WOOD SHAKE ROOFING
As the leading wood shake roofing contractor in the San Francisco Bay Area region, Advantage Roofing Inc has the experience and skillset needed to install a beautiful new wood shake roof for your home. Our team can present you with all the options and ensure you get a wood shake roof that is both beautiful and durable.
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Cedar shakes and shingles have been used for hundreds of years. They have proven their longevity in actual weather conditions in all types of climates. Cedar shakes and shingles contain oils that make them naturally decay resistant. They offer a natural look with a lot of character. Because of variations like color, width, thickness, or cut of the wood, no two shake roofs will ever be the same.
Wood offers some energy benefits, too: it helps to insulate the attic, and it allows the house to breathe, circulating air through the small openings under the felt rows on which wooden shingles are laid.
Roof construction plays a major role in determining the lifespan of cedar roofs. Proper design is absolutely critical to ensure long-term roof integrity. Proper installation will help maximize the life of cedar products. A wood shake roof, however demands proper maintenance and repair, or it will not last as long as other products. Mold, rot, and insects can be a problem.
If your roof is shaded you may consider Zinc or copper strips nailed at the ridge cap, this is effective to control moss. Reaction between rain and the zinc or copper forms a mild solution that is carried down sections of the roof. Overhanging branches should be kept trimmed away from the roof. This will prevent leaves, small branches and other debris from building up and keeping the roof wet.
Cedar needs to breathe, and therefore needs to be kept clean. Do not allow leaves, branches or other debris to build up on the roof. Both surface areas and keyways (spaces between shakes and shingles) need to be kept clear. Ensure ventilation is available, year round. Areas with louvers, ridge vents, roof vents, and soffit vents need to be kept clear and never blocked off.
Adequate ventilation ensures that heat and moisture do not build up in the attic area. Adequate ventilation also prevents water from accumulating at the bottom of the roof and then freezing (ice damming).
For even longer life span, where climate is a factor pressure-impregnated preservative treated shakes and shingles should be installed. These products are ideal for areasof high humidity. In fact, the Cedar shake and Shingle Bureau recommends using these products in the bay area. The lifecycle cost of a shake roof may be high, and old shakes can't be recycled.