Tacoma Metal Roof

A Modern Shake Roof with Vintage Charm


Homeowners Matthew and Lenora were annoyed with their leaky asphalt roof and wanted a durable, beautiful, and dependable replacement. Country Manor Shake, a lifetime metal roof, was the perfect solution. Expertly installed by Guardian Roofing, their new roof is a massive improvement.


Guardian’s installation team stripped off the old roof and replaced several sections of failed decking. They also improved ventilation for a safer and healthier home. With this new roof, Matthew and Lenora’s restoration is nearly done.


With the constant stress of dealing with their old, leaky roof out of their lives, the homeowners can rest easy. They’ve restored their home’s character and improved its value too. Their worry has turned to peace of mind.


  • Distinctive Design
  • Durability
  • Beauty

Seattle homeowners Matthew and Lenora are faithfully restoring their family home. The once-beautiful Cape Cod was passed down to them a few years ago, albeit a little worse for wear. But, eager for the challenge, they dove into remodeling with only the tattered roof to tackle.

Their home originally had a wood shake roof complementing the distinctive hip and valley style. Although striking, wood shake is a poor match for the rainy Pacific Northwest. Wood easily facilitates mold growth, shortening the functional life of the roof. The previous owner replaced the wood with asphalt shingles. After leaks started popping up, they called in several contractors, creating an ugly patchwork of different shingles.

Faced with this functional and curb-appeal nightmare, the homeowners knew they needed a change. Asphalt patches and continued mold growth eliminated another asphalt roof from consideration, so they needed a new solution entirely.

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Setting Their Criteria

The perfect roof would be impervious to organic growth, durable for years to come, beautiful but faithful to the home’s style, and a close visual match to the old wood shake.

These criteria were essential to Matthew and Lenora; they wanted to finish their restoration with the right roof. However, it was a tall order to find a new material with all these characteristics.

After some research, they discovered metal roofing, a rugged material with nowhere for mold to grow, and a variety of custom shapes and colors. Now that they had their material, they needed a model that looked like a wood shake.

They found it in Country Manor Shake: an aluminum shingle with a realistic wood-grain pattern. With the strength and protection of metal, Country Manor Shake’s Lifetime Limited Warranty protects for decades.

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A Caring and Committed Installer

After finding their roof of choice, the next step was locating a trustworthy installer. Matthew and Lenora had local contractor Guardian Roofing work on their garage a few years prior. After learning that Guardian is also their local Classic Metal Roofing dealer, the choice was clear. Guardian’s technical expertise and familiarity with Country Manor Shake lent themselves well to this project.

Since appearance was a significant concern, Matthew and Lenora chose Shake Gray, the closest color to the original roof. They wanted to retain their home’s style with the style of wood and the toughness of metal.

Beyond looks, Guardian wanted to improve the roof’s functionality. To achieve this, Guardian added more overhang to the roof, bringing it up to code and increasing the overall ventilation. Cape Cod-style homes often have limited ventilation, so improving it resulted in a healthier and safer home.

Ultimately though, a roof is more than just shingles and underlayment. The gutter, attic, and ventilation play essential roles in a roof system, ensuring long life and protection from the elements. Lori Swanson, Co-Owner of Guardian, said, “A complete roof system needs all its parts to be functioning to protect your home.”

Remodel and Restoration

This western Washington state home is one step closer to everything its owners dreamed of it becoming. The Country Manor Shake is durable, beautiful, and distinctive and “couldn’t have turned out better,” said Matthew. The hip and valley style roof is highlighted, showing off the unique roof, and their remodeling efforts are beautifully capped off too. Watch the installation with this video from Guardian:

Classic Metal Roofing for Your Home

Are you remodeling a classic home? Are you interested in a distinct, beautiful roof? Learn why metal roofing is the superior solutionvisualize your home with Country Manor Shake, or order free samples online.

Classic Metal Roofing Systems is a family-owned company based in Piqua, Ohio. Established in 1980, Classic is a commercial and residential metal roofing pioneer with shingle and standing seam designs owned by Isaiah Industries, a producer of permanent roofing solutions and underlayment. For more information, visit classicmetalroofingystems.com or isaiahindustries.com.

Guardian Roofing, located in Auburn, Washington, is a family-owned company. Owners Matt and Lori Swanson are dedicated to taking care of people and their homes, not just their roofs. Guardian offers a full suite of roofing repairs provided by their experienced team. Guardian is the Pacific Northwest’s metal roofing expert, serving Everett, Bremerton, Seattle, Auburn, Bellevue, Puyallup, and Tacoma. Visit guardianhome.com for a roof that will last.