Traditional cedar shake roofing is going out of style fast, and for good reason. For a time, cedar shake was the conventional roofing choice in the Northwest. But traditional cedar shingles made from old-growth Western Cedar are becoming increasingly difficult to come by due to cutting restrictions aimed at preserving this resource. Is it time to replace your wood shake roof with composition roofing?
Cedar Shakes No Longer Eco-Friendly or Economical
Besides not being a sustainable resource, cedar shake can be costly to maintain. Naturally combustible, most cedar roofs are treated with chemical agents to improve fire resistance. To properly protect your wood shake roofing, regular treatments are needed to help reduce rotting, warping, moisture absorption and moss growth. The cost of these treatments can really add up over the years, and they’re definitely not eco-friendly.
Wood Shake Looks Worn Faster
The life expectancy of a natural cedar roof is 15 to 20 years, but cedar roofing tends to lose its aesthetic appeal after only 5 to 10 years. What was once a beautiful addition to your home later becomes a significant detractor.
Asphalt Provides More Options
Some believe composition or asphalt shingle roofing is boring and ugly because it’s all the same color, shape and style. But that’s far from the truth. Recent advances have opened up a new world of design and color options to complement any home and help it really stand out in the neighborhood. CertainTeed is one of the leading providers of top quality residential roofing materials, and their Patriot line of asphalt shingle roofing comes in an array of intricate color blends, designs and styles for a rich aesthetic appeal.
Better Asphalt Roofing Warranties
Top-quality CertainTeed asphalt composition roofing comes with a 30-year limited-lifetime, transferrable warranty, and an 8-year SureStart™ warranty that includes 100% replacement with labor costs if there’s a failure due to manufacturing defects. Also included is a 10-year StreakFighter™ warranty against streaking and discoloration, and a 10-year wind-resistance warranty for winds up to 110 mph. None of those assurances are available with cedar shake roofing.
A New Perspective and a New Roof
The old idea of composition roofing being ugly and cheap is no longer true, and replacing your old wood shake roof with new asphalt shingle roofing is a great way to add value and protection to your home while maintaining its aesthetic appeal.
If you need to replace your old cedar shake roof, you owe it to yourself to check into modern composition roofing before making a decision. Urbizo Bros Roofing specializes in replacing cedar shake with modern Presidential-style asphalt shingles backed by industry-leading warranties. We carefully inspect every roof before and after work is performed to assure excellence, and we’re known for leaving your home as clean and tidy as we found it. Call or email for a free estimate, and don’t forget to check out our special online offer!
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Quality Presidential Roof Conversions in Seattle, Mercer Island & South Snohomish County
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