million pounds of scrap from sitting in a landfill this year."

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Collecting Rainwater from Roofs

Saving rainwater isn't just about reducing water bills. It's about conserving natural resources. With so much water coming out of the sky during the first part of this year, now is the ideal time to consider harvesting rainwater from roofs.

"West Coast areas that are normally dry have seen incredible rainfall amounts so far in 2017," says Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services at DaVinci Roofscapes®. "The Sacramento area was drowning in more than 17 inches of rain during the first two months of the year. Imagine the potential for saving that rainwater for use later during the dry season."

polymer slateGentry points out that collected rainwater can be used for a variety of home tasks, including washing cars, watering plants and cleaning. "Water harvesting is an easy, positive way to help the environment. As rainwater slides off a polymer, metal, ceramic or real slate sloping roof into collection barrels, it's safe for secondary uses like garden irrigation, doing laundry or flushing a toilet."

According to Gentry, if enough people implemented rainwater harvesting techniques at home, it could help reduce demand on existing water supply in their areas.

"Look at a city like Macon, Georgia," says Gentry. "They had 6.6 inches of rain in the first two days of 2017. That amount broke all kinds of records. If people had harvested even a portion of that water, then it would have helped reduce run-off and erosion. The community could use the saved water for everything from fire protection services to filling outdoor public pools.

"Whether collected in barrels or through pipes going directly into cisterns for use and storage, gathered rainwater can make a big impact. According to RainBarrelGuide.com, for every inch of rain that falls on a 'catchment area' of 1,000 square feet, approximately 600 gallons of rainwater can be collected. Now remember that Macon received 6.6 inches of rain. That number means there was a potential to save almost 4,000 gallons of water! That's quite a strong contribution to the water supply for a homeowner."

Looking for more information on rainwater collection and green roofing options? See From the Architect's Corner - Harvesting Rainwater and Collect Your "April Showers".

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DaVinci Roofscapes Predicts Demand to Increase in 2017 for Synthetic Roofing

Increased homeowner interest in cool roofs and authentic-looking slate and shake roofing products will continue to spur the growth of polymer roofing products in 2017. That's the prediction of our roofing industry leaders at DaVinci Roofscapes.

Eco-Friendly Roof"We set new sales records in California in 2016 as people prepared for the launch of Title 24 requirements in 2017," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. "West Coast residents are clamoring for energy-efficient roofing products. Fortunately we were ahead of this surge by launching four new DaVinci EcoBlend® cool family colors earlier this year." (See DaVinci Roofscapes Introduces Four New EcoBlend Colors for Cool Roofs)

The EcoBlend polymer roofing color options have all been approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) to reflect sunlight and heat away from a home or commercial structure, helping the building or home stay cooler in the summer and helping to lower energy costs. The new color blends all meet Title 24 requirements for California.

"We expect this trend will accelerate in 2017 as people across the country learn the value of energy-efficient synthetic roofing products," says Rosewall. "People are quick to invest in our polymer roofing when they see the authentic look of the slate and shake tiles and then learn about the fire-, impact- and high-wind resistance of these tiles.

"Most importantly, we've heard from distributors, roofers and builders that these polymer products are becoming more preferred to natural roofing materials. People desire the expected look of shake and slate, but they truly want the benefits that a man-made product offers. We've achieved that goal by creating realistic-looking products with exceptional features."

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From the Tech Team: Bellaforte Solid Shake Tile

Recently, a DaVinci contractor gave me a call to let me know that he loved installing DaVinci Bellaforté Shake. He said that the one suggestion he had, was that because of the very high profile of the DaVinci Bellaforté Shake, there were some situations where a solid tile would be helpful. One example of where a solid tile would be beneficial is in a situation where Bellaforté Shakes are installed in a closed valley in an area where there are a lot of messy trees, especially pine trees. In these instances, pine needles and leaves can catch on the ribs of the Bellaforté shakes where they are cut. While this doesn’t usually cause a performance issue it can sometimes detract from the overall look of the roof. Another example of where a solid tile can be helpful is in flashing situations where the cut edge of the tile may be exposed. While this is not a performance issue if it is in an area visible from the ground, it may not have the “finished look” that some customers would like.

 

I discussed this request with our design team and they worked quickly to develop a Bellaforté solid shake tile. These solid tiles can be used where tiles are cut around flashings, on flared rakes (gable ends), straight gable ends, and even valleys. It should be noted that these solid tiles are not the answer from an aesthetic point of view for a true open valley. The reason for this is when the solid tiles are cut for use in valleys, there is an occasional small void in instances where the tile cut crosses the gutter of the tile. These tiles also have occasional visible bubbles where the tile is cut, that may be objectionable to some customers. We recommend that when using Bellaforté Shake solid tiles the installer still use the closed valley or double w valley system.

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Holidays are Greener with DaVinci EcoBlend Roofs

Forget the mistletoe, the boughs of holly and even the Christmas tree. If you want to truly make your home green this holiday season, think about replacing your roof with a DaVinci EcoBlend roof!

Made in America of virgin polymers and 100% recyclable, EcoBlend polymer roofs reflect sunlight and heat away from the home, making them energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC), the synthetic shake and slate roofs come in six color blends: Tahoe-EcoBlend, Mountain-EcoBlend, Brownstone-EcoBlend, Slate Gray-EcoBlend, Weathered Gray-EcoBlend and Castle Gray- EcoBlend. (see DaVinci Roofscapes Introduces Four New EcoBlend Colors for Cool Roofs)

Green RoofingIn Narragansett, Rhode Island, the Hageman family embraced the EcoBlend roof when constructing their Green Life Smart Life home several years ago.  “The house is proving to be warm and comfortable,” said homeowner Joe Hageman. “We have received numerous compliments from family and guests on the design aesthetics that DaVinci has added to the roof’s architecture. It has been highly coveted.           

“The house has already gone through a nor’easter with no damage, thanks in part to the Class 4 rating of the roofing tiles. The winds are really harsh along our coast and we truly appreciated the fact that these roofing tiles have been straight line wind tested at 110 mph.”

Across the country in Pebble Beach, California, the Hines family also values their green EcoBlend roof. When selecting a Bellaforté Slate roof in Castle Gray-EcoBlend to meet Title 24 requirements in California, Ray Hines bought himself both a new roof and peace-of-mind.

"The team at Denison Roofing did a terrific job and we love the new roof," says Ray Hines. "Many of our neighbors have complimented it and we'd strongly recommend this good-looking, hard-working roofing product!"     

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From the Architect's Corner - a Helpful Tip

A product's sample in the hand is about the best thing you can provide your clients when choosing colors for the exterior of their home. It is important to remember to take your samples outside and put them in the natural light. Be sure to leave them there for a day or two and view them in all different lights and shadows. This will allow you to have a better idea of what the color will look like once the products are installed.

Click here to read more FRESH tips for choosing exterior color from our Color Expert, Kate Smith.

 

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Happy Friday, Architects!

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DaVinci Roofscapes Now Offers SOLARHIDE

Great news for roofers: DaVinci Roofscapes now sells SOLARHIDETM, a one-step radiant barrier underlayment that also serves as a vapor barrier. SOLARHIDERoofers using a single layer of SOLARHIDE in conjunction with DaVinci Shake, Slate and Bellaforté products can attain a Class A fire rating for their roofing projects.

"Our testing shows that a single layer of SOLARHIDE underlayment works effectively with the majority of our products to allow roofers to achieve a Class A fire rating," says Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services of DaVinci Roofscapes. "By offering SOLARHIDE to roofers, we're serving as a 'one stop source' to make it easier for them to obtain a dependable underlayment and synthetic roofing materials at the same time."

Made from raw materials, SOLARHIDE is produced with woven and non-woven fabrics as well as pure aluminum. The durable underlayment is 100 percent recyclable and exceeds Miami-Dade specifications. The rip-resistant SOLARHIDE product is now available from DaVinci Roofscapes in a 10 square roll (48 inches wide by 250 feet long) with 25 rolls per pallet.

"SOLARHIDE was specifically engineered to reduce heat transfer into roof structures," says Wayne Foster, CEO of Eco Chief Products, makers of SOLARHIDE. "This product is able to protect the roof deck from heat much better than standard roofing underlayment."

Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Eco Chief's SOLARHIDE product meets or exceeds the requirements for ASTM D-226 Type I and II, along with specifications for Miami-Dade certification.

 

 

 

 

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Recycling ... Today and Every Day

Today is America Recycles Day ... and at DaVinci Roofscapes we're doing our part!

We've invested in new equipment that reduces our scrap product overall. However, that still leaves approximately 800,000 pounds of polymer roofing tiles that we will recycle and reuse at our plant in Kansas this year. (See DaVinci Roofscapes Recycles 365 Days a Year)

Why so much waste? Because each time we "switch" to running a different color through our processing equipment (and remember, we have 50 colors!) there's a transition between the colors. Those transition tiles are off spec and are recycled. The composite roofing tiles are segregated by color and then ground up and molded into starter shingles, which are generally unseen on the roof.

"Because every roofing tile we create is 100 percent recyclable, our operations are extremely environmentally-friendly," says Bryan Ward, vice president of operations at DaVinci Roofscapes. "In 2016 we've taken our commitment to recycling a step further by investing in a new grinding recycling system that handles purge (melted chunks of polymer that can weigh approximately 50 pounds) as well as off spec product."

    

 

The smart recycling efforts taking place at our facility every day reduces the amount of waste being sent to landfills. By the end of 2016 we will have recycled almost three million pounds of processed polymer in six years. That's a lot of recycling ... with some solid benefits for the environment.

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Fire Prevention Week Starts Today

 

While folklore has it that Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern that started the tragic Chicago fire of 1871, it was never proven that the cow was at fault. However, the October 9 fire was indeed the key reason that this is national Fire Prevention Week.

Since 1922 Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the week in which October 9 falls, as a way to remember the importance of fire safety.

Actually, not a great deal has changed in the basic construction of barns, buildings and other structures since Mrs. O'Leary's day. Most are still made out of wood, which of course, is very flammable. What has changed are the options people have for topping off their homes.

At DaVinci Roofscapes we're proud that our impact-resistant polymer shake and slate roofing tiles can all help a roofing system achieve a Class A fire rating when installed with the proper underlayment. This means that fire won't spread on a roof if a flame touches it ... and it makes the roof system more resistant to burning (see it for yourself by clicking HERE).

These days it's not a potential cow kicking over a lantern that homeowners have to worry about. It's Mother Nature.

Severe wildfires across our dry country have destroyed many homes during the past several years. High winds that fuel the fires also carry flames toward structures. That's where having a fire-resistant roof can help. While certainly any structure --- including its roof --- will burn when fully engulfed in a fire, it's comforting to know that wind-carried flames from a wildfire simply won't "catch hold" and cause a building to ignite.

At DaVinci, we think that keeping families safer with fire-resistant roofing is not just a great idea ... it's something to moo about!

For more on the 2016 campaign "Don't Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years" sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association, click HERE. Also, learn more about simulated shake roofing at It's Fire Prevention Week - How Important Is a Strong Fire Rating for a Roof? and Roof Check Recommended During Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013

 

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2016 Energy Awareness Month: Bottom-to-Top Energy Tips for the Home

The 25th anniversary of Energy Awareness Month in October serves as an ideal time for builders and home buyers to pay special attention to the construction of new homes. Originally designated by President George Bush in 1991, Energy Awareness Month spotlights how specifying energy-efficient products when a home is built can help homeowners save substantially on long-term energy bills.

While we usually like to focus on top-down home exteriors at DaVinci Roofscapes (because the roof plays such an important visual role in the overall home!), most energy-efficient homes are constructed from the ground up. That's why the first decision --- what the foundation is made of --- sets the "energy tone" for the rest of the home.           

"I start construction with Xi® precast concrete wall panels and then add an insulated basement slab to give my homes a head start on their high performance energy efficiency package," says Shawn Jessup, owner of S.D. Jessup Construction, Inc. in Pilot Mountain, N.C. "I'm building homes that are more than twice as efficient as a standard home built to 'code.'

"Superior Walls foundation products are crafted to help give a basement an excellent water, thermal and air barrier. I haven't found any other system that works as fast and easy, plus offers so much to the overall home in so many important areas backed by a strong warranty."

In creating the rest of the home envelope, builders consciously using foam-backed siding, extra insulation and structural insulated panels are helping create an energy-efficient structure. When it comes to the openings in the house, ENERGY STAR® qualified vinyl windows and fiberglass entry doors offer some of the best resistance to weather, wind and air infiltration.

Perhaps the largest opening in the home, the garage door, also deserves special attention. "Advances in steel and aluminum bring both strong insulation factors and beauty to the garage door offerings for the home," says Jeffrey Nofziger, president of Haas Door. "Mother Nature can throw some pretty nasty weather at a home, and a garage door takes the brunt of that weather.

 "Making a smart choice for a garage door means it will stand up to brutal temperatures and frigid, snowy weather while helping keep the garage interior safe and comfortable. Consider the advantages of a 5200 Series insulated aluminum or 2000 Series insulated steel garage door. These two-inch thick doors are filled with dense CFC-free polyurethane foam insulation with a calculated R-value of 17.66. That's a garage door that will help keep energy bills lower long term."

Sustainable Roof

At the top of a home, nothing gets more direct exposure to the sun than the roof. And all those searing sun rays can cause the home interior to heat up if the right roofing tiles are not selected. Fortunately, the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC), an independent testing organization, has developed accurate and credible methods for evaluating and labeling the solar reflectance and thermal emittance of roofing products.

Choosing a synthetic tile roof, such as the DaVinci EcoBlend® composite slate or shake options, can help reflect sunlight and heat away from the home. Approved by the CRRC, six color blends are available that all meet California's newly-adopted 2016 Building Energy Standards (Title 24, Part 6) requiring the use of energy-efficient roofing materials. Two of the roof colors from DaVinci Roofscapes --- Weathered Gray EcoBlend and Castle Gray EcoBlend --- also meet the stringent requirements to receive the ENERGY STAR designation.

For tips on building an energy-efficient home visit the www.energy.gov website. Full checklists are available there for energy efficient home design. And, for details on constructing an ENERGY STAR certified home (which can save up to 30 percent on utility bills compared to a typical home), visit www.energystar.gov.

                        

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Hot Dipped Galvanized Nails Now Available From DaVinci Roofscapes

Want to nail your next DaVinci roofing project? Then opt for hot dipped galvanized (HDG) nails.

Made to last longer than electro galvanized (EG) nails thanks to a thicker zinc outer layer, HDG nails are submerged in molten zinc to get an even covering. Because the thick, smooth zinc coating on HDG nails is an advancement over EG nails, they're even less likely to rust over time. That's important because the DaVinci roof you install will last for decades ... and you want the nails to last that long too!

An added benefit is that HDG nails generally achieve higher ratings on salt spray tests and are especially good for use where environmental conditions can be challenging --- like high humidity or salt air locations.

DaVinci Roofscapes now makes it easy for you to purchase HDG nails when placing your order for our synthetic shake and simulated slate roofing products. We've started stocking HDG nails and can sell them to you with your order. We've even got HDG nails available in coils for gun nailing!

Need to know how many nails to request for your DaVinci composite roofing project? Click HERE to see our fast nail chart that tells you how many nails per roofing square to order by product type. We make it simple by breaking down products and exposure, and then telling you how many nails to ask for per square.

For more tips on nails and polymer roofing, see Nailed It!
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Virgin Versus Recycled Roofing Tiles

Have you ever wondered why DaVinci Roofscapes uses only virgin polymer for our field tiles?

Virgin polymers are consistent. They're the purest form of plastic so we know we can control the quality of our field roofing tiles when using virgin polymers.

It's important to know that every time plastic is reheated or reformed, it loses some of its strength and performance predictability. By using only virgin polymers, we can control the quality of imitation slate and composite shake roofing tiles that we sell. Take a walk through our manufacturing process in the video below.


Click HERE if you have trouble viewing the video.

 

All of our incoming raw materials at DaVinci are thoroughly tested and must match our stringent specifications or we don't use the product. Knowing that our pure polymer makes the best looking and performing composite roofing tiles, we don't settle for less than the best. This is what makes DaVinci stand above the rest of the roofing manufacturers in our industry.

For our starter tiles (which are generic in color and hidden under field tiles on the roof) we do use recycled content. But, we only use product recycled at our own facility, so we're not bringing in outside product.

 

 

For these starter tiles, we sort our scrap regrind into different color batches. Then we regrind this scrap and produce our starter tiles. By only using our own product in recycling, we know there's only a one-step generation of recycling, and the original pieces that are going into our starter tiles were made according to our quality standards.

Interested in learning more about virgin and recycled plastics? There's a great article on the DeepRoot website that can provide you with details. Click HERE for a fast link!

And, to learn more about our comprehensive recycling capabilities at DaVinci, see 2016 Earth Day: DaVinci Roofscapes Recycled 800,000 Pounds of Polymer Last Year.

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Fire!

There are three things you can count on seeing every time you turn your television on to watch the news: images of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and wildfires.

In this political season, nothing is hotter than the impact that out-of-control wildfires have unleashed on our country. As of late July, the National Interagency Fire Center reports more than 38,000 wildfires had been recorded and the country is on track for breaking the 2015 record of 10 million acres burned.

In the face of expanding wildfires, how can homeowners help protect their homes?

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has prepared a free Firewise Tips Checklist for homeowners that includes valuable ideas for protecting your home and surroundings.

Information from NFPA also recommends that having a nonflammable roof covering and assembly can add enormously to the safety of your home. Composite shake and slate roofing, like that manufactured by DaVinci Roofscapes, resists flame spread with a Class A Fire Rating. This means that if a spark from a wildfire lands on the roof, it will not ignite the roof. Of course, if a home is fully engulfed in a fire, any roof will ignite. However, an ember or spark will not start a fire.

Just how important is it for a roof to resist igniting with an ember? According to the Texas Forest Service, some embers can travel more than a mile before landing. Burning embers and sparks traveling those distances can mean trouble for many homeowners.

Interested in learning how to make your home safer from wildfires? Click HERE for the "Be Embers Aware" checklist from the Texas Forest Service. You can also see Fires Belong in the Fireplace, Not on Your Roof and DaVinci Roofs Are Fire Resistant.

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Featured Project - Pebble Beach, CA

California wildfires have been all over the news these last few months. In June, fires in Monterey County burned down dozens of homes and thousands of acres as firefighters fought to save homes and preserve land. As people start to rebuild, many more are facing a reality that non-fire rated exterior building products just aren't going to be an acceptable option anymore. 

DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate and shake roofing products are Class A Fire Rated. This means that our products have undergone extensive fire testing using the ASTM E 108 test standard at the Class A Level, which is the best available for roofing products. Our VP of Technical Services, Tim Gentry, writes more about this test which you can read here

This project was recently installed by Denison Roofing and is located in Pebble Beach, California. The product is Bellaforté Slate in the Castle Gray color blend. 

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Wood You Burn Your House Down?

Here's an easy question: What do you burn in your fireplace? The answer, of course, is wood. So if wood ignites quickly, why would you put it on your roof?

We agree that real cedar shakes look great on a roof, but why have a product installed that could put your home and family at risk? Even if treated, cedar shingles are still a product that can deteriorate over time and requires lots of ongoing maintenance.

Fake ShakeNow the solution: Class A Fire Rated shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Carefully crafted to look like real cedar roofing, synthetic shake roofing from DaVinci has all the features you've ever dreamed of in a roof. It resists impact, high winds, insects, termites, fungus and algae. And, did we mention it's fire resistant? Even if the wind blows embers on to the simulated shake roofing, they won't "catch" and spread.

Want another reason to consider hand-split fake cedar shake shingles? The colors. At DaVinci, we offer 50 standard roofing colors, plus an assortment of realistic color blends. Many of our VariBlend color combinations feature four variations of a color --- including light, medium light, medium and dark --- to naturally replicate the look of real cedar. You'll find these colors available in shades of  brown, gray, autumn and blue-gray. (See Shaking Up Your Roof with Unlimited Possibilities)

Deep shadow lines, multiple widths that create a natural, non-repeating appearance and both straight and wavy grains for an authentic look ... what more could you want from an eco-friendly, fire-resistant roof?

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EcoBlend Roof Meets Needs of California Homeowner

When it came time to move from San Francisco to Pebble Beach, Calif., the Hines were uttering the famous real estate mantra: location, location, location.

Cool Roof ShinglesThe couple fell in love with a home that had the perfect location, but needed lots of work ... probably more work than they expected.

Even though the home was just 31 years old, it had sat abandoned for several years. As a result, it required new floors, landscaping, windows, fencing and a roof. And that's just for starters.

"The old cedar shingles were in terrible shape," says Ray Hines. "They were turned up like potato chips, falling off and rotting."

Hines headed to a roofer he trusted --- Bob Denison with Denison Roofing --- for advice.

"The owners wanted to change the look of the roof and asked for my advice," says Denison. "I explained that the best product they could select would be a Bellaforté Slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. I've installed this synthetic roofing product in the past with great success."

To help make their home more energy efficient, the Hines selected the Castle Gray-EcoBlend product that is ENERGY STAR® rated and has been approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council to reflect sunlight and heat away from a home. All six EcoBlend color blends offered by DaVinci also meet Title 24 requirements in California. (See DaVinci Roofscapes Introduces Four New EcoBlend Colors for Cool Roofs)

"We're glad we listened to our roofer," says Hines. "The team at Denison Roofing did a terrific job and we love the new roof. Many of our neighbors have complemented it and we'd strongly recommend this good-looking, hard-working roofing product!"     

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New DaVinci EcoBlend Colors Provide More Energy-Saving Roof Options

Four newly-introduced color blends for DaVinci EcoBlend roofing tiles give homeowners and roofers more ways to add cool roofs to residential and business structures.

Approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC), EcoBlend shake and slate designer roof tiles reflect heat and emit the sun's energy back into the atmosphere instead of into a structure. They help reduce the cooling load for a building, and, as a result, increase the energy efficiency of the structure.

Looking for another reason to request these green roofing materials? By helping create a cooler roof, EcoBlend tiles contribute to a lower heat island effect in heavily populated areas. This in turn helps reduce a building's carbon footprint.

In compliant with Title 24 requirements in California, the new EcoBlend polymer shake and slate roofs include:

                        - Tahoe-EcoBlend: Light Tahoe, Medium Light Tahoe and Medium Tahoe

 

                        - Mountain-EcoBlend: Light Mountain, Medium Mountain and Dark Mountain

 

                        - Brownstone-EcoBlend: Light Brown, Dark Stone and Dark Tan

 

                        - Slate Gray-EcoBlend: Slate Gray

 

 

EcoBlend color blends previously accessible from DaVinci Roofscapes that meet the stringent requirements to receive ENERGY STAR® designations, and still available from the company include:

                        - Weathered Gray-EcoBlend: Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray and Dark Weathered Gray

 

                        - Castle Gray-EcoBlend: Light Gray, Medium Gray and Dark Gray

 

For more information on EcoBlend products, see Save $$$ With an Eco-Friendly Roof and What is EcoBlend?

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Red, White & Blue ... and Green

Happy July 4th! Cut open the watermelon, grill the burgers and get the sparklers ready ... today is a day to celebrate!

While you're observing the holiday and feeling patriotic, remember that DaVinci Roofscapes is a company that was born in the USA. Our manufacturing facility in Kansas is as "red, white and blue" as they come ... we even make custom red, white and blue synthetic slate roofing tiles!

DaVinci was started almost 20 years ago and we manufacture all our composite slate and synthetic slate roofing tiles in the USA, with American workers. When we searched for a new, larger manufacturing site a few years ago, we didn't look for available space in China, Mexico or Asia ... we focused on staying in Kansas to help the economy of our state and our nation.

Not only do we support the economy, we're environmentally responsible to our country.

While you're thinking red, white and blue today, we encourage you to also think green. Because recycling is so important to everyone in America, the team at DaVinci takes extra steps to do our part.

In 2015 we recycled more than 800,000 pounds of polymer materials. This year we're on track for recycling one million pounds of composite roofing. That's a million pounds of material being re-purposed as starter tiles instead of heading for landfills.(See 2016 Earth Day: DaVinci Roofscapes Recycled 800,000 Pounds of Polymer Last Year)

Every piece of our lightweight roofing materials is 100% recyclable. That means our Eco friendly roof shingles can be recycled not just at our plant operations, but from the job site. (See Return Those DaVinci Scraps!)

So this Fourth of July, as you reflect on our country, think about how companies like DaVinci help keep the economy growing and our environment greener.

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