Worn down. Worn out. Worn away. That’s the all-too-often situation with real cedar shake roofing materials on homes across America. Frustrated homeowners with cedar roofs are turning to roofers and contractors for advice.
Designed for long-term beauty with easy maintenance, composite shake roofing is the answer recommended by many building industry professionals.
“Homeowners who are fed up with real cedar shakes gravitate to ‘something better’ for their homes,” says Ethan Pleshar, owner of Naperville Exterior, Inc. out of Lockport, IL. “Real cedar shake is very difficult to get a good life out of with our Chicago weather. We offer the DaVinci Roofscapes line exclusively for composite roofing. The product is durable, long-lasting and has low maintenance.”
Roofer Ron Kim has another reason he recommends composite shake roofing to homeowners: to save them money.
“The aesthetics paired with long-term lower cost and ease of maintenance are big differentiators when talking with homeowners about composite roofing versus other alternatives,” says Kim, field representative for Liberty Restoration Group, out of Des Plaines, Ill. “Many people have experienced how quickly Mother Nature can destroy real cedar roofs.
“When they learn that the material cost of real cedar right now is higher than the cost of the Bellaforté Shake product, they step back and take notice.”
Bowing to Insurance Companies
Unfortunately, the long-hailed performance attributes of cedar shake have disappeared along with old-growth trees. Rotting, cracking and curling of real wood is inevitable.
In most climates, homeowners find that cedar shakes have a lifespan comparable to (or even less than) asphalt. Another problem with cedar shakes is that insurance companies are tending to back away from providing coverage for homes with the flammable shakes.
“We live in a high wild fire area,” says homeowner David Crockett, a resident of Los Altos Hills, CA. “Our insurance company refused to renew our homeowners insurance because we had thick wood cedar shake shingles on our home. That’s when we went searching for an alternative product and found fire-resistant, composite shake from DaVinci.”
Farewell to Cedar Shakes
Coast to coast, real cedar shakes are being rejected by insurance companies for a variety of reasons. In Florida, the townhome community of Chelsea II at Jacaranda is about a dozen miles from the ocean. But that’s still close enough for salt air, humidity and high winds to play havoc with the real cedar roofing tiles on the 24 buildings in the community.
“We could no longer get insurance companies to bid on our association because of the cedar shakes over our 96 units,” says Carol Sachs, president of the board and a resident at Chelsea II. “In order not to pay $150,000 for insurance we were forced to go with an unadmitted insurance company. That spurred us to action. The new composite shake roof started going up quickly.
“We selected the Bellaforté Shake in a Mountain VariBlend color because it’s an almost exact match to our existing roof. Homeowners here love the new composite shake roofing tiles. We can all breathe a bit easier now with these roofing tiles overhead.”
Built in the late 1980s, Maurice O’Meara’s duplex home in Vail, CO has seen its share of winter storms. Over the years, the real cedar shake roofing overhead simply wore out. That’s when he started researching composite roofing.
“It’s really a shame that, just about the time when real cedar shakes weather to a rich-looking color, they start to fail in their job of protecting the home,” says O’Meara. “We really liked the look of the cedar shakes on the house. But, our weather conditions truly took their toll on the real wood shakes.”
DaVinci Shake tiles are designed for years of worry-free beauty. They authentically replicate the look of natural shake materials.
Why DaVinci? The composite shakes are made of pure virgin resins, UV and thermal stabilizers plus a highly-specialized fire retardant. And, the composite products are crafted with the highest degree of color control and consistency in the manufacturing process.
Composite shake tiles from DaVinci are engineered to stand up to extreme weather conditions. Each product has a Class A fire rating and a Class 4 impact rating. These durable shakes resist fading, splintering, cracking, pests and high winds.
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