Dale and Gloria Daniels wanted what their neighbors have. Low-care roof maintenance. Peace of mind during hail storms. The ability to forget their insurance agent’s phone number. In short, they wanted a DaVinci composite shake roof.
“Mother Nature is cruel in the Midwest,” says Dale Daniels. “This is the third roof on our home in 22 years, and I’m planning on it being the last.
“After the most recent storm I looked around. One of the few homes that did not require roof replacement was our next door neighbor. He has DaVinci shingles. It was a no-brainer for me.”
Built in 2000 with real cedar shingles, the Norman, Oklahoma, home belonging to the Daniels family required a new roof in 2009 after severe storm damage. Before they switched to composite roofing that withstands Oklahoma weather, the homeowners installed 1.5-inch thick cedar shakes. As thick as they were, Mother Nature spared very few shakes in a recent storm. Most were cracked or “had the appearance of leftovers at a smorgasbord from a convention for beavers” according to Daniels.
Choosing Composite Roofing
The challenge is that the Daniels family loves the look of shake on their French traditional style home. However, they were not willing to put yet another real cedar shake roof on their home.
To make sure the DaVinci roofing would be the perfect fit, the homeowners did their research. They wanted to make certain their composite roofing withstands weather, including nasty Oklahoma hail, wind and fire conditions. Above all, they want the roof to be easy to maintain and retain its beautiful appearance.
“I spoke with Victor Maya with Advantage Roofing,” says Daniels. “His personal reputation in the roofing business is outstanding. So when he sang the praises of the DaVinci brand, that really made a solid impression on us.”
To capture the look the Daniels family was seeking, Maya recommended DaVinci Multi-Width Shake tiles in a Black Oak color. “This roofing tile gives the authentic appearance of wood shake with a time-worn color that we love,” says Daniels.
As the roofing team got into the intricacies of the project they faced a few challenges.
“The DaVinci product went up very smoothly,” says Victor Maya with Advantage Roofing. “We ended up paying special attention to some of the copper additions. We coordinated new copper dormers and ridge line copper finials. There were also new copper valleys we made sure were put perfectly in place. They all look beautiful set against the Black Oak DaVinci shakes.”
The Daniels family was extremely pleased with the work done by the Advantage Roofing team. “This team started early and stayed late,” says Daniels. “They never wavered or cut corners on the installation. They were well trained and it showed. If anyone asked me, I’d give both Advantage Roofing and DaVinci Roofscapes five stars for this project.”
Achieving Peace of Mind
As the roofing replacement progressed, Daniels put his 54 years of experience in the retail industry to good use.
“We had many people slow down to linger and look at the roof,” says Daniels. “Others stopped and came right over to ask questions. Some walkers came over to talk about the roofing brand, the tiles themselves and the installation technique. It very much felt like I was a sales person for the roofing company at times!”
With the roofing project now complete, Daniels reflects back and believes that the DaVinci tiles and the quality of the installation have increased the value of his home. But it’s not for sale.
“We love the peace of mind that the DaVinci warranty gives us,” says Daniels. “We’re so happy we won’t have to experience another reroof due to our Oklahoma weather. Probably the only folks who are more excited about DaVinci’s Lifetime Limited Warranty than me would be my insurance company!
“Not always in life do you make the right decisions. However, I feel we did when we selected both DaVinci Roofscapes and Advantage Roofing.”