The Benefits of a Cedar Shake Roof

4 March 2013, Comments: 0


A cedar shake roof has a distinctive appearance which people often find appealing, but using cedar shakes for roofing has a number of advantages beyond basic aesthetics. When considering roofing options, cedar shakes are certainly something to think about. Although a cedar shake roof can be more expensive to install than some roofing materials, the cost may be outweighed by the numerous benefits, including long term durability.

Cedar shakes are made by carefully cutting down and splitting pieces of cedar, a softwood which grows in many regions of the world. In some areas, cedar is a very traditional roofing material, due to the natural abundance of cedar trees, and many roofs with wooden shingles are made from cedar. A shake roof tends to have a more rustic look, and it can mesh well with a wide variety of architectural styles. It can also be environmentally friendly, if the cedar is harvested and processed in a sustainable way, in contrast with roofing materials made from nonrenewable resources like petroleum products. Check out our cedar shake gallery of projects performed by A.B. Edward.

One big advantage to a cedar shake roof is durability. Cedar resists insects and UV damage naturally, and it also withstands hail and heavy storms. The shakes should remain flat, with minimal shrinkage and splitting over their lifetime, and if the roof is installed properly, minimal loss of shakes should be experienced in heavy weather. Several manufacturers also treat their cedar shakes with fire-resistant chemicals to make them safer for roofing than ordinary shakes.

If you are looking for reliable roofing and siding contractor that knows the North Shore, Illinois area, then please take time to learn more about AB Edward Enterprises. We are a Chicagoland exterior remodeling company that specializes in natural cedar roofing, asphalt shingles roofing, natural slate roofing, synthetic shake and slate roofing and metal roofing.

We also provide our customers with services in all different types of siding, including fiber cement siding, cedar siding, vinyl siding.

To learn more about having your cedar shake roof properly installed on your home, contact us today

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