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Shake, Single and Roll: What to Know About Cedar Roofing

Is a cedar roof the right choice for your home? Your existing roof is old, worn, or damaged beyond repair. But you’re not sure which material to select as a replacement. Before you agree to an estimate, take a look at the top questions and answers homeowners have about cedar shake and shingle roofing products.
What Is Cedar Shake Roofing?
This type of roofing material is made from cedarwood. The name “cedar shake” is often used interchangeably with cedar wood shingle. While both are made from cedar tree wood, a shake is split along one or both sides. The splitting process creates a tapered edge, a longitudinal wood grain pattern, and gives cedar shakes a rustic chunky type of look.
What Is Cedar Shingle Roofing?
Like shakes, cedar shingles are also made from cedar tree logs. This type of roofing material has a similar look to a shake that gives homes a rustic, natural aesthetic. Instead of being split by hand, wood shingles are sawn by a machine. This process gives the shingles a uniform smoothness and thinner taper. Compared to shakes, cedar shingles are more uniform in thickness and have a symmetrical appearance.
What Style Home Does cedar Match?
A roof is more than just a functional piece of your home. Not only does the roof protect your home from the elements, but it also adds to the exterior aesthetics.  Cedar shakes and shingles won’t match every type of home style. A modern or contemporary industrial exterior or seaside villa-inspired home may look off with a cedar roof on top. But a rustic, cabin type of home and classic traditional types of design blend well with the wooden materials.
Are All Wood Shakes and Shingles Cedar?
Simply stated-no. Some shakes and shingles are made from pine or other types of trees. Even though you can buy other types of shakes and shingles, cedar is the primary log used for this type of roofing product.
Are Cedar Shakes and Shingles Environmentally Friendly?
Cedar roofing materials come from a natural source-trees. This may make some consumers wonder if cedar shakes and shingles are environmentally friendly options. According to the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau, salvage logging accounts for a portion of the cedar shake and shingle material supply. Instead of leaving cut or fallen logs on the forest floor, salvage logging allows manufacturers to use the leftover fiber.
Are Cedar Shakes and Shingles Durable?
Cedar salvage logging is made possible by the tree’s natural resistance against decay. Shakes and shingles made from cedar are known for their superior resistance to both rot and moisture. This makes cedar roofing material a durable and long-lasting choice.
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) has stated that you can expect a wood roof to last at least 25 years. The specific lifespan of your new wood shake and shingle roof depends on several factors. These include the quality of the cedar, the local climate, and care or routine maintenance.
In general, wood shakes are more durable than wood shingles. The grain cut and thickness help the shakes repel water or moisture. This can increase the overall lifespan of the roof.
Who Should Install a Cedar Shape or Shingle Roof?
This type of roofing requires specialty installation knowledge. A do-it-yourself homeowner with little to no experience should never attempt to install a cedar roof. Failure to install the shakes or shingles correctly could lead to damage outside and inside of your home. This could potentially cost you unnecessary repairs and replacements.
Before you hire a contractor to install a cedar roof, make sure they have experience with this type of shake or shingle material. Ask your would-be future roofer for references from past or current customers. Along with written references, the roofer may also have photos of similar jobs they’ve completed.
Are you ready to replace your home’s roof? Contact Roofers of Minnesota Co. for more information.