Your Guide to Synthetic Cedar Roofing

Mar 25, 2023Blog, Cedar Roofing, Great Bend, Synthetic Cedar Roofs

Cedar roofing is an attractive option when it comes to roofing materials. The natural appearance sets the home apart from others on the block with a classy curb appeal. Synthetic cedar is an excellent option for many reasons, rather than its natural counterpart. 

Synthetic (or composite) cedar shake roofing is made of recycled materials or an engineered polymer designed to mimic a natural cedar shake roof. They have beautiful realistic grain patterns and deep grooves to make them look just like real cedar shake shingles. 

Each piece of material is made individually, granting more variance to the pieces through a non-uniform style. In addition, synthetic cedar will not suffer the same wear and tear that natural shake would, allowing you to enjoy your roof’s look for longer. 

What are some of the differences between natural and synthetic cedar roofing? Are there benefits to synthetic over natural? 

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It is necessary to have professional roofers install synthetic or natural cedar roofing material. If done incorrectly, the differently sized pieces can open up your home to gaps and leaks, potentially creating future complications. Shull Roofing in Great Bend is qualified and skilled to properly install this roofing material to create a water-tight and secure surface. 


Synthetic cedar roofing has a longer lifespan than natural cedar roofing because it offers a high impact rating. It offers resistance to impact from hail, winds, and other disasters. This alone makes this type of roofing material one of the longest-lasting materials on the market. Some synthetic shake roofs offer a Class 4 Impact Rating which means they can withstand the impact of a 2-inch diameter sized hail. 


Natural cedar shake shingles are a naturally occurring material, therefore it is difficult for manufacturers to warranty this product. Synthetic cedar, however, can come with a material warranty. It length of the warranty depends on the manufacturer. This is a great topic to discuss with Shull Roofing when considering a synthetic cedar roof. 


Choosing a synthetic cedar material over natural is a huge cost saving! A new synthetic cedar roof can cost around $14 to $18 per square foot, whereas a natural cedar roof is almost double the cost. Either material is a huge investment, however, the cost savings between the two are obvious. 


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Natural cedar can rot, crack and curl as they age creating a weathered, worn, and unkempt look on a roof. Not only can the weather create aging, but the sun’s UV rays can cause them to fade quicker. Synthetic cedar roofing will remain lovely for years considering it is a material made from recycled materials and the composition will not alter. They stand up well against heavy rains, strong winds, and other severe weather conditions. Insects are not a problem for synthetic cedar either. 


Synthetic material is a fireproof product with a UL Class A Fire Rating, which is the highest fire rating a construction product can earn. It takes longer for this material to catch fire and also minimizes the ability for the fire to spread. 

Shull Roofing in Great Bend is ready to assist with a lovely new synthetic cedar roof.  From start to finish, we value your roof with the care it deserves. Our roofing installers are licensed, insured, and properly trained for the installation of all roofing materials. 

At the end of the day, we are not satisfied until you are! You can count on us for a beautiful new roof!