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Cedar and Wood Shingles

Some homeowners opt for unique designs and materials for the roofing. Cedar shingles, often also referred to as cedar shakes, are sometimes chosen for their combination of endurance and performance. While they come at a cost premium, they provide certain benefits that aren’t possible when using traditional asphalt materials.


  • Cedar shingles (machined look) and shakes (raw cut look) are typically cut thick and offer good thermal insulation.
  • Manufacturers claim wood and cedar shingles provide up to two times more insulation value compared to asphalt shingles.
  • With proper care and maintenance they can last years longer than more traditional shingle materials.
  • Stains can be applied to change the look and to better color match siding.

Adding Solar

Mounting solar atop cedar and wood shingle roofs requires similar procedures as other shingle materials:

  • Local codes and Home Owners Association rules must be reviewed where applicable to make sure installing solar on cedar shingles is permitted.
  • Southern Light Solar uses extra caution to make sure the installation activities are gentle and avoid any potential damage to the uniquely fragile cedar
    shingles themselves and especially to the typical under-layment. This maintains the integrity of every roof’s water barrier over time.
  • It is best to ensure an existing cedar shingle roof is fully up to date for weather resistance maintenance and inspected for age.
  • Anchoring the solar energy system to the underlying roof support structure is mandatory.
  • The necessary anchoring penetrations are easily sealed using time-tested flashing methods or UV-resistant sealants.

Mounting Solar Panels on Cedar and Wood Shingle Roofs

Homes and structures covered with cedar shingles are typically pitched and not flat. The degree and style of roof pitch depends on the architectural effect targeted. Solar panel racking and mounting systems are designed with this in mind.

Southern Light Solar follows best practices both in selecting and installing solar panel mounting and racking hardware on all shingle roofs.

By designing with components from reputable and proven manufacturers such as IronRidge, among others, we are assuring our customers that years of experience is working for them.

More than choosing the best mounting hardware, a good installer must establish a dependable practice to install and fasten everything for years of reliable service.

  • Use effective techniques to locate rafters below the asphalt shingles and under-layment;
  • Follow roofing council guidelines that ensure anchor bolts are properly placed including drilling and creating pilot holes when needed;
  • Size and install flashing within each asphalt shingle manufacturers recommendations;
  • Use the highest integrity sealing materials and methods.