Shakes Made of Wood
There are a whole host of roofing options available nowadays – different materials, different styles, different looks. Those building new homes, renovating their existing home, upgrading their office or vacation home, all have access to a wide variety of choices when deciding on the strengths and look of their new roof. From an aesthetic standpoint, among the most popular and time-honored options are cedar shakes. These eco-friendly wood shakes have a rustic, natural look that goes perfectly with a certain style of the house.
Even though cedar shakes are made of wood, they can still offer impressive durability and can last for up to 50 years as long as they are well-maintained. There are even treatments available that can increase their resistance to fire. For most people, however, the big draw is the rustic, classic look that is difficult to replicate using other materials. Their unique beauty and unpolished appearance is in high demand these days and is sure to have a positive effect on the value of your home.
What exactly are cedar shakes?
They are wooden roofing panels similar to shingles but cut in a more rugged, less uniform manner. Made entirely from cedar, a softwood common and bountiful in much of the world, the materials are both eco-friendly and easily sustainable. As a natural substance, cedar does not produce the same type of wasteful by-products as some other building materials. Cedar also handles adverse weather conditions such as hail, wind, and sleet exceptionally well, and is unfazed by UV rays. Unlike some types of wood, cedar is not susceptible to insects.
The term “softwood” means that cedar is less dense than many other lumber variations, filled with large cells of air. Because this creates additional separation it makes cedar much better at insulating temperature than many other roofing materials, keeping the inside of your house cooler in the summer and warmer during the cold winter months.
As cedar shakes create such an attractive and unique look, installing them typically helps boost interest and resale value should you ever decide to sell your home. Wood shingles are far less common than other types, so potential buyers that prefer them will have limited options.
Cedar shakes provide your home with a very exclusive look and feel, and those who appreciate their traditional look and environmentally-friendly benefits should take the time to discuss pricing, installation and variations with one of our experienced roofing specialists at At The Top Restoration, Nashville’s roofing authority.