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Wood shake roofs are probably the oldest roofing type in use today. If you need to replace your current roof, consider a wood shake roof. Let the pros at Polaris Roofing Systems answer all your questions, so call us today at (928) 699-4840.

This post will look at some of the reasons why wood shake roofs remain a popular choice for homeowners in Flagstaff, AZ. We will also highlight a few drawbacks to give you a complete picture of what a wood shake roof offers.

Wood Shake Roof Pros

benefits cedar shake roof


Wood shake roofs add a unique, natural appeal to your home, significantly increasing your home’s curb appeal. Though they start out with a light brown color, they age into a distinctive silver-gray or dark brown color as time passes.

Also, since manufacturers create the wood shakes by splitting wood, the process leaves this wood roofing material with a unique texture and an authentic rustic look that homeowners love.

Good Wind and Impact Resistance

This type of roofing has good wind resistance. Though it varies with the shakes’ size and how they were cut, most can withstand wind speeds of up to 245 mph.

Also, since wood is a pretty durable material, wood shingle roofs enjoy good impact resistance.

Certain wood shakes  can attain a class 4 impact resistance rating, meaning they can withstand impact from a 2-inch sized piece of ice.

Easy to Repair

Repairing your wood shake roof proves easy to do. The process includes removing the damaged piece and sliding a new one in its place. However, as easy as this sounds, we still recommend hiring a professional for all your roofing needs. Also, bear in mind, you won’t be able to match the color of your new shake shingles to your existing shake roof’s color.

Offers High Energy Savings

Wood shake roofs add extra insulation to your home. This insulation helps keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, saving you money on your energy bill.


Since wood shakes contain organic natural material, once you remove them, you can easily dispose of them without harming the environment. You even have the option of recycling them.

Also, manufacturers today plant new trees to replace those they use to make wood shake shingles.


Consider the versatility of wood shakes. You can use them for all types of pitched roofs. They look amazing on both residential and commercial roof systems and can restore older antique buildings.

Wood Shake Roof Cons

drawbacks of cedar shake shingles

Low Fire Resistance

Wood shake roofs do not provide the fire resistance of other types of roofing materials. As such, many roofing professionals do not recommend wood shingle roofing for homes in some fire-prone regions. However, you do have the option of using pressure treatments and spray-on fire retardants to make your roof more fire-resistant.

Prone to Rotting

Wood shake roofs can absorb water. Some regard this as a benefit because the water the roofing material absorbs causes them to expand and get tight, preventing water from leaking into your home. However, the downside means that the wood shakes might retain moisture on their underside. This moisture can cause warping and rotting.

Harbors Insects

Wood shake roofs make excellent homes for certain insects. For instance, wasps tend to build nests in wood shake roofs. They chew up the wood into a pulp and create paper-like nests that can be a hassle to remove.

Prone to Cracking

The shakes can deteriorate and crack over time, causing leaks to pop up more easily. These leaks can become detrimental to your home if not attended to promptly.

Low Longevity

While wood shake roofs can last you up to 30 years with proper maintenance, their lifespan remains low compared to other roofing materials. For instance, other materials like slate and metal can last several decades longer.

Are Wood Shake Roofs Right for You?

You should consider wood shake roofs if you:

  • Love the unique look a wood roof offers
  • Prefer something biodegradable
  • Want an energy-efficient option

If you are interested in fitting your Flagstaff, AZ, home with a quality wood shake roof, you can count on Polaris Roofing Systems to handle the installation with care. Reach out to our BBB-Accredited business today at (928) 699-4840 for the quality roofing services you need.

Justin Young

Justin Young

Justin young has been in the construction trade for nearly 25 years, focusing on insurance restoration and roofing. While attending Arizona State he worked in new construction custom homes until the opportunity came to get back into restoration and roofing. Roofing came full circle and Justin was promoted to General Manager of a local roofing company. As that progressed he ventured out on his own to start his own company, Polaris Roofing Systems. He prides himself on being on the cutting edge of roofing materials, applications and roof quality. Justin enjoys spending time with his 2 young children and wife. Justin prides himself, his company and continued growth on the people around him and the integrity for which it stands for.

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