Types of Residential Wood Roofing

There are two types of residential wood roofing systems. There are cedar shakes and cedar shingles. The biggest difference between the shingles is the irregularity of the shakes. Cedar shingles are cut the same width and same thickness and are uniform across a roof. Cedar shakes tend to be installed with different thicknesses and widths.

Fire Retardant Treated Residential Wood Roofing

Fire retardant cedar shakes and shingles can be used as an affordable and efficient alternative in many areas where the building code requires flame-resistant wood roofing materials. Especially in recent years, Colorado’s summers have seen significant risk of wildfires, and if you’re looking for the best solution for your residential wood roofing, fire retardant treated residential wood roofing is an excellent choice. There are three different classes for fire treatment roofing systems, be sure to inquire further as to the choices available to you as you research the different residential wood roofing options best for you.



Cedar shakes and shingles are the most durable wood roofing materials available on the market today. Western Red Cedar’s natural ability to flex allows it to withstand some of the harshest weather conditions in the world, and is extremely effective in heavily affected areas such as Oregon, British Columbia, and Alaska. That includes the high winds and extreme weather often seen here in Colorado.

Wind tests, conducted by the shake and shingle association, stated that cedar wood roofing materials can withstand winds up to 130mph!

Insulation Value

Due to cedar’s natural high “R” rating (resilience to heat conductivity) your home will be cooler in the hottest summer, saving you money on your energy bill. Cedar can also withstand freezing temperatures and will keep your home warm and dry in the winter. So you are guaranteed low energy bills due to the insulation value from the cedar wood roofing system, proving their efficiency as well as affordability.


Factory pressure impregnated treatment can extend the longevity of a wood roofing system as well. The treatment methods using preservatives can help protect the roof from fungal decay over time, and with the right treatment, there’s no reason to worry about moisture or mildew setting in and causing rot or warping. Material warranties on the residential wood roofing treatments are available from the treatment manufacturers, and you should always ask about the options available to you.