In Durango, Colo., the milled wood roof shingles on the 1880s Peterson House were so worn by time and weather that they had simply crumbled apart. As part of ongoing restoration efforts of the historic structure in 2011, the team at Animas Museum turned to experts at DaVinci Roofscapes to provide a polymer shake roofing tiles that would replicate the look of the original roof.
"We deeply appreciate that one of our oldest buildings in town has received the donation of the newest synthetic roofing technologies available in the marketplace," says Carolyn Bowra, director of Animas Museum. "DaVinci Roofscapes has supported our effort to keep our history and culture alive and made it possible for the Peterson House to have a new life."
After decades of exposure to severe Colorado weather conditions, the wood roof on the Peterson House had disintegrated. Tony Whittle at TL Roofing in Durango, Colo. suggested that DaVinci Fancy Shake roof tile in the Mountain color would be the ideal solution.
"I've worked with the simulated shake roofing of the DaVinci product before in our area and felt the long-term value these polymer tiles would bring to the project would be ideal," says Whittle. "Each synthetic tile has a refined cedar look, much like a machine-sawn shake shingle, so it blends in perfectly with our mountain setting. Plus, the tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling."
Now installed, the composite shake roof has made a big impact on the Animas Museum team. "We love the roof because it is 'spot on' for the period and building," says Bowra. "Our insurance agent is thrilled with the safety aspects and the fact that the polymer roofing tiles have a Class A fire rating. We're so pleased with this DaVinci fake cedar shake roof that we're hoping that, as other roofs in our complex become in need of restoration, that we'll be able to install these same polymer cedar roof shingles."