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A Complete Guide to Cedar Shingles Life Expectancy

Cedar shingles are a popular choice amongst homeowners, boosting curb appeal with a natural appearance and offering durability against harsh Alberta climates. 

Without proper maintenance, cedar shingle roofs typically last 15-20 years. The professionals at A. Clark Roofing & Siding can help you double the lifespan of your cedar shingle roof and protect your investment, giving you the tools you need to help your roof last

What are cedar shingles and shakes?

Cedar roofing is the most popular type of wood for use in roofing thanks to its appealing look, durability and natural resistance to bug infestations. The durability of the cedar makes it a good roofing choice for climates with heavy snowfall, rain and extreme cold – like Alberta. With natural preservatives in the wood, cedar roofs can also help avoid moisture and decay. 

Homeowners who want to install cedar wood roofs can use either cedar shingles or cedar shakes, resulting in a different look for their home. Cedar shingles are cut by machines to be smooth and uniform, offering a very similar look as asphalt shingles. Cedar shakes vary in thickness and size, giving a more natural or rustic look. 

Extend the lifetime of your cedar shingles

To maximize your investment and enjoy the many benefits of a cedar shingle roof, make sure you know what can impact the lifespan of your roof. 

Installation: Like other types of roofing, the installation can impact the lifespan. Always do your research and find a local roofing company with a warranty and the expertise to complete your installation properly. 

Type and quality of cedar shingle: Manufacturer warranties can vary from 15 to 30 years for cedar roofs, depending on the type and quality of cedar shingle. Some cedar products aren’t inspected or certified, come with no guarantee, and can last even less than 15 years. Be sure to choose the right cedar roofing company and be wary of pricing that’s too good to be true.

Maintenance: Regular maintenance is required to maintain your cedar shingles. The professionals at A. Clark Roofing & Siding recommend regular removal of debris on your roof, cleaning gutters to avoid moisture retention, surface cleanings, and professional roof inspection and treatment. Learn more about cedar shingle maintenance and treatment. 

Damage: When moisture builds up in cedar shingles, it can lead to wood rot or loss of integrity if left unaddressed. Performing regular inspections and water-resistant treatments can reduce the chances of moisture damage in your roof. 

Weather: The cedar shingles will expand and contract with temperature swings and moisture. If expansion and contraction aren’t taken into consideration upon installation or if the shingles crack you can expect a shortened lifespan.

System Balance: Because cedar is a more breathable and natural material, roofing companies often overlook potential problems relating to attic spaces as the cedar can hide issues therein. Many cedar-to-asphalt roof conversions display condensation or ice damming issues because the attic, insulation, or venting system is out of balance or insufficient. Keeping it efficient and in balance is especially important for extending your cedar roof’s life, and the efficiency and comfort inside of your home.

Cedar shingle replacement cost

Cedar shingle roofs will usually be a higher upfront cost compared to other roofing materials, ranging on average from $7.50-$15 per square foot. The cost to install or repair cedar shingles or shakes will depend on the cedar used, the style, and your roof’s size. However, when cedar shingle roofs are properly maintained, they can last twice as long as other roofing types, making them a smart investment to help boost your curb appeal. 

We can help make your cedar shingle roof last longer

If you want to learn more about extending the lifespan of your cedar shake roof or have questions about cedar roof maintenance, contact the professionals at A. Clark Roofing & Siding for a free no-contact quote. With more than 65 years of experience installing and protecting cedar shake roofs in Calgary and Edmonton, we’re here to help.