You’ve decided to invest in a new cedar roof. Perhaps you love the timeless, classic look of cedar shingles or your architecturally controlled neighbourhood requires it. Did you know that not all cedar roofs are created equal? Sargeants Roofing in Edmonton shares the advantages of a strapped cedar cold roof.
How a cold roof system can make your cedar roof last 2x longer!
Blog written by Sergeants Roofing
Have you heard before, that a Cedar Roof should last 30+ years? That they are extremely reliable, long lasting, insulating and cost effective? Where does this rumour come from?
Out in British Columbia Cedar roofs are a lot more common than they are in Alberta, and are frequently used by hotels in ski resorts. Where the volume of snow, wind, and weather variations is way higher than in your average Edmonton home.
So why then, are the cedar roof tops in the community of Wedgewood looking old after 10, 12, 15, years?
Because they aren’t installed properly, That’s why!
In Alberta minimum “Code” says that the installer can properly ventilate according to code, and install the cedar directly on the plywood deck of the roof. Problem is, that although that works for code, it doesn’t work for manufacturers specifications for warranty, or for the long-lasting promise of a cedar roof.
The proper way to install cedar is onto pine strapping for a cold roof system. This reduces ice dams, condensation, mold and accelerated wear and tear. This requires a lot more work mind you, and about a 20% increase in the cost of installing the roof, but what it does do, is double the life of the cedar.
This is well documented in the manufacturer warranty booklet for low slope roofs, as well as many premium roofers in areas all over North America agree. There are plenty of other installation considerations to consider, but proper ventilation of the cedar, allowing it to breathe, and remain dry is the most important!
Every roof we have inspected, repaired, or re-roofed in Wedgewood is installed this way, and we see roofs getting re-roofed this way. Yet when you go to the community of Windemere, you see the homes being installed on the pine strapped grid that we recommend.
Check out this video to see another roofing company’s explanation of a cold roof system and its value to you, the home owner.
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The cost of doing your roof is mostly related to the size of the roof, as well as the efficiency and experience of the roofing crew, but the cost of doing your roof poorly can be exponential. For that, Sargeants Roofing offers a 10 year workmanship guarantee that doubles as extra protection with the manufacturer’s warranty on the shingle product. They can do Cedar and Asphalt roof repairs and replacements, and they will make your roof last longer with their unique High Wind and Strapped Cedar installation techniques.