Natural wood shakes were once a staple in U.S residential roofing. They were known for being highly resistant to weather, providing great insulation and overall hefty durability. Unfortunately, the resilience that was once natural wood shakes have disappeared substantially. The supply of natural cedar has decreased, leaving behind premature cedar that isn’t ready to provide proper protection. Old-grown trees that used to supply the country with durable material are long gone.
Above all else, there is a lot to think of when considering adding natural wood shakes to your home. Do not expect your roof to have a long life span with wooden shakes. Wood shake roofing tends to last between 15-30 years, a joke when compared to other materials. They are vulnerable to pests and mold, further decreasing the lifespan of the material. Discoloration is a given, so you will have to prepare for heavy maintenance throughout the years.