If you are wanting a shingle roof that is more beautiful and longer lasting than plain old asphalt shingles, consider cedar wood shake shingle roofs! Made of real cedar wood, these shingles are durable, weather resistant, and one of the best natural roofing insulators available. Although wood shake roofing systems have some superior benefits, they also has their drawbacks; wood shake roofing systems are infamous for significant upkeep, as well as being expensive to install. In fact, cedar roofing upkeep is so critical, some homeowners suffer through premature roofing system failure due to insufficient upkeep patterns.
One other point of worry is that clients who live in locations that are vulnerable to wildfires should reconsider cedar roofing systems since the the natural wood roofs are extremely flammable. Nowadays, there are fireproof wood shake or synthetic cedar shingle roofs available. Cedar roofing that are injected with fire retardants are placed in pressure treatment cylinders where the fire retardant chemicals enter a polymerization process and get locked in the wood. The treatment is fully settled into the wood around 10 years after it has been exposed to outdoor weathering and regular testing. A cedar roof is the hardest roof to maintain, but with proper care, you can have a gorgeous and efficient roof that lasts for decades. For installation or repair of your cedar roofing in Glastonbury and Hartford, CT, call our roofers at 860-633-7243 today.
Wood Shake Roof Benefits and Drawbacks
There are two types of cedar roofing styles that Alliance Roofing provides: cedar shake or cedar shingle. Cedar shakes have a more rugged and rough look to them, while cedar shingles have a more tailored or custom look. Both types can be installed on top of existing roofing like older wood roofing or asphalt roofing which saves homeowners money on roof replacement fees. Not all cedar shakes are of the same quality, and there are many different grades of cedar roofing, just like there are types.
- Regular: Regular grade cedar shakes are always 6-8″ wide and are usually not recommended for anything other than side trimmings. Regular grade shakes have a rough appearance and the wood is full of knots.
- Select: The most popular choice among consumers, select grade shakes are usually 85% edge grain and don’t look as rough as a regular grade shake. Because of their width, select grade cedar shakes are a better choice than regular when it comes to roof installation. Select is also better quality and wider and will last longer than a regular grade cedar shake roof.
- Premium: Premium shakes are thicker and more uniform in appearance than any other shake, therefore they are more top quality. They are 100% edge grain and have a wider cut than regular and select grade cedar shakes. Because of premium grades quality of wood, they are less likely to curl, chip or cut.
We Specialize in Cedar Roofing Installation Services
For a roof that gives your home a unique and rustic look, install cedar roofing in Glastonbury and Hartford, CT. Contact us at 860-633-7243 and we will set up an appointment that is convenient for you. Our roofing contractors are licensed and trained to install wood shake roofs and our main goal is to provide customer gratification to all projects. We are more than happy to go over the roofing process with our clients and also address all questions regarding the residential roof choice you are interested. At Alliance Roofing, our focus isn’t the big sale, our priority is ensuring you receive the right roofing system for your house and your needs.