Cedar roofs are perfect for giving homes that natural, rustic appeal. However, so many homeowners whose homes would look great with a cedar roof turn away from this option, often because of negative "facts" they have heard about cedar as a roofing material. But what you think you know about cedar roofs might be more myth than fact. Here are three common beliefs about cedar roofing that simply are not true.
Misconception: Cedar will attract insects.
Especially in areas where termites are a problem, people steer away from cedar roofing because they fear it may attract these bugs to their homes. However, one reason why cedar is used for roofing is because it does NOT attract bugs. Think about the cedar chests that your grandparents used to store woolen blankets and clothing. Cedar was used to build these trunks because it deterred moths from eating their contents. In the same way, cedar keeps termites and other wood-loving insects away. Its natural oils repel them almost as well as some chemical insecticides.
Misconception: Cedar will decay quickly.
It's no secret that wood starts to rot when exposed to moisture, as it most definitely will be on your roof. However, this is another way in which cedar is a bit of an exception to the rule. Since its fibers are so dense and straight, it does not absorb moisture as well as many types of wood. The cedar oils it contains also deter fungal growth. As a result, cedar is less prone to rot than most woods, and it will last just as long, if not longer, than roofing shingles. Cedar roofs can last 30 years, whereas asphalt shingles typically last 20 or 30 years, depending on the shingle.
Misconception: You have to paint or seal cedar roofs.
Cedar roofing does not require painting. You can paint the roof if that's the look you want to achieve, but the cedar is actually best left natural and exposed. It weathers naturally from a rich brown to a grayish, beachy tone. You don't need to stain or seal cedar, either, thanks to its natural rot resistance. It truly is as low-maintenance as shingle or metal roofing.
If you think you would like the look of a cedar roof on your home, don't let fear deter you. Most of the negative statements made about cedar roofs are just folklore. Your roofing company can provide you with more truthful information about this type of roof. Contact a company like Darnell Construction to learn more.