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DaVinci Slate Comparison Guide

In a side‐by‐side comparison with natural and other synthetic slate, you'll quickly see that DaVinci Roofscapes is the best long‐term choice for your home.

Comparison Value DaVinci Slate Products Natural Slate Other Synthetic Slates
 
Beauty
 
Authentic Look Yes Yes No - Single-width shingles and/or limited colorlines look fake by comparison
1/2" Thickness Yes Yes - 1/2" slates are used for the most expensive installations Not typical
5 Widths Single-Width Slate: No
Multi-Width Slate: Yes
Bellaforté: No
Yes (sometimes more) No - 1 is typical; 3 at most
Pre-mixed
Color Blends
Yes - Each blend is composed with assured proportions in each bundle No - Requires sorting and blending at the jobsite No - Most other synthetics require sorting and blending at the job site
 
Labor
 
Lightweight Yes No Yes - for polymeric materials
No - for fibrous cement materials
Pre-sorted,
factory-collated Color Blends
Yes - Each bundle is composed of authentic slate colors arranged in an authentic slate blend No - Requires jobsite sorting & blending of colors No - Most other synthetics require jobsite sorting & blending of colors
Pre-sorted,
factory-collated Widths
Yes - Each multi-width bundle is composed of 5 slate shingle widths factory-collated for each installation No - Requires jobsite blending of widths No - Most other synthetics require sorting and blending at the job site
Estimated Waste
in Installation
Low - Only in Valleys High - Slate with hairline cracks or those broken during installation must be discarded as much as 15% High - Most other synthetics do not have multiple widths creating more cutting and waste at edges and walls
 
Performance
 
Fire Retardance:
Class A
Yes - With standard underlayments
ASTM E 108
Yes - With standard underlayments Yes - But only with specialty underlayments
Wind Resistance:
110 mph
Yes - ASTM D 3161 Yes 70 - 110 mph
Impact Resistance:
Class 4
Yes UL - 2218 Yes - for 1/2" thick slates
No - for 3/16" slates
Yes
Freeze/Thaw Resistant Yes Mostly - May spall in Alpine regions Yes - for polymeric materials
No - for fibrous cement materials
Maintenance Free Yes No - Requires inspection and repair throughout its life cycle Yes
Color Fade Resistant Yes Yes Depends on Manufacturer

DaVinci Shake Comparison Guide

Looking for beauty, durability and longevity from a shake roof? Compare DaVinci Shake with natural and other synthetic shake products and you'll find that our composite shake is the best choice for your home.

Comparison Value DaVinci Shake Products Natural Shake Other Synthetic Shake
 
Beauty
 
Authentic Look Yes Yes No - Single-width shingles and/or limited color lines look fake by comparison
1/2" Thickness Standards Single-Width: 5/8"
Multi-Width: 5/8"
Fancy Shake: 7/16"
Yes - Most natural shakes are 1/2" thick at least 5/18"
Multiple Widths Single-Width: 1 Width
Multi-Width: 5 Widths
Fancy Shake: 3 Widths
Yes (by nature) No - To date, other synthetics have only one color per "blend"
Pre-mixed Color Blends Yes - Each blend is composed with subtle nuances of the central color tone to enhance authenticity No - Requires sorting and blending at the jobsite No - Requires sorting and blending at the job site
 
Labor
 
Pre-sorted,
factory-collated Color Blends
Yes - Each bundle is composed of authentic shake colors Yes (by nature) No - Only one color per "blend"
Pre-sorted,
factory-collated Widths
Yes - Each multi-width hand-split shake bundle is composed of multiple widths Yes - Although percentage of each width is unpredictable No - Requires job site sorting & blending of widths
Estimated Waste in Installation Low - Only in Valleys High - Shakes that are too narrow or shakes that break during installation must be discarded High - Other Synthetics do not have multiple widths creating more cutting and waste at edges and walls
 
Performance
 
Fire Retardance:
Class A
Yes - With specialty underlayments
ASTM E 108 / UL 790
No Yes - With specialty underlayments
Wind Resistance:
110 mph
Yes - ASTM D3161 Yes 70 - 110 mph
Impact Resistance:
Class 4
Yes UL - 2218 Yes - Class 4 possible
Performance may deteriorate rapidly over time due to shake drying out and becoming brittle
Yes
Freeze/Thaw Resistant Yes No Yes
Maintenance Free Yes No - Requires the replacement of individual shingles throughout its life cycle Yes
Color Fade Resistant Yes No - Fades rapidly to gray within one year Depends on Manufacturer

Bellaforté Slate Comparison Guide

Natural slate or Bellaforté Slate … you compare. We believe you'll find that our polymer Bellaforté Slate products have the clear advantage for long‐lasting beauty on your roof.

Comparison Value Bellaforté Slate Natural Slate
 
Beauty
 
Authentic Look Yes Yes
1/2" Thickness Yes Yes - 1/2" slates are used for the most expensive installations
Pre-mixed
Color Blends
Yes - Each blend utilizes our VariBlend technology to create a continuous variation from tile to tile which results in a beautiful natural blend No - Requires sorting and blending at the jobsite
 
Labor
 
Lightweight Yes No
Pre-sorted,
factory-collated Color Blends
Yes - Natural variation is created using DaVinci's VariBlend technology. No - Requires jobsite sorting & blending of colors
Estimated Waste
in Installation
Low - Only in Valleys High - Slate with hairline cracks or those broken during installation must be discarded as much as 15%
 
Performance
 
Fire Retardance:
Class A
Yes - With standard underlayments
ASTM E 108
Yes - With standard underlayments
Wind Resistance:
110 mph
Yes - ASTM D 3161 Yes
Impact Resistance:
Class 4
Yes UL - 2218 Yes - for 1/2" thick slates
No - for 3/16" slates
Freeze/Thaw Resistant Yes Mostly - May spall in Alpine regions
Maintenance Free Yes No - Requires inspection and repair throughout its life cycle
Color Fade Resistant Yes Yes

Bellaforté Shake Comparison Guide

You be the judge. Compare our fire‐, wind‐ and insect‐resistant Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing tiles to natural cedar shake products. We're confident you'll quickly embrace the advantages of our synthetic shake products.

Comparison Value Bellaforté Shake Natural Shake
 
Beauty
 
Authentic Look Yes Yes
Thickness 1" average thickness 1/2" at comparable price
Color Options Yes - DaVinci offers multiple color blend options to capture your favorite stage in the lifecycle of cedar shakes. Natural variation is created using DaVinci's VariBlend technology. *Custom blends are also available No
 
Performance
 
Fire Retardance:
Class A
Yes - With specialty underlayments
ASTM E 108 / UL 790
No
Wind Resistance:
110 mph
Yes - ASTM D3161 Yes
Impact Resistance:
Class 4
Yes UL - 2218 Yes - Class 4 possible
Performance may deteriorate rapidly over time due to shake drying out and becoming brittle
Freeze/Thaw Resistant Yes No
Maintenance Free Yes No - Requires the replacement of individual shingles throughout its life cycle
Color Fade Resistant Yes No - Fades rapidly to gray within one year


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