Shaking Up Mountaintop Homes

Award Winning Roof Replacement in Avon, Colorado

by Marcus Dodson, Publisher

Heavy snows, wildfire concerns, and freezing temperatures are just some of the special challenges facing Colorado mountain homes each year. As a result, rooftops in the Rocky Mountain state must be ready to handle extreme weather conditions every day. That’s why Umbrella Roofing recommends DaVinci® Roofscapes products to their clients.

“We like putting our name behind a quality product,” says Jake Borah, owner of Umbrella Roofing out of Eagle, Colorado. “Since 2001 we’ve installed more than 40 DaVinci roofs a year. Why? Because it’s a high-quality composite roofing product that functions really well in high mountain altitudes.”

Reliable Composite Roofing

Last year the company tackled a roof replacement on a home in Avon, Colorado, high up on Beaver Creek Mountain. The existing real cedar shake roof was failing. Plus, the homeowner’s insurance company was getting nervous about continuing to provide insurance on a wood roof in an area known for wildfires.

“The homeowners came to us and we didn’t hesitate to recommend a DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roof,” says Borah, a DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor. “The Class A fire resistant roofing product, with the right underlayment, fulfills the insurance requirements.”

The composite roofs manufactured by DaVinci are ignition-resistant, meeting the requirement of a WUI structure. The company’s synthetic slate and shake roofs are able to resist the entry of flying embers and fire radiation during a wildfire. DaVinci roofs have passed three important tests to earn their top ratings, the Intermittent Flame Spread Test, Spread of Flame Test, and Burning Brand Test.

“DaVinci is a proven product. Based on years of experience with installing DaVinci on these mountain homes, we know it holds up very well in Colorado conditions,” says Borah. “In addition, the roof doesn’t suffer through freeze-thaw situations, so there’s no leaking. Plus, the Black Oak color the homeowners selected for their custom home looks extremely natural in the wooded setting.”

Award-Winning Project

For the exemplary work done in re-roofing the challenging low-slope home, this project from Umbrella Roofing was named as a winner of a 2023 DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Project of the Year Award.

The award is presented to just a handful of roofers nationwide each year. Qualifications are excellence of installation work, outstanding visual impact and ability of the roofing work to transform the look of a home.

“We’re excited about this award,” says Borah. “There’s no doubt that the DaVinci products made a huge impact on this home. This is a complex roof system with lots of dormers, nooks, and crannies. There are many lower sloped valleys with large facets that slope into them. We took extra steps to assure the homeowners will enjoy a tight roof with no problems.”

One of the extra steps taken was to install a complete snow retention system from Rocky Mountain Snow Guards. With the intense snowfall in the high elevation, melting snows can sometimes avalanche off synthetic roofs. The combination of installing snow guards and a snow rail system will help prevent that situation and keep the family safer.

“Both the DaVinci and Rocky Mountain Snow Guards products allow Umbrella Roofing to present a dependable, functional, and top-quality roofing system for our clients,” says Borah. “While vastly improving the aesthetics of this home, this new roofing system also gives the homeowners peace of mind for decades into the future.”