Many homeowners love the high-end look of wood shake roofing, yet are turned off by the required maintenance and damage susceptibility. If you are considering wood shake roofing for your home, then we have all the information you need to get started.
You can expect to pay between $6 and $9 per square foot for a wood shake roof, including installation. The price will vary depending on the type and quality of the wood used, as well as the cost of labor in your area. Get a couple price quotes from licensed roofing contractors to get a better idea of the cost.
If properly maintained, wood shakes are considered a durable roofing option. They have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years.
Much of the required maintenance associated with wood shake roofing is the application of chemicals to help protect the roof and preserve it for years to come. These are usually applied by spray on a clean, dry roof. Another maintenance measure that works well is washing with oxygen bleach in a powder form that mixes with water.
Other than that, it’s very important to keep a wood shake roof clean and free of moss, fungus and other debris.
Shingles and shakes are often thought of as hard to differentiate, but are in fact recognizably different. A shake is typically thicker than a shingle and provides a heavier shadow line.
Wood shakes come in a variety of colors, finishes, wood types, thicknesses, and cuts of wood, making each wood shake roof drastically different.
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