Wood Roof Systems, Shingles and Shakes
There are two types of wood roofing—shingles and shakes. Neither boasts the practicality of a modern roofing material like asphalt shingles, but it’s difficult to deny traditional wood’s aesthetic appeal. In fact, many other roofing products try to simulate look of wood shingles and shakes. Made from cedar, spruce, red wood, cypressor, or treated pine, wood roofing is especially appropriate for older homes and those based upon historical styles.
Wood shake roofs are not only beautiful but durable as well, lasting 30+ years assuming quality material and proper installation. They are environmentally friendly because they’re made from a natural, renewable resource and are biodegradable.
Cedar shakes and shingles are elegant, as well as durable, energy efficient, and weather resistant. Made from renewable resources and recyclable, cedar is the “green” choice in roofing.
Wood roofs have been used to protect homes for over a hundred years which is a testament to its reliability. It has a rustic, natural look and ages beautifully. Most wood roofing is made from cedar because it is light, yet durable. Cedar will weather to a gray color in several months if not pressure washed. This graying is natural and often desired aesthetically. Cedar is a long lasting product as well. If properly maintained, a Sierra West wood roof can give you approximately 30 years from shakes and 20 years from wood shingles.
- Wood shingles are smooth, flat and have cleaner lines. Courses are straight.
- Wood shakes are thicker than wood shingles, giving a longer warranty. The surface is grooved from the slitting process and has a more rustic, random look.
- Wood roofing is not the least expensive option; however, the visual appeal and natural protection from the weather has made them a popular choice in many areas.
If you are looking for a roofing system that will not only protect your home from the elements but also provide a natural look, Wood Shake shingles are the perfect compliment. Wood Shake roofing shingles provide an organic look to your home.
Wood Shingles are typically not the most durable product, but their appeal and natural ability to transform your home make this product very popular among homeowners. The strength and beauty of Cedar roofing make for visually versatile, naturally practical and value-enhancing roofing options for your property. Wood Shake shingles are best known for their weather resistant, resistance from insect damage and resisting UV ray damage.
Durability and weather resistance are two of the most important factors to consider when determining what type of Wood Shake roofing system is best for you home. Some woods, such as the red cedar, have natural durability and that makes it the most regularly used wood for shingles. Cedar roofing shakes and shingles also provide excellent insulation as a roofing material.