Choosing Cedar Shakes or Shingles
With all the options out there, why choose a shake or shingle roof? Here are some of the reasons many people do:
Cedar Shakes or Shingles roofs add a beautiful--and distinctly upscale--touch to your home. Cedar has a wonderfully warm, natural look that adds distinctive character. Any home would be enhanced by the choice of a cedar shake or shingle roof. And have you ever noticed that when architects sketch a beautiful new design, they always top it with a Cedar Shakes roof?
Adds value to your home
A wood roof adds to the value of your property. And if you're looking ahead to the possibility of selling your home at some point, you should know that wood Cedar Shakes or shingles roofs add both resale value and curb appeal to your home.
Naturally insect and UV ray resistant
Cedar Shakes are naturally insect-resistant, but in addition, it resists the damage caused by UV rays.
Excellent performance in extreme weather conditions Unlike roofs made of asphalt shingles and some other materials, a cedar roof comes through extreme conditions like high winds, heavy rain and pounding hail with flying colors. Class 3 and Class 4-rated Cedar Shakes and shingles are available. Cedar shake or shingle roofs are also resilient in earthquakes. Learn more about Cedar Shakes weather-resistence.
A natural insulator/ lower energy bills
Cedar's open cell structure provides natural thermal protection, insulating your attic and allowing your house to "breathe". Cedar Shakes or shingles roofs can keep your attic up to 28 degrees cooler in summer heat; it also keeps your house warmer during winter, saving you money on utility bills year-round.
Green and sustainable
Today's Cedar Shakes and Shingles come from well-managed forests in the Pacific Northwest, providing a potentially endless supply of roofing material that doesn't require the mining, drilling or manufacturing of energy-intensive materials such as metal or asphalt. And when a cedar shake or shingle roof is ready for replacement, it doesn't end up as toxic material in your local landfill. It's completely recyclable.
Reduces your carbon footprint
The production of Cedar Shakes and Shingles are time-intensive, but not energy intensive. No expensive, fossil-fuel based process is needed to produce this beautiful roofing material. In addition, the growing trees in a properly managed cedar forest spend their entire lives cleaning up our planet's air by producing oxygen and removing the CO2 our atmosphere already has too much of. Find out more about the green benefits of a natural Cedar Shakes.
Before & After
Here's one home's transformation from an asphalt roof to a beautiful cedar roof:
For more Cedar Shakes and Shingles product information, click the Cedar Bureau's link at left, or get a handy printable PDF green benefits brochure here.