Collect Your “April Showers”

When it comes to rain water collection, owners of the Absolute Green Home have their neighbors over a barrel. Literally.

Imitation SlateThere are four rain water collection barrels dangling from key roof slopes on the beautiful home in South Salem, New York. Each barrel encourages water to slide gently into it from the Bellaforté Slate roof via a chain. Once filled, the unfiltered water in the barrels can be used for watering plants and gardens, or even to wash cars.

The idea behind rain water harvesting is to save rain water that would normally flow off a roof and down the drain.  But, with a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roof (which does not leach chemicals or pollution into the water), you can save those April showers …and those throughout the year too!

Along with helping save on water bills, rain harvesting is good for the environment. Whether collected in barrels or going directly into cisterns for use and storage, rain water gathered from synthetic roofing material can have a big impact. According to, for every inch of rain that falls on a “catchment area” of 1,000 square feet, you can expect to collect approximately 600 gallons of rainwater. That’s a lot of water!

At the Absolute Green Home (which won the “Best Renovation of the Year Award” in 2015 from Green Builder Media), the rain water collection system was just one of many strategies Sylvain Coté, project architect and coordinator with Absolute Green Homes, Inc., incorporated into the home. Starting from the top down with a composite slate roof, the 1932 beach home has earned three green designations:ENERGY STAR® Certified Home, LEED Platinum Certified Home and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Certified Home.

To learn more about this impressive environmentally positive home renovation project, see DaVinci Black Slate Roof Helps Keep Home Green.