Many homeowners in the Chicagoland area are discovering the natural beauty that traditional cedar shake roofs can add to their houses. Cedar shakes, however, differ from the more commonly-used asphalt shingles in a number of ways. Before switching to cedar shakes, it is important that you are aware of their pros and cons of this type of roofing system.

Fortunately, Pro Roofing, LLC in Madison Wisconsin recently published an informative and useful article on this subject entitled The Basics of Traditional Cedar Shake Roofing. In this article, the writers explain everything you need to know about cedar shakes before taking them into serious consideration.

Among the pros, the article lists:

  • Cedar shakes are visually appealing and add to the curb appeal of your home
  • Advancements in underlayment technology make cedar shakes more durable than ever
  • A cedar shake roof can last from 20 to 80 years, depending on a number of factors

Among the cons, the article lists:

  • Cedar shake installation is nearly a lost art; installation is far more complex than asphalt shingle installation
  • Cedar shake roofs are about 3 to 4 times more expensive than asphalt shingle roofs
  • It can be difficult to find a reputable, quality roofer who can property install cedar shakes
  • Because cedar shakes are a natural product, they attract bees, bugs, birds and critters
  • Cedar shake roofs require consistent maintenance

For more information, be sure to read the full article.

For many homeowners, the beauty and longevity of cedar shake roofs outweighs the drawbacks. If you feel the same and live in the southwestern Chicago suburbs, be aware that Baltic Home Improvements is a qualified and established roofing company that specializes in both cedar shake and asphalt shingle roof installationand repair.

Baltic Home Improvements has been recognized by both the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List and has a number of testimonials from area homeowners who we have had the pleasure of working for over the years. Before you make any final decisions about your new roof installation, be sure to contact us for a free consultation and evaluation of your job. We look forward to hearing from you.

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