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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Featured Project - Mentor, OH

Wow! It is like our luxury roof tiles were made for the mansard on this apartment complex located in Mentor, OH. The Deepwoods North Apartments met their steep slope roofing match with Bellaforté Shake in the Tahoe color blend when Runyon & Sons Roofing installed the material on the project last year. Using our imitation shake products enables apartment complexes and other multi-family living structures to have the aesthetic quality that brings renters in, but overall will save them on wear and tear that happens to shakes. 

When I was preparing to write this blog, I showed this photo to our VP of Technical Services, Tim Gentry. He liked the way Runyon & Sons Roofing (also out of Mentor, OH) did the flashing detail around the windows and up top where the flat roof meets the Bellaforté Shake tiles. Thank you for sharing your photos with us Runyon & Sons!

Runyon & Sons Roofing
440-974-6810
www.runyonroofing.com

 

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From the Architect's Corner - Residential Project Roundup

When shopping for products for a residential project, showing your clients homes similar to theirs may help get some decisions made. With the help of our loyal contractors we're lucky enough to get plenty of projects to feature here on the DaVinci Roofscapes Blog! Check out below for some recently featured projects, all residential, but all very different.

Featured Project - Fort Worth, TX

Historic properties look great with a maintenance free shake! Click here to read more. 

Featured Project - Chicago, IL

"Can your products be installed over a curve?" Click here to find out. 

Featured Project - Englewood, CO

Multi-Width impact resistant slate tiles + snow guards = amazing! Click here to read more about this project. 

Featured Project - Fort Worth, TX

It really is just all in the details. Click here to read about this Single-Width Slate project in Texas.

Happy Friday, Architects! 

 

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Featured Project - Ft. Worth, TX

When you look at a roof, your attention mainly goes to the field tiles, which are the tiles that make the majority of a roof. Sometimes, though, it is all in the details. For our polymer slate and shake roof systems we offer all the accessories including starter tiles, one piece hip/ridge tiles, two piece hip/ridge tiles, transition tiles, and turret tiles. All of these components, combined with the field tiles, makes up all the parts that a contractor would need to complete your roof. 

Ramon Roofing out of Fort Worth, TX recently completed a job in Single-Width Slate in the Castle Gray Blend and sent over some great pictures of the details of the roof, including one with a custom made cap to top a turret. Recently, the Dallas/Fort Worth area experienced a bit of hail and we're thinking these homeowners are glad they put on a DaVinci Roofscapes' impact resistant roof!

Ramon Roofing
817-924-1645
www.ramonroofing.com

 

 
                       Field Tiles                                                                 One-Piece Hip/Ridge and a custom cap

 

 

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From the Architect's Corner - Choosing a Color

With 50 individual colors and 7 product lines to choose from, we'll admit that we offer a lot of choices to our customers. Spending my days working with architects and other design professionals, I see the work that goes into making sure you choose not only the right product for your clients, but also the right color for their homes or projects. We offer a variety of tools to help, any of which we'd love for you to take advantage of:

1. The Project Specialist - at DaVinci Roofscapes, everybody who is interested in learning more about our products is a customer, not just somebody who works in the building material field. We have folks here at the plant who are dedicated to talking exclusively to homeowners. They can attest, the majority of their days are spent on the phone with folks who are ready to roof, but need assistance in choosing a color. They are happy to take a look at photos of the house (or future house), paint samples, siding samples, or brick/stone samples, and make suggestions on what product and color may look best. To get in touch with a Project Specialist click here

2. Color Expert Advice - for several years now we've been working with Kate Smith, a Color Expert and owner of Sensational Color. Kate has written two books for us, the most popular outlining her F.R.E.S.H. Approach, which guides homeowners and designers on a simple and methodical way at choosing exterior color. You can download these books for free by clicking here, or, if you are in need of some credit hours, you can take the continuing education course that is online and based off this book. Click here and you will jump over to AEC Daily for this free online learning course. 

3. Samples - This is probably the most important thing in choosing color. You can't decide until you see it in person, and we offer samples of any product in any standard color for free. While we can do the best we can with good photography of our blends on our website, blogs, and literature, seeing the samples outside, in the sun, next to the building's other major fixed features is the only way to choose a color. We offer color chips, individual tiles, and sample boards in every product in every color blend, and we're happy to send as many as you need for your project. 

Also, we will always stress the importance of putting your samples outside (even nailing them up on your roof, if you can) and watching them for several days in all lighting. This is recommended as a photo is just a snapshot of a color at one moment in time. The color of a roof can shift throughout the day, all due to lighting, so it is important that a color is approved after seeing it at all times of the day. See below. These photos show the same product and color blend, but they look pretty different because of the lighting at the time of day the photo was taken, as well as other factors, like the direction of the house, the cloud cast, and the time of year. One photo shows the Mountain Blend looking pretty brown and the other shows it looking more gray. Same product and color, different lighting.

Fake Shake

 

Happy Friday, Architects! 

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Featured Project - Englewood, CO

The Aberdeen Blend is one of our more colorful options in our Multi-Width Slate line. The blend is comprised of 5 individual colors - Dark Gray, Light Brown, Dark Purple, Green Stone, and Dark Stone and 5 widths - 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" and pre-mixed for size and for color before shipping out to the Designer ROofjobsite. The bundles are pre-blended so the blending doesn't have to happen on the ground or driveway of the homeowner during installation. 

This colorful roof was installed by a loyal DaVinci Roofscapes contractor, Advanced Exteriors, out of Denver. Their crews don't shy away from any DaVinci product including Bellaforté Shake , Single-Width Shake, and other colorful blends in the Multi-Width Slate

Interested in shaking up the exterior of your home with a little color? Contact your local contractor, like Advanced Exteriors, for samples, or contact us and we'll be happy to get some information out to you. 

Advanced Exteriors
303-756-7663
www.advancedexteriors.com

 

 

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Featured Project - Chicago, IL

"Can your products be installed over a curve?". This is a question that we get often. The answer (generally) is probably. There are many factors we consider before answering yes or no, including the grade of the curve and the product being used, but apply a little heat to the products and you can likely make them curve around whatever you want. (Click here to read my earlier blog on this topic). 

Apex Exteriors, Inc out of the Chicago area recently installed a cedar shake alternative on this home in Chicago. They used Multi-Width Shake, which is one of the better products to use when you have a curved roof structure. The reason for this is the tiles are 22" long and are cored out in back with a rib structure. The designs of the ribs allow for easier pliability if the product is warmed up a little. The home featured here used the Tahoe Blend and is Class A Fire Rated, Class 4 Impact Rated, Wind Certified to 110 mph, and comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. 

Apex Exteriors
847-531-8960
www.apexext.com

 

 

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From the Architect's Corner - Curved Roof Applications

A common question from the architects I speak with is, "Can these products be used over curved roofs?". The answer, mostly, is yes. There are several factors to consider, like what products you are interested in and also what the grade of the curve is, but many contractors are able to curve our products around just about anything. Below are some photos of our polymer slate and shake roof tiles on a variety of structures from residential, to a barn, to a church building. 

While you're working on your design, or you are considering our Lifetime Roof products on a current home/building, be sure to check with us on if our products will work on your project. You can email me your roof designs or a current photo, and I'd be happy to get our Technical Department involved and get their blessing on your project. 

 

 

Happy Friday, Architects! 

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Featured Project - Fort Worth, TX

Dynasty Roofing, out of Fort Worth, TX, recently tore off and replaced old wood shakes with Bellaforté Shake on a historic home located Edgecliff Village. Polymer shake roof tiles are increasingly used on historic properties, as you can get the look of shakes without all the hassle of routine maintenance, yearly treatment, and early replacement due to wood deterioration or storm damage. Which, according to Dynasty Roofing, is exactly the reason that the homeowners on this project chose Bellaforté Shake on their historic, salt-box style home. It looks amazing!

Dynasty Roofing
817-423-0880
www.dynastyroofing.com

Fake Shake    

 

 

 

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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! 

Hope to see you next month! 

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