Will Cedar Shingles Work for Your Roof?

With metal and asphalt roofing attracting so much interest, it would be easy to forget about organic options like cedar roofing shingles.

Cedar offers one of the ‘greenest’ options you can choose for your home and, with a lifespan of 30 years or more, it matches the longevity of most other options.

Here you can find help to decide if cedar shingles are right for your home:

Why choose cedar roofing?

If you are looking for an energy-efficient solution, cedar roofing has an R value that is infinitely better than aluminum or steel and several times greater than concrete. Because of this efficiency, it offers homeowners looking to ‘go green’ a viable choice. Cedar roofing shingles are sourced in Canada from sustainable forests, making them a solid pick if you want renewable materials for a roof. Loggers use saws to cut shingles and shake from cedar trees, which offers another green dimension in the production process.

In terms of longevity, the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau (the industry’s leading organization of manufacturers) sets the average lifespan of cedar roofing at 30 to 40 years. As always, the product quality, grade, quality of installation, maintenance, and weather conditions all play major roles in how long your roof lasts. Cedar is more expensive than asphalt but your lower energy costs should be considered when estimating the total cost of the roofing.

Options in cedar shingles

When you begin your search for cedar roofing, you will see options in shake and shingles. The difference is in how the wood is cut. Shingles are sawed on both sides, while shake involves cutting on one end, resulting in an uneven finish. In addition to its terrific insulation properties, cedar offers outstanding resistance to high winds, allowing your roof to endure the worst of any hurricane or winter storms around Marietta.

Since there are standards for new wood roofs in Georgia, roofers will have to match your local building codes to the type of shingle or shake you choose. Take into account the pitch (steepness) of your roof as well. Most roofers do not recommend shingles or shake for the steepest roof because of the effects moisture will have on the roofing after storms. Once you have the building standards settled, you can focus on the beauty of the cedar roofing options. For many homeowners, there is no better choice in terms of curb appeal.

Cedar shingles offer one of the most attractive and efficient roofing options on the market. If it is right for your home, you can enjoy the low impact and beauty of the material for decades.

Contact Findlay Roofing to get the answers you need today.

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