Cool Southwestern Style

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - If you find summer's sizzling temperatures appealing and you gravitate to warm, earthy color tones, then it's time to consider adding some southwestern style to your home's exterior.

"A terracotta-colored roof can call to mind the casual and rustic setting of the southwest even if your home isn't in that beautiful part of the country," says national color expert Kate Smith. "The earthy shades that speak to the rich culture and picturesque desert landscape can add eye-catching beauty to any home."

Smith believes you should work from the "top down" when adding color to the home. "For lovers of the southwestern style, the Sedona blend of colors found in Bellaforté polymer roofing tiles is ideal," says Smith, president of Sensational Color. "This combination of colors includes shades of medium and dark terracotta mixed in with light and dark clay tones to create an earthy color that works perfectly on many homes."

DaVinci Roofscapes® introduced the new Sedona blend of colors to the marketplace early in 2011 as a result of requests from homeowners. The individual terracotta and clay colors were also launched this year and are available in the blend or as single colors in the company's polymer roofing tiles.

Working your way down the home, Smith recommends using shades of beige or tan on the home's siding to "ground" the house with your landscaping. Then, select a sharper color for accent features such as the entryway. "A fired brick red color on the door can harmonize with the terracotta roof, while a smoky blue topaz would complement the roof with a contrasting tone," says Smith. "The different color shades of color found in the Sedona blend provide lots of options to play off of on window and trim elements, such as a blush grey- or clay-colored paint."

Smith relates that there are 49 roofing colors available from DaVinci, all inspired by nature. There are also 28 standard color blends and homeowners can also create their own custom colors or blends. Each polymer roofing tile resists insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.

Patented snap-fit, self-locating Bellaforté roofing tiles include an integrated rain gutter, leading edge tab and rain dam. Backed by a 50-year limited warranty, the 12-inch slate roofing tiles have achieved some of the strictest testing ratings in the country, including the Miami Dade Notice of Acceptance (NOA) and Florida Building Code (FBC) qualifications.

Bellaforté roofing tiles use twenty percent less material than traditional synthetic and natural slate shingles, saving resources and reducing the tile weight. A square of Bellaforté roofing tile weighs just 185 pounds, helping reduce both installation time and landfill load due to reduced construction waste.

DaVinci Roofscapes is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council, and a sponsor of Homes for Our Troops. For additional information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit our website.



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