A Tale of Two Coasts

From coast-to-coast … and in every state in between … contractors are relying on DaVinci Roofscapes lightweight roofing materials to “top off” both residential and commercial structures.

Polymer ShakeOn the East Coast, Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant on the Outer Banks of North Carolina needed a sturdy roof to combat hurricane-force weather conditions, moisture, sea spray and potential rot.

Roofing installer Rex Simpson installed 150 squares of DaVinci synthetic shake atop the restaurant that seats 400 people. “These shakes completely replicate cedar shake roofing, but without the negative aspects that real wood shakes bring to a job,” says Simpson, general manager of Gallop Roofing & Remodeling in Wanchese, N.C.

“You can’t just throw anything up a roof and hope it will work — especially not in coastal areas. I believe this roof works perfectly because of its anticipated long life span, low maintenance needs for the restaurant owners and the product testing results. This DaVinci roof is Class 4 impact rated, Class A fire rated and tested for high wind endurance. It’s darned hard to beat those qualifications in a roof!”

On the West Coast, Mike and Andrea Boone knew it was time to replace their old wooden cedar shake roof when their insurance company threatened to cancel their homeowner insurance due to concerns over potential wildfire spread.

Polymer SlateThe Boones turned to Jerry Shaw, the trusted designer who had previously created a home for the couple. Shaw embraced the roofing specification challenge and introduced the Boones to polymer roof tiles from DaVinci that resist fire, impact, moisture and insects — all potential problems for a California coastal home.

After selecting the composite roofing product,  the Boones next had to decide on the color of their new designer roof. “The wide assortment of color combinations was an important element in our decision to use the DaVinci product,” says Shaw. “The ability to combine colors to achieve a custom color for this roof was a prime factor for us selecting this synthetic roofing material.”

For more stories that address lightweight roofing systems for coastal projects, see The Roof Is On Fire! NOT! and California Roof Shake Up.