Cedar wood has been around for a long time in the roofing industry for its durability and architectural beauty that enhances any craftsman style home. The natural oil in cedar wood resists insect attacks and given the right climate, cedar shingle roofs can last for up to 50 years. Western Red Cedar is harvested on the west coast of BC, so this material is readily available to manufacture as a roofing product within the province. However, given that fact, cedar is still an expensive and high maintenance choice for your roof.

Pros of Cedar Roofs

  • Natural Beauty
  • Durability in the Right Climate Zones
  • Resistance to Insects
  • Energy Efficiency

Cons of Cedar Roofs

  • Natural Splitting Can Lead to Rot and Leaks
  • Prone to Moss and Rot
  • High Installation and Material Cost
  • High Maintenance
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When to Replace Your Cedar Shingle Roof

1. Curling is a natural part of the aging process for cedar shingles, but too much curling will leave your roof underlayment exposed and eventually, your roof will leak. Curling is caused by seasonal weather and temperature fluctuations like summer heat and prolonged periods of rain. 2. Moss and rot are a problem for wood shake roofs because they are made of organic material especially along gutters, and in shady spots. 3. Split shingles can be replaced, but a large percentage of your cedar shingles are split, you probably have rot as well, and your roof will need to be replaced. 4. Missing shingles. Call us for roof repairs if you see shingles missing after a seasonal storm. When shingles are missing, they leave the surface open to leaks and other damage that can be extremely costly over time.
2. Moss and rot are a problem for wood shake roofs because they are made of organic material especially along gutters, and in shady spots.
3. Split shingles can be replaced, but a large percentage of your cedar shingles are split, you probably have rot as well, and your roof will need to be replaced.
4. Missing shingles. Call us for roof repairs if you see shingles missing after a seasonal storm. When shingles are missing, they leave the surface open to leaks and other damage that can be extremely costly over time.
Do you need a re-roof?
Here in the Okanagan, we get exceptionally hot summers that can warp cedar shingles, making them an unpredictable choice for residential roofs. Ask us about new roofing products that provide the architectural beauty of cedar but with superior durability and low maintenance demands. Prior to drafting a contract, we provide free estimates and samples along with detailed product information. Our team of local roofers is fully licensed and bonded and our commitment to customer satisfaction is our number one priority.
For more information on our roofing services in Penticton, Osoyoos, and Kelowna, see our Commercial and Residential Roofing page.