Wood roofs are less common than asphalt shingle roofs, but they have the advantage of being visually appealing and adding curb appeal to you home. Any homeowner could do much worse than live in a house with a wood roof. This article takes a detailed look at wood roofs, and offers key information that everyone who has this type of roof needs to know.
The two main types of wood roofs are those made from wood shingles and those made from wood shakes. Wood shingles are machine-cut and have a uniform appearance that is thinner than wood shakes. Wood shakes are typically cut using hand tools and have a more uneven surface than wood shingles.
Some home owners have concerns about wood roofs' susceptibility to fire. Fortunately, many companies sell wood roofing materials that have been chemically treated to be fire resistant. Some communities even require these materials to be treated in such a way before they can be installed on a house.
The lifespan of a wood roof can vary depending on a variety of factors, but in general, wood roofs can last up to 40 years if properly maintained. The quality of the roofing material and whether or not it was properly installed is an important factor. The pitch of the roof and whether overhanging trees give the roof excessive shade are important as well. Another key factor is roof ventilation -- the roof's underlayment should allow for good airflow to help the roof dry out after it rains.
Moss and Debris
One of the keys to maintaining a wood roof is making sure it stays free of debris, especially organic material such as branches and leaves. Leaving this type of material on the roof promotes the growth of moss, which can cause your shingles and shakes to degrade over time.
If moss does begin to grow on the roof, it's important to have it removed as soon as possible. To help prevent any moss growth, trim back any overhanging branches so that no leaves or other organic material falls onto the roof.
A wood shingle or shake that has come loose can simply be nailed back into place and secured with roofing cement. If a shingle is cracked or broken, it will need to be replaced. This type of repair is somewhat complicated and best left to the professionals. For more information about wood roofs, contact a roofing contractor in your city.