Dec 17th, 2020
There is no doubt that building codes are established with the intention to protect homes and reduce strain on the government budget from fire protection and service. So, how is it that wood shingles installation legal now in Texas? What changed to allow the aesthetics of wood shingle roofing to rule again?
To counter the legal ban of wood shingle roofing, the manufacturers of wood shingle roof material upped their game by applying better fire retardant chemicals. Apparently, they have been successful in convincing the insurance industry and the state of Texas. They are now applied to help reduce fire risk of wood shingles houses.
When it comes to wood shingles vs wood shakes, is there that much difference? Cedar shakes and cedar shingles are manufactured differently, so yes, there is a good amount of difference. Take a look:
The 18-inch wood shingle roofing material is known as “perfection” in the roofing industry, while the 24-inch is known as “royal”. Wood shingle roofing materials range in pricing from $6.50 per square foot to $10.50 per square foot installed. Wood shakes are more expensive with pricing ranging between $7.50 per square foot to $12.50 per square foot installed. When you compare either of these to asphalt shingle roofing, wood shingle roof or wood shake roofing is the more expensive of the three.
The lifespan of asphalt and wood shingle roofing can be tricky based on a few different factors. The quality of the material, the quality of the installation, and the diligence taken for maintenance like cleaning and tree limb. A chemically treated wood shingle roof or wood shake roof material can give you up to thirty years of life expectancy.
It is pretty much basic homeowner smarts! Keep overhanging tree branches trimmed back so they don’t drop leaves and pine needles on the roof. Keep the gutter system and the keyways cleaned on a regular basis, and make sure the attic has adequate and proper year-round ventilation.
A cedar shake roof of high-quality material is flexible, resilient, and tough, but it isn’t made to bear a lot of foot traffic. Too much walking on this roofing material will damage it, causing it to crack and/or split. If there is a reason you must walk on the roof, never attempt while it is wet, then wear roof cleats. These cleats will make indentations, but the natural properties will rebound and look normal again.