New England Wood Roofs

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The Old Conant Tavern in Townsend, MA had a new cedar roof installed last year. Wood shingles were used on early New England homes and buildings. In the Northeast, Eastern White Cedar was the material of choice although it had a limited life expectancy. Today, Alaskan Yellow Cedar is favored because of its longevity and the fact that it turns silver within a year similar to the Easter White Cedar.

Natural cedar shake and shingle roofing enhances a homes beauty and demonstrates added pride in a home or building. The primary difference between shakes and shingles is that shakes are ‘split’ giving them a more natural appearance while shingles are ‘sawn’. Shakes often require higher levels of maintenance; however, they are a renewable resource, non-toxic, energy efficient to produce, recyclable and biodegradable.

Woods versatility, different cuts, and variety of colors, gives every home or building a unique appearance. Wood shingles also enhance energy efficiency: it helps to insulate the attic, and allows the house to ‘breathe’, circulating air and removing hazardous toxins through the small openings under the felt rows on which the wooden shingles are laid. If you are looking for an aesthetically pleasing addition to your home, be sure to inquire and learn more about wood shake roofing.

  • Enhances a Homes Character with Natural Look.
  • Unique on Any Home or Building.
  • Offers increased Ventilation and Breathe-Ability.
  • Requires Routine Maintenance to Increase Longevity.