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What is the life span of a cedar shake roof in Kentlands?

What is the life span of a cedar shake roof in Kentlands?


Dolores and I live in the Kentlands community in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  One of the original design requirements for all of the homes was a cedar shake roof.  Most of the home buyers thought that the cedar shake roofs would have a long life.

We are seeing many of the roofs being replaced on homes that are less than twenty years old.  One of the concerns of home sellers is that the home inspector will recommend a new roof even when there has be no experience with leaks. 

The replacement of a cedar shake roof is a major cost item. We plan to replace the roof on our home before we list it for sale.


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Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

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Comment balloon 16 commentsRoy Kelley • April 08 2018 08:05PM


Thank you for the information. I do not know the life span of cedar shake roofs

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 6 months ago

Good morning, Roy. I don't think I've ever seen a cedar shake roof... and they wouldn't be a good idea in my area where termites can always be a danger. 

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) 6 months ago

Good morning Roy - they are certainly beautiful roofs.  I am not family with the maintenance that goes with them.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 6 months ago

Good morning Roy. They usually have a long life, but replacement is very costly. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 6 months ago

Good morning Roy.  In our area more and more insurance companies are refusing to insure cedar shake roofs.  

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 6 months ago

Roy, that does sound like it will cost you a bit to replace your roof.  Nice homes!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 6 months ago

Roy, cedar shake roofs are beautiful but, you're right. They're expensive. Very smart to replace yours before selling your home. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 6 months ago

We have quite a few along the coast. Not many around me. I do love the look of them Roy

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 6 months ago

Good morning, Roy Kelley I can understand the shorter life of a cedar shake....they require more maintenance....and they ARE more labor intense to apply....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 6 months ago

I love the appearance of cedar shake, but they sure do require a lot of maintenance. Wish I could replace our shingles with the Tesla Tile the looks and the solar energy would be a wonderful addition. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 6 months ago

Roofs are a concern for buyers when purchasing a home. Smart idea to replace yours before you decide to sell...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 6 months ago

I like the look of cedar shake roofs, but we don't have many of them out here.  We mainly have tile and shingles and usually get somewhere between 20-30 years out of them.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 6 months ago

We have some subdivisions here that required cedar shake and most Sellers we have had with them, have them regularly sealed and ahakes replaced as needed/ 

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 6 months ago

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

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