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Western red cedar is one of the most durable naturally rot-resistant woods available, which is one reason why it has been a long time favorite for roofing. Its rustic appearance is unique to every house because of the random widths, variations in color, thickness and weathering. Cedar is in a class unto itself.
Cedar is a hearty material with many shake and shingle styles to complement a wide array of building types. Unsurpassed in its beauty, cedar can be used on the cabin in the woods, bungalow on the bay, mansions, historic monuments, and modern architecture. When we install new cedar shakes on roofs, it’s primarily for buildings that originally had a wood shake roof and the owners want to preserve the natural charm and integrity of their building or home.
From this veteran’s perspective, cedar shakes are arguably the most enjoyable material to work with. It was rewarding to replace the aging cedar shake roof of The Joseph Sharpless House, named “Wolley Stille,” constructed in Wallingford in the late 1600s with subsequent additions over the years. It was our privilege to install cedar shakes on the oldest house in Swarthmore Borough (The “Ogden House” at 5 Cedar Lane).
The initial cost of a cedar shake roof is relatively high compared to asphalt shingles, which is an understandable concern. But because cedar is uniquely beautiful and hearty, it’s well worth it. Choose a reliable professional roofer to install a quality cedar shake roof.