Cedar Shingle Siding: Replacement Cost and Life Span
The average life span of a cedar shake roof is 50 years. However, there are instances where it may not survive its expected lifespan. If the weather conditions become very bad or if the building code changes, then replacement might be necessary.
If the roof is damaged beyond repair, then the best solution would be to replace it with new cedar shake siding. The cost of replacing a shake roof with new cedar shingles will vary depending upon the type of shingle used and whether or not they were installed properly. The following table lists some typical costs associated with replacing a shake roof.
Type of Shingle Type of Roof Material Average Cost/Year Replace Shake Roof with New Cement Shake Roof $2,000+ Replace Shake Roof With Wood Shake Roof $1,500+ Replace Shake Roof With Metal Shake Roof $1,250+ Replacing Cement-Shake Shingles (5 Year) $3,000 Replacing Wood-Shake Shingles (10 Year) $4,600 Replacing Metal-Woodshake Shingles (15 Year)
Type of Shingle Cost per Square Foot (USD) Cost Per Year (Yr.) Roofing Grade 1 $0.25 – $1.00 $15 – 25 Roofing Grade 2 $0.30 – $2.
$7,000 Replaced with New Shingles (20 Year) $9,000 Replaced with New Shingles (30 Year) $12,000
As expected, the life span of the roof will directly affect the cost of its replacement. The longer it lasts, the more expensive it will be to replace. The table above includes the replacement costs of several types of cedar shake shingle roofs.00 $20 – 40
As you can see, the cost of replacing a shake roof with new cedar shingles is not cheap. You should always compare the prices of different types of cedar shake siding and choose the best one within your price range.
Steps in the replacement process
Make sure you wear protective clothing when working on the roof. This includes durable gloves, a hard hat, boots, and safety glasses. It is also a good idea to use a harness especially if you are replacing cedar shake siding on a two-story house.
This will keep you from falling.
The first step is to remove all the old cedar shakes and clean the roof thoroughly. Next, you will need to cut the replacement cedar shakes to fit the roof. A circular saw is a good tool for this task.
Take time to measure the cut of each shake and make adjustments as necessary.
Make sure to remove all the debris from the roof before installing the new shakes. Finally, you will need to apply cedar shakes sealer. This will protect the shakes from the harsh weather conditions.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Roofs and exterior walls of red cedar shingles (WJ Gilmore, HR Sinnard, EH Davis – 1940 – ir.library.oregonstate.edu)
- Red Cedar Shingles & Shakes: Unique Wood Industry (ER Maunder, BE Mitson, PR Smith – Journal of Forest History, 1975 – JSTOR)
- Restoring and treating wood shakes and shingles (B Buchanan – New England Builder, 1988 – tfsweb.tamu.edu)