DaVinci Roofscapes Recycles 820,000 Pounds of Waste

Efficient operations, new blending systems and a dedicated focus on the environment allowed DaVinci Roofscapes to recycle 820,000 pounds of composite scrap in 2017. The excess shake and slate roofing tiles were crushed, then ground down and used to create starter tiles for the roofing company.

“The big story this past year is that our company molded 30 percent more pounds of roofing tiles than in 2016 while simultaneously reducing our scrap by 242,000 pounds over the past year,” says Bryan Ward, vice president of operations at DaVinci Roofscapes in Lenexa, Kan. “This is a terrific achievement when considering Earth Day and our companies’ dedicated commitment to the environment.

“We were able to advance production while reducing scrap by enhancing our recycling efforts. Searching for ways to reduce waste is a full-time dedicated endeavor at our company.”

Thanks in part to an investment in a new blending system, which makes manufacturing operations more efficient, the team at DaVinci Roofscapes sold zero scrap to outside firms in 2017.

“It’s very significant that we were able to recycle and reuse 100 percent of all scrap items at our facility last year,” says Ward. “In 2016 we transferred 567,000 pounds of scrap to an outside end-user who makes pallets, crates and totes. That’s a great use for the product because it doesn’t end up in landfills. However, in 2017 our company was able to keep every pound of scrap in-house and reuse it for our own products. That’s a significant achievement.”

DaVinci Roofscapes continues to meet their goal of zero scrap going into landfills. The industry’s leading composite shake and slate manufacturer produces polymer slate and shake roofing tiles in 49 standard colors, plus custom colors.

Each time the manufacturing operation changes color runs, there is a transitioning between colors.  Those transition tiles are “off spec,” cannot be used and are recycled. The tiles — which are 100 percent recyclable — are segregated by color and then ground up and molded into starter shingles, which are generally unseen on the roof.

“Every year we take stock on Earth Day to evaluate the progress of our recycling operations and share the good news about our enhanced efforts,” says Ward. “Our manufacturing operation continues to become more efficient each year.

“The fact that we increased manufacturing production of roofing tiles in 2017 while substantially decreasing the amount of scrap generated is a huge accomplishment. We’re on a path toward continually making our operations more efficient, which is great for the environment.”

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Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau Announces Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

The Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau announced the recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Awards. This distinguished group of people has shown outstanding dedication to the Certi-label brand, association goal achievement, innovation and field services. The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award honor provides industry-wide recognition to the recipients and ensures that their decades of hard work and volunteerism are formally recognized.

Lifetime Achievement Award winners (some posthumous awards are included):

  • Fred Amundson
  • Fred Monte
  • John Coker
  • Kirk Nagy
  • John Dziedzic
  • Marty Obando
  • Homer Earll
  • Virgil Peterson
  • Dean Hurn
  • Darrell Trask
  • Eleanor Lobb
  • Leonard Watkins Sr.
  • Jack MacMillan
  • Frank Welch
  • Clay Meeker
  • Patty Wood-Shields
  • Toke Meeker
  • William Woodbridge

In 2015, the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau celebrates its 1OOth anniversary. On Sept. 12, 2015, a Cedar Shake and Shingle Packing Contest will be held in Whistler, British Columbia, continuing a tradition that started more than a century ago with skilled industry craftsmen. Later that day, a networking gala dinner will take place and Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented on stage to those in attendance. Chairman Kent Gibson states: “It is a true honor to bestow Lifetime Achievement Awards on such worthy recipients. Their commitment and foresight were large factors in helping our association reach its 100th anniversary.”

Combination Tool Bends Stone-coated Steel to Control Water from Blowing into Roofing Systems

The Base and Ridge Bender from Swenson Shear is a combination tool used for bending stone-coated steel to control water from blowing into the roofing system.

The Base and Ridge Bender from Swenson Shear is a combination tool used for bending stone-coated steel to control water from blowing into the roofing system.

The Base and Ridge Bender from Swenson Shear is a combination tool used for bending stone-coated steel to control water from blowing into the roofing system. The ridge bender is used anywhere there’s a short course in the field, head wall and ridge. The base bender bends stone-coated steel panels at the rakes, side walls, hips and valley to control water from moving sideways into the roof.

The Base and Ridge Bender was added to complement the One Arm Bandit. It can be used with any manufacturer’s panel and is designed and manufactured in the U.S.

The Base and Ridge Bender is ideal for stone-coated shingle and shake-style steel panels.

Single-width Slate Tile Features an Enhanced Profile and Dark Gray Color

The single-width slate 12-inch tile from DaVinci is available in Smokey Gray.

The single-width slate 12-inch tile from DaVinci is available in Smokey Gray.

DaVinci Roofscapes launched the single-width slate 12-inch tile with an enhanced profile and a Smokey Gray color.

The single-width slate 12-inch tile from DaVinci now boasts a more authentic quarried look.

The refined profile is produced in eight 12-inch slate tile variations and will be included in DaVinci’s blended bundles, including all color and blend options for single-width Slate.

Already a provider of a variety of color options in the polymer roofing industry, DaVinci introduces a color for 2015, Smokey Gray.

Smokey Gray is the 50th color offered by DaVinci, and the darkest gray available from the company. Slate Gray, Medium Gray, Light Gray, Dark Gray, Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray, Medium Light Weathered Gray, Medium Dark Weathered Gray, Dark Weathered Gray, Light Chesapeake, Medium Light Chesapeake, Medium Chesapeake and Dark Chesapeake are also available from DaVinci.

The experienced team members at DaVinci Roofscapes develop and manufacture polymer slate and shake roofing systems with an authentic look and superior performance. DaVinci has an extensive selection of colors, tile thickness and tile width variety. The company’s products have a limited lifetime warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. All DaVinci high-performing roofing products are made in America where the company is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Roofing Contractors, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council.

Stone-coated Metal Protects Buildings

Stone-coated metal roofing systems from Gerard.

Stone-coated metal roofing systems from Gerard.


Stone-coated metal roofing systems from Gerard, a Headwaters Roofing brand, are available in a broad array of colors—three of which are ENERGY STAR approved—and profiles, including shingle, shake and tile. Constructed of 26-gauge Galvalume steel panels, Gerard roofing systems include a Class A fire rating, a 2.5-inch hailstone warranty and a 120-mph wind warranty. Although Gerard stone-coated metal roofing systems can be installed direct to deck, the optimum energy-saving method is to install on top of a batten or counter-batten grid.

Metal Roofing Resembles Shake, Slate and More

Quality Edge has launched Matterhorn Metal Roofing, which is made from steel and available in four profiles: Shake, Slate, Tile and Standing Seam.

Quality Edge has launched Matterhorn Metal Roofing, which is made from steel and available in four profiles: Shake, Slate, Tile and Standing Seam.

Quality Edge has launched Matterhorn Metal Roofing, which is made from steel and available in four profiles: Shake, Slate, Tile and Standing Seam. A two-year development process resulted in carefully crafted splits, cracks and grains that mimic each profile’s natural counterpart. The shake profile features 21 individual shake designs to enhance the natural overall effect. In addition, Matterhorn’s patented fourpoint fastening system conceals the overlapping metal panels on slate and shake. All profiles have been tested to withstand hurricane-force winds up to 130 mph.

Stone-coated Metal Is Lightweight

Allmet Roofing by Headwaters is a premium stone-coated metal roofing system that delivers the rugged durability and strength of metal roofing with the handsome look of wood shake, genuine slate, Spanish tile and shingle roofing.

Allmet Roofing by Headwaters is a premium stone-coated metal roofing system that delivers the rugged durability and strength of metal roofing with the handsome look of wood shake, genuine slate, Spanish tile and shingle roofing.

Allmet Roofing by Headwaters is a premium stone-coated metal roofing system that delivers the rugged durability and strength of metal roofing with the handsome look of wood shake, genuine slate, Spanish tile and shingle roofing. Allmet stone-coated metal roofing is light in weight and among the safest roofs in seismic regions. When installed as designed, the dry under-deck roofing system eliminates need for moisture barriers. Made from 3/16 Galvalume-coated metal, Allmet systems won’t rot, crack, warp or break. They’re energy efficient and feature a Class A fire rating.

DaVinci Roofscapes’ Color Consultant Names Gray 2015 Color of the Year

Thanks to aging baby boomers and their complete comfort with growing older, gray is expected to be the rising color of choice for roofs across America in 2015.

According to national color expert Kate Smith, with the youngest baby boomers now in their 50s, the generation that redefined traditional values is now making new rules for how homeowners live during the second half of their lives. The boomers, always seen as different from those who had come before, appear very comfortable simply being themselves. More grounded and balanced than they were as teens, the boomers are embracing “going gray” and doing it differently than their parents and grandparents.

Owning the majority of homes in America and having the resources to remodel and redecorate means that boomers wield influence that has been unmatched by previous generations of seniors. Gravitating towards gray—in all of its many shades—combined with warm neutrals, sets the stage for people to personalize a home color scheme that is as unique as those who rocked the ’60’s.

“Refined and elegant gray is not only accepted in today’s society, but an extremely popular choice,” says Smith, president of Sensational Color. “From embracing natural graying hair to topping off the house with a gray slate roof, it’s hard to go wrong with gray.”

The color trends forecaster believes that the introspective side of soul searching by baby boomers is reflected in them placing more value on their time, relationships and privacy. “A simpler palette of colors—gray, beige, ethereal blue or green combined with deep brown or black—give us the foundation for exploring ourselves and the world around us from the sanctity of our home,” says Smith, who serves as a color consultant for DaVinci Roofscapes.

Smith, who authored the “FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home” and “FRESH Exterior Home Colors” e-books available free from DaVinci, sees today’s homeowners as having a “renewed sense of self” that instills a feeling of exuberance at living life.

“Whether close to home or around the world, a taste for the exotic and unknown captivates our imagination and design sense,” says Smith. “Complex patterns, intricate designs, mosaic tiles, embossed leather and decorated metals combined with weathered or toned down bright colors such as Frank Blue, Nifty Turquoise or Cranapple, visually help communicate our enthusiasm for life.

“These are expressive and playful colors, with a dash of bohemian and a pinch of sophistication. Adding one of these confident colors to a home exterior area, like the front door or trim, can update any home scheme and create a joyful feeling every time residents come home. The addition of a storm gray or classic gray polymer slate or shake roof overhead caps off this feeling of security and stability in the home by uniting the entire exterior.

“Bringing together many different textures and colors seamlessly—slate or shake-looking roof tiles, partial stone facades or perhaps copper accents—is one of the ways this trend is influencing the look of home exteriors. Mixing materials works best when homeowners and designers take into consideration the whole house exterior and its surroundings while they work out their color scheme.”

Shake Roofing Is Maintenance-free

Inspire Roofing Products’ Arcella Shake

Inspire Roofing Products’ Arcella Shake

Inspire Roofing Products’ Arcella Shake is changing the concept of shake roof architecture. Carrying a limited lifetime warranty, it combines optimum fire protection with no maintenance ever being required.

The Inspire Arcella Shake Roofing System carries a Class A fire rating, meaning it’s tested in accordance with Underwriters Laboratories’ “severe” fire exposure testing. In comparison, much wood shake roofing carries no fire rating at all. Many municipalities prohibit wooden roofs because of inherent fire risk. For communities that require Class A roofing or that deal with arid conditions, high wind and the combustible fuel of crackly brush, Inspire’s composite engineering offers a complete solution. Inspire removes fuel from potential fires with protection that could mean the difference in a roof and home surviving flying embers versus succumbing to them in flames.

According the U.S.D.A.’s Forest Products Laboratory, failure from decay in natural wood shake can occur in less than 10 years. But with Inspire’s line of genuine cedar colors, homeowners capture the look and texture of gorgeous cedar for as long as they own their home.

Inspire Arcella Shake is available in four rich colors that characterize nature’s warmth. Aged Cedar, New Cedar, Cedar Brown and Weathered Grey deliver handsome charm to complete a home’s classic look. Within each genuine color selection, two or three delicate shade variations deliver both a unified color field and unique authenticity. By comparison, other manufacturers’ synthetic shake has variations that veer further from a main color, perpetuating a mottled roof and calling authenticity into question.

To enhance the natural, handcrafted look, Inspire features a mix of 10-, 7 1/2- and 5-inch shake widths. Each Arcella Shake color selection is factory-sorted to deliver the ideal, ready-made proportions of shake width and nuanced color. Underlying the shakes’ authentic beauty, Inspire’s Arcella Shake’s innovative mineral filled polyolefin composition handles beastly weather; fierce wind-driven rain, Class 4 hail impact, sea-spray and 110 mph winds. Durability combines with meticulous realism reflecting hand-split cedar wood. By exactly mirroring nature’s texture, Inspire Arcella Shake produces deep dimension, long wood grain striations and wondrous interplays of light and shadow. All the attraction of shake roofing is delivered with significantly lower investments in money and time.

Since it is virtually maintenance-free, Inspire relieves homeowners from chores that risk safety. They don’t have to get the ladder out and scale the roof to perform work at dangerous heights, or hire someone. Inspire’s impermeability and toughness deliver valuable protection for coastal homes, standing up to extreme storms and years of saltwater-laden gusts. Its InFlex cambered design means fasteners hold the shakes snugly to the roof. Locking tabs provide easy installation and also protect against wind-driven rain, preventing water penetration for a structurally-sound roof.

Inspire Arcella Shake’s durability also makes it the sustainable cedar alternative. There’s no forced reliance on chemical treatments that need to be repeated every several years for wood shakes that could themselves need replacement in less than 20 years.