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What are Wood Shake Roofs?

Wood shake roofs have been used in residential and industrial construction for centuries and are known for their unique style and durability. They are made from wood, typically cedar, that is split into tapered pieces with a rustic look due to the natural grain patterns found in wood. Installation of wood shake roofing generally requires hiring a professional as it can be difficult to install correctly and needs to be done with specialized tools. However, wood shake roofing is both visually pleasing and long-lasting if installed properly. It also provides excellent protection against fire, pests, rot, and algae growth. Furthermore, wood shake roofs are environmentally friendly because wood is a renewable source of material and often last longer than other types of roofing materials when well maintained.

What are the Costs of Wood Shake Roofs?

Wood Shake Roof Installation Costs

Installing a wood shake roof can be an expensive endeavor, but it has the potential to pay off in the long run. On average, wood shake roof installation costs vary between $7,800 and $10,000 depending on several factors such as size of the roofing area, complexity of design, pitch of the roof and quality of wood. The cost also includes labor costs for removing old shingles and edging wood shakes around chimneys or other protrusions. The cost of wood shake itself typically ranges from $2500 to $3500 per square depending on thickness, type of wood and number of coats needed for staining or sealing. Overall wood shake roofs are a costly investment however with proper installation and upkeep they can last up to 30 years and add substantial property value to your home.

Wood Shake Roof Repair Costs

The cost of repairing a wood shake depends on the extent of repair needed. Typically, wood shake roof repair will run anywhere from $4 to $9 per square foot. That cost includes labor, materials, and any site preparation necessary to do the job. When your wood shake roof is in need of repair, it’s important to make sure you hire experienced contractors who know the nuances of wood shakes roofs and how to ensure they are properly repaired. Otherwise you may find yourself with additional repair costs down the road.

Can I Finance my Wood Shake Roof?

Wood shake roofs are an excellent option to add both immediate and lasting value to a home. However, many people will want to check their options for financing. Fortunately, wood shake roof financing is available through many lending institutions, home improvement stores and wood shake suppliers. It’s important to research the cost of wood shake roof installation in order to make sure all financing options are thoroughly evaluated before making a final decision. Doing careful research on wood shake roof financing can help homeowners save money on their new wood shake roof installation while allowing them the opportunity to select a lender with the best terms for their needs.

How do I maintain my Wood Shake Roof?

Do It Yourself

Regular wood shake roof maintenance is a must for any homeowner—especially if you’re looking to extend the life of your wood shakes and ensure optimal protection. DIY wood shake roof maintenance does not have to be difficult; in fact, by performing a few simple tasks annually—such as checking for loose shingles, inspecting flashings and elimintating debris from the system—you can make sure your wood shake roof stays in top condition. You should also take note of any damaged wood shakes that need replacing during these inspections, so that you can prevent small issues from becoming bigger ones. If you choose to handle wood shake roof maintenance yourself, be sure to practice all important safety protocols and contact an expert if the job goes outside your comfort zone.

We Can Help

Professional wood shake maintenance will protect the wood shakes from the elements and extend its lifespan. Having a professional inspect your wood shake roof each season ensures that your wood shakes remain in great condition and any potential damage or decay can be found early and addressed quickly. Maintaining wood shake roofs with the help of Apex Roof Systems prevents costly repairs down the line, while also keeping your mind at ease knowing you are taking proactive steps to protect your wood shakes.


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