Sometimes, your roof is a statement piece. Modern homes and construction use asphalt shingles almost exclusively—they’re fairly robust, they’re cost effective, and they get the job done, but they can also be quite anonymous. You’re not going to stand out with asphalt shingles. One way, historically, that homeowners would increase the level of interest and prestige of their home was to do something more intricate with the roof, crafting shingles out of thick pieces of wood. These types of roofs were generally more expensive, but also more durable, standing up to the elements quite nicely. These types of shingles were also quite easy to take out and replace if the need arose.
In Minnesota, these high-end, wood shingles are generally fabricated from Western Red Cedar, and are therefore called Cedar Shakes. In older or historical high-end homes, you may find Cedar Shakes quite commonly, and when it comes time to repair or replace your roof, this is a look that many homeowners would like to preserve rather than modernize. After all, the Cedar Shake adds a high-end finish to your home, and it would be a shame to throw that away—in fact, depending on the historical status of your home, you may be forced to replace those older-style high-end finishes.
It could be your desire for a high-end, unique roofline has nothing to do with the history of your home. In that case, modern cedar shake style shingles are still being constructed, though they differ slightly from their historical counterparts. Modern cedar shake shingles are thicker and, in a nice little trick by their manufacturers, are left less polished and smooth in an effort to make them look more “historical” and “rustic.” This trick works, for the most part, and Cedar Shake shingles are a great way to add a little rustic or historical charm to your home.
Modern Cedar Shake shingles also often come pre-cut into intricate designs. For example, rather than a flat edge to the shingle, some Cedar Shake designs have all kinds of nooks and crannies. This makes the shingle look more hand crafted and the overall roof line look more detailed. These types of pre-cut, designer Cedar Shake shingles can also come primed or pre-painted, depending on your preference. Indeed, that’s one advantage that all wood shingles have over their modern asphalt counterparts—they look great painted.
As with most roofing jobs, the cost of Cedar Shake shingle installation is highly variable and any estimate will take into account several factors. Among the factors that will contribute to the cost of Cedar Shake installation in the Twin Cities are the following:
If you’re interested in getting an estimate on what it would take to make your roof look like the showpiece of the neighborhood, contact Exterior Contracting, Inc., and we’ll send out one of our experts to take a peek at your roof. An accurate estimate requires knowledge of and experience with these types of shingles—so you’ve come to the right place.
Stop worrying about your roof and start doing something about it by contacting Exterior Contracting Inc today!