People often love having cedar shingles on their roof, because they offer the cozy feel and rustic charm. If we want to bring a touch of elegance to our house, it is definitely a good thing to consider having cedar shingles for our house. We should be aware that replacing the roofing material is not a simple matter and it can still be a huge project. First of all, we should understand entirely about the difference between cedar shingles and cedar shakes. In general, shingles can be recognized by their more finished looks and they are cut with saw. They can be raw or pretreated with protective coating. Cedar shakes are visually less finished and rougher, with their thicker dimension. Also, cedar shakes are usually hand split, which can provide home owners with a more rustic look than with shingles. The prices of cedar shingles and shakes often vary due to different factors, especially related to the distance between the manufacturer and sellers. In areas where cedar trees are not naturally found, we shouldn’t expect that cedar shingles and shakes will have lower prices.
The square frontage of the roof also determines the overall cost of your project. Depending on the size of the house, you may look to spend anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 for a completely new roof. It’s important to be aware that the cost can be substantially higher if you choose cedar shakes instead. In order to cut prices further, it is a good idea to purchase cedar shingles and shakes in bulk. Many sellers provide us with deep discounts if we agree to make bulk purchases. There’s no doubt that cedar shingles are among the pricier roofing materials and in many areas, they are seen as high end. Cedar roofing isn’t only pretty, but it is also durable and requires limited maintenance. If we choose pretreated shingles, it is possible that cedar roofs can last for more than 100 years. If you find that cedar shingles are expensive, it is a good idea to consider the faux alternative, which is made from plastic, which has much shorter longevity. However, we should consider the drawback of choosing cedar roofing for our house. Cedar roofing is more appropriate in areas with moderate weather. In a wet climate with a few bright, sunny days; rot, mold and mildew can be a big problem for any wood-based roofing, including cedar.
In dry climate, cedar roofing could lose too much moisture and dry out, which could become a fire hazard. Due for this reason, many municipalities and cities ban the use of wood-based roofing. So, before using cedar roofing, we should check the local code and consider the climate in our area. We should be aware that cedar roofing isn’t a DIY project and it requires a high degree of experience and skill. Also, the installation process can be quite repetitive and time consuming. This will require precision and consistency that can’t be achieved by amateur DIY-ers.