Cedar Roofing Vs. Galvanized Steel Roofing In Log-Cabin Style Homes

When you are choosing material for a log-cabin home, you need to keep in mind the look you are trying to create, but you also need to think about how a material will function. Cedar roofing can help to create a rustic feel, and metal roofing can also be used with a log cabin. There are several issue to take into consideration when choosing being cedar and metal roofing.  Take into consideration the longevity, weather resistance, and energy efficiency of each of these roofing materials. 

Cedar Roofing

Cedar shingles are made of natural materials and can create a whimsical effect. They help keep homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter. However, the best that cedar shingles have going for them is that they are long-lasting—a well maintained cedar roof can last for fifty years or more. On the other hand, cedar shingles are susceptible to weather damage from wind or hail and are easily combustible. Thus, if you live in in a mild climate, cedar shingles are a good option, but if you live in a forested area and/or a location that receives a lot of harsh weather, then you may want to forego the cedar in favor of a more robust material. 

Metal Roofing

A galvanized steel roof—the most common metal roof on the market—can last for up to 60 years. Furthermore, metal roofs are highly weather resistant. Because metal roofs are secured to a roof with decking screws, they are more wind-resistant than other forms of roofing. Metal is not flammable nor when it break under the onslaught of heavy hail. While snow can accumulate on some roofing materials and cause roof collapse, a metal roof has a low friction surface that will allow snow to slide right off of your roof. Finally, metal is reflective and will thus deflect the sun's energy away from home, helping to reduce your cooling cost by up to 25%

In terms of all-around value, a metal roof is a better choice than a cedar roof. If you really like the look of natural wood, you may still choose to go with cedar as long as you don't live in an area prone to forest fires or extreme weather. Otherwise, to provide the best protection for your home and to decrease maintenance and repair costs, a metal roof is the best choice for a log-cabin style home.

For more information on residential roofing materials, contact a company like Holzer & Jesko Quality Exteriors LLC.

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