Cedar Shake Roof Shingles: Cedar is well known in the Chicagoland area as a roofing material, and is one of the most regularly utilized kinds of timber in the USA. Though these roofs have the potential to be more expensive than using asphalt shingles, the benefits of using cedar shake roofing certainly outweigh the costs.
A beautiful well-maintained cedar roof can add value to your home. Cedar is aesthetically pleasing as the natural wood grain offers variants in color and a natural and rustic look. It’s been proven that adding a cedar roof to your home can drastically increase its ‘curb appeal’ too, increasing its sale value.
When properly maintained, cedar roofs can outlive their asphalt counterparts by at least 10 years. The average life expectancy of an asphalt roof is 15-30 years while cedar roofs can last for up to 40! Cedar shingles are also more resistant to damage from impact from objects like falling tree branches and even hail. Compared to asphalt, cedar shake roofs take longer to deteriorate when properly cared for and kept in good repair.
Did you know an old worn out roof is letting in cold drafts and hot air? Old roofs are weak and worn, which allow the elements to start to creep into your home in one way or another. Cedar is a natural wood, and therefore acts as great insulator, keeping your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This natural form of insulation can help you cut back on your energy bills and save you some serious cash in the long run.
Looking for a roofing option that not only does the job but is better for the environment? Cedar shake is an excellent place to start. Biodegradable and recyclable, cedar wood is easy to dispose of when it’s time to replace shingles or even sections of a roof. Also, there are less toxic chemicals and gases used in the preparation of cedar for roofing than in the production of asphalt shingles which have a higher carbon footprint. A beautiful roof that’s easier on the planet is easier than you think!
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