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.
If 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:
While polymer roofing products have been around for a few decades, many homeowners and business owners might not be fully versed on the product.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To learn more about these shakes or get additional information on our products, email us or contact us at 855-299-5301.
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.
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:
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?
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.
Do you have a DaVinci roof? Did you find our color tools and information helpful in your search? Please share your experience with us!
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:
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.
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.
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:
Have you used DaVinci EcoBlend tiles?
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.
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.
Bellaforté: Our Bellaforté slate polymer tiles inter-lock to one another, offering higher maintainability and durability.
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.
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.
At 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.
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.
With these 5 simple steps, you can have a great color scheme for any part of your home, including your DaVinci
50 year roof.
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.
Passions 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.
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.
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:
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?
Do 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.
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).
Curling 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.
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.
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.
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?
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: 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.
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: 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!
If 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.
Photo Credit: How to Tell if You Need a New Roof
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:
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:
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.
Snowguards 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.
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.
No matter which valley you decide to go with you can always refer to our installation guides on our website for directions.
Do you have a DaVinci luxury roof? Did you go with open or closed valleys? Please consider submitting your house or building to appear on our blog!
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.
However, 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:
Did you have a DaVinci Shake roof? We want to see! Please share your roofing experience with us here.