J.D. Caldwell Construction & RoofingGeneral Contractors

Located in Willow Park servicing Fort Worth and surrounding areas

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Cedar Roofing

The shake shingle is the inspiration for the modern day asphalt shingles. Similar to the asphalt shingle, the wood shake overlaps each other making the roof or siding weather proof. A down side to shake is that they often need more maintenance than newer asphalt or fiberglass shingles. An upside to shake the unique rustic look they give to a structure.

Cedar Shakes

Cedar is the most popular wood for shakes or shingles, but it is also possible to find shakes made from other woods. Red cedar is the most common type in North America. Cedar shakes are fairly easy to install and maintain. Cedar shakes are attractive, durable and resistant to insect activity. They typically last longer than shingles and many other types of roofing. They can be expected to last for between 25 and 40 years. Cedar shakes also have natural insulating properties.

A disadvantage to buying cedar shakes are a potential fire risk. Some home insurance providers will raise insurance premiums if you install them in your home and in some areas that are at a high risk for forest fires, cedar shakes may not be allowed. It is possible to have cedar shingle treated in order to make them fire resistant.

Shakes and shingles are very different in appearance. Cedar shakes tend to have a more rugged or rustic appearance than shingles because they are much thicker. The shakes are split from the wood rather than sawn and may also be grooved. Hand split shakes are best if you want a rustic look, while taper sawn shingles offer a more refined appearance.

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