Shake Shingle Roof Repair

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Shake Shingle Roof Repair & Installation

When installing a new roof, you probably have a few questions. A common question in this situation is, “What kind of roof should I install?” In a previous article, we discussed metal roof repair and installation. Today, we’re going to look at shake shingles. Like all kinds of roofing, shakes come with various advantages and disadvantages you’ll want to know about before you decide on using them. In this article, we’re going to look at:


What is a Shake?

If we want to be technical, the term “shake single” is incorrect terminology. The term is just “shake,” which is a type of wooden shingle. Specifically, shakes are made with split logs of various kinds. Before asphalt shingles, people roofed their houses with shakes. It’s still used to this day, often for adding a rustic aesthetic to people’s homes.

Shake Installation

The installation time for a shake roof varies depending on the roofer. Make sure to only use fire retardant treated shakes. Fires commonly start at the roof, and with wood shingles, the risk is even higher. Finally, make sure the shakes are made with high quality materials, so they will withstand the elements. You want to get the most out of your shingles, so you won’t want to skimp on the shake quality.

The Advantages of Shakes

If you maintain the shakes with periodic treatments and cleaning, they can last you up to 50 years. Depending on the type and quality of the wood, of course. In addition, some types of shakes are highly durable, and easily withstand the elements. Some can resist everything from insect damage to high winds.
Furthermore, if you want your home to have an old-world appearance, then shakes will accomplish that. Some woods used for shakes, like cedar, serve as natural insulators. Your house will stay warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.

Repairing Roof Shakes

Before you repair any damaged roof shakes, make sure you have the right kind. Purchase ones made from the same wood as the rest of the ones on the roof. After you have the right materials, you can begin.
First, find the wooden shingle you want to replace. Once you’ve identified it, break it with a hammer and chisel. Be sure not to damage the surrounding roof shakes. You won’t be able to pry up the nails, so cut them down with a hacksaw.
Next, cut the replacement shake so it will fit in the gap left by the old shake. If it’s cut correctly, it should fit under the overlapping shakes.
Finally, nail it down and fill in the nail holes with calking, and you’re done.
Remember, working on a roof can be dangerous. For the sake of your safety, we recommend leaving it to professional Tulsa roofers.

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