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To enhance the colonial, Caribbean look of the San La Mere development, the designers chose Gerard Oberon shingles

Caribbean style


Specifying the right roofing is just as important as the cladding in determining the overall character of a home. For the new development featured on these pages, the materials needed to be consistent with the design, which was influenced by early colonial settlements in the Caribbean.

Developer Simon Turnbull of Acsonim Group says the architecture of the San La Mere development at Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula reflects this style. Homes feature deep eaves, shuttered porches, verandas and hipped roofs.

"Traditional exterior materials were chosen to be in keeping with the colonial look," he says. "These include concrete-block walls on the lower levels, with weatherboards to upper floors."

To complement the architecture, Gerard Oberon shingles in Bark were chosen for the roofing.

"This roofing was also specified for its lightness, which makes it a cost-effective option that is easy to install. At the same time, however, the roofing is strong enough to withstand the coastal conditions," says Turnbull.


Gerard Oberon shingle roofing, like all Gerard Roofs products, has various trim options available and colour co-ordinates with most standard building products. The roofing comes with a 50-year pro rata weatherproof guarantee, which covers coastal locations.

For further information, contact Gerard Roofs, phone 0800 244 766, or visit the .

First published date: 24 August 2003

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