Maybe someone told that you that it’s time to replace your current roof. Maybe you are building a new home and need to decide on the roofing material. Whatever the reason for your interest in roofing, you should consider cedar wood shakes or shingles for you new roof installation or replacement.
Shingles or Shakes? What’s the Difference?
What is the difference between shakes and shingles? Years ago, artisans sawed shingles from a block of wood, while shakes were split with a mallet and froe (also known as a shake axe). Today, both shingles and shakes are at least partly sawn, but shakes still have a rustic appearance, while shingles are more uniform. Shakes are thicker than shingles
Benefits of a Cedar Roof
Cedar roofs provide many benefits to homeowners. People appreciate the beauty of the material, which ages to an attractive silvery gray color. Other benefits of using cedar roofing include:
- Long-lasting: Well-maintained cedar roofs can last at least 10 years longer than asphalt shingles
- Energy efficient: Cedar roofs can save on heating and air conditioning costs
- Durable: Cedar withstands high winds, driving rain and hail
- Renewable: Cedar wood comes from red cedar or other types of cedar trees that can be replanted
Things to Consider When Selecting a Cedar Roof
Of course, the benefits of installing a cedar roofing depend on variables such as:
- The cut of the shingles or shakes
- Thickness of the wood
- Whether there are overhanging trees
- Whether the wood is treated, stained or otherwise prepared
- The skill of the roofing contractor
- How much sun hits the roof
- The quality of the underlayment
These factors can influence the durability of a cedar roof. You should consider them when calculating your roof’s potential lifespan. That said, maintenance is the most important determinant of a roof’s longevity. For example, preventing moss from growing can result in a longer-lasting roof.
Finding the Right Contractor to Install Your Cedar Roof
Finding the right roofing contractor to install a cedar shake or shingle roof is important. You need someone who knows the building codes that apply to these specialty roof installations. You also need someone who understands the increased importance of being careful and precise in applying the roofing material. A single misplaced nail can make a cedar roof more vulnerable to high winds or water damage.