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The primary logic of a cedar roof solution is that the wood protects the underlayment, which may be constructed from tar, or felt. They are high performance and have good architectural character, making them a popular choice for homeowners. Although wooden shingles, particularly cedar siding, are an attractive roofing solution, as they are environmentally friendly (materials are sourced from properly managed forests and are fully recyclable when replaced) and have a pleasing natural appearance, there are a number of factors that must be taken into account when considering exterior wood siding, such as environmental factors that may affect the life span of cedar siding shingles, and the cedar siding maintenance cost. You see, there is quite a lot to consider. No problem – we have put together a helpful guide to the cedar siding pros and cons. And we don’t stop there, we also explain below how Enviroshake products can help you to overcome the problems you might encounter with cedar siding, cedar roof shingles, and cedar siding maintenance.
Many different environmental factors can affect cedar wood shakes and shingles, including leaves, dirt, small animals, excessive shade, tree coverage, moisture or too much sunlight. It is important to note that the wood on a cedar roof is not intended to be waterproof, and is therefore quite susceptible to wind-driven rain. Any natural product exposed to water is vulnerable to mold, mildew and erosion.
Good news! Enviroshake products are mold, mildew and insect repellent, and are not adversely affected by environmental factors such as UV, moisture, freeze/thaw, wind and salt spray.
But that’s just part of the story; a range of other factors can also influence the life span of cedar shake siding and shingle siding, including the thickness of the material. The majority of cedar roofs are hand-split cedar shakes, and the remainder are made up of cedar shingles; the thickness of hand-split shakes is different to that of the cedar shingles. Other things to think about include the basic components of the cedar roof, the cut of the material, the grade of the material, how the material was treated prior to being cut, whether the material has been treated with cuprinol (a chemical preservative), the quality of labor, how well the product has been installed and the slope of the installation. And of course, the maintenance history of the roof. These are just a few factors to take into account when weighing up the cedar siding pros and cons, if you’re thinking about exterior wood paneling.
When thinking about a roofing solution, longevity is understandably a critical factor. Of course, there are many things that will affect the life span of a roof, such as the environmental and installation related factors outlined above. However, in our experience, the average life span of the cedar roofs that are currently being replaced by Enviroshake installers are less than 20 years old. In fact, most shake roofs that were installed in the 1980s and 1990s have only lasted around 15 years. To make a point, Enviroshake products last over 50 years, and come with a lifetime fully transferable warranty. No doubt about it, this is a significant improvement on current offerings in the exterior wood siding and shingles market.
Protecting wood from decay is of primary importance, if you want to keep your home and family safe from roof failure, which can be a stressful and very costly occurrence. In our experience, failure arising from decay can occur in less than 10 years, and failure from weathering, though slower, is an accumulative process.
Cedar, unlike Enviroshake, needs regular maintenance in order to ensure the greatest value and longevity from them.
Sadly, cedar shake maintenance and cedar shake siding cost can be significant. For example, maintenance for a natural cedar roof can cost between $500-$1000 per year on average. By contrast, Enviroshake products are virtually maintenance free. Treat yourself!