Visitors to the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Johnson City, New York are immediately captivated by the traditional Ukrainian design of the church structure. Topped by three 80' tall domes, the massive building looks like it’s made completely of wood shakes on the sides and roof. Look closer, however, and you’ll see that the roof is really made of polymer shakes that perfectly replicate real wood shake shingles.
Completed in June of 2011, the reroofing project includes 90 squares of Valoré polymer shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes in a Tuscano color blend of light, medium light, medium, and dark autumn colors. The architectural style of the landmark church mimics those structures found in the Ukraine.
“The wooden cedar shake roof installed on the church in 1977 deteriorated so badly that we started looking at alternative material options back in 1995,” says Rev. Teodor B. Czabala, Jr. “We searched for a product that would not need replacing for many years. Our research brought us to the DaVinci shake roofing tiles. We’re thrilled with the 50-year limited warranty on the product and how these polymer tiles have already stood up to the weather conditions in our area.”
The Valoré roofing tiles, installed on the church by BSR out of Binghamton, New York, resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling. In addition to resisting severe weather, the new church roof is easy to maintain.
“The new polymer shakes look almost identical to the older wooden ones, but these will last so much longer,” says Rev. Czabala. “The wood exterior of the church has been cleaned and stained, so now the structure looks perfect. We’re both amazed and pleased that these man-made roofing tiles could have such a positive and beautiful impact on our facility.”
DaVinci Roofscapes has manufactured award-winning polymer slate and shake roofing since 1999. The roofing tiles are virtually maintenance-free and far more cost-effective than the natural product. DaVinci leads the industry in tile thickness, tile width variety, and the greatest selection of subtle earth-toned colors. Company products have a 50-year limited warranty and are 100% recyclable. DaVinci proudly makes its products in the United States and is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the Cool Roof Rating Council, and the U.S. Green Building Council. For additional information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit www.davinciroofscapes.com.Website: www.davinciroofscapes.com