3 Repairs And Maintenance Chores You Can Do To Extend The Life Of Wood Shakes

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If you have a shake roof, there is a lot of maintenance that needs to be done regularly. You will probably need to do an occasional repair to your roof to ensure you get the most life out of it. With the right maintenance, you will be able to get decades of use out of your wood shakes. Here are some of the things that you may want to know about maintenance and repairs to your shakes:

1. Protecting Your Shakes From Mold And Other Funguses

There are many things that you can do to protect the shakes from mold and fungus, which is the main cause of decay with wood roofing. The first thing you will want to do is reduce shade on your roof. If you have trees around your home, trim the canopy to allow a minimal amount of sunlight through to prevent fungus growth. If you still have a problem due to shade, you may want to consider adding zinc strips to the roof to help make conditions inhospitable for any type of mold and fungus growth.

2. Carefully Cleaning Grime Out Of Your Shake Roof

In addition to fungus, dirt and grime can contribute to the deterioration of a wood roof. This is because the dirt gets caught in the cracks of the shakes. To reduce these problems, you will want to occasionally clean the roof, which should not be done with a pressure washer. To clean the wood shakes, use a gentle garden hose attachment with mild soapy water mixture. This will prevent damage and wear on the shakes that can be caused by using a pressure washer on your roof.

3. Repairing Cracked, Damaged Or Missing Shakes

Even with all the proper care, wood shakes may eventually need small repairs. This can be due to the cracks and checking that naturally happens with age. You will want to replace these shakes to prevent leaks and other problems on your roof. They can also be damaged by things like fallen branches from trees and storm and wind damage. If it is just a couple of shakes, you can probably repair them yourself. For more extensive damage, contact a roofing repair service to replace the damage shakes.

These are some of the maintenance and repair tasks that you can do to keep your shakes in good shape. If you need help with major repairs or replacement of your shakes, contact a roofing contractor like Fischer Roofing - Flat Roof Pros to help ensure your shakes last for many years.

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