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Wood Shingle Roofing

Wood shingles and shakes are made from cedar, redwood, southern pine and other woods; their natural look is popular in California, the Northwest and parts of the Midwest. Wood shingles are cut by machine; shakes are handmade and rougher looking. The same shingles and shakes can also be used for siding.

If you are considering using wood shingles, check your local building codes; some limit the use of wood shingles and shakes because of concerns about fire resistance. Many wood shingles and shakes only have Class C fire ratings or no ratings at all. However, Class A fire ratings are available for certain wood shingle products that incorporate a factory-applied, fire-resistant treatment.

Be sure to stain or paint cedar shingles, as they are one of the quickest weathering

roofs. Cedar will deteriorate quickly if left exposed to sun, rain, and wind. Depending on the type and thickness of protectant, you may need to recoating anywhere from 3-15 years. Also, shingles with greater exposure to the elements will need recoating sooner than others.

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