A cedar shake roof is much nicer looking than asphalt shingles and gives a natural appearance to any roof. The west palm beach roof cleaning A cedar shake roof is much nicer looking than asphalt shingles and gives a natural appearance to any roof. The west palm beach roof cleaning of cedar shakes lasts longer than a shingle roof. Shingles usually last from 15 to 25 years. Cedar shakes can last up to 50 years. Be aware of the difference between cedar shingles and cedar shakes. Start by laying an 18-inch wide course of roofing felt (sometimes called "tar paper") across the entire length of the roof. A solid base of plywood is required under the roofing felt as cedar shakes are heavier than cedar shingles and need the extra support and stability of plywood. Fix the felt down with roofing tacks. The cedar shingle is thinner than the shake and has a smooth surface. Shakes are thicker, sawn or hand split and have a more rugged appearance. In the past, cedar shakes were used more than shingles because of they were cheaper. cedar shakes over the roofing felt working from left to right by driving just two long roofing nails into the shake an inch up the shake, to be covered by the next course of cedar shakes. Lay the first cedar shake hanging an inch-and-a-half over the gable end of the roof. Allow the course of cedar shakes to overhang the fascia by at least one inch. Today, shakes are made of western red cedar and cost much more than asphalt shingles. The insulating value of a 1" cedar shake is at least twice that of an asphalt shingle, so that can reduce heating and cooling costs. The cedar shakes are more difficult to apply and are not fire resistant. Check with your local building code enforcement to see if you can use cedar shakes in your area before you start as they may be prohibited. Installing the shakes on a roof can be done by the do-it-yourselfer, but it is not an easy project.
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