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Atlanta Roofing: Article About Pros and Cons Of Wood Roofs

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Various types of materials are used as roofing materials. Wood is one of the most common types of materials used in construction projects, so it should come as no surprise to learn that even wood can be used to build roofs. Some homeowners like the rustic feel that wood shingles lend to their homes, but like all roofing materials, there are both pros and cons associated with using wood for a roof.

Most wood roofs are made of cedar. Cedar is a naturally beautiful type of wood, and it ages into a silvery grayish tone over time as the wood ages that many homeowners find appealing. Because cedar is a hardy material, roofs made of cedar tend to be thicker and more durable than roofs made from other types of material, like asphalt.

When homeowners begin to inquire of Atlanta roofing contractors about the cost of cedar roofs, however, they might be disappointed with the steep upfront costs. Although wood roofs tend to cost more money in the beginning, there are some cost savings that homeowners realize over time that can help even out the initial high cost.

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Wood roofs tend to be long lasting, which means that homeowners won't have to replace their roofs as frequently as they would have to replace other types of roofs. Additionally, because of their heft, cedar roofs are extremely durable and can resist high winds. Wood roofs tend to rank better in protection during hurricanes, snowstorms, heavy rain, hailstorms and other types of severe storms than other roofing types.

Because wood roofs are so thick, they are more energy efficient than some other types of roofing materials. They provide a natural insulation that is up to two times the amount of insulation that asphalt shingles provide. Therefore, homeowners can anticipate spending less money on heating and cooling their homes, leading to reduced energy bills every month.

On the other hand, wood roofs are much more expensive to install than asphalt roofs because of the heaviness of the material and the higher skill level required to install it. Although wood roofs are durable enough to last a long time, they will only do so under regular maintenance. Although all roofs need maintenance, wood roofs need special maintenance to prevent moss, mold and mildew growth. Homeowners also must make sure that their wood is treated to make it fire resistant. Otherwise, they could spend a large portion of their budget on a roof that is more susceptible to fire than other types.

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