The Pros and Cons of Cedar Shingle Roofing

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The Pros and Cons of Cedar Shingle Roofing

Cedar shingle roofing, which are sawed on both faces and thinner than cedar shake shingles, are milled from clear heartwood. While cedar is a natural insect repellant, it can be pressure-treated with fire retardants and preservatives for better protection against fire and to prevent decay. By using a ventilating underlayment on a steeper roof pitch that allows for a rapid watershed, a cedar shingle roof will last for 25 years or better.

While the roof serves as the greatest protection on a home, it is also the most susceptible to exposure. For this reason, all roofing materials have their pros and cons.


  • Extraordinarily beautiful appearance
  • Naturally insulating
  • Energy efficient
  • Durable
  • Storm resistant
  • Naturally insect repellant
  • Lightweight
  • Dimensionally stable
  • Shingles remain straight whereas shake shingle tends to warp
  • Eco-friendly when harvested from sustainable forests



  • Cost
  • Subsequent treatment such as staining if unsatisfied with the naturally graceful aging that occurs
  • Untreated shingles are susceptible to fire, although some code restrictions require these roofing materials maintain a specified fire-retardant treatment
  • Recommended that trees be kept from overshadowing the roof to allow the sun to help keep shingles dry in moist climates

The cost of cedar shingle roofing

The cost of cedar shingles has experienced as much fluctuation as the economy. The cost may range from as low as $0.50 per linear foot to as much as $1.20 per linear foot. This may equate to a range of $300 to $600 per square foot plus labor costs. A proper cost estimate requires an in-depth inspection and a free estimate including the low to high labor cost range. Other variables include the location, the complexity of the configuration of the roof, the season and the work load.

The natural long-lasting beauty of a cedar shingle roof is well-suited for its durability and practicality as well as presenting an attractive appearance. Cedar shingles may be harvested from sustainable forests helping to keep the carbon footprint to a minimum. Cedar is a natural insulation that keeps the heat inside a home and the cold outside in the winter. It also dampens noise serving as an acoustic barrier. A cedar roof provides a great deal of practical as well as aesthetic benefits. – Modernize

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