Wood ShakesWood shake roofs are manufactured in red cedar, cypress, pine, and redwood trees. Although they are pretty, they are not the most popular choice as they used to be, due to longevity, fire hazard, periodic maintenance. Wood shingles and shakes require periodic treatments with preservatives and fungicides in order to keep from drying out, warping, cracking and being attacked by mildew and fungus.
Most folks do not want maintenance when it comes to their roof. Many insurance companies won’t even insure them if you live in the mountainous regions (because of fire hazard & maintenance reasons) The final reason why they are not so popular anymore - Shake roofs are three to six times the cost of an asphalt roof & with the bonus of required periodic maintenance.
Can we install them still? Yes, there are still subdivisions that require them via HOAs.
If left untreated or maintained, they can look like this in just a few short years.
However, we have great news! They do look pretty so some are considering metal or synthetic shake choices.Giving you the look of shake yet can hold up for a much greater amount of time. Metal shake roofing simulates the look of split wood shake roofing, but has a longer life, lower weight, and easier installation of steel roofing.
Here are two examples:
Metal shake roofing simulates the look of split wood shake roofing, but have the longer life, lower weight, and easier installation of steel roofing. They range from painted cedar shake steel panels to our stone coated thicker metal shake varieties. Stone coated is pictured below. All are tough steel roofing products made to last, with the best possible Class A fire ratings.
Synthetic shakes boast deep grain pattern, no water absorption, mold or mildew growth. No splitting, rotting, decay or risk of fire. Like metal is also a good choice.