California Dreaming: Composite Slate Roof Tops Custom Home
Imported limestone fireplaces and a showpiece fountain. Custom-designed light fixtures. Spa-like bathrooms and lavish walk-in closets. This is what a dream home is all about. And, for this stunning single-level Mediterranean French Country custom home in southern California, there’s also a dream roof: a DaVinci Multi-Width Slate roof in Castle Gray.
Cooling it Off in California
Take the online home tour of this expansive home and you’ll discover rich wide-plank oak floors, wood-beamed ceilings in many rooms, custom-built cabinetry and top-of-the-line appliances. Those beautiful creations by Becker Studios set this home apart on Boundary Drive in Montecito. However, it’s the exterior curb appeal that will have you walking in the front door.
“The authenticity of the composite slate puts a finishing touch on this home,” says Juan Arteaga with Becker Studios Inc. “Then we got practical. We selected a Cool Roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. We like the many features and benefits this roof brings to the home.
“A Cool Roof can help reflect sunlight and heat away from a home, which helps to significantly lower attic temperatures. As a result, the Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR® program estimates that air conditioning costs can be reduced by as much as 10 to 15 percent for a homeowner.”
Composite slate and shake roofing tiles are rated independently by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC). The ENERGY STAR rated composite roofing products from DaVinci are Title 24 compliant for installation in California.
“Additionally, this composite slate roof resists fire, which is so important in our area with the constant concern for wildfires,” says Arteaga. “A spark can land on this roof and it simply won’t spread. That brings tremendous peace-of-mind to homeowners and a potential break on their homeowner’s insurance.
“Other appreciated attributes of the composite slate include resistance to impact, algae, mold, insects, fungus and even termites. We’re proud of the creation of this entire home … and especially of the decision to add the DaVinci roofing overhead.”
There’s also pride for the team at Martin Roofing & Sheet Metal who installed the roofing on the home.
“We work with Becker Studios several times a year on projects,” says Martin Anguiano, owner of Martin Roofing & Sheet Metal out of Santa Barbara, Ca. “This house was a special project for us. There are rich materials used throughout the home … and that quality of product extends to the roof.
“We installed all copper flashings, copper gutters and down spouts plus copper standing seam roofs at the bay windows. The homeowners asked us for something unusual … clay tiles for the hip and ridge as an accent to the DaVinci slate. They love the color because it goes well with the Santa Barbara sandstone, which was used in the construction of the house.
“This house is located on a golf course and there was concern about tile breakage. Composite tiles from DaVinci are the perfect solution. Stray golf balls will simply bounce off these tiles without ever causing a problem.”