What is a wood shingle roof?
Wood shingles are one of your many choices to consider if you are trying to decide what roofing material to use in having your roofing project completed. Wood shingles are thin pieces of wood that are tapered with the purpose of covering your home and protecting it from the weather outside.
Why a wood shingle roof?
The general consensus is that wood shingle roofs are one of the most aesthetically pleasing options when it comes to roofing materials. It’s hard to top the classic look of wood shingles atop the roof of your home or business. As a home/business owner, while efficiency certainly comes first in all of the decisions you make, as its m invest in to be effective—if we’re being honest, aesthetic appeal is a close second in terms of important motivators that drive your decision making process to choose which option to go with in anything involving your home or business.
This is why wood shingles are such a popular choice on the market, because they are both effective in getting their job done, and have a timeless and classic appeal as well. And who can argue that those two things are not a great combination to look for when researching your roofing material options?
You have a variety of choices to decide from, as there are a number of different types of wood that can be utilized in the process of installing wood shingles onto your home’s roof. Some of these species of tree in which their wood is often used for shingles on our home include the Eastern White Cedar, the Alaskan Yellow Cedar and the Western Red Cedar. In most cases, shingles will be cut into an identical thickness to one another and are made to be fairly smooth. The width of the shingles themselves usually vary in order to provide variety of the shingles.
Moreover, wood does not rust, unlike other roofing materials one might choose to incorporate into their home. This roofing material, should you choose to avail of it, also provides insulation for the attic of your home, providing air circulation and allowing the home to breathe better overall.
So long as they receive the proper maintenance, these roofs can also last a long time, giving you as much as 50 years of use. However, this is only if you make sure your shingles undergo the proper maintenance, so make sure you are committed to taking care of your roofing material before you choose wood over other, less maintenance demanding options.
Wood shingles are also a very lightweight roofing option. Repairs are also an easy process as, if one shingle is damaged, it can simply be cut away and replaced without the need to replace more than only the singular damaged area. They are also extremely durable, even under the most adverse of weather conditions.
You also just can’t beat the appearance of wood; its aesthetic quality is top of the line. There’s a reason that other roofing materials often try to mimic the appearance of real wood. A lot of homeowners would rather just have the real thing installed into their home in the first place.
Why should you consider another option other than a wood shingle roof?
While the benefits and advantages of a wood shingle roof are plentiful, there are some downsides you need to watch out for. For one thing, as mentioned earlier, you need to be prepared to have your wood shingle roof undergo the necessary maintenance in order to make sure it has a long lifespan to serve you, your family and your home.
Furthermore, if your cedar roof is unprotected, the ultraviolet light from the will cause damage to your roof. Your roof will also suffer damage as a result of moisture; fluctuations in moisture where wood is concerned results in swelling and shrinking of the roofing material, which will bring about some adverse side effects if not properly taken care of.
Wood shingle roofs are also more susceptible to things such as mold and mildew, and they also come with a poor fire proofing rating due to being made of such a flammable material that is difficult to make resistant to fire. Finally, wood shingles are also one of your most expensive options on the market today, so if you are on a tight budget, your best option might be to look at the other types of roofing materials available on the market today that might be a little bit cheaper.
While the appearance of the roof is one of its best qualities and certainly makes it a covetable roofing material, it is also important to ensure you have done all of the necessary research before committing to a decision. It is essential that you are aware of the pros and cons of this type of roofing material. When it comes to choosing which roofing material you would like to go with our dedicated experts at Old School Group are always prepared to help you with all of your roofing needs and are fully prepared to help you through the process of having your roof installed and with any repairs that might be necessary afterwards.
How can you get a wood shingle roof?
If you have fallen in love with the idea of the classic looking wood shingle roof, then contact us at Old School Group, were you can rely on and trust us to make the vision of your home or business a reality. If you have any questions, we will be happy to answer them and offer professional opinions that are backed by years of industry experience before we proceed to help you in getting your beautiful wood shingle roof professionally installed.