Wood Shake Roofing
Wood shakes (also referred to as cedar or cedar shake shingles) are actually not limited to cedar. These can be made from any type of wood. It offers a classic, natural look that has both charm and character. With a rustic look, these will look great in Nevada, California, New Mexico, Arizona, and many other mountain states. Part of the charm is because of the variations in cut, thickness, width, and color of the wood, no two roofs will ever have the exact same look.
Shake roofs are environmentally friendly in the event that the cedar is processed and harvested in a sustainable manner. A sharp contrast to petroleum products for example, made from nonrenewable resources.
The advantages of shake shingles
- Durable – The cedar already naturally resists UV damage and insects, but also withstands heavy storms and hail.
- Natural insulation – Wood provides excellent insulation because it has numerous large cells. These will trap the air in the home, keeping the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. If you have an attic, wood also allows it to breathe better.
- Long lifespan – When you install this roof, you can expect it to last upwards of 30 to 40 years. That is a long time when compared to the much shorter lifespans of some other roofing materials.
- Resale value – Having the attractive wooden look will certain add to the resale value of a home.
Should I be weary of fire?
Building codes in certain communities do not allow shake singles. Especially in the Southwest, this can be a problem. However, pressure-treated shakes, infused with fire retardant, will meet national fire safety standards.
Maintenance and repair
Shake roofing can be vulnerable to moisture, prone to moss buildup, and insect damage. That is why repair and inspection should happen on routine intervals. Even if a small problem exists, this means that it will not grow to become a much larger one later on.