Environmental benefits of cedar shake roofs

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Cedar roofs are one of the most eco-friendly types of roof. Even though trees are being cut down to be able to gather the wood for cedar roofs, the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of Certi-labelTM cedar roofing and sidewall products, stated that cedar is “green”, a renewable resource and the group ensures that new cedar trees are always being planted.

Thinking about roofing materials for your home? If so, you will also think first for the pros and cons associated with the materials you will be using and this one’s no exception. Right, there’s one beautifully rustic roofing material you may not be thinking of that you will get far more advantages than disadvantages. Yes, you got it right! I’m talking about the Cedar Shake Roof.
Nowadays, homeowners are giving more attention to environment-friendly materials in building homes, and the environmental benefits you can get with this roofing material is one of its major advantages. Cedar roofs are one of the most eco-friendly types of roof. Even though trees are being cut down to be able to gather the wood for cedar roofs, the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of Certi-labelTM cedar roofing and sidewall products, stated that cedar is “green”, a renewable resource and the group ensures that new cedar trees are always being planted.
Having cedar roof can give short –term and long-term environmental benefits. Short-term means cedar roofs are natural resources that can be harvested in a sustainable manner, compared to another type of roofing which is asphalt roof, wherein shingle production requires a high amount of oil that emits high levels of carbon dioxide and other damaging gases when burned. Also, cedar weighs up to 3 times less than a slate roof and these two has big difference when it comes to transportation, wherein more weight, higher carbon emissions and contributes to environmental damages.
As for the long-term benefits, cedar shake roof are large in scale. Depending on the area’s climate, say for instance during a snowy weather, cedar roof will give better insulation compared to other types of roofing that will result to less use of central heaters. Same when it comes to hot weather, cedar roof can make the house cool down, thus helps lessen monthly energy bills. Furthermore, cedar wood roof is considered as compost-friendly (because obviously its wood right?), compared to other roof types that do not decompose naturally and can fill the space of a landfill site. Additionally, cedar shake roofing can last 30 to 50 years! Yes you got it right again, almost half a decade! But of course this will be depending on your area’s climate, caring and maintenance, and quality and installation is a big factor. Homeowners living in hail prone areas stated that cedar shake roofing can absorb and withstand hail damage compared to other roof types, and choosing cedar is an excellent choice for them.
To sum it up, cedar shake roofs are biodegradable materials and can be easily replaced when needed, with sustainable productivity, carbon dioxide absorber and oxygen-producer, a natural insulator, and climate change fighter. These are the major environmental benefits we can get for using cedar shake roofs. There are other reasons for us to choose and use it, we just have to experiment and be more creative.