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- 06/19/17--08:00: _National Safety Mon...
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- 05/30/17--08:00: Understand Your Roof Warranty
- Materials are covered for the original owner of the DaVinci roof and the warranty can be transferred up to TWO TIMES within the first ten years after the original purchase of the roofing materials. This means that if you sell your home within 10 years after the DaVinci roof is purchased that the new owner of your home can benefit from the warranty. This is a great selling point for any homeowner looking to sell their home in the future.
- Materials will remain free from defect for the owner's lifetime, as long as you live in the house. Imagine this scenario. You invest in a DaVinci synthetic shake or composite slate roof today. Then you live in your home for 20 or 30 or 40 more years. This warranty assures that the DaVinci materials will be warranted that entire time.
- 06/01/17--11:00: Hawaiian Paradise
- 06/02/17--10:00: Featured Project - Sleepy Hollow, NJ
- 06/05/17--12:00: Hurricane Season Meets Its Match - Impact-Resistant Roofs
- 06/06/17--12:00: Roofer Profile: CMR Construction & Roofing
- 06/07/17--12:00: DaVinci Roofing Tops Off Historic Projects
- 06/08/17--08:00: Denver Roofer Relies on DaVinci Roofscapes
- 06/09/17--08:00: Featured Project - Hayden, ID
- 06/14/17--08:00: Sky-High Views of Roofing Projects
- 06/16/17--08:00: Featured Project - Yorkville, IL
- 06/19/17--08:00: National Safety Month Jobsite Tips
- 06/20/17--08:00: 1.2 Million Pounds and Counting
- 06/21/17--09:00: 6 Paints to Boost Your Curb Appeal With a Pop of Color
- 06/22/17--08:00: Easy-Care Home Improvements for Aging Baby Boomers
- 06/23/17--08:00: Lucky 13 for Kansas Roofer
If you're considering the purchase of a new roof, make sure to carefully and fully read through the manufacturer's warranty.
The first thing you should know is that a roofing manufacturer generally warrants the roofing product itself, and not the installation of the product. That's why you should also carefully review the installation warranty provided by your roofer.
As you're reading through a roofing manufacturer warranty, make certain to read the fine print. When you do so, look for key items like transferability of ownership and replacement considerations. You should be looking for a manufacturer's warranty that supports your roof now ... and in the future.
Now, we invite you (and encourage you!) to read the warranty information for DaVinci Roofscapes.
You'll find that the Lifetime Limited Material Warranty from DaVinci provides exceptional value. Here are some key elements that set us apart in the marketplace:
It pays to read the fine print. And we invite you to do so by clicking HERE to view our comprehensive DaVinci warranty! Then, check out our stories on I'm Not Going to Live another 50 Years! Why Do I Need a 50-Year Roof?
Heaven on earth. That's where Sid Alpert lives.
With a Hawaiian home located on a golf course overlooking the Maui coast and Pacific Ocean, Alpert lives in a lush tropical setting.
To help combat the intense sunlight received on the Hawaiian islands, Alpert recently re-roofed his home with EcoBlend Single-Width Slate composite roofing tiles in Castle Gray from DaVinci Roofscapes. To enhance the energy-efficiency of his roof, he selected SOLARHIDETM as the underlayment for his environmentally-friendly roof.
"This roof looks great in our island setting and has terrific qualities," says Alpert. "I'm exceptionally pleased with the appearance of the DaVinci roof and its many attributes. From being impact- and insect-resistant to having an outstanding warranty, this synthetic slate roofing product is a true winner."
The EcoBlend roof selected by Alpert is approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) to reflect sunlight and heat away from a home. The Castle Gray-EcoBlend features a blend of Light Gray, Medium Gray and Dark Gray imitation slate tiles and meets the stringent requirements to receive an ENERGY STAR® designation. (SeeDaVinci Roofscapes Products Earn ENERGY STAR® Rating)
The SOLARHIDE one-step radiant barrier underlayment chosen by Alpert also serves as a vapor barrier. Available from DaVinci, a single layer of SOLARHIDE used in conjunction with DaVinci Shake, Slate and Bellaforté products can help the DaVinci roof attain a Class A fire rating.
Made from raw materials, SOLARHIDE is produced with woven and non-woven fabrics as well as pure aluminum. The durable underlayment is 100 percent recyclable and exceeds Miami-Dade specifications. The rip-resistant SOLARHIDE product is now available from DaVinci Roofscapes in a 10 square roll (48 inches wide by 250 feet long) with 25 rolls per pallet.
"SOLARHIDE was specifically engineered to reduce heat transfer into roof structures," says Wayne Foster, CEO of Eco Chief Products, makers of SOLARHIDE. "This product is able to protect the roof deck from heat much better than standard roofing underlayment."
Slate roof tiles have long been favored by church designers, for two reason - their longevity and their traditional appearance. Steep structures, like steeples, can be difficult to shingle with natural slates as they are heavy and break easily. Manufactured slate tiles, like Bellaforté Slate, are lighter and easier to install, saving the church money on overall installed cost for its new roof.
Bellaforté Slate in the Smokey Gray blend was chosen for St. Teresa's new roof located in Sleepy Hollow, New Jersey. It was installed by CRO International out of North Brunswick, NJ. Thank you for sharing this project with us CRO International!
Every 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 videoto see how DaVinci products compare to other roofing materials ... and how they can help prepare your home against potential disasters!
Since 2000, CMR Construction & Roofing has built a standing for exceptional work and customer satisfaction. A national company licensed in 20 states, CMR professionals are known for their dedication to excellence and working with top-quality products.
For more than a dozen of their years in business, CMR has relied on synthetic slate and shake roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes to help advance its company reputation. Based in Dallas, Texas, CMR installs between 10 and 30 DaVinci roofs a year, with many customers preferring Bellaforté Shake products.
"Homeowners gravitate to the aesthetics of DaVinci products and we've been exceptionally pleased with their performance year-after-year," says Steven M. Soule, CEO of CMR Construction & Roofing. "We specialize in high-end roofing and the quality, pricing and aesthetics of DaVinci polymer roofing certainly matches up with our company standards."
From churches to residential projects, CMR has relied on DaVinci designer roofs for many of their popular projects in the past. The wide selection of colors available from DaVinci, plus the company's ability to create custom colors has closed many sales for CMR.
"One of the largest re-roofing projects our company did with DaVinci roofing relied on the creation of custom colors to replicate the color of a pre-existing roof," says Soule. "The McFarlin Memorial Methodist Church in Norman, Oklahoma had a specific green color and we were able to have DaVinci create that color, making our customer extremely happy."
Over the years we've shared dozens of stories on this blog site related to how DaVinci composite roofing has been used to top off historic structures. National Preservation Month in June is the ideal time to shine a spotlight on some of our favorite historic projects that have been re-roofed with our synthetic slate and composite shake roofing materials.
Salmon River Lighthouse
Selected for its durability against strong winds and severe weather, a DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roofing now tops off the Salmon River Lighthouse in Pulaski, N.Y. Built in 1838, the stone structure is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. (See Historic Lighthouse Gets Durable New DaVinci Roof)
Chapel at Dayton Veterans' Administration Medical Center
Built more than 145 years ago, the chapel at Dayton Veteran's Administration Medical Center now has a DaVinci slate roof overhead in a unique design pattern to replicate its original slate roof. The Ohio chapel used both tan and black tiles to re-create a large cross design with a star-studded border on the roof. (See Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center Gets a New Roof!)
In 1853 the Douglas House in Waukegan, Illinois was constructed to replicate a style the homeowner, Robert Douglas, was fond of from his birthplace in England. After cedar roofing failed, the city invested in a DaVinci composite shake roof to give renewed life to the structure. (See Composite Shakes Replace Real Cedar on Historic Home)
Jean Bonnet Tavern
Located in Bedford, Pennsylvania, the Jean Bonnet Tavern was constructed in the 1760s and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic structure received a new DaVinci simulated shake roof several years ago that replicates the tavern's original roof. (See DaVinci Shake on a Bed and Breakfast)
The Roundhouse at DuSable Museum
Following a unique history that includes serving as a horse stable during the 1893 World's Fair, the Roundhouse at DuSable Museum in Chicago now boasts a DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roof. The new roof replicates the original slate roof. Part of the first African American museum campus in the United States, the Roundhouse will soon be home to a library, galleries, technology and language lab and educational spaces. (See A Day ... Or Night ... at the Museum)
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?
"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!
Cedar shakes are a traditional look in the west, for both roofing and siding. In recent years, the use of natural cedar shakes has gone down due to availability and performance issues. In neighborhoods with a lot of trees, the shift towards a polymer cedar shake roof makes sense given the surroundings. Polymer shake roofs, like Bellaforté Shake featured here, are fire and impact resistant, harmonize with the natural surroundings, and won't grow mold or algae.
This project was shared to us by Granite Roofing in Radthdrum, ID. I like these photos because they show the Bellaforté Shake used as both the roofing material as well as the siding on the dormers. These homeowners will appreciate many years of maintenance free shakes. Thank you for sharing this project with us Granite Roofing!
The video created and posted by Cedar Roofing Company in Lake Forest, Illinois truly says it all for their company: "When it's time for a new roof, it's time for Cedar Roofing Company."
Take a look at their video online (click HERE) and you'll see the incredible transformations this 35-year old company can accomplish with DaVinci composite shake and synthetic slate roofing materials. No matter where you live, you'll be impressed by how this video showcases the installation of Bellaforté Shake roofing products --- from a unique viewpoint that many homeowners don't get.
Travel "up on the roof" with this video to see the installation of our durable shake roofing materials. Plus, you can see "before and after" images of how a DaVinci luxury roof can change the appearance of a home exterior.
"Our videos give a wonderful aerial look at the roofing projects we tackle on a daily basis," says Jennifer Makely, marketing manager for Cedar Roofing Company. "We install between 15-20 DaVinci designer roof projects each year. It's one of our more popular roofing products. Homeowners appreciate the high fire and impact ratings of the composite roofing plus the maintenance-free aspect. We keep recommending DaVinci polymer roofing materials because they're trouble-free, have fast lead times and homeowners love the finished look."
Cedar Roofing Company has installed DaVinci roofing products since 2005. Their team of in-house installers prides itself on using quality products, without cutting corners.
"We always look out for our customer's best interests," says Makely. "For many homes that means recommending DaVinci roofing because our positive experiences over the years proves that it's a reliable roofing material that brings beauty to all styles of homes."
Before and after photos are amazing to receive because they really help tell a story that I think we can all relate to. You have an old, possibly leaking, roof that needs to be replaced. There are tons of options on the market, from regular asphalt all the way up to expensive tile. You want to choose something that is durable, but also fits the look you need to maintain the standards of the neighborhood. On top of that, you have to find a reputable, local roofing company to install it.
This project, installed by Naperville Exterior out of Naperville, IL, shows the before and after of a natural cedar shake roof being replaced with a lifetime roof by DaVinci Roofscapes. Bellaforté Shake, in the Tahoe Blend, is long lasting, durable, and will retain is texture and color (unlike natural cedar shake!) so the likelihood of this homeowner ever needing a new roof again is pretty low. Thank you for sharing the project with us Naperville Exterior!
June is National Safety Month ... an excellent time for a refresher course on jobsite safety when installing a DaVinci synthetic slate or composite shake roof.
Here are some tips for roofers to follow when installing our roofs:
Tip #1 - Start by wearing clothes and shoes that are comfortable, yet sensible for the jobsite. This includes closed-toe shoes or work boots that can give you traction on the roof.
Tip #2 - Always stay harnessed or tethered in when working on roofs. Click HERE for tips from Family Handyman magazine on how to properly use a roof safety harness.
Tip #3 - When nailing or screwing on roofing tiles, always wear safety glasses. Make sure your nail gun is properly cleaned and well-lubricated before each use. And, never rest the nail gun against your body to stop the potential of misfires.
Tip #4 - Don't over-exert yourself. Position materials close to the roof and ladder area to save time and energy. If you're carrying bundles up the ladder to the roof, make your legs do the work, not your back.
Tip #5 - Take time to secure your ladder on a solid, level surface. For the safest angle, place the base of the ladder a quarter of the working length of the ladder away from the wall or other vertical surface Make sure you don’t have to stretch or reach more than your arm’s length while standing on the ladder.
These are only some of the key tips for roofers. For additional roofer safety tips, see 10 Safety Tips for Roofers.
Making the time at each and every jobsite to assure that you and your co-workers are practicing safety measures can have a big impact on your long-term viability as a roofer. Thinking "safety first" can eliminate dangerous situations on the jobsite.
At DaVinci Roofscapes, we offer 49 different colors of synthetic slate and composite shake roofing tiles. This gives you an abundance of options to get the exact color --- or blend of colors --- you want on your designer roof.
Each time our manufacturing operation changes a color run of polymer tiles, there is a transition between colors. If you remember playing with Play-Doh as a child, it's the same thing. When you're finished with the red and start to put blue through your toy, there's inevitably an overlap ... maybe even creating a streak of color or a purple mixture. That's what happens when we make color run changes.
Those transition tiles are "off spec" and immediately recycled at our facility in Kansas. They're ground up and moulded into starter shingles, which are generally not visible on a roof.
Why are we sharing this with you? Because June is National Recycling Month. And we believe it's important for you to know that every polymer tile we create is 100 percent recyclable. Because of our efforts, we keep about 1.2 million pounds of polymer scrap out of landfills each year.
Our record-setting recycling efforts include the remolding of more than 696,000 pounds of grinded scrap into starter tiles, and the transfer of 567,000 pounds of scrap to an end-user who makes pallets, crates and totes.
At DaVinci Roofscapes, we look for ways to recycle and reuse every single piece of composite roofing waste in our plant ... and, even on the jobsite. We encourage our roofing customers to return any DaVinci unused imitation slate or fake cedar shake roofing to us after they complete a project. We're happy to recycle and reuse those pieces to help assure that our full cycle of operations is as environmentally friendly as possible. (See Return Those DaVinci Scraps!)
To learn more about our manufacturing operations, see Virgin Versus Recycled Roofing Tiles.
By Kelly Porter, Houzz
I have a confession to make. I often spend so much time and energy making sure the inside of my home is colorful and stylish that I end up neglecting the exterior. As often as I help clients with their exterior color selections, I should know better. A home's exterior provides that first impression, which shouldn't include sun-faded shutters. So this year I'm giving my home a fresh paint job, and I've collected colorful ideas that I'd like to share with you, just in case the outside of your home could use some TLC, too.
Christine Kelly / Crafted Architecture, original photo on Houzz
Purple is the star in this backyard. If you love purple but are shy about using it in the front of your home, a great idea is to use it somewhere in the back, such as for a porch, a sunroom or a bay window.
Suggested paint picks: Ballad, Mixed Berries and Purple Silhouette, Behr
Kenny Craft CNU LEED AP, original photo on Houzz
Yellow-green is a lighthearted color and a fun choice for a home's exterior. This color will add a whimsical touch to the neighborhood.
Suggested paint picks: Corn Husk Green and Grape Leaves, Behr
Goforth Gill Architects, original photo on Houzz
A red front door is synonymous with hospitality. When choosing a shade of red, look for a vivid hue with a touch of orange for big impact.
Suggested paint pick: Red Hot, Behr
Great Neighborhood Homes, original photo on Houzz
If you want your home to keep a low profile, try a tone-on-tone look. Here, two shades of grayish taupe work together to give this house a modest facade that doesn't stand out.
Suggested paint picks: Galveston Gray and Ozark Shadows, Benjamin Moore
Cummings Architects, original photo on Houzz
As this stately colonial demonstrates, a home with black shutters looks classic and elegant. Black looks especially crisp when paired with a lighter color such as this soft shade of yellow.
Suggested paint picks: Black Satin and Hawthorne Yellow, Benjamin Moore
Echelon Custom Homes, original photo on Houzz
Indigo is an unexpected color, but this deep purplish-blue will give your home unmistakable appeal and provide visitors with an easy way to identify where you live.
Suggested paint pick: Lupine, Sherwin-Williams
Are YOU a Baby Boomer?
Independent and plentiful in numbers, Baby Boomers are a major part of America's housing outlook. With more than 76 million people born between 1946 and 1964, Baby Boomers are either currently in retirement or planning for retirement --- and their living arrangements are a primary consideration.
According to a survey conducted by Demand Institute of more than 4,000 Baby Boomer households, 63 percent of those surveyed do not plan to move, preferring instead to "age in place." Of those respondents, "low maintenance/upkeep" is rated as the third highest concern for Boomers staying in their current homes.
On the exterior of the house, switching to manmade products requiring little or no upkeep can be exceptionally beneficial for Baby Boomers. From the roof down to the porch, replacement products can be added to homes to make long-term living less stressful in an existing home.
Start with the roof. Synthetic slate and shake roofing tiles have the look of real slate or shake, but with none of the worries. Manufactured to provide years of beauty with no maintenance hassles, composite roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes are impact-, fire-, high wind- and insect-resistant. The polymer roofing materials come in dozens of colors and color blends to complement any home exterior and feature a lifetime limited warranty. (See Slate or Shake --- Which DaVinci Roofscapes Product is for Me?)
Aging homeowners ready to say farewell to the splitting, cupping and cracking problems of real slate or cedar are embracing synthetic roofing products. As a bonus, these synthetic roofing products are so durable that many insurance companies offer discounts on homeowner insurance policies to people investing in synthetic roofing!
"We installed the first or second DaVinci roof ever sold in Wichita, Kansas, so we've been a DaVinci fan right from the start," says James Douglas Fry, president of Douglas Fry Roofing. "The quality of the DaVinci products keeps bringing us back. We appreciate the lightweight nature of the tiles for installation, but also their durability and longevity. For our area, you just can't beat the Class 4 impact rating on the DaVinci tiles."
You also can't beat the skill and dedication exhibited by the team at Douglas Fry Roofing. The company is known for its quality workmanship and the fact that they only use fully-trained employees to install their roofs. Plus, when installing DaVinci synthetic shake or composite slate products, they use products designed to last as long as the DaVinci roofing materials --- like stainless steel nails, high-grade underlayments and copper accents.
"Getting a new roof can be intimidating for a homeowner," says Fry. "A roof isn't something you purchase every few years. So, we work with them on their roofing options and educate people on the type of roofing materials that will stand up to the severe weather that Mother Nature throws our way in Kansas.
"When homeowners are looking for a dependable composite roofing product at a reasonable price, we point them toward Bellaforté. We've found this durable roof has strong longevity, plus it resists fire, impact, moisture and insects. DaVinci products will work hard for a homeowner. With their lifetime limited warranty, it's most likely the last roof a homeowner will ever purchase."