12:13PM | 11/19/03
Member Since: 11/18/03
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We need to put a new roof on our farmhouse, which is in a heavily wooded area and which currently has a cedar shake roof. Our contractor has advised us not to select another authentic cedar roof, and says that many of the pressure treated cedar roofs "run" and discolor after a few years. He also does not have a good recommendation for a "fake cedar" that really looks like the real thing (says some on the market have proven to have problems...). Can anyone advise us on this? We really like the look of cedar, but want a durable and trusty option? Thank you.


11:06AM | 11/23/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
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Properly installed, a shake roof will last a generation or more.
What reasons did he give for avoiding a cedarroof? Fire danger is the only one I can think of.

Maybe hge doesn't know how to do it right or is otherwise prejudiced against wood roofs


01:31PM | 11/24/03
Member Since: 11/18/03
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He said that the lack of fire protection was his primary concern. Another roofer has now told us that they can treat it to provide fire protection. Because it's a heavily wooded property, I was somewhat concerned about maintenence (I just bought the house, but the present cedar roof is just 17 years old and looks like a jungle with moss and rot...), but I understand that properly maintained, that should also not be a problem. Suggestions?


03:24PM | 11/24/03
Member Since: 01/21/03
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Since we are not supposed to talk about specific products, I won't. But if you go to Google or similar engine and enter any of the following "Aluminum Shake" "Aluminum Shingle" "Steel Shake" "Steel Shingle" "Cement fiber shake", you will find a number of companies offering products that look like (or claim to look like) wood shakes and shingles. There are also several manufacturers who offer treated wood shingles/shakes that are fire-proof or fire-resistant. The trick will be to find a competent (and hopefully certified) installer of these products in your area.

Some wood shakes are also treated with fungicide, which works well (at least until the fungicide leaches out). If you want little or no maintenance, then going with a smooth-surfaced metal shake will probably be the best choice.

[This message has been edited by pgriz (edited November 24, 2003).]

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