I wanted to make a quick post about some thoughts on Cedar Shake Roofing as I went to a call today that was very alarming. I took a look at a Potential clients roofing in Vienna, Northern Virginia. This poor lady had a nice new cedar shake roof installed 11 years ago that was suppose to last 20 plus years. As I walked in the back I couldn’t believe my eyes. The cedar shakes were so rotted , they were literally falling off of her roof! What would cause this to happen you ask? Well part of the problem was that the roofing company that installed it did not use a treated shake. Many people simply don’t know the difference between types of shakes and many contractors will take advantage by using cheaper materials while advertising the product as the best. Making it worse,this particular roof was installed by a very big roofing company in the Northern Virginia area.. The second call I’ve been on about roofing gone bad by this same company in the last two weeks. You need to do your homework when selecting any materials for your roof.. Especially specialized roofing such as Cedar Shakes or Slate Roofing. I urge you to check back to this blog and other articles for information before the estimator arrives so that you may get a feel for consistent information. Most Pressure treated shakes will be more durable and withstand weather better than non treated. While basically all cedar shakes are made in the Canadian upper northwest region, all mills that make these shakes are not the same. We use blue label cca shakes. With these you will see very consistent cut markings and symmetry in the cuts. While thicknesses will indeed very, You will see more consistencies here as well. Now buying the best shakes is one thing, and having a competent installer is key, but if you have a house situated in an area not optimal for a natural materials, that’s the main consideration. The number one enemy of cedar Roofing is moisture. Twigs, leaves, and debris can act like sponges, trapping water and holding it against the shake. This particular house today in Vienna, Northern Virginia is in a heavily wooded area that not only keeps the shakes moist, but shaded from the sun. This is not a good application for this house and should have never been suggested. I’m hoping we can help this home owners and finally give them the roof they deserve. If you are in need of Cedar Shake Roofing information, repair or need an inspection, please call today and we will help!