Advantages and Disadvantages of Cedar Shake Roofing

Cedar shakes are a classic roofing material for Alberta homes. They provide a warm, rustic and natural look that complements many different types of home styles and color schemes. However, a wood shake roof will also require regular maintenance and may need to be replaced sooner than other roofing materials, particularly in Calgary’s unforgiving climate.

As a result, it is important to choose a local roofing Mega Roofing & Exteriors contractor that not only understands how to properly install cedar shakes but also has the experience and expertise necessary to maintain them over time. An experienced roofing contractor should be able to provide a comprehensive warranty on both the workmanship and the products used to ensure your home’s roof is protected for the long term.

What Is a Cedar Shake Roof?

A cedar shake roof is a type of roof that is made from split logs formed into wooden shingles. Cedar shakes are often considered the ideal roof for a western style home as they give a rustic and classic appearance that pairs well with a mountain setting. However, a cedar shake roof will also look great on a modern style home as well.

While the overall look is certainly a pro, there are several other benefits to using wood shakes on your roof. In addition to their beautiful rustic beauty, wood shakes are naturally rot-resistant and help to insulate your home, keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. They are also a very eco-friendly option as cedar is harvested from renewable resources.

The primary disadvantage of a cedar shake roof is the fact that it tends to deteriorate faster than other roofing materials, particularly in Calgary’s harsh climate. As the weather in Calgary ages, your cedar shake roof will lose its fresh look and begin to show signs of wear and tear, such as curling, cracking, and fading.

This rapid deterioration can lead to multiple issues, such as water penetration and the need for frequent repairs and replacements. Additionally, as a result of the dry climate, your cedar roof can also become more brittle and more likely to split or crack, leaving your home vulnerable and exposed to the elements.

Another drawback of a cedar roof is the increased cost associated with this type of roofing. In general, wood shakes are more expensive than other types of roofing and can be difficult to install properly due to their texture. This can lead to a higher roof repair and replacement cost than would be the case with other roofing materials.

While it is still possible to find a reliable contractor that can install and maintain a cedar roof, the most effective alternative may be to use synthetic cedar shingles or shakes. For example, CeDUR Synthetic Roofing Products offer the treasured natural wood look of 3/4″ heavy hand split cedar shake but in a fire safe and durable composite product that does not degrade over time like natural wooden shakes.

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