Pros & Cons of Cedar Shake Roofing
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Pros & Cons of Cedar Shake Roofing

There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to your home’s new roof. From asphalt shingles to metal roofing, each type of roof hosts several pros and cons. However, one style worth mentioning is cedar shake roofing.

Cedar shake roofing is underrated but a great option when considering new roof installation only if its pros outweigh the cons for your situation.

Cedar Shake Roofing: Pros

Here’s what you need to know before deciding on cedar shake roofing!


Cedar shake roofing consists of split wood, giving it a natural and beautiful finish. Cedar shake roofing may even look better over time, displaying a grayish-silver tone as it matures throughout the years; only if it's maintained properly, however.

Boosted Curb Appeal

Since cedar shake roofing presents a beautiful finish and is uncommon on many homes, your property value is sure to go up after the installation!

Energy Efficient

Cedar shake roofing is excellent for cutting down on energy costs. Cedarwood provides natural insulation that is twice as energy efficient as asphalt shingles.

Environmentally Friendly

Wood shingles are one of the few roofing options with an eco-friendly benefit. Since cedar shake shingles are made of wood, they are biodegradable, giving you peace of mind when it comes time for a replacement.

Cedar Shake Roofing: Cons


Cedar shake roofing is not cheap; in fact, it has one of the highest costs out of any roofing installation. While asphalt roofing costs anywhere from $5,000-$10,000 to install, cedar shake roofs blow that out of the water with an average of $18,000-$28,000 for installation. So, if extra cash may be scarce, cedar shake roofing may not be the best option.

High Maintenance

Cedar shake roofs can last a few decades. However, without diligent maintenance, you will be lucky if it lasts just 15 years. Some maintenance required is spraying different treatments to prevent moss and mold growth and water damage every one or two years.

Additionally, you will also need to remove any debris once or twice a year and power-wash at the same rate.

Not Fire Resistant

Since cedar shake consists of natural wood, it is the perfect fuel for a house fire. However, you can spray fire-retardant treatment to add some fire resistance.

Contact Timberline Roofing & Contracting for Roof Installation

Whether you decide on cedar shake, or another type of roofing material, Timberline Roofing & Contracting is the trusted roofing contractor in the Twin Cities. We will service your windows, gutters, and siding as well!

Get a free quote online or give us a call at 612-284-5329 today.

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