Cedar shake shingles are a perfect match for any home, adding both beauty and value. Homeowners in the 1970s and 1980s had to make do with natural cedar shake shingles, but today there are many durable alternatives. One popular alternative to natural cedar shingles is the more durable and eco-friendly option known as "composite shingles or synthetic shingles." We compare these two materials side by side here!
The natural beauty of a cedar wood roof is enhanced by its age. As the years go by, your shingles may turn grayish or brown-colored. While some homeowners find this appealing, there are other homeowners who would prefer that the cedar wood shakes stay the original color. In addition, it can be challenging to match the wood shakes after some have changed color. Composite shake is manufactured in a wide variety of standard and custom colors, giving them the color and appearance of traditional wood shake. Moreover, they are colorfast over time.
Cedar wood is an organic material. It is vulnerable to algae, mold, insects, mildew, warping, rotting, and fungal growth. Unlike composite shingles, cedar shake shingles require chemical treatment and regular maintenance. If you do not treat and maintain the, over time the cedar wood shakes dry out and become very brittle. At that point, it is impossible to walk on your roof without severely damaging the shakes. Composite shingles require almost no maintenance and are mildew and mold resistant.
Both natural cedar shake shingles and composite shingles provide natural insulation against the Sun and heat loss. This can keep your energy costs low.
In former years, real cedar wood shakes were manufactured from harvested trees and were very affordable. But now, due to environmental conservation policies, the government has protected the old-growth cedars that have grown for over 100 years in the forest. Conversely, composite shingles (also known as synthetic shake tiles) are manufactured from between 20% to 85% recycled plastics and rubber. This makes them environmentally friendly.
Both of these shingles require an experienced Roofing Contractor that has a long track record of installing these products. Most Roofing Contractors nowadays focus primarily on asphalt shingles. Real wood shingles and composite shingles require precision cutting and laying by an expert to prevent future leaking and water runoff. At GoTech Roofing we have seen numerous improperly installed real cedar wood shingles and composite shingle roofs that we have had to repair and in some cases, completely re-install.
Re-roofing your Cedar Shake Roof & Composite Shake property is a big decision, both from a timing perspective and financially. If you wait too long to make that decision, you could potentially cause more harm to your property. A failing Cedar Shake Roof & Composite Shake roof can lead to mold, water leaks, and additional costly damage to the interior of your property. From a financial point of view, installing a new Cedar Shake Roof & Composite Shake roof typically means a large outlay of money or new improvement financing… Neither of these choices is very appealing to property owners. Add to that, you have to somehow pick the best Cedar Shake Roof & Composite Shake roofing contractor and hope that you have picked a responsible, financially stable, timely, and customer service-oriented Cedar Shake Roof & Composite Shake roofing contractor. Consequently, for most people, it comes as no surprise that re-roofing your property can be a stressful yet unavoidable aspect of property ownership. Here at GoTech Roofing, we understand your concerns.
Founded by Julian Stevens over a decade ago, GoTech Roofing has established itself as the number 1 provider of Cedar Shake Roof & Composite Shake services in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC area. We provide Cedar Shake Roof & Composite Shake repair and Cedar Shake Roof & Composite Shake replacement services with a real focus on customer satisfaction. We are a Washington DC and Virginia Class A Contractor and fully insured with Workman's Compensation and Liability Insurance. GoTech Roofing provides each and every client with an incomparable Cedar Shake Roof & Composite Shake roofing experience through our outstanding customer service and exceptional quality. We understand that each Cedar Shake Roof & Composite Shake roof is unique and will treat it as such. Having worked 10 years providing multi-million dollar contracting services for the DC Federal Government, Julian (CEO of GoTech Roofing) took a look at the antiquated Cedar Shake Roof & Composite Shake roofing construction process and knew there was a better way. He built GoTech Roofing utilizing Dynamics Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software fully integrated with Microsoft Project Professional software to create a Proprietary Customer Service-Oriented Roofing Process that starts with your first communication with us all the way to when we shake hands when the job is done. With our GoTech Proprietary Customer Service-Oriented Roofing Process you can skip the headaches, schedule delays, lack of contractor communication, cost increases, and nonsense – we handle every roofing project detail from start to finish in a written scheduled process you will receive on day one.