Denver Roofer Relies on DaVinci Roofscapes

When the wind blows hard, you want a contractor you can depend on. In the Denver marketplace, that contractor is Advanced Exteriors.

"We specialize in full-service storm damage restoration, which includes re-roofing and insurance claim settlements," says Ty Correy, president of Advanced Exteriors. "Since 2009, we've worked with homeowners affected by storms who need replacement roofs. One of our top recommendations is DaVinci Roofscapes."

For the past several years, Correy and his team have installed upwards of 30 DaVinci roofs each year. What makes DaVinci a good option?

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"Once impacted by severe weather, many homeowners make the decision to invest in a premium roofing system," says Correy. "DaVinci offers synthetic roofing products that have an authentic look, lifetime limited warranty, resist hail and high winds. These reliable roofs --- especially the Bellaforté products --- are available as an economical roof replacement (especially when an insurance claim is involved) and they can help differentiate a home in a neighborhood.

"Our company has a great reputation. One aspect of creating that reputation is that we rely on companies like DaVinci that have a longstanding track record of product performance. Our customers depend on us ... and we depend on DaVinci."

Looking for more insurance savings details related to synthetic shake and manufactured slate tiles? Check out Happy Insurance Awareness Day!

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Hurricane Season Meets Its Match - Impact-Resistant Roofs

Synthetic shakeEvery June is the same: people think about graduation ceremonies, barbecues and summer vacation plans. Yet, as the weather turns warmer, it's also the month to think about preparing your home and family for potential problems.

Disaster Preparedness Month in June coincides with the start of hurricane season each year --- and for good reason. Hurricanes can impact millions of people living both on the coast and far, far inland. Flooding, extensive rain and very high winds are major concerns related to hurricanes. The National Hurricane Center encourages everyone to "Be Ready" and offers a checklist of information for your home and business.

Here's our question to you: Is your roof ready to handle potential severe weather?

Many roofing products simply don't hold up to severe winds and strong rain. But, products by DaVinci Roofscapes do. Our synthetic slate and composite shake roofing materials are built to weather the storm. They've even passed the strictest industry standards to earn a Class 4 impact rating. (See Polymer Roofing Welcomes Hurricane-Force Winds)

DaVinci shake roofing and slate roofing materials have a Class 4 impact rating which shows they are designed to resist damage from flying debris and hail. Check out this quick video to see how DaVinci products compare to other roofing materials ... and how they can help prepare your home against potential disasters!

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Weather-Related Anxieties Dissolve with DaVinci Roofing

The uncertainty of Springtime weather in the South can cause concern, stress and headaches for many homeowners. However, the Cate family, in Roswell, Georgia, has taken steps to eliminate weather-related anxieties. They invested last year in an impact-resistant Bellaforté Shake roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. (See Is Your Roof Ready for Severe Weather?)

"Spring weather in the South can typically involve high winds and tornadoes, which we've experienced in the past few weeks," says Angela Cate. "I have not worried once about my DaVinci composite shake roof. We love the look of this roof, and more importantly I no longer worry about my roof during extreme weather events."

Peace-of-mind by way of a new synthetic shake roof came to Cate via Sparrow Exteriors. The team installed the new roof, copper flashing and a gutter system in 2016.

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"We chose the DaVinci roof system due to its look and durability," says Cate. "We like the warranty package offered by DaVinci and the Bellaforté Shake is definitely an improvement over the original wood cedar shake roof we had previously.

"From a homeowner's standpoint, we're proud of our new composite shake roof. We've had many positive comments on the designer roof from neighbors and guests.

"I've definitely recommended the DaVinci roof system and Sparrow Exteriors to my family and friends. The job was done with a very professional  approach. The crew was accommodating and communicative. Best of all, I'm very confident in how the DaVinci roof was installed and how it will help protect our home from severe weather in the future."

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Preparing for the Worst ... and Hoping for the Best

Who will cause the most havoc this hurricane season? Will it be Arlene, Emily or Katia? Perhaps it will be Philippe, Sean or Tammy? These are all designated names for 2017 hurricanes, and we're all hoping never to get far enough in the alphabet to experience Hurricane Whitney!

impact resistant roofTo help homeowners prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, the National Weather Service has designated May 7 - 13 as Hurricane Preparedness Week. Click HERE to learn how to develop an evacuation plan, assemble disaster supplies and determine your risk. On this site you'll also learn how to strengthen your home to withstand hurricane-force winds, rain, and flooding.

The only good thing about a hurricane is you generally know in advance if it's headed your way. That can help give you time to secure your home and evacuate if needed.

Right now, time is on your side. If you live in an area prone to severe weather and potential hurricanes, take the time today to evaluate the exterior of your home --- especially your roof. (See Hurricane Season - Is Your Roof Ready?).

High winds associated with hurricanes can turn a lawn chair or garbage can into a flying missile. Those items can do serious damage to a home's exterior ... as can falling trees and limbs. Having a durable and impact-resistant synthetic shake or slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes can help your home weather the storm. Oftentimes our Dade County-approved composite roofing can also save you money --- since many insurance companies offer homeowner discounts on polymer roofing (see New DaVinci Roof = Cash in Your Wallet).

Before the 2017 Hurricane Season arrives on June 1st, follow the old adage, "prepare for the worst and hope for the best." You and your home will both be grateful you're ready to weather the storm!

 

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Weathering the Storm: No Where to Hide

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From coast to coast, it's messy out there.

Spring storms have brought high winds, intense rain and hail to many parts of the country this year. While farm fields and gardens have taken a beating, so have houses.

The roof on a home is the single most exposed element of a house. There is simply no where for a roof to hide when the weather turns bad. That's why it's important to invest in an impact-resistant roof. Just ask roofer Jim Hofegartner what he witnessed after a storm in 2010.

"There were grapefruit-sized hail and 60 mph winds that pounded our area," says Hofegartner with Central Roofing and Construction Company. "A DaVinci Aberdeen simulated slate roof we installed a few weeks beforehand in Nichols Hills received minimal damage --- especially compared to the concrete tile roof next door that was totally destroyed."

Storm intensity has only increased in recent years. According to roofer Mike Heiland, peace-of-mind for homeowners only comes when investing in a secure roof. After a severe microburst in 2015, his Kansas customers were shaken, but their homes survived.

synthetic shake roofing"Of the three DaVinci roofs we installed, one home had zero damage," says Heiland of Heiland Roofing and Exteriors. "Another home had one missing ridge cap. The third home needed approximately 10-feet of ridge replaced. That's absolutely nothing compared to the devastation that all the other homes in that neighborhood experienced.

"Now my customers are elated with their decision to invest in DaVinci composite roofing ... and their neighbors are fighting with insurance adjusters. Many of them see that the DaVinci products held up exceptionally well ... and we're already getting calls from them about replacing their roofs with a worry-free DaVinci roof!"

 

For more severe weather stories related to composite roofing, see Hail No Match for DaVinci Roofscapes Polymer Roof Tiles and All hail, HAIL!

 

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Featured Project - Plano, TX

Earlier this year, I featured a project installed by SPC Construction & Roofing in Plano, Texas with the message being (basically) - Hey! Folks in Texas! When you replace your roof next it should be with an impact resistant roof product!  So maybe it wasn't that simply put, but with the high likelihood of future hail events in your state, paired with the discounts you can possibly receive on your homeowner's insurance premiums, looking into something that can last during a hail storm is definitely something to consider.

These photos were sent in to us from a loyal DaVinci Roofscapes installer, SPC Construction & Roofing. The product used here was Bellaforté Slate in the Slate Black color blend. Thank you for sharing these photos with us, SPC!   

SPC Construction & Roofing
817-684-1088
www.spcgc.com 

 

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Aloha! $5.2 Million Maui Home Boasts DaVinci Roofscapes

Believe it or not, life in paradise has its down side. If you're a homeowner, the constant salt air, strong winds and sea spray can all play havoc with your home. Those coastal elements make selecting low maintenance exterior products a critical decision for oceanfront residents.

"Ten years ago we had to replace the granular bitumen coated steel tile roof on our Maui home," says Robin Vivian. "Because we're so close to the ocean, the steel roof had major corrosion resulting in perforation in many spots. (see picture to the right)

"We needed an aesthetically-appealing roof that would stand up to Mother Nature. We followed the recommendation of someone who knew about DaVinci Roofscapes and we've been exceptionally pleased with the results. We've never had to worry about the roof and it looks as good today as when it was installed a decade ago."

Vivian's seven-bedroom, five-bath home in Maui (plus an Ohana cottage with three bedrooms and two bathrooms) is currently on the market. The 30-year-old home features 25 solar panels on the roof that fully power the property plus two solar hot water panels on the garage portion of the roof. More than 5,800 square feet of living space enjoy oceanfront views plus access to a swimming pool.

According to Rhonda Smith-Sanchez, the realtor tasked with listing the picturesque Vivian property, having a DaVinci roof is a key selling point for the home.

"Outside of the 280-degree premiere ocean view this property frames, the roof could be the next most valuable item a buyer considers," says Smith-Sanchez with Coldwell Banker Maui. "This roof looks fantastic after 10 years of service. It's strong and exudes confidence to a buyer when making a major purchase such as this. Buyers don't want to be faced with --- or even have the slightest concern --- that a major reroofing project may be needed in the next five years."

Smith-Sanchez promotes the Vivian home as being designed with salt-resistant materials to capture the "ease of lifestyle" that people in Hawaii wish to achieve. "All homes along our shore line on Maui have to consider using products that can endure salt, wind and sun --- lots of sun," says Smith-Sanchez. "Stucco seems to be used the most prominently for exteriors with the next option being stucco with teak exposed beams.

"I make a point of educating buyers who may not be familiar with the Vivian's composite multi-width slate roof about its benefits. The DaVinci roof is truly a common-sense roof for our geographic area that looks beautiful while also providing exceptional features."

 

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(Above Left: Original DaVinci Install 10 years ago, Above Right: DaVinci Install Today)

 

You don't have to live in Hawaii to appreciate the benefits of manufactured slate and composite shake roofing systems. Learn how DaVinci products stand up to Mother Nature at Swapping Out: Choosing Synthetic Slate Tiles Over Real Slate Roof

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Historic Church Chooses Bellaforté Shake Roof

Located in a rural area of Nebraska, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church has always been subject to harsh weather conditions. The original church structure, plus the parsonage, barn and out building, were all constructed in 1880 and then destroyed by a tornado in 1899. Within the same year the congregation raised funds and rebuilt the church properties.

Cedar shake AlternativeOver the years other storms attacked the church, but when the 2014 severe weather hit, the results were dramatic. "There was no question we needed full replacements on our roof, windows and siding," says Gene Hansen, a member of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. "Before the storm, some cedar shake shingles were starting to blow off and were weathering badly. The storm just ripped through two layers of those shakes that had been in place for decades.  And, the fellowship hall roof was totally destroyed in the storm. We had no other option than to replace the roofs."

When contractor Nick Paschke recommended Bellaforté Shake tiles from DaVinci, several church members took hammers to the roofing tile samples, to assure themselves that the impact-resistant material would not be dented by future hail storms.

"I was impressed by the quality, durability and selection of the DaVinci composite shake roofing," says Hansen. "Once we discovered the company could create a custom color red for the shingles, that truly sealed the deal."

Convinced of the durability of the product, peace-of-mind prevailed. Now the church and fellowship hall once again have their signature red roofs overhead and contented parishioners below.  

Learn more about DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing on historic church projects at  Historic Church Gets High-Tech Polymer Roof and DaVinci Roofs: An Answer to Many Prayers.   

 

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Coastal Commitment

DaVinci RoofscapesWould you want to live on the California coast? Sure there's great weather and tremendous views, but there's also serious weather conditions to contend with on a regular basis.

Consider the salt air, sea spray and winds that whip up against coastal homes. Then there's the unrelenting ultraviolet rays from the sun. And, to cause even more worries, there's the threat of wildfire spread during various times of the year. All of these elements can combine to cause headaches for coastal homeowners.

Architectural West magazine recently ran an article on how polymer roofing meets the heavy demands Mother Nature places on homes along the California coast.  We're sharing that article with you (click HERE) so you can learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic shake and slate shingles stand up to Mother Nature --- and win!

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Yes, You Really Need Snow Guards

The Spring thaw couldn't come quick enough this year for Tim Carter. A New Hampshire resident, Tim and his neighbors saw lots of snow this past winter. At one point, they had about 42 inches of snow on the ground ... and around the edges of Tim's driveway snow was piled up to eight feet for several days.

That's a lot of snow.

Imagine if all the snow that accumulated on Tim's roof slid off, onto the ground all at once. That's a ton of snow and ice that could be damaging to things below.

Fortunately for Tim, he didn't have those troubles. When he installed his new DaVinci synthetic slate roof two years ago he added snow guards. (See Snow Guards Needed for Synthetic Slate Roof)

"This winter really showed that the snow guards performed extremely well," says Carter, of AsktheBuilder.com. "When the snow slid off the roof, the guards made sure that giant slabs of ice and snow didn't crash to the ground. The guards were especially beneficial where there are walkways beneath the roof overhang. They helped hold the snow and assure that it was safe to walk below.

"All around the house the snow guards did their job this winter. I had installed expensive Trex Transcend decking this past autumn. The snow guards ensured that the deck didn't suffer from a hit from a 'roof iceberg' at any point.

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"From my perspective of really living through a major snowy winter, I urge homeowners and roofers alike to strongly consider adding snow guards during the roof installation process, and to make sure the roof structure can support all the snow that the guards will retain on the roof.

"Dealing with a qualified snow guard manufacturer is key to success. When I worked with Rocky Mountain Snow Guards they created a specific snow guard placement plan for my roof that I followed. That's a critical element in this process that has proved successful."

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

Soggy and saturated. That's a good description of the type of weather many areas of the country --- especially the West Coast --- have seen so far in 2017.

From record rainfall figures to wettest winter of record numbers, it's been a very wet year so far ... and homeowners are chanting the "Rain, Rain, Go Away" song every day.

polymer slateHeavy rains mean heavy headaches for many people. The roof overhead that they thought was in good shape turns out to be a cylinder of water dripping inside the house. Or, the weight of all the significant snowfalls has damaged their existing roof tiles.

Either way, now is the time to take action. During National Procrastination Week, the team at DaVinci Roofscapes encourages homeowners to forget about playing ostrich. Take your head out of the sand and start by contacting a professional roofer to evaluate the overall condition of your roof and offer you options.

"A professional roofer can safely get on your roof, evaluate your shingles and make recommendations if a replacement roof is needed," says Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services at DaVinci Roofscapes. "Getting an evaluation now, as the Spring weather arrives, is a smart idea. Roofers can catch --- and oftentimes fix --- a leak problem before it spirals out of control. Plus your roofer can give you a feeling for how much 'life' is left in your roof and make recommendations for a new roof if needed."

If you find yourself in the position of needing a new roof this year, think about investing in a roof for the long-term. At DaVinci, our polymer slate and shake roof products have a lifetime limited warranty. These easy-care tiles are impact- and fire-resistant along with standing up to severe weather. For more details on composite roofing, see Roofing 101 for Homeowners and What to Look for in a New Roof.

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Heber Valley: A Hot Spot for DaVinci Roofing

What's going on in Heber Valley, Utah?

During the past several years we've witnessed a constant increase in DaVinci polymer roofing being specified and installed in this beautiful area of the country.

Where can you find synthetic shake and simulated slate roofing in Heber Valley? Everywhere.

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Designer Kevin Price has specified our polymer shake roofing tiles on many of the homes in the Red Ledges community and is still going strong with DaVinci roofing products. (See Designer Shakes Up Utah Roofs) "Since the roof in this desert setting takes the most abuse from the sun and weather, it needs to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing," says Price, president of Kevin Price Designs. "Both the Multi-Width Shake and Bellaforté Shake lightweight roofing materials we've been using capture both desires perfectly."

On Top Roofing has also seen an increase in usage of DaVinci polymer slate roofing materials. The company has installed our products on many high-end multi-family homes in the area. The new construction projects are starting off right ... with Multi-Width Slate roofs in the Slate Gray color blend.

Head to the downtown Heber Valley Visitor Center and you'll also find a DaVinci tile roofing --- right on their building! (See Heber Valley Visitor Center)

polymer shakeConstructed in 1992, the alpine-style visitor's center was in dire need of a new roof. "When the team started pressure washing our wood shake roof, water began leaking into the building," says Rachel Kahler, marketing and events manager for the Heber Valley Visitors Center. "The original wood shake roof had deteriorated badly over time and had finally given out.

"After reviewing our options and budget, we decided the best solution was new Bellaforté Shake composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes in a Tahoe-VariBlend. These simulated shake tiles beautifully accent our peg-and-groove building. The tiles look extremely authentic. People now stop in our visitors center and ask us about the roof on the building!"

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DaVinci Roofscapes Predicts Demand to Increase in 2017 for Synthetic Roofing

Increased homeowner interest in cool roofs and authentic-looking slate and shake roofing products will continue to spur the growth of polymer roofing products in 2017. That's the prediction of our roofing industry leaders at DaVinci Roofscapes.

Eco-Friendly Roof"We set new sales records in California in 2016 as people prepared for the launch of Title 24 requirements in 2017," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. "West Coast residents are clamoring for energy-efficient roofing products. Fortunately we were ahead of this surge by launching four new DaVinci EcoBlend® cool family colors earlier this year." (See DaVinci Roofscapes Introduces Four New EcoBlend Colors for Cool Roofs)

The EcoBlend polymer roofing color options have all been approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) to reflect sunlight and heat away from a home or commercial structure, helping the building or home stay cooler in the summer and helping to lower energy costs. The new color blends all meet Title 24 requirements for California.

"We expect this trend will accelerate in 2017 as people across the country learn the value of energy-efficient synthetic roofing products," says Rosewall. "People are quick to invest in our polymer roofing when they see the authentic look of the slate and shake tiles and then learn about the fire-, impact- and high-wind resistance of these tiles.

"Most importantly, we've heard from distributors, roofers and builders that these polymer products are becoming more preferred to natural roofing materials. People desire the expected look of shake and slate, but they truly want the benefits that a man-made product offers. We've achieved that goal by creating realistic-looking products with exceptional features."

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Q & A Guide to Snowguards

Does snow slide off of a DaVinci roof?
Snow tends to slide off all roofs, but is more likely to slide off metal, natural slate, glazed tile, and polymer tiles (like DaVinci roofs).  This is due to some of the same physical characteristics that help to make DaVinci such a long lasting beautiful roof.  DaVinci roofing products have smooth surfaces and don’t absorb water. This means that snow and ice have no place to “grip” as it might with some other roofing products. When snow begins to melt from a warm attic underneath, the snow blanket on top may slide off the roof all at once.

What is the solution?
Installing a pattern of snow guards or attaching snow fences near the eave can reduce or eliminate snow slides. Snow guards work by adding friction to the roof. Snow fences on the other hand, create  a barrier to prevent snow movement.  Snow guards are the preferred product for most areas while snow fences are used in very high snow areas like ski resorts.


Who should consider snow guards?
Snow guards should be considered in parts of the country where accumulating snowfalls occur. Many roofs or parts of roofs may not need any snow guards at all. In fact, some structures are designed so that snow will slide off of the roof, reducing the stress on the structure.  

Does my house need snow retention?  
It all depends on what the snow may fall on as it slides off of the roof. The installation of snow guards should be considered on roof areas where sliding snow might land on people or property. Decks, walkways and driveways are obvious examples of such areas.  
 
What snow guards should I use?
There are many different types of snow guards. Snow guards for use on DaVinci roofs must have an attachment strap and be manufactured of long lasting- non-corrosive metals. The best types to use with DaVinci products are manufactured of copper, stainless steel or coated aluminum. Plastic snow guards, typically used on metal roofs, are not recommended for DaVinci roofs.  
 
What if my roof is already installed without snow guards?
The best time to install snow guards is when your DaVinci roof is being installed. But if your DaVinci roof is already installed, don’t worry. There are snow guards available that are specifically designed to be installed after your roof is on.  These are known as retro-fit snow guards and this type of snow guard won’t compromise the integrity, warranty or longevity of your beautiful DaVinci roof.
 
Ask your contractor if you need snow guards.  The final decision on whether or not to install snow guards rests with you and your contractor.
 
For more information, a good resource for snow guards on DaVinci roofs is Rocky Mountain Snow Guards.

**Snow guards should be considered in all geographic areas where accumulating snow fall is possible.**

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From the Tech Team: Bellaforte Solid Shake Tile

Recently, a DaVinci contractor gave me a call to let me know that he loved installing DaVinci Bellaforté Shake. He said that the one suggestion he had, was that because of the very high profile of the DaVinci Bellaforté Shake, there were some situations where a solid tile would be helpful. One example of where a solid tile would be beneficial is in a situation where Bellaforté Shakes are installed in a closed valley in an area where there are a lot of messy trees, especially pine trees. In these instances, pine needles and leaves can catch on the ribs of the Bellaforté shakes where they are cut. While this doesn’t usually cause a performance issue it can sometimes detract from the overall look of the roof. Another example of where a solid tile can be helpful is in flashing situations where the cut edge of the tile may be exposed. While this is not a performance issue if it is in an area visible from the ground, it may not have the “finished look” that some customers would like.

 

I discussed this request with our design team and they worked quickly to develop a Bellaforté solid shake tile. These solid tiles can be used where tiles are cut around flashings, on flared rakes (gable ends), straight gable ends, and even valleys. It should be noted that these solid tiles are not the answer from an aesthetic point of view for a true open valley. The reason for this is when the solid tiles are cut for use in valleys, there is an occasional small void in instances where the tile cut crosses the gutter of the tile. These tiles also have occasional visible bubbles where the tile is cut, that may be objectionable to some customers. We recommend that when using Bellaforté Shake solid tiles the installer still use the closed valley or double w valley system.

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From the Architect's Corner - a Helpful Tip

A product's sample in the hand is about the best thing you can provide your clients when choosing colors for the exterior of their home. It is important to remember to take your samples outside and put them in the natural light. Be sure to leave them there for a day or two and view them in all different lights and shadows. This will allow you to have a better idea of what the color will look like once the products are installed.

Click here to read more FRESH tips for choosing exterior color from our Color Expert, Kate Smith.

 

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Happy Friday, Architects!

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DaVinci Tiles Add Personality to Home

Hugh Willner's fiber cement roof was no match for Mother Nature.

Fake Cedar ShakeWhen a rare late January wind storm tore off his roof, Willner contacted El Cajon Roofing for help.

"My roofers introduced me to synthetic shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes and I really liked the look," says Willner, a resident of San Diego, Calif. "I wanted something a little less 'common' that would help add personality to my home while withstanding strong winds."

He determined the Single-Width Shake tiles in a custom blend of Medium Light Autumn was the perfect fit for his home. With a proven wind resistance up to 110 mph, Willner no longer has to worry that his roof will be affected by windy weather. And, he decided to have 30 solar panels added to the south side of his roof at the same time!

"My USAA Insurance paid for the entire roof replacement," says Willner. "By adding in the solar panels I've had a minus energy usage for several months. This is a win-win situation for me. As a bonus, there were some composite shake roofing tiles left over so I had my outside shed also re-roofed.

"This is a great looking roof. Everyone loves it. I would definitely recommend a DaVinci polymer roof to any of my friends or family looking for a new roof. I just hope they don't have to have Mother Nature come blowing in before they make the decision to invest in one!"

Learn more about the benefits of polymer roofing at:

      New DaVinci Roof = Cash in Your Wallet

      What Would Your Friends Say About a New Lifetime Roof From DaVinci Roofscapes?

 

 

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Cold and Concrete Don't Mix

If you live in an area with cold weather conditions, or strong freeze/thaw tendencies, do your research before purchasing concrete roofing tiles.

"We've seen significant failure due to freeze/thaw with concrete products at our elevation of 6,000+ feet," says Trevor Cannon with Umbrella Roofing, Inc. in Colorado. "Some high end concrete products experience this problem less, but those products are very expensive."

In really cold climates like northern Ontario, concrete roofs have never been a popular choice according to homeowner Barry George, who recently had a DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic slate tile installed on his home. "In all honesty, I've never seen concrete tile used in these parts," says George.

Why don't cold weather conditions and concrete  mix? First of all, concrete tiles are heavy (weighing up to 1,100 pounds per square depending on the style). Second, those heavy tiles have a high water absorption rate of about 13%. Water (or ice or snow) absorbed into the already heavy tiles puts pressure on the roof structure and can result in cracking of the tiles.

Just imagine a crisp winter day in Chicago ... or Colorado ... or upstate New York. Now think of an installed concrete roof with melting snow being absorbed into the tiles. Nighttime comes and the moisture stays in the concrete and freezes. This makes the concrete potentially more brittle and heavier on the roof structure. And, the trapped moisture can form mildew over time.

If you live in a cold climate and you're considering concrete roofing, do your homework. See Cold Weather? Bring on the DaVinci Roofing Tiles! and Things to Think About for Cold Weather and your Roof.

 

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sNOw

October 3, 2013 ... 23.1 inches of snow in Rapid City, South Dakota.

October 17, 1984 ... 18.4 inches of snow in Salt Lake City.

October 26, 1997 ... 19.3 inches of snow in Goodland, Kansas.

Think it's too early to think about snow guards? Think again!

Don't be surprised by an early snow fall. If you live in a geographic area where accumulating snow fall is possible and have a synthetic roof, then now is the time to call your roofer. (See Winter Forecast: Get Snow Guards! and On Guard for Winter Weather ... with Snow Retention Systems)

Snow guards can be retrofitted fairly easily to composite slate or shake roofing products, and it's best to be prepared for potential bad winter weather. To install the snow guards, your roofer can use self-tapping, self-sealing Woodbinder Screws that have coated heads to match the color of the snow guard. These are enhanced with sealant between the snow guard strap and the roofing shingle. Snow guards are even available in unique styles or custom colors to match your DaVinci Roofscapes roofing (see Stylish Snow Guards )

 

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Once installed, snow guards help "break up" the melting snow or ice from a composite roof so snow slides or "avalanches" don't occur. By breaking up the snow as it falls, there's less chance of it damaging landscaping or blocking your home's entryways.

Remember, October isn't too early to get prepared for snow. Just ask the folks in Minneapolis. They had a surprise "Trick or Treat" snowfall of 21 inches on October 31, 1991!

**Snow guards should be considered in all geographic areas where accumulating snow fall is possible.**

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After the Storm ... Synthetic Roofing

Art Reichert remembers clearly the tornado that hit his Illinois community a few years ago.

"The roof peeled off my home like a house of cards falling," says Reichert, a resident in the Prestwick community in Frankfurt, Ill. "It was amazing to see the devastation to our area."

Polymer SlateAfter the storm, Reichert started searching for a replacement roofing product to help protect his 12,000 square foot home. That's when he learned about composite slate roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

"Art was looking for a synthetic slate roof that preserved the character of his house," says Scott Owen, president of Owen Enterprises and the roof installer for the project. "There were numerous extruded concrete roof tiles missing and damage to his roof from where the falling tiles had been lifted and displaced by the tornado.

"He especially liked the authentic look of the DaVinci Single-Width slate, the reflectivity and lightweight aspects of the product. I've installed more than 30 DaVinci roofs in the past 15 years, so I know it's a good product. Plus it's Made in America, which is important to us so we can support the U.S. economy."

Owen recalls using body harnesses and an articulating boom (a type of mobile crane) to tackle the roofing project at Reichert's home. Along with proper safety precautions he offers this tip to other roofers: "Watch the DaVinci installation videos and look at the installation manuals on their website," says Owen. "These are very useful and can help save you time on the jobsite."

In a unique twist to this story, Reichert served on the board when the Prestwick community decided to replace the old roof on their club house this year. He made the recommendation for Bellaforté Shake roofing from DaVinci ... so now he's not the only one in the neighborhood with durable synthetic roofing overhead!

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