Architect Christopher Derrick has a simple strategy when it comes to specifying products for his custom home designs: stick with proven products. For his luxury roof specifications, that often means recommending DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roofing tiles.
"When the home style fits with a composite roofing product, I always recommend DaVinci," says Derrick, principal and founder of Derrick Architecture out of Wheaton, Ill. "I started using the DaVinci slate alternative product back in 2006 after researching synthetic roof options for my clients.
"Too many of these type of products in the marketplace look flat and don't have an authentic look. I found the realistic slate-like details needed for my designs with the DaVinci roofing products."
Derrick has specified almost a dozen custom homes in the Midwest with DaVinci Multi-Width slate products, including a 9,000-square foot residence in the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. "Homeowners really like the look and appreciate the low-maintenance appeal," says Derrick. "Personally I find that the synthetic slate roofing tiles fit well with my traditionally-based designs and several of the French Provincial style homes I've created.
"These authentic-looking tiles are available in some beautiful colors and blends. They look especially good when used on a steep roof slope because you can see the profile so well."
See Designer Shakes Up Utah Roofs for another architect's perspective on DaVinci imitation slate and shake roofs.