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It’s Time For Your Cedar Shake Roofing Installation

Have you noticed signs of damage on your home’s roof? When it comes time to schedule your replacement project, our team here at Larry Haight’s Residential Roofing Company is here to help you choose the best replacement material for your needs. One of the most popular material options here in the Redmond, WA area is cedar shake roofing.

Below, you’ll learn all about the ins and outs of this material so you can confidently decide whether to use it during your roof replacement project. 

After you learn more about this material, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team to learn more about our cedar shake roof replacement services and what we can do for you. You can do so by calling 425-881-9771 or contacting us online.

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What Is Cedar Shake Roofing?

Cedar shake roofing from Imperial Shake Company is made from natural cedar wood, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing roof that looks great on just about every type of home. To make these shakes, large cedar trees are cut into 2-foot sections and either hand-split or cut into a tapered thickness. This is also known as taper-sawn shakes. There spacing is an art to hailing new shakes, varying widths of shakes, and looking for odd shakes to eliminate.

Hand-split shingles give your roof a more rugged, rustic look, while taper-sawn shingles have a smoother edge for a cleaner look. In most cases, cedar shake shakes are cut to order, so you will likely have to wait for a few weeks for them to be ready. Keep that in mind as you plan your roof replacement project.

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Different Tree Species Used for Cedar Shake Roofing

There in one primary tree species we use in the production of cedar shake roofing, Western Red Cedar. 

Western Red Cedar: Western Red Cedar is also native to Washington state and parts of British Columbia. It has a beautiful reddish-brown appearance and is a lightweight yet strong material.

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The Three Types of Cedar Shakes

Beyond the different tree species, there are also three different types of cedar shakes. As you plan your roof replacement project, you can choose from either common, selects, or 100% straight grain shingles. 

1. Common Cedar Shake

As the lowest-cost cedar shake option, these are made from leftover pieces of other higher-quality cuts of wood. Because they are lower-quality shingles, they are more likely to warp and split compared to selects or 100% straight grain shingles. 

2. Selects Cedar Shake Treated and Untreated

Considered a mid-range option, selects shingles are made from a combination of about 20% common and 80% straight grain cuts. While they’re a bit more expensive than common cedar shake shingles, you can also expect them to last longer. 

3. 100% Straight Grain Cedar Shake Taper Sawn Shakes

This is the highest-quality cedar shingle on the market, as each shingle is hand-selected and has a straight grain. This is important because it helps them lay flat instead of curling up at the edges over time. 

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The Average Cost of Cedar Shake Roofing

As mentioned above, cedar shake roofing tends to be a bit more expensive than some other materials. The total cost of your project will largely depend on the following factors: 

  • The type of cedar shake you choose
  • The size and complexity of your roof design
  • The amount of labor and time it takes to install the roof
  • The accessibility of your roof
  • The amount of existing damage to your roof
  • The cedar shake roof company that you hire for the job
  • The number of penetrations your roof has
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Cedar Shake Roofing

As you try to decide whether cedar shake roofing is the right material for your home, consider the following advantages: 

  • Durability: Cedar shake roofing can withstand a wide range of weather extremes, from strong thunderstorms to intense UV rays, high winds, and everything in between. 
  • Sustainability: Unlike some other roofing materials, cedar shake shingles are an eco-friendly option as they come from natural sources and are a recyclable material. 
  • Energy-efficiency: Cedar shake shingles offer more natural insulation compared to other roofing materials. This can help keep your home at a comfortable temperature while keeping your energy bills lower. 
  • Aesthetic: Not only do cedar shake shingles look beautiful from the moment they’re installed, but they continue to look great even as they age. Natural cedar tends to develop a beautiful silver-gray hue with time, contributing to your home’s overall curb appeal. 
  • Longevity: On average, cedar shake shingles can last about 30 years. However, with proper maintenance, your shingles may last well beyond three decades!
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Consider These When Choosing Cedar Shake Roofing

Of course, just like any other roofing material, there are some downsides to choosing cedar shake shingles. Keep these in mind as you decide which material is right for your needs:

  • Expense: Compared to other roofing materials, cedar shake roofing can be on the pricier side, especially if you opt for 100% straight grain shingles. However, many homeowners consider the durability of this material to be worth the higher price. 
  • Fire risk: Unfortunately, cedar shake shingles can be a fire hazard, which means it may be more expensive to insure your roof. 
  • Maintenance: While all roofing materials require some amount of maintenance, cedar shake shingles may start to split or curl if not properly maintained.
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The Difference Between Cedar Shake and Other Wood Shingles

Not all wood shingles are created equally. Wood shingles tend to have a more uniform look, because of the way they are manufactured. Cedar shake shingles, on the other hand, have a more rustic appearance since they are handmade. 

However, as we mentioned above, whether you choose hand-split or taper-sawn, cedar shake shingles will also make a difference in the appearance of your new roof. There’s truly something that will appeal to every homeowner.

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How to Maintain Your Cedar Shake Roof

If you want to prevent the need for cedar shake roof repair services, proper maintenance is key. We recommend scheduling regular maintenance services and roof inspections with our team to help you get the most out of your cedar shake roof. Since cedar shakes are more vulnerable to water damage than other roofing materials, regular inspections help you catch potential issues before they become more serious. 

We also recommend clearing off your roof and cleaning out your gutters to help extend your roof’s lifespan. When you let wet leaves sit on your cedar shake shingles for too long, it can cause them to decay and speed up the need for a replacement.

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Common Cedar Shake Roofing Installation Mistakes

If you hire an inexperienced roofing company for your cedar shake roofing installation, there are a few common mistakes to watch out for: 

  • Improper ventilation: Proper ventilation is critical for any roof. Lack of ventilation will cause your roof to degrade faster and cause many unwanted issues.
  • Using the wrong tools and nails: The wrong tools can destroy your shakes before they’re even installed. For example, a nail gun can penetrate the shakes too much, split the shakes creating waste, leading to damage and the wrong nails can cause your shakes to loosen over time. 
  • Improper shingle alignment: A roofer that’s inexperienced with cedar shake roofing installations may not know how to align the shingles, which can eventually lead to water damage in your home. Visually improper spacing, ranging shake width can look haphazard than well planned.

When you hire Larry Haight’s Residential Roofing Company, you can rest easy knowing that we are experts in cedar shake roofing installation. We’ll take the right steps so your roof is not only installed correctly from the beginning but so that it will last as long as possible.

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Warranty Options for Your Cedar Shake Roof

We proudly offer a lifetime workmanship warranty. If you experience any problems with your roof as a result of the workmanship or installation, we’ll repair the problem at no additional cost to you. In fact, even if you sell your home to a new owner, the warranty will extend to them as well!

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Trust Larry Haight’s Residential Roofing Company for Your Roof Replacement Project

After reading through this comprehensive guide to cedar shake roofing, we hope you feel more confident deciding whether this material is the right choice for your home. 

Regardless of the material you choose, our team is here to help guide you through the roof replacement process with ease. Since 1985, we’ve been working with local homeowners like you to install durable, long-lasting roofs for the right price. 

When you’re ready to schedule your cedar shake roofing installation, please call us at 425-881-9771 or contact us online.

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