Doug Fry, owner of Douglas Fry Roofing in Wichita, KS has been installing DaVinci Synthetic Roofing Material for a number of years. We asked him for an interview for our blog. Enjoy and if you have any questions for Doug, please don't hesitate to leave a comment below!
How'd you first discover DaVinci?
I first heard about DaVinci from Cliff Nielson, my sales rep at Spec Building Materials.
What do you like about DaVinci? Color blends? Shape of tiles? Performance?
There is really nothing to not like about DaVinci.
What's the biggest thing that homeowners say to you about DaVinci?
They can't get over how much it looks like the real stuff, whether shake or slate.
Why do you like DaVinci?
I like the ease of installation compared to real slate or shakes. I like the fact that the tiles are pre-blended so we don't have to do that. I also like the fact that the tiles are light weight so there is no problems on reroofs.
Are there homeowners that you wouldn't recommend DaVinci to?
I recommend DaVinci to all my customers, both new construction and reroof, provided it is not a customer looking for just a 30 year comp shingle.
What DaVinci products have you worked with?
We have installed all the DaVinci products except Bellaforté.
Which DaVinci products do you like? Do you have a favorite color blend?
I prefer the classic multi-width shake and slate over the single-width Valoré products. I really like DaVinci Synthetic Cedar Shake Tahoe Blend and the DaVinci Synthetic Slate Shingles in the Brownstone color.
What other roofing products do you install?
We install just about anything on steep slope roofing, tile, real slate, metal, comp and a little wood.
How long have you been in the roofing business?
I have been roofing since 1978 and have had my own business since 1981.
Do you have a favorite DaVinci job? In other words, a favorite house or building where you installed DaVinci? Why is it your favorite? Could you send photos so we can include them in the post?
My favorite DaVinci job is the black slate roof that is in some of your brochures, mainly because it was a stagger job with a random stagger, kind of uneven, and just the way the house looked after the roof was done. My other favorite was the slate for the Riedl job on Linden Ct. in Wichita which was a Castle Gray blend. This job had a couple of unique dormers on it that were a challenge to make them look right.
Douglas Fry Roofing
Thanks to Doug for the interview - if you have any questions for Doug please leave a comment below.
If you would like to install DaVinci on your roof, please feel free to get in touch with a DaVinci product specialist.