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Is a DaVinci Roof Worth It? (Pros and Cons of Synthetic Roofing)

July 20th, 2022 | 7 min. read

Is a DaVinci Roof Worth It? (Pros and Cons of Synthetic Roofing)

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DaVinci Roofscapes is one of the top manufacturers of synthetic shingles. Because of this, DaVinci roofs are popping up in neighborhoods all around the country. 

But while it’s becoming more and more popular, a DaVinci roof won’t be the best fit for everyone. Unfortunately, the main reason for this is the price point. 

This makes homeowners question if getting a DaVinci roof is worth the investment. That’s why I want to help you determine this for yourself. 

For over 30 years, the team at Bill Ragan Roofing has helped homeowners find the right roofing material for their roof replacement. Now, I’ll give you an unbiased look at DaVinci roofing to help you figure out if it’s worth the investment. 

I start this article with the pros and cons of a DaVinci roof. After that, we’ll distill all the information and determine if getting a DaVinci roof is the right choice for you. 

The pros of DaVinci synthetic roofing

Let’s start this article with the “good” of getting a DaVinci roof. These pros all impact a homeowner’s decision-making process when trying to choose their roofing material.

As you’re going through them, determine if any of the pros are specifically important to you.

DaVinci roof shingles are eco-friendly

Just as the world becomes more aware of the impact we have on the environment, so is the roofing industry. Because of this, new roofing materials are being developed to become more environmentally conscious. 

That's why the first pro of a DaVinci synthetic roofing is the fact that it’s eco-friendly. While most synthetic shingles are made of recycled materials (rubber and plastic), DaVinci roof shingles are made out of an engineered polymer. 

According to DaVinci’s website:

“We use an engineered polymer, which is impregnated with fire retardant and the most advanced UV and thermal stabilizers available, specifically formulated for the tough conditions tiles are exposed to in all climates throughout the year. DaVinci roof tiles use only virgin resin in order to assure consistency.”

Every DaVinci roof shingle is 100% recyclable and scraps (even unused or used shingles) can be returned to Lenexa, Kansas for recycling. This makes DaVinci synthetic roofing one of the most “green” roofing materials on the market. 

DaVinci synthetic roofing boosts your home’s curb appeal

The next pro of DaVinci synthetic roofing is what it does for your home’s look. A DaVinci roof greatly increases your home’s curb appeal

This comes down to the fact that they look like a slate or cedar shake roof. What really makes this a pro is that they look pretty close to the real thing.

davinci synthetic slate roof

DaVinci slate shingles are modeled from real slate tiles and even have chisel marks to add a hand-crafted touch to make them look completely authentic.

davinci synthetic cedar shake roof

DaVinci cedar shake shingles have real grain patterns and deep grooves to create a shingle that looks just like real wood or cedar shakes.

While they look like real slate and cedar shake, you can probably tell the difference between synthetic and material it mimics if you work in the roofing industry. However, I guarantee your neighbors or anyone walking by won’t be able to tell the difference from the ground.

DaVinci synthetic roofing is durable 

One of the biggest pros of a DaVinci roof is its durability. DaVinci shingles have a Class 4 impact rating, which is the highest rating a roofing material can get. 

The high impact rating means the shingles stand up well to anything that hits your roof, even extreme weather like hail. This durability makes DaVinci shingles one of the longest-lasting roofing materials on the market. 

But lifespan isn’t the only thing when it comes to durability. Unlike natural cedar shake, you don’t have to worry about DaVinci shingles cracking, curling, or rotting, and the color won’t fade as much. 

new cedar shake compared to worn down cedar shake(The difference between a new cedar shake roof and an old one)

DaVinci slate shingles also won’t be as heavy or fragile as natural slate tiles. With all of this in mind, you should get around 40-50 years out of a DaVinci roof if it’s installed properly

The material warranty DaVinci offers on their shingles

After a new DaVinci roof is installed, you’ll have two types of warranties to protect your investment. One on your contractor’s workmanship and one from DaVinci on the roofing materials themselves.

The material warranty that DaVinci offers is the next pro on the list. All of DaVinci’s shingles come with a limited lifetime warranty and a 10-year non-prorated warranty against manufacturer defects. 

Just know that the number of non-prorated years for the lifetime warranty changes based on the type of shingle you choose. But no matter what, your DaVinci roof investment will have good protection options. 

The cons of DaVinci synthetic roofing

Just like every other roofing material, DaVinci synthetic roofing has cons. However, the cons do differ a little bit compared to other roofing materials.  

Let’s get to the cons of a DaVinci roof.

A DaVinci roof is an expensive investment

A DaVinci roof is considered a premium roof system. Because of this, it comes in at a premium price point. 

This premium price point is the biggest concern and con for homeowners considering a DaVinci roof system. Before we get the cost, just know that it’s impossible to give you an exact price because of the many factors that go into pricing out a new roof

But even though I can’t be exact, I can give you a general idea of the budget you’ll need.

You can expect the cost for a new slate or cedar shake DaVinci roof to be around $14.00-$20.00 per square foot. While this price is intimidating, a DaVinci roof usually costs less than a natural cedar shake roof and definitely costs less than a slate tile roof. 

On the other hand, a DaVinci roof will always cost more than the most expensive asphalt shingle roof. So, getting a new DaVinci roof is a large investment, no matter what. 

If you’re looking for affordability, this may not be the roofing material for you. However, you should have no problem affording a DaVinci roof if you’re seriously considering cedar shake or slate roofing. 

DaVinci synthetic roofing is a newer roofing material

This next con isn’t necessarily a big deal, but it’s still something to keep in mind when deciding if a DaVinci roof is worth it. DaVinci roofing and synthetic roofing in general are newer to the roofing industry.

So, unfortunately, there are still unknowns about them. This isn’t to say that they aren’t a good product or they won’t last as long as they should. 

Because you have to remember that DaVinci offers a limited lifetime warranty on their shingles. They wouldn’t throw away money to stand behind a product that doesn’t work. 

Even though DaVinci and synthetic roofing haven’t been around as long as other types of roofing materials, they’re becoming more and more popular. Only time will tell if the shingles are everything DaVinci says they are. 

Is a DaVinci roof worth the investment?

Now that we’re done with the pros and cons of a DaVinci roof, you’re ready to learn if it’s worth it. In my opinion, getting a new DaVinci roof is well worth the money. 

The material warranty, durability, and added curb appeal make it worth the investment. You also don’t have to worry about the downsides that come with natural cedar shake or slate tiles. 

On the other hand, I don’t recommend a DaVinci roof if you’re looking for affordability. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to determine if a DaVinci roof is worth the money. 

As long as you take what this article covers into consideration, you'll have no problem making the right decision. 

Did you determine if a DaVinci roof is right for you?

So, did you decide if a DaVinci roof is right for you? If you did, you’re ready to find a great roofing contractor to start the process. 

But what if it isn’t right for you? Or what if it is, but you don’t know how to find a reputable roofer? 

No matter which one you fall under, I have the buyer’s guide that answers both questions. The Complete Guide to Purchasing a Roof has all the pros and cons of the top residential roofing materials. 

It also helps you avoid being taken advantage of, helps you find a great roofer, how to pay for a new roof, and so much more. Get all your roof replacement questions answered by getting The Complete Guide to Purchasing a Roof. 

Since 1990, the team at Bill Ragan Roofing has provided high-quality roof replacements, including DaVinci roofing, to thousands of homeowners in Nashville and surrounding areas. No matter what type of roof you want, you can count on our workmanship and lifetime warranty to maximize your investment. 

If you’re local to Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Belle Meade, Sumner county, and surrounding Middle Tennessee areas, don’t hesitate to Contact Us today.

Here’s The Complete Guide to Purchasing a Roof so you can find the right roofing material, hire a great roofing contractor, and so much more.

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