Mansard “Sails” of Simulated Shake Roofing

Here's a riddle for you. When does a roof not look like a roof? The answer … when it's a mansard roof application!

Mansard roofs run vertically instead of horizontally. While they could be confused for siding on a structure, they're really an extension of the roof … just in an "up and down" fashion.

Fake Cedar ShakeAt DaVinci Roofscapes we've seen our polymer shake and simulated slate roofing product used on several unique mansard applications over the years on college dormitories, restaurants and other applications. (See Towering DaVinci Roofs at SUNY). The latest project is a unique house being created in upstate New York.

The "Suplina Home" was designed by architect Andrew Geller fifty years ago. His granddaughter Nancy and her husband Andrew are building the home (with some up-to-code changes) to mark the golden anniversary of the design.

The house was inspired by a sailboat, so one of the design features is mansard-type roofing applications.

"After thoroughly investigating current roofing materials on the market, we feel that the DaVinci cedar shakes (outside of real cedar) are the only material her grandfather would have approved of and actually embraced for this design," says Scott Adams. "Geller was as much an artist as he was a designer and architect, so we can't help but think he'd approve of a product named DaVinci!"

The Autumn blend of DaVinci Single-Width composite shake tiles are now being installed in the mansard application — and on the roof — of this unique home. Stay tuned for updates on the Suplina Home and more pictures as we share with you this exciting home design using our synthetic shake roofing!