making decisions about roof replacements

making decisions about roof replacements

Ensuring That Your Wood Shake Replacement Shingles Avoid Mold

by Lorraine Fisher

When your roof gets replaced, you have a wide range of options for your shingles. One of the most popular of these is wood shake shingles, as they provide homeowners with a classy and old-fashioned look. However, they are prone to mold, which can unfortunately cause their quality to decrease severely. Thankfully, it's possible to protect them from mold and to keep your replacement roof in great shape.

Cutting Away Branches That Create Shade

Mold growth is promoted on a roof when it is shaded from the sun by tree branches. Direct sunlight will help kill off a lot of mold and even evaporate the water and moisture that it needs to grow. Hire a professional to trim branches that are hanging over your roof to eliminate this shade.

While you might be able to do this on your own, it's best to call a professional to avoid injury or accidentally causing a branch to fall on your roof. The kind of damage that causes will make it necessary to replace significant portions of your roof.

Replacing Hail-Damaged Shingles

In severe hail storms, there's a good chance that your wooden shingles might end up getting damaged. Wood shake shingles are carefully treated to create a mold-resistant surface, but cracks in the surface of your shingles can compromise this ability. As a result, you need to inspect your shingles after a hail storm to see what kind of damage has been caused.

Small scrapes on the shingles are probably not a big deal and likely require just another application of sealant. However, if parts of the shingle are missing, it's probably time to pull it off and replace it with another.

In this instance, it's a good idea to have some replacement shingles stored in your garage. Nail the shingle down along the installation groove that runs along the top, shifting it underneath the shingle above it to hide the groove.

Cleaning The Shingles From Time To Time

Wood shake shingles will get dirty and this dirt can build up, promote moisture buildup, and cause mildew and mold to begin growing. That's why you need to clean your roof off at least once a year by following this simple procedure:

  • Climbing a secured ladder with a broom and a power washer.
  • Brush off all excessive material (such as dirt and branches), paying special attention to areas with grooves.
  • Put on goggles and gloves, and turn on your power washer.
  • Wash off your shingles using the power washer on its lowest setting, holding the nozzle perpendicular to the shingles and a foot and a half away from them.
  • To wash siding, begin at the top and work downward in horizontal strips about five feet long. Hold the spray nozzle perpendicular to the shingles and about 18 inches from them.
  • Wash in such a way that you are always walking on dry roof (to avoid slipping).

Follow these simple guidelines to keep your wood shake shingles in great shape. It will not only keep your shingles looking great, but add years to their life. This will help you to avoid investing in another roof repair.


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making decisions about roof replacements

Is the roof on your home ready for replacement? If so, do you know what type of roofing you are going to have installed to replace it? Will you have the existing roof removed, or just have the home re-roofed? You will face several decisions while you work to replace the roof on your home. Scroll through my site to find a great list that can help you decide what product and method of installation will be best for your home. Hopefully, the information provided will take some of the confusion and stress out of this big, important home improvement project.