Wood Shake Roof Installation and Repair

A Timeless Roof Installation 

Wood shakes are a classic roof installation that is both unique and beautiful. Though popular in the past, metal and synthetic roofs have all but replaced wood shake roof installations. Nevertheless, this timeless classic continues to woo homeowners who want that cottagey, rustic feel for their homes. Two types of wood are commonly used for shakes: western red cedar and Alaskan yellow cedar. Alaskan yellow cedar is a cypress tree and is harder than red cedar. While Alaskan yellow cedar roofs are more popular on the West Coast, it is hard to come by in Boston, MA, and other eastern areas of the United States.

Absolute Construction Group LLC is proud to be one of the few roofing contractors in the area offering wood shake installation and repair. If you’re interested in learning more about this roofing option or getting your current wooden roof repaired or inspected, reach out. Our team of experts is knowledgeable and well-versed in the specifications set forth by the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau (CSSB). Dial 617-481-1725 to learn more or book your consultation today.

roof covered with half old and half new wooden cedar shakes

Installing a Wood Shake Roof Installation

Wood tends to absorb water, so how can a roof made out of wood be watertight? Cedar shakes depend on several water-shedding layers that work together to keep water out. First, interlayment is attached to the plywood sheathing. Next, a ventilation matrix is fastened over the interlayment with asphalt felt on top of that. Starters are installed to overhang the fascia followed by the first row of wood shakes. Roofers start on the outside of the roof and then work inward, installing and staggering different-sized shakes to achieve the desired look. With routine maintenance, a cedar shake roof should last between 30 to 40 years. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of a Wood Shake Roof Installation

Wood is a natural insulator and can ensure warmer indoor temperatures during the winter. It can also help cool your warm home during the summer months. Furthermore, cedar has natural UV-resistant properties, helping it withstand the sun’s radiation. And if you truly want your home to stand out and enhance curb appeal, wooden shakes are the way to go.

Despite its benefits, however, wood is a high-maintenance roof installation. To prevent algae and rot, treatments and protective coatings must be regularly applied. Since wood is flammable, a wooden roof is not recommended in areas prone to drought or wildfire. 

If you’re curious to learn more about wood shake roof installation in Boston, MA, or want to see if you would be a good candidate, Absolute Construction Group LLC can help. We are ready to take your call and answer any questions you may have about this and other types of residential roof installations, so call 617-481-1725 today.