Residential Wood Shake

Not everyone enjoys the look of a modern roof. Some of us would rather live in a home that resembles a country cottage in the woods, far away from the suburban sprawl. While ProCraft can’t relocate your home to some place wooded and remote, we can bring a more rustic roofing solution to you. This roofing system is known as wood shake. Wood shake roofing is a great way to bring a more natural, traditional look to any home, serving as a unique and nuanced alternative to standard asphalt or tile.

If you’re interested in having a wood shake roof installed onto your home, let us know. Our process begins with having one of our ProCraft contractors come out to your home. We want to get to know you and understand what your needs might be. Have you recently experienced damage from a storm? Will you need help working with your insurance provider? Or are you simply in the market for an upgrade to your current roofing system? At ProCraft Exteriors, we make it our goal to personalize our process around you, while at the same time trying to make your experience feel personal. We don’t want this to feel like a transaction between customer and contractor, but rather a partnership where we can get to know you, your home, and how we might best serve you.

Our process begins by walking your property, assessing the roof and the surrounding area. This allows us to make recommendations on what kind of wood roof might be the best fit for your home, along with any other complications that we might expect during installation. We want to be as honest and upfront with every homeowner we work with, so there aren’t any surprises. It’s why we provide you with a free estimate, so you can feel empowered in your decision making. We want you to feel confident every step of the way in making your decision, providing you with every bit of information you’ll need to say, “Yes, wood shake is the perfect solution for my home. Let’s do it!”

So, what are the benefits of wood shake, the challenges, and what makes it so different from other types of roofing?

Wood shake roofing might be best known for its irregular shape and rough texture, giving the roof of each home a distinct and unique character. With wood shake, no two roofs look exactly alike! This texture also brings a great “hand crafted” feel to your roof, harkening back to a time of log cabins and quaint cottages. It’s a more rustic vibe for those homeowners with more of an old-fashioned sensibility.

For those customers who like the way a wooden roof looks but would still prefer to retain a more symmetrical appearance, ProCraft Exteriors suggests wood shingles (also referred to as “shake perfect) as a happy medium. Wood shingles have been cut and sanded, removing those (intentional) imperfections, thus giving them a uniform shape and a smoother finish.

This premium roofing solution comes in a variety of different woods for homeowners to choose from, including pine, redwood, cypress, and western red cedar. Cedar happens to be one of our favorites at ProCraft Exteriors, having a light and handsome appearance that looks phenomenal on many different styles of home. Cedar is known for its soft, reddish color and will, with time, age into a silvery gray. We all wish we could age with the grace and beauty of cedar. Cedar is a natural choice for roofing because of the benefits of the wood itself. Cedar is known to be quite durable for a wood, offering a natural resistance to water, so it’s less likely to rot or mold than other woods.

Of course, because cedar or any of our wooden roofing is still made of wood, rot and mold are still something that can occur. This is especially true when compared to other roofing systems. One of the greatest challenges of wood shake is their need for routine maintenance. While some roofing solutions can go virtually maintenance-free, wood roofs need to be treated on a regular basis. With proper installation and routine care, most problems can be avoided. Wood shake is more than capable of lasting as long as many standard shingles, usually around 20 to 30 years, with the correct upkeep. But if wood roofing is installed improperly, cheaper materials are used, or if their owners simply don’t provide regular maintenance, the lifespan of wood shake is going to dramatically decline. All of these challenges are avoidable but should be a significant consideration by the customer during the decision-making process, so they choose the roofing solution that is right for them. If you’re not sure which materials might wear out faster or what types of treatments will help you maintain your wooden roof best, be sure to talk to your ProCraft contractor if they haven’t talked to you about this already.

Because this type of roof is made of wood, most are also unrated for fire safety codes. It’s no surprise that wood burns but that doesn’t mean there is nothing that can be done about it. Some manufacturers wipe or spray their shakes with a fire retardant. This is an effective but short-term solution, as the fire-retardant coating will naturally wear off over the course of a few years. Other varieties of wood shake or shingle are pressure-treated, with fire retardants imbued directly into the porous material. This is much more effective than simply coating the wood, so these types of shake will meet the national fire safety standards.

Something else to consider with wood is that it’s going to be expensive, in both the short and long term. The reason why is that wood shake is one of the more expensive options per unit and it’s a cost you’re going to incur more frequently, as your roof deteriorates and needs to be replaced. But of course, a shorter lifespan isn’t necessarily a problem, so much as something to keep in mind. Those who seek out wood shake are most usually those who want what they want, when they want it. If you’re someone in the market for a wood roof, there isn’t another option that is going to perfectly replicate the cozy aesthetic wood shake has to offer. Some might come close but the most authentic look and feel is going to come from the real thing.

If you have fallen in love with wood shake or shingles but aren’t sure how you’re going to afford it, your ProCraft Exteriors can talk to you about the ways that we can help make your roofing solution an affordable solution for almost any budget.

One thing that you might want to consider when getting a new roof is whether it’s something you can file a claim for with your insurance provider. If the reason you’ve turned to ProCraft for a roofing reinstallation is because of storm damage, a new roof is often something that your homeowner’s insurance will cover. Of course, what is covered and how much your provider will offer you can vary, but ProCraft Exteriors will work closely with you, your agent, and any independent insurance adjusters involved to help you get as much money as possible to get you the roof you need.

Of course insurance companies are in the business of making money, only paying the bare minimum for a re-roof. Of course, no matter how good insurance companies are at their jobs, they’re not experts in roofing. Often times their payment amounts are even pre-set, ripped from pricing sheets that they’ve downloaded from the internet. At ProCraft Exteriors, we like to do things the old fashioned way. ProCraft Exteriors will take your agent or adjuster up onto the roofs of our customers, so we can personally show them the damages we found in our assessments, helping them to understand the scope of the project.

Now, sometimes insurance companies will only pay so much or maybe your new roof wasn’t eligible for an insurance claim at all. If your out-of-pocket cost is still more than you can afford up front, or if having a little extra time to pay would just make your life a little more comfortable, ProCraft Exteriors offers a selection of payment options to make things easier on homeowners. It can be stressful enough needing a new roof, so we’re happy to work with you to keep that stress to a minimum. Our plans offer such financing options as 0% interest, no initial payment plans, and no prepayment plans with approved credit.

There’s a lot to consider when figuring out whether wood shake roofing will be a good match for your home, so you might find yourself with a long list of questions. If you do, reach out to us and let us know. At ProCraft Exteriors, we want to be there to guide you through this process, so you can feel satisfied with the choices you make.

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