Wood has been a popular choice as a roofing material for centuries, thanks to its durability, classic good looks and ease of access. Being a natural material, however, wood shingles or shakes need a bit more attention than other roofing materials when it comes to maintenance.
To make the maintenance of your wood roofing a little easier, read this short guide:
Trim the Trees
Trim any overhanging branches that drop leaves on the roof. Any debris from the trees can pile up on the roof and act as a water trap during a storm. Large branches can also fall on the roof during storms and damage the shingles.
Since wood roofing is a natural material, the decaying pine needles or leaves on top of it can speed up aging/decay on the shakes and shingles. This can also allow for mold growth. Call in for a professional roof repair at the first sign of this problem.
Regularly Clear Debris
You’ll want the shakes and shingles to be clear of debris at all times. Make sure the surface of the roof as well as the gutters are clean. This is particularly important during autumn, when leaves, twigs and other debris tend to pile up. A simple hose-down and maybe some scraping are usually enough to resolve the problem.
Be wary of power washing services; some wood shakes or shingles may be damaged by this type of treatment. When in doubt, a professional roof installation contractor can always help you out.
The general rule for wood roof is to clear it of any debris or growth, including vegetation like moss or lichen. These organisms accumulate soil and other debris as they grow, causing the roof to retain moisture. The added weight can weaken the whole structure, while the moisture encourages fungi growth and speeds up the wear and tear.
Ask your local roofers if the problem has taken a turn for the worse.
As with any repair or maintenance issue, it’s best to address these problems at the onset. Affordable Roof Care is your go-to choice. Call us at (360) 639-4339. We serve Bremerton and Port Orchard, WA, as well as surrounding areas.