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posted on Sep 05, 2019
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If you’re considering replacing your roof, you’re probably looking at your options. You may be asking, “Why do some homeowners choose wood or cedar shake roofs rather than asphalt shingles?” Cedar and wood shakes may not be the most popular types of roofing, but it’s certainly not due to lack of quality. From aesthetics to durability, there are plenty of different reasons to choose to cedar shakes over shingles roofing, which we’re going to explain more about in this article. So without further ado, here’s everything you need to know. If you’re in need of a roof replacement, you can contact our team at Legacy Service by giving us a call at 215-798-9790.
This type tends to last longer than your typical roof. The roofing materials can last for up to 50 years depending on how well it’s taken care of. If you don’t invest in maintenance, it may begin to deteriorate around the 20-year mark. Wood shingle roofs, on the other hand, usually last about 30-40 years, which is still longer than the 15-25 years that asphalt shingles are supposed to last for. Factors that affect the life expectancy of a wood shake or shingle roof include installation quality, quality of materials, maintenance, and weather conditions.
Like all types of roofs, cedar shake has its pros and cons. Let’s take a look at some of the most significant ones:
The cost of replacing a cedar shake roof depends on a variety of factors, but it will most likely cost more if you choose shakes over shingles because the manufacturing and installation process is typically more extensive. Cedar is a popular choice of material because it’s both cost-effective and nice to look at.
Wood shakes and shingles may seem like the same thing at first glance, however, there’s a variety of reasons why some homeowners choose one instead of the other. Here are the differences between cedar shingles and shakes to help you select which one is best for your home:
Although they’re both stunning in their own way, if you look at wood shakes and shingles closely, you’ll notice that wood shakes take on a more rugged appearance than shingles due to their uneven edges and surfaces. They look like this because of the way they’re produced, which involves hand splitting. For this reason, many people consider the shakes look to be both timeless and elegant. Shakes are also thicker than shingles, which are cut more evenly using a machine. There are various types of cedar shingles though, and they’re also beautiful in their own ways.
Shakes tend to be more durable than shingles thanks to their thickness, which plays an important role in helping a roof withstand day-to-day weather conditions, especially harsh ones. Because shingles are thinner, it’s recommended for roofing contractors to install them in three layers, overlapping each other.
Because of their thickness and complexity of installation, cedar shakes are usually more expensive than shingles. However, they may be the better choice depending on how much you’re willing to spend because they tend to have a longer lifespan with superior durability.
If you’re comparing wood shakes to wood shingles, the shingles will usually perform better in situations with high winds because they lay flat. The closer connection to the roof will help prevent them from getting blown off as easily. However, wood shakes are a great choice as well.
Cedar does tend to darken with age, which is why it’s a good idea to keep it colorful and protected with treatment. Cedar shingles should be treated about every 5-7 years. If they’re left untreated, they will begin to soften and discolor after a certain number of years depending on the climate of where you live.
Deciding whether to paint or stain your cedar siding is entirely up to you depending on your preferences. Choosing a solid-color paint or stain will give it a more formal appearance, and choosing a transparent stain will provide it with a more rustic look. However, siding experts have claimed that stain is more effective when it comes to protecting cedar, and it tends to last longer than paint. Let us know if you need our help picking out a good stain for yours.
Fortunately, leaving the wood untreated will not cause it to rot, but it will lose its golden-brown color. You can prevent this with regular treatment, depending on how often your contractor tells you is best for your specific type.
The best way is to apply stain or sealant to dry, clean cedar. It might not work as well if the wood is wet or dirty. Hand wash the wood first (power washing may cause damage), and let it fully dry before you begin. Then, apply the sealant with a roller or brush, and pay special attention to edges and joints.
Wood shake and shingle roofs are more resilient than many people may realize. Since shakes are thicker than the average asphalt shingle (or even metal) roof, they have superior impact resistance, and they’re well-equipped to face extreme weather conditions.
No matter what type of roof you choose for your home, we’ll stand by your decision here at Legacy Service. Our team of roofing experts only wants to provide you with the best consultation and quality of work, and we’ll do whatever it takes to make sure you’re fully satisfied with your new roof. Let us know if you want to give your home an upgrade by contacting us here or calling us at 215-798-9790 today.
Posted on Sep 05, 2019 in Roof
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