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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Fire!

There are three things you can count on seeing every time you turn your television on to watch the news: images of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and wildfires.

In this political season, nothing is hotter than the impact that out-of-control wildfires have unleashed on our country. As of late July, the National Interagency Fire Center reports more than 38,000 wildfires had been recorded and the country is on track for breaking the 2015 record of 10 million acres burned.

In the face of expanding wildfires, how can homeowners help protect their homes?

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has prepared a free Firewise Tips Checklist for homeowners that includes valuable ideas for protecting your home and surroundings.

Information from NFPA also recommends that having a nonflammable roof covering and assembly can add enormously to the safety of your home. Composite shake and slate roofing, like that manufactured by DaVinci Roofscapes, resists flame spread with a Class A Fire Rating. This means that if a spark from a wildfire lands on the roof, it will not ignite the roof. Of course, if a home is fully engulfed in a fire, any roof will ignite. However, an ember or spark will not start a fire.

Just how important is it for a roof to resist igniting with an ember? According to the Texas Forest Service, some embers can travel more than a mile before landing. Burning embers and sparks traveling those distances can mean trouble for many homeowners.

Interested in learning how to make your home safer from wildfires? Click HERE for the "Be Embers Aware" checklist from the Texas Forest Service. You can also see Fires Belong in the Fireplace, Not on Your Roof and DaVinci Roofs Are Fire Resistant.

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Flying Garbage Cans? No Problem with a DaVinci Roof

Is there any chance we'll meet Tomas, Virginie and Walter this year? Those are the last three storm names that would be used for the 2016 Hurricane Season, which ends November 30.

Even though it's unlikely all the names on the hurricane list will be used this year, there is a very good chance that high winds and severe weather will continue to impact many areas of the United States. That's why high-wind resistant DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofing shingles are a good choice for homes all across the country.

Sustainable RoofCan you imagine the conditions your roof goes through at winds of 30, 50 or even 90 mph? A reporter with the Associated Press wanted to experience these conditions for himself, so he went to a wind tunnel laboratory at the University of Maryland. After getting harnessed in, he had the team crank up the winds ... all the way up to 100 mph.

Click HERE to see the video of how the winds impacted his body. Clearly, if he wasn't anchored and harnessed in, he would have been blown away. Now think about your roof.

During severe weather --- not even hurricane conditions --- high winds can rip some roofing tiles right off the roof. And, flying debris during a storm can deeply damage some roofs. Not DaVinci polymer roofing.

Our roofs are manufactured and tested to stand firm in extreme weather conditions. (see DaVinci Roof Tiles: Engineered to Withstand Hurricane Force Winds) DaVinci roofs meet the ASTME D3161 test for withstanding 110 mph sustained winds. Our simulated shake roofing and composite slate roof tiles also have a Class 4 impact rating (UL 2218 Impact test) ... so if a tree limb falls on your DaVinci roof or a flying garbage can hits it, you don't have to worry about broken tiles.

Learn more about how DaVinci synthetic roofing materials can help keep your property safe at Worried? Sleep Easier with a DaVinci Roof Overhead

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Snow Guards: An Important Decision for Your Synthetic Roof

It's 75 degrees outside and your new DaVinci Roofscapes designer roof will be installed by the end of the month. Congratulations!

Your roofer has just one more question: do you want snow guards?

SnowguardsDon't let the warm weather sway your decision. When it's 25 degrees outside next January with snow falling fast, you want your composite roofing to have snow guards. Why? Because snow guards can help stop the "movement" of a snow avalanche from coming off your roof all at one time. They help break up the melting snows so they come off in smaller amounts.

Snow guards don't have to be intrusive on your roof. Companies like Rocky Mountain Snow Guards specialize in offering a variety of options that look good and work effectively with synthetic roofing material. And, they can powder coat the snow guards to match the color of your DaVinci roof!

What kind of costs are we talking about? Lars Walburg, President of Rocky Mountain Snow Guards, offers this insight: "Painted aluminum and steel snow guards generally cost between $5 and $6 each, while copper snow guards cost between $8 and $10 each. Then, the roofer will charge for installing the snow guards. Depending on the roofer, they may charge between $3 to $6 each for installation."

Your roofer can work with experts like Walburg to determine exactly where the snow guards should be placed on your roof, in what type of pattern and how many are needed. The pitch of your roof is important when deciding where snow guards will be placed (see Ask the Experts: Snow Guards). Another placement consideration is to plan on having snow guards located over key walkways, entry areas of the home and landscaping elements.

Click HERE to learn more about snow guards offered by Rocky Mountain Snow Guards that are designed especially for simulated shake roofing and imitation slate shingles. And, to learn more about snow guards overall, see Q & A Guide to Snow Guards.

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

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Featured Project - Avon, CO

I imagine when a roofing company like TCC Roofing sits down at the kitchen table with a homeowner and uses the words, "lifetime roof" it might sound too good to be true. Homeowners in Colorado are used to premature roof replacement whether it be from the high winds or hail, or accelerated breakdown of roofing materials due to frequent cycles of freeze-thaw. The cedar shakes on this home were about ready to fall off when TCC Roofing out of Eagle tore them off and replaced them with DaVinci Roofscapes' Multi-Width Slate polymer roof tiles. Multi-Width Slate comes in 5 widths, 12", 10", 9", 7", and 6", and in 12 natural color blends (pictured here Aberdeen Blend). 

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970-328-2340
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                Old Shakes                                                   New DaVinci Polymer Slate

 

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Before the Storm ... Check Your Roof

The 2016 Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30, and watch out, it has the potential to be a big one.

The Weather Research Center in Houston predicts a 60% chance that Texas will be impacted by a hurricane this season and 70% chance that a named storm will make landfall along the west coast of Florida. Overall, predictions are for 7 to 10 named tropical cyclones forming in the Atlantic this hurricane season with 4 of them intensifying into hurricanes.

What's a homeowner to do?

Check your roof! And, if you live in an area that had severe storm damage last year, make sure to have a professional roofer inspect your roof to assure that the roof is ready for another hurricane season.

It helps to understand that the roof is a "system" in your home. There are layers that must be properly installed to help protect your house and valuables.

Polymer RoofHere's an explanation from the professionals at DaVinci Roofscapes on what a first-class installation would look like for a roof:

1. Start with clean a 1/2-inch plywood or oriented strand board (OSB) deck fastened properly to the rafters.

2. At the eaves and rakes, 3-foot wide strips of self-adhering bitumen membrane would be affixed to protect against ice dams and wind-blown rain.

3. A layer of 30-pound builder's felt (or the equivalent) would be installed next, covering the entire roof. It's held in place with nailing caps and has 6-inch overlaps at the seams.

4. Metal drip edges on the rakes and eaves keep water off the sheathing edges and the sun's rays off the underlayment.

5. In the valleys, 20-inch wide flashing made of a durable metal (like copper) sits atop a layer of bitumen membrane.

6. Finally, the roofing is installed in overlapping courses with rustproof stainless-steel nails.

For more details on what it takes to create a reliable roof using composite slate or synthetic shake shingles, see Roofing 101: Up on the Roof

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Prepare Now for Serious 2016 Hurricane Season

Four hurricanes. Seventy percent chance of a named storm making landfall along the west coast of Florida. Sixty percent chance that Texas will be impacted by a hurricane. These are just some of the dire predictions by the Weather Research Center for the 2016 Hurricane Season.

"The west coast of Florida, and Texas coastal areas, have the highest risk of being impacted this year," says Jill Hasling, CCM and president of the Weather Research Center. "We're predicting seven to 10 named tropical cyclones forming in the Atlantic this hurricane season, with four of these intensifying into hurricanes.

"Given this forecast, now is the time for homeowners and business owners to evaluate the condition of their properties and take the necessary steps to prepare for severe weather."

Class 4 Impact Rated Roofing

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has declared May 15 - 21, 2016 National Hurricane Preparedness Week. The organization recommends people in the potential path of severe weather take steps during this week to prepare for potential hurricane conditions by developing an evacuation plan, assembling disaster kits and strengthening home and business structures.

This means that the roof should be a primary consideration for anyone in a hurricane-prone area. Severe winds can uplift shingles off a roof, push intense wind-driven rain at a roof, or cause flying debris to strike a roof. The roof you have should be able to sustain both straight line and pressurized winds during a hurricane.

The smart decision is to select composite roofing that meets Class 4 ratings for impact resistance along with the Miami Dade County Acceptance (High Velocity Hurricane Winds) and the Texas Department of Insurance. Synthetic roofing material, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes, meet these criteria and can withstand strong hurricane-force winds.

In addition, DaVinci synthetic shake and composite slate roofing tiles are Class A Fire Rated for fire retardance and have achieved the highest rating for straight line wind testing at 110 mph. The polymer roofing material also has a lifetime limited warranty for added peace-of-mind.

Before the onset of Hurricane Season 2016, take time to evaluate the structures where you live and work. Make upgrades and changes now that can prepare you to weather upcoming storms. For more Hurricane Preparedness Week tips, click HERE.

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Windy Weather? You Need DaVinci Roofscapes

Spring storms come fast and hard in the Midwest. This is the time of year when Midwesterners have to hunker down and prepare for the worst.

That's exactly what happened last year to homeowners Thomas and Tammy Ritchie in Wichita, Kansas.

"Our house was hit last Spring by 100mph winds, or possibly a small twister," says Tammy Ritchie. "We lost a good chunk of our concrete roof and ended up getting replacement roof appraisals from three different companies.

Fake Shake"We decided to invest in a Bellaforté Shake synthetic roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. We were impressed by how well this shake alternative roof tested against 100+ mph winds and it looked truly authentic. The added bonus is that our insurance company, Farm Bureau, offers us a yearly discount on our homeowners insurance with this fake cedar shake roof."

Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab that secures every tile to drastically improve wind performance. The composite shake tiles have passed the ASTM D 3161 test for 110 mph wind resistance, along with the UL 2218 testing for Class 4 impact resistance. (See Huff and Puff ... and DON'T Blow Composite Roofing AwayThe designer roof has a lifetime limited material warranty and a Class A fire rating.

The Ritchies relied on Heiland Roofing and Exteriors to install their new synthetic shake roof. "Heiland did an amazing job," says Ritchie. "We wouldn't change one thing about our decision to hire them.

"The team cleaned up the entire work area every night and left things neat and tidy. The workers were polite and professional, and Mike Heiland kept us informed throughout the entire job of his progress."

According to Ritchie, the entire experience turned from a windy, bad mess to a positive move for the homeowners. "The roof looks great and I love knowing that it has passed the test to resist the crazy winds we get here in Kansas," says Ritchie. "Now we have a reliable roof overhead and we're saving on our insurance premiums!"

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Tubas, Chicken Dancing and Hurricanes

May is a month of many strange celebrations. There's Lumpy Rug Day on the 3rd, Dance Like a Chicken Day on the 14th and Tuba Day on the 6th. Those are nothing special compared to World Naked Gardening Day on the 7th and International Tiara Day on the 24th!

Severe WeatherWhile some people may be excited about No Socks Day on the 8th, at DaVinci Roofscapes we're more likely to circle the dates of May 15-21 on our calendar. That's National Hurricane Preparedness Week --- an event we take very seriously. This is a time families and businesses should take to assess their daily locations, get updated on tips to handle hurricane situations, and prepare emergency plans.

Mother Nature hits us with all her fury when a hurricane strikes. High winds, hail and severe flooding are all part of her calling card.

In a hurricane, there are four vital areas of a structure that need to securely stay in place to keep a home or business standing --- the windows, entry doors, garage door and the roof. If one of these elements is breached, then Mother Nature comes inside to cause massive damage. (See 2015 Hurricane Season: Are You Ready?)

If you're in an area prone to hurricane situations, make sure you take time now, before Hurricane Season starts on June 1st, to evaluate the condition of your roof. We offer advice for how to do this, along with the benefits of having composite roofing, at Prepare Your Home for 2013 Hurricane Season.

This month, get serious about preparing for the 2016 Hurricane Season. After you've taken the necessary precautions to safeguard your home, then go ahead and celebrate Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day on May 29th. It's an old tradition started in the 1930s to bring good luck to a household!

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