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Finding the right wood roofing for your home has never been easier.

Guardian Exteriors– Top Rated Wood Roof Contractor

When it comes to wood roof contractors, Milwaukee homeowners choose Guardian Exteriors. Our reputation, ratings, and homeowner support speak volumes.

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Benefits of Wood Roofing

Unsurpassed beauty

Naturally insect and UV ray resistant

Energy efficient

Adds value to your home

Original “Green” Eco-Friendly building product

Resistant to damage from storms

Wind & impact resistant

Handsplit & Resawn

Tapersawn Shakes


The Truth About Wood & Cedar Roofs

Here’s what Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau has to say about wood and cedar roofs:

Cedar shakes and shingles have been used for hundreds of years. They have proven their longevity in actual weather conditions, in all types of climates. Cedar shakes and shingles contain oils that make them naturally decay resistant. Cedar’s insulative quality, aesthetic appeal, and wind and impact resistance make cedar shakes and shingles the natural choice for your roofing and siding material.


Cedar shake and shingle roofs have long been tested, and approved, as being highly wind resistant. As far back as 1952, the CSSB (Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau) conducted tests at the University of Wichita. At that time, the strongest wind that could be artificially produced was generated by an airplane engine reaching a wind speed of 136 mph. CSSB member products withstood that wind speed and passed the test.

Category 3-5 hurricanes wreak havoc on even the strongest built communities. Through structural damage assessment, the insurance industry has recognized the need for better buildings, and has developed the Fortified…for safer living® program. This program advocates building stronger, better constructed homes that go beyond basic building code requirements.

Wind Resistance Test Results are Outstanding

In 2004, CSSB member cedar shakes and shingles underwent the UL-1897 (fourth edition) “Uplift Test for Roof Covering Systems” with exemplary results of 90 PSF (173 MPH) for CSSB member shingles and 180 PSF (245 MPH) for CSSB member shakes.


Cedar roofing is very resistant to hail damage. Impact resistance testing shows minimal impact on CSSB member handsplit and resawn shakes, tapersawn shakes and shingles. Typical hail sizes are shown in the diagram to the right.

CSSB member shakes and shingles have withstood the impacts of 2” diameter steel balls when dropped from a 20 foot height as per UL-2218 test standards. UL-2218 is the standard impact resistance test used by all products in the roofing industry.

As a result, CSSB member manufacturers can offer Class 3 and Class 4 designations. Class 4 is the highest impact resistance rating one can obtain. Moreover, the impact resistance ratings in the UL-2218 test standard are the same for all products, regardless of type. Class 4 is Class 4 is Class 4, whether one is discussing cedar, asphalt, metal, tile or other roofing materials. The standards are the same. Even better, it’s simple to replace a few shakes or shingles with no requirement for matching color lots or concern about chipping or peeling of surface coatings.

Here’s a Better Way to Buy Wood Roofing, & why Salespeople are absolutely NOT needed.

The first thing that needs to happen is a complete evaluation of the current problems that you, the homeowner, are trying to solve with your new roof. Do you have leaks? Are you experiencing ice-damns during the winter? Are you looking for a simple cosmetic replacement? Etc.

It is important that you and the roofing company you hire are both on the same page as to what you want to accomplish with your new roof. You want to avoid the all-too-common pitfall of a homeowner spending thousands of dollars on a new roof, only to end up with the exact same problem that they had before replacing the roof.

The fact of the matter is that you may not even need new a new roof!

A thorough inspection will reveal the true cause of the problem that you are trying to fix.

Once a thorough examination has been completed, then it’s time to move to the next logical step.

Now that you and the company that you are considering for your roofing have a complete understanding of exactly what needs to be accomplished, you can start discussing options.

At Guardian, we take the time to thoroughly cover all of the options available to you that is guaranteed to fix the problem that you are wanting addressed regarding your roof. We represent all of the major manufacturers so we simply guide you through the process of choosing the correct roofing products for your home that fixes your problems and fits within your budget.

You are in control of choosing the exact options that you want for your home. With us as a resource, we help you to design and build your project.

We understand that typical homeowners aren’t roofing experts. Additionally, we know that it is almost impossible to find reliable information about what homeowners need to know when buying roofing for their home.

At Guardian, we take the time to thoroughly answer any and all questions that you may have regarding your current situation, what is happening, why it’s happening, and what needs to be done to fix the problem. Options will be presented to you along with an explanation of how the combination of options address the main concerns that you want fixed with your roof.

More importantly, we take the time to provide you with important information regarding your rights as a
homeowner in Wisconsin.

First and foremost, the people who work at Guardian are homeowners. We are simply doing the right thing in ensuring that you understand your rights. We know that helping you to understand your rights will provide you with the most protection possible against unscrupulous contractors. After all, if we were in your shoes, that’s what we would want.

Now it’s time to confirm the choices that you’ve made for your home. Because of the previous steps, you are now significantly more educated and informed about your specific needs and goals. This clear understanding allows us to have a comfortable, respectful, non-confrontational, and intelligent conversation about the possible solutions for your home. We will go over every single line item of your proposal in detail to ensure that you understand everything. We will take the time necessary to go answer and questions that you may have and address and concerns.

You can then take the proposal along with all other paperwork and review it at your leisure. The price is the price and there is no special price that’s “only good for today.” You can ask more questions, discuss different options, and continue to become intimately familiar with every piece of information presented to you so that you gain the comfort and trust needed to know that you are making the right decision for you and your family.

We have formed strategic partnerships with several trusted financial institutions to provide direct & personalized access to a variety of payment and finance options. We will show you what those options are so that you can make the decision that’s best for you.