Cedar Shake Roofing | Highest Rated Composite Shake
We have extensive experience in installing all types of cedar roofing and generally have at least one crew installing cedar every work day of the year. Gillespie Contracting Inc is certified through The Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau, meaning we can offer their limited, transferable, lifetime warranty. Only certified installers can offer this written, numbered warranty from the CSSB, Unlike the many of our competitors, we only use premium grade Certi-Grade cedar shakes/shingles and UL rated ASTM-D226 type II 30 pound underlayment and stainless steel nails as recommended by the CSSB.
Red Cedar has a tight grain and higher levels of tannic acid which acts as a natural preservative. This makes red cedar more durable than the yellow variety. Red cedar tends to weather to a rich, dark color. It I possible to stain the material, but the tight grain means it has a low absorption rate which limits the color possibilities.
Yellow cedar has a wider grain and in general terms, it will not last as long as red cedar will. It weathers reasonably uniformly to a very appealing silver tone. If you want to paint or stain your cedar roof, yellow cedar is better able to absorb a variety of colors and this will also help to protect the material.