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See How a New Roof Can Change Your Home

by Kathy Ziprik, Staff Writer

Just in time for National Curb Appeal Month in August, DaVinci Roofscapes has introduced a new Top Down Color™ visualizer. The free online tool makes it easy for you to see how the exterior of your home can be changed and enhanced.

As you're considering roofing materials for your home, it's simple to upload a picture of your home or use one of the images in the visualizer's online gallery. Either way, you can swiftly see how different roofing colors and products can enhance your home's curb appeal. Images can be saved to an online account, posted on Facebook or Pinterest or easily shared in a tweet.

DaVinci Roofscapes Bellaforte Shake

With the appearance of aged cedar shakes, Multi-Width Shake roofing in Mountain is a beautiful complement to any home with natural, wooded surroundings. Try the Top Down Color™ visualizer to find the best look for your house!

"The great thing is that the Top Down Color visualizer doesn't stop at showing you simply what different roofs can look like on your home," says Wendy Bruch with DaVinci Roofscapes. "You also get to make changes and see different sidings and colors for entry doors, windows and trim."

Available here, the "roof to ground product and color selector" offers a fast way to visualize how different colors and products can enhance a home's curb appeal.

"Having thousands of colors and a wide variety of product selections at your fingertips with this free online tool provides an exciting view at how your home could look with modifications," says Kate Smith, chief color maven with Sensational Color. "This is a 'must use' tool for all homeowners selecting products and colors for a new home or thinking of making exterior upgrades to an existing home."

DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate

Perhaps you're looking for a classic look like this one created with a Slate Gray Multi-Width Slate roof on top? There are many shades of gray to consider, so try them all to find the perfect one!

Fast and simple to use, the Top Down Color visualizer starts by offering the option of uploading your own home exterior image or using one of 10 home styles supplied in the gallery of images. After selecting the desired home exterior there are five options for making changes to the home exterior—from the roof down to the front door. Steps for the options include:

- Step 1: Select a roof style and color from synthetic slate and shake tile options available from DaVinci Roofscapes.

- Step 2: Select different exterior options, such as siding, brick, stone or a painted finish to the home.

- Step 3: Select a color for the house trim, including brackets, millwork and shutters.

- Step 4: Select a color for the front door.

- Step 5: Select a color for the trim on the windows.

Thousands of paint color choices from Benjamin Moore® and Sherwin-Williams® are available to try on the visualizer. The multitude of colors can be found in the categories related to selecting the home exterior, house trim, front door and window trim.

"The ability to create dozens of different exterior color palettes and configurations puts design flexibility at the user's fingertips," says Bruch. "This tool showcases how the vast array of colorful DaVinci composite shake and slate roofs work with color schemes and textures.

"Whether you're uploading a picture of your own home to see how a new exterior color combination will look, or using one of our pre-loaded home styles, you'll be able to quickly distinguish how color from the 'top down' on your house can add tremendously to your home's curb appeal."

DaVinci Roofscapes Bellaforte Slate

If you're looking for a gray roof with a little extra oomph, consider the European-VariBlend, shown here on Bellaforté Slate tiles. With a mix of subtle warm and cool colors, it appeals to many homeowners.

According to Smith, the tool serves as a valuable resource to anyone building or remodeling a home. "Imagine how easy it would be for a homeowner to view and decide on elements of their exterior and then immediately share those choices online with the architect and contractor," says Smith. "Whether making one modification to a home exterior or embracing a full remodel, this tool is a lifesaver!"

"It's actually quite fun to dream a bit using this online tool," says Smith. "If you've ever wondered what your home would look like with a new slate roof, different colored or textured siding, or perhaps a bright new front door, this is the way to do it!

"This tool provides a 'no risk' way of seeing how changes to the front of your home can make your exterior either stand out from or blend in with other homes in your area."