DaVinci Synthetic Slate Roof Tops Largest SCHEELS® Store

The biggest SCHEELS® sporting goods store in the nation is now open in Texas. Just like the Lone Star state itself, the store is BIG. The size of 6 football fields, this world’s largest sports store needs a hard-working, low-maintenance roof to cover its 331,000 square feet.  That’s why Bellaforté Slate synthetic roofing was chosen.

Everything’s Bigger in Texas

Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, SCHEELS had its grand opening at The Colony, Texas. It occurred at Grandscape Texas in May of 2020.

The impressive store has more than 85 specialty shops inside. You’ll find top-name sporting goods, clothing, shoes, and much more. SCHEELS also includes a variety of different attractions, experiences, and photo opportunities throughout its stores.

For example, inside The Colony SCHEELS, you can ride the 65-foot Ferris wheel. Or, you could spend time playing arcade games. Grab lunch at Ginna’s Café or visit the Dallas Cowboys Fan Shop. This sporting goods store has something for everyone.

Synthetic Slate

Texas-Sized Synthetic Roof

Covering the entire SCHEELS experience is the synthetic slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.

“Historically, concrete roof tiles had been used on other projects,” says Tiffaney Triepke, AIA with R.L. Engebretson. “However, we examined the benefits of synthetic roof tiles and were pleased. Their lightweight nature, quicker installation and lower maintenance are very impressive.”

R.L. Engebretson has been involved in the design of several SCHEELS stores over the years. Their experienced team of architects specializes in working on all phases of a project. The company works diligently on finding solutions for all sizes of projects. For example, from large retail stores like SCHEELS to small hometown banks, the team is dedicated to solutions.

Sporting a Bellaforté RoofSynthetic Slate

“We saw a cost benefit to using the Bellaforté Slate product,” says Triepke. “Once we decided to use this synthetic slate tile we requested a special color blend for The Colony SCHEELS store.

“We were able to combine 70% of the Castle Gray color with 30% of the Smokey Gray color. That gave us the exact blend we wanted for the roof. Now that we’ve found this winning color combination and Bellaforté Slate product, it will become a roofing standard for all SCHEELS stores moving forward.”

Currently several SCHEELS stores are under construction. Therefore, the stores in Minnesota, Colorado, and Montana will all have the Bellaforté Slate roofs.

The Eden Prairie SCHEELS opens in July 2020. It will also feature 85 specialty shops. This store will have 250,000-square-foot of space. And all of it will be covered with a Bellaforté Slate roof. Inside will be a 16,000-gallon aquarium, Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory, and other attractions.

Peace-of-Mind Roofing

Fire- and impact-resistant, Bellaforté Slates are the perfect addition to SCHEELS stores. Each tile is constructed of a composite material made of virgin resins, UV and thermal stabilizers. In addition, the tiles are made with a high-specialized fire retardant. The result is a state-of-the-art synthetic slate tile.

With the Bellaforté Slate tiles, SCHEELS stores will always have a perfect roof overhead. The composite roofing resists severe weather and fading. It also resists rotting, cracking and pests. Each tile is modeled after natural slate pieces. Above all, Bellaforté synthetic roofing is Class A fire rated and Class 4 impact rated. The product is also certified by the Texas Department of Insurance.