Owning a home is fraught with challenges and decisions that can affect you for years to come. And one decision that is a significant determinant of the value of your property is the state of your roof. A poorly maintained roof can cause further problems, too, such as water damage and even mold.
But when it comes to selecting roofing materials, you should take the time to consider wood shake roofing. Naturally, every roofing material has its own set of advantages, so let’s take a closer look at the perks of opting for wood shake roofing.
While asphalt shingles are incredibly versatile and common, they lack aesthetic beauty. Conversely, wood shake roofing looks striking, and will make your house more eye-catchingly unique, helping it stand out from the crowd. As wood roofs mature, they develop an attractive gray and silver hue as well. And though they are frequently used with many types of exterior building materials, wood shake roofing naturally pairs well with wood siding.
Your roof needs to last for a long period of time, so it should come as no surprise that roofing material selection is a significant investment in the future. Fortunately, wood shake roofing carries the advantage of being more cost effective than other alternatives, especially asphalt roofing. Cedar roofing can last 10 years or longer than asphalt roofing. In fact, with diligent maintenance and proper care, a wood roof can last as long as half a century.
Furthermore, wood roofing is much thicker than asphalt roofing. And though it isn’t as hard as slate roofs, wood is much more resistant to the ravages of storms than thin asphalt shingles. Not only can it stand up to strong winds, it is also resistant to hail, snow, and ice. The strength, resistance, and durability of wood is, in part, why it lasts longer than asphalt roofing.
Wood shingles are also an excellent insulator. It will help insulate your attic, which is one area where a lot of heat can exit the home in the winter since heat rises. Though it may seem insignificant, small savings over the course of decades can add up to substantial savings on heating and cooling bills. As an added perk, improved insulation also helps benefit the environment due to reduced energy consumption.
It sounds counter-intuitive to think that a wood material benefits the environment. After all, doesn’t any wood material contribute to deforestation? Well, not exactly, because many producers intentionally farm trees as they would a crop. By planting a tree for each one they cut down, they can ensure that the natural world isn’t ravaged for the sake of your roof.
Furthermore, there is less waste with wood materials than asphalt roofing. Once an asphalt roof has run through its life expectancy, a lot of building materials end up in a landfill. But wood is biodegradable, so it won’t get stuck in a landfill.
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