Just one look at cedar roofing and you’ll see why homeowners instantly fall in love with it. It’s stately and stunning, a worthy crown for atop any home. But a roof investment should be based on much more than good looks and that’s where cedar wood roofs really shine.
Top 5 Reasons to Consider a Cedar Roof
Just like the mighty tree from which they were harvested, cedar shakes and shingles are strong and long-lasting. Western red cedar is considered one of the world’s strongest wood types. As such, cedar wood roofs, when cared for properly, can last 40 years and longer, depending on your climate.
Cedar roofs offer natural thermal insulation properties, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service giving wood roofing the highest insulation value of any wood substitutes. A cedar shake roof, in particular, delivers up to five times the insulating value than other roofing materials. When it’s cold outside, a cedar wood roof provides better insulation than other types of roofing in keeping your home toasty warm and when it’s hot outside, it cools your house down. This insulating performance of cedar wood also brings down the amount of your energy bills.
3. Weather Resistant.
Weather events create conditions like moisture, high winds and erosion that can hasten the life expectancy of a roof. But cedar wood contains natural preservatives that resist decay, moisture, fungus, even damage from insects. The strength of cedar also makes it more resilient against strong winds, hail and other stormy conditions.
Cedar shakes and shingles can be finished to match any home exterior decor. Of course, you can always leave it in its natural honey tone, which elegantly ages to a regal silver tone. Visit our photo gallery to see examples of homes with finishes ranging from stains, coatings and paint.
5. Environmentally Friendly.
Cedar roofing comes from a natural resource that is harvested in a sustainable manner and is renewable and biodegradable. As the nonprofit Cedar Shakes & Shingles Bureau points out, studies show that wood uses less energy and has a lesser impact on global warming than other building materials. In short, cedar wood is a responsible roofing material that helps us protect the environment.
Cedar: Deserving of Your Consideration
Whether building new or replacing an existing roof, the Shake Guys invite you to explore the many other benefits of cedar roofing and how they can enhance your home. When you’re ready, you can quickly and easily request a quote online. The Shake Guys would consider it an honor to craft a cedar roof especially for your home.