Cedar Shake Roof Installation, Maintenance, and Costs

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    Unlike before, when shake roofing was only used on rustic properties like cottages, they are currently used on modern properties. Initially, the shakes were made from wood. But they have evolved in the recent past to be made by fiberglass and asphalt. The current trend has made shake roofing one of the most sought-after roofing options. The current shingles used on shake roofs don't just provide visual appeal with a modern twist; they also ensure more durability and better safety since they are more resistant to wind and fire. These roofing options can prolong your home's lifespan while helping you save money due to their low maintenance nature.

    Advantages of Shake Roofs

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    Increased Property Value


    Visual Appeal



    Wooden shake roofing is usually great at conserving energy, which means that they can keep the house warm when necessary and cold when needed. Therefore, you won't have to consume a lot of electricity in warming or cooling the house, which will play a major role in the amount of money you spend on utility bills every month. In addition to this, wooden shakes can be converted into mulch, which makes them more valuable and reduces the amount of waste you produce.

    The first thing most people will notice when they come into our compound is the roof of the property. Therefore, you should strive to visually appeal your roof, especially when you intend to sell the house. Shake roofing will give you the attention you need by capturing the attention of those passing By, which will even get you more potential buyers and speed up the sale. Their natural aesthetic appeal will mean that you won't also need to replace the roof when you decide to sell.

    Another important aspect of roofing material is durability, and shake roofs meet the right standards. They can last for at least 30 years with little to no maintenance, but that number can increase if you use modern-day shake roofing or maintain your wooden shakes properly. Other materials like asphalt and fiberglass will not need maintenance and are resistant to fire as well as ultraviolet rays. This means that they can last longer, and you will not have to worry about replacement costs or inconvenience.

    When looking for any roofing material, the kind of visual effect it brings to the house is of utmost importance and should not be ignored. Shake roofs have a natural beauty that will make any type of house interesting. There are different types of shingles with different colors to match any vision. They are also available in different shapes and sizes to make each person find a suitable unique style for their roof. Also, shakes tend to change their color, especially when the wood is used. In the beginning, they will have the natural color of the roofing material, but with time that will change to gray, which will still bring a distinctive visual appeal to the property

    Being conscious of the environment is paramount nowadays in every decision. One of the most eco-friendly materials you can use is wood, especially when you choose one like cedar. It is long-lasting and looks great, but the best part is that it can be recycled when it's no longer suitable for use on the roof. Production of shakes also requires less fossil energy than the production of other shingles.

    Disadvantages of Shake Roofs

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    High Installation Costs

    Seasonal Maintenance

    Labor Intensiveness

    Shake Roofing Costs

    Wooden shake roofing material like cedar is more expensive than most of the other roofing types. You may, therefore, spend more buying them as well as on the labor cost since they are more changing to install. However, you may be able to recover those expenses through energy savings.

    Installing shake roofs isn't a simple process, which means that replacing them will also be problematic. However, with the right company like KOG Roofing, you can have your roof install within a few days. Failure to install the roof correctly could lead to a lot of problems that will cause you a lot of inconveniences and more money.

    Shake roofing may also require additional maintenance during specific seasons. Wood doesn't do well when exposed to a lot of moisture or heat. You may, therefore, have to take extra measures to protect your roof during winter when it snows or during summer when the heat increases.

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    Shake roofing materials come at a wide range of prices, with the lowest being $1.75 per square foot and the highest being $3. The cost is usually affected by several factors, but the main one is usually the quality of the material. Another factor is the type of shake roof material used. Cedar shakes will cost you $4 per square foot, while composite shake roofing material will cost $3.25. this translates to $400 per square for the cedar shakes, $325 per square for composite shakes, and $350 for wood shakes.

    Every company also charges different rates for installation depending on the risk factors involved and the amount of work to be done. Roofing companies will often include the planning and preparation costs with the installation costs. The average installation cost, therefore, ranges between $450 to $900 per square. Make sure you ask for a specific estimate from the company you want to hire before they start the installation process. The average cost of a shake roofing project is between $14,000 and $27,000. The amount you'll pay will be determined by the size of your roof and the cost of the roofing materials, which include sealant, fasteners, and drip edges.

    Maintaining Your Shake Roofing

    Treating your shake roof with fungicides and preservatives can help increase its longevity by preventing dryness, racking, and warping. You should also coat the roof with fire retardants occasionally. Clean the roof regularly, especially if the roof is close to a tree that regularly sheds its leaves. These will ensure that the roof doesn't create an environment for moss, fungi ad insects to thrive.


    Making sure that your roof is installed properly is very important regardless of the roofing material being used. This is one of the reasons why you should always work with a reputable company that has expertise in the type of roofing you want. If you're around Texas, then a good company like KOG Roofing will ensure that your shake roof is installed properly and remains in perfect shape for as long as possible.

    Shake Roofing FAQs and Common Questions

    How Long Will a Cedar Shake Roof Last?

    In most homes, you can expect your cedar shake roof will last around 30 to 40 years. This can be slightly longer than asphalt shingles but based on factors such as climate and the presence of trees can prolong its lifecycle. 

    What is a Roof Shake?
    shake is a basic wooden shingle made from split logs. Shakes have traditionally been used for roofing and siding applications around the world. Higher-grade shakes are typically used for roofing purposes, while the lower grades are used for siding.
    Are Cedar Shakes Waterproof?

    Wood shingles can withstand the elements for years if properly maintained and waterproofed. The shingles that require the most maintenance are wood roofing shingles, which should be completely waterproofed every 3-5 years.

    Can Cedar Shakes Be Repaired?

     If your roof is experiencing leaks in multiple locations, it may be time to replace your cedar shake roof. Fixing several leaks on a roofing system is possible and can be done effectively by a roof repair professional.

    We are a full-service home improvement company. At KOG Roofing our focus is to provide a service that will protect your biggest investment, your home. Our roofing contractors fully certified by GAF and we are platinum Owens Corning preferred roofers. Types of roofing services we provide: 

    Roof Replacement 

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