Flying Shingles Final Straw for Homeowners

When is it time to replace a real cedar shake roof? According to homeowner Kenneth Franzese, when you keep finding cedar shakes around your home after storms.

“Every time we’d get a big wind or rain storm, we’d find cedar shakes on the ground,” says Franzese. “We felt that it just wasn’t worth putting more money into repairs.”

The house in Inverness, Illinois, is 21 years old, and so are the cedar shakes. They were looking tired and beat-up. But the “flying shakes” were the push the homeowners needed to seek out a solution.

For this homeowner, composite shake adds curb appeal and means no more stray shingles in the yard after storms.
Authentic-Looking Select Shake

While interviewing roofers, Franzese found a double win when meeting with Jason Chase of JnJ Restoration. “We appreciated Jason’s approach and experience,” says Franzese. “In addition, he brought the idea of DaVinci composite shakes to us.

“We liked the quality and useful life of the DaVinci roofing material. It looks fabulous. Much better than the old cedar shake roof!”

The Franzeses chose Select Shake for their roof. The most authentic-looking shake available from DaVinci, the composite shake is made for customized installations.

Resistant to fading, rotting, cracking and pests, Select Shake tiles are 5/8-inch thick. The pieces are available in 8- and 10-inch widths. In addition, the 10-inch pieces have a simulated keyway. This gives it the look of a 4- and 6-inch shake to create a multi-width appearance.

“The new composite roof offers us peace of mind,” says Franzese. “We love the fact that there’s less maintenance. In addition, the Lifetime Limited Materials Warranty is extremely important to us.”

Enhancing Curb Appeal with Composite Shake

To assure that the new roof adds to the curb appeal of the home, Franzese selected the Black Oak color.

The color reminds people of natural cedar shingles that have been saturated with moisture and mold for many years. Oftentimes homeowners need to wait a decade or more for decaying natural cedar to achieve this color. However, with the authentic-looking Select Shake Black Oak, homeowners have the almost black bark coloring from day one.

“The Black Oak color provides a great contrast to the lighter brick on our home,” says Franzese. “It makes the house look balanced. The roof is really a show-stopper. Everyone coming to the house notices it immediately and loves it.”

In addition to their composite shake roof adding curb appeal, the Franzese family loves their immediate savings on homeowner insurance premiums. Because the top-performing Select Shake roof is Class A fire rated and Class 4 impact rated, they’re saving about $500 a year on their premiums.

Installation Satisfaction

The homeowners are grateful to the roofing team for introducing them to DaVinci products. Also, for the top quality work done during installation of the roof.

“We had a great deal of confidence in Jason’s team and they didn’t disappoint,” says Franzese. “The crew was very conscientious about both daily and final clean-up. They worked hard to take care of our plants. Then they took extra care with improvements like the gutters and snow guards. We appreciate their dedication to the project overall.

“This roof was a smart decision in so many ways. We went from being worried about our roof whenever a storm was forecast, to thinking ‘bring it on.’ The DaVinci products have proven themselves in both durability and appearance, making our lives easier.”