DaVinci Shake - An Excellent Alternative to Cedar Shake

Are you looking for a great cedar shake roof?  DaVinci Shake offers an excellent alternative to a natural shake shingle roof, making it one of the more appropriate green roofing materials to choose from.
DaVinci Shake Roof
DaVinci Shake
 (pictured left) out performs natural shake in the following categories: beauty, labor, and performance.

DaVinci Shake has all the beauty of a shake tile roof, but without a lot of the hassle and problems.

Most natural shakes are 1/2" in thickness and DaVinci Shake is 5/8" thick.  It comes in 5 multiple widths, and certainly Mother Nature creates her own multiple widths with natural shake.

The labor on a DaVinci Shake roof results in less waste and also is easier for the contractor to install.  Natural shakes that are too narrow or that break during installation have to be discarded.  Not to mention, of course, the splinters that roofers can get from dealing with natural shake shingles.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of DaVinci Shake to that of natural shake is in its performance level.  It comes with a Class A fire rating with specialty underlayments, whereas natural shake does not.  DaVinci Shake has a wind rating of 110 mph; again, natural shake does not.  It comes with UL 2218, a Class 4 Impact Resistance (the highest you can have!).  Natural shake can come with this impact resistance, however due to natural weathering of the natural shake material performance may deteriorate due to the sun and wind drying out natural shake and making it more brittle. 

DaVinci Shake is freeze and thaw resistant whereas natural shake sees a rapid deterioration with these natural occurences.  DaVinci Shake is maintenance free, whereas natural shake usually requires replacement of individual tiles throughout it's lifetime. 

Lastly, DaVinci Shake is colorfast.  A natural shake roof will fade quickly to gray within one year of installation. 

Please visit our comparison chart to see how DaVinci Shake compares to natural shake as well as other synthetic shake shingle roofs.
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Impact Resistant Roofing: Fight Back Against Mother Nature

Severe weather is always a concern for homeowners. Especially weather that brings with it hail and strong winds. No one wants to think about the damage that might be done to a roof during a storm, not to mention the costs of repairing that damage and the insurance nightmares that may follow.

As a homeowner, there are a few things you can do to bring down the cost of insuring your home. If you find a roofing product that has a Class 4 Impact rating, your roof may qualify for discounts on your homeowner's insurance premiums. Why? Because the insurance companies know that the product has been tested and therefore is less likely to need replaced. The amount of this discount will vary, and it may be a sufficient enough discount to rationalize the higher cost of using Class 4 materials, like fake slate and cedar shake alternative tiles from DaVinci.

Whether you're looking to get a new roof or you need to replace a hail damaged roof, you might be interested in checking out our lightweight tiles.

Wondering how the Class 4 impact test is executed? Check out this video below to see a simulated version of the test:


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Do you live in a hail prone area? Do you have a DaVinci roof? How has your DaVinci roof helped with the impact of hail?  Please tell us about your experience in the comments below.

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Get a Beautiful and Durable Roof with DaVinci Roofscapes Tiles

DaVinci Slate Alternative ShinglesIf you are looking into roofing materials, then you have probably discovered that there are quite a few out there. You might be interested in a natural slate roof or a natural shake roof - just something other than asphalt. However, you might also be aware of the maintenance and overall issues with some of the natural products. So perhaps you're on a hunt for an alternative natural roofing product.

You've come to the right place!

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we make fake slate and fake cedar shake roofing products that replicate the appearance of their natural counterparts but with a durability with which their natural counterparts cannot compete.

Our tiles have superior wind ratings, impact ratings and fire resistance ratings. And, an added bonus, many insurance companies offer discounts on your premium if you have a Class A fire rated roof or a Class 4 impact resistance roof. Sound good? Read more about our products and their ratings on our website.

If you would like to read other blog posts about this topic, here are some that you might enjoy:

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Do You Have Questions about Polymer Roof Tiles?

While polymer roofing products have been around for a few decades, many homeowners and business owners might not be fully versed on the product. 

Questions about DaVinci?DaVinci Roofscapes produces composite slate shingles that are carefully engineered to provide the authentic look and durability of natural slate roofs. For those who desire the natural appearance of hand-split shake shingles or machine-sawn shake, our composite shake shingles are reminiscent of the texture of natural cedar, but with unsurpassed durability and a life cycle savings of up to 50% compared to natural shake roofing. DaVinci utilizes a proprietary state-of-the-art engineered polymer to deliver durability and beauty for years to come.

What questions do you have about polymer roof tiles?

Did you know we have a frequently asked questions section on our website too?  You might browse through our FAQs and then see if you have additional questions - or,  you are welcome, of course, to ask your question in the comment section below.

Do you have question about color?  You might be interested in submitting a photo of your home or building to our color designer Kate to get expert advice on the right color and DaVinci profile that will look best on your roof.

Do you have an installation question?  Ask our tech expert, Tim Gentry. Also, be sure to check out his blog - Up on the Roof.

We love to answer questions about our products! They are revolutionary in the roofing industry (so they are fun to talk about) and we love to share our knowledge.

Do you have a question about our products? Feel free to ask us - we're here to help.

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Four Shake Profiles - What's the Difference?

DaVinci manufactures premium roofing shingles that offer the look of cedar shakes and the strength of manmade engineered polymer. Our roofing shingles do not decay or rot like wood, and offer superior fire and wind resistance. They normally weigh less than natural wood shakes, yet DaVinci roofing shingles imitate the texture, shade, and rustic designs of natural wooden roof shakes.

Let’s talk about the various DaVinci profiles:

Single-Width Valoré  – These shakes bear resemblance to hand-split shake tiles and are maintenance free. We use pure virgin resins to craft these artistic tiles.

Single-Width Valoré Shake

Multi-Width DaVinci – This cedar shake alternative is available in several of genuine cedar colors. Crafted using pure virgin resins, these shakes are easy to install and are available in a variety of blends. Multiple widths of DaVinci shakes help in creating a natural look that can be applied in a staggered or straight pattern.

Multi-Width DaVinci Shake

Fancy Shake – These polymer cedar tiles are available in varied wood tones and widths of 5”, 7”, and 12”. These 100% recyclable tiles offer the appearance of machine sawn shake.

Fancy Shake

Bellaforté Shake – Natural looking Bellaforté shake shingles use proven polymer technology, are highly durable, and interlock to the next to provide superior wind resistance. These easy-to-install tiles come with a 50-year roof warranty.

Bellaforté Shake Roofing Tiles

To learn more about these shakes or get additional information on our products, email us or contact us at 855-299-5301.
 

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Home Sweet Home: What Does Your Home Say About You?

Your home is a reflection of your personality, and it speaks through the colors and accessories you choose. From the color of your front door to the style of house, a home exterior reveals quite a bit about the people living inside.

House Styles

What does your home say about you?

The overall appearance of a home's exterior, also know as curb appeal, is something homeowners spend a lot of time perfecting. To get a good sense of your home's "curb appeal", stand across the street and look at your home from a new perspective. Be sure you make notes of little things that you might see from this view:

  • Are there are areas that require painting and/or repairs?

  • Are your trees and bushes well manicured or do they need a trim?

  • How does the yard look? Does it need a little sprucing up?


To get more great tips on creating great curb appeal, color expert Kate Smith shares some great ideas in her blog How To Give Your Home Personality.

Another factor that impacts the overall appearance of your home is your front door. What does the color say to the visitors?

  • White door your visitors that you are neat and organized.

  • Black says "I'm timeless" and indicates that reserved, consistent, and conservative people live in this home.

  • Red is a bold color and says "Look at Me", reflecting an outgoing personality.

  • Green: says "I'm traditional" and you want to be an important member of the community.

What about blue, orange, yellow or purple? To learn more about door colors, read What The Color Of Your Front Door Says About You.

The structure and architecture of your home are another giveaway of your tastes and style. Here are some home styles that tell more about you.

  • Contemporary says you enjoy contact with nature, right down to the materials you choose for your home. - from your counter tops to your eco-friendly roof.  

  • Colonial says you have a large circle of friends and family, and they often visit. This reflects your desire of being seen as a successful part of the community.

  • Cape Cod says you're warm and nurturing and your home is a cozy nest to relax, just like the seaside where style home was born.


Read more about home styles: What Does Your Home Says About Your Personality?

There are many other things your house says about you. To learn more, read more on our blog.

Do you have a DaVinci roof? Did you find our color tools and information helpful in your search? Please share your experience with us!
 

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No More Roof Maintenance Worries

DaVinci SlateWhen you select DaVinci synthetic slate roof tiles or synthetic shake shingles for your roof, you are selecting a roof that is going to be virtually maintenance free.

Our 50-year roof tiles are a man made product - man made to eliminate a lot of the woes that come with a natural roofing products, like:

  • Freeze/thaw issues
  • Pests and insects issues
  • Hail issues
  • Wind issues

In some parts of the country there are big swings in temperature from morning to night. This swing in temperature, especially if moisture is added to the mix, can be very troublesome for a roof. If a roof covering absorbs moisture and goes through these freeze thaw cycles, there can be damage that results in crazing, cracking, splitting, etc. Because DaVinci is made from a polymer, our roof tiles are impervious to freeze/thaw cycles.

DaVinci shingle systems have attained a Class 4 impact rating - the best that a  roofing product can have. As a result, if you live in an area that is prone to hail - then you can rest assured that you are not going to have the issues with impact that you would with a natural material.

Our products have superior wind performance that will help protect your roof during high winds and nasty storms (wind speeds and issues can vary depending on where you live). 

Did you go with DaVinci? How do you like your roof? What roofing material did you have before you put on DaVinci? What are some of the improvements you have seen with our polymer roofing systems?  Please share your roof story with us.

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What is EcoBlend?

As a company, we understand the importance of being environmentally friendly - especially when we are making a product that covers a lot of surface area on a roof.

We also know that many home and building owners are looking for solutions that will lessen their carbon footprint. As a result, we developed and now offer our EcoBlend tiles - which are our Cool Roof colors that have been designed to help keep the building underneath the roof cool. In fact, these colors are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council and are ENERGY STAR® qualified.

EcoBlend Tiles by DaVinci

Our DaVinci EcoBlend tiles not only reflect sunlight but also reflect heat away from your home. The higher emissivity and reflectivity rates of these tiles lead to greater reductions in the cooling load, and therefore we hope help reduce your energy usage. We are always looking for ways to "go green" and this is one of the ways we believe we accomplish this goal.

Our EcoBlend® colors include:

  • EcoBlend Weathered Gray (in Medium, Medium Light, Medium Dark, Light and Dark)
  • EcoBlend Gray (in Dark, Light and Medium)

Both of these EcoBlend color options are available in all profiles - so whether you are looking for fake cedar shake roof or a manufactured slate tile, you can enjoy the benefits of our EcoBlend tiles in any profile.

Have you used DaVinci EcoBlend tiles?

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Three Slate Profiles - What's the Difference?

At DaVinci, we have a complete range of synthetic slate materials that look natural, are easy to install, and last for a lifetime. Our synthetic slate roof tiles offer a slate look that enhances the beauty of your house while protecting it from external conditions. Our tiles are made from engineered polymer and are available in several unique colors and blends.

Our imitation slate shingles come in three main profiles, which are listed below.

Single-Width Valoré: These synthetic slate roof tiles are available in a full spectrum of genuine slate colors. They are made using our VariBlend technology that can create thousands of color shades.

 Single-Width Valoré Slate Tiles

Multi-Width DaVinci: These tiles offer a wide range of blends that can complement any house. There are 5 different widths and several different tones for each blend, giving a natural and beautiful look.

 Multi-Width DaVinci Slate Tiles


Bellaforté: Our Bellaforté slate polymer tiles inter-lock to one another, offering higher maintainability and durability.

Bellaforté Slate


Have a specific color in mind? If you are unable to find a blend that matches your needs, we offer an almost unlimited selection of colors in our color palette. You can use the palette to create the right color for your roof. Our project specialists can talk to you and help you figure out which slate profile and color might be right for you.

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Dress Up Your Home With a DaVinci Roof!

Quality construction, regular maintenance, and early diagnosis of problems help to increase the life of a roof. When you use DaVinci roofing materials, you take another step towards a long lasting, durable roof as well as adding significant curb appeal to your home or building.

DaVinci RoofAt DaVinci, we don't  think durability should come at the cost of beauty. We want your roof to last longer and look like a Masterpiece! Therefore, we have combined the beauty of slate and shake with the durability of a man-made product.

Scientifically engineered, DaVinci synthetic shake shingles and synthetic slate roof shingles were developed using the latest advances in polymer chemistry. They ad beauty and offer huge benefits like Class A fire ratings, Class 4 impact ratings, superior wind resistance, a 50-year warranty, etc... With DaVinci, beauty does not have to be sacrificed for durability.

Currently we have 49 standard colors and multiple standard color blends available. However, if you want your roof's blend to be totally unique, you can create a custom color blend or even create a custom color that is not part of our 49 stock colors. The sky is the limit and your roof is your canvas!

Our lightweight roofing materials come in a range of different profiles - from multi-width and single-width slates to multi-width and single-width shakes. These beautiful products are durable and maintenance free. Once installed, you sit back and enjoy your  50-year roof.

To see more homes and buildings that have been dressed up with a DaVinci roof, please read: Pictures of DaVinci Rooftops are Worth a Thousand Words.

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Stuck on Color? No Problem - We Can Help

Choosing the right color for a part of your home might be difficult, but coordinating several colors to get the right blend is definitely daunting. If you don’t have a tried and tested approach to pick the right shades for your DaVinci polymer roof tiles, creating custom colors could be a challenging task. But don’t worry; you can follow the FRESH 5 Step approach by color expert Kate Smith.

Kate's FRESH approach to selecting color will walk you through 5 easy steps for selecting color to help you find the right blend.

  • Fixed features: Unless you are building your home from scratch, it is not a blank canvas. You need to consider the color of the home's exterior while selecting the right color for your synthetic slate roof tiles or cedar shake alternative roof tiles. Some fixed features that you should consider are walls, chimney structures, and steps.

  • Regional Colors: Consider the location of your home. For example, a color that might look good in northern areas might look dull where there is intense sunlight.

  • Environment and surroundings: Take a look at your neighborhood. While you don’t want your home to look like an exact replica of your neighbor’s house, HOAs more than likely will require it not stand out.

  • Style of home: What is the architectural style of your home? If you are going for a traditional look, bright and bold colors might not complement its features.

  • Historic colors: Some homeowner associations have a historic collection of colors that needs to be followed. If your HOA offers particular color combination schemes, you'll be required to adhere to those regulations.


With these 5 simple steps, you can have a great color scheme for any part of your home, including your DaVinci
50 year roof.

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Cold Weather Installation of DaVinci Roofing Materials

Winter is the season of festivals, family fun, holidays and COLD weather. It's the time of year many enjoy time with with family and friends indoors. But is the season good for roofing as well? There is no clear answer.

Cold Weather Installation of DaVinci Roofscapes Roofing MaterialsPassions run high among roofers whenever the topic comes up. Special care needs to be used when working with steep slope roofing materials in freezing temperatures. Self-adhering membranes sometimes don’t stick, underlayments are hard to roll out or crack, caulking is impossibly stuck in the tube, and shingles become brittle and crack. Many manufacturers will not allow their materials to be installed when the outside temperature is below 40 or 45 degrees F. This is a big problem for roof installers throughout the country during the winter months. For those roofers who work in high mountain country where temperatures can reach 45 F at night in August, it is a big problem year round.

On the other hand, some roofers don't think it is necessary to wait for warmer weather to repair or replace your roof. They rely on expert skills and modern roofing materials to repair and replace roofs in colder weather. Our engineered resin system is designed so that the tiles remain flexible in cold temperatures and can usually be installed in temperatures as cold as 20 degrees F. When installing DaVinci Slate or composite Shake in cold temperatures you must make sure that the tiles have been stored flat and are flat when installed. You must make certain that the space between tiles is at a very minimum 3/16”. Quick tip: If using a pneumatic roofing nail gun make sure that the pressure isn’t set too high.

Whether you're looking to install our simulated shake roofing or our synthetic slate roof tiles, rest assured if the contractor knows what s/he is doing, it can be installed in colder temps.

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What Is the Cost of a DaVinci Roof?

The cost of DaVinci lightweight roof systems is no secret, however, it's not an easy answer because there are so many factors involved in the total cost of a roof installation.

DaVinci CostThe material cost of DaVinci synthetic slate shingles and DaVinci cedar shake alternative shingles is determined by:

  • The DaVinci product that you select - Multi-Width Slate or Shake, Single-Width Valoré Slate or Shake, Fancy Shake or our Bellaforté products.
  • The exposure at which you want or need the tiles installed.
  • The coursing you'd prefer - straight or staggered (this also depends on the DaVinci product you would like).
  • Transportation costs - DaVinci is produced in Kansas City, KS. Some distributors order truck loads of product to keep the cost per square much by saving on fuel. However, transportation costs are always a factor in the overall cost.

On top of the material costs of a DaVinci roof, you also have several other factors that may or may not influence the overall cost of your roof:

  • Labor costs - Be sure you get at least 3 bids from contractors to so you can compare recommendations and costs for all that needs to be done (start to finish) to install the new roof.
  • Underlayment costs - depending on where you live in the country, you may need ice and water shield or other heavier duty underlayments that cost more than 30# felt.
  • Metals - The metal that you use in open or closed valleys as well as standing seam metals can affect the cost of your roof.
  • Nails - The quality of nails that you use can also make a difference in the overall cost of your roof.

The best way to figure out the cost of a DaVinci roof is to get 3 different quotes from three different qualified roofers in your area.

What was the cost of your DaVinci roof?  We want to hear?  What other cost factors did you have to consider for your area of the country?

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Calling All DaVinci Roof Owners! Share Your Masterpiece!

DaVinci Synthetic SlateDo you have a DaVinci roof on your home or business?

If you have installed a DaVinci roof on your home or building, whether it be our cedar shake alternative or our imitation slate shingles, we would love to hear from you.

Here's what we would like to know:

1. What made you choose a DaVinci roof?

2. Which of our roofing products and profiles did you choose and why?

3. Did you use a standard color/color blend or did you create your own?

4. Did you use our online color designer?

5. How has a DaVinci roof improved the look of your home?

6. What benefits have you seen since installing a DaVinci roof?

Please spare a few minutes to tell us about your experience with our materials. We want to hear about your experience with our products. 

Do not limit yourself to only the good stuff. If you think our products lack somewhere, speak out. We appreciate your feedback. We respect your opinion because it helps us continue to design superior roofing products.

Click here to share your DaVinci roof story with us.

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6 Signs of a Failing Roof: How to Tell if You Need a New Roof

Most people don't realize they need a new roof until they see leaks in the ceiling. Of course, you can get those leaks repaired, but in some cases, installing a new roof might be the better solution.

Here are six sure signs that suggest you need to replace your old roof. (Hint!: Our simulated shake roofing or synthetic slate roof shingles are a good solution for roof replacements).

Roof Replacement - How to Tell if You Need a New RoofCurling of shingles
Curling of shingles is an indication that you might need a new roof. Take a look at the slopes of the roof. Do you notice any shingles that are curling or losing granules? If you see curling or granual loss, your shingles may be past their prime.

Valleys
If the shingles are beginning to fall apart, it is a clear sign that you need to get a new roof. Missing shingles in the valleys of your roof are particularly dangerous. If shingles in the valleys are missing, the roof might develop leaks.

Chimney flashing
This area, too, deserves your attention. If the flashing mainly consists of tar or roof cement, you will probably have to replace it with a long lasting, watertight fitting.

Shingle granules in your gutters
Are finding shingle granules in your gutters? Roof shingles begin to lose more and more granules as they age.

Sunrays coming through your roof
Can you see sunrays coming through your roof boards? This is a clear sign that your roof has been compromised and needs to be replaced.

Age of your roof
A typical shingle roof may last up to 25 years. But if your current roof was installed over an existing layer (or layers) of shingles and is older than twenty years, you may need a new roof.

Always consult a reputable roofing contractor to have a thorough examination of your roof to make the most informed decision. We recommend getting at least three opinions to make sure you are comfortable with the advice and recommendations. If you find that you need a new roof, consider installing our polymer roof tiles. Our tiles are beautiful, lightweight, impact and fire resistant, come in 49 standard colors and multiple blends, and come with a limited 50-year warranty.

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Roofing 101: Roof Types

Roofs come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, there are many different styles of roofs out there. Here are a few of the most common types - can you tell which one you have?

gambrel roof with DaVinci composite shake
Mansard: A Mansard roof can be recognized by two slopes on all four sides of the roof. The lower slope is very steep and is usually punctuated with windows, whereas the pitch of the upper slope is so shallow that it can be hard to see from the street. These roofs became especially popular in nineteenth century Paris because they acted as a means of bypassing regulations that limited the heights of buildings to 65 feet. Since the height of the building was measured to the cornice line at the base of the roof, a Mansard roof made it possible to add extra height and living space.
 

 



 gable roof with DaVinci's fake slate

Gable: Gable style roofs are any roofs that have two upward sloping sides that meet at the top. The basic, triangular-shaped roof that children typically put on drawings of a house is a gable roof but so is a beautiful, more complicated roof that has several cross-gables.

 

 

 

 


 

Mansard Roof


Gambrel: Gambrel roofs were initially used on barns because they give the structure more space for storing crops and animal feed. In a home, that extra space may be used for a bigger, loftier attic or bedrooms. The Gambrel is easily recognized by its two slopes, the lower one being steep and the higher one being more shallow. The overall appearance is very similar to a Mansard roof except that, while a Mansard slopes down on all four sides of a structure, the Gambrel only slopes down on two sides of a structure (as is the case with most barns).

 


Hip Roof


Hip: Hip roofs are a common type of roof in many parts of America, come in many forms, and can always be recognized by the lack of any vertical sides or "gables". For example, if the top of your house looks like a pyramid, it probably has a square Hip roof. If it looks kind of like a pyramid with a long ridge on the top, it's probably a rectangular Hip roof. Tented roofs and Mansard roofs are also variants of Hip roofs.
 

 

 

 

Were you able to identify your roof type? Our synthetic roofing material can be installed on virtually any steep slope roof type. If you have questions about our products and f they will work on your roof, please contact us. We're happy to help!
 

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Repair or Replace… Know When to Say When

Roof ReplacementIf your roof is more than twenty years old or if there are clear signs that it is past its life expectancy, replacing your roof may be a smart idea. However, before getting your roof replaced, you need to assess the general condition of your existing roof and carefully consider the both options.

Early signs of problems include the appearance of dark areas on ceilings, damp spots near the fireplace(s), and peeling paint in areas where the roof overhangs. Shingles that are curling, buckling, or blistering also indicate your roof might be worn out.

One big question to ask: Will repair make sense? If leaks are the only problem and the roof looks otherwise sound, you might want to look into getting your roof repaired.

How much will a new roof cost? A new roof is a major investment for homeowners and business owers alike. Installing a roof  involves many steps from stripping off your old roofing, maybe removing old decking and replacing with new decking, potential repairs of structure, new underlayments, labor, etc...  And sometimes you might have multiple layers of old roofing that will need to be removed. Be sure you get reliable estimates from at least three different contractors  to see what the actual cost will be.

Another consideration: multiple layers. Often times an existing roof has been installed over an old roof layer leaving you with multiple layers on your roof. If you're considering a re-roof with DaVinci, we highly recommend that all existing roofing material be removed. In other words, it is not advisable to put DaVinci shingles on top of a layer of wood shake or asphalt shingles, etc. What's more, when you have multiple layers of shingles, your roof might look lumpy.

Getting a new roof might be expensive; however,  continuous repair costs can add up. It's wise to consult with a roofing contractor to have a thorough evaluation of your existing roof done. Carefully consider their recommendations and after thorough evaluation, schedule your repairs or know when to say when.

Are you planning to get a new roof? Consider installing one of our hugely popular roofing systems like our synthetic shake shingles. For more roofing tips, check out our blog.

Photo Credit: How to Tell if You Need a New Roof

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Top Tips from Color Expert Kate Smith: 2013

Warm creamy tones or solid brown color? Many homeowners are confused over the right roof color to cap their homes. There's no need to be stuck on color choices. Our color expert, Kate Smith of Sensational Color, has some fantastic advice to make color selection easy! Here are some of her top color tips from 2013:

  1. DaVinci ColorDo your homework. Don't rush a decision. Try to envision a home exterior that you will like next year, five years from now, and then 20 years from now. 

  2. Consider your options. While a solid color roof may work for some home styles, a blend of several colors may offer a "softer" look with more accent options. Pre-bundled roofing color blends are available with two, three, four or five different color blends that complement each other.

  3. Investigate the different roofing color options available to you online. Use our online Color Design tool to create your own custom color blends from 49 colors or to see the company's standard 28 color blends.

  4. Request life-sized samples of your favorite color roofing tiles to hold up against your current roof to see the change that a new color will make for your home.

  5. Look at the other homes in your neighborhood. Your home should blend in or stand out from other homes, but never clash with the rest of the homes in your community. A roofing color can help achieve a harmonious look.

  6. Get assistance from a professional. Just as selecting the roofing product is a big decision requiring assistance of a professional, so is the choice of the roof color. Consult a color expert and use the color tools offered by experts and product manufacturers to gain a strong comfort level for your color choice.

Follow these tips from color expert Kate Smith and get an awesome roof color for your DaVinci 50 year roof.

Read more about roof colors from Kate:

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Let It Snow… And Keep The Snow On Your Roof

If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, then you’re probably already aware of the importance of snow guards on the roof. Or perhaps you have just moved into a cold region and aren’t familiar with snowguards, what they do, and why you should install them.

DaVinci Roof with Rocky Mountain SnowguardsSnowguards are a useful, and often necessary, addition to your roof. When the snow showers taper and the sun shines once again on your roof, the snow that has accumulated on your rooftop begins to melt. Snowguards help prevent snow from sliding off your roof in large chunks (otherwise known as a roof avalanche) and causing damage to whatever it might land on below (landscaping, mailboxes, etc).

In yet another situation, snow melting during winter can leave an array of large icicles. This cone shaped ice brings with it another set of problems, including blocked gutters and broken structures. Properly insulating your attic and ensuring that adequate ventilation will also help snow melt more evenly and help prevent ice damming.

As a homeowner, you can ward off the problems that come from uneven snow melting with snow guards, proper roof ventilation and adequate insulation in your attic. Modern snow guards blend well with synthetic slate roof shingles, simulated shake roofing, and other many kinds of roofs.

And the result? Your roof retains its beauty, your landscaping avoids damage,  and you enjoy the snow without worry.
 

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Open Valley or Closed Valley?

When installing a new roof, one of the decisions you have to make as a home or building owner is whether or not you want to have open or closed valleys. You are probably wondering what the heck that means. To make it easier on you, we have included some photos of open and closed valleys in this post, so that you can see the difference.

The first two photos are examples of open valleys. You can see the copper metal in the valley is exposed. Of course, as the copper is exposed to oxygen, it will develop a greenish tone called patina- but these photos were taken recently after the roofs were installed, so they are perfect for showing what an open valley is. You can tell that with an open valley there is a visible strip of metal that is exposed.

A closed valley is where the field tile shingles butt up to one another, so that strip of metal is not exposed. While there are some roof coverings that don't require metal flashing for closed valleys, our lightweight roofing materials require a self adhered membrane as underlayment, and copper, aluminum, or painted metal for open or closed valleys.

Shake Closed Valley

No matter which valley you decide to go with you can always refer to our installation guides on our website for directions.

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A Cedar Shake Roofing Alternative = Polymer Shake

Perhaps you live in an area that is prone to salt air and lots and lots of sunshine. Or maybe you live in an area that can't have a natural shake roof because of the fire dangers.

Cedar Shake Roofing AlternativeHowever, you like the look of shake and your home or building demands that sort of roof to look right.

So, what options do you have?

Because of the fire dangers of natural wood shake as well as the potential maintenance issues, there are now cedar shake alternative roofing products, such as our synthetic shake shingles.

Here are 5 reasons to pick our simulated shake roofing over a wood shake roof:

  • Class A Fire Rating - That's right our shingles have a Class A fire rating when installed with proper underlayments.

  • Class 4 Impact Rating - Our shingles have achieved UL - 2218 Class 4 Impact Rating, whereas natural shake shingles can dry out and therefore become brittle over time, eliminating their ability to withstand heavy hail storms.

  • Freeze/Thaw Resistant - Because our shingles are made of engineered polymer, they are impervious to freeze/thaw cycles, whereas natural shake naturally expands and contracts, opening it up to all sorts of issues freeze/thaw issues.

  • Maintenance Free - Our shingles are known to be vitually maintenance free as they resist cracking, curling, spliting, etc., however with natural shake there is usually the need to replace individual shingles throughout the life of the roof.  

  • Color Fade Resistant - With natural shake it starts out, usually a bright orange and then fades rapidly within a year to a gray color (depends on the wood and where it is sourced from as to what hue of gray). With our tiles, you have the choice of what color you want and that's the color your roof will have for years to come!

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