Home Improvement Roofing & Siding Product Article Archive 2018-05-09T19:43:53+00:00

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Major Retail Location Uses DaVinci EcoBlend® Roof To Meet LEED Requirements

Even though The North Face® retail store in Victor, N.Y. opened less than five months ago, the structure looks like it’s been part of the landscape for a decade or more.

Traffic-Stopping Polymer Roof Installation In Canada

The installation of the first DaVinci Roofscapes® polymer roof in Thunder Bay, Canada has caused quite a stir — and a traffic jam …

Custom Sky Blue Valoré Slate Roof Enhances Minnesota Home

To meet the specific needs of homeowners, sometimes building industry professionals need to get creative. That’s what Tom Sullivan did when his clients requested a sky blue colored slate roof to remind them of their native Russian architecture.

DaVinci Polymer Roofing Tiles Enhance Historic Town

Kim Bonk decided to upgrade their downtown building space with a new roof. The surprise came when they were able to achieve the historic look they sought with a man-made polymer slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes®.

Cedar Shakes Take Back Seat To Polymer Shake Tiles

Since 1990, more than 200 rustic log cabins have created the Stonebridge Log Home community in Todd, N.C. The 500-acre mountain community once relied on all-wood cedar shakes for the roofs on their homes — but not anymore.

Roofer Recommends Polymer Roofs For High-End Homes

Roofer Mark Bloyer knows how to be competitive in his southern Kansas marketplace. He targets customers interested in quality

New Polymer Roofs At The College Of New Jersey

The recently-installed DaVinci Roofscapes® polymer roof overhead helped keep them safe and secure.

Bellaforté Shake Tiles Generate Four Times More Sales Than Anticipated

<pBellaforté Shake polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes have quadrupled the anticipated sales figures for new product. >

Downtown Vail A “City Of DaVinci Roofs”

The iconic Clock Tower in the center of picturesque Vail Village in Colorado now boasts a new polymer slate roof .http://homeimprovementtime.com/p>

New CEU Course Offered By DaVinci Roofscapes®

The course provides industry officials with one HSW (Health, Safety and Welfare) learning unit through AIA, NARI, NAHB and AIBD.

Colorado Resident Saves 25 Percent On Homeowner Insurance With Polymer Shake Roof

There are many reasons Andrew Marenin cites for being thrilled with his new Bellaforté Shake polymer roof.

DaVinci Roofscapes® “Shakes it Up” With New Bellaforté® Shake Products At 2013 NAHB International Builders’ Show

DaVinci Roofscapes®, the color leader in the polymer roofing industry, will showcase the company’s newest product line of Bellaforté® Shake products at the 2013 NAHB International Builders’ Show

New Videos from DaVinci Roofscapes®

Roofers and contractors can gain step-by-step tips on installing Bellaforté® slate and shake products on a new video.

Colorful Custom Roof Projects

Because the company has the ability to custom create any roofing color or color blend, the options are limitless for builders, architects, roofers and homeowners who wish to create unique colors for their polymer DaVinci slate and shake roofing tiles.

Historic Home Gets 21st Century Roof

It’s a scene that would make an ideal Chevy Chase movie. Your family is gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday and everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

Innovative DIY Gutter Guard Chosen by Costco

Gutterglove, Inc. announces that it has finally secured a deal with Costco to sell EasyOn Gutter Guard through Costco’s online ecommerce site Costco.com.

2013: Color Us Blue

It’s a scene that would make an ideal Chevy Chase movie. Your family is gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday and everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

Homeowner Tips For Rebuilding In The Aftermath Of Super Storm Sandy

In the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, thousands of homeowners along the East Coast are beginning to assess the damage their homes sustained in the storm and will soon begin the rebuilding process.

Impact-Resistant Roof Saves Thanksgiving

It’s a scene that would make an ideal Chevy Chase movie. Your family is gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday and everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

Polymer Shake Roof Blends In With Lakefront Home

Each multi-width polymer roofing tile replicates hand-split real cedar shakes with slanted sawn edges and staggered lengths.

Value Of ENERGY STAR® Products

Multiple national safety awareness campaigns in October are leading homeowners nationwide to focus attention on their windows and doors.

DaVinci Roofscapes® Products Earn ENERGY STAR® Rating”

Just in time for October’s National Energy Awareness Month, DaVinci Roofscapes® has announced that eight of the company’s EcoBlend® polymer roofing tiles have qualified as ENERGY STAR® compliant.

Custom-Color Polymer Roof Crowns Condo Community

The Jupiter, Florida residents discovered the hard way that the metal roofs on their high-rise homes and facility buildings started rusting and fading less than five years after installation.

Sweet Autumn Holiday Door Decorations

When trick-or-treaters come to your front door this year, greet them with a special candy wreath for the holidays.

Schedule A Window Check-up During October’s National Energy Awareness Month

Simonton Windows offer a variety of tips for consumers who wish to perform a window and patio door check-up to gauge the energy efficiency of these products in their homes.

Roofer Sees Preference Shift In Roofing Products

Second generation roofer Stacy Stines remembers when his father started the family business in 1978 with a focus on using real wood shakes for roofs.

Step-by-Step: Transforming A Porch Ceiling

Contractor Steve Roth wanted to give new life to an old porch, so he turned to innovative urethane products.

Commercial Projects Rely On Polymer Roofing

Developers and building industry professionals eager to construct and remodel projects with long-lasting roofing products are turning to low-maintenance polymer roofing tiles.

Gazebos And More Gazebos

Gazebos can now be created in square and rectangle designs, as well as oval and dodecagons.

Selecting Roof Colors to Complement Brick and Stone Exteriors

Understanding the different color pigments of brick and stone features on a home are critical to selecting the right roofing colors.

Severe Weather Primary Factor For When Homeowners Plan To Replace Key Exterior Building Products

According to the 2011 DaVinci Roofscapes’ Homeowners Exterior Preferences Study, nearly all homeowners* (88 percent) see the exterior of their home as a whole picture rather than the sum of all its different exterior features.

Vintage Home Gets Custom-Color Roof

Homeowners Carol and Ray Knoff knew exactly what they wanted when they decided to replace the roof on their 111-year-old Queen Anne style home.

Polymer Roof Meets Oceanfront—and Insurance—Demands

When Mike and Andrea Boone received a cancellation threat on their homeowner insurance policy, they knew it was time to take action.

How to Choose Brick Exteriors

As brick manufacturing technology progresses, home buyers can tap into a wider range of looks, textures and colors at a broader price range

Choosing A Contractor For Your Entryway Remodeling Project

You’ve decided to give your home a facelift with a new entryway, but where do you find a qualified, reliable contractor to get the job done?

Biological Mosquito Control Also Kills Fungus Gnats

Unusually warm weather has brought the earliest spring season in recent memory across much of the U.S.

Pleasure Time: Without The Blazing Sun

Ramadas, in kit form or fully assembled, are available and can be custom designed online to enhance any back yard, porch, pool or garden area.


Shed Light On Favorite And Exotic Plants With A Heavy Duty Extruded Aluminum Greenhouse

Transform your back or side yard into an early season propagation center for tender young annuals to fill your spring and summer gardens with hundreds of mature colorful flowers and plants that you’ve grown from seeds in your private greenhouse.


Tips For Weatherization To Save On Winter Utilities

Older homes that haven’t been updated in the last few decades could be huge energy wasters that needlessly increase a home’s power usage and expenses.


Remodeling Activity Reaches Record Levels According To BuildFax Remodeling Index For September

Today, BuildFax, unveiled its BuildFax Remodeling Index (BFRI) for September 2011, which shows that remodeling activity reached a record high during the month.


CertainTeed’s New CertaCoat™ IC Ignition Barrier Provides Best-in-Class Fire Protection For Spray Foam Insulation

CertaCoat IC is a single-component, latex-based coating that enhances the fire-rated performance of CertaSpray open cell foam insulation


Apollo Solar Roofing System From CertainTeed Offers Sleek Appearance With Easy-to-Install Design

CertainTeed Corporation is revolutionizing the roofing industry with the introduction of the Apollo™ Solar Roofing System


Prepping Your Home For Cold Weather Pays Off

By properly preparing your home for the upcoming colder months, not only are you ensuring your family stays warm and safe during storms, blizzards and extreme temperatures, but you’re saving on energy-related costs as well.


CertainTeed CertaSpray® Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation Certified In Wind Uplift Resistance

The adhesion strength of CertaSpray can help reduce building damage during tropical storms and hurricanes.


Guidelines For Selecting A Commercial (low-slope) Roofing Contractor

Before you spend your money, spend some time learning how to evaluate the roofing contractor who may be doing the work.


A Home Inspection is Invaluable to Buyers, Sellers & Current Homeowners

A professional home inspection also educates sellers and homeowners on the current condition of their home, minimizing any unpleasant surprises in the future.


Winterize Your Home To Avoid Unnecessary Damage

Home tips that can help homeowners protect their homes this winter and prevent minor trouble spots from becoming major repairs.


Create Picturesque Style with Richly-Textured Siding

The siding from The Foundry is a new breed of premium vinyl siding that combines maintenance-free living with a bold color palette and the classic natural appeal of cedar shakes and shingles.


Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal with Stylish, Eco-Friendly Roofing

InSpire™ roofing now gives homeowners the opportunity to enjoy long lasting, architecturally distinct roofs on their home.


Guidelines For Selecting A Commercial (low-slope) Roofing Contractor

Before you spend your money, spend some time learning how to evaluate the roofing contractor who may be doing the work.


Electrical Contractors Help Homeowners Add Ready-Made Green Power

Homeowners looking for immediate ways to add green power can now turn to electrical contractors to install ready-made devices in as little as one day.


Prepare Trees for Potentially Damaging Weather

High winds and violent rain in the spring and summer can present dangers to our trees and communities.


Gazebos Redefine Their Image

As outdoor living spaces catapult to the top of the list of rooms homeowners are looking to revitalize, gazebos have redefined their image.


How To Create Your Own Stunning, Customized And Hand-Crafted Gazebo, On A Budget

GazeboCreations.com has made the task less daunting with a comprehensive website that allows you to design your own gazebo.


Stylish Sheds Offer Modern Storage Solutions

In fact, today’s sheds are available with enough creature comforts, including electricity and plumbing, to make creatures comfortable enough to live in them.


Take Advantage Of Updated Energy Tax Credits With Follansbee® Metal Roofing

New credit extends to a variety of energy-efficient home updates, including ENERGY STAR coated metal roofing installed between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010.


Composite Slate Roofing From CertainTeed Takes on New Dimension with Additional Sizes, Color

Homeowners looking for the timeless, classic beauty of slate are increasingly turning to composite materials, such as Symphony™ Composite Slate Series from CertainTeed.


Create Picturesque Style with Richly-Textured Siding

The Foundry’s Weathered Collection Shake and Shingle panels deliver true-to-life texture and authenticity with the appearance of naturally weathered cedar.


Create an Eco-friendly Rain Garden in Your Backyard

A simple, budget-friendly project is incorporating a rain garden in your yard to help filter stormwater pollutants coming from your home.


Lightline® Door Canopies Win Top Honors At Design Journal’s ADEX Awards

The 2009 Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX) have been announced, and Lightline® door canopy products from Feeney, Inc. have been selected for the top level Platinum award.


Seal Up Your Warm Weather “To-Do” List With White Lightning® Caulks, Adhesives And Sealants

White Lightning offers a variety of caulks, adhesives and sealants to assist homeowners.


Survey: Homeowners Who Are Aware of The Newly Created Energy Efficiency Tax Credits

The federal government this year extended and expanded home energy efficiency tax credits through 2010 as part of the broader economic recovery package.


Bringing In The Sun With Energy Savings, And A Whole New Vocabulary

Across the country consumers are learning the ins and outs of using the sun to lower the cost of family energy use.


Home Remodeling Planning and Unscheduled Repair Projects

With a small investment of time—choices between the right way, and most expedient way to approach large or small repairs—can be researched and compared.


What In The World Is A SunPipe?

Using simple reflective hollow-pipe delivery systems known as Sun Pipes, homes and businesses harness and use free natural light.


Create Picturesque Style With Richly-Textured Siding

New innovations are allowing homeowners to create some of the most uniquely charming looks with siding.


What Every Homeowner Should Know About His/Her Roof

Harsh winter weather and inevitable spring storms wreak havoc on roofs, a home’s first line of defense against Mother Nature.


Five Lessons for Building a Sunroom

Sunrooms are an excellent way to expand a home because they not only add to your home’s square footage, but also because of the value they offer as a place for relaxation, entertainment or recreation.


Easy, Inexpensive Remodeling With Pure Sunlight

Heightened energy prices mean searching out the brightest and best energy sources. Why not start by adding an element of sunshine to your home renovation and restoration projects?


Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal With Stylish, Eco-Friendly Roofing

Imagine your home with an elegant new roof that offers durability and low-maintenance, too.


Sunpiped Light … Bringing The Sun’s Many Benefits Indoors

For the most part the modern family lives indoors, works indoors, and plays indoors. And even though we know better, basking in healthy sunlight has often been relegated …


Patio Enclosures, Inc. Introduces “Windsor Conservatories”

Patio Enclosures, Inc. Introduces “Windsor Conservatories” Patio Enclosures, Inc., the largest manufacturer and installer of sunrooms in North America, announces the addition of “Windsor Conservatories,” …


Kiss Messy, Black Asphalt Goodbye!

Through the Roof’ clear roof sealant from Sashco solves the problem of ugly, black roof repairs with a permanent seal that’s both tough and beautiful.


Bringing Sunlight Inside … Virtually Anywhere

With a simple devise first introduced in 1991 to replace daytime electric lighting with “daylighting”, the sunpipe has found its rightful place


“It’s Not The Heat … It’s The Humidity!”

Setting the thermostat temperature lower does two things that are counter to your goal of reducing the moisture content in your home.


SunPipe’ Slows Global Climate Change!

At a time when rapid global climate change is no longer scientifically debatable, individuals often think they are powerless to do anything constructive to help alleviate the problem.


Energy-Free Daylighting Delivered With A SunPipe

While they can’t exactly bottle and sell real sunlight, one innovative mid-American company has found a way to harness and deliver it.


CertainTeed Enters Cool Roof Market With Flintglas Energy Efficient Cap Sheet

CertainTeed Corporation is proud to unveil Flintglas Mineral Surfaced Cap Sheet with CoolStar energy-saving reflectant surface coating.


Completing Those Fall Home Improvement Projects

This fall is a great time to get those projects complete because many area contractors have less lead-time during this time of year.


An Abundance Of Free, Natural Sunpiped Light

Glossy paints are the perfect choices to add sparkle and shine to living spaces and they provide the added benefit of a durable finish.


FLIR Introduces New Entry-Level IR Camera For Building Professionals At An Extremely Affordable Price

FLIR Systems, Inc., the world leader in infrared (IR) cameras and technology, is proud to announce the BCAM as part of their new entry-level line of infrared tools for home inspection.


Backyard Greenhouse Kits: Extend Your Gardening Season With A Backyard Greenhouse Kit

Most backyard greenhouse kits contain everything you need for a finished backyard greenhouse. All you have to do is assemble the greenhouse kit according to the detailed instructions.


Bright Ideas Aren’t Always Complicated And Expensive

A SunPipe solar light tube collects natural sunlight through a near-optic-quality lens and pipes it down a highly-polished, silver-lined tube installed in your roof.


Winter Doldrums Doomed With A Sun Pipe!

Using daylight wisely is becoming a necessity as our energy costs skyrocket using Sun pipe’s unique daylighting technology.


Energy Efficiency Projects To Prepare Your Home For Winter’s Unpredictable Energy Costs

CertainTeed provides Energy Efficiency ideas To Prepare Your Home For Winter’s Energy Costs.


Spruce Up Your Home With New Exterior House Trim From MiraTEC

MiraTEC® Treated Exterior Composite Trim is the ideal selection for new home construction and remodeling projects.


Vapor Barriers And Other Tips To Help Minimize The Risk Of Mold In Your Home

Ask your builder about the MemBrain Vapor Retarder from CertainTeed and other products that can help minimize moisture and mold growth inside wall cavities.


Natural Solar Lighting From SunPipe

Natural solar lighting from SunPipe brings natural solar light indoors while removing only a fraction of the roof insulation which a traditional skylight removes.


Energy Efficiency Tax Credits

The Home Improvement News and Information Center article library provides installation tips, how-to articles and other helpful resources for home remodeling, renovation and repair projects.


Insulation For Cathedral Ceilings

Unlike standard insulation, high performance insulation batts are designed specifically for insulating cathedral ceilings to provide greater thermal efficiency in smaller spaces while allowing room for ventilation.


Home Maintenance Checklist: Getting And Keeping Home Repairs Under Control

A professional home inspector may be able to give you the answer.


Spring Home Maintenance: After The Winter, The Repairs!!

Spring is likely to bring with it a daunting list of home repair and maintenance chores


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