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People who are building their own homes or homeowners who are replacing their roofs could ask Union County roofers about whether cedar would be ideal for their roofs. Prior to choosing a material, it's wise for them to know the pros and cons.

Cedar shingles and shakes are eco friendly roofing materials because they are made from natural materials: cedar trees. This wood is the best material for these types of roofs because those made from rot resistant woods, such as redwood, are less fire resistant unless they are treated. Cedar materials are also more resistant to hail and wind damage than other types of materials. In fact, wood shingles and shakes can withstand winds of 160 mph or faster. The surface adhesion of cedar resists sliding snow better as well. Additionally, there is a slimmer chance of leaks than other materials because of the number of layers used for wood roofing.

When it comes to installing roofing materials on small, architectural areas, cedar shingles and shakes are easier than some other materials because they are fairly easy to trim with a circular saw to fit valleys and protrusions such as chimneys. Cedar roofs are of moderate weight and can be installed on moderate to steep roofs. They are also suitable for homes in areas with near zero to 120 degree temperatures. It's also easier to walk on cedar roofs without causing damage.

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When there's roof damage, it's fairly easy for professionals to do repairs. It's also rather easy for them to match any shingles or shakes that have to be replaced, although not at first. It could take up to a year for the new materials to blend in completely.

Despite this, cedar shingles and shakes are more difficult to install properly than most other roofing materials. This is largely because they require a lot of experience and craftsmanship. It only takes about one year for beginner roofers to learn the installation process under supervision, but it takes them years to become a craftsman. Cedar shingles are often three ply systems, and shakes can be two or three ply; this depends on the type of weather the roofs will be exposed to. Having several layers means that any holes that are drilled through the surface need to go through all of the layers to reach the underlayment.

Although cedar is more fire resistant than rot resistant woods, it still needs a fire retardant treatment because of its poor fire resistance. Class A Fire Rated cedar materials can be installed for a higher price, but they could have a shorter life expectancy. These shingles and shakes are already more expensive than asphalt shingles and metal panels, and they typically last only 15 to 25 years, which is about the same as asphalt shingles but shorter than metal. Homeowners can prolong the life of the material as long as possible with routine maintenance.

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