Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Your Questions About Cedar Shakes Answered

by Edgar Cruz

Cedar shakes are not an uncommon roofing material, but if you've only ever had asphalt shingles or a metal roof in the past, you might have a few questions about this wooden alternative. Here's a look at some of the most common questions people have when considering cedar shingles for their home – and their answers:

How does a wooden roof not just rot away?

There's a reason you always see cedar shakes, and not shakes made from other woods. Cedar wood has a remarkable resistance to rot. It will withstand exposure to rain, snow and sleet without getting slimy or moldy. That is not to say you don't need to take precautions to prevent rotting of your cedar shake roof, because it will rot if you really neglect it. You'll want to remove leaves from it in the fall so they don't trap moisture up there, ensure your roof is not overhung with tree branches, and ensure your gutter system is well-maintained so your roof is not exposed to more moisture than necessary.

Do you have to worry about termites eating a cedar roof?

In short, the answer is "no." Termites do not like to eat cedar because it contains a resin that repels them. They may begin to eat cedar once it is very old and worn, since its levels of resin may be lower by this point. However, you will probably have had your cedar shakes replaced by the time they become appealing to termites.

Does a cedar shake roof need to be treated with any special sprays or coatings?

The beauty of a cedar roof is that it most cases, it does not need to be treated with anything, since it is naturally resistant to rot and insects. Some contractors who are not experienced with cedar shake roofs may try to tell you that the roof needs to be sealed or coated, but this is not true, and in fact, sealing your cedar roof could cause it to fail prematurely, since it will prevent the wood from breathing properly.

How long does a cedar roof last?

Life expectancy depends on many factors, including the climate in your area, how well the roof is installed, and the number of trees overhanging the roof. However, you can expect a cedar roof to last between 30 and 40 years, on average.

Hopefully these answers have allayed some of your concerns about cedar shakes. This is a durable, attractive roofing material that many homeowners find serves them well. For more help, contact professionals for roofing in your area.


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Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Wendy, and after traveling through many parts of the world as I worked on a degree in anthropology with a minor in architecture, I learned a lot. I saw how people took different approaches to the same issue (putting a roof on their home), but more importantly, I noticed how those approaches were dictated by the climate and culture in the area. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people in North America build roofs that are traditional rather than roofs that are the right fit for the climate. If you are interested in exploring the latter idea, I'm here to help. These posts look at the best way to get a roof that protects you from the elements. Explore, enjoy and send your friends over to my blog. Thanks!