Turada Hardwood

Turada Hardwood Shingles make for a stylish and durable wooden roof that looks even better as it matures

“I have said for years when people have asked me about our product that they are the best of the best when it comes to real wood shingles,” says Calixto Orta, Sales Manager at Turada Hardwood Shingles. “You really can’t find a wood shingle as good as ours.”

Calixto clearly enjoys listing the reasons why Turada shingles are superior to others on the market starting with the quality of the wood. “Most of the wood shingles that you’ll find being sold are made from cedar,” he explains. “Ours aren’t. We use a natural tropical hardwood that requires no chemicals whatsoever and is naturally resistant to insects and decay. It means that these shingles have no adverse effects on the environment in which they are installed.”

The wood he praises so highly comes from the wallaba tree, which grows naturally in the forests of Guyana. The shingles it makes are inherently resilient and robust, which makes them especially desirable in areas prone to heavy rainfall, hail and heavy winds. “They’re guaranteed for 50 years,” says Calixto. “Cedar shingles are supposed to last for 30, but you’d be lucky to get 10 to 12 years out of them.”

You get what you pay for. Turada shingles may cost around 20 to 25 per cent more than cedar wood shingles but they last twice as long. What’s more, as they age, they lose their natural reddish tone and take on a silver patina. So not only will they enhance the beauty of a property, they’ll do so for a much longer period of time.

“There’s nothing like the wood look on a high-end home,” says Calixto. “You pull up to a house and the roof just makes the rest of the property.”

“But I really want people to look not just at their beauty but also at their cost-effectiveness,” he says. “Because the long-term effect is that you’re going to pay for a cedar roof three times when you pay for ours once. That means the return of the investment is there.”

Another plus is that the shingles are sustainable and their production gives something back to the local Guyanese community. “All of our waste is donated for free to the local community,” says Calixto, “and they in turn make charcoal out of it and earn
a living like that.”