Red Cedar Shakes Roofing for a Northwest Vibe
Shingles or Shakes, Sawn or Split
Wood roofing is available in shakes or shingles. Wood shingles are sawn from a single block of cedar or yellow pine. Shakes are split from a block of wood using a mallet and froe. Shingles look more refined and ‘victorian’. Shakes look more rustic and cabin-like for the Northwest look.
Wood Shingle Quality and Thickness
Shakes and shingle come in different lengths and thicknesses. They are generally 16″, 18″ or 24″ in length. Thicknesses range from 1/2″ to 1″ thick. Thicker shingles/shakes will provide longer roof life.
The best wood is cut from the heartwood of the tree, is 100% edge grain, and has no defects (knots). This is typically referred to as Number 1 Grade. This is what you want on your roof.
Pressure Treated and Fire Proofed
Today’s wood roof lasts even longer and is as fire resistant as asphalt comp shingles. We provide a selection of wood roofing that includes pressure impregnation of the wood with a wood preservative that reduces fungal decay and a fire retardant that makes the roof Class A fire rated.
Wood roofs fail due to fungal decay of the wood. Fungus does not grow on dry wood. It grows on water-soaked wood that remains water logged. Consider how long drift wood lasts! A wood roof that is kept clean is much less subject to fungal rot and should last a very long time. Add a fungal retardant and your roof is even further protected. Without fungal decay, your roof’s life is very long.