Homeowners can choose a roof made from conventional cedar wood to get the look and feel of natural wood.
In addition to the attractive look and feel, natural cedar roofs provide a wide range of benefits, including high durability, biodegradability, and the ability to withstand harsh weather conditions. Regular maintenance helps extend the lifespan of cedar roofs.
Facts About Cedar Roofs
The wood of more than 12 trees are referred to as cedar. Historically, people have used red cedar for attractive looking and solid roofing. However, recent years have seen an increase in the use of cedar of other colors, such as white. White cedar is readily available at a fraction of the cost. Cedar can be cut into your preferred shape and size for use in roofing. Cedar shingles are available in a wide variety of textures.
Cedar Roofs are Eco-Friendly
In general, most cedar roofs are biodegradable. When you install a cedar roof, check with the Forest Stewardship Council to know whether the cedar is certified as eco-friendly. Cedar roofs usually come with a warranty of more than two decades. With proper installation and regular maintenance, you can extend the lifespan of cedar roofs to more than five decades. Have a St. Louis roofing company inspect your cedar roof every year to check for early signs of damage. Replace any damaged or cracked shingles. When the cedar shingles are no longer usable for roofing, you can recycle them as mulch.
Cedar roofs can withstand harsh weather conditions, including extreme high winds, heavy rainfall, extremely cold or hot temperatures, and earthquake. Cedar roofs are resistant to heat transfers. They have a higher R-value than aluminum roofs and other roofs. This helps keep the indoor temperature comfortable and saves you heating and cooling costs. The natural oils in cedar helps discourage mold and mildew growth naturally.
Drawbacks of Cedar Roofs
Roofs made of cedar shingles are more expensive than roofs constructed from synthetic materials. It is essential to ensure there is a substrate in any cedar roof for proper air flow, because cedar is a type of wood. Hailstorms or heavy snowfall can cause damage to a cedar roof. However, there are ways to reduce the impact of snowfall on cedar roofs.
Because cedar becomes slippery when wet, be extra careful when climbing your cedar roof. Timely inspection and proper maintenance can help improve the performance of your cedar roof. Call Duration Construction at (314) 238-1357.