Wood Roofing Shingles

We’ve been talking about the different kinds of roofing shingles available for the last few months. Today, we take a look at wood roofing shingles.

For roof covering, wood can be in the form of either shakes or shingles. Shakes have been used for hundreds of years and typically have a rough-hewn look. They are also typically split from logs and left as they were split with a thick butt end. When sawmills came into use, the shakes were sawn and more consistent in thickness.

With the sawmills came a product, wood roofing shingles, that had an even taper and consistent thickness.

A number of types of wood can be used in wood roofing shingles and shakes. California redwood, western red cedar, cypress, spruce, and pine can all be used. Cedar and southern yellow pine are most popular for shakes.

All of the wood roofing shingles can be treated with preservatives and fire retardants.

Wood roofing shingles are more expensive than the typical asphalt shingles found on many homes. Installed wood roofing shingles may cost $450 to $900 per square. Compare this to typical asphalt shingles at $350 to $550 per square.

Why do people choose the more pricey wood roofing shingles? Several reasons.

You almost can’t beat the beauty of a natural wood roof. For a traditional older house, cedar roofing is most likely the historically correct choice.

Life expectancy is another consideration in choosing wood roofing shingles. This kind of roof can be expected to last up to thirty years. Chemically treated wood roofing shingles will outlast those that aren’t treated.

Cleaning costs should also be a factor in choosing wood roofing shingles. Asphalt shingles are more prone to algae buildup than wood roofing shingles. Cleaning should be left to professionals because power-washing done poorly can cause major problems with wood.

Impact resistance should be considered, also. Wood roofing shingles are very resistant to impact. High winds and falling branches will more likely damage asphalt shingles compared to wood roofs.

All in all, asphalt shingles may be a better choice for roofs when considering cost of installation and maintenance. But those wood roofing shingles sure do make your home stand out.

When you need a new roof or if you need information about the best kind of wood roofing shingle to buy, contact Price My Roof at 978-361-6129. They’ve been in business for 15 years doing home improvements in the New Hampshire, Eastern Massachusetts, and Boston areas.