Horizon Pass Lodge Proactively Removes Real Cedar Shakes

Better safe than sorry. That’s the thought process the owners at Horizon Pass Lodge in Bachelor Gulch, Colorado, had when deciding to replace the real cedar shakes on their 30 condo units with fire-resistant synthetic shake. While the shakes were still in fair condition, they were a fire liability. Plus, gaining insurance on the massive real wood shake roof was becoming a problem.

That’s when the owners approached Jamie Pappas, President of Borne Consulting. They asked Pappas to review alternative roofing options and obtain competitive bids for the project.

Horizon Pass Lodge chose proactive safety when it traded real cedar shake for fire-resistant synthetic shake from DaVinci. “Based on my experiences with reroofing projects throughout Colorado, the DaVinci Roofscapes product has held up as one of the best options,” says Pappas. “I’ve seen other composite roofing products fail. However, DaVinci’s multi-width product is really good. We’ve worked on numerous projects over the years for resort communities on the western slope of Colorado. Our team believes the DaVinci Multi-Width Shake (and slate tile) product holds up the best in this snow country environment.”

Made of virgin resins, UV and thermal stabilizers, along with a highly-specialized fire retardant, all DaVinci products have a Class A fire rating. The low-maintenance products resist fading, cupping, curling, cracking and splitting. They also resist insects, algae growth and fungus.

Choosing a Roofer

After issuing the Request for Proposal (RFP), the Borne Consulting team selected Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc. for the Horizon Pass Lodge project. The Louisville, Colorado based roofing company has a long history of successful DaVinci project installations, including the Highlands Slopeside condo community, Denver West office park and Elk Track town homes.

The fire-resistant synthetic shake installed at Horizon Pass Lodge dramatically reduces risk from wildfires and flame spread.

For the Horizon Pass project, DaVinci Multi-Width Shake was chosen. To complement the Rocky Mountain setting, the Tahoe color was recommended. Arapahoe Roofing also installed new copper gutters and downspouts, along with replacing old heat tape.

“The roof pitch made this an extremely challenging job,” says Mark Bellitt with Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. “Access was very difficult. There were only two access points on the 500-square re-roof project. We used a 90-ton crane and a very large amount of roof jacks. Our safety system was incredibly important due to the extreme heights and the 15/12 roof slopes.”

Protection from Snow Slides

In addition to the fire-resistant synthetic shake roofing, the Arapahoe team was tasked with installing a variety of snow retention systems. Rocky Mountain Snow Guards supplied more than 10,000 metal Rocky Guard RG16 Snow Guards in Dark Bronze for the project. They were installed in the very effective “soldier row” patterns.

The roofing company also installed 1,700 linear feet of NoFlash III – 3 pipe aluminum snow fence systems. This was installed above all sensitive areas at the eave. Additional snow fences were added to supplement the eave snow fences on long eave-to-peak sections. This particular system was chosen because it can be attached to the roof deck and does not require additional flashing to keep the system watertight.

10-Week Super Job

As the project progressed, Borne Consulting was onsite to oversee installation of both the DaVinci Roofscapes fire-resistant synthetic shake and Rocky Mountain Snow Guards products.

“The Arapahoe Roofing team adhered to every aspect of the project specifications,” says Pappas. “They stayed on schedule and on budget. Safety was a primary concern for them, both for their workers and for the residents of the community.”

Hallie Schiff, Manager of the Homeowners Association for Horizon Pass Lodge, was also pleased with the work. “I feel the roofing crew did a spectacular job,” says Schiff. “Our roof is very challenging. It has steep pitches. This was a team of professionals working at their highest levels.

“Watching the team it was truly an art form. It’s clear they took pride in their craft and worked hard. We received multiple comments from our homeowners regarding their efficiency and the way their team worked to complete the project. Our team and the homeowners were pleased with the process from start to finish.

“Our new DaVinci roof has brought us all peace of mind. Having a Class A roof means we don’t have to worry as much about wildfires and flame spread. It also adds to the overall beauty of our community. The product warranty is terrific and we simply couldn’t be happier with the final results of this project.”

2022 Project of the Year

Project of the Year 2022 logo

The superior work done on this reroofing project earned it the designation of a DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor 2022 Project of the Year. Just seven projects nationwide were awarded this honor.

Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc. has been in business since 1967. The company is licensed, bonded and insured in Colorado, California, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Kentucky.