Cedar Shake Roof Replacement in Wisconsin

When it comes to roofing, Wisconsin property owners have many options. But if you're looking for durability, insulation, and energy efficiency, cedar shake shingles are the way to go. At Bulldog Builders, we install cedar shake roofs on new and existing homes in Milwaukee and surrounding counties. More often, we convert existing cedar shake roofs into synthetic shake roofs, which offer many benefits over cedar or wood shake shingles.

Cedar shake roofs do outperform asphalt shingles in several ways. They're more durable, better insulated, and more energy efficient. With twice the natural insulation of asphalt, installing a cedar shake roof can lower the energy costs for your home.

The roofing experts at Wisconsin's #1 roofing company work with you to install a cedar shake roof - staying within your style, budget, and complying with your local HOA. Using top-quality cedar shake shingles from leading manufacturers extends the life of your roof and guarantees maximum performance. Contact the cedar shake installation team at Bulldog Builders for a free quote now!

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Cedar Shake Roof Installation Experts

At Bulldog Builders, we specialize in cedar shake roof installation for homes and businesses in Wisconsin. Over time, cedar shake roofs can succumb to wear and tear like any other roofing material. If you're experiencing any of the following issues, it may be time to call in a professional for an inspection:

  • Cedar Shingle Splitting: As cedar shingles age, they can begin to split. This is usually due to exposure to the elements or improper installation.
  • Cedar Shingle Curling: If your cedar shingles are curling, it's likely due to inadequate ventilation in your attic space. This can cause the shingles to overheat and start to curl.
  • Cedar Shingle Cracking: As cedar shingles dry out, they can become brittle and crack. This is often caused by excessive heat or sunlight exposure.

If you're experiencing any of these issues with your cedar shake roof, call the experts at Bulldog Builders for a free quote. We'll inspect your roof, identify the problem and make the necessary repairs to extend the life of your roof.

Cedar Shake Roofing in Wisconsin

If you're a Wisconsin homeowner considering a new roof, you may wonder if cedar shake roofing is a good option. Cedar shakes are environmentally friendly because they're recyclable and last much longer than asphalt shingles – typically ten years longer or more - when properly maintained.

Cedar shake is a natural insulator, so it can help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The only downside to cedar shake is that it requires more maintenance than other types of roofing, but the added protection and beauty are well worth the extra effort.

Cedar shake roofs are especially susceptible to moss, mold, and mildew growth if they are shaded from the sun for most of the day. While treatments can help inhibit spore growth, cedar shake roofs will still need to be cleaned regularly. In Wisconsin, where the climate can be damp and humid, it's essential to keep an eye on cedar shake roofs and clean them as needed to prevent long-term damage.

In recent years, "synthetic shake" or "designer shake" roofing has become the more popular option when considering a shake roof. These synthetic shingles are cheaper, last longer, have lower maintenance costs, and can lower your insurance costs (when the shake roof has been replaced). At Bulldog Builders, we work with Brava and Certainteed designer shingles that look amazing, last longer than a traditional shake shingle roof, and deliver everything you'd want with cedar shake at a more affordable price.

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Cedar Shake Roof Maintenance

To keep your cedar shake roof in tip-top shape, it's important to have it inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. The professionals at Bulldog Builders recommend regular cedar shake roof maintenance like:

  • Inspecting for damage and making repairs as needed
  • Cleaning the roof to remove dirt, debris, and moss
  • Checking for and sealing any gaps or cracks
  • Applying a weatherproofing sealant to prolong the life of your roof

Contact us today to schedule a cedar shake roof inspection. We'll ensure your roof is in good condition and help you avoid costly repairs down the road.

Cedar Shake Roofing FAQs

What is the difference between a shake and a shingle?

Shakes and shingles are both made from cedar but differ in thickness and size. Shakes are usually thicker and have a more rustic appearance, while shingles are thinner and have a more polished look. Many homeowners prefer shakes for their roofs because they provide more insulation and are more durable. However, shingles are easier to install and usually cost less. Ultimately, the decision between shakes and shingles comes down to personal preference.

What are the benefits of cedar shake roofing?

Cedar shake roofing has many benefits that make it an attractive option for homeowners in Wisconsin. 

  1. Cedar shakes are highly durable and can last for decades with proper care and maintenance. 
  2. Cedar shakes are also naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insect damage, which helps to protect your home from the elements.
  3. Cedar shakes offer excellent insulation properties, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. 
  4. Cedar shakes add natural beauty to your home that can boost its curb appeal and resale value.

What should I do if I notice moss or mold on my cedar shake roof?

If you notice moss or mold on your cedar shake roof, it's crucial to take action immediately. Moss and mold can cause severe damage to your roof if left untreated. A roofing professional can inspect your roof and determine the best course of action to remove the moss or mold. Sometimes, power washing the roof can remove the moss or mold. In other cases, more intensive cleaning may be necessary. A roofing professional will be able to advise you on the best course of action to take to protect your roof.

How many years do cedar shakes last?

A cedar shake roof's lifespan depends on the shake's quality and climate. Generally, a cedar shake roof will last between 20 and 30 years. However, in harsher environments, such as Wisconsin, the lifespan may be shorter. A well-constructed cedar shake roof can last up to 50 years, while a poorly constructed roof may only last ten years or less. To ensure your cedar shake roof lasts as long as possible, it must be regularly inspected and repaired as needed.

Can a roofing company convert my cedar shake roof into synthetic shake?

Yes, your roofing company can convert your cedar shake roof into synthetic shake. This type of roofing has increased in popularity because it is less expensive and easier to maintain than a traditional cedar shake roof.

Synthetic shake is also more durable and weather resistant, making it a good choice for homes in Wisconsin that experience severe weather conditions. If you are interested in this type of roofing, contact a local roofing company like Bulldog Builders to discuss your options.

Are there any special considerations for installing shake roofs in Wisconsin?

Yes, there are a few special considerations to keep in mind when installing a shake roof in Wisconsin. First, confirming that the roofing company you choose has experience installing this type of roofing in our state is important. This is because our climate can be very tough on roofs, and you want to ensure that your roof can withstand the rigors of our weather. Second, you will need to have your shake roof installed by a licensed and insured contractor. This is because shake roofs are considered a type of specialty roofing, and only licensed and insured contractors should attempt to install them.

Finally, you should expect to pay more for a shake roof than a traditional shingle roof. This is because shake roofs require more material and labor to install correctly. However, the increased cost is typically worth it because a shake roof will last longer and provide better protection for your home.

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Call Bulldog Builders Today

If you're a Wisconsin homeowner looking to replace your cedar shake roof, we highly recommend you call Bulldog Builders. We are a local roofing company with experience installing this type of roofing in Wisconsin. We are licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that professionals will install your new roof. And because we use high-quality materials and labor, you can expect your new shake roof to last for many years. Don't wait any longer; call Bulldog Builders today!