Western Red Cedar Shingles

Go Green, Go Shingle
WRceder1One issue that is of utmost importance for Choise Roofing is the environment and its preservation. Some people believe that using wood substitutes, such as steel, aluminium, plastic and concrete, will help protect our forests.  But we cannot grow more steel, aluminium, plastic or concrete.  These materials are mined or extracted from the Earth, never to be replaced.

Every time we use these products, we are diminishing the Earth’s ability to sustain us.  Western Red Cedar roofing and siding, however, is made from a resource that can be planted, harvested and planted again and again.

As an Approved Installer and an Affiliate Member of the Cedar Shakes & Shingle Bureau (CSSB) Choise Roofing believes environmental sustainability, in regards to Western Red Cedar Shingles, (WRCS) takes on four major aspects;

  • Sustainable material sourcing
  • The carbon footprint impact of installation
  • The long term environmental benefits, and
  • End of life disposal

Sustainable Material Sourcing
Western Red Cedar Shingles are by far the most natural and sustainable product to use on your roof as it is harvested off the land to create a roof covering.  However, this is only true if the Western Red Cedar Shingles are harvested and sourced responsibly.  Choise Roofing’s Canadian Western Red Cedar Shingles suppliers have been rigorously tested by the CSSB and are certified sustainable Blue Label® shingles suppliers.

Carbon footprint of installation
Installation of Western Red Cedar Shingles is an age old trade and to this day still uses minimal mechanised construction.  “Compared to wood construction, steel and concrete embody and consume 12% and 20% more energy, emit 15% and 29% more greenhouse gases, release 10% and 12% more pollutants into the air and generate 300% and 225% more water pollutants” (Source:  Canadian Wood Council, Quick Facts-Sustainable Building Series, Sheet 4, Life Cycle of WOOD Products)

Add the fact that whilst trees grow they absorb carbon dioxide, cleaning the air we breathe.  When Western Red Cedar Shingles are harvested they ‘lock in’ that carbon, which would otherwise be released into the environment.  It turns out that Western Red Cedar Shingles are CARBON NEGATIVE.

copperflashingLong Term Environmental Benefits
Western Red Cedar Shingles Roofing acts as a Solar Heatshield reflecting the suns hot rays throughout the summer and keeping the warmth through the winter months.

Wood has 413 times the thermal resistivity (R-value) of steel, 2000 times that of aluminium and 8 times that of concrete.  (Source: Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau, Energy Conserving, Sheet 2, Make the Green Choice and be Environmentally Responsible…)

Consequently, wood roofing and siding helps reduce the amount of energy needed to heat and cool your home. This saves you money, the environment as well as reducing your heating and cooling energy requirements and carbon footprint.

End of Life Disposal
Wood is biodegradable.  When wood is no longer usable, it can be readily absorbed back into the Earth with no environmental harm. Wood fibres turn into non-toxic dirt and enrich the soil as they decompose.  To go one step further, Shingles which have completed their life cycle on your roof can also be made into mulch or other garden products.

 The Choice is Wood
 A Renewable Source

  • High Insulation Value – Low Energy Costs
  • Pressure-Impregnated Fire Retardant Lasts a Lifetime
  • Pressure Preservative Treatment Guards Against Decay
  • Protects the Environment – EnviroSmart®
  • Aesthetically Pleasing – Lasting Value
  • Warranty/ Guarantee Available
  • Survives 200 kph Hurricane Force Winds
  • Withstands Pounding Hail Storms
  • Highly Resilient in Earthquakes
A Greener Way Certi-label™
cedar shakes
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Other roof materials
Recyclable

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Manufactured from renewable sources

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No costly landfill disposal fees at end of product life

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Product stores carbon, helping our air

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Resource cleans our air through photosynthesis

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Does not consume resources such as petrochemicals and ores being mined or pumped from the earth

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Life Cycle Analysis is available

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Life Cycle Analysis shows good results

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