Cedar shingle

Cedar Shingles Environmental Information

  • Cembrit Eastern White cedar shingles from Canada travel by maritime container just over 5,000Km to the UK from the port of Montreal, with container shipping being one of the most efficient means of transport available. Red cedar shingles originating in western Canada have a sailing distance three times more, 15,000Km!
  • The shingles light weight minimizes carbon foot print in all forms of shipping.
  • With shingles being a lightweight roofing option (~ 6kg/m2), there is no need for additional framing/timber to support the structure.
  • Eastern White cedar shingles correctly installed in properly ventilated roofs in even the harsh Canadian climate are documented lasting as much as 75-100 years.
  • Eastern White cedar shingles are harvested from well managed sources. The shingles do NOT come from 400 year old trees! Trees – depending on application - can be re- harvested in as little as 25 years.
  • Nothing goes to waste in the making of Cembrit Eastern White cedar shingles;
    • The top 6-10 feet (from 4” diameter) can be used for (fence) posts
    • The next section (depending on the length) will be used for timber planks/boards used in decking or weatherboarding
    • The thicker section including the foot of the tree is used for the manufacture of shingles and shims
    • Top grade (Knot-Free) grades are used in roofing
    • Lesser grades are used as wall cladding or roofing out buildings such as garden sheds
    • Even small pieces are used by carpenters for shimming (i.e. timber frame construction, doors and windows)
    • Production remnants; i.e. bark and cuttings are processed for use as garden mulch
  • Relatively little energy is used in the manufacture of Cedar shingles. Roofs made from steel, aluminum, plastic and concrete take many times more energy to produce than a cedar roof. 
  • Energy that is used in the manufacture of Cembrit cedar shingles is a product of a power grid fed by clean sustainable hydro-electric and wind turbine power.
  • Cedar shingle roofs have proven to be an excellent and compatible mounting surface for solar water heaters and photo-voltaic cell systems.
  • Cedar shingles are an excellent roof covering choice for those wishing to collect rain water for domestic non drinking usage.