Cedar wood roofs are the most notable because of their natural pleasant looks. Other than their beauty, they provide lots of other advantages. They are eco-friendly, as well as durable and also resistant to weather elements. In order to keep them at their best, a certain amount of care is required to extend their life span.

Cedar is regarded as the most popular grown all around the world. Mostly red cedar has been traditionally used for common building roofs, but recently white cedar has become popular because it has a lower price and it is produced from new-growth trees.

Depending on individual taste, cedar can be formed in many different shapes. It can be cut into shingles or shakes with smooth or rugged textures.

Eco-Friendly cedar roofing

Cedar roofs are sustainable and environmentally friendly. The Forest Stewardship Council issued a certification of sustainability for them.

Cedar roofs are relatively durable. Warranties of 20 to 25 years are provided if they are properly Installed, maintained and restored. They can last as long as 50 to 60 years.

By replacing individual cracked or worn out shingles and shakes, the life span of a cedar roof can be easily extended. This reduces the financial and environmental costs of installing a new roof. After the life of shingles and shakes come to an end they will be recycled as mulch.

Cedar roofs are naturally resistant to weather elements. They withstand great variations in temperature and freeze-thaw cycles. They are also resilient in earthquakes.

Cedar roofs offer a natural insulating effect many times higher than other roofing materials such as aluminum. This thermal resistance saves energy by reducing the necessity for heating and cooling. Due to the natural oil in cedar wood, it is resistant to decay or mildew and it repels bugs.

Cedar roofs come in a variety of colors and textures, they are naturally beautiful. As time passes, cedar roofs acquire a distinctive silvery gray patina, allowing them to blend into their surrounding environment.

Some Disadvantages

  • In general, cedar shakes and shingles cost more than roofs made of synthetic material.
  • Due to the nature of cedar roofs, it must be able to breathe.
  • Treatment is necessary to make cedar fire proof. Only approved products can be used for cedar treatment.
  • Cedar roofs are prone to damage by heavy snow fall or inadequate ventilation. It is a good idea to use snow guards and a ridge venting system. This depends on the specifications of your local building codes.
  • Cedar roofs are slippery when they are wet. You should be careful while climbing on the roof for painting or performing maintenance tasks.

Maintenance of Cedar Roofs

Continuous maintenance is required if you install a cedar roof. Fallen dried leaves and other debris should be removed twice a year. Too much debris not only disturbs the appearance of the roof, but obstructs the flow of rain and melted snow too.

Since cedar is a natural material, it provides a pleasant environment for growth of funguses, moss and algae. A mild pressure washing will remove this growth without the use of harsh chemicals. Restoration, including patching and replacement of the ridge caps are necessary every 15 years.