Inspiration From Neighbor’s Synthetic Shake Roof

Since imitation is the finest form of flattery, homeowner Basil Franey has no problem admitting that he was influenced in his decision to install synthetic shake shingles on his home by his neighbor. His friend also re-roofed his home a few years ago with the same synthetic shake shingles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

“My real cedar roof was deteriorating due to age, sunlight exposure and our weather conditions,” says Franey, a homeowner in Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. “We’re right on the Salish Sea here. We get a good amount of salt air on our homes. Plus, we have very rainy weather throughout the winter months. As a result our roofs need to handle some extreme conditions.”

DaVinci shake composite roof

Often described as the “jewel of the Southern Gulf Islands,” Salt Spring Island is nestled against the east side of Vancouver Island. The island boasts more than 10,000 residents, plus several thousand sheep and a sizeable deer population.

“I’ve owned this home for 23 years and love the area,” says Franey. “During my time here I’ve added on and enlarged the property. It’s now a 5,500-square-foot structure. With the overhangs and soffits, the total area of the new DaVinci Shake roof is about 8,800 square feet.”

Trend Towards Synthetic Shake

The team at Custom Roofing was up for the task of reroofing Franey’s sprawling homestead. After all, they handled the re-roofing of his neighbor’s home, plus several others on the island. In just the past four years the crew has installed 16 DaVinci roofs in the area.

“The house near Basil’s was the first DaVinci installation we did back in September of 2014,” says Caleb Friesen, owner and president of Custom Roofing. “Since that time synthetic shake roofing has grown dramatically in popularity in this area.

“The ability of DaVinci roofing to withstand our challenging weather conditions makes it a winner for homeowners here in British Columbia.

“The longevity, appearance and low maintenance aspects of the DaVinci roofing product are all features desired by homeowners. There’s not a month that goes by when we’re not asked by a potential customer about the features and benefits of synthetic shake roofing. We’re happy to point them to the many success stories in the area — including Basil’s beautiful new roof!”