Wood shake roofs, or cedar roofs, are generally known for their longevity, high performance, and aesthetic value. This makes them a very common choice for Folsom homeowners. Wood shake roof leaks, however, tend to be a fairly common problem a good number of homeowners experience. If you have noticed a leak in your cedar roof, you should know that Folsom wood shake repair is generally affordable and very easy to find. If you would like to attempt a repair job on your own however, this is possible, and we will show you how. If you don’t yet have any major leaks, you should devote some time and effort to good maintenance of your wood shake roof. With good maintenance, a wood shake roof will last for 20-30 years or more.
Why Continual Repair & Maintenance Is Required
Wood naturally tends to attract water, and each time it rains, your wood shakes will swell. When the sun comes out again, the shakes will dry up and shrink. This cycle of swelling and shrinking causes wood shakes to split. When this happens, the sun will eventually burn through the shake leaving the underlayment or interlayment exposed. Generally, most wood shake repairs will consist of replacements to broken or split shakes, along with installation of wood shims in the keyways in order to protect the exposed felt. Keeping debris off your roof will help to prevent water from collecting due to blockages. This will help prevent rapid degradation of wood shakes, and will help prolong the lifespan of a wood shake roof. This and other general maintenance tips, as shared below, will help prevent major damage to your wood shake roof: 1. Trim overhanging branches Trees that are close enough to your house to drop pine needles or leaves on your roof, could be troublesome and should be trimmed regularly. Tree droppings such as leaves and pine needles can trap moisture which may cause the growth of algae and moss. These in turn can weaken the integrity of your wood shakes and lead to leaks. 2. Ventilate the attic adequately As just noted, moisture is generally bad for your roof, and should generally be avoided in or around your wood shake roof. This means ensuring that your attic stays well ventilated throughout the year. 3. Install strips of zinc or copper as ridge caps Rainwater reacts with copper or zinc to create a solution that makes it harder for things like moss, mold, etc. to grow. If you notice any moss or mold, scrape them off and scrub the shakes with a solution of 1-quart household bleach, 1-ounce detergent, and 3 quarts of warmwater.
DIY Wood Shake Shingle Repair
You won’t always need to call in a professional to take care of your wood shake repairs. Sometimes you will be able to do it yourself, particularly if you have some experience of working with roofs. Minor wood shake damage is easy to repair particularly if you follow the tips contained in this simple guide. However, if you do not know what you are doing there is a risk of doing even more damage to your roof. Also, working on roofs may be dangerous, and not everyone should attempt it. If you have the skill and experience to attempt a DIY job, however, these tips will be useful: Before you get started: Accessing your roof must be done safely and with caution. Using a chicken ladder, ascend to the part of the roof than needs repairs. You will need some specialized tools and equipment to work effectively on wood shake roofs. Here is a list of some of the tools that you will need: ● Hammer ● Chisel ● Hacksaw ● Electrical tape ● Tape measure ● Replacement shingles or shakes ● Galvanized roofing nails ● Coping saw ● Vise ● Nail set ● Caulking compound Step 1. Split damaged shakes Using the hammer and chisel, split apart the damaged shake. In doing this, you must take care not to do any damage to the surrounding shakes. As shakes are not flexible, you will not be able to pry out the nails from them in order to extract the split pieces of the damaged shake. Instead, you may need to use a hacksaw to cut off the nail heads as far down as possible. Step 2. Measure the gap Once the damaged shake has been extracted, cut a new shake that measures approximately three-eighths of an inch less than the length of the gap. This needs to be done to allow for the swelling of the new shake once it comes in contact with water. Step 3: Install a new shake. Insert the new shake. Nail the new shake down in two places using galvanized nails. Step 4: Set the nail heads and apply the caulking compound to seal them.
How much does it cost to repair wood shake roofs?
A professional wood shake repair job might cost about $60 per hour but this figure may vary depending on the specifics of the job. A number of factors may affect the cost of your wood shingle repair job including the square footage and pitch of the roof, complexity, type of material, as well as your home’s geographic location.
How to find the best cedar roof repair service near me?
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