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Pros & Cons of Cedar Shake Roofing for Your Dayton, Ohio Home

Cedar shake roofing offers a distinctive blend of aesthetic charm and traditional appeal, making it a coveted choice for many homeowners throughout southwestern Ohio. However, like any material, it comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. At American Way Exteriors, we help you navigate the world of cedar shake roofing, considering factors like durability, maintenance, and aesthetics.

Cedar Roofing Durability

Cedar wood is naturally resistant to insects and decay, which can add to the lifespan of your roof. Shake roofs typically last for 20 to 30 years, which is about 10 years longer than the average asphalt shingle roof.

However, cedar shake roofs, since they are wood, are very susceptible to fire damage. This may also lead to a higher premium on your homeowners insurance policy. However, it is possible to treat cedar shake roofs to make them more fire-resistant. You will also have to check and maintain cedar shake roofs periodically to prevent mold growth.

Wood Shake Roof Energy Efficiency

Beyond aesthetics, wood shake roof benefits include excellent natural insulation properties. Cedar wood can help regulate your home’s internal temperature, keeping it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. This can potentially reduce heating and cooling costs.

Wood Shake Roof Aesthetics

One of the most compelling reasons homeowners choose cedar shake is for its striking visual appeal. Cedar shakes are crafted from natural wood, providing a rustic look that synthetic materials can't replicate. Each cedar shingle roof has a unique color, texture, and pattern, which can enhance the overall charm and curb appeal of your home. Whether you live in a modern or a traditional-style home, the timeless beauty of cedar shakes can complement its architecture splendidly.

Consider Composite Cedar Shakes Designed by Brava Roofing

For those considering alternatives to natural cedar shake, Brava Roofing offers synthetic cedar shakes that might address some of the natural material's drawbacks. Brava’s composite cedar shakes are crafted to mimic the look and feel of natural cedar but come without the extensive maintenance needs. They are also more durable against the elements, provide better fire resistance, and come with a longer warranty, making them an excellent investment for those seeking the beauty of cedar without the upkeep.

FAQs About Cedar Roofing

Here are some frequently asked questions about cedar shake roofing:

What is the difference between cedar shakes and shingles?

Cedar shakes are typically thicker and rougher than cedar shingles, which are sawn more uniformly and provide a smoother look. Shakes offer a more rustic, dimensional appearance compared to the relatively flat and uniform cedar shingles.

How often does a cedar shake roof need maintenance?

A cedar shake roof typically requires an inspection and potential maintenance every 2 to 4 years, depending on the climate and exposure to elements. Maintenance tasks may include cleaning, treating for moss and algae, and replacing damaged shakes.

Are cedar roofs more expensive than other roofing materials?

Yes, cedar roofs tend to be more expensive both in terms of materials and installation compared to asphalt shingles but can be comparable to or less expensive than high-end materials like slate or metal.

Partner with American Way Exteriors

If you’re considering having a cedar shake roof put down on your home, make sure you hire a reputable roofing contractor with experience like American Way Exteriors LLC. If the nails in cedar shake roofs aren’t properly placed, warping may occur. We’ll make sure this doesn’t happen.

American Way Exteriors can help you decide whether cedar shake is the right choice for your roof replacement.

We service Southwestern Ohio, including these areas:

  • Dayton, OH
  • Liberty Township, OH
  • Mason, OH
  • Beavercreek, OH
  • Springboro, OH
  • Centerville, OH
  • Oakwood, OH

Please give us a call if you’d like to learn more, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment.

Read Our Rave Reviews

American Way Exteriors has earned numerous positive reviews for our outstanding service. Read about our customers’ pleasant experiences working with us, then contact us today to learn how we can improve your home with new siding and roofing.

"Jake Preston is amazing! We had wind damage to our roof. Jake assisted us through every step. Making sure we had no unanswered questions. His professionalism and kindness is unmatched. The crew was respectful and detailed oriented. Thank you Jake and American Way!"

Michelle G.

"Replaced the existing siding on my home. Contact and price were discussed thoroughly during the initial discussions. Workers arrived at the scheduled time and were professional in the removal, new installation, cleanup, and onsite conduct. Communication between supervisors, installers and myself was on a daily basis and any issues were addressed immediately. Would not hesitate to use this company again or recommend them."

Beecher R.

"We chose American Way Exteriors to replace our old vinyl siding with Hardie board siding and trim. Throughout the entire process we found the team to be very professional and receptive to our questions about the project. They were constantly in touch with us about when work would start, what to expect each day of the project, and followed up to see if we had concerns. As the project began it was very apparent our house had suffered from poor installation by the builder years ago. The American Way team worked to fix the problems, keeping us well informed along the way. We could not be happier with the finished project both cosmetically and structurally. This is definitely a company we highly recommend exterior projects!"

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