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Wilmington Roofing: Article About Wood Shakes and Shingles

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Some people might claim that wood isn't a good material for roofs, but those shoppers have never looked at the newest forms of wood shingles and shake now available. Old wood shingles were potentially dangerous because the material could not halt the spread of a fire and increased the risk of a building catching fire. Manufacturers now use special chemicals that they treat each shingle with, which reduces its fire risk. The fire protection rating of wood shingles is now just as high as the protection rating found on other types of shingles. Wilmington roofing companies can teach homeowners more about wood shingles and shake prior to installing those materials on a roof.

Wood shingles now come in both pine and cedar varieties. Cedar is usually the more popular option because it lasts longer and has a more stylized look. Pine is more affordable but may not look as nice as cedar does once installed. Homeowners often opt for a combination of shingles and shake. The shingles look like typical shingles and sit flat on the roof, while shake has more dimension and adds some texture to the house. Manufacturers make shake either by hand or with large machines.

Many people warned against using wood on roofs in the past because it couldn't withstand the elements in the same way that man made materials could.

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That all changed when manufacturers began creating wood shingles that were just as durable as any other material. Those companies now coat the shingles with preservatives designed to increase the lifespan of the wood. These chemicals become a waterproof barrier once the combination fully dries. The chemicals keep snow, rain and other forms of moisture from getting inside the wood, which can lead to rotting. With proper care, these shingles and shake roofs can last for 30 years or longer.

Homeowners interested in using wood may want to think about the benefits of the material. In addition to having a decorative look, wood often features recycled materials too. Manufacturers can use sawdust and other wood cuttings to create recycled shingles that are cheaper than the shingles made from hardwood. Homeowners can also recycle their own shingles when they opt for repairs or a replacement roof later. Shingles treated with the right chemicals can withstand all the common environmental problems that occur in Wilmington. Homeowners can rest assured that their roofs will hold up well to high winds, driving rain and even the snow and ice that may fall in winter.

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