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Alaskan Yellow Cedar is the Best Roof Covering You’ve Never Heard Of

  • October 13, 2017
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Here at Renaissance Roofing, we utilize a wide variety of roofing materials, and always go the extra mile to educate our clients about their options when restoring their roof.  We evaluate the architectural style and surroundings of the home or building, as well as the expected maintenance demands.  One very compelling choice for those who appreciate the elegant look of natural wood is Alaskan Yellow Cedar (AYC).

Available in both shingles and shakes (shakes are thicker, more irregular, and have a rustic look),  AYC is still a relatively unknown material for most property owners.  Even calling it cedar is misleading, as these old-growth trees are actually members of the Cypress family.  Grown in the Pacific Northwest, the short growing seasons produce thinner growth rings, and this translates to a heavier, stronger and more durable alternative to Red Cedar.

Alaskan Yellow Cedar has the same ability to resist mold, insects and decay as traditional cedar, as the oils and tannins protect the wood as they are released over time.  In fact, boat builders have chosen AYC for centuries because of its exceptional resistance to weather elements.  The unique yellow color is also very attractive, and slowly turns to a silvery-gray patina as the decades pass.

Typically, after clients are introduced to these notable advantages, the topic soon turns to costs.  AYC is available at a comparable cost to Red Cedar, but can be expected to last significantly longer – making AYC the smart choice both aesthetically and economically.

If the natural beauty of Alaskan Yellow Cedar appeals to you, do not hesitate to consider it for your roof restoration!

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