Historic Town Embraces Polymer DaVinci Roofing Tiles
When property owners Ed and Kim Bonk started researching a new roof for their building in historic Beverly, Illinois, they turned to DaVinci Roofscapes.
“The old wooden shake mansard roof we had on our building was deteriorating badly and out-of-character for our downtown area,” said Ed Bonk. “The Beverly area was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and has many real slate roofs. We wanted to keep with that look, but because of the cost and the weight of real slate it seemed impossible. Then we found the option of man-made DaVinci polymer slate roofing tiles.
“The Multi-Width Slate Gray tiles we had installed by Durability Roofing and Construction perfectly complement the 99th Street Train Station’s roof design right across the street from us. With our new polymer slate roof there’s a newfound cohesiveness in the appearance of our downtown area.”
The building’s new roof has caused quite a stir with local residents. “We had people walking and driving up inquiring about the polymer product,” says Bonk. “I must have given away 20 samples of our materials!”
A cornerstone property in downtown Beverly, the Bonk’s 7,200 square foot building is home to a real estate firm, pizzeria and an insurance company. A landmark cupola sits atop the building, adding character to the structure.
“There are so many advantages to this polymer roof that I won’t be surprised if other area homes and businesses start using it in the future,” says Bonk. “The fact that it holds up to our tough weather conditions, is long-lasting and has no maintenance requirements are all huge assets for us.”