Commercial Projects Rely on DaVinci Roofscapes Polymer Slate and Shake Roofing

LENEXA, KAN. – Across the country new construction and remodeling commercial project planners are discovering that polymer roofing options from DaVinci Roofscapes® deliver dependable results. From New York to Oklahoma to Colorado, DaVinci roofs can be found topping off university buildings, hotels, country clubs, apartment buildings and churches.

“Project managers reviewing the ‘Total Cost of Ownership’ aspects when making commercial project roofing decisions continue to be impressed by DaVinci composite roofing products,” says Mike Ward, vertical market manager for DaVinci Roofscapes. “They’re determining which roofing products have the greatest return on investment from the standpoint of durability, longevity, low-maintenance costs and aesthetics. These considerations point them to DaVinci.”

According to Ward, the Total Cost of Ownership analysis plays favorably for polymer roofing products because they resist impact, fire, insects, mold and algae. Other advantages that commercial project planners look for in a roof include the color being blended throughout each tile and a 50 year roof warranty.

Gaillardia Country Club

The elegant 55,000-square foot, three-level clubhouse at Gaillardia Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City has a French Normandy design style and features state-of-the-art meeting rooms, a fitness center, a wine room and an extensive learning center. It also now boasts a new Bellaforté Slate Black-VariBlend polymer roof from DaVinci.

“The new owners wanted 600 squares of a Class 4 impact-resistant roof system to replace the concrete tiles on their 15-year old country club,” says Andy Lacks, vice president of commercial roofing with Mallard Construction out of Oklahoma City, Okla. “They wanted a durable roof system that would fit the high-end neighborhood surrounding the Gaillardia Country Club while withstanding severe weather.

“We’ve installed the DaVinci Roofscapes product before in several Oklahoma locations with great success. So, our confident recommendation was the impact-resistant tiles for this job. We love this product because every time we’ve installed Bellaforté it quickly becomes a centerpiece roof in a community and almost always results in creating several referrals for our company.”

Historic Hotel Breakers

Opened more than 100 years ago, the 650-room Hotel Breakers is the original on-property hotel at the Cedar Point theme park in Ohio. In 2014 hotel management decided to invest in the European-VariBlend of Bellaforté slate tiles.

“One reason why Bellaforté was chosen was because the installation could be done in cold weather without having to warm the roof tiles before installation,” says Jim Carson, vice president of A-STAR out of Macedonia, Ohio. “The hotel is on the shores of Lake Erie. That’s a challenging situation, especially since we experienced the worst Cleveland winter in 30 years right in the middle of the installation!”

Backed by a 50-year limited warranty, all DaVinci roofing products are designed to remain flexible at extreme temperatures, making it possible to install roofing tiles during all types of weather, including temperatures as cold as 20 degrees. The DaVinci resin system for all products has passed the freeze-thaw ICC-ES Test (Acceptance Criteria AC07, section 4.9) with exposure to temperatures from -40 F to 180 F in 22 hour cycles for approximately a month. And, DaVinci products have passed the accelerated weathering test ASTM 4798 test for 4,500 hours. That test is six months of actual exposure, but is equivalent to several years of exposure to the sun. The test replicates real world weather extremes such as high temperatures, moisture and thermal shock.

LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge

Opened in late 2013, the multi-purpose LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge in Tennessee includes 232,000-square feet of meeting and exhibit space in a sprawling lodge-type setting. Topping off the impressive structure is 965 squares of Single-Width Slate polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci in the Evergreen-VariBlend of light and dark green tiles to complement the facility’s Smoky Mountain setting.

“The size of this complex plus the building code limitations made it impossible for us to specify weighty, expensive real slate for the roof,” says Michael Smelcer, principal with SRA Architects, Inc. “After researching our options, we selected the DaVinci Slate product because of aesthetics, weight and Class A fire classification. The owners of the center were very open to using this particular polymer slate roofing because it gave them the mountain lodge look they desired.”

Single-Width Slate polymer roofing tiles resemble the classic traditional slate tile found on upscale projects throughout the world. Available in 12-inch tile widths, the half-inch thick Single-Width Slate tiles are twice the thickness of most other synthetic slates. The roofing tiles come in a full spectrum of authentic slate colors and are made of pure virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable product. The 100-percent recyclable tiles resist impact, fire, hail, insects and algae.

North Abbey Apartments

New life has been given to the historic 1888 Protestant Episcopal Church of the Covenant in Philadelphia. After several years of renovation — including the addition of a new DaVinci polymer slate roof overhead — the church’s 12,500-square foot property has been converted into 16 luxury apartments called North Abbey.

A key element to the renovation was replacing the 126-year-old original slate roof on the church. Property managers wanted the illusion of a real slate roof but the features and benefits of a lighter weight, low-maintenance roof.

“The Bellaforté Slate roof we selected brings historical accuracy to the project while allowing us to have a roof that resists fire, impact, rot and decay,” says real estate broker and developer Jordan Brody. “We were sold on this roof because of its aesthetic appeal, durability and longevity.”

Brody decided on DaVinci’s Brownstone-VariBlend of light and medium brown, dark stone and dark tan tiles for the polymer slate roof to complement the original stone on the building exterior. “The authenticity of this roofing product perfectly matches the exterior of the building and our renovation efforts,” says Brody. “This is really a tremendous product and I would strongly encourage any developer who is considering replacing a slate roof or has an older stone or brick home that is considering replacing a shingle roof to use the DaVinci product.”

Commercial Projects Coast-to-Coast

In addition to the projects listed above, the following commercial projects are just some of those done in recent years that also had new polymer DaVinci roofs installed:

  • State University of New York (SUNY) dormitories in Canton, New York
  • St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta
  • Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas
  • DuSable Museum in Chicago, Illinois
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City
  • Mohawk Avenue School in Sparta, New Jersey
  • Tower Banks in Indiana
  • Olde Liberty Station restaurant in Bedford, Virginia
  • The North Face store in Victor, New York
  • Sara Bea Learning Center at Notre Dame in Indiana
  • Elk Track town homes in Beaver Creek, Colorado
  • Sacred Heart Ukrainian Church in Johnson City, New York

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