Why have I been having problems with my existing Cedar Roof?
We’ve seen it all!
First of all, only 100% vertical-grain shakes of the highest quality should have been used for your roof. Most builders in the Portland area use cedar shakes which are referred to as “blue label number 1”. This is a mixed-bag of shakes…80% will grade vertical and 20% will be flat grain. Those flat grained shakes fail long before the vertical grained shakes, which means problems start to show up soon after your home was constructed.
So why use Cedar? Can you really make it last?
YES! If you start with the right materials, and use an expert installer, you can get 30 to 50 years of service from a beautiful cedar roof!
The world’s most enduring roofing material was made by nature: cedar. Manufacturers have tried for years to duplicate the natural beauty and durability of cedar shakes and shingles. While imitation is flattering, it does not approach the integrity of the original. Cedar is prized for its natural beauty and durability in tough climate conditions.
- Cedar shakes and shingles withstand winds exceeding 120 mph
- Cedar’s unique cellular structure makes it an excellent insulator, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter
- Cedar roofs add the most value to your home
- Cedar is a renewable resource
Installation & Maintenance
Installing cedar shakes is a little more complicated than roofing with architectural composition shingles, and the quality of the finished roof depends on the experience of the contractor as well as the caliber of the shakes you use. Roof Life has 25 years experience installing what we believe to be the best quality roofing material for your home. Our workmanship will exceed your expectations and we’ve got the testimonials to prove it.
A common misconception is that your cedar roof will require more maintenance.
The simple fact is, ALL roofs in Portland need periodic maintenance for appearance, functionality and long life. ALL roofs are subject to moss, fungus, collection of debris and damage from tree limbs.
Why does Roof Life feel comfortable offering a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty?
The real secret to cedar roofing is to find and use the highest grade shakes or shingles available. That’s not as simple and easy as it sounds because they are heavily guarded. In the roofing world they are like gold! Where they are found and how to acquire them and how to transport them into Portland is a well-guarded secret.
Most roofing contractors use an average shake when they replace your roof. After taking care of shake roofs in the Portland area for 25 years, Roof Life of Oregon is committed to installing the best shakes and shingles the industry can deliver. We bring them in from Canada on super big trucks and then we hand deliver them to your roof using state of the art technology.
Another secret to cedar roofing is to maintain a staff that are experts in cedar shake installation. We install a lot of shake roofs for home owners, but never for builders.
The third secret to installing the best cedar roof in town is to match the components. For example, our underlayment is called Feltex. It is fifty times stronger than the industry’s thirty pound shake felt.
Feltex will last as long as a good shake will, felt paper will not. We use stainless steel fasteners (you’d call them nails but they’re a very special nail) so they will last as long as a good shake will, regular galvanized nails will not. The bottom starter course on a roof (the row of shingles, under the shakes, just above your rain gutter) stays wet longer than any part of the roof so we use the best wood and have it pressure treated. We even do this on our untreated cedar roof replacements.
We suggest if you are going to use cedar shakes or shingles for roofing your home that you use a pretreated, manufacturer warranted 30 or 50-year shake. They look good and when matched with the right components as mentioned above, they will last a very long time and will be your best and safest choice when replacing your roof.
What are you waiting for? Call us or fill out a request for a free, no-obligation estimate.
Did you know?
60% of Roof Life’s customers choose a pre-treated 100% vertical-grain 30-50 year maintenance-free shake for their roof replacement.