Iowa Roofer Offers Key Advice to Homeowners

Brad VanWeelden knows roofs. For more than 20 years his team has installed roofing systems in homes throughout the Des Moines, Iowa area. So we asked Brad the key question on most homeowners' minds: How do you know when it's time to replace an existing roof?

Synthetic Shake"We get this question a lot," says VanWeelden. "Our first piece of advice is to have a qualified contractor inspect your roof to evaluate its current status and how much life may be left in it.

"Oftentimes homeowners are surprised to learn they do have some time left in their existing roof. That's when we suggest it's good to start looking at replacement roof options and working on a budget. The key is to get yourself educated and ready for a replacement project before there's a major leak and the issue turns into a crisis."

In Iowa, one of the recommendations Brad makes is to consider snow guards for a roof, especially with a synthetic roof. "Snow guards help keep ice and snow from falling on someone at an entrance or from the gutters getting dammed up during heavy winter weather," says VanWeelden.

As president of VanWeelden Co., Brad offers a variety of products and services to his customers. DaVinci Roofscapes is one of the products his team has installed when homeowners are looking for an affordable and good-looking alternative to real shake or slate roofs.

"Whether we're replacing a cedar shake roof or a natural slate roof in a historic district, DaVinci has a great product lineup," says VanWeelden. "We've installed about 10 projects with DaVinci now.

"We replaced a couple of wood cedar shake roofs last summer with Bellaforté Shake and they turned out great. For another home we replaced 100-year old natural slate with the authentic-looking DaVinci Slate. And, we're now finishing up a large project with Bellaforté Slate and copper gutters. These composite roofing tiles are a great investment for homeowners. We're seeing momentum swing toward the DaVinci product right now and with good reason … these are durable synthetic roofing tiles that are a solid investment for any home."

Brad's not the only roofer who depends on composite shake and synthetic slate roofing products. For other perspectives, see Roofer Endorses DaVinci Roofscapes.