What Kind of Roofing to Replace a Shake Roof?

Answered by Brendan ~ January 21, 2010 ~ No Comments

My home in Santa Rosa, California is 25 years old, and the shake roofing has deteriorated badly. I know a shake roof can be a fire hazard, but I like the look of shakes. Are there fire-retardant shakes on the market, and if not, what other roofing material would you recommend?

Nora J. ~ Santa Rosa, California

Brendan Fowler

Replacing a Shake RoofYes there are fire rated wood shakes available. They are treated wood but indistinguishable from untreated wood.

Fire rated wood shakes are considerably more expensive than other fire rated roofing options. If you want to save money on your new roof, asphalt roofing has many attractive colors to choose from and also has a class A, fire rating.

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