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Homeowners who want a traditional look for their home may choose wooden shingles to be installed. Believe it or not, wooden shingles that are properly cut provide exceptional protection against moisture and can be a good choice for those who want to use an eco friendly material. Union County roofers can install wooden shingles in a timely, professional, and affordable manner to ensure that they are a quality investment by the homeowner.

Wooden shingles are friendly to the environment because they are naturally occurring material that can be recycled when they reach the end of their useful life. Unlike an asphalt shingle, there are no chemicals or other pollutants needed to create them.

If a shingle is damaged or otherwise needs to be replaced, it can simply be cut out and a new shingle put in its place. Other than the occasional shingle replacement, they are low maintenance and will not cause many problems for a homeowner. This can help a homeowner save both time and money over the long run, which may make wooden shingles more affordable.

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A contractor may use precision cut shingles to tightly fit together and further reduce the possibility that a shingle may become damaged or otherwise need to be maintained in the future. The use of those shingles makes for a very neat look. Alternatively, the shingles may also be cut in varying sizes to provide a more unique appearance. Wooden shakes are shingles made by splitting the wood, instead of cutting, resulting in a much less uniform, rustic aesthetic.

While they are not as light as asphalt shingles, they are still significantly lighter than clay or slate tiles. Therefore, homeowners don't necessarily have to worry about doing a complete tear down if they want nesting done on top of existing shingles. However, it is usually a good idea to do a tear down anyway as it will expose the deck and allow a contractor to check for any hidden water or pest damage that needs to be taken care of.

The useful life of a wooden shingle can be as long as 30 years, which means a homeowner may not even need to tear down or relay their roof for as long as they own their home. If a contractor offers a lifetime or transferable warranty, the next person to own the property will also benefit from not having to worry about the roof for many years to come.

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