I love the look but I fear that they will be very labor intensive. These are not the cedar shakes but the flat cedar shingles. The installer is telling me that all I really need to do is spray them down once per year with a decking treatment and this will be enough to preserve them for many years and ensure that mildew would not grow. I do have tree's on all sides of my house and the pitch is 8/12. My roof would receive about 4-5 hours of sunlight a day. Also, he is stating that he would lay tar paper down then a vapor barrier then the shingles. He also is stating that cedar shingles (not shakes) do not curl up. For 33 squares installed we are looking at $10,500 vs $5,100 for 40 year ashpalt 3d. My questions are this: Are cedar shingles more labor intensive? Will cedar greatly increase the value of my home over ashpalt? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
05:32PM | 02/06/01
This is where looks and personal choice come into play. The cost of materials is also greater for cedar shingles than for asphalt, as well as labor. Asphalt are about 3' wide and it takes 4 nails to secure each shingle. Cedar shingles are any where from about 3" to 10" wide and each requires 2 nails to secure. Asphalt are some what self alining, that is once you get the correct start you don't need to worry about the edge joints between shingles lining up. Cedar requires constant attention to the edge joints (because they are all random widths) to make sure that they don't line up. In a mild climate cedar shingles will hold up very well. The fact that you have a steep roof will also be on the plus side. Just remember if you live in a hot dry climate the life span of the cedar will suffer. You may want to look at this web site. http://www.cedarbureau.org/