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Cedar roofing is a popular option for many homeowners. It can match the design elements of many homes, and it is prized for its unique style and low cost. Those who choose cedar roofing have the option of choosing red or white cedar, and Somerset County roofers commonly install cedar roofing using shakes or shingles.

Red cedar is of higher quality than white cedar, but it's also more costly. Durable and resilient, it is also naturally resistant to insect damage and rot, and it can be installed in a wide variety of climates. The tannic acid preservative it contains plays a role in its resilience. Some types of white cedar are especially resistant to decay and won't splinter under stress.

Cedar shakes are split from wood blocks, and they can be either hand split or tapersawn. Hand split cedar shakes have a more rustic look due to their textured appearance. Tapersawn cedar shakes feature a more tailored appearance. These types of shakes are sawn on both sides and look more similar to shingles.

Cedar shingles are sawn from wood blocks, and they come in sanded or sawn types. Sawn cedar shingles look similar to shakes, but with a more tailored appearance.

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Sanded cedar shingles are smooth on the sides and better for a more refined look.

Homeowners can choose various thicknesses, widths and lengths for cedar shakes or shingles. This allows for aesthetic variation in style. Cedar shakes have more size options than shingles, and they create a more handcrafted look. Cedar shingles usually come in lengths of 16, 18, and 24 inches, while cedar shakes are available in lengths between 18 and 24 inches.

Some homeowners choose to enhance the coloring of cedar shakes or shingles by utilizing a color stain. Stains add color to the roof without masking visibility of the wood's natural grain and texture. A wide variety of color stains are available for cedar roofs.

Cedar roofing offers many different benefits. It is aesthetically pleasing and also ages to a nice silvery gray tone. It has a long lifespan and can last a decade longer than other common types of roofs. Cedar roofs also usually do well in severe weather, including snowstorms, heavy rains, hurricanes and hail storms. These roofing systems provide natural insulation and are energy efficient, allowing homeowners to save on heating and cooling costs.

Two drawbacks of cedar roofs are cost and maintenance required. Because of their high quality and durability, cedar roofing systems are pricier than other types of roofs, and they also cost more to install. They require regular maintenance to prevent mildew, mold, and moss.

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