Wood Shakes | Denver Roofer

In recent years wood shakes have become far less popular for several reasons. The cost of materials and labor is high and their lifespan is comparatively short. They are very significant fire hazard and most cedar shakes are not treated with fire retardants. Also, many local jurisdictions and building departments have begun denying permits for new wood shake roofs due to fire danger, and in some cases are requiring they be removed from all houses within city limits by 2014 or later.

Many insurance companies are also skyrocketing premiums and/or canceling policies due to the liability associated with most types of wood roofing. As a result, the volume of wood shake roofs being installed is a fraction of what it was just 20 years ago.

More About Wood Shakes

Cedar shingles are similar to wood shakes except they are manufactured in a mill that cuts them into specific height and thickness, though the width does vary. They are made from the same cedar logs that cedar shakes are made of. They are typically milled thinner than cedar shakes and as they are cut to specific thickness, so they tend to lay much flatter on the roof giving a smooth appearance.

Both wood shakes and wood shingles have a distinct cosmetic appearance that many love. Unfortunately, though, due to cost, fire danger, insurance and building code changes, and the susceptibility to damage from severe weather they are also in the process of being phased out.

Alternatives to Wood Shakes

Fortunately most major roofing manufacturers have seen this decline in wood shakes and have started manufacturing several asphalt-based products that mimic the look and texture of shingles so customers can get a roof that gives the appearances of a shake roof without all of the drawbacks of wood roofing products. Products like CertainTeed’s Presidential Shake series match the cut, color and texture of wood shakes to give the aesthetic qualities many customers are seeking.

If you have a wood shake or shingle roof and are considering replacing it, contact Roofcorp today. A Roofcorp representative can discuss your possible options so you can get a new roofing material that both looks great on your home, and is safe for the family within.