Historical Home Revived with DaVinci Single-Width Slate Roof

All it takes is one bad storm to start an unexpected remodeling project. That’s what Travis Fogelman discovered when fallen trees damaged his 100-year-old Wilmington, Delaware, home’s roof and structural framing.

Those trees destroyed custom millwork and intricate moldings on the house. Copper gutters were also damaged, as were real slate and cedar roofing. Fogelman reached out to Kirkin Exteriors for help in bringing his treasured home back to life, which they delivered by recommending historically authentic synthetic slate.

Following a storm, historically authentic synthetic slate helped restore this home's exterior.

“We needed solutions that would keep the integrity of the house,” says Fogelman. “One of the first recommendations they made was composite roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

“The DaVinci product makes sense because it keeps the same slate look on the roof. And, because it can be installed in temperatures that drop down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, we were able to get the installation expedited during the middle of the winter. We were also impressed that the composite roofing offers extreme durability. It will help protect against further tree damage and impact in the future.”

Historically Authentic Synthetic Slate

The Fogelmans specifically chose DaVinci Single-Width Slate in a Slate Gray color for their home. Made of pure virgin resins, UV and thermal stabilizers, the roofing tile also has a highly-specialized fire retardant. The 12-inch wide tile is ½-inch thick. Backed by a Lifetime Limited Material Warranty, it resists fading, rotting, cracking and pests.

All DaVinci tiles are Class A fire and Class 4 impact rated. They’re also rated to ASTM D3161, certified to handle winds up to 110 mph.

“The owners wanted a roof that kept with the original historical look of the house,” says Dan Rankin, owner of Kirkin Exteriors out of New Castle, Delaware. “This DaVinci roof achieves that goal. In addition, the impact resistance gives them peace of mind from future storm damage.

“We install DaVinci roofing for other homeowners looking to match an existing design. The DaVinci product has a very authentic appearance. Their pieces are modeled from actual slate and shake, for natural, non-repeating beauty. Once on a home, they add tremendous curb appeal to a property.”

2022 Project of the Year

Project of the Year 2022 logo

The superior work done on this reroofing project earned it the designation of a DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor 2022 Project of the Year. Just seven projects nationwide were awarded this honor.

Kirkin Exteriors has been in business for 11 years and has 25 employees. The company operates in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.