THE FIVE REASONS WHY WOOD ROOFS ARE BETTER THAN THE OTHERS
Reason: 1 - Diversity
In the wooden market there are: Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Cypress, Southern Yellow Pine, Eastern White Cedar, Oak and many other types. Surface styles range from smooth, hand-split, rustic and machine grooved. Cut types range greatly in length and width. Each climate and application will determine the proper product and installation method to use. Pressure treatment for fungicidal and insect protection is available for moist climates as well as treatments designed for regions prone to fire. Factory applied stains are common for sidewall applications.
Reason: 2 - Wind Resitivity
Wooden roofs are very common in coastal communities for their resiliency during harsh weather. Wooden shakes and shingles pass testing for 140 MPH winds. Many homes would not survive this kind of wind. Wooden shakes and shingles are available in class b and c fire ratings.
Reason: 3 - Flexibility
Since the pieces are small and mostly random width, any architectural design can be followed, from a simple gable roof, to a curved eve on a turret. Wood shakes and shingles work independently to make the roof surface seamless and flow with the architecture.
Reason: 4 - Insulating
The inherent nature of wood is insulating. A wooden roof will help reflect the heat in the warm days of summer helping your air conditioner to work less frequently. In the winter, notice how wooden roofs keep their snow the longest. You may consider reducing the exposure on your wooden roof, making a thicker roof, to attain the greatest R-value.
Reason: 5 - Ecology Friendly
Imagine our landfills over the next couple of decades when the asphalt roofs of the 1980s begin to need replacement. Wooden roofing is an ecological choice that takes less energy to produce and will biodegrade in a landfill. Many companies will recycle wooden roofs for mulch. The wood harvest industry has taken great steps toward improving methods of forestry and replenishing this natural resource.