The Facts About Cedar Shake Roofing

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What is Cedar Shake Roofing?

Cedar shake roofs use wooden shingles that are made from split logs.  The roofs have a distinctive look because the thickness and length of each shingle can vary.  This type of roofing has been in existence in North America since the days of the colonists.

Lifespan:

The average lifespan of a properly cared for cedar shake roof is approximately 7-15 years.  This may sound like a lot until you understand that manufacturers, like GAF, offer non-prorated warranties covering both labor and materials, up to 50 years on metal and asphalt roofs.

I’m Considering Purchasing a Home with Cedar Shakes; What Should I Know?

  • Cedar shakes can be a poor choice in humid climates which can cause the shingles to  age prematurely
  • Because cedar shakes are made out of essentially the same material used in a campfire, your insurance company may charge a premium for this type of roofing since it is not fire retardant.  (Retardant chemicals are available but most need to be reapplied every time it rains.
  • Cedar shakes need to be cleaned every 4 to 5 years to maintain their appearance.  The process often involves pressure washing.  Beware that using to high of a setting on the pressure washer which can damage the roof and cause premature aging.
  • Roof should be inspected annually by a professional for signs of aging wear, insect infiltration, rot, etc.
  • Cedar shake roofs are prone to algae & moss growth which can endanger both your family’s health & safety.  When it rains, moss traps moisture and prevents the cedar shake roof from ever drying out.  As time goes on, this can cause the roof to leak.  In the winter, the roof’s moisture freezes and thaws repeatedly which does nothing except cause damage.

Environmental Impact:

Trees are a renewable resource.  However, cedar does not grow as fast as other types of trees.  Experts estimate that the time it takes for a cedar tree to reach the maturity level needed for cedar shake roofing can be anywhere from 200-400 years.  As cedar becomes more and more rare, the price of this type of roofing will be driven up due to the rules of supply and demand. 

   Lindus Construction offers both metal & asphalt roofing systems. In 2011, they were recognized by GAF (North America’s largest manufacturer of commercial and residential roofing) as the #1 GAF Roofer in the country. Lindus Construction’s successes of past recognitions include winning all 6 of GAF’s excellence awards in 2011 & 2010. Only the top 3% of all roofing contractors have qualified as Master Elite™ contractors. To become a factory-certified GAF Master Elite™ roofing contractor, companies must be fully licensed, adequately insured, have a demonstrated reputation for providing quality roofing services and be committed to on-going professional training.

Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate today. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

 

4 Comments

  1. Noel Ngin says:

    Great blog! Sorry to get off subject, but since this is the new year, I’m looking for a great handyman company to help me with my never-ending “honey-do” list! Have you read any recent buzz? There’s a new handyman service in town called Handypro of Nashville, but I’ve only seen a few reviews. Here’s the address of this new Nashville Handyman Company, 5543 Edmondson Pike #155, Nashville, TN 37211 (615) 988-3220. Let me know your thoughts! Thanks!

    • Avatar of Andy Lindus Andy Lindus says:

      Very smart of you to look up reviews. We recommend sites such as Angie’s List, GuildQuality and Google Reviews. In addition, it’s a smart idea to also to check with the Better Business Bureau to see if the business has had any complaints on them. We have no experience with the company that you mentioned above. Sorry!

  2. Cathrine Moreno says:

    Shocking! I am not having second thoughts as to use the cedar roofing or not. They are good but I am afraid for the nature and for the environment. It will take so many years before it will grown big again.

  3. Home says:

    I’m changing my mind about this roofing material after reading this blog…

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