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Common Problems with Shake Roofs


Wood Shake Roofs Are A Very Popular Roofing Option

They provide a very unique look by adding a rustic aesthetic to a home. They are completely natural and very energy efficient, so they are a great environmentally-friendly option. They are also durable and have a longer lifespan than the average asphalt shingle roof. However, like all styles of roofing, they do come with some cons.

Leaks can occur on every roof, but the origins of leaks on wood shake roofs are unique. As one of these roofs ages or as the roof gets hit by storm damage, the wood shakes can split. The crevices caused by these splits creates an easy path for water to leak through the roof.

Wood shakes may also act as breeding grounds for rot, moss, and algae, due to the organic makeup of the shakes. Additionally, the organic nature of these shakes means that the elements can beat them down more easily than a man-made material. Over time, rain, sun, and hot weather can take a toll on these roofs. The result is that the shakes will begin to curl or cup, and they must be replaced to avoid leaks.

If you have any further questions about wood shake roofs, give us a call at 918-558-ROOF.