Thursday, March 2, 2017
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.
Congratulations, Owen Enterprises!
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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!
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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!
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!
Friday, February 10, 2017
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
Friday, January 27, 2017
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.
Friday, January 6, 2017
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
Friday, December 9, 2016
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!
Friday, December 2, 2016
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.
Happy Friday, Architects!
Friday, November 11, 2016
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
Friday, November 4, 2016
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!
Friday, October 28, 2016
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
Friday, October 21, 2016
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.
Friday, October 7, 2016
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!
Friday, September 30, 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!
Friday, September 16, 2016
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!
Friday, September 2, 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!
Friday, August 26, 2016
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.
Friday, August 12, 2016
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.
Friday, August 5, 2016
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!
Friday, July 22, 2016
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!