Cedar Shake Roofing
With hues ranging from subtle browns and reds to bolder golds and ambers, cedar shakes can be an excellent choice if you're a homeowner in the Lancaster area who prefers a roof with a more rustic appearance. When properly installed by the team at Zimmerman's Construction, cedar roofing can add style and value to any property. Take a moment to get the facts on this versatile and distinctive roofing solution that has been in use since the days of Colonial America.
The Basics of Cedar Roofs
Cedar roofing materials are different from other roofing materials like asphalt and metal in that each shingle can vary in size and shape. Because cedar wood is low in density, homeowners in the Lancaster area often enjoy minimal shrinkage from exposure to sun and seasonal temperature changes.
Considered one of the strongest wood species in the world, cedar is a highly durable material. It's durability is further increased because it fits flat against the roof and holds fastenings tighter. Cedar roofing is also:
- Resistant to moisture
- Fire-resistant and fungus-resistant (with factory treatments)
- Less susceptible to moss growth
- A natural insulator
- Resistant to damage from strong winds and storms
Installing Cedar Roofing in Lancaster PA
Cedar shingles and shakes are extremely versatile when it comes to installation options and appealing to homeowners or business owners preferring a natural look. Cedar roofing materials are easy to work with because cedar produces fine, straight grain patterns. And the wood's characteristics make it easier to nail into place. Cedar shakes also respond well to a wide range of finishes, including:
- Fine oils
- Penetrating stains and preservation treatments
- Solid coatings
During installation, our cedar roofing contractors will add spaced sheathing to allow for proper ventilation, securely install flashing and make appropriate adjustment for roof valleys and other structural characteristics. Ventilation is especially important with cedar roofing since this is what minimizes the risk of moisture damage and plays a role in the roof's durability and longevity.
Our attention to detail when installing cedar roofing in Lancaster PA includes confirming adherence to codes and working within homeowners' association guidelines when necessary. We can also plan and complete cedar roof replacements or upgrades from other roofing materials you previously had in place.
Cedar Roof Repairs
While cedar roofing materials are highly durable, there are times when repairs are necessary. Not all parts of a cedar roof will age or wear at the same rate. For this reason, part replacement and preservation limited to the sections requiring attention can be a cost-effective solution.
In some instances, it makes more sense to leave the roof alone instead of opting for cedar roof repairs if there aren't any leaks or other serious issues. This is because replacement of individual shingles can be a fairly extensive process due to the way cedar shingles are attached.
If you're experiencing leaks, our roofing contractors will assess the damage and identify the source of the leak. We'll also do a thorough evaluation of the rest of your cedar roof to identify any other areas that may be susceptible to leaks. We can also provide assistance with cedar shingle roof repairs that may be necessary due to:
- Splitting and other damage from natural weathering
- Curling or cupping from aging
- Cracks or splitting from moisture damage
- Frying and other signs of rot or decay
Maintaining Cedar Shakes
The average lifespan of cedar roofing that's well cared for is about 7 to 15 years, although some roofs with this material can last even longer than this. Cedar shakes typically need to be cleaned periodically to maintain the desired appearance. The general recommendation is to have this done every 4-5 years. We also suggest you take advantage of our experience with roofs of this nature. If you plan to pressure wash your cedar roof, we recommend not using high settings to avoid damaging the shingles.
Cedar Roof Inspections
Our cedar roofing contractors can perform routine inspections to look for signs of damage that may not yet be causing noticeable problems. In some cases, our contractors are able to take preventative steps like applying new preservation treatments and nailing down loose shingles that can add several more years to the roof's lifespan.
If you've just moved into a home in the Lancaster area with a cedar roof, we can perform an inspection to give you a better idea of what shape your roof is in. We can also do the same thing if you're planning to sell your home. During an inspection, our contractors will look for:
- Signs of aging and wear
- Issues with flashing that may lead to leaks
- Algae and moss growth (which can be removed with proper cleaning and treatment techniques)
Lancaster County Cedar Roof Contractor
CIf you're ready to consider cedar roofing in Lancaster PA, Manheim, Mount Joy, Lititz, Elizabethtown, or surrounding communities, the team from Zimmerman's Construction is prepared to get to work for you. Contact us today to get the reliable, budget-pleasing results you deserve from our cedar roofing contractors.