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.

composite shake

"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.

Synthetic Shake Roofing

"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.

Environmentally friendly roof

"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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Custom Assistance for a Custom Color Roof

Homeowner David Edelman did his research back in 2012 and decided to replace his old asphalt shingle roof with synthetic slate tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

polymer roofingBeing in the construction industry and having visited the DaVinci booth during the International Builders' Show, Edelman knew the company was capable of creating custom color blends. And that's exactly what he wanted for his English-style home in Texas.

"The team at DaVinci was great in helping me achieve just the look I wanted," says Edelman. "Katie Theole and I were on the phone at least a dozen times. She would send me different color samples to determine the perfect blend. With her help we got it right."

What was the custom Multi-Width Slate blend that appealed to Edelman? A unique blend of Slate Gray, Dark Tan, Green Stone and Dark Stone.

"This is such a pretty blend that I believe DaVinci should package it!" says Edelman. "Friends and family really like it and I'm happy to recommend the product to others. I'm so pleased with this roof that I'm going to add it to a new covered pavilion I'm building along with a swimming pool."

Being in the construction industry gives Edelman a unique view on his experience with DaVinci. "Sometimes you finish a construction project and go, 'Wow, we spent a bunch of dollars and did not get the results we had hoped for.' That's not the case with my DaVinci roof.

"I drive up every day and think 'Wow, I am so glad we went the extra mile and invested in DaVinci!' Even four years later, I love the way this roof looks and gladly recommend it to others!"

For more colorful details on DaVinci plastic roofing materials, see Colorful Custom Roof Projects - Part I and Colorful DaVinci Roofs Help Businesses Stand Out.

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What's Growing on YOUR Roof?

Talk about a roof garden ... several structures at the Maine Botanical Gardens have taken the idea to new heights!

While the gardening team at this idyllic location have certainly put every square inch of space to good use, it begs the question of how did they get so much greenery to actually grow on the rooftops? And, more importantly, what may be growing on YOUR roof?

The unfortunate answer is that algae, mold, mildew, moss and even the occasional greenery, can indeed grow on a variety of roofing tiles ... including cedar shakes, asphalt shingles and real slate roofs. Some homeowners with this problem end up paying quite a bit of money on a regular basis to have these "growths" removed from their roofs.(See Slimy Slate Roofs and Composite Roofing Resists Mold)

What's the answer if you don't want to put your green thumb to use on your roof? Synthetic slate and shake roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Our man-made polymer roof tiles resist impact, fire spread and yes, even greenery. Of equal importance, they resist the growth of algae, fungus and mold, so there are no long-term maintenance hassles or costs.

Let's remember also that a "garden roof" can be a siren's call to insects, decay and rot. All common problems for roofs that invite growth.

Unless you're interested in creating a yearly harvest on your roof, take time when selecting your next roof to consider all the benefits of synthetic slate and shake tiles from DaVinci. Along with a beautiful roof, you'll get a lifetime limited warranty that provides you with the peace-of-mind of knowing that the only greenery you'll be harvesting is from your garden. 

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Roofers Applaud Lifespan & Looks of DaVinci Roofs

Contractors and roofers can be a valuable source of information for consumers. While a homeowner may replace their roof only once or twice in their lifetime, roofers and contractors can replace up to 50 roofs a year! That means they know their business ... and they know roofs.

When we asked some roofers across the country what aspects of synthetic shakes and slate tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes they like most, lifespan and appearance topped the list.

Listen to what they say ...

Lifetime Roof"The look, the lifespan and how the tiles increase the value of the home are the three reasons I would give a potential customer as to why they should buy a DaVinci synthetic shake or slate roof. We've been installing this roofing product since 2005 and it's a roof a homeowner would never have to worry about again."

Barbie Copp
Copp Roofing & Construction, Inc.

"The eye-catching aesthetics of a DaVinci roof will greatly improve the look of your home. Key benefits of fire resistance and wind uplift resistance will give you security living under a DaVinci roof. And, the longevity and lower maintenance costs of a DaVinci roof, compared to asphalt and cedar, make this roof a smart investment decision for your home."

Mark Dalrymple
Butcher & Butcher Construction Co., Inc.

"Putting budget aside, DaVinci polymer roofing performs and looks better than asphalt shingles, wood shake and stone coated steel. The DaVinci product represents the closest match to real slate that we've seen in the current roofing market. The appearance, lifespan and weight of this product versus real slate are the top three reasons I recommend composite roofing."

Tony Polotto
University of Notre Dame

"DaVinci is a great lightweight product. It's more durable than slate as far as hail impact, and it has a higher fire rating and lasts longer than real wood shakes."

Joe Whitmore
Century Slate and Solar

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Trick or Treat?

Imagine a grown up version of Halloween where you purchase a beautiful new home ... only to find out a few months later that the "quaint" shake roofing tiles you thought added character to your home are infested with insects.

Trick or Treat.

Or, where you invest in a new slate roof for your traditional style home ... and then less than a year later a limb breaks off a nearby tree and cracks those beautiful slate tiles.

Trick or Treat.

You get the idea. Being a homeowner can be scary. When evaluating a replacement or new roof --- or even a new home purchase --- you have to mentally dress up like a super hero or wizard to make sure you're making the best roofing decision for your home.

Here are some fast tips from the experts at DaVinci Roofscapes to use when evaluating a roof to assure you don't get tricked in the long run:

Tip #1 - Determine the age of the existing roof, the material it's made of and any manufacturer warranties.

Tip #2 - Invest in having a professional roofer do a comprehensive evaluation of the roof to determine any potential issues -- especially those you can't see from the ground, such as missing tiles, weak spots and damaged areas.

Tip #3 - Look in the gutters. If there are asphalt shingles on the roof and you find lots of loose granules in the gutters this can be an indication the roof is starting to fail.

Tip #4 - Think about your geographic location. If you live in an area with the potential for wildfire spread, high winds, sea air or severe weather, know that the roof takes the brunt of these conditions --- and you should have a roof overhead that will help protect your home.

Tip #5 - Do your research. If it's time to consider a new roof, synthetic slate and shake tiles should be tops of your list. Investing in these impact-, fire- and insect-resistant tiles can save you maintenance hassles for decades to come ... plus can potentially help lower your homeowner insurance.

For more tips on roofing materials and how to evaluate your roof, see Tips to Determine if You Need a New Roof and Save $$$ with Imitation Slate and Synthetic Shake Roofing.

 

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sNOw

October 3, 2013 ... 23.1 inches of snow in Rapid City, South Dakota.

October 17, 1984 ... 18.4 inches of snow in Salt Lake City.

October 26, 1997 ... 19.3 inches of snow in Goodland, Kansas.

Think it's too early to think about snow guards? Think again!

Don't be surprised by an early snow fall. If you live in a geographic area where accumulating snow fall is possible and have a synthetic roof, then now is the time to call your roofer. (See Winter Forecast: Get Snow Guards! and On Guard for Winter Weather ... with Snow Retention Systems)

Snow guards can be retrofitted fairly easily to composite slate or shake roofing products, and it's best to be prepared for potential bad winter weather. To install the snow guards, your roofer can use self-tapping, self-sealing Woodbinder Screws that have coated heads to match the color of the snow guard. These are enhanced with sealant between the snow guard strap and the roofing shingle. Snow guards are even available in unique styles or custom colors to match your DaVinci Roofscapes roofing (see Stylish Snow Guards )

 

Snowguards

 

Once installed, snow guards help "break up" the melting snow or ice from a composite roof so snow slides or "avalanches" don't occur. By breaking up the snow as it falls, there's less chance of it damaging landscaping or blocking your home's entryways.

Remember, October isn't too early to get prepared for snow. Just ask the folks in Minneapolis. They had a surprise "Trick or Treat" snowfall of 21 inches on October 31, 1991!

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

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Five Years Later: Report on DaVinci Slate Roof

When Rob and Holly Fanjoy moved to Maine five years ago they looked up ... and saw that their new home absolutely needed a new roof.

Given the harsh winter weather Maine gets each year, they knew a reliable roof was needed. They selected a Multi-Width Slate roof in a Vineyard blend from DaVinci Roofscapes. (See Maine Challenge)

 

After five tough winters, we checked in with homeowner Rob Fanjoy to see how his synthetic slate roofing has held up.

Q: What type of weather conditions has your roof been exposed to since 2011?

Fanjoy: The weather in Maine has been atypical the past several years. A bitterly cold winter with several feet of snow would be followed by a cool summer with drenching rains. The next winter was very icy, followed by a brutally hot and humid summer. Through it all, our imitation slate roof has held up perfectly and retains its beautiful appearance.

 

Q: You researched DaVinci roofs quite a bit before making your roof selection. Has the DaVinci product lived up to your expectations?

Fanjoy: No. Actually, it has exceeded our expectations. We set the expectation bar very high for this roof. The performance and aesthetics are top-notch and we have absolutely zero complaints.

 

Q: What would you say to someone asking your opinion on whether or not to invest in a DaVinci roof?

Fanjoy: I would wholeheartedly recommend a DaVinci roof to anyone looking to replace their old roof --- and I often have! I tell them the initial higher cost is more than worth it when you factor in the durability, worry-free performance and fantastic curb appeal. The beauty and longevity of these synthetic slate shingles make them a great bargain!

 

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Roofing Magic: Transformation of Historic Roof with Modern Materials

As the new owners of a 137-year old home in Mt. Airy, Pa., the Nasratullah family knew the original terra cotta roof had to go. They hesitated, not wanting to give up the historic look of the roof, but it was in bad shape. That's when they learned about synthetic roofing materials.

"A very good friend has composite roofing tiles installed at his home and he highly recommended his roofer and the product," says Ahsan Nasratullah. "We selected the Sonora blend of terracotta and clay colors to replicate the original tiles that were still on the roof."

 

Replacing the old roof tiles took time and patience. The original tile roofing had to be stripped down and disposed of and the entire project took nine months to complete.

"After handling the countless issues with the roof structure itself, installing the DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic slate tile was a breeze," says Rich Bennett with Bennett Construction. "Our team was able to tackle all these challenges and bring the home back to its former glory. This home now represents the perfect combination of old world construction and modern materials."

For more information on synthetic slate shingles, see Choosing Polymer Slate Tiles Over Real Slate Roofing Shingles.

          

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Polymer Roofing vs. Slate, Shake, Asphalt, Clay and Concrete

 

Durable: able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration; lasting.

There you have it. Webster's Dictionary has defined synthetic roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes for us.

Our cedar shake alternative and imitation slate tiles are manufactured to last --- and they're backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

Interested in how our durable, impact- and fire-resistant polymer roofing compares to other real and man-made products? Here's a fast look at the pros and cons of some competitive roofing products:

NATURAL SLATE:

            Pros: Doesn't burn; strong durability
            Cons: Heavy and brittle; requires beefy rafters and skilled roofers for installation; expensive

REAL SHAKE:

            Pros: Turns colors and fades when exposed to the sun; lightweight
            Cons: Vulnerable to fire, hail and moss growth; short lifespan; can crack and split

ASPHALT:

            Pros: Lightweight; inexpensive; fast to install
            Cons: Sheds granules; short lifespan; thin shadow lines

CLAY:

            Pros: Fireproof; long life span
            Cons: Heavy; brittle; expensive; requires heavy rafters and skilled roofers for installation

CONCRETE:

            Pros: Fireproof; unaffected by the sun; many shapes
            Cons: Heavy; vulnerable to freezing weather

Naturally we're firm believers in composite roofing for durability. You will be too once you hear how we make our polymer roof tiles.

Each shingle starts with pellets of colored plastic polymer blended with ultraviolet inhibitors and fire retardants. The mix is heated into a liquid state and then injected into a hot steel mold. Next, up to 1,000 tons of hydraulic pressure produces a tile of uniform density with a crisp, flawless profile.

That tile pops out of the press, is cooled, inspected and collated by color blend before being shipped. Want to see this operation in action? Here's our plant tour video:

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What Condo Groups Say About DaVinci Roofscapes

Four stars. Five diamonds. Two thumbs up. Everyone likes a good review.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we're no exception. We're happy to hear from homeowners who are pleased with their new designer roofs featuring our synthetic roofing material. However, we're exceptionally pleased when we hear those same praises from condo communities. Why? Because it means even more consumers are happy!

Fake ShakeIn Fort Wayne, Ind., our Bellaforté Shake tiles were chosen to replace the rotted wood shake shingles on 207 condo units at Covington Creek. While homeowners loved the look of their cedar shakes, they hated the long-term maintenance issues.

"The homeowners wanted a similar look and color to the original shake roof, but one that would last longer," says Mike Hamilton, RRC, RRO and principal with MartinRiley architects and engineers. "The realistic-looking Bellaforté shake shingles in the Tahoe-VariBlend color of four gray-brown tones best matched the original shake.

"This product is aesthetically pleasing, economical, hail resistant and has solid longevity. These are all qualities that responsible condo owners look for when replacing building products in communities."

In Ohio, Bellaforté Shake roofs again came to the rescue after a severe hail storm damaged all 35 of the condos at Catawba Shores on Lake Erie.

“We’re all extremely pleased with the authentic appearance of these synthetic shake tiles and how they’ve given a fresh, new look to our condos,” says Jim Packard, president of the Catawba Shores Homeowners Association in Port Clinton, Ohio. “More importantly, we feel we made the right selection with DaVinci since these roofing tiles are impact-, hail-, insect-, algae- and fire-resistant. We estimate that we’re saving more than $10,000 per year on the ongoing maintenance costs from our old roof, and we’ve got the peace-of-mind that these roofs will help protect our units from fire and hail."

Shake AlternativeComposite shake roofing was again the big winner for the 34 condo units in Newport, Calif., when their cedar shakes faded from salt air and sea spray.   

 “Our research and the recommendation of a design consultant led us to the DaVinci product for its appearance, durability and maintenance,” says John Adler, a member of the Mai-Kai condo board of directors. “We needed a material that could be walked on by various trades people who would need access to the roof in the future. The strength of the product really impressed us and helped influence our decision.

“Based on our experience so far with the product, I’d recommend the polymer slate or shake roofing tiles from DaVinci to another community if they had the same needs we did. Our experience has been positive with the product selection and installation, and we expect long-term satisfaction from this roofing product.”

See also:  Why You Should Care that DaVinci Polymer Roofs are Used on Condo Communities and Condo Community Chooses Impact- and Fire-Resistant DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles.

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Back to School 101: What Roofing Protects My Children?

Backpacks are ready and children of all ages are soon headed back to school.

We expect our teachers to be geared up, classrooms to be prepared and school facilities to be equipped for the onslaught of returning students.

At many schools, colleges and universities across the country, the buildings where students will spend their days studying are protected by impact- and fire-resistant composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Get ready to be impressed. Here are just some of the outstanding educational facilities now boasting DaVinci imitation slate and synthetic shake roofing on their buildings:

  • Polymer RoofingWashburn University
  • Valparaiso University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Nebraska
  • Florida State University
  • Rivers Education Center
  • Mohawk Avenue School
  • State University of New York (SUNY)
  • Sara Bea Learning Center at Notre Dame
  • Willard Elementary School
  • St. Joseph University
  • Trinity Pawling School
  • Princeton University
  • Colorado State University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Mount St. Mary's
  • College of New Jersey

 

Why are so many educational buildings relying on our polymer roofing? Durability and beauty are two key features that smart school administrators like about DaVinci Roofscapes. Plus security. Our products have a 50-year limited warranty on commercial structures and are resistant to everything from high winds to severe weather and impact.

Before you send your children back to school this year ... ask the question of "what roofing is protecting my children?"

Read more about our eco-friendly roof shingles on schools at  DaVinci Roofscapes Get A+ in the Classroom, Back to School with Polymer Roof and Forget "Back to School" --- it's "Back to Roof" Time.

 

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National Safe at Home Week

We're right in the middle of National Safe at Home Week --- a time designated for homeowners to evaluate their homes and make positive changes.

According to the National Safety Council Mission, preventable injuries are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Many of those injuries happen in the home with falls, fire and burns, poisoning and window safety issues.

While looking inside the home is critical, homeowners should also take time to evaluate their home exterior. Wobbly porch steps, loose shutters and rotting deck boards are all accidents waiting to happen.

After you've fixed those potential safety problems, look up at your roof. Make sure you don't have loose or broken shingles waiting to fall off. If you haven't had a full roof evaluation in a few years, now is a good time to call in a professional roofer. (See DaVinci Advice: Call the Pros)

Just like other products on your house, roofs have a limited lifespan. If your roofer suggests that it's time to replace your roof, consider investing in simulated shake roofing or manufactured slate. Lightweight roofing materials from DaVinci Roofscapes help assure your home's safety for many years to come.

Impact- and fire-resistant, DaVinci's best-in-class composite roofing can help protect your home and family. And, our lifetime limited warranty adds peace-of-mind.

During National Safe at Home Week, think twice about adding synthetic roofing material to your home. It's a decision that can help keep you and your family safe for many years to come.

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