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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Sky-High Views of Roofing Projects

The video created and posted by Cedar Roofing Company in Lake Forest, Illinois truly says it all for their company: "When it's time for a new roof, it's time for Cedar Roofing Company."

Take a look at their video online (click HERE) and you'll see the incredible transformations this 35-year old company can accomplish with DaVinci composite shake and synthetic slate roofing materials. No matter where you live, you'll be impressed by how this video showcases the installation of Bellaforté Shake roofing products --- from a unique viewpoint that many homeowners don't get.

Travel "up on the roof" with this video to see the installation of our durable shake roofing materials. Plus, you can see "before and after" images of how a DaVinci luxury roof can change the appearance of a home exterior.

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"Our videos give a wonderful aerial look at the roofing projects we tackle on a daily basis," says Jennifer Makely, marketing manager for Cedar Roofing Company. "We install between 15-20 DaVinci designer roof projects each year. It's one of our more popular roofing products. Homeowners appreciate the high fire and impact ratings of the composite roofing plus the maintenance-free aspect. We keep recommending DaVinci polymer roofing materials because they're trouble-free, have fast lead times and homeowners love the finished look."

Cedar Roofing Company has installed DaVinci roofing products since 2005. Their team of in-house installers prides itself on using quality products, without cutting corners.

"We always look out for our customer's best interests," says Makely. "For many homes that means recommending DaVinci roofing because our positive experiences over the years proves that it's a reliable roofing material that brings beauty to all styles of homes."

Interested in more details on why Bellaforté Shake Shingles = Peace of Mind? Then check out this hurricane preparedness video showcasing the benefits of polymer roofing tiles. Just click HERE.

 

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Synthetic Slate Choices

Choices. That's what you get when deciding on a synthetic slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.

At DaVinci, we offer three different slate options to fit the style of both your home and your budget. Here's a quick breakdown of those options, plus insights from homeowners selecting our designer roofs for their own houses.

 

Multi-Width Slate: Available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths with 1/2" tile thickness at butt and 1/8" thickness at tip. Use in a staggered or straight line application.

Synthetic Slate Roof

Homeowner story: Interested in creating strong visual interest to accent their large home, Holly and Rob Fanjoy selected a composite slate roof from DaVinci in the multi-width profile. A combination of eight colors in the Vineyard blend caught their eye to truly draw attention to their Maine home.

“I’m a big supporter of man-made products that replicate Mother Nature but offer more long-term benefits than natural products,” says Rob Fanjoy. “When researching our roofing options, we determined that the DaVinci synthetic tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling. And, they’re backed by a long-term warranty that we can really depend on.”

 

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

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Homeowner story: Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, knows roofs. So, when it came time to replace the failing asphalt shingle roof on his own home, he turned to DaVinci for a Single-Width Slate DaVinci roof.

"This is a stunning fake slate roof that I'm proud to have on my home," says Carter. "We live in New Hampshire, which is nicknamed 'the granite state.' This slate alternative roof looks so perfect that it beats any real stone I've ever seen! And, we're thrilled that it comes with a lifetime limited materials warranty so we'll never have to worry about our roof again. Everyone coming up our driveway stops and stares. They can't believe it's not real quarried slate."

 

Bellaforté Slate:  Available in 12" tile widths with a 1/2" thickness, Bellaforté is a high performance tile with interlocking shingles that have superior wind resistance.

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Homeowner story: Living in Kansas means being prepared for severe weather situations. In April 2015, a sunny day in Wichita turned dangerous when a powerful microburst with winds reaching up to 100 mph destroyed a bulk of the roofs in the Harbor Isle subdivision. The majority of concrete tile roofs were severely damaged; three DaVinci roofs were basically unharmed.

"Concrete roof tiles were thrown through neighbor's windows, into vehicles parked along the streets and in driveways," says homeowner Paul Dugan. "A couple of the homes that had been recently re-roofed with DaVinci shake roofing tiles had every single tile in place and no visible damage to the property. I was very impressed and called Heiland Roofing the next morning.

"I now have a DaVinci Bellaforté Slate roof that looks exactly the same as the concrete tile roof but has the highest impact resistance in the industry. The impressive interlocking system allows for installation with securing the tile in all four corners so we're not going to worry about tiles peeling back and blowing away in future storms." 

 

Go ahead, Ask a Homeowner what they think about our slate roof tiles ... we're confident you'll be impressed with the synthetic slate choices from DaVinci!

 

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DaVinci Synthetic Shake Roof Specified for New Hotel on Biltmore Estate - Part I

Nestled on 8,000 acres of pristine land in the mountains of western North Carolina, Biltmore welcomes more than a million visitors each year. Facing increased demand for additional on-site lodging, the new Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate was opened in late 2015.

The task of designing the four-story, 130,000 square foot hotel to assure it fit comfortably within the Antler Hill Village and Winery area of the estate fell to PGAV Destinations. "Antler Hill Village was intended to look like a series of buildings that belonged together but maintain an individual identity through the use of different roofing materials and trim treatments," says Emily Pelcak, director of practice and innovation for PGAV Destinations. "With the Village Hotel we wanted to continue that story. We specified DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic shake roofing to complement the general aesthetics of the area but also to create a distinctive personality for the hotel."

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"Photo courtesy of The Biltmore Company" 

The sprawling 209-room hotel is tucked next to restaurants, shops and a winery that all have real or simulated shake roofing. Each of the structures has a natural, rustic feeling, inspired by the eclectic mix of cottages and farm homes original to the estate that opened in 1895 belonging to George Vanderbilt.

"The look of the DaVinci shake roofing is convincing as a shake shingle, which is a traditional building material in western North Carolina," says Pelcak. "Their ability to create unique blends so the hotel could have subtle color shifts across the building roof was a key reason the DaVinci shake roofing was specified."

To ensure a distinctive look to the roof, Pelcak and her team worked with DaVinci to gain samples of multiple color blends of Bellaforté Shake tiles. The final decision was to create and install three unique color blends with the predominant colors including a range of Tahoe colors (Light, Medium Light, Medium and Dark), plus Dark Chesapeake.

"The color selection was an arduous process since we wanted a subtle variation across the roof to blend with the adjacent existing structures and complement the main exterior facade treatment," says Pelcak. "We're proud of this project and pleased that The Biltmore Company is happy with the look and performance of the DaVinci product. Based on their feedback, we may specify these tiles again on future projects throughout the estate."

 

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Thank You

This is Customer Loyalty Month --- a great time for all of us at DaVinci Roofscapes to extend our sincere thanks to the many roofers who install our synthetic shake and slate roofing. In almost every state there are qualified roofers who repeatedly recommend our composite roofing to homeowners.

To those roofers who have been singing the praises of our roofing and repeatedly encouraging homeowners to invest in our polymer roofing materials we say "thank you." And, to homeowners who might be in the market for a new roof, we want to share some thoughts from our valued roofing customers:

 

"Purchasing DaVinci's composite roofing over natural slate roof tiles or cedar shake roofing is a no brainer. The look and durability of these imitation slate and synthetic shake shingles is simply incredible. Plus, we save time and money on the jobsite for the homeowner by installing these sustainable roofing tiles."

       -Mike Heiland, Heiland Roofing and Exteriors

 

 

 

 

 

Class A Fire Rating"My company has installed more than 20 Bellaforté roofs since the product was launched several years ago. This durable roofing tile resists impact, fire, algae and insects. It’s a real winner for our geographic area and we’ve created a niche market in the Kansas City marketplace by becoming experts at installing both Bellaforté Shake and Slate roofs.”

       -Shawn Bellis, EPIC Exteriors, LLC

 

 

 

 

Synthetic Shake roofing"Half of the roofs I install these days are polymer shake or slate products. Once someone sees this product installed, they love it and want it on their own home. The roof has a good profile and dimension to it, the color blends are terrific and the advantage of knowing you have a roof backed by a limited lifetime warranty is extremely impressive."

       -Stacy Stines, Stacy Stines Roofing

 

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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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Montana Builder Selects Bellaforté Shake for Parade of Homes Entry

Synthetic ShakeBuilder Cory Taylor, owner of CT Construction, Inc. out of Manhattan Montana, is known for the way in which he balances the many aspects of his home design to achieve a masterpiece. Included in his many accomplishments is the 6,000-square-foot home that he featured in the 2016 Parade of Homes, sponsored by Southwest Montana Building Industry Association. The expansive rustic-style home in Bozeman features hand-hewn log accents, natural stone fireplaces, and remarkable finishes. 

Taylor’s team is very meticulous in the way they choose the products that make up their finished project.  When it came to topping off this specific home, he said, “we selected Bellaforté Shake by DaVinci Roofscapes, in particular because they mimic the weathered cedar shake which complements the rustic style we were after on this home. These synthetic shake tiles have a great look to them.”

According to Taylor, he plans on using DaVinci composite roofing in the future on other homes in his area. "While this type of roof can cost a bit more than other roofs, it’s definitely worth it," says Taylor. "The cedar-shake look coupled with the low maintenance aspects and lifetime limited warranty will be very appealing to homebuyers in our area.”

Thanks to the CT Construction team, the homeowners now have a remarkable home with a DaVinci roof overhead to top it off with style and an unfaltering product.

Want to know what other builders think of our cedar shake roofing and imitation slate shingles? Then read Architect and Builder Team Up on Simulated Slate Roofing Project and Roofer Recommends DaVinci Polymer Roofs for High-End Homes.

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FREE: "Upgrade Your Roof: The Complete Guide to Synthetic Slates and Shakes"

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Thinking of getting a new roof? Have we got a deal for you --- and it doesn't cost a cent!

Last year, DaVinci Roofscapes teamed up with the experts at This Old House magazine to create an easy-to-understand and comprehensive online guide called "Upgrade Your Roof: The Complete Guide to Synthetic Slates and Shakes."

Click HERE to download this free online guide that walks you through everything you need to consider when a new roof is in your future.

The experts and DaVinci and This Old House combined their experience to offer you everything you need to know when considering composite roofing, including:           

            - Comparing synthetic roofing to other types of roofing

            - How polymer tiles are made

            - What goes under your roofing tiles

            - Cost comparisons

            - Key factors of different types of roofing

            - Choosing the perfect slate or shake products for your home

Whether for your new home or old house, this one-stop online guide should be your first stop when considering a roof replacement!

 

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Ask a Homeowner

If you're starting to research new roof options and you've found this blog site, then you know that we have many testimonials and insights from roofers and contractors. You may have even read some of our stories related to residential projects.  Now we invite you to "ask a homeowner" how they feel about our polymer roofing materials.

From our years of experience answering calls in customer service and dealing with questions from homeowners, we have a pretty good idea what questions you'd like to ask.  So, here are some top questions, with answers supplied by homeowners who have chosen to use our simulated slate or synthetic shake roofing materials.

 

synthetic slate roofQ: How did you discover DaVinci polymer roofing products?

A: We did what most homeowners do when searching for product options --- we turned to the Internet. After searching for faux slate shingles, we found that many companies produced these products, but our research showed that most of them warp over time. We discovered that only the slate tiles produced by DaVinci Roofscapes are uniquely designed to resist warping, fading, curling and cracking. And, these polymer tiles are fire and impact resistant, so we never have to worry about how our intense Texas heat or hail storms will affect them.

          - Kathy Telecky, Dallas, Texas

 

 

 

Q: DaVinci products cost more than asphalt shingles. What made you invest in composite roofing?

A: The more I learned about the synthetic DaVinci roofing tiles, the more I liked them. As with most people, I had a budget. The cost of a synthetic slate roof from DaVinci was much more affordable than using real slate. The product perfectly complements the stone, brick and stucco features of our home. As an added benefit, the product comes with a lifetime limited warranty warranty. Even if the costs were equal, I’d still choose this DaVinci product because of all the inherent benefits of synthetic roofing tiles.

          - John Mastronardo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

slate alternativeQ: There are so many colors to choose from. How did you decide?

A: We wanted a roof with some interest to it, not just one tedious color. The subtleness of the colors we selected (including Slate Black and Slate Gray with highlight colors mixed in of Light Green and Dark Green) blended well together. We liked the blend of the roof colors so much that they inspired us to select exterior siding and accent colors to complement it.

          - Dr. Mike Boone, Cayucos, California

 

 

 

Q: How was the DaVinci team to work with?

A: The product testing and manufacturing processes were very impressive at DaVinci. Their customer service was also outstanding and we developed a great confidence in the team.

          - Ray Knoff, Des Moines, Iowa

 

 

 

Q: We have an older roof that we're trying to replace and add more color. How did DaVinci help you in a similar situation?

A: We did an extensive amount of research on roofing materials and searched for a realistic and durable slate product. The result is a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate roof that we love. We brightened up the home’s exterior --- which previously had a black roof --- by selecting the Vineyard blend of eight different colors --- dark and medium tan, light and medium gray, light and dark violet, dark stone and dark amber. This color combination fits the era of the home and complements our cobblestone driveway and sidewalk, the stone exterior of the house and our copper gutters and snow guards.

          - Nancy Dye, Roanoke, Virginia

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Natural Shake Vs. DaVinci Shake

Call it "The Roofing Struggle." When homeowners are set on the look of real cedar shakes, but common sense pulls them back to reality. Why? Because while beautiful, a real cedar shake roof requires an extreme amount of upkeep. Plus, over time true cedar shakes can split, curl and attract insects or algae growth.

Now flip the coin. The other side of the story is that homeowners can gain all the charm of shake by investing in synthetic shake shingles. Made of virgin polymers with built-in UV inhibitors to ensure long-lasting color, polymer shakes perform better than real wood and require no ongoing maintenance.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we're making it easy for you to compare real cedar versus synthetic shake roofing. The video displayed HERE, which features Allen Lyle of Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, provides a comprehensive comparison between our composite shake products and real shake. Take a minute to watch the video to learn more about alternative shake roofing!

And, for more details on shake roofing, see Simulated Shake Roofing Without the Hassles of Real Cedar Roofing and Real Cedar Shingles ... Worth the Hassles?

 

 

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House of Horrors

composite roofHundreds of home inspectors flock to Boulder, Colo. each year to train at the "House of Horrors."

Sponsored by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the House of Horrors is designed with a wide variety of home systems (most of which are operable) that have 1,000 defects built in. The goal is to provide students with a chance to improve their skills by learning how to recognize home system defects and safety issues and ultimately, to become better home inspectors.

The "real home" is designed with multiple stations, including a roof systems area featuring 11 different roofing products such as asphalt shingles, stone slate, clay and concrete tiles, wood shakes and shingles, and rubber. Plus, there's a section on composite roofing, with product samples provided by DaVinci Roofscapes.

"Our goal in this section is to teach students to recognize proper installation of roofing materials, including underlayment, flashing and primary roof coverings," says Kenton Shepard, director of international development for InterNACHI.  "We want these inspectors-in-training to recognize common defects and understand the lifecycle of roofing products, their failing points and other key factors on the roof. Plus, with more durable products like synthetic slate and shake roofing, we want them to understand the benefits of low-maintenance roofing products.

Polymer roofing tiles"So far, the main reaction our students have had to the DaVinci roofing is curiosity. Some students have never seen polymer roofing before. They're interested in how this type of roofing product ages and what installation looks like for composite roofing."

The InterNACHI school offers world-class, accredited inspection training. The House of Horrors will have about 500 people visit each year who are advancing their inspection knowledge and skills. And, if you're visiting the Boulder area, make plans to stop by and visit the House of Horrors---it's open to everyone!

 

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Coastal Commitment

DaVinci RoofscapesWould you want to live on the California coast? Sure there's great weather and tremendous views, but there's also serious weather conditions to contend with on a regular basis.

Consider the salt air, sea spray and winds that whip up against coastal homes. Then there's the unrelenting ultraviolet rays from the sun. And, to cause even more worries, there's the threat of wildfire spread during various times of the year. All of these elements can combine to cause headaches for coastal homeowners.

Architectural West magazine recently ran an article on how polymer roofing meets the heavy demands Mother Nature places on homes along the California coast.  We're sharing that article with you (click HERE) so you can learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic shake and slate shingles stand up to Mother Nature --- and win!

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Efficient Operations at DaVinci Mean More Savings for YOU!

We're better than ever. Really. Our plant operations have become so efficient at DaVinci Roofscapes that we dropped our product pricing in late 2016.

"When DaVinci started manufacturing synthetic roofing tiles about two decades ago they were considered specialty products," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO for DaVinci Roofscapes. "Now, thanks to technological advancements our synthetic slate and shake tiles are seen more as 'main stream' products.

DaVinci Roofscapes Manufacturing"This means we're very comfortable competing against products like slate, real cedar, high end asphalt and other materials. From an aesthetic, performance and cost standpoint synthetic roofing products are very competitive."

Using new molds at DaVinci (see DaVinci Roofscapes Applauds "American Made Matters Day") allowed us to enhance the look of all our slate profiles in 2016. The thicker, more authentic profiles accurately replicate the quarried look of slate at a cost less than natural slate. Thanks to recent price reductions, pricing for the company's Bellaforté Shake tiles falls below pricing of many real cedar shingles, but with the added benefit of resistance to fire, splitting, curling, mold and algae.

"Adding more workers and line equipment at our plant, along with other advances, have enabled us to leverage our operational efficiencies," says Rosewall. "The bottom line is that we're more efficient than ever before at making our quality synthetic roofing products and we've shared the saving to our distributors. It's our sincere hope that those price breaks are then passed on through the channel to roofers and homeowners."

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Contractors Give Thumbs Up to DaVinci Replacement Roofs

You've seen it before. Maybe while driving through your neighborhood. You look up at a house and your eyes fix on the roof. And it looks old ... or splotchy ... or just plain ugly.

Like any other aspect of a home, most roofs have a limited lifespan --- especially if it's an asphalt shingle or cedar shake roof. When roofing tiles curl, cup or break away, it's time for a replacement.

If you're examining your own roof and decide a replacement might be in your future, listen to what these professional roofing contractors have to say about their experiences with polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes and see How To Know When To Replace Your Roof.

 

polymer slate"My client was looking for a synthetic slate roof that preserved the character of his house. He especially liked the authentic look of the DaVinci slate, the reflectivity and lightweight aspects of the product. I've installed more than 30 DaVinci roofs in the past 15 years, so I know it's a good product. Plus it's Made in America, which is important to us so we can support the U.S. economy."

     -Scott Owen, President, Owen Enterprises

 

 

polymer shake“The humid environment we have in the North Carolina mountains works against natural cedar shake, giving them a lifespan of perhaps just 20 years. We’ve replaced about 15 of the original wood roofs in the StoneBridge community with the DaVinci polymer shake products over the past several years with widespread applause from all the homeowners. DaVinci gives the residents the look of cedar shake, but with a much longer life span. Also, the product is not combustible and provides better protection from fire than real cedar shake.”

     -Ken Bowman, Owner, Blue Ridge Roofing

 

 

synthetic slate roof“The Telecky roofing project really shows how the right man-made products can complement a historic home design. The Slate Gray color chosen for the DaVinci roof complements the strong Arts and Crafts lines of the home while subtly allowing the architectural details of the house remain the focal point."

     -Blake Gillette, Owner, Christian Brothers Roofing

 

“I’ve worked with the DaVinci product before in our area and felt the long-term value these polymer tiles would bring to the Animas Museum project would be ideal. Each tile has a refined cedar look, much like a machine-sawn shake shingle, so it blends in perfectly with our mountain setting. Plus, the tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.”

     -Tony Whittle, Owner and President, TL Roofing

 

 

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Top Five DaVinci Reroofing Projects of 2016

Project #1: Matching Roofs on House and Shed

For Dave and Jeannie Schwab, the effort of cleaning and applying shake oil to their massive real cedar shake roof every five years or so eventually wore them down. They loved the look of shake on their home, but hated the maintenance aspects. So they shopped for a new composite shake for their home and matching potting shed --- and decided on DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roofing in a Mountain blend.

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"Our home was built in 1993 and there's a lot of roofing involved in its design. Eventually the roof really needed to be replaced. We liked how the natural cedar roofing looked on the house, but when we went shopping for a new roof we wanted a cedar shake alternative."

Dave Schwab

 

Project #2: Coastal Retreat

Most people would be envious of Robbin Torrey's home with sweeping Pacific Coast ocean views. The one blemish in her ideal home ... the original 51-year-old redwood shake tiles that were falling offer her roof. After doing her research, Torrey replaced her deteriorating roof with Multi-Width Shake from DaVinci Roofscapes in a Mountain blend color.

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"The DaVinci roofing material was of the best quality of all the products I reviewed. I liked the durability and appearance of the shake. Since my house is right on the coast, the fact that this synthetic shake tile has a wind resistance of 110 mph was very important to me."

Robbin Torrey

                                               

Project #3: Energy-Efficient EcoBlend Roof

When it came time to move from San Francisco to Pebble Beach, California, the Hines family fell in love with an abandoned 31-year-old home. It needed many replacements, including a new roof. They listened to their roofer, Denison Roofing, and selected an energy-efficient EcoBlend roof from DaVinci Roofscapes in Castle Gray-EcoBlend color. The roof meets Title 24 requirements, is ENERGY STAR® rated and meets the approval of the Cool Roof Rating Council to reflect sunlight and heat away from the home.

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"The old cedar shingles were in terrible shape. They were turned up like potato chips, falling off and rotting. We're glad we listened to our roofer. They 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!"

Ray Hines

 

Project #4: Synthetic Slate On Stylish Home

Everyone knows the saying "Everything is Bigger in Texas" ... and the sprawling home of Jason Taylor is no exception. To complement his massive brick home and carport area, Taylor selected Bellaforté Slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes in Slate Gray.

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"I liked the look and durability of the DaVinci product. The installer did a great job on the roof. If I had family members or friends looking for a new roof I'd highly recommend this roof and Huf Construction."

Jason Taylor

 

Project #5: Rebuilding After a Fire

Fire. A homeowner's worst nightmare. It happened recently to the Matthews family when a chimney fire caused by hot embers and ash that got through the spark arrestor and ignited the dry, combustible cedar shake roofing at the top of the chimney. Quick response by the fire department limited the damage, but a new roof was needed. The family chose a fire-resistant Bellaforté Shake roof from DaVinci Roofscapes in a Mountain VariBlend color.

Class a fire rated roof

"The lifetime limited warranty on the product plus the Class A Fire Rating are 90% of the reason behind our DaVinci selection. This synthetic shake roofing actually looks BETTER than real shake tiles. All of my neighbors were very anxious to see the finished roof and they have nothing but positive comments about it. I believe we'll see many more of these DaVinci roofs in our neighborhood in the coming years."

Ron Matthews

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Custom Roof Color Answers Church's Prayers

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kronborg, Neb. has been through some terrifying weather in its 118-year history. After straight-line winds and large hail struck the church, parsonage and fellowship hall in 2014, the congregation went in search of new siding, windows and roofing.

lightweight roofing tiles"Danish churches like ours are known for our red and white roofs, which tie back to the colors of the Danish flag and the heritage of our church," says Gene Hansen, a member of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. "Those colors identify us. We knew we needed to replace the roof with a product that could help protect the church more in the future but still had those special colors."

Congregation members voted to install Bellaforté Shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes in a custom red color on both the church and the Fellowship Hall in 2016.

"The durability and beauty of this roof really spoke to the church members," says Nick Paschke, president of Paschke Brothers Construction. "The composite roofing answers so many challenges for this project. We were removing old wood shingles, metal and other roofing products. As we tackled the steepness of the steeple, the lightweight nature of the polymer roofing really helped us."

This Nebraska church isn't alone in relying on synthetic roofing tiles from DaVinci. See more church stories at Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead and Impact-Resistant DaVinci Roof Tops Kansas Church.

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Sunflower Travel Shakes Up Their Roof

At this time of year, who wouldn't want to escape to Hawaii, Jamaica or the Cayman Islands? Devin Hansen and his team at Sunflower Travel make those dreams come true.

Established in 1969, the Sunflower Travel location in Wichita, Kansas is ready to celebrate its first year anniversary with a Bellaforté Shake roof overhead. Installed in February of 2016, the Tahoe-VariBlend roof with four shades of brown, brings peace-of-mind to the team at Sunflower Travel --- both during winter weather and when the Kansas hail and winds kick up later in the year.

Cedar shake"The previous real wood shake shingle roof we had was 18 years old and in terrible shape," says Hansen, owner and president of Sunflower Travel. "We're part of an office complex with eight buildings so we needed a roof that would match up closely with the other roofs.

"When we first started exploring our re-roofing options there was a restriction in place that allowed only wooden shake shingles. The features and benefits of the DaVinci roof won over the Board that picks the roofing materials so we were able to invest in our first choice --- the Bellaforté Shake polymer roof.

"We chose this DaVinci product because it was the closest match to the existing roofs. The warranty was impressive and the low maintenance aspect very appealing to us."

While Sunflower Travel is currently the only building with a DaVinci roof, others in the complex will seek replacement roofs in the future --- and they're most likely to also select the Bellaforté Shake.

"Our new synthetic shake roof looks awesome," says Hansen. "Almost all the other building owners have remarked how close in color and style the new polymer roof looks compared to all the other structures that still have wooden shake shingles.

"By investing in this DaVinci roof we got exactly what we wanted: a product that looked like a real shake shingle but is more up-to-date and durable."

 

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What Roofing Products Roofers Recommend to Their Families

If you have a farmer in the family, you come to expect the best selections of vegetables and fruits on the dinner table. If your spouse is a travel agent, you may get some excellent deals on cruises. And, if you have a roofer in the family and find yourself in need of a new roof, you're certainly going to call the expert in the family for advice!

We recognize that everyone doesn't have a roofer in their family, so we're helping you out.

At DaVinci Roofscapes we sent this one question to several roofers and asked for their honest response. Here's the question ... and their answers.

Question: What would you tell a family member who asks your advice on a DaVinci roof versus asphalt, real wood shake, slate or stone coated steel?

 

Slate Tile Roof"Asphalt will only last 20 years. Wood shakes look great for five years, then start to weather and grow algae. Nothing compares to the look of a natural slate roof. They will last for 80 years, but you will pay for it up front --- almost double the cost of installing a DaVinci slate roof. Natural slate is very durable, but it will become brittle over time and more susceptible to hail impacts.

DaVinci roofing is priced between asphalt and slate. It has a higher fire rating than natural shakes and is more resistant to impacts than slate. And, DaVinci is hands down more aesthetically pleasing than stone coated steel options."

-Joe Whitmore, VP of Operations, Century Slate and Solar

 

"DaVinci will be the last roof you ever need ... it looks great!"

-Ken Bowman, Owner, Blue Ridge Roofing

 

"Roof installations most always come down to budgets. If your budget allows you to purchase a more expensive roof system that will outlast a lower costing roof by two to three times, a DaVinci roof is a great choice. It will give you longevity --- and actually at a lower cost than other expensive roofs --- as the lighter weight will save on structural framing costs.

Depending on your individual home and roof design, over time a DaVinci roof system can cost less than the two or three asphalt shingle roofs or the two cedar roofs that would need to be replaced over the lifespan when compared to DaVinci."

-Mark Dalrymple, President, Butcher & Butcher Construction Co., Inc.

 

"DaVinci has a natural look that comes with benefits of being lightweight, walkable, durable and having a very small amount of fade from sunlight."

-Hogan Hammarstrom, President and Founder, Absolut Roofing, Inc.

 

Interested in more roofer insights on synthetic slate roofing and synthetic shake shingles? See Roofers Applaud Lifespan & Looks of DaVinci Roofs and "Uncle Joe" Tells You About Roofing.

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Custom Home Deserves Custom DaVinci Roof

Noel Etzel had a "do it once, do it right" philosophy he followed when making product selections for his family's custom home last year in Topeka, Kansas. That theory led him to select Bellaforté Shake roofing to top off his 6,400-square-foot contemporary mountain style home.

Bellaforte Shake

"We wanted a roofing product that would look like real shake without the issues associated with shake roofs," says Etzel. "To that end, we wanted to make a roofing selection only one time, so the DaVinci product was ideal. After seeing some local installations of the synthetic shake product, we were sold on it.

"For us, the fact that there is color variation between the individual polymer shake shingles adds to the 'realism' of the roof and makes it look very natural."

Designed by NSPJ Architects, the Etzel home boasts real stone pillars and wood planking on the exterior. The custom home was designed by Timothy Homburg, AIA, NCARB, Principal Architect and Co-President at NSPJ Architects, to include a four-season room with a fireplace, steam room, theatre, dumbwaiter from the main floor kitchen to a walk-out summer kitchen and outdoor pool.

"My favorite part of the exterior design of the home is the screened porch that opens up the entire back of the house to the lake view," says Homburg. "Our custom residential designs are well thought out and evoke our client's personality and lifestyle. As in the case of the Etzel family, we listen and are attentive to our client's needs. So, when the Etzels said they wanted an easy-care, authentic-looking faux cedar shake roof, we thought of the DaVinci product. We've used this synthetic roofing product successfully on other projects for our firm and believed it would be a good match for this home design."

Bellaforte Shake

To gain a "top down" flow of cohesive color on the home exterior, the Etzels worked with Appelhanz Roofing to select the Mountain-VariBlend color combination of varying tones of browns for their Bellaforté Shake roof. "After comparing several DaVinci color samples to our stone work, cedar siding and trim, the Mountain-VariBlend was the best fit for our home," says Etzel. "Overall we're extremely happy with the exterior of the house and we can't think of anything we would change.

"While some might think it's hard to get excited about something as simple and necessary as a roof, we feel otherwise. We routinely receive positive feedback on the roof and are extremely pleased with our decision to invest in the DaVinci product."

Interested in a custom color for your custom home? See 3 Reasons A Custom Color Could Be The Best Choice For Your Project.

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Tick Tock: Real Cedar Shingles Wear Out

Nothing lasts forever. And, for many homeowners with cedar shake shingles, they find that time runs out far too quickly on their roofs.

Real shakes simply don't last as long as homeowners would like. That was the case at Regent Villas in Northfield, Illinois. After just 17 years, the cedar roofs above three buildings were already failing and started leaking and rotting, providing ideal conditions for insects to thrive.

Fake ShakeEarlier this year homeowners in the community of 33 condo units decided enough was enough.Tired of the problems with their roofs and frustrated by the cost and life expectancy of a new cedar roof, they did their research. While the master association's covenants required all roofing to be replaced with real cedar shakes, they found a better solution from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Homeowners got an amendment to the covenants and determined that an investment in Bellaforté Shake roofing in a Chesapeake-VariBlend color would be their best solution.

"The realistic appearance of the DaVinci tiles plus the 50-year warranty were very helpful in our decision making process," relates Lee Flanagan, CMCA, AMS, vice president and property manager with Braeside Condominium Management, Ltd. "We're pleased with the results of the reroofing and I'd tell any condo or homeowners association that wants to either create or preserve the appearance of cedar shingles that the DaVinci product is a valid option. The cost is somewhat higher, but the benefits are considerable in terms of pleasing aesthetics, longevity and durability.

"There's another property I manage with 112 townhomes with cedar roofs. The roofs are in bad shape and we're already considering the DaVinci synthetic shake as a valid material option."

The team at D-Wing Construction tackled the re-roofing of the Regent Villas. "We tore off and removed the existing rotting cedar shake roof down to the wood deck," says Keith Weber, commercial sales director for D-Wing Construction. "We rebuilt the substrate installation with multiple courses of ice and water shield, leak barrier membrane at all of the gutter edges, up through the valleys, along all walls and around all the roof penetrations, and covering the entire roof with an acceptable synthetic felt.

"The transformation was incredible --- beautiful but subdued. Those roofs went from looking shabby to having a clean, up-to-date shake appearance that will last far beyond the life of a real new cedar roof. This was my first experience working with the Bellaforté product. Given the results, our client's satisfaction, and that we have already received a referral through this project, I'm confident we will be using the DaVinci product again in the future."

Learn how other multi-family communities gained by adding DaVinci composite roofing at Condo Community Chooses Impact- and Fire-Resistant DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles and Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos

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