Posted on August 6, 2013
Few things match the style and beauty of a shake roof. This roofing option is especially popular in the Northwest. If you are thinking about a shake roof for your home, there are some things that you should consider before finalizing your decision. The price, appearance, longevity, and energy efficiency are all things to look at before deciding on any roofing material, including wood shakes.
Shakes are handcrafted from natural wood, unlike wood shingles, which are made on a machine. Handmade shakes have a more distinctive, old-fashioned appearance to them due to the differences in cutting the wood. There are many different types of wood used to produce shakes. The most popular is cedar, but pine and redwood are also used. If you need a fire-resistant roofing option, ask about wood shakes that have a factory-added coating to make them more resistant to fire.
A well-installed shake roof can last longer than a laminate composite roof. Some cedar roofs can last 30 to 40 years, if you take care of them and have regular inspections. If you need inspections or replacements, you can contact us for them. Ideally, you should get a roof look-over twice every year to prevent larger problems. The inspection typically looks for missing or broken shakes or any other problems.
You can call for a roof inspection before your biannual one if you suspect that you have a roof leak, as evidenced by water spots on the ceiling, peeling paint or wallpaper, or other signs of water damage. Another way to ensure your shake roof’s longevity is to keep trees from shading the roof. This prevents shady spots where mold and algae can grow and rot the wood. It also lessens the chances that a tree limb will fall on your roof, causing more serious damage.
Air circulation is important to prevent mold and mildew around your roof. Wood shakes have a small gap below the felt. This gap is desirable and helps to lengthen the life of your roof. You will also notice that the wood shakes help to insulate your attic. Whether the weather is warm or cold, extra attic insulation is always a good thing because it keeps your attic from swinging to temperature extremes and affecting how it feels inside the house. Just because the wood shakes add insulation, that does not mean that you can neglect having proper attic insulation. Having both on your home will save you on your heating and cooling bills by making your home more energy-efficient.
If you are interested in putting a wood shake roof on your home and are interested in how much it will cost, contact us at Hayes Roofing for a written estimate. We will provide the estimate usually the day after the looking over your roof to determine the price it will cost for installation, wooden shakes, and cleanup of the installation materials. To reach us from North Snohomish County, please call: (425) 348-4145. The phone number to use from South Snohomish County is: (425) 778-0935.