Let’s talk Cedar Shingles.
Cedar shingles are resistant to rot and commonly available in 18” and 24” lengths. These fade gradually from natural wood colored to a silver-like tone.
Cedar lasts at least 10 years longer than common roofing materials, like asphalt. Cedar shingles and shakes are also resistant to strong winds and are durable in hurricanes, heavy rains, hail storms, snowstorms, and other types of severe storms.
When it is well-installed according to our installation recommendations, cedar shingle siding can last over 50 years.
Now you may have also heard of cedar shakes, simply put, cedar shingles are milled more precisely than shakes and create a more uniform appearance on the roof. Cedar shingles are cut on both sides and are much more uniform in appearance. They have a tailored appearance and are cut tapered. Cedar shingles are more precise and can lay very flat.
There are some maintenance issues with cedar shingles to keep in mind. Cedar needs to breathe, and therefore needs to be kept clean. Do not allow leaves, branches or other debris to build up on the roof. Both surface areas and the spaces between shakes and shingles, called Keyways, need to be kept clear.