While asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing choice in Calgary, there are other great roofing products available that offer protection, efficiency and aesthetic appeal to your home. One of these options is wood roofing. Typically, wood roofing is made from western red cedar, cypress, pine or redwood trees. Wood roofing comes in two types: shingles or shakes. Wood shingles are sawn on both sides with an even taper and uniform thickness while wood shakes are split from logs and reshaped by manufacturers with one end thicker than the other.
Not only can wood roofing add a beautiful and rustic look to your home’s exterior, they are also durable and long-lasting. Here are the benefits of a cedar roof:
Wood roofing will protect your home from the elements.
Your cedar or redwood roofing will have natural preservatives in the wood that make is resistant to UV rays, insect damage and moisture. Compared to some other roofing materials, cedar is less likely to have moss growth and can stand up to the ever-changing weather here in Alberta. Depending on the product, cedar shingles can be treated in the factory to be fire-resistant and have enhanced moss, insect and fungus resistance.
Wood roofing is versatile in style and design.
Wood shingles or shakes are not limited to a single shade or colour. Choose between different tones of brown, gold, red and ambers to achieve the natural look that best suites your home’s design style. You can also choose from a variety of finishes from solid coatings to stains and oils. Though some wood types will age into an attractive grey over time, it will maintain it’s classic and rough-hewn appearance. Wood roofing offers a classic and timeless look that will not go out of style, offering long-term beauty and enhanced curb appeal.
Woof roofing is strong and durable.
Because cedar is a low-density material, it will maintain it’s original dimensions and not shrink in humid weather. It will lay flat and straight, remaining strongly fastened to protect your home. Wood roofing is made of tougher woods, making it a durable roofing material that will enhance the overall strength of you roof and last for years to come.
Wood Roofing will improve energy efficiency.
Wood, especially cedar, is a natural insulator. That means your home will retain its heat in the cold winter months and stay cool in the hot summer. Putting less strain on your heating and cooling system will allow your home to operate more efficiently and reducing your utility costs.