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What Is Cedar Shake Roofing?

Cedar shake roofing is an extremely popular choice for homeowners who want to add beauty and character to their homes. Cedar is an elegant material used on roofs for centuries, yet it still looks modern and stylish today. Whether looking for a one-story ranch house or a multi-level Victorian, cedar shake roofing can be installed almost anywhere. 

This article will explain what homes benefit most from this type of roof, how long they last, how much they cost, whether they come with warranties or maintenance requirements, why they are considered environmentally friendly—and more! So let’s get started.

Cedar Roofing Compared to Other Materials

Cedar shake roofing is a natural product. It’s made with cedar shakes, which are sawn from the logs of the Western Red Cedar tree. Because it’s a renewable resource, you can feel good about choosing this option for your home. The wood looks great on your roof and will last many years!

Benefits of a Cedar Shake Roof Installation

Cedar Shake Roofing is a wise investment that can help you save on heating, cooling, and storm damage costs. It’s also a very attractive addition to your home that can increase its value.

Below are some of the benefits you’ll experience when you have your roof replaced with cedar shake:

  • Reduced energy costs: Due to their insulation qualities, cedar shake roofs reduce the amount of heat loss from homes and apartment buildings during the winter months. This reduction in energy use leads to lower bills for homeowners who use natural gas or electricity for heat.
  • Reduced cooling costs: During the summer, when temperatures rise higher than usual outside, the temperatures inside your home may also reach uncomfortable levels! Unfortunately, no one can do anything about the rising outdoor temperatures—except install a new cedar shake material for their home’s exterior covering! These roofs help protect your home from thermal heat transfer, which helps keep your home cooler through the summer months.

Grades of Cedar Shake Roofing

The grades of cedar shake roofing are based on the thickness of the cedar shake. The thicker the shakes, the higher quality they are. Cedar Shake Roofing comes in three grades:

  • Grade 1: This is one of the lowest qualities of cedar shake roofing because it has a fragile veneer and many splits and cracks. It is not recommended for use as a roofing material due to its delicate nature and inability to withstand high winds or heavy snow loads.
  • Grade 2: This grade is slightly more durable than its inferior counterpart but does not have enough strength to be considered appropriate for residential use due to its thinness. The thinness allows water penetration into your attic space if any damage is done by squirrels or other animals that nest inside your home, like birds or raccoons.
  • Grade 3: This is the best grade of cedar shakes. To be considered part of this grade, the shakes are hand-checked to ensure they are straight-grained. When the shakes have straight grain, they can lay on one another more easily and shed water. It is worth the extra money spent if you are planning on purchasing a shake roof to upgrade to this level of shake.

Can you install cedar shakes on any roof?

You can install cedar shakes on almost any roof in any weather. You can also install them in most climates or even to keep your home cool in summer or warm in winter. Cedar shakes are a fantastic product that will last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. They’re incredibly durable and can withstand anything from rainstorms to fierce winds without cracking or peeling away from your home’s structure.

Because cedar shake shingles come in one size only—15 inches wide by 48 inches long—you won’t have to worry about sizing according to your roof’s pitch (slope), which means there’s no such thing as “too steep” when it comes time to choose this type of shingle material. However, if your pitch is over 6:12 (6 inches rise per 12-inch run), you may need professional assistance installing these due to their weight and size requirements; otherwise, they’ll be difficult for a single person with average strength levels alone!

How long will cedar shakes last?

Cedar shakes are durable and long-lasting, but you still have to ensure they’re correctly maintained. If you don’t take care of your cedar shingle roofing material, it could lose its aesthetic appeal and become a safety hazard.

Your cedar shake roof will need repair at some point in its lifespan. For example, the shingles may need to be replaced or repaired if there’s storm damage or fire damage on your home’s exterior. You can also get small cracks in your cedar shingle roof that need repair by sealing them over with sealant so they don’t develop into more significant problems later down the line.

The Cost of Cedar Shake Roofing

As with any other type of roofing, the cost of cedar shake roofing depends on various factors. The most important factors are the size and grade of the shingles and how much work needs to be done during installation.

The average cost for installation ranges from $6.50 per square foot to $13.50 per square foot. However, this can vary depending on where you live, who does your installation (a contractor or DIY), and whether or not you have a metal base sheet underneath your cedar shakes.

Do cedar shake roofs come with a warranty?

Most cedar shake roofing manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty on their roofs. But what does that mean, exactly? Is your entire roof covered? What won’t they honor?

What is covered by the warranty?

  • Materials—roofing shingles, nails and fasteners, flashings (metal trim that fits between boards), weather stripping, caulk around windows/doors
  • Labor costs associated with replacement or repair due to manufacturing defect

Do cedar shake roofs have to be maintained?

Yes, cedar shake roofing must be maintained. The maintenance requirements for a cedar shake roof are similar to those of other roofing styles. The life expectancy of a cedar shake roof can be significantly extended by regularly cleaning and sealing it and treating it with fire-retardant chemicals.

A thorough cleaning is required every 3-5 years, depending on the amount of debris collected on the surface of your cedar shake shingles over time. Most roofs will require an initial cleaning after installation since they trap dust from construction activities such as sawing wood into shakes or nailing in nails used to secure them to the sheathing beneath them. While most people do not realize this at first because they think their new roof looks great right away, this initial period is prime time for dirt and debris to collect on their brand-new shingle roofs before they get sealed properly. You should use a sealant to prevent this from happening again in future years, but it won’t remove any existing material stuck onto them already. So clean them up thoroughly before applying any sealant product!


You should discuss this topic with a professional if you have concerns about whether cedar shake roofing is suitable for your home. That way, they can help you determine which grade of cedar shake best suits your needs and budget—as well as explain the installation process and advise how often maintenance will need to be performed. Cedar shakes are a massive upgrade to any house you should be proud of once accomplished. 

ClearCoat Roofing offers cedar shake installation and other roofing installation services. Contact us to learn more about how we can help with your project. 

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The health of your roof is crucial to the integrity of your home. Knowing the 10 most common roofing problems can help you to catch the damage early enough to make adequate repairs. Here are the most notable problems.

1. Roof Leaks

Your roof has to handle the elements. Rain, snow, hail and wind may lead to moisture inside the roof. If this happens, rot and mold are the next step.

2. Faulty Installation

A badly installed roof leads to bigger problems. If you want your roof to have a long lifespan, it needs to be installed up to standards and by a professional.

3. Critter Infestations

Small birds and animals may cause a lot of damage to your roof. If you have an animal infestation, you want to take care of it as soon as possible.

4. Poorly Installed Flashing

Flashing seals areas such as vent pipes, chimneys, skylights. When flashing is not installed properly, it leads to open seams and blown off tiles.

5. Pooling Water

If water pools on your roof, this problem normally arises from debris buildup or from HVAC units that don’t properly drain. It may also be due to gutter problems.

6. Ventilation Problems

Ventilation regulates temperature and moisture levels. Ventilation problems lead to costly energy bills and mildew issues.

7. Shrinkage or Blistering

The roof membrane may shrink and cause cracks in the upper layer. Watch for blistering, splitting and surface erosion.

8. Overhanging Limbs

Tree limbs may rub the surface and wear away at the top layer of your shingles. Trim your tree limbs back as much as possible. No tree should be a threat to your home.

9. Hail or Wind Damage

Your roof could have damage on it that you can not even see from the ground. hail damage is usually hard to see unless inspected up close. If these blemishes in your granules go without attention they eventually bake and start causing hundreds of small holes in the roof, causing little leaks all over the roof. 

10. Improper Maintenance

Your roof needs checking regularly. With proper maintenance, you can control any problems that occur to your roof.

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When it comes to taking care of your roof, it’s crucial that you know the most common roofing problems. The more that you know, the easier it will be to ensure that your roof lasts. Contact us today to have one of our professional roofing contractors provide a free roof inspection.

ClearCoat Roofing is hosting a booth at the Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from March 9th till the 17th! We will be giving out FREE ESTIMATES on the spot for our Shingle Sealing and giving an additional 20% OFF all quotes given to people at the home show this month! 

Do not miss out on the opportunity to protect your home this spring and get on our schedule for April!  Space is filling up quickly with these deals going on, so make sure you stop in and talk to us At booth 635! Look forward to helping you this season! 

Not all roofs are equal. If your home or business has a flat roof, concrete roof, asphalt roof, or metal roof, you’ll be dealing with some unique problems as a result of both their shape and the materials that are used. An elastomeric roof coating can make these problems disappear. They will extend the life of your roof, lower your energy bills, and protect your roof from the elements. These types of roof have incredible benefits, but you can’t enjoy them for long if they aren’t properly coated. 

Roof Protection

Adding an elastomeric coating to your roof is a vital part of extending the life of your flat, shingle, or metal roof. The materials used in these roofing projects can be susceptible to harsh elements, but with an elastomeric coating, you can give your roof an extra 25 years of life. The coating remains flexible even in incredibly low temperatures, reducing the risk of cracking and blistering. An elastomeric coating will create a solid, seamless seal that keeps your roof free of leaks and protects it from damage that wind, hail, and hot temperatures can have on your material of choice. They are able to do all of this without adding a great deal of extra weight to your roof.

Energy Efficiency

The number one benefit of elastomeric roof coatings is energy efficiency. Flat, shingle, and metal roofs are made of material that absorbs the heat a little too well. The temperatures can rise dramatically and this can cause a lot of damage to your roof. If your roof is extra hot, it will be tougher to keep the indoors at a comfortable temperature. The white color and UV resistant material act like a mirror, bouncing the suns harmful rays away. This will cut the amount of money that you spend on cooling, and it will create a much longer lasting roof. In turn, your same roof will protect your home or business for years to come, cutting down on the amount of money you would spend on a new roof, and eliminating any waste that might end up in landfills.

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Once you’re ready to install a protective elastomeric coating on your roof, remember to contact the ClearCoat Roofing company for professional help. We also offer a Gonano roof coating solution.

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