Cedar shakes became the roofing product of choice during the colonial period and maintained this role until the 1980s when asphalt really came into their own. Shake Guys is one of the few roofing contractors left that specializes in this medium. To be clear – we love and promote cedar shake wholeheartedly. However, we know that longevity concerns, environmental issues, and visual aesthetics play a part in the shrinking number of shake roofs.
Shake Guys offers the most renowned environmentally friendly composite shake roofing to its clients throughout the greater Chicago area (Lake Forest, Kildeer, Lake Zurich, Barrington, etc.).
How do you know that a composite cedar shake is for you?
- “Synthetic” doesn’t bother you
- You want a shake roof that maintains a certain color
- You don’t want as much upkeep
- You don’t mind the appearance being different upon closer inspection
- You want a limited lifetime warranty on your roof
- You want to spend a little less than you would with natural cedar
- You need a roofing solution that repels moss, algae, and lichens
- You want to use a product that is 100% recyclable
Our Product of Choice – DaVinci Roofscapes
DaVinci has created a line of polymer based composite cedar shake tiles that offer all of the natural, rustic beauty of real cedar shingles – but without any of the natural drawbacks of real wood. Through a state-of-the-art polymer chemistry, DaVinci has developed a shake shingle that offers a durability never before seen in a wood shingle. The appearance of these shingles is that of a sophisticated, natural cedar product in both hand-split and machine-sawn varieties.
These lightweight shingles are:
- Impervious to freeze/thaw cycles
- Impact resistant (large hail, medium sized tree-limbs)
- Maintenance free
- Color fade resistant
- Class A fire rated (with specified underlayments)
- Wind resistant to 110 mph
- 100% Recyclable
These composite cedar shakes are reminiscent of the natural deep grained texture and surfacing of handmade premium shake. DaVinci shake is so natural in appearance that your neighbors may never guess it is artificial.
The DaVinci Fancy Shake is a line of polymer shake roof tiles that provide a refined re-sawn cedar shingle appearance. The DaVinci Cedar Shakes are beautiful and long-lasting composite shake shingles available in Single-Width and Multi-Width varieties. The Bellaforté Shake line features a jumbo shake look and is self-aligning for quick placement and installation. There is a full-spectrum of authentic cedar colors to choose from, as well as a number of pre-designed roofscape blends – each virtually maintenance free and backed by a Lifetime Limited Material Warranty.
With beautiful varieties to choose from, high durability, and easy installation, DaVinci composite shake shingles are always a striking accent to your home. See for yourself…
This 12” polymer shake tile replicates hand-split jumbo cedar shakes with its slash grain edge and staggered lengths. Shake Guys prefer this product line for its durability, competitive pricing, and look. We have not found a better synthetic cedar shake on the market but we are searching.
For those who appreciate the look of a natural shake, these hand-split polymer cedar shakes offer a natural wood shingle appearance. Shake Guys typically install real shake roofs that this line seeks to mimic. We think it looks fantastic from average distances but upon close inspection it’s not as convincing as the Bellaforté Shake
An elegant, cost-effective single-width shake option replicating natural cedar shakes. Single-Width Shake offers beauty and durability, while installing fast and easy. As you can see, these are fantastic but one can see the difference a bit more.
This line seeks to mimic the look of machine-sawn cedar shakes and cedar shingles versus the hand split look that the other three lines have. Each Fancy Shake cedar tile blend is formulated from different wood tones creating a natural variance in color, enhancing the realistic appearance and blending beautifully with its surroundings.