A Natural Look Wood Shingles
Wood shingles and shakes provide a natural look to your home. They are commonly made out of cedar, red wood or cypress. Installing wood shingles or shakes is complicated and should only be undertaken by a professional.
These materials are generally chosen for looks and not durability. Unlike 25 years ago, modern wood products are typically being manufactured from second growth wood, which means the wood can become brittle, and shrink, causing the roof to be compromised. This is due to the fact that the growth ring count in second growth trees is significantly less than old growth trees, causing reduced strength.
There is also a high level of maintenance to monitor as mold, rot; insects and rodents can be a problem leading to costly repairs. Finally many wood roofing materials are unrated by fire safety codes.