There is nothing quite like the beauty of a wood shingle roof. Over time, wood roofs weather to a soft gray or silver that makes the home part of the landscape. While far less common than they were in the past, a wood shingle roof offers many advantages to homeowners today. Our Albuquerque roofing contractors are standing by to answer any questions you may have about wood shingle installation.
Wood Shakes vs Shingles
Wood roof shakes and shingles are similar although there are differences in how each is made and installed. A wood shake is split by hand from lumber. This is usually done with a special tool by hand, although some manufacturers use power equipment. Wood shakes are split on each side. Wood shingles, on the other hand, are machine cut from a block. Both sides are cut with a saw. The end of the cut is noticeably thinner than a shake and the shingle is tapered on all sides. A wood shake will have an uneven surface while a shingle will be smooth.
While shakes and shingles can be made from many species of wood, most wood roof shingles are made from Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Eastern White Cedar, or Western Red Cedar.
Benefits of Cedar Shingle Roofs
It's hard to beat a cedar shingle or shake roof when it comes to pure beauty. Of course, cedar has a lot more to offer than looks. Here are some of the most important benefits of wood shingles:
- Energy efficient. Cedar wood roofs can provide twice the insulation as asphalt shingles to reduce heating and cooling costs. This is especially important during the hot New Mexico summers.
- Eco-friendly. While some wood shingles are made from old-growth Western Cedar, you can also choose a product made from reclaimed lumber. These wood shingles are made from wood that has been reclaimed from everything from bridges to wine tanks.
- Durability. A professionally installed cedar wood roof will last anywhere from 30-50 years with proper maintenance. Wood shingles are so long-lasting that galvanized steel nails will go bad before the shingles.
There is nothing quite like a home with a beautiful cedar shingle roof. While stunning new, wood roofs also age beautifully. If you're considering installing a wood roof or you need repairs for your wood shingle roof, contact our Albuquerque roofing contractors today for an estimate.