Cedar Shake, Shingles or Standing Seam Metal Roof

a_posse_ad_esseFebruary 10, 2010

Hi Everyone,

We will soon have to decide which direction to go in to put a new roof on our 1860s cutstone farm house. It is a 1 3.4 storey with a beautiful front gothic window gable.

Our options are cedar shake / shingle with copper flashing & downspouts or standing seam metal.

Our chief concerns the longevity and maintenance issues related to cedar and some dire stories that the roof lifespan could be as short as 10 years.

I would be super grateful for any advice and suggestions! This is such an expensive choice.


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Treated cedar shakes should last a good 30 to 50 years. One thing to check is your fire code. In some locations, cedar shingles must be treated to be fire resistant. A check with your insurance company would also be a good idea.

I like both shakes and metal roofing. Another option which would seem very appropriate for your house is natural slate (very expensive) or some of the newer products that look like slate. The latter really are convincing, are warranted for a very long period and are naturally fireproof.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2010 at 5:59AM
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Yes, like Mainegrower says, be sure to check with your insurance company. Depending on the section of the country where you live, you might get a break in rates if you install a standing seam metal roof. Like here in hurricane country. Or probably out in forest fire country too.

One other thread mentioned that in snow/ice country, where slate was a nice roofing choice, they put standing seam metal on lower porch roofs where falling ice etc would tend to break the slates. So both materials would be appropriate to use on the same house simultaneously.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2010 at 12:46PM
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