07 Aug

The Million Year Old Cedar Shingle Roof...

Once upon a time... there was a young man in New Jersey who wanted to put new cedar shingles on his roof. He always loved the look of it, and the last one served his family well. It had lasted 25 years. Wanting to maintain the memories of his old family home, he looked on the new inter-web to research the subject and to see if he could find any better pricing than his local dealers. The lumber yards didn't know much about the products and their stock looked a little rough. On top of that, they were charging a small fortune.  

As the story goes, he came across and decided to give them a call. They sounded like they knew what they were talking about. After the first 5 minutes on the phone, all his questions were answered, he had a good idea of the cost and all that was involved. He said to himself, "Holy crap, that guy is a cedar shingle guru."

After exchanging a few emails, receiving a formal quote and couple more conversations the decision was made. "I am buying cedar shingles on the internet from a stranger 3500 miles away - and I am going to install them myself," he gulped...

Jumping ahead in the story, (the shipment and delivery went without a hitch) it was time to climb on the roof. He wanted to do it right, so with the New Roof Manual from the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau by his side, the nails started to be hammered in. 

He was a city boy but had always loved wood. The product selected for the job was the same as the original roof - Western Red Cedar Certigrade® No.1 Blue Label 18" Perfections. He was struck by the touch and feel of these beautiful old growth shingles.

As he hammered away in the sunshine, his mind wandered again and again to the wood. Then it hit him square in face. "Wait a minute," he paused. "All of these vertical lines on the shingles are the growth rings of tree. Look at them all. This shingle is 10 inches wide and there must be 200 growth rings. That means this shingle alone is 200 years old!"

He continued to ponder the numbers, "Let's see now... my roof is 2500 square feet and I bought 100 bundles of shingles to cover it. The grading rules say that each bundle has 635 lineal inches... 100 bundles multiplied by 635 inches means that I am nailing down 63,500 lineal inches of shingles on my roof - about 10,000 shingles." 

"Wow! If there are 20 annual growth rings across every inch of every shingle, my roof will have over one million growth rings... one million, two hundred and seventy thousand to be exact. My roof is over 1,000,000 years old." 

"Wow... that is wild. What an amazing thought. What an amazing natural product." 

"I love my roof," he smiled, and continued hammering.

Posted by Lloyd


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