Considering the number of defects that roofs are susceptible to, the title of this guest blog post may give a little cause for concern. Fortunately, this time we’re going to talk about a more positive type of ‘shake’ – one of the wooden variety.
Over recent years wooden roofs have become more and more popular, with many homeowners installing wood shakes rather than the traditional shingles. Still, in comparison to other roofing materials, the demand for the shakes is still quite low. Bearing this in mind, we’ve comprised the rest of this text to take a look through all of the issues which should be considered if you are thinking about converting your roof to use the shakes.
What is a wood shake roof?
In simple terms, a wood shake is a shingle-like object that is slightly thicker. Suffice to say, they are rarely used on modern dwellings and are generally reserved for those rustic buildings that aim to blend into a countryside environment.
What are the advantages of a wood shake roof?
The main reason why people opt to install wood shakes is because of the appearance. While they certainly won’t adapt to every property, in some cases they can make for a stunning feature of a house by providing that premium style.
Another advantage relates to their durability. The average wood shake roof lasts approximately thirty years, with the main reason behind their success being their resistance to wind and hail. With standard shingles having the tendency to slip out of place and eventually fall off due to the wind, it’s clear that this is a significant benefit.
The final advantage relates to energy efficiency. Wood shakes have much better U-values than traditional shingles and considering all of the government’s energy efficiency initiatives, this is a very important factor in the modern-day construction industry.
And the disadvantages?
Unfortunately, wood shakes are not without their drawbacks. They require more maintenance than the average covering, as they need to be regularly coated in fire resistant paint as well as having preservatives applied at regular intervals. The preservatives in particular are very important, as wood has the habit of being affected heavily by all types of weather including the sun. Fortunately, the chemicals are usually applied via a simple spray mechanism, although it can still take a considerable amount of time to treat a whole roof. It should be mentioned that it is possible to purchase wood shakes that have already been treated from stores such as rtroofingsupplies.co.uk, but these tend to cost the homeowner slightly more.
This leads onto the drawback that focusses around the initial financial outlay. When the wood shakes are compared to more traditional materials, they are generally more expensive to purchase. When you also have to consider the costs of maintaining the roof, it’s clear to see that they are not suitable for everyone as they will simply be unaffordable.