The series of storms Hawaii experienced in the last few weeks, which came with gusty trade winds and drenching rain, was fairly typical for this time of year. Many of Honolulu’s homeowners with aged or deteriorating roofs were worried that they would blow off. Similarly, people with leaky roofs worried about possible water damage inside their homes. Either of these occurrences would mean that expensive and stressful repairs were likely.

Thousands of Aluminum Shake Roofing (ASR) customers residing in both single family homes and townhouse complexes did not have to worry, though, because they’ve invested in a Country Manor Shake (CMS) aluminum roof sometime during the last 24 years.


When ASR owner Fred Rehm runs into one of his past customers, he often hears the same unsolicited comment: “I love my roof; during all those heavy storms, I wasn’t worried at all.”

The weather extremes only confirm to these customers that they made a great decision when they bought a roof system actually engineered to weather the storm. In fact, the unique four-way interlock and continuous fastening hem (no clips) mean the roof actually holds together tighter and tighter as wind speeds increase.


Unlike asphalt composition shingles, the CMS roof does not deteriorate as it ages. It’s made from aluminum, doesn’t absorb water like asphalt or wood and is finished with a tough, infrared reflecting coating to keep your home cool and looking great in Hawaii’s tropical marine climate for years to come.


The CMS roof system was developed in 1974 by Alcoa, but it is now manufactured in Piqua, Ohio by Classic Products. It is one of the lightest weighing roofs you can buy, and if you opt to install the patented “free-floating” insulating FoamGuard inserts, it is also completely walkable.

The system is installed using stainless-steel fasteners and comes with a line of matching accessories. Plus, it is installed by ASR, a company that specializes in this system. The CMS roof is protected by a lifetime limited non-prorated manufacturer’s warranty, which covers 100 percent of the cost of repair or replacement for a variety of specific events such as blow off in winds of up to 120 miles per hour.

To learn more about this roof system, call Rehm at 383-8020 or email him at He’ll come out, measure your roof, make a scaled drawing and give you a detailed estimate of what it will take to install a new CMS roof on your home.

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