Outside of caves being used as shelter, wood in the form or sticks, twigs, and branches have been human’s go-to roofing material since the advent of humans. As one of the most readily available and easily accessible natural renewable resources, wood is strong, durable, can be shaped, and is available in long sheets perfect for roofing material. Brett Hayse Exterior Specialists in Gainesville is Georgia’s Premier Roofing Company. As your residential and multi-family roofing experts, we will install, repair, and maintain your home’s roof. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at wooden roofs. Contact us today for a free roofing estimate!


Wood was an easy to procure construction material. Requiring the simplest of tools, wooden shingles and roofing have been popular in the United States since colonial times. Lightweight and thin, early wooden shingles were all sawed by hand, making them a bit irregular in appearance and implementation. Steam-powered sawmills changed shingle making in the early 19th century. Slate, tile, and sheet metal roofs saw an increase in popularity, especially in places such as big cities where wooden roofs were banned because of a fire hazard. However, wooden shingles never lost their appeal.


Wooden roofs and shingles today maintain their Old World charm and are beautiful on buildings. Modern wooden roofs are thicker than their predecessors and are now treated with fire-resistant coatings. Durable and requiring less maintenance, modern wooden roofs still appeal to those looking for a more rustic, outdoorsy look. Some benefits of wooden roofing materials, such as cedar, are:

  • Incredibly energy-efficient, more so than asphalt shingles
  • Resistant to strong winds and other storms involving heavy rains and snow
  • Eco-friendly roofing material
  • Ages to a beautiful silver tone that really can’t be replicated
  • Long-lasting
  • Easy to maintain

Wooden shingles are more expensive than asphalt shingles and do require more maintenance. Despite wooden shingles being treated for fire-resistance, if a fire does incur, odds are your wooden roof will sustain more damage than other roofing materials. Wooden roofs are one of the rarest roofing types. For this reason alone, wooden roofs can be appealing to some looking to make an impression.


Brett Hayse Exterior specialists is hands-down the best roofing company in Atlanta. With a reputation of superior craftsmanship and expertise, Brett Hayse Exterior Specialists offers up the best residential repair, installation, and maintenance of your roof and multi-family unit. When you partner with us, you’re getting an amazing asphalt roofing product that will stand the test of time. We offer warranties on all of our work and the asphalt shingles themselves are warrantied. We understand roofing repairs and residential roofing installation can be pricey, so we’ve partnered with a finance company to help alleviate the cost of a new residential roof. We want to exceed your expectations for your roofing installation or roofing maintenance every step of the way. Contact us today for a free residential roofing estimate!