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




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.


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





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






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!


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

Synthetic Slate












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


Polymer Slate     Tile Roofs



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




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


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!  


Come See Us at Greenbuild 2016

Headed to Los Angeles next week for Greenbuild 2016? Be sure to come by booth 2513 to visit with the experts on our environmentally friendly roof tiles. We'll be displaying products rated by the Cool Roof Rating Counsel, and will be there to discuss how our products can add to LEED Points, our recycling program, and how the long lasting durability of DaVinci Roofscapes' polymer slate and shake roof tiles can add a quality you can feel good about recommending to your customers. See you next week!





From the Architect's Corner - Come See Us Next Week at the 2016 AIA Iowa Convention

Live in the central part of the US and planning to head to Des Moines next week for the AIA Convention? Be sure to stop by booth # 70 and talk with synthetic slate and shake roofing experts. This is our first time exhibiting at this conference, and we look forward to introducing local architects to our steep sloped roofing options that are perfect for schools, churches, retail, restaurant, and residential applications! Hope to see you there!                                                                               




From the Architect's Corner - Come see us at CONSTRCT 2016

Next week we will be exhibiting our green roof systems at CONSTRUCT 2016 in Austin, Texas. Swing by booth # 255 to see what's new, and let us answer any questions you might have about our synthetic slate or wood shake steep sloped roofing material.
Hope to see you there!

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. 

Denison Roofing

Polymer Slate




Featured Project Round Up

In the following weeks, each Friday is going to feature a new round of projects installed by one of our loyal contractors. As I work hard to get the blogs reloaded, here is another week of recaps of recently featured DaVinci Roofscapes projects. These are all worth taking a second look at! Enjoy!


Featured Project - Fontana, WI

Real slate is heavy and expensive. Click here to read more about this project that decided to go with a synthetic slate instead of the real thing. 


Featured Project - Avon, CO

In Colorado, a lifetime roof product is important. Click here to read more. 


Featured Project - Saffordville, KS

A polymer roof is the perfect investment for your vacation property. Click here to read about this project.


Featured Project - Newton Square, PA

It is easier than you would think to customize a blend! Click here to read more.




Featured Project Round Up

Haven't been able to tune into the blog every Friday and read up on a recently completed project? No worries, here is a round up of some projects recently completed with DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofing materials. 


Featured Project - Mentor, OH

Every time I see this picture I think, "Bellaforté Shake was made for this project". Click here to learn more. 


Featured Project - Winchester, MA

The increasingly common use of drone photography gives us a whole new perspective on the complexity of the roofs we manufacture. Click here to read more about this project. 


Featured Project - Dawsonville, GA

The dark shake roof with the dark blue siding is definitely a winner. Click here to read more about this project located in Georgia. 


Featured Project - Edmond, OK

Did you know that in 2015 Oklahoma had 349 hail events? Click here to read more! 



Featured Project - Aspen, CO

Back when we first came out with our Class A Fire Rated shake, we knew we had to develop color blends so that each region of the country would have a color option that looked like what they were used to. Due to the climate, natural cedar shakes in mountainous areas age to be a different color than shakes in other parts of the country. From this research, the Mountain Blend was born. In Multi-Width Shake the Mountain Blend consists of three colors - Light Mountain, Medium Mountain, and Dark Mountain and looks just like natural cedar shake in places like Aspen. 

Umbrella Roofing installed this project, in the Mountain Blend, in Aspen earlier this year. What does Trevor Cannon, owner of Umbrella Roofing have to say about DaVinci's impact rated shake tiles? "In our geographic market people are moving away from real cedar shake shingles due to their deterioration and susceptibility to fire. Anytime we have a new customer looking for a simulated shake roofing product we discuss the cost, insurance, appearance and maintenance saving aspects of the DaVinci cedar shake alternative product. These are features that immediately win over the client."

Thank you for sharing this project with us, Umbrella Roofing! 

Umbrella Roofing


Featured Project - Fort Worth, TX

Polymer SlateThe hail storms of 2016, while certainly a burden for many, are also an opportunity for people to replace their low impact rated roof (asphalt, slate, shake, tile, etc) with a Class 4 Impact Rated composite slate or shake roofing tile. Are you affected by a recent hail storm? Our advice - have patience. Tim Gentry, our VP of Technical Services and a long time roofing contractor, points out that just because your roof has been totaled in a storm, doesn't mean it is going to leak the next time it rains. The reality is, you likely have time to do your research and find a good, local installer to do you roof. Things are heating up in Texas where recent storms have homeowners looking for a contractor, researching roofing materials, and looking at going through this process all over again. This project was recently installed by Texas Tile Roofing out of Fort Worth, and for it they went with Single-Width Slate in the Slate Gray color blend. Thank you for sharing with us TTR! 

Texas Tile Roofing



Featured Project - Newton Square, PA

Customizing your roof can seem like a scary process. What if you can't land on the right color combination, or what if you pick something out and you end up hating it? At DaVinci Roofscapes we try to make the custom color blend process easy (or easier, anyway) by putting a few fail safes in place. If you follow these steps, you'll be putting together your own special blend in no time.

1. Visit the online Color Designer - here you can look at shake colors in slate molds, play with color combinations, and tentatively decide on what direction you want to go. 

2. Call on the advice of one of our Project Specialists. Guess what? They do this for a living, and love it. They will look at pictures of your home and make recommendations on colors and let you know what they have seen work well for others in the past. They will also be able to request you color chips, samples of our standard blends so you can see how we blend our colors, and refer you to a roofing contractor who is familiar with installing our composite slate roof products. 

3. Request Samples - once you have your blend colors and percentages figure out, our Project Specialists will get you samples requested. In fact, this step is a required step in our custom blend order process. This ensures you get plenty of material (up to several bundles) to build a mock up, put outside next to your siding, outdoor fixtures, and landscaping and make sure you love it!

This project was installed by Gillespie Contracting out of Glenmoore, PA. The product is Single-Width Slate in a custom color blend. Also, notice the snow guards which is always something we recommend in areas that are prone to accumulate snow. Thanks for sharing your photos Gillespie Contracting

Gillespie Contracting, Inc



Featured Project - Saffordville, Kansas

If your vacation home is sitting empty for parts of the year, it is important to find the right exterior building products that will stand up to mother nature, as well as not prematurely break down due to the natural cycles of the weather. DaVinci polymer roofing systems are perfect for all types of get away homes, including lake properties. The products look natural, but are strong against damage from wind and hail, are resistant to mold, algae, and moss growth, and are virtually maintenance free. Backed with a Lifetime Limited Warranty these owners likely won't have to replace this roof anytime soon!

This home sits near Lake Kahola in Kansas and recently had Bellaforté Slate in the European Blend installed on it by a loyal DaVinci Roofscapes contractor out of Emporia, Kansas. Thank you Geo. Groh & Sons for the pictures!

Geo. Groh & Sons Roofing