The average roof lasts 15-20 years before needing to be replaced, and that’s if it is chemically treated to withstand weather conditions in that area. It can be difficult to find roofing options that are attractive, durable and can stand the test of time and the elements. This is especially true in harsher climates where extremes of heat and humidity are common. In the past, many people have chosen cedar shingles, but a better choice exists with Turada hardwood shingles.
Turada shingles are made from the Wallaba tree which is native to northern Brazil and the Guianas. The trees are sustainably harvested specifically for use in the construction and roofing industry. What makes the Wallaba tree wood so special is the oily resin it produces. The resin makes the wood, and therefore the shingles, naturally resistant to moisture, insects and decay. This means that, unlike cedar, Wallaba shingles require no chemical treatment, making them a more environmentally friendly roofing option.
A side-by-side comparison reveals that traditional cedar shingles have an average lifespan of 10-20 years if they are chemically treated, while Wallaba shingles can last more than 40 years with no chemical treatment. Wallaba shingles also maintain their beauty as over the years the rich, dark reddish brown color turns a beautiful silver, whereas cedar shingles become a dirty gray. As an added benefit, the silver color of Wallaba reflects sunlight to help keep the home cool.
The durability of Turada Wallaba shingles is further reflected in its natural resistance to fire as well as its ability to withstand a category five hurricane. Cedar shingles are only fire resistant when chemically treated and have a significantly lower hardness factor making them more susceptible to damage from extreme weather conditions. You can protect your home for years to come by learning more about Turada hardwood shingles from our team! Contact us to learn more.