Wood shake is one of the roofing materials that is a choice of some homeowners for an aesthetic result of their homes, though not generally widely used by most residential owners and even in commercial applications. Wood shakes or shingles are usually made from cedar, a coniferous growing tree known for its natural properties and features. By and large, cedar roofing can be a good choice for quality roofing.
Cedar is a very attractive and hard-wearing type of wood, with color tones varying from red to light amber and some in a honey-brown look. Because of its resilience, the type of material makes it an economical choice. Moreover, it can also be the perfect choice as an outdoor building material, not just for roofing but also for sidings.
To better understand the essence of cedar roofing, there is also a need to know how a cedar shingle or shake is being made and its other basics. A cedar wood is initially being cut or slated and is trimmed and squared according to its use either for roofing or siding. A cedar shingle ranges from 8 to 20 cm wide and its thickness also varies. And since the dimension of each cedar shingle is not uniform, no two cedar shakes or shingles are exactly the same. Cedar shingles are also commonly called the cedar roofing shakes. After slating and forming each shingle into its appropriate dimension, the material is being treated with chemicals or Class B or C fire retardant for resistance from fire. Other chemical treatments are for prevention of moss growth and mildew and fungal decay which are the natural enemies of cedar roofing. To make it an even more suitable roofing material, the slated shingles are kiln dried or undergo a heating system process.
The choice for cedar roof doesn’t just contribute a look of elegance and style on your home but it adds to durability purposes. Because it is treated and kiln dried, the material becomes resistant to insects and moss or fungal growth. Cedar roofing, being a natural insulator, keeps your home interior cool and cozy during hot season and sustains warmth during cold climates.
When choosing cedar roof for your rooftop, you are not just enhancing your home’s exterior features, you are also making a wise investment for your property’s value. This is the only roofing material that has authentic and natural properties but adds character to your home and when properly maintained, can even last for years.