Shaking Up Utah Roofs
KANSAS CITY, KAN. - Designer Kevin Price is seeing red — as in the Red Ledges community in Heber City, Utah. Price has shaken up the development by designing 22 custom homes, many with DaVinci Roofscapes polymer shake roofing tiles.
“This development started with the edict that all roofs must be natural wood shake,” says Price, president of Kevin Price Designs in Park City, Utah. “That just didn’t make sense to me. Natural wood shake is a fire risk not worth taking and it doesn’t hold up well in this part of the country. I lobbied Red Ledges to try an alternative roofing product. Of the options, DaVinci was a clear cut ahead of every other product.
“They approved the DaVinci shake polymer tiles immediately when they saw the realistic look of the shake shingles. Since then I’ve specified it on every home I’ve designed in Red Ledges. Now I’m working on getting DaVinci slate roofing tiles specified in the same development.”
According to Price, the designs of his 5,000-square-foot homes are dictated by the views and the personalities of his clients. The commonality of the designs in Red Ledges is that they all capture stunning Timpanogos Mountain vistas and are created to complement the natural landscape.
“I only specify natural products for exterior siding on homes at Red Ledges,” says Price. “There’s cedar siding, natural stone, rusted or reclaimed metals. What amazes me is that the DaVinci roofs blend perfectly with these natural products. Since the roof in this desert setting takes the most abuse from the sun and weather, it needs to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Both the Multi-Width Shake and Bellaforté Shake roofing products we’ve been using capture both desires perfectly.”
DaVinci Multi-Width Shake composite roofing has the texture of natural cedar shake with a deep-grained surface. Multiple widths of the shake tiles help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance on the roof and can be laid in either a straight or staggered pattern. The product comes in a full spectrum of authentic cedar colors and is crafted using virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable product. A variety of color blends is also available with both wavy and straight grains used throughout the blend for an authentic look.
Designed to realistically resemble real cedar shake roofing tiles, Bellaforté Shake installs quickly thanks to the product's patented features, which include a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge. A square of Bellaforté Shake (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs. All DaVinci roofs resist impact, fire, algae and insects.
A designer for more than 35 years, Price specializes in custom residential projects, like those found in Red Ledges. “For the most part I work off of referrals from past customers and real estate agents who have seen my work,” says Price. “I spend a lot of time getting to know my clients personally so I can create a one-of-a-kind living space for them.
“Within the Red Ledges community that means designing homes with outdoor entertainment areas for one family that loves outside activities and then creating interior sanctuary settings for another client. Everyone wants their ultimate dream home with minimal maintenance involvement. That’s another big reason I repeatedly specify DaVinci roofs. With a 50-year limited warranty these roofs will last for decades.
“The bottom line is that the DaVinci products make my homes look good … and that’s good for my reputation and business.”
DaVinci Roofscapes has manufactured award-winning synthetic slate and shake roofing since 1999. The polymer roofing tiles are virtually maintenance free and far more cost effective than the natural product. DaVinci leads the industry in tile thickness, the tile width variety and the greatest selection of subtle earth-toned colors. Company products have a 50-year limited warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. DaVinci proudly makes its products in America and 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 additional information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit our website.