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Cedar roofs

The Reliable Cedar Roofing Professionals in Virginia

After asphalt shingle roofing, cedar roofing is the most common type of residential roofing material. There’s no question why — in addition to adding a quaint, rustic look to your home, it also provides superior protection and durability!

Certified Roofing is the Vienna cedar roofing company who is committed to using only the best materials for your roof. We are incredibly proud to be 1 of the few installers in the DMV area that is a trusted member of the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau (CSSB). Cedar is a special roofing material, if your installer isn’t a trusted member of the CSSB then your cedar roof won’t come with a warranty. The cedar roofs installed by Certified Roofing ALWAYS come with a 30 year warranty that backs the product. Our cedar is specially milled from only 1 of 2 inspected mills in Canada, is then inspected in Washington and then finally shipped to us for installation on your home. When you partner up with us, you can feel confident that our exceptional team will provide you with exceptional work. You’re going to love your new roof!

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Types of Cedar Roofs Roofs We Install

If you’re looking for durable, attractive shingles to give your home or business’ roof a new look, cedar shakes and shingles are a great option. They have been used for hundreds of years and have proven their longevity in all types of climates. They also contain oils that make them naturally resistant to rot and insects. Cedar shake and cedar shingle sound very similar, so let’s go over the differences between them.


    Cedar shake roofing is cut by hand, rather than cut by machine. This causes more variance between pieces which can add a more rustic look to your home’s exterior. However, because these types of shingles are not always the same size and shape, it is extremely important to have an experienced roofer who understands how to properly install them. If not done correctly, you may find gaps and leaks in your roof. At Certified Roofing, we have installed cedar shake roofs for over 30 years and will make sure your roof is water-tight.


    Cedar cut shingles are factory-made and have less variation than cedar shake shingles. Each panel is the same size and width. Because they are more easily manufactured, each panel is the same size and width and they are less expensive than cedar shakes. Similar to cedar shake, cedar shingles are also lightweight, easy to maintain, and energy-efficient.

Need help deciding whether you should use cedar shake or cedar shingles? Call our experienced team of roofers in Northern Virginia today.

Pros and Cons of Cedar Roofing

When making your selection about the type of cedar roofing to fit your needs, there will be pros and cons. We have broken down the list for you:


  • Eco-Friendly: Cedar roofing material is not only 100% biodegradable, but it is also incredibly energy-efficient. It insulates your home while still allowing it to breathe, which saves on heating and cooling costs. We also specialize in metal roofing services which is an eco-friendly roofing material too.
  • Durable: Cedar roofing lasts up to 25 years, which is longer than a standard asphalt shingle roof.
  • Beauty: Cedar roofs are totally unique. Because of the variations of color, width, thickness, or cut of wood, no two shake roofs will ever be the same. They make a beautiful addition to any home.


  • Drying Issues: Since cedar roofing materials are made from trees, they are more prone to drying out. Without proper maintenance, your home could be more susceptible to fire damage, cracking and pest issues.
  • Expensive: Cedar roofing is not the most expensive roofing option, but it’s certainly not the cheapest. This is especially true if you choose to go with cedar shakes, which come with a higher price tag.
  • Maintenance: Because cedar shakes and shingles are made of wood, they will require more care and attention than other types of roofing materials.

Cedar Roof FAQs

  • What’s the cost of a new cedar roof in Northern Virginia?

    The price is going to depend on whether you choose cedar shake or cedar shingles, as well as the size of your home. An average range for installing cedar shingles on a 3,000 square foot home is $10,000 to $16,000.

  • What is it made from?

    Cedar roofing materials are made from – you guessed it, cedar! They really do come from trees. Cedar trees are very durable, making them great roofing materials.

  • Does it cost more than regular asphalt shingles?

    Yes, but for many homeowners, the natural look and durability make cedar roofing worth the investment.

  • How many years will a cedar roof last?

    Roof construction plays a major role in determining the lifespan of cedar roofs and will maximize the life of cedar products. With proper installation and maintenance, your cedar roof will last up to 25 years.

  • What is the most durable cedar material?

    Western red cedar is the most resistant to rot and decay. It has one of the longest lifespans of all North American softwood cedar trees.

Want to learn more? Get a free estimate scheduled with our expert cedar roofing professionals. We’d love to help you transform your house into a home!



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