There are many different options to select from for roofing materials. If you are considering a new roof for your home, cedar is an excellent choice. In addition to the beauty of real wood, it offers many other benefits.
Understanding Cedar Roofs
If you have narrowed your material choice down to cedar, there are two styles to choose from—a shake or a shingle. A cedar shake is thicker and often handmade, so each may look slightly different. This can provide a more natural, rustic look to your home.
A cedar shingle is manufactured and will be thinner. Shingles will give a more uniform look to your roof. Both can come in a variety of colors and have similar price points. Installation is the same for both shakes and shingles.
The Benefits of Cedar
The most appealing benefit when using cedar is the durability of the material. You can expect to get 30 to 50 years out of a cedar roof when it is properly installed and maintained. Cedar naturally repels insects and is more resistant to mold. So, while the initial cost to install will be higher, you can feel confident it will hold up for a long time.
Cedar is a very environmentally friendly material. To begin with, wood is a naturally occurring element in nature. Once the cedar is installed, it insulates your house nicely and resists UV rays to reduce your utility bills. Although cedar is lightweight, it can withstand heavy storms and high winds. At the end of the lifespan of your roof, the wood will be recyclable. If you’re environmentally conscious, this may be the right roof for you.
Finally, curb appeal is a popular benefit when using cedar on your home’s roof. It adds a beautiful, natural look that will make your home stand out. If a unique, rustic look is what you aim for, cedar is a fantastic choice.
Caring For Cedar
To maximize the lifespan of your cedar roof, proper care is essential. You may be able to tackle some of these tasks on your own, while others will require a professional.
Treatment should be applied to the wood periodically to prevent mold, rot, or burn. Work with one of our professionals to determine how often your roof should be treated.
While cedar naturally resists water, high moisture levels can wreak havoc on your roof. If you notice rotting or cracked shakes or shingles, replace them to keep your home fully protected.
Removing debris that can retain water will keep your roof healthier. Trim away branches that hang over your roof and keep your gutters and downspouts cleared out. All of this can prevent your cedar from deteriorating too quickly.
A professional cleaning will not only keep your cedar roof in good shape but will allow an expert to inspect for any concerning issues. We can help you determine how often a cleaning is necessary or make it part of your roof’s annual inspection.
If you are interested in learning more about cedar for your home’s roof, contact Rose Roofing. Our professionals can address your questions and discuss the best option for your family.