Interview with Shawn Bellis of Epic Exteriors

Lightweight Roofing SystemsRecently, I sat down to talk with Shawn Bellis of Epic Exteriors in Kansas City to ask him about his experience as a longtime contractor and installing DaVinci products.

Thank you to Shawn for taking the time to do this interview. These interviews allow us to learn more about the installation side of our products and gain insight from the contractors that work with the home and building owners.

How'd you first discover DaVinci?

I discovered DaVinci through a contractor trade show in 2000. What caught my eye was the thickness of the product. Everyone likes the idea of a synthetic product because of durability - but when the thickness of DaVinci came out - it really met the expectations of the customer.

Also, DaVinci solved all the issues that we had with other products. The previous products had to be pre-blended and pre-collated. It was a mess and super time consuming.

I love that with DaVinci the factory does the collating and sorting - at the time I discovered it, and still today, it just blew everything else away. It also helped that it was local.

What do you like about DaVinci? Color blends? Shape of tiles? Performance?

Cedar Shake AlternativeAll of the above and being local!  When your sole business is synthetic, like DaVinci and unlike other roofing manufacturers, you can really focus on making it the best product on the market by solving all the issues that the other products have. DaVinci is the best product.

As asphalt products continue to go up in price, it makes the sale of the DaVinci all the easier. In fact, I think that Bellaforté is going to make the asphalt market merge into the synthetic. 

When it comes to the color blends, there is nothing better. DaVinci has simplified the color collation process for the contractor. With other synthetic products, the contractor has to work with the homeowner and figure it out  how to collate the product, and sometimes that takes forever. Furthermore, with other roofing products, when you do have to pre-blend and sort the roof, it takes a lot of extra time on the job site too. 

I appreciate the care and service that is put into the delivery of the DaVinci product. The product collation and how it is shipped is all done with care.  

When it comes to the color blends, I love the selection. I'm not interested in being a designer and neither is the homeowner. I say leave the color stuff to the professionals at DaVinci, they are the experts at the color blends. If you start to complicate it then the job drags on. By streamlining the process for the homeowner, DaVinci gives the homeowner the right amount of choices.

I also love that it is Class A fire rated and the thickness of the material.

What's the biggest thing that homeowners say to you about DaVinci?

lightweight roofing solutionsThey love the way it looks.  Some people think that a DaVinci roof is a finishing touch to their home. In other words, DaVinci makes their home look they want it to look.

Why do you like DaVinci? 

They have the most authentic slate appearance among the synthetic varieties.  Other things I like about DaVinci include:

  • Pre collated bundles
  • Color blends already decided
  • Ease of installation
  • Final look and appearance
  • Being local - we take advantage of DaVinci's recycling effort frequently.

Are there homeowners that you wouldn't recommend DaVinci to?

Yes, homeowners who are looking for the least expensive route. Homeowners that are going to move, sometimes don't want to spend the money, but that really depends on the price point of the home.  There are homeowners that know DaVinci will help sell their home, so they go for it.

What DaVinci products have you worked with? 

Valoré and Classic in both Slate and Shake.  I've been to jobs and seen Bellaforté go on, but have not worked with the product yet.  I really like the multi-width product.  I don't see a difference between if the multi-width is laid straight or staggered, it just depends on the look of the house.  The staggered application is more expensive, so homeowners tend to go with the straight for pricing purposes.

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Which DaVinci products do you like? Do you have a favorite color blend?

I like the multi width the best.  I like the Mountain and Tahoe in the Shake color blends and the Aberdeen and Weathered Green in the slate color blends. Aberdeen is really period authentic - it most encompasses the turn of the century slate roof. In fact, I refer to Aberdeen as the pinnacle DaVinci application.

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What other roofing products do you install?

Custom wood shakes, high-end custom asphalt re-decks.  All the traditional roof styles that you can think of.  We pride ourselves on premium applications. 

How long have you been in the roofing  business? 

17 years

Do you have a favorite DaVinci job? 

My favorite DaVinci job is a DaVinci Shake job we did in Overland Park, KS – the whole job just came together great and looks awesome on thes home! Many people have drooled over the look of the roof.  It's in a neighborhood that has all natural shake, so it keeps up with the look of the area.

The homeowner is an engineer and he has American Family Insurance - which is part of the reason he went with DaVinci. American Family said that if he went with a Class 4 impact rated roof, he could waive his deductible. 

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