A cedar roof is an excellent and beautiful roofing option, and is particularly well suited for the many historic homes located in the greater Chicago area. However, many homeowners are hesitant to purchase these types of roofs because they worry about how long they will last when compared to traditional asphalt shingles. 

The good news is that, according to Inspectapedia, when properly maintained, a cedar roof can last as long as, or even longer, than their asphalt counterpart. They report that wood shingles typically last 30 to 40 years while properly-installed, high-quality shakes can last 20 to 40 years.

In their article How Long Will a Wood Shingle or Wood Shake Roof Last? they list a number of factors that can influence how long your cedar roof will last. These factors include:

  • How the shingles are ventilated
  • The pitch (or slope) of the roof
  • How much exposure to the sun and harsh weather the cedar shakes or shingles receive
  • The presence of overhanging trees or debris, which can make the roof hold water and deteriorate faster
  • How much shade the roof gets, which can promote the growth of moss or lichens

When you meet with potential contractors, be sure to discuss your options, your roof’s life expectancy, the manufacturer’s and the contractor’s warranties, and the necessary maintenance needed to keep your roof in good shape for years to come. Because proper installation is crucial to ensuring a long lifespan for your roof, you will want to hire an established and reputable company that is experienced at working with cedar roofing materials.

One such company is Baltic Home Improvements, a leading roofing contractor in the southwestern Chicago suburbs. We have been recognized for our quality workmanship and exceptional customer service by both the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List, and we have a long history of customer satisfaction. To get more information about cedar roofs and schedule a free estimate for your roofing job, you can contact us by phone or through our convenient Web form. We look forward to hearing from you.

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