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Wood Roofs: The Pros and Cons

Wood roofs have long been popular with Canadian homeowners, but before you hop on the wood roof bandwagon—know their pros and cons.

The Pros of Wood Roofs
Wood roofing adds an air of elegance to your home, with a type of craftsmanship that is becomingly increasingly rare in our cookie-cutter society. But elegance isn’t the only pro of wood roofs, there is also the following pros:

  • Increase your Home’s Value

Wood roofs increase the value of a home as they increase its overall appearance and are expensive to install which makes them increasingly rare. Their rustic quality and beautiful natural tones are unsurpassed in terms of beauty, and when you combine that with their durability—it makes them a roof to be reckoned with. They simply add to your home’s value while providing the home with the signature look that high-end homes need.

  • Durability

Wood roofs are extremely durable and have a lifespan that stretches multiple decades. The average wood roof (if cared for) can last anywhere from three to five decades.

  • Unique

When we say wood roofs are unique, they truly are. Due to the natural grain of the wood and the uniqueness of the shakes themselves—no two wood roofs will ever be the same.

The Cons of Wood Roofs
Despite their unique look, aged beauty and overall value they add your home, wood roofs like anything else have their drawbacks. The cons of wood roofing includes:

  • Expense

Buying and installing a wood roof is one of the more expensive ways to cover your roof. They’re so expensive because the lumber logs that create the wood shakes are expensive, as is the milling process that turns those logs into precision-cut wood shakes with a consistent grain.

To give you an idea of their costs, the average cost of a wood roof is between $8,000 to $20,000—depending on the size of the roof and the specific wood shakes that you purchase. If you need to remove old roofing materials you will need to add up to another thousand dollars.

  • Maintenance

Wood roofs, to maintain their exceptional level of beauty, they do require regular maintenance that materials like asphalt and metal don’t. Wood roof maintenance includes inspecting for mould, mildew and rot after seasonal changes, major storms and at certain pre-scheduled points throughout the year.

If you’re deciding whether or not to install a wood roof, or buy a home with wood roofing—take all the above pros and cons of wood roofs to heart. They will help you make an informed decision about whether wood is right for you. Then—call the Dillon Bros for a quote.

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