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The Cedar Shake roof… it is the classic Colorado look. Beautiful and natural, just like Colorado itself. Millions of cedar shake shingles were installed in Colorado over the decades. As time wore on, the natural wood shingles wore out.
Colorado is DRY, very dry and not good for natural exposed wood. Thirty years ago, the cedar wood shingles were being cut from old-growth timber. Thick and wide, these premium cedar shingles could handle heavy storms and searing dry heat. But this came at a steep cost to our environment. Eventually, the old-growth trees became too rare and expensive, so they started to cut newer thinner trees. The shakes got thinner and skinnier too. Not a good shake for Colorado.
During this same time, the alarm about deforestation and destroying old-growth trees made the public say, “No thanks!”.
The “New” Shake Roof
So here we are today. People still love the look of the classic magnificent cedar shake but do not want to cut down a 1000 year old Washington Red Cedar to get it. So manufacturers of artificial “cedar shake” have been developing and improving synthetic shake roof options now for decades. This technology has come a long way. It looks great now!
There are several manufacturers that use varying methods and materials. You may have heard of some of these.
Composite Shingles by Davinci Roofscapes
Composite shingles are made from a combination of plastic and natural material. These are super durable and have the thickness and architectural aesthetic people want. You will see this material used on many larger homes in Colorado.
Stone Coated Steel by Decra
This option was actually developed around World War II as a solution to inhibit rust on armored vehicles and machines. It involves shaping a metal sheet to copy the shape of shake or slate. The metal is then coated with a crushed stone and adhesive mixture to give it a stone-like appearance. Super durable and a great look as well.
Comparing Prices for Roofing Options
If you would like to do some research on pricing various roofing options, a great website to check out is called RoofingCalc.com. Here you will find a bunch of different calculators and information on roofing materials, installations and more.
Davinci Roofscapes is a manufacturer of composite roofing shingles that look like real shake or real slate. The look is high end and you will see it installed on some of Denver’s “Estate” type homes. But you will also see it installed on homes of more modest size or even multi-family buildings as well. The product is actually really beautiful and comes with many benefits for a long term roofing solution in Colorado.
As we all know, we get hail. We get hail every year. Hail kills a lot of roofs in Colorado. Asphalt shingles don’t deal with hail very well – but we keep re-covering our roofs with it because it’s cheap. Insurance companies keep paying for it – though they keep increasing the deductible. Many homeowners are looking into solutions that might get ahead of the hail cycle of violence. Products like Davinci Roofscapes offer Denver homeowners an option that is “Hail Resistant” – rated Class 4 shingles for impact resistance. This rating means the product can withstand moderate hail – much better than standard asphalt shingles. It is NOT hail proof, however.
Davinci Roofscapes is a really strong contender for those researching a hail resistant roofing solution. New Roof Plus can help you with your research. We install a lot of different products based on the need, the budget, the architectural style, and more considerations.
Composite shingles are made of plastic as the base material. The technology behind a plastic shingle has improved dramatically over recent years. Fading issues of the past are resolved. Warranty options are very compelling. And they are offering the product in more color options to match various design requirements.
As a Denver installer of Davinci Roofscapes, we recommend this solution often. The benefits are many – from durability, curb appeal, fire resistance, hail resistance, wind resistance and more. Call us to learn more. We would be glad to help guide you with your research.