Timber Shingles Sydney
A Natural, Beautiful Roofing Material
Timber shingles are one of the oldest roofing materials in existence. For millennia, wooden shingles have been used to protect homes from the elements. Their natural resistance to sun damage, rain, snow, and ice have made them a great choice – and their gorgeous appearance lends a unique aesthetic to your home or business.
Read on as NSW Slate Roofing discusses timber shingles – their design, available styles, benefits, and much more.
What Are Timber Shingles?
Well, they’re exactly what they sound like! Instead of being made of slate or other shingle materials, timber shingles use high-quality wood like Western Red Cedar. Cedar shingles and shakes are both very commonly used.
Shakes are a more old-fashioned type of timber shingle. These shingles have a rustic, rough-hewn appearance, as they are made from split logs, rather than sawn logs. High-grade, blue label cedar shakes are often used for roofing, while lower-grade shakes are used for siding purposes.
Shingles, such as Western Red Cedar shingles, are usually much more refined than shakes. They are finished with a specialized process that makes them look more modern and attractive. However, they are sometimes less durable than shakes, especially in very wet climates.
Both shingles and shakes are great choices for roofing or siding in Sydney. NSW Slate Roofing has a large selection of high-quality shingles and shakes, so you will have plenty of choices while selecting your new roof.
Timber Shingle Maintenance
Properly maintained, a timber shingle roof will last over 30 years. In contrast, some asphalt shingle roofs do not even reach 10 years before requiring replacement or repairs. However, timber shingles do usually require some extra unique maintenance steps that other roofs do not need. Here’s what you need to know.
- Yearly debris removal – As twigs, leaves, and other debris gather in the gaps between timber shingles, they can hold in moisture. In turn, this can result in increased moisture retention – which spurs the growth of moss, algae, and even fungus. These organisms can harm your wood shingles.
For this reason, a yearly debris removal is recommended – usually before the wet season begins. This will reduce the moisture impact of debris.
- Chemical cleaning compounds – There are a wide variety of cleaning compounds available that can remove dirt and stains, and help keep your roof looking brand-new and beautiful. You can choose to apply these yourself, or partner with a company like NSW Slate Roofing for professional cleaning services.
- Preventive treatments – These compounds prevent the growth of moss, mold, and algae, and other organisms. Usually, they must only be applied every few years, but they should be applied more often if you regularly clean your roof.
Learn More About Cedar Shingles And Shakes From NSW Slate Roofing!
We have a huge stock of Western Red Cedar shingles, and a tremendous variety of other high-quality cedar shingles.
Whether you’re interested in replacing your roof, or simply curious about the benefits of cedar shingles in Sydney, contact us right away to learn more – we’d be happy to continue this discussion!Call NSW Slate Roofing Sydney on 0410 244 228 or 02 8957 1109 or fill out the enquiry form below, and we will get back to you shortly.