Roofing tiles lend a historic look without the hassles of wood shakes (photos)
Perfectly situated with water views of Newport Bay, the Mai Kai condo community in Newport Beach, Calif. has all the benefits of waterfront living --- including the constant salt air and sea spray from the Pacific Ocean.
So, when the real wood shake shingles on the 34 units deteriorated over time, the homeowner’s association decided to replace them with polymer shake roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.
"Our research and the recommendation of a design consultant led us to the DaVinci product for its appearance, durability and maintenance," said John Adler, a member of the Mai-Kai condo board of directors. "We needed a material that could be walked on by various trades people who would need access to the roof in the future. The strength of the product really impressed us and helped influence our decision."
"These are lightweight, weather-resistant shakes that truly mimic the look of real cedar," said Hogan Hammarstrom, president and founder of Absolut Roofing, Inc. in Fountain Valley, Calif. "We’ve installed DaVinci roofing products in the past with great success. The product is very durable and installs very easily without breakage."
Originally built in the early 1960's, the Mai Kai condos are in the prestigious Corona Del Mar area of Newport Beach and each unit sells for between two and three million dollars. The homeowners' association board selected the DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roofing tiles in a Mountain blend of colors, including light, medium and dark mountain tones.
"Based on our experience so far with the product, I'd recommend the polymer slate or shake roofing tiles from DaVinci to another community if they had the same needs we did," Adler said. "Our experience has been positive with the product selection and installation, and we expect long-term satisfaction from this roofing product."
From his experience, installer Hammarstrom believes that the condo owners themselves like the polymer roofing tiles for the same reasons he does.
"This roof has a 50-year limited warranty that means life for these residents has just gotten much easier," Hammarstrom said. "Plus, the roofing tiles perfectly capture the look of shake without the maintenance hassles. How can it get any better?"
The polymer roofing tiles are virtually maintenance free and more cost effective than the natural product. DaVinci's products have a 50-year limited warranty and are 100 percent recyclable.
Read more about roofing.