Featured Project - Yorkville, IL

Before and after photos are amazing to receive because they really help tell a story that I think we can all relate to. You have an old, possibly leaking, roof that needs to be replaced. There are tons of options on the market, from regular asphalt all the way up to expensive tile. You want to choose something that is durable, but also fits the look you need to maintain the standards of the neighborhood. On top of that, you have to find a reputable, local roofing company to install it. 

This project, installed by Naperville Exterior out of Naperville, IL, shows the before and after of a natural cedar shake roof being replaced with a lifetime roof by DaVinci Roofscapes. Bellaforté Shake, in the Tahoe Blend, is long lasting, durable, and will retain is texture and color (unlike natural cedar shake!) so the likelihood of this homeowner ever needing a new roof again is pretty low. Thank you for sharing the project with us Naperville Exterior! 

Naperville Exterior
630-254-4831

     

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Featured Project - Hayden, ID

Synthetic Shake

Cedar shakes are a traditional look in the west, for both roofing and siding. In recent years, the use of natural cedar shakes has gone down due to availability and performance issues. In neighborhoods with a lot of trees, the shift towards a polymer cedar shake roof makes sense given the surroundings. Polymer shake roofs, like Bellaforté Shake featured here, are fire and impact resistant, harmonize with the natural surroundings, and won't grow mold or algae. 

This project was shared to us by Granite Roofing in Radthdrum, ID. I like these photos because they show the Bellaforté Shake used as both the roofing material as well as the siding on the dormers. These homeowners will appreciate many years of maintenance free shakes. Thank you for sharing this project with us Granite Roofing!

Granite Roofing
208-687-4277

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Featured Project - Sleepy Hollow, NJ

Slate roof tiles have long been favored by church designers, for two reason - their longevity and their traditional appearance. Steep structures, like steeples, can be difficult to shingle with natural slates as they are heavy and break easily. Manufactured slate tiles, like Bellaforté Slate, are lighter and easier to install, saving the church money on overall installed cost for its new roof.

Bellaforté Slate in the Smokey Gray blend was chosen for St. Teresa's new roof located in Sleepy Hollow, New Jersey. ​It was installed by CRO International out of North Brunswick, NJ. Thank you for sharing this project with us CRO International

CRO International
800-670-5580

 

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Featured Project - North Barrington, IL

At DaVinci Roofscapes we have two objectives--Create the most durable roofing material on the market, while also creating the most beautiful roofing material on the market. We really nailed this, when we introduced Bellaforté Shake several years ago. This lifetime roof product is made to look like luxurious, jumbo cedar roof shingles, but is make out of our unique polymer blend which makes it storm resistant. 

So when contractors let us know their vision aligns with ours, these projects must be shared! This project was installed by Durashield Roofing out of Illinois and Wisconsin. This home which has Bellaforté Shake in the Tahoe blend is located in the exclusive Wynstone Community located in North Barrington, IL. Check out Durashield's YouTube page where they feature this project, but also have a cool video showing the impact resistance of DaVinci's Bellaforté Shake roof tiles. Thank you for sharing, Durashield! 

Durashield Contracting
1-855-DURASHIELD
www.durashieldcontracting.com

      

​     Half Old Shakes and Half DaVinci                                                                      Completed DaVinci Roof
 

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Featured Project - Omaha, NE

Synthetic Shake

Bellaforté Shake has made a name for itself in Omaha, as a good looking and environmentally friendly replacement of it's natural counterpart. Cedar roofing, though authentic to many homes in the area, has lost popularity over the years due it it's inability to stand up to wind and hail events. Using polymer shake products, instead of natural cedar shake, can have a tremendous positive environmental impact. In storm prone areas, like Omaha, hail and wind events happen often enough that homeowners often don't have to wait too long for a storm that will require them to get their old roof torn off an a new one put on. People have grown accustomed to putting on a new roof every few years, but unfortunately most of the old products are not recycled (or even recyclable), thus sending them to the landfill.

A new Bellaforté Shake roof by DaVinci Roofscapes, offers the look of authentic cedar shakes, but comes with a Class 4 Impact Rating and a 110 mph wind rating. This means that in the event of a storm, it is less likely your roof will be damaged and needing to be replaced.

This project was sent our way by Rich Poisel's Roofing out of Omaha. It has Bellaforté Shake in the Mountain Blend installed prominently on a mansard roof. Thank you for sharing this project with us Rich Poisel's Roofing!

Rich Poisel’s Roofing
402-339-3491

 

 

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Featured Project - Denver, CO

In the last couple of years, many homeowners have come to the realization that the products they once used on the exterior of their homes, just aren't feasible anymore. In the case of natural cedar shake, many communities, and even entire states, have outlawed them due to them being a fire hazard. With fire hazard probably being the #1 reason folks in the West are looking for alternatives, the fact that they aren't impact resistant, don't hold up well in climates with a lot of freeze/thaw, and have all sorts of problems due to mold and algae growth, are all also factors. 
 
The owners of this house tore off their cedar shakes and had Excel Roofing, also out of Denver, install a new Bellaforté Shake tile roof in the Tahoe blend. They also installed pad style snow guards, as our installation instructions recommend in high snow areas like Denver, in order to protect their walkways, gutters, and shrubbery from sliding snow this winter. Thank you for sharing these photos with us, Excel! 

Excel Roofing
303-761-6400
www.excelroofing.com    

 

 

 

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Featured Project - Plano, TX

Earlier this year, I featured a project installed by SPC Construction & Roofing in Plano, Texas with the message being (basically) - Hey! Folks in Texas! When you replace your roof next it should be with an impact resistant roof product!  So maybe it wasn't that simply put, but with the high likelihood of future hail events in your state, paired with the discounts you can possibly receive on your homeowner's insurance premiums, looking into something that can last during a hail storm is definitely something to consider.

These photos were sent in to us from a loyal DaVinci Roofscapes installer, SPC Construction & Roofing. The product used here was Bellaforté Slate in the Slate Black color blend. Thank you for sharing these photos with us, SPC!   

SPC Construction & Roofing
817-684-1088
www.spcgc.com 

 

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Featured Project of the Year - Owen Enterprises

Today is Day 2 of the International Roofing Expo. You still have plenty of time to swing by booth #2245 and let us answer any questions for you, or discuss details on an upcoming project. Also, while you're there, be sure to stop and take a look at the Featured Projects of the Year that we're promoting in our booth! This year we chose 3 projects, each submitted by a loyal DaVinci contractor, to feature with a banner in the DaVinci Roofscapes booth at IRE.

People ask us all the time if we're just a residential project or if we can be found on other types of buildings. We're excited to promote all our projects, but this one is a really good show piece for both us and for the contractor who installed it, Owen Enterprises. Prestwick Country Club, located in Frankfort, IL, has a massive roof (both steep and low slope) and last year decided to replace their current system with a Bellaforté Shake roof in the Tahoe Blend. A Bellaforté Shake roof will protect the country club from hail and wind damage that will inevitably occur in the Midwest. The tiles don't only look just like jumbo cedar shakes, but are Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated, and Wind Certified to 110 mph.

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Congratulations, Owen Enterprises!

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Featured Project of the Year - HUF Construction

Today, we kick off Day 1 of the International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas! We are excited to be here to educate contractors on our lightweight roofing tiles. We're also displaying the banners of the 2016 Featured Project of the Year Winners! Contractors from all over North America submitted projects to us late last year, and the 3 winners have an opportunity to show off their projects to their peers in the DaVinci Roofscapes booth (#2245)!

This project was installed by HUF Construction, who is located near Dallas. Last year, a series of storms went through the Dallas/Ft Worth area, leaving a lot of homeowners looking for roof replacements. Roofing contractors and insurance companies are strongly advising people to go with an impact resistant roof system, like what was installed on this project. Bellaforté Slate, as featured in this project, is Class 4 Impact Rated, which may earn a Texas homeowner a discount on their homeowner's insurance (along with being the awe of the neighborhood!). This project looks amazing!

Stop by and see us at Booth #2245. Our team will be here all three days, ready to talk to you about your next project!

 

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Featured Project of the Year - Sparrow Exteriors

Throughout the year, as contractors register their jobs, we are presented with so many good projects that we're excited to feature on our blog. What makes a project blog-worthy? Well, not only does it look amazing, but it comes from loyal contractors who are eager to provide DaVinci Roofscapes with feedback, awesome photography, and stories about how working with our polymer roof tiles impacts their business.

For the third year running, we have asked our loyal contractors to submit projects they believe should be chosen for Featured Project of the Year. Among other prizes at stake, the big opportunity is to have a banner featuring the contractor and the project displayed in our booth at the 2017 International Roofing Expo which starts tomorrow in Las Vegas! So, without further adieu, is the first of the three winners chosen as part of the 2016 Featured Project of the Year.

This project was installed by Sparrow Exteriors out of Woodstock, Georgia. Sparrow sent us this video as their submission, which detailed the tear off of an old shake roof in Rosewell, Georgia, and a replacement with a Bellaforté Shake roof. We loved the story the video told which showed a total transformation of the exterior of this home. Check it out and see for yourself!

 

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If you are headed out to the International Roofing Expo, DaVinci will be in booth #​2245. The show starts tomorrow, Wednesday, March 1, and runs until Friday, March 3. We will be featuring this project, along with the other two winners in our booth. Hope to see you there!
 
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Featured Project - Plattsmouth, NE

Last summer, loyal DaVinci Roofscapes installer Weatherguard, Inc out of Omaha, NE replaced the roof on the historic Nebraska Masonic Home in Plattsmouth, NE.

Established in 1903, this facility offers assisted living and nursing care to about 100 residents. In 2016, they replaced the original slate roof with an impact resistant Bellaforté Slate roof tile in the Evergreen blend. Weatherguard, who has installed hundreds of DaVinci slate and shake roofs on homes and business in Nebraska, also installed copper flashings to keep the original look.

John Higgins Weatherguard, Inc
402-510-3867
www.rooferees.com


 

 

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From the Architect's Corner - Face-to-Face Continuing Education Available

Want to learn more about polymer roof products and receive a AIA credit for it? DaVinci Roofscapes is back to offering face-to-face continuing education. The course available, The Design Advantages of Synthetic Roofing Solutions, is an hour long presentation and is worth one HSW credit. During this course you will learn:

• List the green features of virgin-engineered polymer synthetic roofing materials.
• State the design and architectural benefits of specifying a synthetic roofing solution including how synthetic products can contribute to LEED® point certification.
• Compare the advantages and disadvantages of traditional roofing materials versus synthetic products.
• Discuss the durability and long life cycle of synthetic roofing materials including the various testing methods and approvals related to roofing materials.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with your local sales representative, contact me and I will put you in touch.

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Featured Project - Plano, TX

Last spring and summer a couple of roof busting hail storms rolled through the Dallas, Texas area causing homeowners to reach out to local contractors for their advice on impact resistant roof replacement options. Asphalt, natural cedar shakes, and natural slate are just too prone to sustaining damage during these types of storms. Roofing contractors like SPC Construction & Roofing like offering the polymer roofing options by DaVinci Roofscapes because of the impact resistance and also the high end look. Also, these products are approved by the Texas Department of Insurance which means many homeowners will find they can get a discount on their insurance premiums for going with a Class 4 Impact Rated Roof.

SPC Construction and Roofing out of Euless, TX installed this Bellaforté Slate roof in the European Blend in Plano, TX.

SPC Construction & Roofing
817-684-1088
www.spcgc.com

 

 

 

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Featured Project - Des Moines, IA

Des Moines, IA...just a hop, skip, and a 3 hour (200ish miles, give or take) drive North on I-35 from the DaVinci Roofscapes plant in Lenexa, Kansas. Did you know, that under the DaVinci recycling program, projects within a 500 mile radius can send their scraps back here - FOR FREE - and we will recycle them? When we receive tiles for recycling, we grind them up and use the re-grind to make starter tiles (the layer that goes on a roof right above the gutter, but under the first course of tiles). To find out more on the packaging and shipping of your scrap material, contact your local Sales Support Representative.

This project was recently installed in Des Moines by loyal DaVinci contractor VanWeelden Company, also out of Des Moines. For their roof, the homeowner chose Bellaforte Slate in the European Blend. If you're interested in learning more about DaVinci polymer roof tiles and you're located in the Des Moines area, VanWeelden company is knowledgeable on DaVinci and offers free roofing estimates!

VanWeelden Company
515-979-4772
www.bradvanweelden.com
 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

Fake Cedar Shake

 

Happy Friday, Architects!

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Featured Project - Wichita, Kansas

This year the Sunflower Travel Group's building needed a roof replacement, so they turned to Heiland Roofing & Exteriors for some recommendations. Heiland has installed dozens of DaVinci polymer shake roofs in the Wichita area, many of them because of nasty storms that have come through the area in the last couple of years. For this building, they installed Bellaforté Shake in the Tahoe Blend. Bellaforté Shake has the authentic appearance of jumbo cedar shakes, but without the hassle of yearly maintenance, mold/algae growth, damage due to wind and hail, or any of the other problems that natural cedar shakes have through out their (short) lifespan. This means that the roof can go up, and stay up, without much upkeep burdening the business owners.  

Heiland Roofing & Exteriors
316-686-8200
www.heilandroofing.com

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Featured Project - Columbia, MO

The demand for luxury retirement living is on the rise, and these developments are looking for long lasting, good looking, low maintenance products to use as building materials for their multi-family assisted living facilities. Recently, the Village of Bedford Walk, located in Columbia, MO installed a new, Single-Width Slate roof on their project. Our polymer single-width slate tiles offer the look of traditional slate, but at a fraction of the weight. It is also an impact and wind resistant product, which is crucial when you live in an area prone to nasty spring and summer storms.

This project was installed by EnRich Construction, also out of Columbia, Missouri. Thank you so much for sharing!

EnRich Construction
573-886-8494
www.enrichconstruction.com​

 

Polymer Slate     Tile Roofs

 

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Featured Project, Dawnsonville, GA

We are so lucky to have a group of contractors we work with who like to show off their completed work! Reports from the field about completed projects give us opportunity to show off not only our products, but promote the contractors who install them regularly. This project is the second project this year that we have featured by Braswell Construction Group out of Covington, GA. Like the project previous featured, they also installed a Bellaforté Shake roof on this home in the Tahoe Blend.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The reason Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing systems are so popular with contractors is because they are a self-aligning system. Once the first few tiles go in, the rest line up and snap fit together with no additional course lines needing to be chalked. Also, most of the tiles installed have two shakes stamped on the 12" wide piece, so the homeowner can get the look of smaller shakes, but the installers aren't working with as many pieces. Thank you for sharing this project with us, Braswell Construction!

Braswell Construction Group
678-283-2551
www.braswellconstructiongroup.com

 

 

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Featured Project - Topeka, Kansas

It's always nice to see new construction happening, especially when it includes a luxury roof like Bellaforté Shake by DaVinci Roofscapes. This project, located in our home state's capital city, Topeka, Kansas, features a roof installed by Appelhanz Roofing, also out of Topeka.

Polymer roofing options are a popular in the Midwest because of their high impact rating and natural look. In Kansas, we see a lot of natural shake roofing damaged by storms, so we offer homeowners an alternative to the yearly maintenance and premature roof replacement with an impact and wind resistant option.

Appelhanz Roofing
785-246-0006
www.appelhanzroofing.com

 
 
 
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From the Architect's Corner - FREE Online Learning!

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

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

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

 

Happy Friday, Architects!  

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