09 Dec 2010

Cedar shingles are by far the most aesthetically appealing shingles available on the market today. Traditionally built out of red cedar from the coniferous forests of northwestern North America, they are the ideal roofing material for house owners who prefer giving their roofs a natural look.

Original cedar shingles are naturally resistant to the elements, which is the primary reason why cedar shingles are used widely across varied climatic conditions. They are mainly available in two distinct qualities. One of them is the shingle made out of red cedar while the other is made out of the white variety. Red cedar shakes are made out of tight-grained particles that are previously saturated with tannic acid which experts say is a natural preservative. Red cedar shingles that are dipped in creosote to prevent corrosion and are preferred by homeowners since they add a rich and charming look to one’s property.

It is important to note that red cedars usually turn black if exposed continuously to coastal weather. Thus, seaside houses should have white cedar shingles. Red cedar shingles are usually much more expensive than the white cedar ones, although the price factor does not diminish its popularity in anyway. They are ideally suited to traditional New England homes while white cedar shingles seem to be picture perfect for bungalows and cottages that have been built in Nantucket style.

Over the years, traditional cedar shingles have lost out in some extent to synthetic shingles that emulate the cedar look. Advanced technologies are used in order to make these shingles have a longer lifespan compared to original cedar shingles. Most come with advanced UV inhibitors and have about five decades of steady warranty. These shingles are usually superb insulators and some advanced ones provide a cooler inside in the summer months and a warmer inside during harsh winters.

Cedar shingles, mostly available in honey, cinnamon, and silvery gray hues, need some amount of maintenance. They require initial treatment before installation. White cedar shingles for example, may be treated with bleaching oil and this should be done every six to seven years to increase their durability.

Cedar shakes and cedar shingles are either CCA treated or not CCA treated. CCA stands for chromated copper arsenate. CCA is a preservative that inhibits the growth of mildew, mold and fungus and helps keep insects from eating away your beautiful cedar roof. CCA cedar can make your roof last longer, but CCA is NOT A FIRE TREAMENT. Cedar that has been fire treated is available, but your roofer will have to special order it. CCA treated cedar shingles cost 15 – 20% more than non-CCA cedar. Most cedar roofs are not CCA treated.

Cedar shakes and cedar shingles are beautiful, and they’re also a great investment. Knowledge of terms such as CCA, premium grade, Number 1, blue label and black label will help you select the right cedar roof for your home.

Elite Roofing & Home Improvements, LLC provides detailed information about shingles, cedar shingles, fiberglass shingles and more. Elite Roofing & Home Improvements, LLC is affiliated with the National Roofing Contractors Association.

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