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Wood Shakes

Wood Shake Roofs in Atlanta

How to Know If Wood Shake Roofing Is Right for You

For beauty, individuality, or lifespan, it’s hard to beat a wood shake roof. But to get the most out of cedar or redwood shakes, a homeowner should consider their home’s location as well as the maintenance requirements that come with the material.

Generally speaking, a properly installed and maintained cedar shake roof has a life expectancy of about 30 years. While Atlanta is sunny, it is also humid. This means that cedar shakes and other wood shake roofs will require regular care to keep them in quality shape.

Ask the Atlanta roofers from The Cool Roofing Company if shakes are right for you. Call (770) 947-9679 now.

The Pros & Cons of Wood Material

Installing a new roof is a huge investment. This is why it is important to learn as much as you can about the roofing material that you are choosing. Wood shake roofing is one of the most popular options for many homes in Georgia. If you are seriously considering this type of roofing material for a reroofing project, our Atlanta roofing company offers a wide selection of wood shakes from industry-leading manufacturers.

There are several advantages to a wooden shake roof including:

  • Made from renewable materials
  • Lightweight
  • Good cedar and redwood shakes have natural water and insect resistance
  • Potential greater lifespan than typical asphalt shingles
  • Classic appearance, suitable for new or historic homes

However, shakes do come with drawbacks such as:

  • Growth of fungi, moss or lichens—shakes are less suitable to shady areas for this reason
  • Must regularly be cleared of twigs and leaf litter to prevent moss growth
  • May need protective treatment
  • Can be vulnerable to fire

Our nearly 25 years of experience also taught us the right way to handle wood shake roof repair and maintenance. Count on us if your wood shake roofing has a leak, missing shingles, or other issues.

Other Considerations

The bright color of a new shake roof will fade to gray within a year. This is part of the natural charm of the material. Shakes are also more suited to steeper roofs because they shed water more quickly, prolonging the life of the shingles.

If your home is closely surrounded by trees or tends to collect leaves in the gutters or along joints, shakes may not be the right choice for you—leaves and twigs can trap moisture on a roof, leading to moss and mildew growth.

If you’re considering cedar shakes or shingles as a roofing material, The Cool Roofing Company can talk to you about your unique situation and the maintenance necessary to keep your roof beautiful and sound for years to come.

Call (770) 947-9679 to learn more about The Cool Roofing Company’s shake roof options.