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Should I Get a Cedar Shake Roof?

beautiful home with new cedar shake roof

Choosing the Correct Roofing Material for Your Home

Cedar shake roofs are growing in popularity, meaning that more homeowners are considering having one installed. Before deciding on any roofing material, you should thoroughly consider all of your options and each of their pros and cons.

There are many factors to consider about having a cedar shake roof. Here’s a rundown of the most important qualities of a cedar shake roof.


Cedar shakes are wooden shingles that are made from split logs. Each shingle differs from the last in terms of size and thickness, offering a unique and rustic look. The shakes and shingles are a classic look, most often found on more rural homes—though their versatile appearance means that they look great on any home.


Cedar shakes and shingles are usually a little more expensive than the more basic roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles. However, asphalt shingles do not last as long as cedar, meaning that cedar shakes and shingles can be a worthy investment.

You can find various qualities of cedar shakes and shingles. It’s typically more cost effective to use the slightly more expensive shakes and shingles to ensure the longevity of the roof.


A well-maintained cedar shake roof  can last around 30 years. If you choose to invest in the best quality cedar shakes and take good care of your roof, it can last up to 50 years.

Comparatively, asphalt shingle roofs last around 25 years, metal roofs around 60 years, and slate roofs around 100 years.


  • You should consider the potential risks with each roofing material before you make a decision. Important factors such as climate and your home’s surrounding environment can determine the appropriate roofing material for your home.
  • Cedar shakes are liable to age prematurely in more humid climates, meaning that other materials such as slate and metal would be more suitable in this environment.
  • Cedar shakes and shingles have natural preservatives that help to make them resistant to the elements, such as wind damage, moisture, insect damage, and UV rays.
  • Insurance companies may charge you slightly more for a cedar shake roof as they are not fire retardant .
  • Many roofing materials are likely to grow moss and algae over time. Cedar shakes and shingles have a higher resistance to the growth of unwanted fungi.
  • It’s usually necessary to clean your cedar shake roof every 4 or 5 years to maintain their appearance and keep them clean of debris.

It’s recommended that you consider all roofing materials for your home before you decide which is most suitable to your environment. If you’re still unsure, you should consult with a roofing expert.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the installation of a cedar shake roof for your home, don’t hesitate to call us here at Peach State Roofing!