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What’s a dream home without a dream roof? One new homeowner got both when he recently purchased a one-of-a-kind lodge-type home in Canada. The newly-installed DaVinci composite shake roof perfectly accents the three-story house where David and his family will work and play for years to come.
“This structure is incredibly impressive and has a roof to match!” says David. “When I initially drove up what struck me immediately was the towering size of the glass windows. They’re 32-feet high in the great room. After that, I was impressed by how the home is framed by the massive roof.
“The roof is critical to properly anchoring and framing a house of this size and structure. One of the first things I thought was to wonder how roofers would ever get up there. Given the pitch, this could not have been an easy job!”
Jamie Bates agrees with David — it was not an easy job.
The house, located in Caledon East in Ontario, was being put on the market. The owners wanted to enhance the home’s curb appeal, therefore they decided to replace the roof. Bates and his team at AllPro Roofing Inc. were tasked with tearing off old cedar shakes and adding on composite shake.
“The real cedar shakes were beginning to deteriorate and age,” says Bates. “The owners wanted a product that replicated the existing cedar roof. However, they also wanted a roof shingle that was maintenance free with a lifetime warranty.”
That search led the previous owners to DaVinci Select Shake in a Tahoe color. Bates recommended the DaVinci product because the impact- and fire-resistant roofing tiles require little maintenance. In addition, they come with a Lifetime Limited Materials Warranty that is transferable to the new owner.
“Our Canadian seasons change quickly,” says Bates. “We have cold and snowy weather. Then it gets warm and rainy very quickly. Composite roofing has been proven to withstand this type of weather quite well.
“DaVinci Select Shake was specifically chosen for this estate property. The composite shake is the most aesthetically appealing product on the market. We install up to 10 DaVinci roofs a year. The profiles and colors available from DaVinci set this company’s product apart.”
According to Bates, there are several unique details to the massive roof. These include the rounded bell curves in the eaves, array of skylights and copper accents.
“Most obviously, the height and pitch of the roof makes this a demanding project,” says Bates. “We used an articulated boom for most of the installation.
“Removing the dry, deteriorated old cedar roofing was a challenge. It created more dust and debris than normal. In addition, there are many cuts and angles in this roof. We took our time to make this installation exceptional in every way.”
One of the aspects that took time and talent were the skylights. Several large 5- by 12-foot skylights had to be hoisted and installed on the roof. After that, the team also had to work around a side solarium with skylights.
All the roofing work took place just weeks before David saw his one-of-a-kind new home for the first time. He’d been looking for the right property for years. This home checked all the boxes.
“First of all, the out-of-city location in Caledon East is ideal,” says David, who resides in the Toronto area. “It’s not too remote, has a temperate climate, is close to amenities and has privacy.”
Then came the “wow factor.”
“Inside and out, this home is visually impressive,” says David. “The home feels like a lodge. There’s post-and-beam construction, towering fireplaces and lots of glass. Outside the grounds and pool are spectacular. There’s even a coach house on the property. That’s great for helping make it a retreat for family and friends to come visit.”
Because this is an investment in his future, David appreciates that the former owners didn’t “go cheap” with the roof replacement.
“With the DaVinci roof I believe it will look great for decades to come,” says David. “Knowing that the composite slate product will maintain its aesthetic appeal is a huge comfort.
“The DaVinci product resists mold, moss, cracking, insects and algae growth. It’s even Class 4 rated for hurricanes and up to 110 mph for high winds. This gives me great peace-of-mind. I can just enjoy the home and stay off the roof!”
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