Cedar roofs are known for their “striking natural good looks.” Many people like cedar roofs as a beautiful addition to their homes, although they offer a lot of practical advantages. Aside from their beauty, cedar roofs are eco friendly, durable and weather resistant. Although they do require more attention than an asphalt roof, cedar roofs are long-lasting and increase the curb-appeal of your home.
Cedar roofs are usually comprised from “a dozen or more different trees, grown all over the globe.” While red cedar has been the most popular for these roofs, white cedar is gaining momentum. White cedar tends to be less expensive and is cut from younger trees. “Depending on individual taste, cedar may be cut in the form of either shingles, sawn on both sides, or shakes, which are hand split and re-sawn to result in a more rough-hewn, rugged texture.”
Why are Cedar Roofs Eco Friendly?
- There are sustainable cedar roofs available. To know that your cedar roof is sustainable, look for a certification of sustainability from the Forest Stewardship Council.
- While cedar roofs are warrantied for 20-25 years, they tend to last 50-60 years if they are properly maintained.
- Maintenance for a cedar roof is convenient, as you can replace individual shingles that are work or damaged. This will save you money, as installing a new roof is very costly.
- When your cedar roof’s lifespan has ended, you can use the shakes and shingles as mulch, this is extremely eco friendly.
- If you live in a climate that has extreme weather conditions, a cedar roof is a great choice. They “standing up to great variations in temperature and freeze-thaw cycles,” and are also resilient in an earthquake.
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