Wood cabins have a rustic, country appeal. This appeal can quickly be ruined if you top the home with a shingle roof. Thankfully, there is another option: cedar shakes. Made from natural cedar wood, these shakes make for a very quaint, rustic roof that complements the rest of your cabin's architecture. Here's a closer look at this roofing option.
What do cedar roofs look like?
When the cedar is fresh and new, it has a warm, reddish brown appearance. As it ages, it takes on a more grayish look that may remind you of beach wood. However, cedar resists splitting and rotting, so the roof should stay looking great for many years. The shakes themselves come in an array of shapes, from natural, slab-like shapes, to traditional shingle shapes, to scalloped pieces. The cedar may differ in color from the wood that makes up the rest of your cabin, but this just creates a nice contrast.
How long do cedar roofs last?
The average lifespan is about 30 years, but if you live in a mild climate, your cedar roof may last even longer. This is longer than standard asphalt shingles last (most last about 20 years) and about the same lifespan as you'd expect from architectural asphalt shingles. Cedar is very durable and will hold up well to storms, high winds, and scorching summer heat.
Do you have to waterproof or seal the shakes?
In most cases, you should not have to do any maintenance. Preservatives are added during the manufacturing process to keep the cedar from absorbing water and growing mold. Cedar is also naturally unappealing to pests, thanks to its potent essential oils. However, there are some cedar roofing products that come untreated. Confirm the exact maintenance your roof will require before making your purchase.
How much does a cedar roof cost?
Putting a cedar shake roof on a standard, 1,700-2,000 foot ranch home will cost between $6,800 and $20,000 depending on the type of shakes you choose, the economy in your area, and how many different peaks and valleys your roof has. This is a bit more than you'd pay for an asphalt shingle roof, but it may raise your home value since it keeps your cabin looking more authentic.
If you want to preserve the rustic look of your cabin home, opt for a cedar shake roof. For more information, contact CJ Scotti Services or a similar company.