Unionville’s Main St. is famous around Toronto and the GTA for its quaint architecture, fine restaurants and eclectic shops. If you’re familiar with Main St. and have visited recently, you may have noticed something different about one of its iconic buildings.
The historic McKay-Eckhardt House, which dates back to 1845 and is now home to the McKay Art Centre at 197 Main St., sports a new roof that changes the overall look and appeal of the house.
In a nod to its famous past, cedar shingles were used on the new roof instead of the more common asphalt shingles.
But the cedar shingles do more than improve the home’s appearance and add to its historic appeal.
In addition to its distinctive character, cedar roofing offers a number of benefits to any home.
1. Strength & Durability
Cedar is one of the strongest woods available. It responds well to cycles of freezing and thawing that damage other roofing materials. And it has a natural resistance to insects and sun exposure.
2. Weather Resistant
Cedar shingles stay flat in high winds, which reduces the chance of moisture getting in under the shingles. Naturally water-resistant, moisture literally just rolls off cedar. Even dents from hail or debris disappear as the wood returns to its natural shape.
3. Environmentally Friendly
As a renewable resource, wood shingles are the most sustainable roofing material for your home. When it’s time to replace a cedar roof, the old shingles are completely biodegradable.
4. Energy Efficient
Another way that cedar shingles help the environment is by providing better insulation for your roof. Not only does it reduce the cost of heating and air conditioning your home, but it reduces your carbon footprint.
5. Versatile Appearance
While cedar has its own distinctive appearance, it can be finished in a number of ways, including with oil, stains and paint, to get the unique look you want for your home.
And if you’re looking for an example of what a cedar roof looks like, just head down Main St. in Unionville and check out the McKay Art Centre.