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Red Cedar Shingle Roofing Cost Guide

Many homeowners these days opt for cedar shingle roofing when having a new roof installed or an existing one replaced. This is because people love the natural beauty that comes with a wood roof. Such roofing is also known for its durability. In fact, it is common to see red cedar shingles used on residential and commercial buildings alike. See why this option is so popular by reading below.

The Costs 

  • The average maximum reported cost of red cedar shingle roofing in the United States is $8.87 per square foot.

  • The average minimum reported cost of red cedar shingle roofing in the United States is $6.80 per square foot.

When it comes to cedar roofing, red cedar is certainly the most popular option. However, it is also important to note that white cedar roofing shingles are available as well. The main difference between these two types is in the price and durability. White cedar shingles tend to be less expensive because they are generally thinner, shorter and not as wide as a red cedar shingle. Red cedar shingles, on the other hand, are more durable and tend to be more cosmetically appealing, which is why they cost about 33% more.

Homeowners considering the option of having red cedar roof shingles installed at their homes should start by finding the right company for the job. Comparing the prices of local companies, their online reviews, and any special promotions or special savings that are going on are important first steps. However, homeowners should be careful not to make the mistake of assuming that labor is included in the cost of the roof. While this is usually the case, it is not always. In cases where labor and installation is extra, homeowners should expect to spend an additional $1,500 to $2,200 on the overall cost of the roof.

Fortunately, most roofing companies these days are happy to provide free, no-obligation estimates to prospective clients. Therefore, it is always a good idea for homeowners to request a quote from a few different roofing companies and choose the one that is best for them in terms of price and quality.

Furthermore, the steepness of one's roof can also affect the total price of the job. Steeper roofs require much more care to work on, and thus cost more as a result of the longer installation job. The roofing grade can also affect the price, as higher grade shingles are thicker and more durable. As a result, they tend to cost closer to the $8.87 per square foot price rather than the $6.80 per square foot price.

Overall, red cedar shingle roofing can be an excellent decision for homeowners who want a beautiful yet durable roof while not minding the extra costs involved. Still, homeowners should be sure to shop around and find the best local roofing deals for them before committing to such a large investment.

All About Red Cedar Shingle Roofing

It's important to note that there are two styles of cedar shingles. These are sawn and sanded shingles. The main difference between these two types is that sawn shingles are typically cut from a block of red cedar wood into the proper width, length, and thickness to use in a roofing project. Sanded red wood shingles, on the other hand, are more carefully cut, tailored, and sanded for a refined and modern look. In general, sanded shingles tend to be on the higher end in terms of cost, as they require more care during the manufacturing process. Both types are just as durable, however. The differences are only cosmetic.

As with any type of roofing material, there are advantages and disadvantages of choosing red cedar shingle roofing as opposed to other types on the market. While there is no uniform answer as to whether or not red cedar shingle roofing is right for a homeowner, it is a good idea for all homeowners to carefully consider their budget and specific needs when choosing a roofing type. Also, weighing the pros and cons of each type can help them to reach a well informed decision down the road.

Pros of Red Cedar Shingles

There are many advantages that come with red cedar shingle roofing. Perhaps the biggest advantage is the exceptional beauty of red cedar. Since no two pieces will look the exact same, red cedar roofing shingles can help to achieve a truly unique and elegant appearance on any roof that simply cannot be matched by other roofing types. Even as cedar ages, it maintains its beauty by developing into a cooler tone.

Furthermore, red cedar is naturally resistant to all kinds of damage. On average, this material lasts about ten years longer than other roofing materials. This material is ideal for those who live in areas with harsh climates and severe weather throughout the year, as red cedar is resistant to damage from high winds, heavy rains, hail storms, snow storms and even hurricanes.

Finally, red cedar is both great at saving energy and being eco-friendly. In fact, studies have shown that red cedar provides twice the natural insulation as a standard asphalt shingle. This means that homeowners will save on their heating and cooling bills during various times of the year, all thanks to their roof.

Cons of Red Cedar Roofing

Despite the many benefits that come along with using red cedar shingles for roofing, there are always some potential drawbacks as well. For example, many homeowners are hesitant to purchase red cedar roofing because of its relatively high cost. Compared to other forms of roofing, it is significantly more expensive. For example, homeowners can often have an asphalt shingle roof installed for about half the cost of a red cedar roof. However, homeowners worried about the price of red cedar roofing should also take into consideration the higher return on investment and savings on repairs they will enjoy over time when they go with a red cedar roof as opposed to an asphalt one.

Aside from the higher price, another potential drawback of red cedar roofing is that it requires a good deal of regular maintenance. Otherwise, the material can easily become prone to mold and mildew growth caused by excess moisture. Fortunately, many red cedar shingles being manufactured these days contain cedar treatment preservatives that can protect the wood for longer without quite as much maintenance necessary. Still, regular roof inspections are a must for homeowners who want their red shingle roofs to last for as long as possible.

Last updated on Aug 26, 2014

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