Cedar Shakes Take Back Seat to Polymer Shake Tiles
KANSAS CITY, KAN. - Since 1990, more than 200 rustic log cabins have created the Stonebridge Log Home community in Todd, N.C. The 500-acre mountain community once relied on all-wood cedar shakes for the roofs on their homes — but not anymore.
Almost a decade ago the property owners association for the community adopted rules that require either polymer DaVinci Roofscapes® Shake roofing products or pre-approved wood cedar split shakes for both new construction and re-roofing projects within Stonebridge. "The push towards polymer shakes made sense due to long-term maintenance and safety concerns," says Shawn Gentry, the developer of Stonebridge. "The wood cedar roofs on our one-of-a-kind homes are vulnerable to fire, decay damage and weather conditions.
"We did our research and found that the DaVinci Shakes are an excellent alternative to real wood. They have the tile thickness we needed plus the profiles that accurately replicate real cedar. But, most importantly, they resist weathering, insects and decay. The Mountain Blend and Weathered Gray Blend colors we've specified for our community perfectly replicate real cedar shingles."
Another added benefit of the polymer shakes for homeowners at Stonebridge is the peace-of-mind that comes with having a low-maintenance roof. "Many of our homeowners don't occupy these homes during the winter months," says Gentry. "When they're away from their homes for such a long amount of time they're less likely to worry about maintenance needs on the DaVinci roof versus the natural wood shake roofs."
Up On the Roof
According to roofer Ken Bowman, who installs roofs at Stonebridge, the designation of DaVinci Shake tiles has been a true success story for the community. "We've replaced about 15 of the original wood roofs with the polymer shake products over the past several years with widespread applause from all the homeowners," says Bowman, owner of Blue Ridge Roofing. "The humid environment we have in the mountains here works against natural cedar shake, giving them a lifespan of perhaps just 20 years.
"DaVinci gives the residents the look of cedar shake, but with a much longer life span. Also, the product is not combustible and provides better protection from fire than real cedar shake. Since every home in Stonebridge has at least one fireplace that they use actively, it's not worth the gamble to keep real cedar wood shakes on a roof when the DaVinci product is available."
Each DaVinci Shake roofing tile is made of virgin resins that include fire retardants, state-of-the-art color and ultraviolet stabilizers and inorganic pigments that are safe for the environment. Each tile is completely recyclable and selecting the polymer roof tiles over wood shakes helps save trees.
DaVinci Roofscapes has manufactured award-winning synthetic slate and shake roofing since 1999. The polymer roofing tiles are virtually maintenance free and far more cost effective than the natural product. DaVinci leads the industry in tile thickness, the tile width variety and the greatest selection of subtle earth-toned colors. Company products have a 50-year limited warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. DaVinci proudly makes its products in America and is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council. For additional information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit www.davinciroofscapes.com.