Wood shingles used to be the most common roofing material in America. Today cedar roofing shingles are still a durable and beautiful material for roofing. But homeowners must be careful to choose a contractor that can offer proper warranties! Only a member in good standing of the CSSB can offer the Manufacturer’s Lifetime Limited Warranty.
Annapolis & Severna Park roofing contractor, Fichtner Services is a Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau approved installer, having submitted a detailed application and a thorough vetting process. Approved installers must prove to be properly licensed, insured and experienced. Only approved installers can offer the Certi-label manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty backed by the CSSB, recognized as the cedar industry authority.
Both cedar shakes and cedar shingles can be used as roofing material. The difference between the two can be difficult to see by the untrained eye. Cedar Shingles are tapered and sawn on both sides for a uniform, clean appearance. Cedar Shakes are split and are usually much thicker than a cedar shingle, lending itself to a rustic look.
Cedar roofing shakes and shingles are often imitated by other products such as asphalt and rubber. The natural beauty of cedar can never truly be copied though! Cedar shakes and cedar shingles bring an element of warmth and charm to a home that synthetic products could never match.
How Long Will A Cedar Roof Last?
Properly installed cedar roofs can last between 25 and 35 years. In our humid Maryland climate, cedar roofing should be pressure treated whenever possible. When fire retardant cedar roofing is required, then it cannot be treated. Fichtner Services provides expert installation of cedar shingles and cedar shakes. Our CSSB affiliation allows us to offer the Certi-lable manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty on cedar roofing.
Why Choose a Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau Approved Installer?
Fichtner Services is a CSSB Approved Installer. Fichtner Services is proud to be one of only nine CSSB Approved Installers in the state of Maryland. This certification is only complete after a detailed application process that includes a written exam. Approved Installers must detail their experience with cedar materials. They must prove their professional integrity by showing proof of adequate liability coverage, workers’ compensation, and a workmanship guarantee.
As an Approved Installer, Fichtner Services is able to offer the 20/25 year limited warranty backed by the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau on behalf of their manufacturers.
What Are The Cedar Roof Maintenance Requirements?
To keep your cedar roof looking great for decades, start with proper installation from an approved cedar roofing contractor. Fichtner Services serves Maryland homeowners throughout the Annapolis & Severna Park region with expert cedar roofing installation. Our roofing contractors can give you advice on general cedar roof maintenance, as well as provide on-going cedar roof maintenance and inspections for the life of your roof.
Some Simple Cedar Roof Maintenance Tips:
- Keep cedar roofs free of debris. Trim overhanging branches to prevent debris from building up and keeping the roof wet.
- Ensure ventilation is available year round, especially in the winter to prevent water accumulation which leads to ice damming.
- Clean gutters and downspouts regularly (generally in the Spring and Fall) to allow water to flow off the roof and away from the house.
Cedar shakes and cedar shingles not only make for a beautiful, long-lasting roof; they are environmentally friendly. Cedar is a renewable, recyclable and sustainable roofing material. Cedar reforestation is robust and there is actually a surplus of cedar forestry.
Cedar roofing material is a natural insulator, keeping your attic cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter – saving money on energy costs and reducing your carbon footprint. Less energy is used in the production of cedar roofing materials than any other construction material.
Make sure that you call a company backed by the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau – contact Fichtner Services today, (866) 591-1900, or schedule your free consultation & estimate now: