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Repairing Wood Shingles And Shakes


Wood shingles and shakes are common in areas where homes sit among lovely, pastoral surroundings. They are usually used in non-desert areas where there is less chance of fire, but may be used on any home that demands a certain aesthetic.

With proper care a wood roof will last between 15-25 years. Even so, because wood expands and contracts with the weather, it is particularly vulnerable to the whims of nature. Wood decomposes if it isn't allowed to dry at regular intervals, so permitting leaves and other crud to sit on your roof will inhibit its ability to dry, leading to fungus and rot. Clean your wood roof regularly with a broom or your garden hose to keep it free of elements that may hinder water from draining and shingles from drying.

Inspecting Roof For Problems
If an inspection of your attic or crawlspace reveals pinpoints of light, the shingles above the area have become worn and should be replaced.

If your wood shingles or shakes are split or lifted in only a few places, repair is an option, but if they are badly fractured, worn or buckled, replacing them is the best resort.

If a shingle is split push the pieces together as close and possible and drill starter holes (driving nails straight into wood shingles may cause them to split). Secure with nails. With a trowel or caulking gun, slather the split and nail heads with roofing cement.

If a shingle is lifted press the shingle or shake down and secure it with roofing nails. If the shingle is at all brittle, drill pilot holes first. Cover nail heads with roofing cement.

Repairing Wood Shingles and Shakes Repairing Wood Shingles and Shakes
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