My home, built in 1977, is a Geodesic Dome that is made from 90 triangular panels. About six years ago I started researching alternative roofing materials to replace the original cedar shakes. My architect friend, George Pearlman, assisted me in checking out various roofing products such as metal panels, fiberglass individual composite shakes, and fiberglass shakes in panels. These products proved to be either too rigid to install and/or aesthetically unappealing for my application.
I went to a local building supply company with the intent to order hand split cedar shakes. After speaking to the sales person of our efforts to locate an alternative synthetic shake for the dome application, he mentioned a company called EcoStar that had a manufacturing plant in Holland, New York.
My engineer friend and I went to the plant to meet with Ed Staroba, Managing Director, to review my project. We were given a tour of the plant and learned the process they use to manufacture synthetic shake and slate tiles. We were very impressed with Seneca Shake, an environmentally friendly synthetic shake made from recycled rubber and plastic. Its durability and flexibility were just what I needed for my unique project.
As a test, we built a triangle panel and installed Seneca Shake to get a feel of the installation process, as well as how they would look. We were excited with the positive outcome and appreciated the technical advice of Bill Shimburski, EcoStar’s Technical Services Manager. With the advice of George Pearlman, I ordered a custom blend of Federal Gray and Smoke Gray. And the rest is history!
We have received many compliments from family, friends, neighbors, and the curious people who stop by our geodesic dome. I would highly recommend EcoStar products, as well as their friendly, knowledgeable owners and personnel.
– George Anderson, Williamsville, New York