Wood Roofing Systems

Wood roofs were popular in Colonial America and are frequently used on historical building. If cared

for properly, wood roofs can be attractive and reliable. Most people who live in a home with wood roofs want to preserve them because they are a part of the character of the house.

There are two types of wood roofing systems. There are cedar shakes and cedar shingles. The biggest difference between the shingles is the irregularity of the shakes. Cedar shingles are cut the same width and same thickness and are uniform across a roof. Cedar shakes tend to be installed with different thicknesses and widths.

Fire Retardant Treated Wood Roofing

Fire retardant cedar shakes and shingles can be used as an affordable and efficient alternative in many areas where the building code requires flame-resistant wood roofing materials, which could be the right choice for combatting the risks of Colorado’s summer wildfires. There are three different classes for fire treatment roofing systems, be sure to inquire further as to the choices available to you as you research the different wood roofing options best for you..

Wood Roofing Installation

Traditionally wood shingles and shakes were installed on spaced wood strips. This kind of installment allows the wood to dry evenly after absorbing precipitation. The current practice of setting up wood roofings on solid wood sheathing or straight on roof covering felt paper has actually significantly lowered the life expectations of this sort of roof. Cupping and crinkling of the shingles is now a typical problem and degeneration of the wood is taking place a lot earlier than older roof systems with appropriate air flow.

Building regulations on timber roofing systems differ from community to community. Some building ordinances require tarpaper under each individual coarse of cedar shakes. Some service providers and towns interpret this to include cedar shingles too. Strong sheathing under wood roof coverings is usually required in seismic regions. We are well versed in specific installation requirements.

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Cedar shakes and shingles are the most durable wood roofing materials available on the market today. Western Red Cedar’s natural ability to flex allows it to withstand some of the harshest weather conditions in the world: areas such as Oregon, British Columbia, and Alaska. That includes the high winds and extreme weather often seen here in Colorado.

Wind tests, conducted by the shake and shingle association, stated that cedar wood roofing materials can withstand winds up to 130mph!

Insulation Value

Due to cedar’s natural high “R” rating (resilience to heat conductivity) your home will be cooler in thewood-roofing-fort-collins hottest summer, saving you money on your energy bill. Cedar can also withstand freezing temperatures and will keep your home warm and dry in the winter. So you are guaranteed low energy bills due to the insulation value from the cedar wood roofing system, proving their efficiency as well as affordability.


Factory pressure impregnated treatment can extend the longevity of a wood roofing system as well. The treatment methods using preservatives can help protect the roof from fungal decay over time. Material warranties on the wood roofing treatments are available from the treatment manufacturers, ask about the options available to you.