Natural Cedar Roofing Shakes
Cedar shakes are wooden shingles that are constructed out of split logs. These natural materials have been used for roof installation all over the world for many years and are admired for their beauty and long-lasting durability.
High-quality natural cedar shakes are typically used for roofing projects while other wooden shakes may be used for siding. When properly installed, cedar shakes can provide long-lasting protection against harsh weather conditions and the outdoor elements.
Natural cedar shakes provide a rough and rugged look to any type of home and help increase aesthetic value. While they can require more maintenance than other common roofing supplies, the simplistic look of wooden shakes is greatly desired by many homeowners who are interested in designing a rustic-looking home using natural materials.
Advantages of Cedar Roofing
Cedar roofs have proven itself in extreme weather situations, including heavy snow and hail storms. Even hail depressions will recover without affecting the service life of the roof thanks to the natural resiliency of the wood fibers.
Cedar roofing and shingles are also extremely resistant to heavy winds. Cedar roofs have withstood wind tests in excess of 130 miles per hour without any damage. This same strength helps insulate your home, preventing the loss of cold air in the summer and the loss of hot air in the winter.
Under optimal conditions, cedar roofing can last from between 20 to 50 years. Cedar wood also contains natural oils that prevent rot. Further, cedar roofing leaves more airflow around the shingles, preventing mold growth.
Aside from being environmentally-friendly, Cedar roofing has an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio with little movement due to changes in moisture content or temperature. It is highly resistant to rain and keeps its beauty and protective qualities with little to no maintenance.
Wood shake roofs are Eco-friendly, renewable, versatile, and can easily enhance curb appeal in a way asphalt shingles simply cannot. They are more expensive, tricky to install and require extra maintenance, however. Annual roofing inspection & proper care are vital if you want your wood shake roof to last.
Depending on quality of materials & installation, wood shake roofs can last anywhere from 30 to 60 years. Power-washing and the application of chemical cleaning solutions, preservatives, and pigmented finishes can add resilience and enhance the roof’s appearance.
Below are some additional considerations for and against using wood shake as your material of choice.