DaVinci Polymer Tiles Meet Needs of Chicago Area Architect and Builder

LENEXA, KAN. - Architect Christopher Derrick has a simple strategy when it comes to specifying products for his custom home designs: stick with proven products. For his 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 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.”

Over the years Derrick has worked with a variety of builders to construct his single-family custom home designs. Most recently he has partnered with Charleston Building and Development to create two custom homes in Naperville, Ill. that feature the newer Bellaforté Slate tiles.

“Working with Chris is exciting because he’s so creative and passionate about his home designs,” says Adam Van Someren, president of the residential division of Charleston Building and Development based out of Naperville. “He brings both historical perspective and solid product recommendations to his work.

“The Bellaforté product, which we learned about from Chris and our roofing subcontractor, Complete Flashings, Inc., looks very realistic. I’ve seen other man-made roofing products before that looked too fake. The DaVinci products look natural and complement the home styles very nicely.”

For their most recent project, Van Someren points out that using Bellaforté slate tiles probably saved the homeowner more than $50,000 as opposed to having natural slate on the roof. “Considering the high cost of natural slate, the waste you get with cracked and broken pieces, plus the additional support required for the roof and rafters to support the weight of natural slate, the Bellaforté is a great option,” says Van Someren. “This product really has it all. Good looks, lightweight and durability. There’s definitely a value there with Bellaforté.”

Information on Derrick Architecture can be found at www.DerrickArchitecture.com. For more details on Charleston Building and Development, go to http://www.charlestonbuilding.com/.

The experienced team members at DaVinci Roofscapes develop and manufacture industry-leading polymer slate and shake roofing systems with an authentic look and superior performance. DaVinci leads the industry in the greatest selection of colors, tile thickness and tile width variety. The company’s reliable products have a 50-year limited warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. All DaVinci high-performing roofing products are proudly 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. For information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit www.davinciroofscapes.com.


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