One clear advantage a wood shake roof has over other types of roofing material is its durability and longevity. When properly installed by a professional like Safe Harbor Exteriors, cedar shakes can last up to 10 years longer than asphalt shingles. That said, while it’s true that wood shakes require less maintenance, that doesn’t mean you can forego professional inspections completely.
So, exactly how often do you need maintenance on a shake roof? What happens during a routine check? And, what are the signs you need to call in a contractor? Safe Harbor Exteriors answers all that and more in this list of frequently asked questions about maintaining and repairing cedar shakes.
How Frequently Do I Need Maintenance?
Most cedar shakes have a lifespan of about 30 to 40 years. This estimate depends on a lot of factors like the climate, the location and the amount of exposure your roof receives. Most roofers recommend having routine maintenance done at least once every 2 years to check for and replace damaged shakes, especially for roofs older than 10 years.
How Do Professionals Inspect Cedar Shake Roofing?
Routine inspections typically begin with a thorough visual check to see if there are any missing or damaged shingles. You’ll often see the technician mark areas where damage is present with chalk and determine how much of the plates need replacing. Once this is done, the contractor will take a closer look at the different components of your roof, such as the flashing and the gutters, to ensure there are no potential problems in these areas.
For major issues, you may need to consider a full roof replacement in lieu of repairs. Your contractor will discuss possible solutions with you to ensure your roof continues to protect your home perfectly.
When Should I Call for Professional Roof Repair?
There’s a fine line between maintenance and repair, and it can be confusing to understand the difference. Maintenance is a preventative action and is used mainly to detect problems caused by regular wear and tear, and to prevent these problems from becoming much larger issues.
You should call for professional help following extreme weather conditions. If you see large patches of felt on your roof or any major problems with the roof or any of its components, it’s best to call for repairs.
For the best maintenance and repair contractors, call Safe Harbor Exteriors. Our DaVinci Roofscapes-certified technicians can handle any problems with your cedar shake roofing. Call us at (913) 553-3620, or use our online contact form to schedule a maintenance inspection for your home. We serve Shawnee, KS, and surrounding areas.