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Modern Home Design with Composite Cedar

A modern home design requires the use of the best materials, ones that offer the beauty of nature with the performance of new technology.

For those who want to enjoy the charm of cedar on their home without the maintenance, Enviroshake composite cedar roofing replicates the curb appeal of real cedar while continuing to offer durability and performance with an environmentally friendly composite material.

How to Dwell in Modern Cedar Shingle Style

Modern home design publication, Dwell, recently featured Enviroshake composite roofing materials. As reported:

Toronto couple Gustavo Escobedo and Kerri Embrey owned a house on a large and unusually shaped lot. Wanting to build from scratch, they decided to divide the lot into two and sell their residence. Their custom home, designed by Reigo & Bauer, now sits on the back portion of the property. The residents, both teachers, collaborated with the design team to create a house with a playful spirit and an unusual profile. 

The structure is clad in a durable roof shake manufactured by Enviroshake that doesn't require any maintenance after installation.

The structure is clad in a durable roof shake manufactured by Enviroshake


The house has a striking facade: The sharply angled roofline eschews conventional geometries. Though the shingles resemble tradition cedar, the structure is in fact clad in a durable and fire-proof roof shake manufactured by Enviroshake that doesn’t require any maintenance after installation. The finishing touch is a bright pink stucco cutaway for the entrance. The color was chosen as a nod to Gustavo’s Mexican heritage.

The Look of Cedar, The Advantages of Composite

Enviroshake is available in eight different profiles that have been made using three-dimensional images of natural hand-split cedar shakes to ensure a realistic wood grain texture, shingle size and appearance. The specially engineered material includes additives to protect against ultraviolet rays, moss, mold and insects, though over time the natural wood fibers in the product allow it to achieve the same silvered gray color as weathered cedar.

The environmentally friendly blend used in its composite shake and shingles utilizes 95 percent recycled or reclaimed materials, including natural wood fibers. The manufacturer also prides itself on its environmental practices which include the local-sourcing of materials, reuse of its scrap and the products’ own recyclability. These factors make it entirely cradle to grave and have earned Enviroshake the Greener Product seal.

A Good Investment in Your Home

Enviroshake comes with a lifetime warranty for the original purchaser or a 50-year warranty that can be transferred to the new buyer in a home sale. It is a home improvement that will increase the resale value of a home and provide homeowners with 70 to 80 percent return on investment In order to maintain the quality of installation needed to offer such a guarantee, though, the product must be installed by a certified company such as The Cedar Roof Company whose professionals have undergone extensive training and certification from the manufacturer.

Installing a real cedar roof requires a strapping system that will allow the wood to breathe. Enviroshake, though, is a synthetic product that can either be installed over this strapping to replace an existing cedar roof or over the solid plywood sheathing of a conventional asphalt shingle roof, providing an alternative to upgrade the look of any home. No matter what type of roof is currently installed on a home, it can be replaced with Enviroshake, a product that offers the beautiful look of cedar without the maintenance.

See How the Colors Compare

Colors depicted for comparison purposes only. Actual preservation color may vary based on the condition of wood roof. Please refer to the Gallery for more representations of colors.