July 12, 2022

Eiseman Construction Begins $14 Million Project to Replace Cedar Shingles with Fire-Resistant Synthetic Material at MontCo’s Whitpain Farm Community

Woman-owned roofing company embarks on first large-scale project in the Northeast to install synthetic roofing materials made by Colorado-based manufacturer, CeDUR 

BLUE BELL, Pa. (July 2022) – Eiseman Construction has begun work on a $14 million project to replace the original cedar roofing on the houses of Whitpain Farm in Blue Bell with a synthetic material that mimics the look of cedar while increasing the fire safety and longevity of the roof. 

The homeowners’ association of Whitpain Farm, a premiere 55-and-over community in Whitpain Township, Montgomery County, selected Eiseman for the job after reviewing proposals from many area contractors. Headed by principal Melissa Eiseman, the woman-owned company began onsite work on June 6.  

“We are excited to partner with the Whitpain Farm HOA leaders and property managers on this comprehensive project,” Eiseman said. “A home is usually one of a family’s largest financial assets, and we are honored to be entrusted with this project. This replacement project will give the homes of Whitpain Farm beautiful new roofing that meets the highest standards for aesthetics, safety, and resale value.” 

The project to replace the roofs and skylights on all 171 homes in the neighborhood with CeDUR synthetic roofing shakes is expected to take two years. After being removed, some of the existing cedar shake shingles will be recycled into wood chips. 

Whitpain Farm HOA president Dick Lean said the roof project represents a significant investment for the gated community on Butler Pike, which adds greatly to the value of the homes.  

“This community is now 38 years old, and it was definitely time to upgrade our roofing material to something that looks great and offers better fire and hail protection and, therefore, insurability,” said Lean. “We are glad to be working with Melissa and her crew and are particularly excited to be one of the first neighborhoods on the East Coast to install CeDUR shingles, which last forever and look like real cedar.” 

The project at Whitpain Farm is the first large-scale installation in the Northeast of the roofing material made by Aurora, Colorado-based manufacturer, CeDUR. Company president Barry Gleichenhaus touted the many benefits of the synthetic roofing system, including significantly lower maintenance, improved fire rating, strong impact resistance, and durability. 

 “CeDUR shakes are molded from natural cedar shakes and are designed and engineered to look just like hand-split, solid wood, cedar shakes,” Gleichenhaus said. “A CeDUR synthetic roof gives a home classic wood beauty without the constant maintenance and fire dangers inherent in real wood, enhancing the home’s curb appeal and property value.” 

The project team also includes representatives from Doylestown-based Bustamante Engineers, building materials supply house, Universal Supply Co., and property management company FirstService Residential, which manages Whitpain Farm. 

Originally a farm dating back to the 1700’s, Whitpain Farm is a professionally managed 55-and-older community on Butler Pike in Whitpain Township. Property managers maintain 121 acres of rolling landscape and thousands of mature trees, in addition to the roofs and exteriors of all 171 homes. The community also features a pool, tennis courts, and the Manor House, an 18th century mansion that hosts a variety of social activities.  

About Eiseman Construction: A full-service contractor specializing in roofing and exterior remodeling, Eiseman Construction has served residential and commercial clients across Pennsylvania and New Jersey for more than 50 years. From its headquarters in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Eiseman provides services for a variety of projects, from residential housing, multi-family townhouses, and condominium projects to historic and commercial repairs and renovations. Eiseman has got you covered, always.