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If you visit The North Face® retail store in Victor, N.Y., check out the roof and how the builders created the new store to fit into the natural setting of the area.
The North Face, which specializes in performance apparel, equipment and footwear, opened its 7,870-square-foot retail facility on a wooded lot in November of 2012. During the construction process every effort was made to meet historic ordinances and comply with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification process.
To top off the rough-hewn timber and stone siding structure, The North Face team members worked with general contractor Genesee Construction Services and landlord/developer Historic High Point Retail, LLC to choose DaVinci EcoBlend Multi-Width Shake tiles that reflect sunlight and heat away from the building. Recommended by Upstate Roofing & Painting, the polymer shake roof tiles provide higher emissivity and reflectivity rates, which lead to greater reductions in the cooling load for the structure. This helps increase energy efficiency for the building.
“Natural cedar shakes simply could not meet the LEED requirements for this project,” says Dave Pastore, CEO of Upstate Roofing & Painting in Rochester, N.Y. “Wood cedar shakes can cup and curl due to moisture absorption. They need constant attention and inspection, and they’re a high-maintenance product.
“We specifically recommended DaVinci polymer shakes for this project because the company uses a higher number of shingle widths than other manufacturers. Multiple widths add to greater authenticity of the roof. DaVinci also pre-sorts their colors prior to shipping, so we don’t have to do this in the field, saving us on installation time.”
Upstate Roofing & Painting has installed DaVinci roofing on other projects in the Rochester area in the past. Each time the company meets with strong approval from their clients. “The DaVinci product has an engineered rib structure,” says Pastore. “For our clients this translates into a better performing and easier to install roof.”
For this project, a custom blend of the polymer shake roofing tiles was created that includes an equal percentage of Light Gray, Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray, Medium Dark Weathered Gray and Dark Weathered Gray tiles. The DaVinci EcoBlend products have also earned the designation as an ENERGY STAR® Qualified Product.
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