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Pros and Cons of Cedar Roofing

All roofing materials have pros and cons associated with them, and cedar is no exception.

But with cedar roofing, most homeowners find the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. However, choosing a cedar roof is an individual decision and the pros and cons of cedar shingles can vary depending on your individual needs. Some of these needs may be your climate, location, the home surroundings in terms of trees and sun exposure, your desired maintenance commitment, and, of course, your budget.

So, if you’re considering a cedar roof, listen closely.

Cedar Shingles Pros and Cons Overview

This chart gives a basic overview of the pros and cons of cedar shingles and cedar shakes.

Pros of Cedar Roofs Cons of Cedar Roofs
Their exceptional beauty Cost
Durability Regular maintenance required
Resistant to severe storms
Energy efficiency

The Pros of Cedar Roofing

As the chart shows, there are many more pros to cedar roofs than cons. Perhaps the greatest advantage of all is the natural beauty of cedar and the way in which it gracefully ages into a beautiful grayish silver tone.

In terms of cost-savings, cedar wood is long-lasting, making it an ideal roofing material. Cedar lasts at least 10 years longer than common roofing materials, like asphalt. Cedar wood shingles and shakes are also resistant to strong winds and are durable in hurricanes, heavy rains, hail storms, snowstorms and other types of severe storms.

Cedar wood roofs are also energy efficient, providing a natural insulation up to two times that of asphalt shingles. This allows you to conserve home heating and cooling costs, and significantly save on energy bills.

Not to be overlooked are the benefits of using an eco-friendly roofing material. The Shake Guys are diligent about the environment when we harvest western red cedar to make our cedar shingles and shakes. We replace every tree we harvest with another and our processing techniques are kind to the environment.

The Cons of Cedar Roofing

Cost and maintenance are the only cons to western red cedar shingles and shakes. Compared with other roofing materials, such as the popular asphalt shingles, cedar roofing shingles are more expensive and cost more to install. But when you consider that your home is perhaps the largest investment of your lifetime, it makes sense to top it with a high quality, long-lasting roofing material. Top quality roofing, like cedar wood, comes with a higher price. However, over time, the longevity of cedar wood roofing provides a higher return on investment.

When it comes to roof maintenance, just about all roof types need some form of care to ensure their performance. Cedar roofs require regular maintenance to prevent moss, mold and mildew growth. However, there are cedar treatment preservatives that can be added during the crafting process to prevent fungal growth and preserve the wood.

You can also arrange for regular inspections and maintenance with the Shake Guys. Our cedar roof maintenance services give you peace of mind that your cedar roofing system is being cared for properly. Plus, leaving the maintenance to us gives you one less house chore to do!

Making Your Roofing Decision

Only you can decide whether the advantages of cedar wood roofing outweigh its disadvantages for your home. Of course, the Shake Guys are at your service to answer any questions you may have or to give you a customized quote for either a cedar shake roof or a cedar shingle roof.

When it’s time to put a new roof on your home, get in touch with the Shake Guys. Your free advice and free estimate await.

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