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DaVinci Roofscapes Synthetic Cedar Shake Roof Shingles vs. Natural Cedar Shake Shingles

Do you love how cedar shake roofs look but are not in love with the idea of regular maintenance?

A professional roofing team can help you compare both traditional natural and alternative synthetic cedar shake roof options. The local roofing experts at DuraShield install both options, including beautiful and durable synthetic cedar shake roofs by DaVinci Roofscapes. Let’s break down the key benefits of DaVinci Roofscapes Synthetic Cedar Shakes and how they are different from natural cedar shake roofs. 

Benefits of DaVinci Synthetic Cedar Shake Roofs

DaVinci Shake synthetic tiles offer the timeless beauty of cedar shake, without the liability of real wood. This roofing material can be successfully installed on any size of home or commercial structure.

DaVinci Shake tiles are designed and crafted to look exactly like a cedar shake roof. However, the material doesn’t split, crack and dry out like natural cedar shake. The result is a stunning roof that doesn’t require routine coating or tile replacement services.

Here are some of the key benefits of choosing this durable, dependable roofing alternative:

  • No maintenance
  • Long-lasting quality
  • Improved weather resistance
  • Reduced cost over time
  • Stunning look and aesthetics

When choosing a cedar shake roof, make sure it can withstand strong winds and hail. DaVinci Shake can withstand 110 mile-per-hour winds and has a class A fire rating. These features make it a reliable investment even in areas prone to wildfires, tornadoes, hailstorms and other harsh weather conditions.

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Since DaVinci roofs are maintenance free, that also means reduced cost. Save on your annual roofing budget by investing in a DaVinci Shake roof installed by DuraShield. A lifetime limited material warranty ensures peace of mind for your forever home or vacation property. 


Even when inspected up close, DaVinci and cedar shake look remarkably similar. The beautiful texture of rough-hewn, hand-split shake includes color shifts and staggered overlaps to replicate a traditional roof design. Explore the many colors and widths available to personalize your home’s exterior. 


How Traditional Cedar Shake Compares

DuraShield also installs and repairs natural cedar shake roofs. Cedar is reasonably durable and resistant to weather conditions. Compared with asphalt shingles, it’s also an energy-efficient choice. These features, along with the stunning look of cedar, make it a popular choice for many homeowners.

While a cedar shake roof is a great way to add an eye-catching exterior feature on your home, it does come with some disadvantages. Compare this classic material with an iconic DaVinci Shake roof before working with a local roofing company on your next home project.

corner of cedar shake roof

Natural cedar is an expensive option when compared to other roofing materials like asphalt or metal. While the materials alone are higher than other materials, the initial installation cost is also higher than other roofing materials.

Even after installing cedar shake, you will need to schedule regular maintenance inspections to remove moss, mildew and mold from your roof. Waiting too long to perform these maintenance steps can permanently damage the cedar tiles. If this occurs, you may need to have the experienced roofing team at DuraShield replace damaged tiles. It can be difficult to install a few new tiles and match the color of your existing, aged cedar roof.

poorly maintained cedar shake roof

While it’s hard to beat the aesthetics of a traditional cedar shake roof, it should be noted that these natural wood shakes will lose their color over time. This does not mean your roof will completely lose it’s aesthetic appeal, but like all wood, it will fade after years of being in the harsh sun and weather. The good news is, there are plenty of treatments out there to prolong the aesthetic appeal of your natural wood roof.

When you consider the increased durability, matching aesthetics (that won’t fade over time), all at a lower cost in the long run, it’s hard to look the other way.

The Next Step to Improving Your Home

If you are still thinking about getting either a natural cedar or synthetic cedar shake roof for your home, one of the biggest decisions isn’t in the material, but the roofing contractor you choose to install it. A proper installation will ensure your new roof lasts up to, if not past, it’s expected lifetime.

Choose a dependable and durable roof choice with DuraShield Contracting. Contact us today to request a free quote for a roof installation or replacement service on your home. Discover how DaVinci Roofscapes compare with cedar shake and see for yourself the difference in beauty and value.

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