Cedar shake roofs are without a doubt, beautiful and timeless. They don’t trap moisture, they allow air to flow freely, and improve interior comfort, making them an optimal choice for nearly anyone.
However, as durable as cedar shakes are, they won’t last forever. If the roof has been compromised or repairs are not cost-effective, than it’s best to replace it entirely. It’s also wise to replace the roof if the cedar shakes have curled upwards because once this happens, they’re no longer effective at blocking out debris and rain.
In one situation, we had a customer who was having a home addition built that would dramatically change the roofline from the street view. They were concerned about not being able to match the color of the shakes that had been naturally weathered as part of the normal fading process the wood goes through.
To solve this problem, we suggested removing each shake shingle from the back of the roof prior to the remodel. We then packaged and stored them, and upon the construction project’s completion, reinstalled the weathered shakes on the front side of the addition so that the aesthetic look (from the street) was obtained, and the curb appeal wasn’t reduced. The rear side of the house’s roof was done in all new shake shingles and were allowed to weather over time, which was fine because no one could see that from the street.