Composite Roofing Ideal Solution for Historic Homes

If you’ve got an older home, you know there’s more to worry about than just the occasional creaking of old pipes. Making changes to historic homes — especially to roofs — can bring on headaches.

Constructed in 1889, Scot Steele’s home recently needed a replacement for its old black asphalt roof. To help return the home to its original look, Steele invested in a DaVinci Single-Width Slate roof in Smokey Gray.

“I love the way the composite slate roof looks and have already recommended this roofing to others,” says Steele. “People see it from the street and they can’t believe it’s not real slate!”

Farewell Real Cedar

For the Gilbert family, roofing headaches started when they were faced with replacing the cedar shakes on their historic 1929 cabin in Nevada.

“Cedar shake roofs are no longer allowed in the Tahoe Basin as they are prone to fire,” says Tim Gilbert. “We wanted a roof that looked like cedar shake to complement the rustic architecture of the cabins since the roof is a major focal point of exterior design.”

To solve this challenge the Gilberts relied on a fire-resistant composite shake roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.

“DaVinci was the answer to our design concerns and fire prevention requirements,” says Gilbert. “We’re very pleased with our selection of DaVinci and the Tahoe color blend. It looks like real cedar and fits into the environment nicely.”

New Roof for Old House

Reality and budget considerations helped homeowner Robert Ramsay to select DaVinci’s composite shakes for his 100-year-old farm house.

“New hand-split shakes were not an option due to their high price,” says Ramsay. “Plus, wind-blown fire ignition on roofs has become an issue in our part of the world with wildfires. That left me researching options on the Internet.”

What Ramsay found was the appeal of authentic-looking simulated cedar shake tiles from DaVinci. With a Class A fire rating, the Bellaforté Shake tiles installed on his home resist fire along with impact, high winds, algae and moss growth, and insect infestations. At an average thickness of one-inch, the Bellaforté Shakes reminded Ramsay of the original jumbo barn shakes previously on his roof.

“Our whole purpose was to preserve the appearance of our nonagenarian farmhouse,” says Ramsay. “The DaVinci product was an excellent match.”

Composite Slate Shingles Save the Day

Mill hall roof scape-12When Doug and Shanan Miller decided to do a complete renovation of their 1930 home they brought in Jeff Stimpson Contracting Corp to fulfill their vision.

“These homeowners wanted to update and upgrade their 6,000-square-foot home while still preserving the historic nature of the property,” says Mike Stimpson. “The old slate roof on the Tudor-style home was leaking into the house when the renovation began.”

Rather than repair the heavy natural slate, the homeowners selected DaVinci Multi-Width Slate in Aberdeen featuring a blend of five colors: Dark Gray, Light Brown, Dark Purple, Green Stone and Dark Stone.

“The DaVinci composite slate shingles were chosen for a number of reasons,” says Stimpson. “First of all, the quality of the product. Second, the appearance. We felt this simulated slate shingle closely matched the original slate roof.”

According to homeowner Doug Miller, the DaVinci product exceeded their expectations. “It was very important to us to have a roofing product that resembled the original slate on the home when we purchased it,” says Miller. “We wanted to keep the look and character of the house the same.

“We’re very pleased with the appearance of the simulated slate shingles. The color blend we selected has nicely accented the color of the home’s brick siding and helped pull the entire exterior renovation together.”

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