Composite Shake Roofing Tiles Replace Cedar Shingles

The Schwabs chose DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roofing tiles for their re-roofing project.

The Schwabs chose DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roofing tiles for their re-roofing project.

It can be tiring to own real cedar shake roofing. There are cedar roof shingles that need replacing from time to time due to popping or warping, and insect infestations need to be dealt with regularly.

For Dave and Jeanne Schwab, the effort of cleaning and applying shake oil to their massive cedar shake roof every five years or so eventually wore them down. They loved the look of shake on their home in Mt. Vernon, Wash., but hated the maintenance aspects.

“Our home was built in 1993, and there’s a lot of roofing involved in its design,” says Dave Schwab. “Eventually the roof really needed to be replaced. We liked how the natural cedar roofing looked on the house, but when we went shopping for a new roof we wanted a cedar shake alternative.”

THE RE-ROOFING PROJECT

The Schwabs discovered DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roofing tiles and were sold. “The authentic appearance of the DaVinci fake cedar shake sold us right away,” says Schwab.

“Then you add in the Class A Fire Rating, the impact resistance and the lifetime limited warranty and it was easy to make our decision.”

The large roof on the Schwab home is broken up visually by seven skylights and the addition of decorative European-designed ridge vents. The DaVinci Multi-Width roof, in the Mountain blend, now covers the home and attached three-car garage.

The house was re-roofed in 2015. “Every time I pull up to the house I still get a ‘wow’ experience,” says Schwab. “The color is perfect for our home. It looks so natural, yet we know we’ll never again have to spend another hour maintaining this roof. That’s the real joy of selecting synthetic shake shingles.”

The DaVinci Multi-Width roof, in Mountain Blend, covers the home and attached three-car garage.

The DaVinci Multi-Width roof, in Mountain Blend, covers the home and attached three-car garage.

THE SEQUEL

The Schwabs were inspired to build an outdoor shed by the cover of an old issue of Country Living magazine. “When we saw this potting shed on the magazine cover in 2002, we knew the style matched our home perfectly,” says Dave Schwab. “We purchased the plans from the magazine and constructed it in 2004 to hold our snow blower, bicycles, lawn mower and gardening tools.”

In 2016, the real shake shingles on the shed needed replacing, and the Schwabs knew exactly what they wanted to do.

“It was very exciting to complete this DIY project a decade ago,” Jeanne Schwab says. “We wired it with electricity, and added insulation and pine tongue and groove. For the floor, we put in a black and white checkered vinyl. Now, up on the roof we’ve replaced the shake and added DaVinci simulated shake roofing that matches our home. We even used it on top of the cupola.”

“Now we have two structures on our property with unified looks,” says Dave Schwab. “Having the potting shed completed gives us a great deal of satisfaction … and we’re sure the new DaVinci roof will serve us well for many years to come.”

Roof Materials

Roof System Manufacturer: DaVinci Roofscapes

Shake Roofing Is Maintenance-free

Inspire Roofing Products’ Arcella Shake

Inspire Roofing Products’ Arcella Shake

Inspire Roofing Products’ Arcella Shake is changing the concept of shake roof architecture. Carrying a limited lifetime warranty, it combines optimum fire protection with no maintenance ever being required.

The Inspire Arcella Shake Roofing System carries a Class A fire rating, meaning it’s tested in accordance with Underwriters Laboratories’ “severe” fire exposure testing. In comparison, much wood shake roofing carries no fire rating at all. Many municipalities prohibit wooden roofs because of inherent fire risk. For communities that require Class A roofing or that deal with arid conditions, high wind and the combustible fuel of crackly brush, Inspire’s composite engineering offers a complete solution. Inspire removes fuel from potential fires with protection that could mean the difference in a roof and home surviving flying embers versus succumbing to them in flames.

According the U.S.D.A.’s Forest Products Laboratory, failure from decay in natural wood shake can occur in less than 10 years. But with Inspire’s line of genuine cedar colors, homeowners capture the look and texture of gorgeous cedar for as long as they own their home.

Inspire Arcella Shake is available in four rich colors that characterize nature’s warmth. Aged Cedar, New Cedar, Cedar Brown and Weathered Grey deliver handsome charm to complete a home’s classic look. Within each genuine color selection, two or three delicate shade variations deliver both a unified color field and unique authenticity. By comparison, other manufacturers’ synthetic shake has variations that veer further from a main color, perpetuating a mottled roof and calling authenticity into question.

To enhance the natural, handcrafted look, Inspire features a mix of 10-, 7 1/2- and 5-inch shake widths. Each Arcella Shake color selection is factory-sorted to deliver the ideal, ready-made proportions of shake width and nuanced color. Underlying the shakes’ authentic beauty, Inspire’s Arcella Shake’s innovative mineral filled polyolefin composition handles beastly weather; fierce wind-driven rain, Class 4 hail impact, sea-spray and 110 mph winds. Durability combines with meticulous realism reflecting hand-split cedar wood. By exactly mirroring nature’s texture, Inspire Arcella Shake produces deep dimension, long wood grain striations and wondrous interplays of light and shadow. All the attraction of shake roofing is delivered with significantly lower investments in money and time.

Since it is virtually maintenance-free, Inspire relieves homeowners from chores that risk safety. They don’t have to get the ladder out and scale the roof to perform work at dangerous heights, or hire someone. Inspire’s impermeability and toughness deliver valuable protection for coastal homes, standing up to extreme storms and years of saltwater-laden gusts. Its InFlex cambered design means fasteners hold the shakes snugly to the roof. Locking tabs provide easy installation and also protect against wind-driven rain, preventing water penetration for a structurally-sound roof.

Inspire Arcella Shake’s durability also makes it the sustainable cedar alternative. There’s no forced reliance on chemical treatments that need to be repeated every several years for wood shakes that could themselves need replacement in less than 20 years.