Replacing Your Cedar Shake Roof

May 10, 2018

What To Expect When Replacing Your Cedar Shake
Roof With Asphalt Shingles

Denver Cedar Shake Roofing systems are beautiful but have lost their popularity due to their low fire resistance and other modern roofing materials on the scene that are more fire-resistant. While there are a few types of Cedar Shake Roofing Shingles still on the market today that tend to hold up to storm damage, they eventually fail when the roof ages. This is why many homeowners look to asphalt shingle roofs for roof replacement. Also, a new roof typically uses other roofing materials, including asphalt shingles, stone-coated roofs, metal roofing, clay tiles, and other premium shingles.

HOAs, Cities Restricting Cedar Shake Roofing Materials

In fact, today most Homeowners Associations (HOAs) and city jurisdictions are steering away from allowing cedar shakes to be installed in the Denver and Front Range regions. In increasing situations, we are finding that minimum repair areas are being used as leverage to force homeowners into replacing these wood shake roofs in order to completely eliminate them from the market. Part of the problem is that since a wood shingle roof was installed, other more durable options are available today. Also, homeowners prefer more updated styles that are easy to maintain. In addition, an insurance company may deny a claim for roof damage when the roofing material is comprised of wooden shingles.

Close up image of a cedar shake roof

Replacing Cedar Shakes With An Asphalt Roof

When it comes to roof replacement, homeowners are looking at asphalt shingles as an option. Asphalt roof replacement may work for you. Asphalt shingles have grown in popularity and recognition over the years as a cost-effective, long-lasting solution for all types of residential roofing. There are different types of asphalt shingles including fiberglass.

Fiberglass shingles are fire-resistant and made of an inorganic material such as glass fibers and require a minimum coating of asphalt to be waterproof. Mineral granules used in shingle roofing provide additional fire protection as well as UV (ultraviolet) ray protection.

The Longevity of An Asphalt Roof

You’re most likely wondering about the lifespan of an asphalt roof, especially if you are going to pay for a roof replacement. An asphalt shingle roof can last 25 to 30 years. Architectural shingles provide a beautiful look to the roof that come with a typical limited warranty of 20-50 years and rated for wind uplift of up to 100-130 mph. 3-tab asphalt shingles are entry-level roofing shingles with a limited warranty of 10-20 years and wind uplift ratings of 60-70 mph. 3-tab architecture is easily identified by its three-tab pattern, whereas dimensional shingles provide a three-dimensional appearance.

If the roof replacement is vented properly and installed correctly, you should get around 80%-85% of the lifespan from an asphalt roof. You need to ensure that you use a professional, reputable and experienced roofing contractor to achieve this.

Close up image of multiple asphalt shingle roofs

Additional Benefits of Asphalt Roof Replacement

An asphalt roof offers many additional benefits in addition to its long lifespan. This includes:

  • Weather resistance
  • Fire resistance
  • Wind resistance
  • Economical
  • Ease of application
  • Adaptability
  • Aesthetics
  • Style suitability
  • Low maintenance

Asphalt shingles also come in a wide range of great colors to fit your aesthetic. There is also a broad selection of textures available. You can have the asphalt shingles look like slate roofs, cedar roofs, or wood roofs. When replacing your roofing materials, it’s opportunity to change the look of your home after so many years. Also, individual missing shingles can be easily replaced. Asphalt shingles are recyclable at the end of their useful life.

Close up image of roofer installing asphalt shingles

Discuss Your Roof Replacement Options

If your jurisdiction or HOA, condo association or community association is forcing you to replace your Cedar Wood Shake Roofing, our reputable contractors at Roof Worx are available to discuss your Denver roofing options. We will discuss everything that’s available to you and what makes sense for your individual Denver roofing needs. This includes an asphalt roof, clay tile roof, stone-coated steel tiles, slate roof, metal roof, and other options. Our professional roofing contractors will go over the advantages and disadvantages of each of the roofing materials on the market, including installation of an asphalt roof whether you are looking to replace your roof or need a roof for a new build.

In these time-sensitive scenarios, we offer unique options in order to help you resolve your Denver roofing needs, quickly and economically.

Call Roof Worx today, your Denver roofing company, at (303) 353-1825 to schedule a FREE inspection and estimate for your property.

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