Cedar shingles can make a great choice for a roof. They have plenty of character. Wood will fade over time, and the natural grains in the wood will stand out. The silver-grey color of faded cedar and the beautiful grain will give your roof a distinct, rustic look. Besides looks, the best thing you have going for you with cedar shingles is that they can last for up to 50 years. However, if you want truly long-lasting cedar shingles, you need to make sure that you get the right kind of shingle.
What Makes Cedar So Long-Lasting?
There are many different types of wood shingles. Not every type of wood will last equally long. The key is that you need to make sure that you get a type of wood that is naturally rot resistant. The key to rot resistance is tannin. Tannin deters fungi and bugs that prey on wood. The higher the concentration of tannin in the wood, the more it will deter rot. Cedar is naturally high in tannin, which is what makes it such a great choice for a roof.
Two Types of Cedar
There is more than one type of cedar. While any cedar will have some rot resistance, getting the right type of cedar will make all the difference.
White cedar will have some rot resistance, and it will take paint or stain, which will help it to last longer than it might otherwise. White cedar will weather to a nice silver grey color. The problem with white cedar is that it will not resist impacts well.
Red cedar has a high concentration of tannins, and it is a harder wood than is white cedar. As an added benefit, cedar will act as a natural insulation for your home. The one problem with red cedar is that when it weathers, it darkens and becomes blotchy. Because it will not take paint, you will have to deal with this discoloration, but having a durable, long-lasting, energy-saving roof might just make dealing with the discoloration worth it.
There are many choices of roofing materials. When you choose a roof for your home, it is a decision that you have to live with for a long-time to come. Cedar comes with a higher price tag than you have to worry about with asphalt shingles, but the beauty of natural wood and the long-lasting benefits of cedar will help you save money in the long run. For more information about if cedar will work for your home, contact a local roof services company.