If you have a major renovation job planned for your roof, wood roofing is probably one of the types you’re considering. After all, it is one of the most popular roofing materials available today, no doubt due to its warm and elegant look. Here is some more information to help you decide if it’s the right choice for your home.
The cost of wood roofing depends on the type of wood used, the size of the roof, and the cut of the wood—either shake or shingle. Wood shingles cost, on average, $4-$7 per square foot. Wood shakes cost a bit more at $6-$9 per square foot. It’s best to get a few price quotes from licensed roofers and go from there.
If properly installed, treated and maintained, a wood roof can last for an impressive 25-50 years.
Unfortunately, wood roofing requires more maintenance than most other roofing products. This means regularly cleaning debris from both the roof and gutter, treating the roof with a preservative to prevent premature rot or decay, installing zinc or copper strips that can keep mold and mildew from growing, and washing the roof per the advice of your manufacturer.
Wood roofing materials are either cut as shingles, smooth and equal in size, or shakes made from split lumber that are rough in texture.
While it may not be the best roofing option for an area with high humidity and moisture, a wood roof can be treated with a fungicide after the first year to keep fungus and mildew from forming.
Wood has been a popular roofing material throughout the history of America because of how readily available the material has always been. The shingle industry grew substantially in the 19th century, when steam-powered saws were invented to create more uniform shapes. Wood is now a staple in the roofing industry.
In some locations, wood shakes and shingles are banned or require a preservative for fire protection in order to cover codes and insurance policies. You may want to check to see if there are restrictions like this in your area before moving forward with a wood roof.
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