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Chesterfield roofing professionals recommend that homeowners research several different roofing product options before deciding on one for their new roof. Most roofing materials will last decades and cost thousands of dollars, so it is important for homeowners to make an educated decision they can live with. Homeowners are usually drawn to wood shakes and wood shingles for their natural beauty. Here are some facts about wood roofing that homeowners should consider when making their decision.

Wood roofing materials come in shakes or shingles. Some homeowners prefer shakes because they are cut by hand to create rough edges and a more rustic appearance. Wood shingles are cut by a machine and offer a uniform look. Both of these wood roofing options are commonly made from cedar or redwood because they resist rotting. Wood roofing products also offer versatility in the form of how the structure of the roof is designed. Many areas of a wood roof can be tailored to the homeowner's preferences.

Durability is another benefit of wood roofs. When installed and maintained properly, they can last as long as 60 years. In order to maintain a wood roof, homeowners will need to have individual shingles and shakes replaced as needed. However, this is much less costly than replacing the entire roofing system.

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Wood shakes and shingles are also energy efficient and have a good insulation value. As a natural insulator, wood roofs often help reduce the costs of home energy bills. This also makes wood roofing materials more eco-friendly. Light insulation can be added for homeowners who desire an extra layer of protection.

In addition to being energy efficient, wood roofing materials are also very weather resistant. They are suitable for freezing cycles and high temperatures. They are also recommended for use in regions that are prone to earthquakes.

There are some drawbacks to wood roofing materials, however. One is that they have poor fire resistance and could catch wandering sparks from a neighboring fire. To make them more fire resistant, a contractor can treat wood roofing materials with a fire retardant. Additionally, wood roofing materials require a fair amount of regular maintenance in order to increase their lifespan and keep them looking their best. In the summer and winter, wood shakes and shingles will need to be cleaned and have debris removed from them. A trained professional should be hired to check the roof for any soft spots and moisture damage as well as infestations of mold and lichen.

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