Many people will consider replacing their roof at some point in time. The most common type of roofing material is asphalt shingles, but cedar shake roofs are also a popular option among homeowners looking for something that lasts longer and has a more natural look. But how much does it cost to replace an entire cedar shake roof? Today, we’ll be discussing the costs involved with this process so you can decide if it’s worth the investment.
First Things First: What are the Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Roof?
If it’s been 15+ years since you bought your home or last replaced your roof, you are going to want to be looking for signs that it’s time to replace it. Whether you had an asphalt roof and are looking to upgrade to cedar or already had a cedar roof, the signs it’s time to replace them are very similar.
The average lifespan for a cedar shake roof is about 30 years, but like any other material, it will start to show wear and tear after some time. If you notice that your roof is starting to leak or there are visible cracks in the shakes and shingles themselves, then it may be time to consider replacing them with fresh ones. Other signs of an aging roof include loose or missing shingles, cracked and leaking flashing, faded color and loss of granules, and hail or wind damage.
Repairs can often handle many of these symptoms, but if your roof has reached its expected lifespan, or if the leaks have become more severe over time and you’re noticing signs of cracking on the surface, then replacement may be necessary to remedy the roof.
What are the Benefits of a Cedar Shake Roof?
There are many roofing materials to choose from when you are looking to install a new roof. You have asphalt (the most commonly used material), slate, wood, metal, and more. But cedar shake roofs are one of the most unique and beautiful options to go with.
A cedar shake roof offers many benefits, including being aesthetically pleasing—you can’t beat the look of natural wood. Cedar has a more natural look than other materials like asphalt shingles or metal roofs. A cedar shake roof also lasts longer because it’s made of wood whose natural tanning makes it resistant to insects and rots. This type of roof will last for at least thirty years or more if the homeowner applies an annual coating to protect the wood from weather damage.
Pros of Cedar Shakes
- Beautiful appearance. The natural look of the wood will naturally fade into a greyish hue as it ages, which gives your home a unique, beautiful aesthetic.
- Highly durable. Their high density makes them resistant to strong winds and can withstand heavy rains, hail storms, snowstorms, and other severe weather.
- Energy-efficient. Cedar shakes naturally have almost double the insulation capabilities of asphalt shingles. They can also be recycled, making them environmentally friendly.
Cons of Cedar Shakes
- Requires some light maintenance. You will want to do regular inspections and maintenance checks on your roof because natural wood can be more susceptible to aging and damage from certain elements. You may also want to re-stain, re-treat, or paint your shakes regularly to upkeep the look.
- Costly. The initial cost of a cedar shake roof can be quite high (which we’ll get into).
- Complex installation. Cedar shakes are a delicate installation process to ensure proper sealing and insulation of your roof. Definitely call a pro to install your cedar shake roof.
How Much Does a New Cedar Shake Roof Cost?
Cedar shakes are a great option for anyone looking for a unique look that will age gracefully and require minimal maintenance while remaining easy to repair throughout its long lifespan if needed. However, the type of cedar shake you install can greatly affect the price. Cedar shakes come in natural or synthetic versions, both with the same benefits of longevity and durability.
Real Wood Cedar Shakes: $10,000-$20,000 total.
Rubber or Plastic Wood Shakes: $10,000 to $18,000 total.
High-End Synthetics: $20,000+ total.
As you can see, cedar shake roofs do cost a fair amount more than other roofing types, but they offer a great ROI because they last 30+ years and will age beautifully into a gorgeous grey color. So for a timeless look that will protect your home for as long as you live there, choose cedar shake roofing.
Suppose you are looking for a low-maintenance, lower-cost option for your roof replacement. In that case, First American Roofing can install a beautiful asphalt shingle roof that imitates the look of cedar shake with a synthetic material. Both options are great and will protect your home for years to come!