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Pros and Cons of Wood Shingle Roofs

All roofing materials have pros and cons associated with them, and wood shingles are no exception. But with wood shingles roofing, most homeowners find the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. However, choosing a wood shingle roof is an individual decision where the pros and cons of wood shingles can vary depending on your individual needs. Some of these needs may be your climate, location, the home surroundings in terms of trees and sun exposure, your desired maintenance commitment, and, of course, your budget.


There are many more pros to wood shingle roofs than cons. Perhaps the greatest advantage of all is the natural beauty of cedar and the way in which it gracefully ages into a beautiful grayish silver tone.

In terms of cost-savings, wood shingles are long-lasting, making them an ideal roofing material. Cedar lasts at least 10 years longer than common roofing materials, like asphalt. Cedarwood shingles and shakes are also resistant to strong winds and are durable in hurricanes, heavy rains, hail storms, snowstorms, and other types of severe storms.

Cedarwood roofs are also energy-efficient, providing natural insulation up to two times that of asphalt shingles. This allows you to conserve home heating and cooling costs, and significantly save on energy bills.

Not to be overlooked are the benefits of using an eco-friendly roofing material.


Cost and maintenance are the only cons to cedarwood shingles and shakes. Compared with other roofing materials, such as the popular asphalt shingles, cedar roofing shingles are more expensive and cost more to install. But when you consider that your home is perhaps the largest investment of your lifetime, it makes sense to top it with high quality, long-lasting roofing material. Top-quality roofing, like cedarwood, comes with a higher price. However, over time, the longevity of cedarwood roofing provides a higher return on investment.

When it comes to roof maintenance, just about all roof types need some form of care to ensure their performance. Wood shingle roofs require regular maintenance to prevent moss, mold, and mildew growth. However, there are cedar treatment preservatives that can be added during the crafting process to prevent fungal growth and preserve the wood.

You can also arrange for regular inspections and maintenance with Bee Roofing. Our wood shingle roof maintenance services give you peace of mind that your cedar roofing system is being cared for properly. Plus, leaving the maintenance to us gives you one less house chore to do!


Only you can decide whether the advantages of cedarwood roofing outweigh its disadvantages for your home. Of course, Bee Roofing is at your service to answer any questions you may have or to give you a customized quote for either a cedar shake roof or a cedar shingle roof in and around Charlotte, NC.

When it’s time to put a new roof on your home, get in touch with Bee Roofing. Your free advice and estimate await.

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