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Pros and Cons of Wood Roof Installation

Why should I install wood roofing?

A wooden roof provides great curb appeal, but it comes at a steep price. However, when these roofs are properly maintained, they can last for 30-50 years. Here are some items to consider before installing a wood roof:

The Pros:

• Classic, traditional look
• Wide variety of color and texture choices
• Durable, when properly maintained
• Natural insulator, provides good energy efficiency
• Biodegradable (can be recycled)
• Some woods have natural rot resistance
• Can withstand strong winds and severe weather

The Cons:

• Expensive
• High maintenance costs
• Requires regular cleaning
• Will attract insects and other pests
• Can be difficult to install
• Vulnerable to water damage (rot, mold, mildew)
• Potential fire hazard
• Color will fade due to weathering
• Prohibited by some building codes

The Bottom Line: Wood shingle and wood shake roofing offers a unique look that is difficult to replicate. Although wood shakes and shingles are more expensive than asphalt, when properly maintained, they will last as long as other roofing materials. If wildfires are common where you live, check building codes to make sure that wood roofing is allowed. Wood roofing is also vulnerable to water damage as the wood can rot and decay when exposed to excess moisture. It should be kept as dry as possible, and it should be cleaned frequently to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. When installed properly and given the proper care, a wood roof can be a great choice for your home.


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