If you’re on the hunt for a uniquely appealing roofing material, cedar shake may have caught your eye. But appearance isn’t the only thing you should consider when deciding which roofing material is right for your home. At Keyprime Roofing, we understand the many factors a homeowner must consider when selecting exterior construction materials. After all, it's those materials that play a vital role in protecting your home. If you’ve been considering cedar shake shingles as your roofing material of choice, take a few minutes to learn about their pros and cons below.

Cedar Shake Roofing: 5 Distinct Advantages

If you’re considering it as a roofing material, you already know cedar shake is aesthetically appealing. Did you know it’s customizable too? Cedar shake is available in a wide range of stain colors and shapes, making it a perfect complement to a variety of architectural designs. But its design versatility and visual appeal aren’t the only advantages it offers. Check out these other benefits:

●        Weather resistance. Cedar shake shingles are factory treated to resist mold, mildew, moisture, UV radiation, insects, and fire. They also hold up well in high winds and through our harsh Twin Cities winters. 

●        Ease of installation. Unlike heavy roofing materials (slate, for example) cedar shake is relatively easy to install. Its natural wood grain allows roofing contractors to create a uniform, clean look, which may help reduce installation time. Keep in mind, however, that cedar shake requires a unique installation skillset, which makes it critical that you choose a roofing contractor with experience installing the material. Otherwise, you’ll likely encounter roofing problems in the future.  

●        Energy Efficiency. You might not assume wood shingles could help lower your household energy use, but you’d be surprised! Cedar shake shingles provide approximately two times the insulation that asphalt shingles do, which means lower year-round energy bills.

●        Shape retention. Many types of exterior wood cladding are susceptible to moisture-related expansion and contraction; cedar is not. Regardless of outdoor conditions, cedar shake shingles retain their shape because they’re fashioned from low-density materials designed to minimize warping or shrinkage.

●        Durability. At the low end, cedar shake shingles will last you 20 years; at the high end, 30 years. Compared to something less durable, such as asphalt shingles, you’ll get about 10 additional years out of a high-quality cedar shake roof. Plus, because cedar roofing is highly impact resistant, it’s less susceptible to weather-related damage from hail and flying or falling objects.

Disadvantages of Cedar Shake Installation

Though it offers a number of valuable benefits, cedar roofing doesn’t come without a couple of drawbacks. Despite its unique visual appeal and inherent insulating qualities (two features homeowners should seriously consider), cedar roofing isn’t for everyone. What might deter you from opting for cedar shake? Let’s take a look:

●        High Cost. Cedar shake is a premium roofing product, which means it’s more expensive than lower-end materials such as asphalt shingles. Added treatments for rot, moisture, insect, fire, and UV resistance also drive up the cost of cedar roofing. Depending on the type of shake you select, special installation techniques may also be required, which can increase labor costs too. 

●        Additional maintenance. Like any type of wood construction material, cedar roofing requires routine maintenance to retain its visual appeal and protective qualities. Because cedar needs to breathe, the roof must be kept free of leaves, branches, and other types of debris that can hold moisture against the shake. Both the surface of the shingles and the spaces between them must be kept clear to allow for proper airflow.

Furthermore, gutters and downspouts must be cleaned at least twice per year to prevent water accumulation on the roof, and downspouts must not be allowed to drain onto lower roof surfaces. To protect against debris accumulation, any overhanging tree branches must also be trimmed and kept away from the roof.

●        It needs sunlight. Because wood roofing materials need to breathe and moisture must be able to freely evaporate off the roof, cedar shake shingles require sunlight. If there are several overhanging trees above your house or if your yard is super shady, a cedar roof may not get enough sunlight or airflow to allow for proper moisture evaporation. As a result, it may be more vulnerable to premature deterioration.

Ready to Discuss Your Roofing Options? Contact Keyprime Roofing Today

If you’re in the market for a new roof, whether it’s on a new construction project or you’re replacing your existing roof, get in touch with our team at Keyprime Roofing! We specialize in high-quality, cost-effective repairs and renovations for Twin Cities homeowners, and we take pride in delivering dependable, professional, personalized service. To get a free quote or schedule an appointment, feel free to give us a call today at 952-426-0132 or send us a message, and we’ll be in touch promptly.