Your Concerns About Cedar Roofing

Cedar roofs have a beautiful, rustic appearance that is difficult to replicate with any other material. Yet, many homeowners are hesitant to cap their homes with wood, a material that's not known for being overly durable or sturdy. Cedar, luckily, is a lot sturdier than most woods and actually makes a great roofing material. Here's a closer look at some common concerns about cedar roofing and why you really shouldn't let them deter you if a wooden roof fits in with your home's architecture.

Won't the roof catch on fire?

If you live in an area where forest fires are common and there's a real risk of one coming near your home, you may want to avoid cedar roofing since wood does burn. But for most homeowners, the flammability of cedar roofing is not anything to be concerned about. Your home is not just going to magically light on fire – a lightning strike, electrical issue, or other accident would have to start the fire, and at that point, you're going to suffer serious damage no matter what your roof is made from. Plus, many roofing companies coat cedar roofs in flame-retardant materials to reduce the risk of fire even further. 

What if termites eat the roof?

This might be a concern if you had a roof made from oak or cherry, but one of the primary reasons why cedar – and not these other woods – is used to make roofs is because it is naturally resistant to insects. You may have a cedar chest that you keep sweaters and blankets in to protect them from moths. Well, the same cedar oils that are unappealing to moths also keep pests like termites and wood bees away.

Won't the roof need to be replaced soon?

A cedar roof won't last for 100 years like a slate roof. However, wood roofs last jut as long, if not longer, than the average asphalt shingle roof. Expect your wood roof to last about 30 years. If your climate is moderate without a lot of rain or temperature fluctuation, your roof may last even longer. The average asphalt shingle roof lasts about 20 years – or 30 years if you pick architectural shingles.

If you're looking for a durable, good-looking roof made from natural materials, cedar shakes or shingles are a great choice. Talk to a roofing company like Liberty Exteriors LLC to learn more about this material and its advantages.


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