If you are looking to achieve a rustic or tailored look on your home’s roof, wood cedar shingles are the best way to go. Wood Cedar Shingles is a naturally beautiful material commonly used in roofing and siding. It offers many long-lasting, practical benefits and has been used for roofing of residential and commercial properties all around the world for years now. Wood cedar shingles also have disadvantages just like all other roofing shingles, but their advantages far outweigh their cons.
Often, people have a difficulty telling the difference between cedar ‘shingles’ and cedar ‘shakes’ types of roofing systems. Here is how the two defer.
Shingles – They always have a smooth and homogeneous look, both across each piece of shingle and the across the whole roof. They offer a uniform, seamless appearance from one end to the other.
Shakes – They offer a more rustic look because of their rough texture and finish. They lack uniformity and have a rough-hewn appearance.
Although you may question the validity of using wood shingles for your roofing project like most of its skeptics, there are various advantages that the roofing system offers over other common types of shingles such as asphalt.
Longer lifespan of Wood Cedar Shingles
Wood cedar shingles have an overall longer lifespan than asphalt shingles – the most popular roofing option in the U.S. at the moment. The shingles last up to 30 years or more, while asphalt shingles only live up to around 20 years.
Resistance to elements
Wood cedar shingles are highly resistant to many elements including UV rays, wind damage, moisture, and insect damage. They contain natural and additional preservatives (added through factory treatment) that make them stand up to natural elements better when compared to several other roofing materials. Treatment can be used to make them fungus-resistant, fire-resistant, less susceptible to moss, and more.
Offer better insulation
Cedar, being wood, is a natural insulator. When used for roofing, wood cedar shingles offer better insulation than other types of roofing shingles – up to two times that of asphalt shingles. They help to maintain cooler temperatures in the house during hot months and warmth during the cold months. This can significantly reduce your heating and cooling needs and hence save you massive energy bills.
Provide a great curb appeal
Wood cedar shingles and shakes can give your property a natural and aesthetically pleasing look that can set you apart from your neighbors. They also provide a timeless appearance that often remains marketable despite the changes in the surrounding architecture.
Good sound absorption properties
The shingles offer excellent noise reduction capabilities.
Cedar is a natural material unlike asphalt and therefore eco-friendly. It is 100% recyclable.
However, wood cedar shingles are costly to purchase and require more maintenance than most other roofing materials. These are not major drawbacks if you specifically want this type of roofing shingles. After all, wood cedar shingles or shakes may prove to be a more cost-effective roofing option in the long-term considering their lifespan, curb appeal, and potential impact on the property’s market value.
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