Posted on: 12 November 2015
A roofing material can have quite an impact on your home. Not only can your choice of material have an impact on the cost of your home, but it will have an impact on the function and the look of your home. While asphalt shingles can help you to save money, they will not do as much to enhance the look and function of your home (as will be discussed more in depth later) as cedar shingles will.
What Type of Cedar Is the Best?
All cedar is not the same. All cedar will have some natural oils in it which will help it to fight off rot, but not all cedar will have the same level of oils. The biggest thing that you have to look out for is whether you are buying sap or heartwood. Sapwood comes from the areas of the tree that are closest to the bark. They will not have the same level of oils as heartwood. Before you buy any cedar, you should ask whether you are buying heartwood or sapwood.
Cedar and Aesthetics
Red cedar will have natural pink or red-orange color to it when it is fresh, and it will fade to a dull grey or silver color as it ages. White cedar will have a dull yellow color to and will fade to a silver color. Cedar will also have a wood grain that will stand out more and more as it ages—a grain that cannot be mimicked by molded metal, plastic, or concrete. Thus, if you are looking for a roofing material that will enhance the look of your home, cedar is a good choice
Cedar and Improving the Function of Your Home
Cedar shingles can last for up to one hundred years. This is decades longer than other common roofing materials. Thus, you can save money on maintenance and repair costs by installing cedar shingles. They also offer better insulation than you can get from asphalt shingles, so they can help to reduce your heating and cooling costs.
Cedar shingles will cost more than other common roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, but the extra money you spend buys you better value than you can get from other more affordable choices. Cedar shingles look great on green or rustic homes, but they may look out of place on a modern home. Still, if cedar shingles are a good fit for your home, they will offer you value that you can't get in any other way. Contact local roofing contractors for further assistance.Share