Cedar Roofing Experts in Southeastern PA

Recover Your Lost Curb Appeal with a Cedar Shake Roof

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A roof should increase your home's curb appeal. Does your current roof catch your visitors' eye? Do you get that "Wow" factor every time you see your roof? No? You might need a cedar shake roof. Why choose a cedar wood roof?

Cedar shingle roofs add rustic beauty to any home. Their wood roof look is especially suited to older historical buildings that want to keep a traditional look - or for any newer building wishing to look older.

Cedar shakes also add uniqueness and individuality to a home. Western red cedar shakes are natural, and each is unique.  All your cedar shakes will be inspected, and any defective or odd-looking pieces thrown away.

Three Easy Steps to Cedar Roofing Help

  1. You Contact Us

    Reach out to our cedar team experts to discuss your project.
  2. We Schedule an Inspection

    Our cedar specialists inspect your project and estimate the best solution for your roof.
  3. You Relax!

    Count on our Amish cedar crew for impeccable workmanship. Our job isn’t complete until you are delighted!

Cedar Shake Roof Inspections

What are cedar roofing maintenance inspections? Every three years from the installation of the roof, we inspect your cedar shingles for any signs of wear and tear decay. We'll send the report to you or the current homeowner so you know the exact condition of your roof. What if we see something amiss? We'll create an estimate for doing any cedar roof repairs or necessary maintenance and you can choose if you want to proceed with our recommendations. The great part is that the cedar roof maintenance and repair can be done either by MR Roofing or any other certified cedar roofing company. Keep in mind that these inspections only check for defects and they do not serve as a warranty. Rather these assist in extending the life of your wooden roof. Have questions about the cedar roofing inspection package? Contact our cedar shake specialists today!

Cedar Shake Roof Installation

Cedar roofing is one of our specialties. When you call the cedar roof experts at MR Roofing for your cedar roof replacement, you can count on our dedicated Amish cedar roofing crew to provide an excellent product installed with impeccable craftsmanship. Between each piece of cedar, we install felt, so your roof will remain dry. The drier it stays, the longer it lasts. With every wood roof, we include a regular roof inspection to keep your wooden roof lasting as long as possible.

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Cedar Roof FAQs

What are the advantages of cedar roofs?

Research shows cedar to be one of the most durable and long-lasting woods, making it an excellent choice for your roof.  Cedar shakes and shingles can last at least ten years longer than asphalt shingles.  With up to twice the insulation value of asphalt shingles, cedar is also very energy efficient and reduces heating and cooling costs.  Cedar roofs resist severe weather like high wind, heavy rain, hail, and snowstorms.  Cedar shakes are naturally resistant to insect damage and UV rays from the sun.

Are there any disadvantages to cedar roofs?

Like any valuable product, cedar roofs require regular maintenance to preserve them.  Cedar (like all wood shingles) is susceptible to moss, mold, and mildew.  If not correctly cared for, cedar shakes can rot or succumb to invading insects.

Why shouldn’t I install synthetic wood shingles on my roof?

First, synthetic shingles are just that--synthetic!  Your wood shingles will not look authentic unless you use natural cedar products.  Synthetic shingles are also not as environmentally friendly to produce as natural cedar shingles and may not offer the lifespan of high-quality cedar shingles.

How long does a cedar roof last?

Cedar roofs can last up to 30 years if they are properly installed and maintained. Investing in the highest-quality materials may increase the roof’s longevity.  Customers in some climates see a lifespan of closer to 50 years for their cedar roofs.

What are the differences between cedar shingles and cedar shakes?

The main difference between cedar shingles and cedar shakes is their appearance.  Shingles are smooth and uniform in appearance, while shakes look more rugged, with each piece having a unique look.  The appearance of these products reflects the difference in the way they are produced.  Cedar shingles are sawn smooth on both sides and tapered while cedar shakes are split.

How should I maintain my cedar roof?

Keeping your cedar roof clean of leaves and debris is key to cedar roof preservation.  This includes cleaning the keyways (spaces between the shakes) to ensure proper ventilation year-round.  Follow a regular schedule of treatments for your cedar roof. 

Is cedar roof treatment recommended?

Whether your cedar roof needs to be treated for long life depends on what type of cedar is used and the location of your roof (in shade or sun). You are welcome to get advice from one of our cedar consultants.

What about cedar roof repair?

Minor damage to cedar shingles or shakes can often be repaired by replacing individual shingles, patching shingles, or installing metal shims.  Normal weathering can be combated by washing off moss or mold and applying regular cedar treatments.  Regular maintenance is key to cedar roof preservation.

When should I replace my cedar roof?

Don’t worry if a cedar shake is missing here or there on your roof. We can generally replace missing shakes or shingles easily.  However, if numerous shakes are coming off or your shakes are significantly split, curled, or buckled, talk to our cedar team about a possible roof replacement.  Water leaks inside your home may signal the need to replace your roof.  Of course, if your cedar roof is nearing 30 years old, you should start to plan for its eventual replacement. 

What is the cost of a cedar roof?

Prices for cedar shakes have been changing rapidly over the past few years. Also your cost will vary depending on the shake style and thickness and the complexity of your roof. Please contact us for a quote.

Why choose MR Roofing for my cedar shake roof installation?

We guarantee that our skilled craftsmen will perform all of our work professionally and thoroughly. Our job is not complete until you are satisfied. That is our promise to you.  If you are not fully satisfied with the workmanship of your project, we will do what it takes to complete the job to your satisfaction. At MR Roofing, we offer a 20-year workmanship guarantee on the installation of our quality cedar shakes. We’re also committed to regular maintenance inspections. And, on top of all that, our cedar shakes include a 50-year warranty. We’re committed to making your cedar roof’s lifetime as long as possible.

Do you hire subcontractors to install cedar roofs?

If we use a subcontractor on your job, we stand behind their work as well. We only hire subcontractors that we trust and whose work is top-notch. If you are not satisfied with their work, we will correct it at no charge to you.

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Flourtown, PA

I renovated a historic property on a golf course. MR Roofing completed a cedar shake roof along with a large copper standing metal seam roof, copper gutters, downspouts and copper accents.

Henry from MR Roofing and his team were true professionals and the best roofing company I have ever contracted with. Their guys came very early and worked happily and thoroughly to complete repairs and all new work. These gentlemen are true pros that are exceptional.

Joe Fabiani

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