The Pros and Cons of Wood Shingle Roofing

Wooden roofing shingles have increased in popularity recently because of their natural appearance and eco-friendly manufacturing. Here are some of the pros and cons of wood shingle roofing.

Pro: They Are Sustainable

Wooden shingles, or shakers, are typically made from sustainable wood sources, such as harvested cedar planks that will regrow. The process by which they are harvested is labor-intensive, and does not rely too much on machines that use fossil fuels.

a photo of cedar wood shinglesCon: They Are Flammable

Wood burns. To make your wooden roofing flame-retardant, you will have to have a protective coating applied to it. This coating is full of chemicals, so it will decrease the fire hazard at the cost of some eco-friendliness.

Pro: They Are Highly Biodegradeable

Other roofing materials, like asphalt shingles, stay in landfills for a very long time. Natural wood shingles biodegrade quickly.

Con: They Need Maintenance

Cedar wood shingles can last as long as asphalt shingles, but they do need some maintenance to maximize their lifespan. Wood is susceptible to mold, mildew, and rot in very humid climates. Overhanging tree limbs can make the problem worse. A professional powerwashing can be very costly, but it is sometimes the only way to get the shingles completely clean.

Wood shingles aren’t for everyone, but if they are properly cared for, they will bring unique beauty to a house. If you need roofing services in Louisville or surrounding areas, give us a call today!