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Cedar Shake Roof Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia Building Industry AssociationIf you are looking for a roofing system that will not only protect your home from the elements but also provide a natural look, Wood Shake shingles are the perfect complement having the perfect natural ability to transform your home makes this product very popular among homeowners. Shake shingle roofs once where one of the few types available. Today it's a premium product and can costs the home owner more to install on your home than more common asphalt shingle.

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Cedar Shake Roofing In Northern VA

Architects choose shake shingle roofs for their beauty and natural appearance to blend in with the surrounding environment. Wood Shake roofing shingles provide such an aesthetically pleasing organic look to your home that is striking on first glance. The strength and beauty of Cedar shake shingles make for visually versatile, natural, value-enhancing roofing options for your property. When wood is exposed to the effects of sunlight and precipitation, its surface starts to change. This change is physical and chemical, and it’s cumulatively referred to as weathering.

  • Excellent Insulation
  • Structural Stability
  • Withstands The Elements

Better Business BureauOne of the greatest advantages of cedar is its natural beauty and also the how it gracefully ages into a stellar grayish silver tone. This first change in color is somewhat, rapid, occurring during the first year of exposure. Gradually, the silver gray will change to a darker, more graphite gray, indicating the colonization of the surface by micro fungi that complete the weathering process.

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Five Star RatedCedar is long-lasting, thus making it ideal as a roofing material. Cedar typically lasts 10 years or more than other common roofing material. Cedar wood shingles and shake are resistant to very strong winds and are also extremely durable in snowstorms, hail storms, heavy rains, and even hurricanes. Cedar shake shingles are highly resistant to insect damage and also UV ray damage. Being so energy efficient and providing a natural insulation up to two times that of most asphalt shingles. Allowing you to conserve home cooling and heating expenses significantly lowering energy bills. Properly installed cedar shakes shingles provide long lasting weather protection and a rustic look to your home

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National Roofing Contractors AssociationIn the past wooden shingle roofs were common in early North American, The Colonial Revival and demand for Craftsman Style houses in the mid 20th Century heightened the demand for the use of wood as a roofing material. Many distinctive shingle patterns exist in many regions that are created by their shape, size, and application. Treatments such as combed ridges, swept valleys, and decorative patterns impart an athletically unique character to each building. Most wood shingle and shake roofs are made from western red cedar it has exceptional properties, dimensional stability, defect-free straight grain, low weight, impenetrability to fluids, and decay resistance that is derived from natural substances found within the wood.

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However, they can require slightly more maintenance than other modern roofing material. Cedar shake shingles are thin, tapered pieces of wood used to cover buildings and homes roofs always protecting them from the harshest of elements and weather. Size and shapes of the wood shakes varied with regional trade practices and experience of local craftsmen. Wood shingles were treated with paint or oils to improve durability in harsh climates.

  • Wind Resistance
  • Hail Resistance
  • Light Weight

The use of wood shingles in roofing declined during the late 19th and the beginning of the 20th century as fire hazards caused building codes to become stricter. These building codes caused roofers to use wood much less often. In the more rural areas wood shingles have always been and still is a very popular roofing material due to the natural abundance of wood and its aesthetically beauty. Wood shakes have also been used for new roof construction throughout history.

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