Composite Shake Is the Answer for Home in British Columbia

The Siebert residence was originally built in 1991. Its original cedar shake roof was replaced with a new roof system featuring composite shakes. Photos: DaVinci Roofscapes

Myrtle Siebert grew up in the logging industry as the granddaughter of a hand logger in British Columbia, Canada. She married a man who dreamt of having his own logging company and saw that dream come true. But when it came time to replace the cedar shake roof on her own home near Victoria, she decided to go with composite shake shingles because of their durability, fire resistance, and ease of maintenance.

Siebert and her son did their homework. They visited local builder supply businesses and then struck gold when they hiredVictoria-based Custom Roofing Inc.to do the job. Siebert worked closely with Caleb Friesen, owner of Custom Roofing, to make sure she got the roof system she wanted.

“Caleb and his team confirmed what we already knew … that composite shake from DaVinci was the product for my home,” says Siebert. “I chose the style and color of the composite shakes carefully so that the new fake cedar shakes would look like the real cedar roof we had previously. Mission accomplished.”

“She definitely wanted to maintain the look and feel of the thick wood shakes that the house had on it previously,” Friesen notes. “The idea of longevity and consistent appearance truly appealed to this homeowner. The selection of Bellaforté Shake in the Tahoe color blend really complements the design of this house.”

Photos: DaVinci Roofscapes

Made of pure virgin resin, UV and thermal stabilizers plus a highly-specialized fire retardant, Bellaforté products are created to resemble natural slate and shake products. The composite roofs are designed to resist fading, rotting, cracking and pests, plus high winds, hail and fire. The realistic-looking roofing tiles stand up to weather challenges while requiring no maintenance.

Siebert was intimately involved in the re-roofing process. “I had been directly involved in building this home back in 1991, plus several others over the years,” she says. “I love doing the planning and design work. Caleb was delightfully communicative and his team of workers was fabulous.”

Despite interruptions of pelting rain, snow obliterating the drawn lines and slippery conditions causing work stoppages, the team from Custom Roofing was careful and dedicated to the re-roofing process. “This roof gives me confidence,” Siebert says. “As much as I love wood, I no longer have to worry about maintaining a real cedar shake roof. The DaVinci composite shake is the best possible option I could find for staying as close to real wood on our roof.”

Composite Shake Shingles Offered in New Colors

DaVinci Roofscapes launches the Nature Crafted Collection DaVinci Roofscapes launches the Nature Crafted Collection of composite shake shingles, which includes three realistic, nature-inspired colors: Aged Cedar, Mossy Cedar and Black Oak. According to the manufacturer, each new color reflects different progressive aging processes found on real shake shingles. The Nature Crafted Collection is designed to capture the look of a moment and retain it for decades.

“The DaVinci Nature Crafted Collection is our most ambitious foray into color development in our company’s history,” said Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. “Our proprietary process technology enables us to recreate the natural warmth and softness of a patina previously only created by time and exposure to the elements.”

The realistic-looking colors on the composite shake tiles provide homeowners with the ability to gain the specific natural color they desire for roofing tiles without the hassles of dealing with real wood. The DaVinci shake products have a lifetime limited warranty and will not split, crack, curl or fade, according to the company. Each tile has been crafted to resist fire and impact, along with high winds, mold, algae, fungus and insects. The composite tiles come in both wavy and straight grains throughout each shake tile to achieve an authentic wood look.

Research, time and attention have been dedicated to the development of the Nature Crafted Collection to assure a unique variety of colors appealing to homeowners nationwide. “We had our teams scanning the country to identify any colors that may be missing from our current selections,” says Rosewall. “This allowed us to identify three distinct ‘aged’ cedar palettes with different tones. In most cases when real wood has aged to the point where these beautiful patinas appear, the cedar itself begins to deteriorate as a roofing material. We have captured those natural colors and married them up with our composite shakes to offer long-term performance without the worry of failing roof materials.”

The new Aged Cedar color reflects a burnt reddish cedar tone. This color is generally found when there’s a transition from a new cedar shake roof into the weathered deeper tone. Mossy Cedar features a damp, greenish character. While in real cedar this is achieved by moss and lichen that are not good for the longevity of the roof, the color is one that people desire for their natural-looking shake roofs. The Mossy Cedar color captures that tone while taking away worries about the durability of the roof.

Finally, the new Black Oak color reminds people of natural cedar shingles that have been saturated with moisture and mold for many years. The color tells the story of dark, aged cedar on a home. Some people love this color, but the decaying natural cedar truly is not practical for a roof. Now, by recreating the mature, almost black bark coloring, homeowners have the mature-looking cedar color they want but with the durability of a composite shake.

“People who truly appreciate the natural aesthetic that comes with the aging of a cedar shake tile will find the new colors in the Nature Crafted Collection very realistic,” said Rosewall. “The hues and tones replicated on these tiles are ‘consistently inconsistent’ … much like Mother Nature makes them. The colors in the collection allow people to have the look and character of naturally aged cedar roofs but with the performance features that are missing in the real cedar product.”

The Nature Crafted Collection is available on all DaVinci Multi-Width and Single-Width Shake composite roofing tiles.

For more information, visit www.davinciroofscapes.com.