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Enviroslate® is a composite roofing product that is designed to authentically replicate the look of natural slate roofing. Predominantly all of the materials (95%) used in Enviroslate are reclaimed materials. Enviroshake Inc. has developed a superior composite blend and formulation used to create the company’s signature roofing products. The proprietary formulation and manufacturing process results in a product that is has enhanced durability, longevity, and performance. Enviroslate is not susceptible to mold, mildew, fungus, rot or insect infestation. It is also hail resistant and can withstand severe weather conditions and temperature fluctuations and extremes. Enviroslate can be installed more efficiently than natural slate, and once installed is maintenance free. Enviroshake Inc. products will retain their physical properties and look for decades, and are even sold with a lifetime warranty that is and fully transferable within the first 50 years for residential projects, and a 50 year warranty for commercial projects.
What You Need to Know About Shake Roof Cost
While choosing a roofing material to replace your roof or selecting the roof of your new home, there are many diverse roofing materials to consider. Composite synthetic cedar shakes are one of the best and perhaps more attractive alternatives available. Roofing using cedar shakes has been commonplace throughout history, and is still a popular choice today. Shake roofing complements a variety of architectural styles, in particular colonial, Nantucket, and other more traditional architectural styles. The unique rustic appeal, and natural look cedar represents a symbol of heritage and exclusivity, making it a popular style amongst owners of period homes who want to preserve their architectural charm.
It’s true that, over time, cedar shakes, because they are a natural material, will weather and turn a silvery gray colour, and then darken further as they deteriorate. Simply stated, cedar deteriorates as a result of exposure to moisture, freeze-thaw, UV, and salt spray, leading to related issues such as mold, mildew, decay, curling, warping and cracking shakes, which all require ongoing maintenance, and ultimately replacement.
Cost of Shake Roofing
Depending on geography, and the grade and type of cedar that you have installed, a typical shake roof will cost about $7-$10 for every square foot installed. This equates to an approximate upfront installation cost of about $35,000 for a 4,000 sq foot roof. It is important to remember that you will also typically need to purchase around 15-20% of extra material to account for the upfront waste of unusable shakes, and installation cuts and wastage. Sadly, these are unavoidable and relatively common. For those homeowners living in neighborhoods that are prone to fire, you may also want to purchase pressure-treated shakes, to achieve some level of fire resistance, as this is a natural vulnerability of these types of roofing solutions. In addition, proper cedar shake installation requires the use of specific underlayment & nails, cedar breathers, and zinc strips. If your roof deck, rafters, or valley and eave metal are damaged or rotten, replacement or repair might be required, which can also increase the initial installed cost. Additional cost drivers when it comes to replacement or repair of shake roofs include the height, slope, complexity and size of your roof. These are just a few of the cost related factors that you need to take into account when planning your cedar shake roof.
Wood Shakes: Lifetime Cost and Comparison
Wood shakes have a significant lifetime cost compared to composite and synthetic roofing shingles. In order to maintain the appearance and be resistant to weather and age related deterioration, natural cedar must be topically treated, repaired and maintained at least every five years, but in some cases as often as annually. If looks alone were everything, wood shakes are undoubtedly a great choice, but that’s just part of the story, and in our experience, if you want a good value roofing solution, then true lifetime cost must be considered.
Being critical when it comes to making decisions on the kind of roofing to use, and considering both the regular maintenance and work you are willing to do yourself, and can afford, will help to ascertain the kind of shake roofing that will best service and suit your home and your own lifestyle. Essentially, if long term costs, maintenance and erratic weather are a concern in addition to the desired aesthetic of wood-shakes, then no doubt about it, composite roofing is absolutely the way to go. What’s more, Enviroshake offer a wide range of products that can mimic most kinds of natural wood shakes, and shingles, which means that whatever look you prefer, and whatever level of aesthetic ‘ageing’ you would like to achieve, we will have a product that can fulfil your requirements.
Colour: Enviroshake Inc. is pleased to offer various color options to emulate a natural cedar roof. Enviroshake is available in classic silvered cedar, aged cedar, or multi tone. All Enviroshake products will weather, and as with cedar, there will be slight variations in shading and thickness of the shakes, giving the product a natural look on the roof.
Contour: The exposed surface is striated for the first 10” up from the butt end on Enviroshake, and the first 6″ up from the butt end on Enviroshingle, and is flat and smooth to the tapered end of both products. The underside of the shake is flat with hollow ribbed recesses. The butt ends are uniform in appearance.
Dimensions: Enviroshake® comes in widths of 12”, (pre-molded 4”- 8”, 8”- 4” and 6”- 6” profiles) each with a length of 20”. Each shake is tapered and measures approximately ½” at the butt end and narrows to approximately 1/8” (resembling a taper-sawn cedar shake). The shakes are bundled with white or green strapping bearing the Enviroshake® script, labeled, and shrink-wrapped on skids (7 square/70 bundles per skid) for shipping. Each bundle contains 13 pieces of varied profiles. There are 10 bundles to a “Square”. Ridge caps are a 12” wide one-piece shake, custom formed to the specification of the roof slope and are packaged in bundles of 10 pieces using white or green strapping bearing the Enviroshake® script.
Enviroshingle® comes in widths of 20”, (2 pre-molded profiles) each with a length of 12”. Each shingle measures approximately 5/16” at the butt end. The shingles are bundled with white or green strapping bearing the Enviroshake® Inc. script, labeled, and shrink-wrapped on skids (7 square/70 bundles per skid) for shipping. Each bundle contains 14 pieces of varied profiles. There are 10 bundles to a “Square”. Ridge caps are a 12” wide one-piece shingle, custom formed to the specification of the roof slope and are packaged in bundles of 10 pieces using white or green strapping bearing the Enviroshake® Inc. script.
Enviroshake/Enviroslate Coverage: 1 square covers 100 square feet at a 9″ exposure. The minimum slope is 2/12. The maximum exposure is 9”. There is no limit on the maximum slope. Installing Enviroshake at a 7” exposure add 18% more material.
Enviroshingle Coverage: 1 square covers 100 square feet at a 5″ exposure. The minimum slope is 2/12. The maximum exposure is 5”. There is no limit on the maximum slope.
Installation: Normal code requirements must be applied regarding material standards, fastening, and flashing at intersections when installing Enviroshake® Inc. roof covering in a roof covering system. The use of a synthetic underlayment eliminates the need for interweaving between courses. Regular 1 1/2” (minimum) galvanized or non-corrosive roofing nails may be used: Stainless steel nails are recommended. We recommend using a power nailer with coated coil nails. Always refer to the Enviroshake® Inc. Installation Guides as the reference document and prior to starting any installation.
Weight: Enviroshake and Enviroshingle weigh 260 lbs per Square.