Architect Finds DaVinci Polymer Shake Roof Ideal for Coastal Setting

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Salt air, sea spray, fog and high humidity are just some of the coastal conditions architect David Schultz had to consider when recently redesigning a three-story New England Cottage style home for a client in Cape May, New Jersey. To top off the 8,000-square foot custom home, Schultz specified weather-resistant shake polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

“The composite material of the DaVinci tiles holds up to the harsh ocean climate, which is exactly what the owner wanted for his home,” says Schultz, principal architect at DAS Architects Inc. out of Philadelphia. “These multi-width shake roofing tiles are both realistic-looking and durable. They look just like natural cedar shake shingles, which was the design style the homeowner desired for this house.”

The custom beachfront home includes decorative architectural elements such as large covered porches, open decks, a lighthouse skylight, a widow’s walk, facade vents and large windows to capture ocean views. The dwelling itself features subtle curved edges to complement styles found in New England.

Screen Shot 2018-09-27 at 10.24.34 AM

“We used DaVinci’s solid shake accessory shingles that match their roofing product line to achieve curved roof lines that we had installed along exposed roof edges,” says Schultz. “This product is impact-resistant so we know it will help protect the home from severe weather. It also has a 50-year limited warranty that gave us even more confidence in specifying this product for the roof.

“Overall, the product’s ability to stand up to the harsh ocean climate, the Weathered Gray color we selected for the roof and the realistic appearance that resembles an aged cedar shake roof all combined to make this the perfect selection for this home.”

DAS Architects is an award-winning firm offering full-service architecture, interior design, procurement and project management services. The firm specializes in hospitality, retail, corporate and residential design projects. Visit for more information.

The Multi-Width Shake roofing products specified by DAS Architects are Class 4 impact rated and have been rated Class A for fire retardance. The roofing materials have also achieved the highest ratings for straight line wind testing at 110 mph and have passed testing for extreme weather conditions.

DaVinci shake roofing tiles feature both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths on the tiles help create a natural, non-repeating look that can be laid in a straight or staggered pattern. The tiles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects, making them ideal for installation in a wide variety of geographic areas.

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 National Roofing Contractors Association, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council. For additional information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit our website.