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Today's homeowner has the luxury of choosing from several different, yet reliable, roofing materials. Popular North American roofing materials include tiles made from slate, concrete, or clay; metal shingles or seams; and asphalt shingles. However, no other roofing material offers quite the natural and rustic beauty of wood shakes and shingles. Homeowners should discuss the proper roofing materials for their needs with their Charlotte roofing professional; however, here are a few things they should know about wood roofing materials.

Wood roofing comes in either shakes or shingles. Neither one is considered as modern as asphalt shingles; however, their aesthetic appeal is undeniable and difficult to turn down for some homeowners. This look is so popular that many other roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles and metal shingles, attempt to mimic their look. Wood shakes and shingles can be crafted from several different kinds of wood, including spruce and treated pine, though redwood and cedar are the most popular options. Wood roofing is an especially appropriate roofing selection for older and historical homes.

There is a difference between a wood shake and a wood shingle though many homeowners do not know that there is one or what it is. Wood shingles are cut and tapered by a machine, giving them a crisp and uniform appearance.

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In contrast, wood shakes are hand-split on one side and more rustic in appearance. Wood roofing is more difficult to install than other roofing materials and wood shakes and wood shingles each has its own installation requirements.

Wood roofing products will weather to a natural gray color, but can be susceptible to discoloration. They will last approximately 30 to 50 years, depending on how well they are cared for. They are also biodegradable and come from a renewable source, making them more eco-friendly than the common asphalt shingle. Wood roofs have long been at high risk for fires; however, these roofs can be coated to increase their resistance to fire. They also provide good insulative value to a home.

Homeowners will need to have their wood roofs professionally inspected at least once per year, if not twice. Wood roofs can be infested with mildew, mold, fungus, and lichen, especially when they cannot dry out all the way. If this happens, they will need to be professionally cleaned and treated with preservatives and fungicides; this may need to be done every six to eight years. Wood shingles can fall prey to wood rot as well as other damages.

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