Composite Shake Tiles Top the Manor House at The Mankowski Homes

In 1955, Winifred Stuart Mankowski did something quite wonderful. As a result of her gratitude and appreciation for Christian Science nurses and practitioners, she formed a foundation dedicated to providing housing for these retired and semi-retired church workers. Her goal was to provide “comfort and quiet dignity” to those who had professionally served the Christian Science church.

Now, almost 65 years later, her dream flourishes at The Mankowski Homes, a retirement community spanning 40 homes across six acres in Azusa, CA.

The centerpiece of Mankowski Homes is the stately Manor House, a nearly century-old structure that houses offices, mailboxes, and amenities for residents… and has a roof in serious need of updating.

The Manor House in the process of getting brand-new multi-width shake tiles

Finding the Right Roofing Product

The Manor House’s real shake shingles have added charm to the Tudor-style house for many years. However, with the constant maintenance of the aging shake shingles, the foundation decided to make a change.

“Our Board sought out a roofing product that would have a long lifespan,” says Robin Banko, executive director of The Mankowski Homes. “We need it to be lightweight and also complement the look of our Manor House structure.”

West Coast Precision Roofing stepped in to help with the product selection. Their strongest recommendation: DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake roofing tiles in an Aged Cedar color.

“We felt that the composite shake product and the Aged Cedar color represented the most realistic look that real shakes would have to a classic-looking architectural building like ours,” says Banko. “In addition, the fire and wind resistancy are definitely a plus for this product.”

West Coast Precision Roofing stepped in to help with the product selection. Their strongest recommendation: DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roofing tiles in an Aged Cedar color.

“We felt that the composite shake product and the Aged Cedar color represented the most realistic look that real shakes would have to a classic-looking architectural building like ours,” says Banko. “In addition, the fire- and wind-resistancy are definitely a plus for this product.”

Nature-Inspired Roofing Tiles

The Aged Cedar tiles selected for the Manor House are part of the Nature Crafted Collection from DaVinci. The color reflects a burnt reddish cedar tone. Nature-inspired colors in the collection reflect different progressing age processes found on real shake shingles. Other colors include Mossy Cedar and Black Oak.Another view of the multi-width shake tiles atop the Manor House

For the caretakers of the Manor House, the DaVinci Shake tiles provide the specific natural color they desired without the hassles of dealing with real wood. The DaVinci shake products have a lifetime limited warranty and will not split, crack, or curl.

Each DaVinci tile has been crafted to resist high winds, mold, algae, fungus and insects, making them easy to maintain at The Mankowski Homes.