Cedar Roofs

cedar shake roof portland

Cedar shake roofs are not only one of the most beautiful kinds of roofs, but they are also the most durable. If you use the right material, meaning 100% vertical-grain cedar shakes, your roof can maintain its integrity for 30 to 50 years!  Unfortunately, not everyone installs 100% vertical-grain cedar shakes when they build a… Read more »

In this episode we talk to Daniel about what happens to your roof during the winter and how to make sure it keeps you and your family safe and dry. Podcast Transcription: RoofLifeB37-228 Shayla: Thank you for joining us today for the Roof Life of Oregon podcast. I’m talking with Daniel today. Daniel, tell us… Read more »

In Portland, many of our new developments include homes with predominantly shake roofs. These homes are 20-25 years old, and are starting to need new roofs. Lately, I’ve been asked about shake alternatives. Right now, wood for shake roofs is really expensive. But people still want that unique look for their homes, so they are… Read more »

In this episode, we talk to Jerry about alternatives to cedar shakes/shingles. Cedar is the most popular roofing material in the Pacific Northwest, but with current prices where they are, it can also be the most expensive. Jerry talks about alternatives to a cedar shake roof, and the benefits might surprise you.   Podcast Transcription:… Read more »

In this episode, we learn about the “greenest” roof that can be found in Portland, as well as the most truly green roof; cost and material effective with a low carbon footprint. Patrick tells us why this kind of roof works so well in our Western Oregon weather. Podcast Transcription: RoofLifeB033-220 Shayla: You are listening… Read more »

The natural answer to that question would be an unmaintained roof under maple trees. Ha! But if we’re talking about the lowest carbon footprint and least damaging to our environment, the answer is a cedar shake roof. Right on our coast range are some of the most beautiful, healthy, big, cedar trees.  If you continue… Read more »

  That depends on if you’re referring to the color of the moss on a particular roof or whether the roof has low carbon-footprint… Patrick has an answer for both! Find out more.

Recently, I had to stand in a client’s kitchen and tell him that his seven-year-old roof needed to replaced. The culprit? An architectural shingle on top of a shiplap deck. The client initially told us he had only one or two leaks in the garage. When I got out there, I took a look in... Read more »

5 layers of roofing material!!

If you have a lift in the middle of your roof with nothing around it, it could be a plywood pop. When you install a roof, you have to leave a gap in the deck. If you look down at the sidewalk, you see little lines cut into the concrete. Those are called expansion joints.... Read more »

“plywood pop” due to expansion