Roofer Tips for Retrofitting Snow Guards

Spring weather often means phones are ringing with new business for roofers. Sometimes the calls are about roofs installed last year ... when the homeowners are reconsidering their decision not to put snow guards on their new composite roofing.

Polymer Roof TilesIf you're a roofer getting those calls, we can help. Lars Walberg, President of Rocky Mountain Snow Guards, says roughly two-thirds of the snow guards his company sells are for retrofit applications. Here are his insights on what you need to know when you get the call from a homeowner ready to commit to snow guards.

Q: Which snow guards to you recommend for retrofit applications?

A: For DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic roofing material we recommend the SnowTrapper ST11 for all slate profiles, single-width and multi-width shake up to 9/12, and Bellaforté Shake up to 7/12. For Bellaforté Shake over 7/12 and slate profiles over 9/12, we recommend the RockyGuard RG10. (Click HERE for more product details)

Q: How are snow guards retrofitted to DaVinci synthetic shake and composite slate roof tiles?

A: Sealant should be applied to seal between the snow guard strap and the shingle. Snow guards are attached with two or three Woodbinder Screws. These screws are self-tapping, self-sealing and have coated heads to match the color of the snow guard.

Q: What tips do you have for installers regarding retrofitting snow guards?

A: It’s easy. The most important things are to place the snow guards so there is a significant space between the butt end of the shingle above and the pad face so the snow guard can “grab” the snow.  We recommend that the strap is showing equal to three times the thickness of the butt end of the shingles on pitches up to 6/12, and six times the thickness on pitches over 6/12.  It’s also important to mark the placement so the pattern is uniform.

For more insights from Walberg, see Ask the Experts: Snow Guards.


Featured Project - Fort Worth, TX

Dynasty Roofing, out of Fort Worth, TX, recently tore off and replaced old wood shakes with Bellaforté Shake on a historic home located Edgecliff Village. Polymer shake roof tiles are increasingly used on historic properties, as you can get the look of shakes without all the hassle of routine maintenance, yearly treatment, and early replacement due to wood deterioration or storm damage. Which, according to Dynasty Roofing, is exactly the reason that the homeowners on this project chose Bellaforté Shake on their historic, salt-box style home. It looks amazing!

Dynasty Roofing

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All hail, HAIL!

We're entering the time of year again when severe storms can pop up, bringing chunks of hail down from the sky to damage your roof.

Hail can range in size from tiny pea shapes to golf balls to soft ball sizes. But, the size isn't as important as the impact hail can make --- on cars, landscaping and, your roof.

Just imagine a baseball being dropped from an airplane at about 30,000 feet. As it falls to the ground it gains speed and can hit a roof at about 120 mph. That’s the kind of impact some hail storms can have on roofs.


Hail deserves our respect ... and your home deserve a Class 4 impact-resistant composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes to help protect your home. (See Roof Hail Damage No Fun)

Here's what roofers think of our imitation slate and composite shake roofing:

"The peace of mind that comes with an impact-resistant roof of the quality made by DaVinci is dramatic for homeowners. In the 11+ years I've been installing DaVinci polymer roofing, we've never had one of their roofs totaled by hail."

            Mike Heiland, president of Heiland Roofing and Exteriors in Kansas.

"There were grapefruit-sized hail and 60 mph winds that pounded our area. 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."

            Jim Hofegartner, president of Central Roofing and Construction Co. in Oklahoma

"Every ceramic, concrete, metal, asphalt and composite roof I’ve seen in this area has been damaged by the hail storms. However, the synthetic slate DaVinci roofs we’ve installed over the past several years on homes in the same area are completely unaffected. It’s like a Superman roof that nothing can touch. The synthetic roofing material looks like it was just installed yesterday."

            Thad Jennings, president of Jenco Roofing in Oklahoma 


Is Your Roof Ready for Severe Weather?

April 2nd is an important anniversary date for residents of the Harbor Isle community in Wichita, Kansas. One year ago on that date a microburst struck their neighborhood. Winds up to 100mph created major damage in the area --- and sucked off many roofs.

Which roofs survived? Those made of synthetic roofing material from DaVinci Roofscapes.

DaVinci Polymer Roof Tiles"The majority of concrete tiles sustained very serious damage, with many others demolished," says Mike Heiland, president of Heiland Roofing and Exteriors in Wichita, Kansas. "Of the three DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofs we installed in this community, one home had zero damage. Another home had one missing ridge cap. The third home needed approximately ten feet of ridge replaced. That's absolutely nothing compared to the devastation that all the other homes in that neighborhood experienced."

Homeowner Donna Westhoff, whose DaVinci composite shake roof was less than six months old at the time, recalls her amazement after the storm. "To our joy and surprise, the new DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic shake roof, had only one end cap gone from the winds," says Westhoff. "Many of our development neighbors had major shingle loss and some had structural roof damage. We have a beautiful roof, but more importantly we have peace of mind. Our DaVinci composite shake shingles came through and held up when we needed them most."

Another homeowner, Paul Dugan, has similar recollections of the storm ... and then he took action immediately afterwards to gain his own peace of mind.

"Concrete roof tiles were thrown through neighbor's windows, into vehicles parked along the streets and in driveways," says Dugan. "Every home with a concrete tile roof was missing large sections while a couple of the homes that had been recently re-roofed by Heiland Roofing with DaVinci shake roofing tiles had every single tile in place and no visible damage to the property. I was very impressed and called Heiland Roofing the next morning.

"I now have a Bellaforté Slate roof that looks exactly the same as the previous concrete tile roof but has the highest impact resistance in the industry. The impressive interlocking system allows for installation with securing the tile in all four corners so we're not going to worry about tiles peeling back and blowing away in future storms."

Avoid Severe Hail Damage with Impact-Resistant Roof offers more insights from Mike Heiland. 


Collect Your "April Showers"

When it comes to rain water collection, owners of the Absolute Green Home have their neighbors over a barrel. Literally.

Imitation SlateThere are four rain water collection barrels dangling from key roof slopes on the beautiful home in South Salem, New York. Each barrel encourages water to slide gently into it from the Bellaforté Slate roof via a chain. Once filled, the unfiltered water in the barrels can be used for watering plants and gardens, or even to wash cars.

The idea behind rain water harvesting is to save rain water that would normally flow off a roof and down the drain.  But, with a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roof (which does not leach chemicals or pollution into the water), you can save those April showers ...and those throughout the year too!

Along with helping save on water bills, rain harvesting is good for the environment. Whether collected in barrels or going directly into cisterns for use and storage, rain water gathered from synthetic roofing material can have a big impact. According to, for every inch of rain that falls on a "catchment area" of 1,000 square feet, you can expect to collect approximately 600 gallons of rainwater. That's a lot of water!

At the Absolute Green Home (which won the "Best Renovation of the Year Award" in 2015 from Green Builder Media), the rain water collection system was just one of many strategies Sylvain Coté, project architect and coordinator with Absolute Green Homes, Inc., incorporated into the home. Starting from the top down with a composite slate roof, the 1932 beach home has earned three green designations: ENERGY STAR® Certified Home, LEED Platinum Certified Home and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Certified Home.

To learn more about this impressive environmentally positive home renovation project, see DaVinci Black Slate Roof Helps Keep Home Green


Demystifying Snow Guards

What are those funny-looking "things" that poke up from rooftops in some areas of the country? They're snow guards --- and their function is to break apart snow as it melts so that snow masses don't come "avalanching down" on walkways and landscaping.

SnowguardsThere's a science to adding snow guards to a home or commercial structure in snow-prone areas. To understand the process better, we asked Lars Walberg, president of Rocky Mountain Snow Guards, to walk us through the steps.

"First we look at a roof diagram for the building, either an aerial picture of an existing structure or architectural drawings of a new structure," says Walberg. "We ask the customer to identify areas over driveways, walks, dog runs, decks and other key 'traffic' locations. Then we design a snow guard system to help protect those eaves and areas from snow slides."

The science behind the operation comes in determining how many snow guards to specify, at which locations and to determine the snow load and retention.

"We've calculated and designed a number of different patterns of snow guards that are effective for different situations," says Walberg, whose company supplies snow guards for homes and buildings all across the country. "Steeper roofs, longer runs and the lower coefficient of friction of the roof covering all play a part in determining how many, what placement pattern and what snow guard will be most effective."

There's even more science involved. According to Walberg, placement distance of the snow guards from the eaves of the roof is a function of "eave to peak distance, pitch and snow load." Plus, there are different considerations if you're installing snow guards with synthetic shake roofing versus synthetic slate shingles.

"We're specifying a job in Minnesota right now with Bellaforté Shake from DaVinci Roofscapes," says Walberg. "For that project an RG10 snow guard is most effective because it has a larger and higher pad face. If the same house had Bellaforté Slate roofing, we'd most likely specify the SnowTrapper ST9 product because they're a lower profile snow guard and work well with the Bellaforté Slate product."

Need more details on snow guards? Then visit Slip, Sliding Away... Might Need Snow Guards and Snow Guards + Snow Fences = Smart Decision



Getting Your Roof Ready for Spring

Snow may still be piled up, but now is the time to think about getting your roof ready for warmer weather.

It's especially important to examine your roof and gutters once Springtime weather arrives. The experts at DaVinci Roofscapes remind you that harsh winter weather can damage a roof in many ways ... and you want your roof in solid shape before Springtime storms begin.

Ice DamStart inside your home --- in the attic. Examine the ceiling and walls carefully in all areas of the attic. Look for water trails, dark spots, leaks or other signs that the roof may not be holding up. Also look for sagging drywall, cracks, mold, mildew and peeling paint --- all signs that the roof may have a leak.

On the outside of your home, look carefully at your roof from a good vantage point with a pair of binoculars. If you see a missing or dislocated roof shingles, that needs to get fixed quickly. Then, check your gutters to make sure they're still firmly secured or if ice dam buildup weakened them in any way. 

You should also look inside your gutters for granules that may have come off asphalt shingles in the winter. If you find a lot of granules, flush out the gutters and downspouts with a garden hose to remove the debris, and then look again at your roofing tiles to make sure they're still in good shape.

Weather damageSpring roof maintenance is a good time to call in the professionals. A yearly inspection by a roofing contractor who is trained to look for worn out areas, leaks and problem tiles, is well worth the investment. And, this is especially true if you live in an area prone to strong storms during the upcoming months that could include microbursts, hail, winds and severe rain.

A professional roofer will assess your roof and also look for signs of mold and algae. At the same time he'll be able to look under eaves and overhangs for signs of water damage from leaks and check out your flashing.

For more tips on getting your roof ready for Spring, see  Severe Weather Season is Starting… Is Your Roof Ready?


What's the Big Deal About Ice Dams?

They're actually fairly pretty, and many ice dams look like white frosting just dripping off the house. But looks can be deceiving.

Ice DamIce dams are those thick ridges of ice hanging from your home's eaves, gutters or siding. When ice dams form, they can weigh down and potentially break gutters. Ice dams can also block melting snows from properly draining and can lead to roof leaks. The common thinking is that the closer the ice dams are to the house, the more troublesome they can be to your home.

According to ENERGY STAR®: warm air inside the house escapes into the attic if not properly insulated. This will warm the underside of the roof, causing snow and ice on the roof to melt. The melted water will drain along the roof, under the snow, until it reaches the cold overhang. The overhang tends to be at the same temperature as the outdoors and the melted water will refreeze and form an ice dam and icicles. The ice dam can cause damage to the roof, which will result in water leaks to the inside. Frequently the result will be a water spot on the ceiling under the roof damage.

Taking a shovel and knocking off overhanging icicles isn't the solution. Neither is pouring hot water on the ice. Click HERE for a prescription checklist from ENERGY STAR that gives tips on handling ice dams and how to prevent them from reoccurring on your roof.

DaVinci Roofscapes provides more ice dam insights at  Dam Those Ice Dams and What are Ice Dams? Can I Prevent Them?


It's Never Too Late for Snow Guards

Are you in between major snow storms and regretting your decision not to have snow guards installed? Not to worry ... your roofer can retrofit snow guards to your DaVinci Roofscapes roof!

SnowguardsWhile the ideal situation is to install snow guards (which help break up melting snow so it doesn't avalanche down all at one time) when your polymer roofing is put in, retrofitting is definitely possible.

According to Lars Walberg, President of Rocky Mountain Snow Guards, here's what roofers need to know about retrofit applications, "You need to apply sealant to the top of the DaVinci shingle where the snow guard will be placed. The snow guard is placed in the recommended pattern such that 2" of strap is showing between the face of the snow guard and the butt end of the shingle above. Then (2) 2.5" self tapping fasteners with gaskets are driven through the snow guard strap approximately 1/2" below the butt end of the shingle above, through the shingle and substrate until tight."

Walberg recommends the ST11 Snow Guard by SnowTrapper for this retrofit application. It comes in attractive copper or dark bronze coated aluminum at the Rocky Mountain Snow Guard website.

So, if you've got one eye on the weather report and another on your roof this month, stop worrying. Call your roofer and ask him to come back to your house to install snow guards. You'll sleep better at night with this worry eliminated, and your roof will thank you too!

PS - Need more information? Then see  Q & A Guide to Snow Guards


Fires Belong in the Fireplace, Not on Your Roof

Imagine a crackling fire. Dry wood burning that shoots off sparks and a warm glow. Seems nice, right? And it is ... if it's in a fireplace. However, the image changes entirely if you're looking at cedar shake roofing catching fire atop a home.

In drought areas on the West Coast, homeowners with old cedar roofing live with the constant fear that wildfires may send embers onto their natural cedar shake roofs. Even sparks flying in the air from a wildfire a half mile away can have disastrous results for people with shake shingles.

The concern for flame spread on shake roofing materials is so strong that many communities and towns have passed legislation banning the use of real cedar shake roofing for new construction and replacement projects. So, what's a homeowner to do who loves the look of a wood shake roof? DaVinci Roofscapes to the rescue.

Synthetic shake roofing materials from DaVinci have a Class A Fire Rating. Even when a torch is held to them, they simply won't allow a flame to ignite or spread. (See Class A Synthetic Roofs Resist California Wildfires)

Allan Lyle with Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford recently put the product to the test. Watch this VIDEO and you'll quickly discover that the safest way to get the look of cedar on your home is to rely on simulated shake roofing from DaVinci.


Environmentally Friendly Roof



Snow Guard Solutions in 2016

Congratulations ... you're ready to start 2016 by investing in a new designer roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. You've made all the arrangements except one ... the snow guards.

Snowguards"If you live in an area prone to snowfall or ice buildups, snow guards are essential for your polymer roof," says Tim Gentry with DaVinci Roofscapes. "Snow guards help prevent melting snow and ice from 'avalanching' down in one sheet, which can harm landscaping or people underneath."

There are many different types of snow guards. When selecting snow guards for use on DaVinci roofs, remember that they must have an attachment strap and be manufactured of long lasting- non-corrosive metals. The best types to use with DaVinci composite roofing are manufactured of copper, stainless steel or coated aluminum. Plastic snow guards that are attached with adhesive, typically used on metal roofs, are not recommended for DaVinci roofs.

If you'd like to add some added style to your roof, snow guards can be ordered in the shape of everything from eagles to flowers (see Stylish Snow Guards). To gain more details about the importance of snow guards, see Q & A Guide to Snow Guards and To Guard ... or Not to Guard.



Tips for Cold Weather Installations

In many parts of the country, almost balmy weather conditions made December a dream month for roofers. Forget about layering up ... many roofers from North Carolina to New York were still in t-shirts!

However, as January weather settles in, colder weather is inevitable. That means polymer roofing installers need to prepare for cold weather situations.

If the temperatures have gotten nippy in your area and you're forging onwards with roofing installs, here are some tips from DaVinci Roofscapes to warm you up through the next several months:

Designer RoofTip #1 - Prior to installation in colder temperatures, make sure that synthetic shake shingles and composite slate tiles have been stored flat.

Tip #2 - DaVinci's unique formula allows our synthetic roofing material to remain flexible in colder weather. It's important that the roofing shingles are laid at a very minimum 3/16”.

Tip #3 - If using a pneumatic roofing nail gun for plastic roofing materials installation, the pressure should not be set too high. You may wish to hand nail pieces in if you're having trouble with your air compressor.

Tip #4 - Cold hands? Buy some "shake and use" hand warmers to slide into your gloves.

Tip #5 - When cutting imitation slate tiles or shake alternative shingles in colder temperatures, score the lightweight roofing tiles with a straight blade and break the tile along the score or use a saw blade with smaller and finer teeth.


Need more help for simulated shake roofing and plastic slate installations this winter? Then see Brrrrrisk Polymer Roofing Installations.



Snow Guards + Snow Fences = Smart Decision

Nestled amidst stunning mountain peaks and world-famous ski conditions, Fleur du Lac Estates near Lake Tahoe can experience heavy snowfall during the winter months. The property is just five minutes from Homewood Mountain Ski Resort, and the area usually sees snow in excess of 180 inches total. That's one reason why the community decided to incorporate snow fences and snow guards from Rocky Mountain Snow Guards into their newly-reroofed structures.

The previous buildings at Fleur du Lac Estates didn't have any type of snow retention system. When the community added DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake tiles this past year, they decided to make life easier for everyone by adding snow guards.

Rocky Mountain Snow Guards custom designed the snow retention system for Fleur du Lac Estates incorporating both their Drift III+ snow fences and the company's Rocky Guard RG10 snow guards. The system was developed to handle the 180 PSF snow load that can occur in this geographic location.

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"The snow guards are attached in a pattern above the snow fence that creates friction to hold the snow 'slab' in place while the snow fence provides a barrier beyond which the snow slab won't slide," says Lars Walberg, president of Rocky Mountain Snow Guards. "Using the combination of snow guards and snow fences gives this project a balanced snow retention system that has the 'look' the owners desired."

Need more information on snow guards for synthetic roofing systems? Then check out  Q & A Guide to Snow Guards and  Snow Retention Insights from DaVinci Roofscape.


Roofers Keep Working in Frigid Temps

Add another layer ... it's time to get serious about installing roofing systems in cold weather.

Along with adding extra layers to help protect you from the frigid temperatures coming our way, you also need to understand there are some special steps to take when installing composite roofing when the temperatures dip. At DaVinci Roofscapes, we'd like to offer you these tips:

polymer r oof- Acclimation is your friend. Don't leave a caulking tube outside overnight and expect it to work the next morning ... it will freeze! So, keep your supplies (including self-adhering membranes, caulk and other items) in a warm environment before using to get maximum efficiency and fewer headaches.

- Keep your DaVinci composite roofing tiles lying flat before installation in cold weather. Luckily DaVinci polymer slate and synthetic shake tiles can be installed in temperatures as cold as 20 degrees F (which makes you cold, but allows you to keep working!).

- During winter installations, make certain there's a minimum of 3/16" space between tiles.

- Using a pneumatic roofing nail gun to speed up your installation? That's great, but make sure to adjust the pressure in colder weather. It shouldn't be set too high.

- Watch out for "black ice" on ladders and on the roof. Even light moisture can freeze up and make being a roofer in the winter months potentially dangerous.

- Need to keep your hands nimble for the installations? Invest in disposable HotHands hand warmers. Slip them in your gloves (or your shoes for that matter!) for eight hours of toasty warmth.

For more winter installation insights, see Bundle Up, Roofers!



Carefree Thanksgiving ... Thanks to DaVinci Roofscapes

Thanksgiving is the time of year when we stop to express thanks for our family, friends, health and home ... and, for the roof overhead.

Polymer RoofingWithout a secure roof, our home and loved ones would be susceptible to damage from rain, winds, hail and storms. With a secure roof, we all sleep easier at night and don't worry as much when the winds howl. And, with the impact resistance features of synthetic roofing material from DaVinci Roofscapes, we even rest easier when severe weather strikes. (See Why DaVinci?)

Made of durable polymer roofing materials, DaVinci imitation slate and composite shake roofing can stand up to Mother Nature. If she sends hail down, it simply bounces off these strong roof tiles. If she blows embers from a nearby wildfire onto DaVinci's Class A Fire Rated synthetic roofing material, it won't ignite. And, if she drops tree limbs onto the roof, the impact won't damage the DaVinci's eco friendly roof that has a Class 4 Impact Rating under the UL 2218 standard (and, did you know that a DaVinci roof can handle 110 mph straight line winds!).

This Thanksgiving, along with being thankful for your home, remember to be thankful for your DaVinci roof and its lifetime limited warranty. It's what stands between the ones you love and Mother Nature.


Doubling Up: Snow Guards and Snow Fence on Colorado Church

Members of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Centennial, Colorado now have a new DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic shake overhead. And, to make sure that potential snowfall doesn't cause troubles in the future, the smart-thinking roofing committee at the church decided to install both snow guards and snow fences during the polymer shake roof installation.

Snowguards"Snow fences were attached at the eaves over pedestrian areas of the church," says Lars Walberg, president of Rocky Mountain Snow Guards, the company that supplied the snow retention products for the church. "We recommend snow fences be used above pedestrian or vehicular areas where even small releases of snow and ice could be problematic. Obviously church goers wouldn't want to have even a small amount of slushy snow drop onto them when coming to or leaving a church service or activity."

Walberg explains that snow guards were also used on the church --- to slow the movement of snow and generally hold the snow in place.

"When especially wet snow or especially light snow falls, it can (and will!) work its way past snow guards and drop off of the roof in small amounts," says Walberg. "The purpose of snow guards is to reduce or eliminate the potential for 'catastrophic releases' of snow and ice.

"A catastrophic release is when all of the snow on a polymer roof is released all at once. That type of release has the potential to damage property and cause injury."

With a wide array of snow guards and snow fences available for projects across the country, Rocky Mountain Snow Guards has supplied snow retention systems for other DaVinci roofing projects, including Colorado Townhome Community Topped with DaVinci Roofscapes Composite Shake Tiles. 


Featured Project - Salina, Kansas

Weddle and Sons Roofing out of Manhattan, Kansas has been partnered with DaVinci Roofscapes for several years. In 2008 a roof they had previously installed went through a F4 tornado that blew through Manhattan and came out virtually unscathed

Today, they will tell you that for unbeatable performance you need to consider the DaVinci Slate and Shake products for your home. Multi-Width Shake, our flagship shake product, is a classic choice for homeowners all over. Why? The performance of the polymer shake tiles cannot be matched to natural cedar, but you can still achieve the look you are going for. The shakes by DaVinci Roofscapes are not only Class A Fire Rated, but can stand up to an old fashioned Midwestern storm and come out the other side with its Class 4 Impact Rating and high wind certification. 

Weddle and Sons, Inc

Polymer Roof


Snow Worries

You've probably heard the nationwide winter weather forecast by now. It's a strong El Nino year and while that can mean a milder winter in northern states, there's no guarantees. The Farmer's Almanac predicts winter weather that repeats the brutal conditions of last year with unseasonably cold temperatures over the Atlantic Seaboard, eastern portions of the Great Lakes, and the lower peninsula of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, most of the Tennessee and Mississippi Valley, as well as much of the Gulf Coast.

snowguardsWhat's a homeowner to do? Get your roof ready with snow guards.

Take a snow globe and shake it. You'll see light snow settling on the roof. Shake it again and the snow moves away. Unfortunately that's not that easy when it comes to your home.

Accumulating snow can be very heavy. When it melts off composite roofing, it can slide off in an "avalanche". This can damage landscaping plus block garage doors and home entryways. (Check out  To Guard ... or Not to Guard)

Our advice at DaVinci Roofscapes is that, if you have simulated shake roofing or a composite slate roof, invest in snow guards. These small, durable pieces can be added to your roof by a professional roofer (called retrofitting) at any time. As snows melt, they help "break up" the snow so it doesn't come down in a sheet and cause harm.

Bundle up for the season ahead ... and make sure to take the steps necessary now so that you'll have "s-no-w worries" when the winter snows arrive!


West Coast Homeowners Rely on DaVinci Roofscapes Composite Roofing

Ask Emilio Ricci why he selected composite shake tiles to re-roof his Tahoe City, Calif. home and his one-word answer comes swiftly. Wildfires.           

Cedar Roof Shingles“Our insurance company basically told us to get rid of the original cedar shake roof or they would drop us,” says homeowner Emilio Ricci. “We did some research and liked the functionality and long life span of the DaVinci synthetic shake roofing tiles. In our area, it was extremely important that the roofing tiles have a Class A Fire Rating. These tiles achieve that by meeting the ASTME E 108 fire test.”

Since the roof on Ricci’s 960-square foot A-frame home covers the vast majority of the exterior, he paid special attention to the roofing tiles selected. “We found that the synthetic roofing tiles were within our budget and added a strong visual appeal to the home,” says Ricci. “Now we’re counting on the warranty of the product so that we don’t have to replace the roofing tiles again for decades.”

Another West Coast homeowner depending on synthetic shake shingles is James Brinton in Glenbrook, Nevada.

“Our mountain-style home needed the extra protection offered by synthetic shake roofing tiles,” says Brinton. “The combination of the durability, look and safety features of the roof convinced us this was a solid investment for our home’s future.”

For more details on simulated shake roofing that can stand up to wildfires, see Class A Fire Rated Polymer Roofing Eases Worries for West Coast Residents


Stylish Snow Guards

Function and style combine on the new roof at the U.S. Post Office in Tahoe Vista, California.

When it came time for the owner of the building to replace deteriorating cedar shake roofing, he turned to DaVinci Roofscapes for a long-lasting solution. Class A Fire Rated Bellaforte Shake composite shake shingles in the Tahoe Blend (what else for this Lake Tahoe area?) were installed on the roof along with a variety of snow guards.

Fake ShakeSince the Tahoe area routinely receives 170+ inches of snowfall each year, making sure snow didn't avalanche off the roof of post office and fall on customers was a top priority. Durable snow guards from Rocky Mountain Snow Guards were installed around the entire perimeter of the structure. However, at key entryways, golden eagle snow guards from Sieger Snow Guards were added to give a distinct patriotic style to the structure.

The sturdy snow guards on the post office help evenly distribute melting snow and reduce the chance of snow accumulations sliding off the roof as a "sheet of snow." (Need to know more? Check out  On Guard for Winter Weather ... with Snow Retention System)

While the eagle snow guards are the perfect touch for this government building, there are also a variety of other designs that can be purchased from snow guard manufacturers across the nation. Old World styles and fleur de lis designs, the maple leaf and sunbursts are also popular decorative options used in conjunction with synthetic roofing material.

No matter what style you select, the important thing to remember is that if you have composite roofing and live in an area prone to snowfall, make sure to order snow guards. They can help break up melting snow and protect your landscaping, walkways and foot traffic.