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Old 03-03-2010, 12:29 AM   #1
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Replacing Cedar Shingles


Our roof is about 30 yrs old, cedar shakes, that need replacing. We had squirrels chew right through the shakes. A roofer last year put metal pieces under and replaced the shakes that had holes in, and recommended a new roof. The squirrels are also coming in through gaps in the soffits. (I have live trapped more than 14 and relocated them far away, but they keep coming, as we live near the woods and have neighbors who feed the little...suckers.)

Should we replace the cedar roof with new cedar shakes, or switch to some other type of material, like steel/metal style roofing? If we switch from cedar, what kind of support is required underneath (currently have slats)? We want something that looks okay, but will hold up to squirrels, cold weather, ice damming, etc. Also, if we are putting on a new roof, is it wise to replace the soffits now? I am sure the squirrels have stuffed the eaves full, and would like them cleaned out as the pest control people told me they will keep trying to get in if they 'smell' other squirrels or food.

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Youve already had experience with cedar, and if you want more squirrels to choose your new roof, you can have cedar installed again. There are many different types of roofing shingles. From the basic 30 year architectual you see on majority of homes to high end designer shingles. Your roof deck itself will most likely need to have new plywood in order to guarantee a nail hits would when installing a shingle.

Yes, you might as well fix any problems with the soffit when the roof is getting done if you feel like there are problems with it.

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Squirrels only go through rotted cedar material.
A pressure treated shake or shingle does not rot.
They don't actually like the taste of the copper sulfate that is used for CCA treating of cedar products.
A heavier shake is very tough to pull up & most of us are using air nailers with hot dipped ring nails.
If you like the look try a 3/4" heavy resawn shake, they are also rated for 220 mile an hour winds(hurricanes) & hailstorms
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