Cedar shakes are perhaps one of the prettiest types of residential roofs, and they are also quite possibly the most durable. If you use the proper materials, which means 100% organic cotton wood chips, your roof will hold its integrity for up to 30 years! Unfortunately, not everybody installs these shakes correctly when they install a roof on their house. Here are some important tips that will help you make sure that your roofing project is a success.
The first thing you need to do before attempting DIY roof repair is find out if your home insurance covers roof repair (especially if it was your fault). You may be surprised to learn that many homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover repairs to residential roofs. If it was your fault, try to get your insurance company to pay for the repairs. If you are not insured, you can save money by doing the repairs on your own. If you are insured, however, you must be sure to buy a package policy that includes roof repair in case of a leak or other damage to your home. Otherwise, you will have to absorb the cost all by yourself.
Cedar shakes are made of durable rawhide, so they are both long lasting and easy to clean. However, this also means that they have little longevity when it comes to wood rot and insects. This is because wood rot is caused by exposure to moisture and temperature changes; insects, on the other hand, are attracted to cedar because it is a naturally mildew resistant material.
Most people do not replace roofing shingles unless they get minor repairs. However, replacing shingles can be quite costly, so you should consider the purchase of skylights as well. Installing skylights will extend the life of your chimney, as well as your home’s exterior. Therefore, if you live in an area that is often cold, skylights can be a great addition to your home, and a great way to add warmth and a sense of safety to your home.
Leaks are a common problem with roofing materials. Fortunately, leaks can easily be detected using a digital infrared camera. This camera can also tell you how extensive a leak is and whether it is causing a major repair or not. If you live in an area where there are a lot of winds, it is a good idea to replace shingles that get exposed to strong winds more often. Also, it is a good idea to inspect your roof for leaks regularly in order to catch small ones before they become a major repair job.
Similarly, roof leaks are quite common problem with skylights. Luckily, they tend to be easy to detect using a thermal imaging camera, and can be fixed fairly inexpensively, depending on the extent of the leak. If you live in an area where there are a lot of winds, it is advisable to replace skylights with high quality, durable blinds that have a higher R Value than your roof. If your roof leaks, you may also consider installing a heat reflective roof covering, which can reduce the amount of radiant heating loss by up to 40 percent.
Cedar shakes and other types of roofing materials are susceptible to leaking when there are a lot of changes in temperature. Therefore, it is advisable to change your roofing and light fixtures regularly. Consider checking your attic when temperatures drop. The attic is typically a higher area than the rest of your house, and usually has a large space that is free from clutter. Make sure that you change your light fixtures every six years or so, and check your chimney on a regular basis. These simple tips can help you prevent costly roof repairs.
Finally, in case you have had a particularly bad storm lately, make sure that you check your roof to find any sign of water damage. Many people believe that it is not necessary to replace shingles and other roofing fixtures if you do not notice a major leak. This is wrong, however. Most roof leaks are a result of flashing that has become damaged. In order to determine the extent of the leak, use a flashlight and shine it down along the chimney and roofline. Signs of moisture will be obvious as water begins to seep through the flashing.