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5 Benefits of Cedar Shakes and Shingles

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If you have ever seen a house with a light brown roof that looks like a charming log cabin or a fairytale cottage, it probably had cedar shakes and shingles. Since most modern homes use asphalt shingles, this is a very intentional stylistic choice. But even if you love the aesthetic appeal of cedar shakes and shingles, you might be wondering whether they have any practical drawbacks or benefits.

At American Custom Contractors, we love to help our customers create their dream homes. This means coupling personal style with practical efficiency. Here are five benefits of cedar shakes and shingles to keep in mind for your next roofing project.

The Benefits of Cedar Shakes and Shingles

1. Longer Lifespan

One of the primary reasons cedar shakes and shingles are worth their price is that they can outlast asphalt shingles by decades. Since they are more durable, you will rarely have to worry about replacing your roof after a storm. Although the colors of the wood shingles will fade over time, they require relatively little maintenance over the course of their time on your roof.

2. Energy Efficiency

Cedar naturally excels at insulating. Working as a protective barrier to the elements, your cedar roof will keep the interior of your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. That saves you energy and money.

3. Storm Resistance

Cedar is one of the strongest, most durable types of wood. Shingles cut from cedar trees can last through strong winds, rain, or hail for 30 – 50 years or more. It is much more resistant to water damage, mold, or moss than other types of roofing material. This makes cedar shakes and shingles a smart long-term investment, and it adds extra value to your property.

4. Termite Prevention

Cedar wood contains a natural chemical that termites and other insects try to avoid. Just as homeowners will put cedar mulch in the front yard to prevent termites on the ground, cedar shakes and shingles can help to prevent them on your roof.

5. Natural Beauty

The extra texture and color that cedar shakes and shingles offer to your rooftop add curb appeal to your whole home. While some home upgrades will need maintenance or replacement, cedar shingles will continue to provide your home with natural beauty for several decades.

Installing Cedar Shakes and Shingles

If you are interested in upgrading to cedar shakes and shingles, our team can help. Our roofing professionals have installed all types of roofing material on homes across the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. areas. Call American Custom Contractors for a roof consultation today!

Even if you are still curious about the pros and cons to cedar roofing, give our team a call. We can help you determine the right roofing material for your style, needs, and budget.

Are you interested in cedar shakes and shingles for your Maryland, Virginia, or Washington D.C. home? Our team at American Custom Contractors can help! Give us a call at 301-417-1000.

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