When going for the elegant and rustic look of wood shingles on your roof, you may be worried that they will not last as long as you need them to. The thing is, these shingles are notoriously sturdy and long lived, some lasting 30 years or more. How do they last this long? As with all things, such as your home to your children, they just need a little tender love and care.
Maintaining Wood Shingles
Wood shingles have a few enemies. The first of these is their original installation. Over the past few decades, there have been changes in the way these shingles were installed. Some of the older styles, such as lath, are not as effective as more modern installation processes. You may want to have your roof inspected for proper installation or to have your wood shingles re-installed. This will keep your shingles at their best.
Another fantastic fact is that wood shingles themselves will not decay readily. For this to occur, excessive moisture and an infestation, such as mold or algae, must take hold. Ensure you clean your roof to keep any potential algae from growing. Once done, allow your shingles time to dry themselves and get rid of moisture. While you may be tempted to stain your shingles while you are at it, do not seal them. this will prevent them from doing their job and protecting your roof.
Lastly, keep an eye out on the nature surrounding your home. While the tree in your yard may seem lovely, it could, in fact, be blocking your roof from the sun. This keeps your wood shingles from drying appropriately, leading to mold growth and failure!
If you have a wood shingle roof, call Donahue Roofing for your installation or inspection!: (406) 248-5428