Five Fast Tips From A Roofing Expert

When you've been in the roofing industry as long as Tim Gentry (30+ years), you pick up a few tips along the way.

Lifetime RoofToday we invite you to learn from Tim's on-the-jobsite experiences … plus his 15 years working at DaVinci Roofscapes.

Tim's Tip #1: Start with the right nails. DaVinci roofing systems can be installed with copper, stainless steel or hot-dipped galvanized nails.

Tim's Tip #2: Install snow guards during a new roof installation instead of retrofitting later. But if your DaVinci roof is already installed, don’t worry. There are snow guards available that are specifically designed to be installed after your roof is on. These are known as retro-fit snow guards and this type of snow guard won’t compromise the integrity, warranty or longevity of your beautiful DaVinci roof.

Tim's Tip #3: Make valley cuts with a circular saw. There's no need for wasteful tile cuts, find the correct angle and cut with a circular saw. Use all the leftovers to finish the hips.

Tim's Tip #4 – Never use red or black chalk lines — stick with blue. If you're installing DaVinci composite roofing tiles in a staggered application, add snap lines to the underlayment. Then lay the tips of the tiles to those lines rather than marking the roofing tiles themselves.

Tim's Tip #5 – Try using rake tiles on gable ends when installing Bellaforté shake tiles. It makes your life easier and the project looks better. You don't need to be very concerned with how precise your cuts are on the gable end because the rake tile covers up all the cuts!

BONUS! Installing a composite slate roof? Here are some extra tips: Slate Installation – Tips And Tricks