Cedar Shake Roofing - Fairfax & Northern Virginia
One of the most traditional roofing materials available, cedar shake roofing is perfect for giving a new home an antique, historic look. Despite being made of wood, cedar shakes offer excellent moisture protection along with natural insulation and high durability against storm damage. If you’re looking to update (or rather, throwback) your Northern Virginia home’s look by installing a cedar shake roof, contact R.M. Banning today.
Cedar Shake Roofing Installation
While more labor intensive than other types of roofing installation, hand-split cedar shakes more than make up for it with a lifespan of as long as 30 – 40 years or more. In fact, cedar shake roofing has a number of benefits over other types of roofing material, including:
- Natural heat and noise insulation
- Variety of customizable stains and textures
- Antibacterial and anti-fungal properties
- Resistance to insect and UV radiation damage
- High durability in the face of storms, high winds, hail, etc.
Cedar Shake Roofing Repair
Since cedar shakes have to be installed individually, they can also be removed individually. This makes cedar shake roof repair fairly simple – any broken or cracked shakes can be carefully removed and replaced with new shakes quickly, without having to tear out large sections of the roof. That said, cedar shake roof repairs must be completed by an expert – a contractor with limited experience is likely to break up surrounding shakes while trying to remove the one they are working on, potentially doubling or tripling your materials cost!
About Cedar Shake Roofs
While less obvious now than 50 years ago, there are some key differences between cedar shakes and cedar shingles. Initially, cedar shingles were carefully and precisely sawn from wooden blocks, while cedar shakes were split off less exactly, using a hammer and froe. Of course, cedar shakes are made by machines these days, so while this distinction isn’t AS relevant anymore, modern cedar shakes maintain the rustic, irregular appearance that makes them unique from shingles.
Because they don’t line up as cleanly as cedar shingles, cedar shakes have to be installed with an underlayer of felt paper, which helps keep them perfectly air- and water-tight. However, this layer of felt is also the reason why if you choose to install cedar shake roofing in your home, make sure you choose a builder with a good reputation – some roofing contractors may take it as an invitation to work sloppily and ignore code requirements.
If you need a new roof for your home in Northern Virginia, call R.M. Banning. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured and are happy to provide references upon request. Call us today for more information about our cedar shake roofing services!
At R.M. Banning, we can install or repair cedar shake roofing in:
Alexandria, Annandale, Aquia, Arlington, Ashburn, Bristow, Burke, Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Dale City, Dulles, Dumfries, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fort Belvoir, Franconia, Gainesville, Great Falls, Haymarket, Independent Hill, Lake Ridge, Linton Hall, Lorton, Manassas, Manassas Park, McLean, Montclair, Mount Vernon, Newington, Nokesville, Oakton, Occoquan, Reston, Springfield, Stafford, Sterling, Triangle, Tysons Corner, Vienna, and Woodbridge