This Old House Guide to Upgrading Your Roof

You know it's time. The signs are all there. Curling tiles. Several leaky areas. Faded coloring. There's no doubt about it ... it's time to replace your roof.

For most homeowners, this is a once (or twice) in a lifetime experience. That means you'll have questions. Fortunately the smart folks at This Old House magazine have created a start-to-finish online guide that gives you sensible information and great insights into different types of roofing options.

This Old House offers an 8-page downloadable lesson entitled "Read This Before You Upgrade Your Roofing."

Our team at DaVinci Roofscapes worked with the editors at This Old House magazine while they created this handy online guide. In a straight-forward way, this piece gives you comparisons of synthetic roofing materials to real slate and shake, asphalt, clay and concrete tiles. It showcases the elements involved in the roofing process and describes "extras" you may wish to consider, such as solar panels, snow guards and rain collection systems.

Most of all the guide provides an easy-to-understand overview of synthetic shake and slate roofing tiles. You'll learn the differences between textures, widths and butts, along with costs and upkeep information.

When it's time to consider a new roof, there's nothing like some straight-forward information to help you get started. At DaVinci Roofscapes we're proud to have partnered with This Old House magazine to provide you with the insights you need for your roofing project.

 

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The truth is...

You don't need a polygraph machine to take part in national "Tell the Truth Day." Today is simply the day when people are encouraged to "tell the truth" ... so we're asking you this question: "Wouldn't you REALLY like to have a DaVinci polymer roof?"

If you've ever had dented roof tiles from hail storms, cracked or splitting cedar shakes, or granules from old asphalt shingles falling into and clogging your gutters, we're guessing your answer is "YES!"

"Headaches and maintenance hassles simply disappear when a homeowner invests in one of our synthetic shake or imitation slate roofs," says Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services at DaVinci Roofscapes. "Our composite roofing products are manufactured for beauty plus peace-of-mind for homeowners."

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Why should you invest in a DaVinci Roof?

Consider this. Lightweight roofing systems from DaVinci are impact- and fire-resistant. Right away this means you can potentially save on your yearly homeowners insurance because of the value our tiles bring to your home.

Next, consider your ability to select a roofing color or blend that perfectly complements your home exterior. At DaVinci, you can even create your own personal color blend of tiles (click HERE to see our Color Designer online tool) and we provide top-to-bottom color advice for your home exterior in our free online guides from our color expert, Kate Smith.

So go ahead, tell the truth ... with all these benefits of a DaVinci designer roof (plus our Lifetime Limited Warranty!), wouldn't you really prefer to have a DaVinci roof overhead?

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Save $$$ Every Year With a DaVinci Roof

shake roofing tilesA freak hail storm. Leaks through the ceiling. Splitting and cupping cedar shake shingles. Burnt tiles from a neighbor's July 4th celebration that had bottle rockets landing on your roof.

These are all things that can make you decide it's time to invest in a new roof. When you make that decision, we hope you will consider the value that DaVinci composite roofing can add to your home.

We're more than "just a pretty roof." We're a roof that helps protect your home. And, we're a roof that can pay you back on your investment. (See New DaVinci Roof = Cash in Your Wallet

This is Insurance Awareness Day --- a good day to remind you that many insurance companies across the country offer appealing discounts when homeowners invest in our synthetic shake and simulated slate roofing tiles.

Why are these discounts offered? Because insurance companies KNOW that our composite roofing products resist impact, fire, insects and high winds ... and they're ready to reward you for deciding to purchase one of our designer roofs.

 

Listen to what homeowners have said about their savings with a DaVinci roof:

"We save about $2,000 a year on our homeowners insurance premiums with AAA since having our DaVinci roof installed. We were in the market for a new roof after a hail storm. Being in Oklahoma I wanted to put something on our roof that would stand up to future storms. The DaVinci roofing product has provided us with the durability to handle our unpredictable weather plus enhanced the architectural look of our home." - Kevin Riley

"Hail severely damaged our original roof. The new engineered polymer Bellaforté Slate roof we had installed got us a discount from State Farm and made our home look more elegant and tailored." - John Simonelli

“After my roof had hail damage, my independent adjuster told me we’d save 25 to 30 percent on our annual homeowner’s insurance because the DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roof we purchased resists severe weather, hail and fire." - Andrew Marenin

"Because these composite roofing tiles are fire resistant and can stand up to severe weather conditions, we’re able to save on our homeowners insurance." - Kathy Bradshaw

 

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1.2 Million Pounds and Counting

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we offer 49 different colors of synthetic slate and composite shake roofing tiles. This gives you an abundance of options to get the exact color --- or blend of colors --- you want on your designer roof.

Each time our manufacturing operation changes a color run of polymer tiles, there is a transition between colors. If you remember playing with Play-Doh as a child, it's the same thing. When you're finished with the red and start to put blue through your toy, there's inevitably an overlap ... maybe even creating a streak of color or a purple mixture. That's what happens when we make color run changes.

Polymer roofingThose transition tiles are "off spec" and immediately recycled at our facility in Kansas. They're ground up and moulded into starter shingles, which are generally not visible on a roof.

Why are we sharing this with you? Because June is National Recycling Month. And we believe it's important for you to know that every polymer tile we create is 100 percent recyclable. Because of our efforts, we keep about 1.2 million pounds of polymer scrap out of landfills each year.

Our record-setting recycling efforts include the remolding of more than 696,000 pounds of grinded scrap into starter tiles, and the transfer of 567,000 pounds of scrap to an end-user who makes pallets, crates and totes.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we look for ways to recycle and reuse every single piece of composite roofing waste in our plant ... and, even on the jobsite. We encourage our roofing customers to return any DaVinci unused imitation slate or fake cedar shake roofing to us after they complete a project. We're happy to recycle and reuse those pieces to help assure that our full cycle of operations is as environmentally friendly as possible. (See Return Those DaVinci Scraps!)

To learn more about our manufacturing operations, see Virgin Versus Recycled Roofing Tiles.

 

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Sky-High Views of Roofing Projects

The video created and posted by Cedar Roofing Company in Lake Forest, Illinois truly says it all for their company: "When it's time for a new roof, it's time for Cedar Roofing Company."

Take a look at their video online (click HERE) and you'll see the incredible transformations this 35-year old company can accomplish with DaVinci composite shake and synthetic slate roofing materials. No matter where you live, you'll be impressed by how this video showcases the installation of Bellaforté Shake roofing products --- from a unique viewpoint that many homeowners don't get.

Travel "up on the roof" with this video to see the installation of our durable shake roofing materials. Plus, you can see "before and after" images of how a DaVinci luxury roof can change the appearance of a home exterior.

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"Our videos give a wonderful aerial look at the roofing projects we tackle on a daily basis," says Jennifer Makely, marketing manager for Cedar Roofing Company. "We install between 15-20 DaVinci designer roof projects each year. It's one of our more popular roofing products. Homeowners appreciate the high fire and impact ratings of the composite roofing plus the maintenance-free aspect. We keep recommending DaVinci polymer roofing materials because they're trouble-free, have fast lead times and homeowners love the finished look."

Cedar Roofing Company has installed DaVinci roofing products since 2005. Their team of in-house installers prides itself on using quality products, without cutting corners.

"We always look out for our customer's best interests," says Makely. "For many homes that means recommending DaVinci roofing because our positive experiences over the years proves that it's a reliable roofing material that brings beauty to all styles of homes."

Interested in more details on why Bellaforté Shake Shingles = Peace of Mind? Then check out this hurricane preparedness video showcasing the benefits of polymer roofing tiles. Just click HERE.

 

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Synthetic Slate Choices

Choices. That's what you get when deciding on a synthetic slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.

At DaVinci, we offer three different slate options to fit the style of both your home and your budget. Here's a quick breakdown of those options, plus insights from homeowners selecting our designer roofs for their own houses.

 

Multi-Width Slate: Available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths with 1/2" tile thickness at butt and 1/8" thickness at tip. Use in a staggered or straight line application.

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Homeowner story: Interested in creating strong visual interest to accent their large home, Holly and Rob Fanjoy selected a composite slate roof from DaVinci in the multi-width profile. A combination of eight colors in the Vineyard blend caught their eye to truly draw attention to their Maine home.

“I’m a big supporter of man-made products that replicate Mother Nature but offer more long-term benefits than natural products,” says Rob Fanjoy. “When researching our roofing options, we determined that the DaVinci synthetic tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling. And, they’re backed by a long-term warranty that we can really depend on.”

 

Single-Width Slate: Available in 12" tile widths, the 1/2" tile thickness of this slate is twice the thickness of other synthetic slate tiles. Our VariBlend technology is used when creating this tile to form slightly varying shades from tile to tile for an authentic slate look.

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Homeowner story: Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, knows roofs. So, when it came time to replace the failing asphalt shingle roof on his own home, he turned to DaVinci for a Single-Width Slate DaVinci roof.

"This is a stunning fake slate roof that I'm proud to have on my home," says Carter. "We live in New Hampshire, which is nicknamed 'the granite state.' This slate alternative roof looks so perfect that it beats any real stone I've ever seen! And, we're thrilled that it comes with a lifetime limited materials warranty so we'll never have to worry about our roof again. Everyone coming up our driveway stops and stares. They can't believe it's not real quarried slate."

 

Bellaforté Slate:  Available in 12" tile widths with a 1/2" thickness, Bellaforté is a high performance tile with interlocking shingles that have superior wind resistance.

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Homeowner story: Living in Kansas means being prepared for severe weather situations. In April 2015, a sunny day in Wichita turned dangerous when a powerful microburst with winds reaching up to 100 mph destroyed a bulk of the roofs in the Harbor Isle subdivision. The majority of concrete tile roofs were severely damaged; three DaVinci roofs were basically unharmed.

"Concrete roof tiles were thrown through neighbor's windows, into vehicles parked along the streets and in driveways," says homeowner Paul Dugan. "A couple of the homes that had been recently re-roofed with DaVinci shake roofing tiles had every single tile in place and no visible damage to the property. I was very impressed and called Heiland Roofing the next morning.

"I now have a DaVinci Bellaforté Slate roof that looks exactly the same as the concrete tile roof but has the highest impact resistance in the industry. The impressive interlocking system allows for installation with securing the tile in all four corners so we're not going to worry about tiles peeling back and blowing away in future storms." 

 

Go ahead, Ask a Homeowner what they think about our slate roof tiles ... we're confident you'll be impressed with the synthetic slate choices from DaVinci!

 

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Thank You

This is Customer Loyalty Month --- a great time for all of us at DaVinci Roofscapes to extend our sincere thanks to the many roofers who install our synthetic shake and slate roofing. In almost every state there are qualified roofers who repeatedly recommend our composite roofing to homeowners.

To those roofers who have been singing the praises of our roofing and repeatedly encouraging homeowners to invest in our polymer roofing materials we say "thank you." And, to homeowners who might be in the market for a new roof, we want to share some thoughts from our valued roofing customers:

 

"Purchasing DaVinci's composite roofing over natural slate roof tiles or cedar shake roofing is a no brainer. The look and durability of these imitation slate and synthetic shake shingles is simply incredible. Plus, we save time and money on the jobsite for the homeowner by installing these sustainable roofing tiles."

       -Mike Heiland, Heiland Roofing and Exteriors

 

 

 

 

 

Class A Fire Rating"My company has installed more than 20 Bellaforté roofs since the product was launched several years ago. This durable roofing tile resists impact, fire, algae and insects. It’s a real winner for our geographic area and we’ve created a niche market in the Kansas City marketplace by becoming experts at installing both Bellaforté Shake and Slate roofs.”

       -Shawn Bellis, EPIC Exteriors, LLC

 

 

 

 

Synthetic Shake roofing"Half of the roofs I install these days are polymer shake or slate products. Once someone sees this product installed, they love it and want it on their own home. The roof has a good profile and dimension to it, the color blends are terrific and the advantage of knowing you have a roof backed by a limited lifetime warranty is extremely impressive."

       -Stacy Stines, Stacy Stines Roofing

 

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2017 Earth Day: DaVinci Roofscapes Recycles 1.2 Million Pounds of Waste

At DaVinci Roofscapes we're proud to have kept more than 1.2 million pounds of polymer scrap out of landfills in 2016. Our record-setting recycling effort includes the remolding of more than 696,000 pounds of grinded scrap into starter tiles and the transfer of 567,000 pounds of scrap to an end-user who makes pallets, crates and totes. (See Virgin Versus Recycled Roofing Tiles)

Green Roof Systems Polymer"Our goal is zero percentage of scrap going into a landfill," says Bryan Ward, vice president of operations at DaVinci Roofscapes in Lenexa, Kan. "We are always looking for ways to recycle and reuse every single piece of waste in our plant.

"We made a significant capital investment in regrind machinery in recent years that's definitely paying off. Over the past two years we've decreased our trash generation by more than 50 percent annually. That's a number we're proud of and hope to improve upon even more in the future."

DaVinci Roofscapes produces synthetic slate and composite shake roofing tiles in 50 standard colors, plus custom colors. Each time our manufacturing operation changes color runs, there is a transitioning between colors.  Those transition tiles are off spec and are recycled. The tiles --- which are 100 percent recyclable --- are segregated by color and then ground up and molded into starter shingles, which are generally unseen on the roof.

"We view Earth Day as a time to evaluate the progress of our recycling operations and share the good news about our enhanced efforts," says Ward. "Our operation is extremely efficient. Between reusing the regrind polymer and selling off additional scrap, we're excited to prevent more than 1.2 million pounds of scrap from sitting in a landfill this year."

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Montana Builder Selects Bellaforté Shake for Parade of Homes Entry

Synthetic ShakeBuilder Cory Taylor, owner of CT Construction, Inc. out of Manhattan Montana, is known for the way in which he balances the many aspects of his home design to achieve a masterpiece. Included in his many accomplishments is the 6,000-square-foot home that he featured in the 2016 Parade of Homes, sponsored by Southwest Montana Building Industry Association. The expansive rustic-style home in Bozeman features hand-hewn log accents, natural stone fireplaces, and remarkable finishes. 

Taylor’s team is very meticulous in the way they choose the products that make up their finished project.  When it came to topping off this specific home, he said, “we selected Bellaforté Shake by DaVinci Roofscapes, in particular because they mimic the weathered cedar shake which complements the rustic style we were after on this home. These synthetic shake tiles have a great look to them.”

According to Taylor, he plans on using DaVinci composite roofing in the future on other homes in his area. "While this type of roof can cost a bit more than other roofs, it’s definitely worth it," says Taylor. "The cedar-shake look coupled with the low maintenance aspects and lifetime limited warranty will be very appealing to homebuyers in our area.”

Thanks to the CT Construction team, the homeowners now have a remarkable home with a DaVinci roof overhead to top it off with style and an unfaltering product.

Want to know what other builders think of our cedar shake roofing and imitation slate shingles? Then read Architect and Builder Team Up on Simulated Slate Roofing Project and Roofer Recommends DaVinci Polymer Roofs for High-End Homes.

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FREE: "Upgrade Your Roof: The Complete Guide to Synthetic Slates and Shakes"

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Thinking of getting a new roof? Have we got a deal for you --- and it doesn't cost a cent!

Last year, DaVinci Roofscapes teamed up with the experts at This Old House magazine to create an easy-to-understand and comprehensive online guide called "Upgrade Your Roof: The Complete Guide to Synthetic Slates and Shakes."

Click HERE to download this free online guide that walks you through everything you need to consider when a new roof is in your future.

The experts and DaVinci and This Old House combined their experience to offer you everything you need to know when considering composite roofing, including:           

            - Comparing synthetic roofing to other types of roofing

            - How polymer tiles are made

            - What goes under your roofing tiles

            - Cost comparisons

            - Key factors of different types of roofing

            - Choosing the perfect slate or shake products for your home

Whether for your new home or old house, this one-stop online guide should be your first stop when considering a roof replacement!

 

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Ask a Homeowner

If you're starting to research new roof options and you've found this blog site, then you know that we have many testimonials and insights from roofers and contractors. You may have even read some of our stories related to residential projects.  Now we invite you to "ask a homeowner" how they feel about our polymer roofing materials.

From our years of experience answering calls in customer service and dealing with questions from homeowners, we have a pretty good idea what questions you'd like to ask.  So, here are some top questions, with answers supplied by homeowners who have chosen to use our simulated slate or synthetic shake roofing materials.

 

synthetic slate roofQ: How did you discover DaVinci polymer roofing products?

A: We did what most homeowners do when searching for product options --- we turned to the Internet. After searching for faux slate shingles, we found that many companies produced these products, but our research showed that most of them warp over time. We discovered that only the slate tiles produced by DaVinci Roofscapes are uniquely designed to resist warping, fading, curling and cracking. And, these polymer tiles are fire and impact resistant, so we never have to worry about how our intense Texas heat or hail storms will affect them.

          - Kathy Telecky, Dallas, Texas

 

 

 

Q: DaVinci products cost more than asphalt shingles. What made you invest in composite roofing?

A: The more I learned about the synthetic DaVinci roofing tiles, the more I liked them. As with most people, I had a budget. The cost of a synthetic slate roof from DaVinci was much more affordable than using real slate. The product perfectly complements the stone, brick and stucco features of our home. As an added benefit, the product comes with a lifetime limited warranty warranty. Even if the costs were equal, I’d still choose this DaVinci product because of all the inherent benefits of synthetic roofing tiles.

          - John Mastronardo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

slate alternativeQ: There are so many colors to choose from. How did you decide?

A: We wanted a roof with some interest to it, not just one tedious color. The subtleness of the colors we selected (including Slate Black and Slate Gray with highlight colors mixed in of Light Green and Dark Green) blended well together. We liked the blend of the roof colors so much that they inspired us to select exterior siding and accent colors to complement it.

          - Dr. Mike Boone, Cayucos, California

 

 

 

Q: How was the DaVinci team to work with?

A: The product testing and manufacturing processes were very impressive at DaVinci. Their customer service was also outstanding and we developed a great confidence in the team.

          - Ray Knoff, Des Moines, Iowa

 

 

 

Q: We have an older roof that we're trying to replace and add more color. How did DaVinci help you in a similar situation?

A: We did an extensive amount of research on roofing materials and searched for a realistic and durable slate product. The result is a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate roof that we love. We brightened up the home’s exterior --- which previously had a black roof --- by selecting the Vineyard blend of eight different colors --- dark and medium tan, light and medium gray, light and dark violet, dark stone and dark amber. This color combination fits the era of the home and complements our cobblestone driveway and sidewalk, the stone exterior of the house and our copper gutters and snow guards.

          - Nancy Dye, Roanoke, Virginia

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House of Horrors

composite roofHundreds of home inspectors flock to Boulder, Colo. each year to train at the "House of Horrors."

Sponsored by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the House of Horrors is designed with a wide variety of home systems (most of which are operable) that have 1,000 defects built in. The goal is to provide students with a chance to improve their skills by learning how to recognize home system defects and safety issues and ultimately, to become better home inspectors.

The "real home" is designed with multiple stations, including a roof systems area featuring 11 different roofing products such as asphalt shingles, stone slate, clay and concrete tiles, wood shakes and shingles, and rubber. Plus, there's a section on composite roofing, with product samples provided by DaVinci Roofscapes.

"Our goal in this section is to teach students to recognize proper installation of roofing materials, including underlayment, flashing and primary roof coverings," says Kenton Shepard, director of international development for InterNACHI.  "We want these inspectors-in-training to recognize common defects and understand the lifecycle of roofing products, their failing points and other key factors on the roof. Plus, with more durable products like synthetic slate and shake roofing, we want them to understand the benefits of low-maintenance roofing products.

Polymer roofing tiles"So far, the main reaction our students have had to the DaVinci roofing is curiosity. Some students have never seen polymer roofing before. They're interested in how this type of roofing product ages and what installation looks like for composite roofing."

The InterNACHI school offers world-class, accredited inspection training. The House of Horrors will have about 500 people visit each year who are advancing their inspection knowledge and skills. And, if you're visiting the Boulder area, make plans to stop by and visit the House of Horrors---it's open to everyone!

 

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Coastal Commitment

DaVinci RoofscapesWould you want to live on the California coast? Sure there's great weather and tremendous views, but there's also serious weather conditions to contend with on a regular basis.

Consider the salt air, sea spray and winds that whip up against coastal homes. Then there's the unrelenting ultraviolet rays from the sun. And, to cause even more worries, there's the threat of wildfire spread during various times of the year. All of these elements can combine to cause headaches for coastal homeowners.

Architectural West magazine recently ran an article on how polymer roofing meets the heavy demands Mother Nature places on homes along the California coast.  We're sharing that article with you (click HERE) so you can learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic shake and slate shingles stand up to Mother Nature --- and win!

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Colorful Vineyard Multi-Width Slate Roof Accents Maine Home

When Holly Fanjoy comes up with a "honey do project list" for her husband, she's confident the tasks will get completed. Why? Because Rob Fanjoy used to be a contractor, and he loves to tackle projects at their Maine home.

synthetic slateAfter moving into their house several years ago, a project both Holly and Rob agreed should be added to "the list" was a new roof. The old asphalt shingle roof overhead was failing badly and most likely wouldn't make it through another Maine winter.

Based on his industry knowledge, Rob chose a composite slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes and decided to install it himself.

“I’m a big supporter of man-made products that replicate Mother Nature but offer more long-term benefits than natural products,” says Fanjoy. “When researching our roofing options, we determined that the DaVinci synthetic tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling. And, they’re backed by a long term warranty that we can really depend on.”

Looking for a strong visual interest to accent the home, he and his wife selected the multi-width slate Vineyard blend, a combination of eight roofing colors that include dark and medium tan, light and medium gray, dark stone, light and dark violet, and dark amber.

synthetic slateAccording to Fanjoy, his first installation of synthetic slate tiles went extremely well. “I very much prefer working with these polymer tiles since they’re cleaner to handle and easier on your hands than asphalt shingles," says Fanjoy. "No dirty grit to scrape your knuckles or tar melting and sticking to everything. Cutting and nailing these synthetic tiles was also simple. A sharp utility knife and standard nail gun was all that was needed for this project.

 “Overall, I think from start-to-finish that this job went smoothly. We made the right decision and investment with this polymer roof, plus it gave me the opportunity to expand my installation experience. I’ve already recommended the DaVinci product to my neighbors and others who are considering new roofs.”

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Efficient Operations at DaVinci Mean More Savings for YOU!

We're better than ever. Really. Our plant operations have become so efficient at DaVinci Roofscapes that we dropped our product pricing in late 2016.

"When DaVinci started manufacturing synthetic roofing tiles about two decades ago they were considered specialty products," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO for DaVinci Roofscapes. "Now, thanks to technological advancements our synthetic slate and shake tiles are seen more as 'main stream' products.

DaVinci Roofscapes Manufacturing"This means we're very comfortable competing against products like slate, real cedar, high end asphalt and other materials. From an aesthetic, performance and cost standpoint synthetic roofing products are very competitive."

Using new molds at DaVinci (see DaVinci Roofscapes Applauds "American Made Matters Day") allowed us to enhance the look of all our slate profiles in 2016. The thicker, more authentic profiles accurately replicate the quarried look of slate at a cost less than natural slate. Thanks to recent price reductions, pricing for the company's Bellaforté Shake tiles falls below pricing of many real cedar shingles, but with the added benefit of resistance to fire, splitting, curling, mold and algae.

"Adding more workers and line equipment at our plant, along with other advances, have enabled us to leverage our operational efficiencies," says Rosewall. "The bottom line is that we're more efficient than ever before at making our quality synthetic roofing products and we've shared the saving to our distributors. It's our sincere hope that those price breaks are then passed on through the channel to roofers and homeowners."

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Contractors Give Thumbs Up to DaVinci Replacement Roofs

You've seen it before. Maybe while driving through your neighborhood. You look up at a house and your eyes fix on the roof. And it looks old ... or splotchy ... or just plain ugly.

Like any other aspect of a home, most roofs have a limited lifespan --- especially if it's an asphalt shingle or cedar shake roof. When roofing tiles curl, cup or break away, it's time for a replacement.

If you're examining your own roof and decide a replacement might be in your future, listen to what these professional roofing contractors have to say about their experiences with polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes and see How To Know When To Replace Your Roof.

 

polymer slate"My client was looking for a synthetic slate roof that preserved the character of his house. He especially liked the authentic look of the DaVinci slate, the reflectivity and lightweight aspects of the product. I've installed more than 30 DaVinci roofs in the past 15 years, so I know it's a good product. Plus it's Made in America, which is important to us so we can support the U.S. economy."

     -Scott Owen, President, Owen Enterprises

 

 

polymer shake“The humid environment we have in the North Carolina mountains works against natural cedar shake, giving them a lifespan of perhaps just 20 years. We’ve replaced about 15 of the original wood roofs in the StoneBridge community with the DaVinci polymer shake products over the past several years with widespread applause from all the homeowners. DaVinci gives the residents the look of cedar shake, but with a much longer life span. Also, the product is not combustible and provides better protection from fire than real cedar shake.”

     -Ken Bowman, Owner, Blue Ridge Roofing

 

 

synthetic slate roof“The Telecky roofing project really shows how the right man-made products can complement a historic home design. The Slate Gray color chosen for the DaVinci roof complements the strong Arts and Crafts lines of the home while subtly allowing the architectural details of the house remain the focal point."

     -Blake Gillette, Owner, Christian Brothers Roofing

 

“I’ve worked with the DaVinci product before in our area and felt the long-term value these polymer tiles would bring to the Animas Museum project would be ideal. Each tile has a refined cedar look, much like a machine-sawn shake shingle, so it blends in perfectly with our mountain setting. Plus, the tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.”

     -Tony Whittle, Owner and President, TL Roofing

 

 

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Top Five DaVinci Reroofing Projects of 2016

Project #1: Matching Roofs on House and Shed

For Dave and Jeannie Schwab, the effort of cleaning and applying shake oil to their massive real cedar shake roof every five years or so eventually wore them down. They loved the look of shake on their home, but hated the maintenance aspects. So they shopped for a new composite shake for their home and matching potting shed --- and decided on DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roofing in a Mountain blend.

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"Our home was built in 1993 and there's a lot of roofing involved in its design. Eventually the roof really needed to be replaced. We liked how the natural cedar roofing looked on the house, but when we went shopping for a new roof we wanted a cedar shake alternative."

Dave Schwab

 

Project #2: Coastal Retreat

Most people would be envious of Robbin Torrey's home with sweeping Pacific Coast ocean views. The one blemish in her ideal home ... the original 51-year-old redwood shake tiles that were falling offer her roof. After doing her research, Torrey replaced her deteriorating roof with Multi-Width Shake from DaVinci Roofscapes in a Mountain blend color.

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"The DaVinci roofing material was of the best quality of all the products I reviewed. I liked the durability and appearance of the shake. Since my house is right on the coast, the fact that this synthetic shake tile has a wind resistance of 110 mph was very important to me."

Robbin Torrey

                                               

Project #3: Energy-Efficient EcoBlend Roof

When it came time to move from San Francisco to Pebble Beach, California, the Hines family fell in love with an abandoned 31-year-old home. It needed many replacements, including a new roof. They listened to their roofer, Denison Roofing, and selected an energy-efficient EcoBlend roof from DaVinci Roofscapes in Castle Gray-EcoBlend color. The roof meets Title 24 requirements, is ENERGY STAR® rated and meets the approval of the Cool Roof Rating Council to reflect sunlight and heat away from the home.

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"The old cedar shingles were in terrible shape. They were turned up like potato chips, falling off and rotting. We're glad we listened to our roofer. They did a terrific job and we love the new roof. Many of our neighbors have complemented it and we'd strongly recommend this good-looking, hard-working roofing product!"

Ray Hines

 

Project #4: Synthetic Slate On Stylish Home

Everyone knows the saying "Everything is Bigger in Texas" ... and the sprawling home of Jason Taylor is no exception. To complement his massive brick home and carport area, Taylor selected Bellaforté Slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes in Slate Gray.

Synthetic Slate Roof

"I liked the look and durability of the DaVinci product. The installer did a great job on the roof. If I had family members or friends looking for a new roof I'd highly recommend this roof and Huf Construction."

Jason Taylor

 

Project #5: Rebuilding After a Fire

Fire. A homeowner's worst nightmare. It happened recently to the Matthews family when a chimney fire caused by hot embers and ash that got through the spark arrestor and ignited the dry, combustible cedar shake roofing at the top of the chimney. Quick response by the fire department limited the damage, but a new roof was needed. The family chose a fire-resistant Bellaforté Shake roof from DaVinci Roofscapes in a Mountain VariBlend color.

Class a fire rated roof

"The lifetime limited warranty on the product plus the Class A Fire Rating are 90% of the reason behind our DaVinci selection. This synthetic shake roofing actually looks BETTER than real shake tiles. All of my neighbors were very anxious to see the finished roof and they have nothing but positive comments about it. I believe we'll see many more of these DaVinci roofs in our neighborhood in the coming years."

Ron Matthews

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What Roofing Products Roofers Recommend to Their Families

If you have a farmer in the family, you come to expect the best selections of vegetables and fruits on the dinner table. If your spouse is a travel agent, you may get some excellent deals on cruises. And, if you have a roofer in the family and find yourself in need of a new roof, you're certainly going to call the expert in the family for advice!

We recognize that everyone doesn't have a roofer in their family, so we're helping you out.

At DaVinci Roofscapes we sent this one question to several roofers and asked for their honest response. Here's the question ... and their answers.

Question: What would you tell a family member who asks your advice on a DaVinci roof versus asphalt, real wood shake, slate or stone coated steel?

 

Slate Tile Roof"Asphalt will only last 20 years. Wood shakes look great for five years, then start to weather and grow algae. Nothing compares to the look of a natural slate roof. They will last for 80 years, but you will pay for it up front --- almost double the cost of installing a DaVinci slate roof. Natural slate is very durable, but it will become brittle over time and more susceptible to hail impacts.

DaVinci roofing is priced between asphalt and slate. It has a higher fire rating than natural shakes and is more resistant to impacts than slate. And, DaVinci is hands down more aesthetically pleasing than stone coated steel options."

-Joe Whitmore, VP of Operations, Century Slate and Solar

 

"DaVinci will be the last roof you ever need ... it looks great!"

-Ken Bowman, Owner, Blue Ridge Roofing

 

"Roof installations most always come down to budgets. If your budget allows you to purchase a more expensive roof system that will outlast a lower costing roof by two to three times, a DaVinci roof is a great choice. It will give you longevity --- and actually at a lower cost than other expensive roofs --- as the lighter weight will save on structural framing costs.

Depending on your individual home and roof design, over time a DaVinci roof system can cost less than the two or three asphalt shingle roofs or the two cedar roofs that would need to be replaced over the lifespan when compared to DaVinci."

-Mark Dalrymple, President, Butcher & Butcher Construction Co., Inc.

 

"DaVinci has a natural look that comes with benefits of being lightweight, walkable, durable and having a very small amount of fade from sunlight."

-Hogan Hammarstrom, President and Founder, Absolut Roofing, Inc.

 

Interested in more roofer insights on synthetic slate roofing and synthetic shake shingles? See Roofers Applaud Lifespan & Looks of DaVinci Roofs and "Uncle Joe" Tells You About Roofing.

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Keeping Cool in the Hot Florida Sun

 

Sunshine and warm weather. That's reason enough to travel to Florida in early January. But, we've got an even better reason: the 2017 International Builders' Show (IBS)!

From January 10-12, thousands of industry professionals will gather in Orlando to see all the newest products, gain insights in seminars and unite to find the "hot products" for 2017.

DaVinci Roofscapes will be at the show again (in the West Hall, in booth W6871) with hot products that are pretty cool.

We're showcasing our DaVinci EcoBlend polymer roofing tiles and the four recently-introduced colors approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC). What's so hot about these cool composite roofing tiles? EcoBlend tiles reflect sunlight and heat away from a home or commercial structure ... and the four new color blends all meet Title 24 requirements for California.

Visit us at IBS and see for yourself our newest EcoBlend polymer shake and slate roofing tiles:

- Tahoe-EcoBlend: Light Tahoe, Medium Light Tahoe and Medium Tahoe blend

- Mountain-EcoBlend: Light Mountain, Medium Mountain and Dark Mountain blend

- Brownstone-EcoBlend: Light Brown, Dark Stone and Dark Tan blend

- Slate Gray-EcoBlend: Slate Gray                                               

You can also see our original  EcoBlend color blends previously accessible from DaVinci Roofscapes that meet the stringent requirements to receive ENERGY STAR® designations, and still available from the company include:

- Weathered Gray-EcoBlend: Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray and Dark Weathered Gray blend

- Castle Gray-EcoBlend: Light Gray, Medium Gray and Dark Gray

While you're at our booth, check out the full line of DaVinci products ... from Multi-Width to Single-Width to Bellaforté synthetic shingles. We've got the right composite roofing tiles for YOUR next project!

Need more reasons to cool off at IBS? Check out Sunscreen for Your Designer Roof and   Green Roof Systems are Cool and Energy Efficient.

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Coast-to-Coast Roofer Opinions of DaVinci Roofscapes

This is a tale of two coasts.

Talking with roofers separated by more than 2,000 miles, you might expect to get different answers when they're asked about composite roofing. But, read on and you'll find out that there's not much difference between an East Coast and a West Coast roofer when it comes to DaVinci Roofscapes!

Q: What would you tell a family member who asks your advice on a DaVinci roof versus asphalt, real wood shake, slate or stone coated steel?

"DaVinci has a natural look that comes with lightweight aspects and durability. It experiences a very small amount of fade from sunlight."

Hogan Hammarstrom
Absolut Roofing, Inc.
Huntington Beach, California

 

"DaVinci roofs look great. This will be the last roof you will ever need!"

Ken Bowman
Blue Ridge Roofing
Boone, North Carolina

 

 

Q: Compared to installing other types of roofing products, how does DaVinci rate when it comes to installation?

"Installation of the DaVinci product is no harder than any other product ... actually it's easier than tile or real shake."

Hammarstrom

 

"Easier than most in the same category of roof, plus much easier than standing seam and slate. A bit more challenging than asphalt shingles or metal."

Bowman

 

Q: What are the three top reasons you would give someone to invest in a DaVinci synthetic slate or composite shake roof?

"Natural look, durability and ease of walkability."

Hammarstrom

 

"Looks, longevity, and cost over the life of the product."

Bowman

Interested in what other roofers have to say about our polymer shake and synthetic slate roofing materials? Then check out Roofers Applaud Lifespan & Looks of DaVinci Roofs and DaVinci Composite Roofing Sparks Confidence in Roofers .

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