“The real cedar shake roof overhead we had was more than 25 years old and deteriorated badly in recent years,” says Stefan Sperlich, general manager of Prestwick Country Club in Frankfurt, Ill. “There was rot and mold damage, plus it was starting to leak. We were more than ready to invest in a solution to this roofing problem.”
Fortunately for the club’s almost 350 members, the House Chair of the country club, Art Reichert, had experienced his own roofing challenges two years prior. A tornado raced through the community ripping off most of the real slate from his home’s roof.
“We saw our heavy slate roof tiles peel away like a house of cards falling,” says Reichert. “After that experience I researched roofing products that could truly stand up to Mother Nature. My search ended when I discovered synthetic slate tiles from DaVinci.”
Fast forward two years and Reichert heads up the team working on remodeling and repair for the full-service Prestwick Country Club and golf course. His immediate thought was to contact his roofer, Scott Owen with Owen Enterprises Inc., and see if the DaVinci composite roofing could be used on the country club.
“My synthetic slate roof has held up well for the past two years and looks beautiful,” says Reichert. “It’s almost like my home was the test project for the country club! The Bellaforté Shake that was installed on the club house matches the previous cedar shake style, but now we don’t have to worry about decay, mold or popping shakes.
“The warranty is great for our organization and we’ll be able to easily match up the roof tiles on our pool house structure when the time comes to replace that roof!”
The team at Prestwick Country Club decided to replace the siding on the club house with cement board at the same time as replacing the roof. The Board selected the Tahoe VariBlend of four brown tones in Bellaforté Shake so that the roof would complement the club’s exterior.
“Everyone here is excited that we now have a maintenance-free roof and structure,” says Sperlich. “Club members feel the new roof has depth and mass that stays in line with a cedar roof without all the issues of cedar at a good cost.”
The team members at DaVinci Roofscapes develop and manufacture polymer slate and shake roofing systems. DaVinci offers a selection of colors, tile thickness and tile width variety. The company’s products have a limited lifetime warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. All DaVinci roofing products are made in America where the company is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Roofing Contractors, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council. For information call (800)328-4624 or visit the website.
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