How Long Can Cedar Shake Roofs Last?

Cedar shake roofs lend a lovely and classical look to homes in the Chicagoland area and are a particularly good choice for this area’s historical homes. Of course, cedar shakes come at a higher price than the more commonly purchased asphalt shingles, so some homeowners question how long the cedar shakes will last.

According to an article published by the Cedar Bureau, homeowners should be able to expect their cedar shake roofs to last an average for 30 to 40 years. Of course the longevity of your cedar shake roof will vary depending on a number of factors including:

  • The quality of the wood
  • The quality of the installation
  • The care and maintenance performed on the roof
  • The existence of overhanging trees.

Shakes that have been treated with preservative products will last longer and will resist moss and mildew buildup. This treatment is particularly effective in highly humid areas.  For more information, be sure to read the full article.

If you are a homeowner in the southwestern Chicago suburbs and you are considering replacing your current roof with cedar shakes, be sure to contact Baltic Home Improvements. Our experienced roofers have been doing new roof installations for more than a decade and our record of quality workmanship and customer satisfaction speaks for itself. Contact us today to learn more and get a free estimate for your roofing job.

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