For wood shingle and shake installation on homes and businesses in Denver, Colorado, you can rely on us at Craftech Roofing. We can help you with new construction installations, repair, and wood roofing replacements throughout the Denver area.
The Resiliency, Beauty & Versatility Of Wood
Wood is one of the oldest and most resilient roofing materials. Our residential roofers can use wood to enhance any home design, though it works particularly well with rustic or period styles, like Colonial or Tudor.
Whether you want a unique look for your home or an upscale feel for your business, our crew will do the job right and make the process as hassle-free as possible for you.
Benefits Of A Wood Roof
A wood roof installation typically costs twice as much as your standard asphalt shingle roof. For the extra investment, you get a beautiful, practical roof that only grows more attractive with age.
- Wood naturally keeps your house warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
- Wood shingles won’t fly away in windy conditions.
- Cedar and redwood resist warping, making your roof stronger.
- Cedar and redwood resist swelling and shrinking, staying flat and in place.
- Wood is a renewable resource and an environmentally-friendly material.
Shakes Vs. Shingles
Wood roofing comes in two main varieties — shakes and shingles. Wood shakes are pieces of wood that have been split into thin, tapered slabs. Shakes tend to be irregular in shape and thickness and are more expensive to make. However, by splitting the wood along the grain, shakes last longer and repel moisture better than shingles.
Shingles, on the other hand, are sawn into individual slabs that don’t always follow the natural wood grain. Shingles are cheaper to manufacture, making them more common than shakes. Sawing produces shingles that are regular and symmetrical. Thus, wood shingle roofs have a uniform appearance in contrast to the hand-crafted look of wood shake roofs.
Kinds Of Wood Used On Roofs
Roof installation companies will often recommend cedar shingles and shakes for natural weather- and rot-resistance. Western red cedar is the most commonly used type of cedar because it’s abundant and easy to work with.
Commercial roofers also use Atlantic white cedar, California redwood, cypress, and yellow pine. Cypress and pine are budget-friendly woods, but unlike cedar and redwood, they need to undergo special treatment before they can be used as a roofing material.
How Long Does A Wood Roof Last?
A wood roof can last 30 years or more — roughly twice as long as an asphalt roof. However, wood roofs require regular maintenance to stay in good condition.
Wood roofs are ideal places for moss and algae to grow, and though you can treat shakes and shingles with preventative chemicals, these wear off over time. Your roof must be swept, scraped, or power-washed periodically to remove moss and built-up debris.
If your roof is looking especially green, it may be time for a roof replacement.
Wooden Roof Shingle Replacement
Individual shingles can split and fall off the roof. This happens more frequently with shake roofs. Shingle replacement is an easy process. It’s in your best interest to make a regular check of your roof (and yard) for missing or broken shakes.
Get Your Estimate For Wood Roofing Today
Are you looking for a Denver roofer to handle your wood roof replacement, repair, or installation project? Contact us today to get your custom estimate. We specialize in both residential and commercial roofing and approach every job with a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Read our reviews and see why we have been one of Denver’s most trusted roof experts for decades.