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Staggered Installation of DaVinci Multi-Width Slate

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

DaVinci Roofscapes can be installed in a straight course or a staggered pattern. In the house to the right we used a staggered pattern with multi-width slate. The resulting look replicates that of natural slate without the added weight to the roof.

The multi-width slate selected for this home comes in 6,7,9,10, and 12 inch widths and can be installed at 6,7, and up to 8 inch exposure. The exposure, or amount of overlap used during the installation, affects the amount of material needed to cover the roof surface.

DaVinci Roofscapes are primarily used on homes with a steep roof. With a high pitch roof the details in the materials can be appreciated from ground level. Without the steepness of a roof, the DaVinci Roofscapes would not be visible from below and in my opinion would not justify the cost of the material.

When comparing bids for DaVinci Roofscapes from local roofing contractors, it is important to take note of the installation method, material, and exposure being used. It is recommended that a client choose whether they prefer a straight or staggered installation. A staggered installation typically requires more material.

For materials, DaVinci manufactures three slate products: the multi-width option pictured to the right, a single width product, and the slightly more economical Bellaforte. Finally, if the client is interested in a staggered installation, they should pay attention to the exposure being used for the materials installation, as it will also affect price. Once these options are considered quotes between local contractors can be accurately compared.

On a finished project, a staggered installation recreates the more natural appearance of slate. A low profile ventilation system, such as the O'hagin vent pictured to the right, also provides a cleaner look. Learn more about DaVinci by calling us for an estimate.

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