One of the great things about the Pacific Northwest is the beauty in the environment– and in the architecture. Our culture embraces the natural aesthetic so strongly in this region, that many Portland area residents have incorporated it into the design of their homes. That often includes a cedar shake roof. Cedar roofs are not only appealing to the nature-loving eye, but durable, sustainable, and long-lasting as well.
If you’re thinking about getting a new cedar shake or shingle roof, or if you’re looking for an experienced contractor to repair the one you’ve got, read on. Choosing a cedar roof is one of the best ways to improve your home because it will also lower your bills. You can look forward to fewer roof repairs on account of cedar’s durability. And, because its cellular structure makes wood such an effective insulator, your home will stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
A roof system like this can add beauty and strength to your home for up to 30 years or so, but that will depend on a few critical factors.
The secret to a long-lasting cedar roof is the grain of the shake. At Pacific West Roofing, we use only the highest quality clear vertical-grain shakes. In fact, we work exclusively with Certi-label™ products made by the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau (CSSB). The cedar is pre-treated with a chromated copper arsenate (CCA), a preservative that is widely used in construction. It’s the same treatment used on the lumber you would find in box stores or lumber yards.
The CSSB keeps strict codes and rigid quality standards. They even encourage accredited third-party agencies to conduct unannounced inspections of their products to ensure that quality is always maintained. This way, you can count on having the best materials available, no questions asked.
People often assume that a cedar roof will require more work. The truth is, any roof in our region will need periodic maintenance for appearance and structural integrity. Roofs in this climate are continuously subjected to moss, fungus, debris and damage from tree branches.Because our new cedar roofs are constructed with Certi-Last shakes, and treated with preservatives that will prevent early fungal decay, you can count on a fungus-free roof for about twenty years. Then, as part of very light maintenance schedule we will remove and/or prevent moisture problems with gentle cleaning and anti-fungal treatment.
If you need to have your existing cedar roof restored, we can take care of any green growths, replace split, rotten and cupped shakes (without them sticking out like sore thumbs against your existing shakes), and give your roof that like new appearance.
Lastly and most importantly, your roof will only be as solid and precise as the roofer doing the job. Installing cedar shakes takes more skill than using composition shingles. But, with more than 33 years of experience, top of the line materials, and a 10 year warranty, our workmanship is certain to exceed your expectations.
Call us to discuss your existing or future cedar shake roof today! Dial 503-635-8706 or visit our contact page to request an estimate.