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Most homeowners aren't aware of how many roofing options they actually have. Since modern houses are usually roofed with clay tiles or asphalt shingles, homeowners simply choose from what their Somerset County roofers offer them without realizing there are so many other options. Wood shake roofs are one of the options that is slowly regaining popularity for a variety of reasons.

Wooden shingle roofs are frequently found on historic buildings, but some present day builders are offering them on certain types of architecture styles. When they're installed on new homes, they're typically put there for aesthetic reasons. Wood roofs are very traditional in appearance and they age very well. Cedar shingles, for example, will age slowly into a silver gray color, a tone that's quite appealing to almost everyone. It's the natural beauty that encourages many homeowners to restore or replace the wood shakes on their historic property.

Wood roofs are also durable and eco friendly. A correctly installed wood roof will outlive an asphalt roof by 10 to 20 years. With five percent of the total waste in landfills being comprised of roofing materials, it's no wonder more people are concerned with how much waste their household is producing. Wood roofs will reduce how much waste is heading into landfills because roofs won't need to be replaced as often, and the materials can be recycled or repurposed depending on their condition.

The roofers in Peter W Smith Construction of Somerset County NJ would be happy to answer any question you have about siding or commercial roofing.

Wood shingles have proven to be durable in harsh conditions, including hurricanes, heavy snowfall, and frequent rain, which is the main reason why wood lasts so long.

Energy efficiency extends to the roof and isn't limited to siding, windows and insulation. A great majority of the home's energy is expelled through the roof. Wood is a natural insulator and provides up to twice the insulation of asphalt shingles. The wood will naturally deflect the sun during the hot months and reduce how much heat is lost from inside the home during the winter months. If the shingles are kept in good repair and replaced if they become split or broken, homeowners will see a fairly noticeable savings on their utility bills.

Wood shingle roofs may seem like an outdated option, but many professionals agree the traditional way is sometimes the best way. This traditional method of roofing has been tested again and again for hundreds of years and has proven itself enough that it's still around, centuries after it was incepted.

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