Synthetic vs. Cedar Shakes

westernwilsonJune 10, 2011

Our 30 year old roof is in need of leaks but the shakes are looking pretty tatty.

Our neighbour surprised us by re-roofing his place in standard asphalt shingles. I have to say, they look awful compared to the shake roof. I was surprised at the difference.

In our house, the roof is even more "present" as a design feature. I take it asphalt shingles are stunningly less expensive than cedar shakes or synthetic shakes?

Could someone give me an idea of how they all compare in terms of cost?

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Fori is not pleased

I can't compare synthetic vs cedar shakes, but I just did my house with heavy cedar shakes. The nicer asphalt roofs (I think they called them "dimensional") would have ended up being close in price because we would have had to have plywood decking installed.

And then when you're done, you have fake shingles. :/

    Bookmark   June 10, 2011 at 3:08PM
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Asphalt shingles are the cheapest roofing you can get.

The roof will also become hotter as the shingles retain heat.

Synthetic shakes are more costly than asphalt shingle and can be relatively heavy depending on the material used.

Another alternative to cedar shakes could be metal shakes such as Metro Shake II. I just re-roofed from asphalt shingles to metal (Metro Shake II) and the difference in temperature is palpable.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 12:56PM
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In New England there are many more shingle choices including pressure treated and/or prestained white cedar shakes. I'm sure the same is available in the northwest probably with red cedar.

Here is a link that might be useful: pressure treated shingles and shakes

    Bookmark   June 19, 2011 at 10:21AM
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