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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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!

 

 

 

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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!                                                                               

 

 

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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!
 
 
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Featured Project - Pebble Beach, CA

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

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

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

Denison Roofing
831-659-4677

Polymer Slate

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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! 

 

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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
970-704-9130
www.umbrella-roofing.com 

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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
817-838-6100
www.texastileroofing.com 

 

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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
610-942-9877
www.gillespiecontractinginc.com

 

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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
620-342-7576 
www.grohroofing.com

 

          

 

 

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From the Architects Corner - Mark Your Calendars

Summer is flying by and it is time to think a head to September! Are you headed to Austin this fall for the 2016 CONSTRUCT convention and trade show? Swing by booth #225 September 8th & 9th to see what's new at DaVinci Roofscapes and pick up some information and chat with one of our  luxury roof experts. Our polymer slate and shake roof tiles are perfect for your steep sloped commercial projects as they not only look beautiful, but meet (and often exceed) building codes in most cities! Hope to see you there.

 

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Featured Project - Avon, CO

I imagine when a roofing company like TCC Roofing sits down at the kitchen table with a homeowner and uses the words, "lifetime roof" it might sound too good to be true. Homeowners in Colorado are used to premature roof replacement whether it be from the high winds or hail, or accelerated breakdown of roofing materials due to frequent cycles of freeze-thaw. The cedar shakes on this home were about ready to fall off when TCC Roofing out of Eagle tore them off and replaced them with DaVinci Roofscapes' Multi-Width Slate polymer roof tiles. Multi-Width Slate comes in 5 widths, 12", 10", 9", 7", and 6", and in 12 natural color blends (pictured here Aberdeen Blend). 

TCC Roofing Contractors Inc
970-328-2340
www.tccroofinginc.com

       

                Old Shakes                                                   New DaVinci Polymer Slate

 

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Featured Project - Fontana, WI

Natural slate, while beautiful, comes with its down falls. It is heavy, it is expensive, and it requires a considerable amount of maintenance. Last year we redesigned the molds for our Multi-Width Slate, giving the edges a more quarried look and adding deeper impression lines. The goal was to create an even more authentic quarried slate appearance, so that somebody visiting the home would never be able to tell the tiles on the roof were actually polymer slates. The result has been an exceptionally authentic, thicker look, but with no added weight or change in the performance of the tiles.   

This project was recently installed by Cedar Roofing Company, out of Lake Forest, IL. This high end roofing company has an arsenal full of premium roof products, and has installed dozens luxury roofs by DaVinci Roofscapes over the last few years. Thank you for sending these pictures over, CRC! 

Cedar Roofing Company
847-247-4400
www.cedarroofingcompany.com

  

 

 

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Featured Project - Edmond, OK

According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2015 the state of Oklahoma experienced 349 hail events across the state, where the hail was one inch in diameter or larger. While not every hail storm that comes along will total your roof made of cedar shakes, even minor impacts over time will result in more maintenance and over all, more frequent replacement of your shakes. 

This home in Edmond, OK was recently re-roofed by All American Roofing with Bellaforté Shake polymer roof tiles. Bellaforté is a line of self-aligning tiles made to look like multi-width jumbo cedar shakes, and comes in five, natural color blends. Unlike natural shake, these tiles are Class 4 Impact Rated, mold and algae resistant, and come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty.  

All American Roofing
405-787-0400
www.allamericanrfg.com

           

 

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Featured Project - Dawsonville, GA

Ever since we rolled it out, Bellaforté Shake has exceeded expectations with architects, roofing contractors, and homeowners. These lightweight tiles are Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated, 110 mph wind rated and come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. The profile is thick, emulating the rich look of jumbo cedar shakes, and they come in natural color blends. All of these features allow us to fit nicely into areas where natural shakes just aren't a viable choice anymore, whether it due to climate or access to quality cedar products. 

This project, installed by Braswell Construction Group out of Convington, GA, shows the Tahoe Blend on a house with dark blue siding. The combination of the dark on dark is striking and a look that would just not be possible with natural cedar shakes due to color changes as shakes age. The tiles are fade resistant, and the homeowners can remain confident that their largest fixed feature will stay the dark color blend they chose. 

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

 

 

 

 

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From the Architect's Corner - From the 2016 AIA Convention & Expo

We had a great day yesterday on Day 1 of the AIA Show in Philadelphia! We had tons of architects swing by and check in to see what's new and discuss their projects. Being that this year's show is located in the Northeast, the new, quarried profile Designer Roofon the synthetic slate roof shingles continue to impress those to want the aesthetics of a slate roof, but the structure can't handle the weight of the real thing. The three options, Multi-Width Slate, Single-Width Slate, and Bellaforté Slate are all a viable option for historic properties, universities, religious facilities, and government buildings that need a more regal look, but with the weight and performance of an engineered polymer tile. These three options are also offered at three price points, so incorporating a DaVinci Roofscapes' roof into a design is more realistic than many realize. 

Also, we are currently in the middle of hundreds of Continuing Education seminars, so Continuing Ed is always a focus. We offer two free, online courses through AEC Daily each worth 1 LU through the AIA (and other providers). 

Come by Booth #2523 today and tomorrow and see us!

Happy Friday, Architects!

 

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Featured Project - Winchester, MA

Some roofs are pretty simple, but some are full of hips, valleys, and dramatic pitch changes. This week's featured project is of the complicated variety, and Twin Metals, out of Billerica, MA, was kind enough to send some aerial photos of a project that they completed last fall in Winchester. 

For this roof, the homeowner's chose DaVinci Roofscapes' Multi-Width Slate polymer roof tiles for the field tiles, but accented the roof with copper hips, ridges, and valleys. I also notice their use of copper snow guards, which is something we always recommend in areas where snow fall is possible. In my opinion, the aerial shot gives the best view. 

Twin Metals, Inc
978-663-2563
www.twinmetals.com

 

 

Snow guards should be considered in all geographic areas where accumulating snow fall is possible.

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From the Architect's Corner - 2016 AIA Expo

Are you planning on heading to Philadelphia May 19-21st for the 2016 American Institute of Architects Convention & Expo? We'll be there too! Swing by Booth # 2523 and check out what's new with our environmentally friendly roof systems.  

Want to get a head start on your continuing education? Jump over to AEC Daily and take one or both of our online learning courses! 

See you next week! 

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