So Many Roof Colors… How Do I Choose The Right One?

At DaVinci, we are known for our wide range of color options, color blends, and custom color abilities. Also, our tiles are pre-blended at the factory prior to shipment to eliminate the hassle and extra time of on the job collation.

While we have a lot of options, sometimes it is hard to know what will really look fantastic on your home or business, especially if you don't have that creative eye.

That's where our national color expert Kate Smith can help. Kate is a certified color professional and knows first had what colors to select when it comes to a home or building's exterior. She has developed a five step process called the "FRESH" approach and is outlined below.

1. Fixed Features
2. Regional Colors
3. Environment and Surroundings
4. Style of the Home
5. Have-to-Use Colors

Thanks to Kate and her FREE online Color Book you can now use her same process to choose the right colors for your home. As well, Kate has created a quick video (below) that also outlines her "FRESH" approach. Just follow the tips as she outlines them in her guidebook and in the video and you are well on your way to a great color palette for your home. 

 

 

Of course, if you have any additional questions about which of our roofing profiles or color blends would look best on your home or business, simply submit a photo and description of your plans to be evaluated by Kate - she will provide you with her expert opinions to get you started creating your masterpiece.

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Protect Your Roof with Class 4 Impact Rated DaVinci Tiles!

Your roof protects you from the elements and also from allowing any object to get inside your home. When it is damaged you run the risk of leaks, structural failure, and a whole list of other issues. Storm damage is one of the top causes of roof damage, and the impact rating of the material on your roof will determine just how resistant it is to hail and debris. A Class 4 Impact Rating is the highest on the market and products with this classification will give you more comfort and peace of mind for longer periods of time.

DaVinci products are engineered to withstand impact so that you do not have to worry as much about hail, falling debris, or any other external force. With our manufactured slate and composite shake, you get a Class 4 impact rating, can select the color you prefer (even get a personal color recommendation from our color expert), and most importantly you have peace of mind.

Depending on your insurance company, using a Class 4 Impact rated product may reduce your home insurance costs. If you live in an area that is prone to inclement weather that causes flying debris, wind and hail, talk to your insurance provider about the discounts that are available. Additionally, installing high-quality products on your roof will increase resale value and add a personal touch to curb appeal.

 

 

For more information on DaVinci Roofscapes products, contact us - we're here to help.

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Tips to Make Bellaforté Installation Even Easier!

Over the past 3 years of working with Bellaforté and inspecting various installations I have observed the following common mistakes.

  • Starters installed without a gap: There must be a gap between the starters. While 3/8" is optimal, 1/4" to 1/2" is fine. I constantly see installations where the starters are installed "tight" or without a gap.

  • Transition tiles not used: Transition tiles must be used at all metal transition points or where courses need to be adjusted. These can be tiles that are modified on site or purchased specifically from DaVinci. When transition tiles are not used, and the ledge remains on the back of the tiles at these transitions, the underlying materials will cause tiles to appear lifted.

  • Incorrect alignment of underlying tiles: The self aligning ledge must lie correctly along the top of underlying tiles. Installers must insure that the tiles are lying correctly. If this is not watched, unsightly gaps and or broken tabs can result.

As well, this video offers some great installation tips and techniques.

 

 

By following these tips, your installation will be much easier and look great!

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Severe Weather Season is Starting… Is Your Roof Ready?

Severe weather can come with many unpleasant surprises.  Heavy snow, rainfall, hail, falling branches and intense winds are just some of the challenges home and commercial building owners face. The roof is the most susceptible part of a structure to these forces. Having your roof properly installed can help ensure proper functioning during inclement weather. To make sure your roof is always in good working order you must have a clear maintenance plan, inspect before and after harsh weather, and make the necessary repairs at quickly as possible. Repairs should be done by a professional roofer contractor that can guide you about the applied loads on your roof and any other factor to take into consideration.

If your roof has been badly damaged before a storm, spot repairs may not always be effective and can result in the roof needing to be completely replaced. Gutters and drains should also be carefully inspected to accurately analyze their capacity and effectiveness in removing water and ice away from the roof. You run the risk of water building up on the roof during bad weather when this is not addressed. This can lead to internal leaks, added discomfort, and costly repairs.

When selecting materials for your roof, be sure to research options that are both durable and low maintenance to help you minimize potential damage from severe weather. As well, many people opt for green roofing options. DaVinci offers a proprietary product that is green, sturdy and beautiful. The Class 4 Impact Rating and Class A Fire Rating of our products set them apart in the industry. Our products also withstand severe freeze-thaw cycles without showing signs of wear and tear. Simply put, we make products that will get your roof ready for severe weather.


 

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Take a Tour of the DaVinci Plant! See How Our Polymer Roof Tiles are Made!

Have you ever wondered how we make our polymer slate and shake tiles? Now you can check out the process in a new video hosted by Mark Clement of MyFixitUpLife where he takes you on a tour of the DaVinci Roofscapes' plant.

To explain how we make our durable, Class A fire rated tiles, he starts the tour in our QA lab and an overview of the science behind the process. Since our products are made with virgin resins, unlike quarried stone or split wooden tiles, precise measurements are needed to assure that our tiles are engineered with a precise chemical composition that results in products that are tough, pliable, and Class A rated for fire.

He then moves on to the part of the factory where the tiles are actually made. Resin particles are blended with pigment and then heated to 500 degrees. That mixture is then sent to a molding machine where it's compressed with 300 to 1000 tons of pressure to make our Multi-Width, Valoré, and Bellaforté signature tiles.

The tiles then need to be quick-cooled after all of that heat and immense pressure and although they are still warm when they come out of the machine, they are ready to beautify and protect your home and business. However, before they are shipped, we also sort the tiles by width and color to help contractors save time and money at the job site.

Take a peek at the video below to take your own personal tour of plant with Mark!

To learn more about the benefits of a DaVinci roof, contact us by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

 

 

 

  

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Impact Resistant Roofing

A roof is the barrier that protects our home from the outside elements, acting like a shield on top of a home. We count on that "shield" every time it rains, and especially when those water droplets turn into pelting ice and hail. Although hail might crack older stone slate and asphalt shingles, another little thought of problem is flying debris and tree branches that may impact the roof during severe storms. Many times a flying tree branch that could do serious damage to an old brittle roof will just bounce off a Class 4 impact rated roof.

Tiles that help to protect a home from such disasters are those that have a Class 4 impact rating. A Class 4 rating is the highest possible impact rating that roofing tiles can earn based on the UL 2218 impact rating test. In this test, a steel ball is dropped from specific heights on the roof to see how well the tiles and deck stand up to the impact. However, that heavy ball isn't just dropped onto any part of the roof - it is plunged onto the most vulnerable parts of the roof to ensure that the test is the most accurate it can be.

All of our polymer slate and shake tiles have been given a Class 4 rating and thus help to provide a tough shield for the top of any home or business.

To learn more about Class 4 Impact Ratings watch this video below to see a simulated version of how the Class 4 rating is tested:

 

 

To learn more about the ways in which DaVinci Roofscapes products help protect a home with elegance, contact us by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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New Installation Videos Now Available!

When our polymer roof tiles are shipped out to a job site, in addition to being pre-sorted for color and width, they come with specific, easy to follow, written instructions. Nevertheless, it's still nice to be able to see the installation process rather than just reading about it. To show how easy and straightforward it is to install our durable and beautiful roof tiles, we have recently produced new installation videos available on our YouTube channel that show the process from start to finish, and pass along a variety of helpful tips.

Installing Bellaforté? Learn all about installing these beautiful tiles by watching the video below.

Have you ever wondered how to install flashing for a skylight or chimney? Or what about installing toeboards and snowguards on a DaVinci roof? We also have videos that demonstrate these processes too!

There are also plenty of videos that show how to install our polymer slate and shake. Although we recommend our tiles be installed by a professional roofer, these videos make it possible for home and business owners to see how the installation process helps to protect your property. As for contractors, our videos show how easy and quick it is to install a DaVinci roof while providing great tricks of the trade along the way.

Contact us by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today to learn more about the benefits and beauty of our products.

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Class A Fire Ratings - What Does that Mean?

Regular readers of our blog probably see us mention "Class A fire rating" from time to time. Although you can probably guess that a Class A rating translates to a top tier fire resistance rating, you may have wondered how our tiles earned that distinction and what exactly it means. Well, let's start off by saying that the Class A rating is the highest rating for fire resistance that can be earned by roofing products. There are also Class B and C ratings and each of those refers to products that off a lesser resistance to fire.

These ratings are determined by a standardized test given to roof coverings known as the ASTM E108. It tests for how well the roofing tiles resist the spreading of flames on their surface, the ability of the material to resist fire penetration from the exterior to the underside of a roof deck, and resistance to recurring intermittent flame".  All of our polymer roof tiles have been given a Class A rating for fire based on these tests, and this means extra protection for your home and business.

To learn more about our Class A Fire Ratings, read this blog written by our Vice President of Technical Services, Tim Gentry. As well, in the video below you can see our DaVinci Shake going through the fire test:

 

 

To learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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New Polymer Slate and Shake Roof Installation Video

Roofers and contractors can gain step-by-step tips on installing DaVinci slate and shake products on the new installation video. Expert installers provide detailed directions on installation tips for both slate and shake polymer products in roofing applications. The informative videos are intended to support written installation instructions also available from DaVinci.

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Bellaforté Shake and Slate - New Installation Video

DaVinci continues to focus on developing support materials that will make it easy for homeowners and roofers to understand our products. For the new Bellaforté Installation video, expert installers provide detailed directions on installation tips for both Bellaforté Shake and Slate products in roofing applications. The informative videos are intended to support written installation instructions also available from DaVinci.

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Give Me 5 Minutes -- And I'll Show You How To Find A Perfect Exterior Color Scheme

If you are thinking about making a change to your home’s exterior and aren't sure how to choose the best colors this video is for you.

Like many homeowners, you may find choosing colors a bit more difficult than you expected. With hundreds of choices it seems like it should be easy to find the right hues for your home. So why do so many people still struggle to put together a scheme they find appealing? It is because if you don't have a tried and true method for making your choices, selecting colors is challenging.

This is where my 5-step FRESH approach will help you to more easily find the perfect hues for your home. In less than five minutes I share the 5-step method I have successfully used for years and now you, too, can use this method when picking your exterior color scheme. Watch the video now and then scroll to the bottom of the page and click the link to instantly download a copy of the FREE eBook I put together to give you even more details about the 5 FRESH steps.

 

 

 

The FRESH Exterior Color guide will give you all of the information included in the video plus so much more. Be sure to click on the image below to instantly download a copy of the eBook. 

FRESH Home Exterior Color Guide by Kate Smith

I am confident that if you follow my FRESH approach you can put together a color scheme you can be proud to show off on your home’s exterior!

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Featured Product Showcase

Click below to view a 5 minute sales video put together by our friends at Sparrow Exteriors out of Woodstock, Georgia. This video shows a comprehensive, 3rd-party overview of the products and what the consumer should know when considering a polymer slate or shake roof by DaVinci Roofscapes. The best quote from the whole thing? "We love DaVinci!".

 

 

Sparrow Exteriors
Woodstock, GA
678-729-7129
 

To learn more about DaVinci Roofscapes products, contact us at 1-800-328-4624 or drop us an email today.

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Behind-The-Scenes Look at DaVinci Roofscapes

Our new DaVinci Plant Tour video features home improvement expert Mark Clement of MyFixitUpLife.com touring the DaVinci manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Kansas. Clement explores both the art and science of developing the polymer roofing tiles and hosts an informative behind-the-scenes look at the DaVinci operations.

 

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Featured Project - It is Christmas Time in Ft. Worth

Dynasty Roofing of Ft. Worth, TX is in the Christmas spirit this week and shared this video with us. Their latest project, a Bellaforté Slate roof in the Milano blend located in Ft. Worth, TX is one of several that they have installed over the last several months.

Dynasty Roofing
Ft. Worth, TX
(817) 423-0880
www.dynastyroofing.com

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Featured Project - Ft. Worth, TX

You know Bellaforté Slate looks great, but did you know it is also an environmentally friendly roof system? With only one hundred 12" x 15" pieces per square (one roofing square = one hundred square feet), that means less material to purchase, ship and install. Combine that with the fact it is a 50 year roof, that means you aren't contributing to our country's landfills regularly like you could be if you chose a roof with a shorter life span.

Dynasty Roofing out of Fort Worth, TX is familiar with our Bellaforté Slate and sent me this video of their most recent project using this system. Click on the picture below or here to view the video.

 

Dynasty Roofing
Ft. Worth, TX
(817) 423-0880
 

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DaVinci Composite Shake vs. Cedar Shake in a Fire Test

A fire in a house or business is one of the most frightening things that anyone can ever face. Since a few small flames can turn into a major, tragic fire in a matter of minutes, building fire codes are one of most basic, most important factors that are taken into consideration during construction of a new home or office. A big part of preventing fires comes from using non-flammable and fire-resistant materials - that's where our products come into play.

One of the advantages of shake made from polymer resins (as opposed to the actual wooden variety) is that it can be engineered to be highly resistant to fire. We did just that, and our efforts paid off in creating tiles that have earned a Class A fire-rating. To get that high rating, our products have to stand up to testing where they can withstand severe exposure to fire originating from sources outside the structure. The tests are done with a flaming brand placed right on the tiles that is then allowed to burn until it goes out or burns through the roof. Watch the video to see how our materials compare to wooden shake being subjected to the exact same test!

Do you have a DaVinci shake roof? Share your photos with us!

To learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes shake can protect your home or business, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Sustainable Lightweight Roofing Solutions

Green roofs have become seriously popular since their conception, and why not? A sustainable roof helps in providing a safe, clean environment for your children, grandchildren, and generations to come, plus can help to reduce energy costs for both home and business. It's a wise investment and if the roofing materials are light in weight, they also earn points for reducing carbon emissions related to transportation costs.

The light weight of our products makes them a great sustainable roofing option without taking away such benefits as high fire and wind ratings. Even though our tiles are lighter than natural slate, they are just as strong and require less maintenance. All of those combined features lets us offer a 50 year warranty, and assures the roof on your home or business is going to look beautiful for decades.

Another way that our products earn a "sustainable sticker" is because they are recyclable. The tiles are made with virgin resin (and thus avoid issues associated quarrying or logging), waste from the job site and tiles older than 50 years can be returned to our plant for recycling.

Watch this brief video to see Tom Kraeutler from The Money Pit show talking about some of the benefits that come from using our tiles.

To learn more about the advantages of a DaVinci roof, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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DaVinci Synthetic Slate Roofing Explained

Roofing materials made with resins are still a relatively new concept for many people. Asphalt shingles have been popular for so long that a lot of business and home owners lean towards that option before they get much of a chance to check out other possibilities. Even if they weren't too pleased with the performance and appearance of asphalt shingles on previous roofs, some people still assume that they "should" use them because they see them as the main or basic type of roofing material. 

Hopefully, more people will become aware of the benefits that come from other synthetic materials because engineered options, like our tiles, out-perform asphalt shingles and natural materials (like slate and shake) in a number of ways. Joe Henderson of Tice Enterprises briefly sums up those advantages in a short video and basically explains why he has installed hundreds of DaVinci roofs on the homes and businesses of his customers.

A Platinum level DaVinci contractor, Joe mentions several of the impressions that contractors and their customers usually have when looking at roofs tiled with our products. One of the most common comment people have is they can't tell the difference between our engineered slate and the real thing. Watch the video to see what else Joe has to say about our roofs.

To learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Synthetic Slate Shingles on the Coast in a Hurricane Prone Area

Coastal living involves such beautiful things in life, like the gentle sound of the sea, exciting salt-tinged air, beach-combing, and amazing sunsets. Unfortunately, for those who live in areas prone to hurricanes, it can also involve high winds, driving rain, and evacuations. Homes and businesses in these areas need some extra protection from the elements and our polymer roof products help provide the type of shield they need.

While some industrial roofing materials can also aid in protecting structures during hurricanes, they aren't always esthetically pleasing. However, there's no need to turn your house into an unsightly fortress when you can use our composite slate and shake to both help protect and beautify your home. High winds that would probably damage some types of asphalt shingles won't have as big of an affect on our tiles because they are rated to withstand winds of 110 miles per hour. As well, our Class 4 impact rating will also help protect the roof from flying debris that could potentially poke holes in less durable roofing materials.

Danny Lipford of the show, "Today's Homeowner" put our materials through a few of his own impact and fire tests. See how they stand up to everything from a blowtorch to a baseball bat in the video!

To learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home in hurricane prone areas, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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Using Toe Boards with DaVinci Lightweight Roofing Solutions

Structures with sloped roofs do come with some challenges. One challenge is their tendency to shed ice and snow that can fall on top of unwary people standing beneath the eaves. Fortunately, those accidents are easy enough to prevent by installing snow guards on the roof. Another big challenge for sloped roofs is just making sure that contractors can work on them. Toeguards are one way to help contrtactors on the roof and it's simple for contractors to install and remove them when installing DaVinci polymer roof tiles.  Here's a great video that shows you how it's done.

Contractors should always follow OSHA safety requirements and new fall protection standards.

Do you have a DaVinci roof? Please send us photos to share on the blog!

To learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

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