We feel the same way about these unique house styles. As Sid Dinwiddie, Technical Services Manager, put it, “In every Captain’s seaport along the California Coast, there are these beautiful, old Victorian homes, and we wanted to create a shingle that honored that style.” But how did we come up with the diamond shape as the solution? To understand, we must go back to the predecessor to Cascade, which is PABCO Precise®.
Precise had a diamond shape with a line through the middle of the diamond. It was made on the standard laminated shingle line. It was pretty cool looking, but it was difficult to manufacture, and contractors felt it took extra time and care to lay correctly on the roof. Still, Precise had somewhat of a cult following with certain roofers who liked to do something different.
After we installed our new manufacturing line to produce open-tooth shingles, we were on a mission to create something special, and took inspiration from anywhere we could get it. Rebecca Newman, Plant Manager, remembers “We wanted something with structure. I was in Colorado and saw many homes with the old Dutch Lap and T-Loc shingles, and I liked the structure of that look.” But not exactly that look. Then the Eureka moment: “Can we make a shingle that looks like Precise, but has more structure?” Yes, we could, and Cascade was born.
We couldn’t just have a great looking shingle. It had to be easy to manufacture, have a no waste process, and be simple for the contractors to install. Rebecca and Sid did such a great job in creating Cascade, they are named on the U.S. design patent awarded for the product.
We know we achieved our design goals because Cascade is often specified on historic buildings or for roofs in historic neighborhoods. Still, it’s a great choice no matter where you live if you’re after an impactful and unique design. We highly recommend Cascade on steeper pitched roofs for full impact. So now you know the history of Cascade and how it got its iconic structure and style. Share this with your friends so they learn the Cascade story!
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