Wood shingles require constant maintenance, upkeep and expense. They don’t have a particularly long lifespan as they are prone to mold and rot. Their color bleaches with time, and most wood shingles have natural acids in them which eat away at and discolor any adjacent metals like ornamental details and flashings and other metal areas on the roof and building envelope where water runoff from the shingles encounters them.
Wood shingles are complicated to install correctly and the wood material is not reliant on its own to keep the roof water tight. They rely almost exclusively on the tar paper substrate to prevent leaks.
Most dramatically, wooden roof shingles are wholly inappropriate for fire prevention and protection.
If you long for the charm of a wood shake roof but can’t imagine dealing with all the maintenance and risk that come with the genuine article, take a look at our unbelievable alternative!
We’ve recently come across a painted finish that looks exactly, and we mean EXACTLY like real wood. We put a wood grain sample up against our conference room table. It disappeared into camouflage. We put up the wood grain finish next to natural hardwood floors and checked it against every architectural-use wood application we could find. Amazing is the only word. It’s astonishingly real.
So we played around with a few different colors and patterns and built some prototypes in our Quadro panel and diamond shingles for your review. Other than the mind-blowing wood grain finish, the really great thing is that you have several choices of not just color, but wood grain pattern as well. This means you can keep things sleek and contemporary or be as rustic as you wish.
The paint on these galvalume panels is PVDF. This is the highest grade paint on the market today.
You’ll get the look and charm of a real wood shake roof with all the environmental benefits, permanence and fire preventive abilities of metal.
Colors shown in this article are:
Autumn, a blonde wood color
Saddle, a slightly red, cherry-like color
Frontier, a knotty, more rustic wood grain in a red/brown
Espresso, a dark brown wood grain color