Cedar shake roofs and other wood shake roofs are popular for their unique appeal.
Regular maintenance undoubtedly helps extend the lifespan of wood shake roofs. Here are the answers to some common questions about wood shake roofing.
What is the average lifespan of a wood shake roof?
High quality cedar shake roofs, if properly maintained, usually last for more than 20 years. Ideally, you should get the roof inspected and maintained after every two to four years. The requirement for maintenance may vary depending on weather conditions in a particular year.
How are wood shake roofs maintained?
If your wood shake roof is more than 10 years old, you should get the inspection of your wood shake shingles done every two years. Excessive exposure to sun and rain may start to damage your wood shake roof gradually. With time, the wood shingles will likely start to show signs of wear and tear and may even develop burn outs. These burn outs may slowly develop cracks, holes, or leaks in the wood shingles.
If you notice any such signs of decay, you should seek professional help immediately. Professionals will replace the worn shingles with new ones to help make your roof more resistant to sun and rain. This is why you should get your roof inspected for any burn outs or other problems. Another common problem is coming out of wood ridge caps. Your roofing company may recommend that you have the caps replaced or reorganized. Existing shingles should be checked regularly for any signs of burn outs.
What is the cost of repairing a wood shake roof?
Depending on the age and quality of your wood shingles, the cost of repair may vary considerably. The position of your roof also matters. If your roof is located under shade, it is less likely to get damaged due to sun or rain. However, direct sunlight or frequent rainfall on the roof may make it wear and tear quickly. In general, around 100-200 shingles are required to replace a roof completely. The cost of installing every new bundle of shingles may vary depending on certain factors, such as the difficulty level of the task.
What are the steps to take to prevent burn outs and the need for maintenance?
It is almost impossible to prevent normal wear and tear in your wood shake roofs due to exposure to sun and rain. If the weather conditions in your area are extreme, your wood shake roof is exposed to a higher risk of damage. However, regular maintenance can help you delay the effects of wear and tear or burn outs.