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What Is the Life Expectancy of a Wood Shake Roof?

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Roofing is one of the most important parts of your home, but you need to be certain on its longevity before making an investment in roof materials. 

If you’re opting to use wood shakes on your roof, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the product and what you can expect as it naturally ages – the last thing that you want is for your roof to need replacing soon after you’ve had a new roofing material installed. 

So, just what is the life expectancy of a wood shake roof? And how can you extend its lifespan through a few simple maintenance tricks?

A functioning wood shake roof helps protect your home from losing heat in the winter, or absorbing too much heat in the summer, keeping you comfortable and reducing your energy bill. When a high-quality roof is combined with strong and efficient insulation, like spray foam insulation for roofs, you could enjoy a much more energy-efficient home – saving you money for years to come! 

Read on to find out everything you need to know about wood shakes and how long they tend to last... 

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You also need to make sure that you choose a reputable seller of good quality cedar, as the lifespan of your roof could depend on getting high grade materials over the cheap stuff

How Long Do Wood Shakes Typically Last?

Wood shakes are traditionally made from cedar, which has many qualities that make it great for roofs and other external structures: it has a fine grain, weathers well, and is naturally moisture-resistant. 

Whether you’re making improvements to an existing property, or constructing a new building or garden shed, a wood shake roof is a sturdy and cost-effective solution for pitched roofs everywhere.

Typically, with the correct care and maintenance, wood shakes can last from 20 to 30 years. However, this is reliant on having good treatment on the wood and good installation. 

Other factors that affect the life expectancy of wood shakes are: the degree at which the roof is pitched, how much debris and overhanging branches collect on the roof, how much moss or lichen is allowed to grow on the wood surface.

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Another way to prolong the lifespan of wood shakes is to reduce the number of overhanging branches and other shade that can prevent light and oxygen from reaching your wood shakes

How Can I Prolong the Lifespan of My Wood Shake Roof?

There are plenty of things you can do to prolong the life expectancy of your wood shake roof. One of the best things to begin with is use a high-quality wood preservative, such as cedar oil treatment. This helps lock in the wood’s natural oils and help it retain its moisture-resistant and heat-retention qualities.

Another way to protect your roof from the negative effects of weather is to keep it clear of debris. If there is a build-up of twigs and leaves on your roof, when it rains these piles of debris can become waterlogged, which can cause rot and long-term damage to your shakes.

Make sure to regularly clear any unwanted debris away from your roof. You can also use chemicals to reduce the amount of moss and lichen that grows, as this can lead to moisture-related problems too. 

Another way to prolong the lifespan of wood shakes is to reduce the number of overhanging branches and other shade that can prevent light and oxygen from reaching your wood shakes.

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Home Logic also provides expert advice and tips on how to get the most from your product - whether it’s a boiler or a specific type of roofing insulation, and we aim to always answer your questions regarding saving energy!

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Whatever type of home improvement service you’re looking for, you’ll find it at Home Logic. Our team of dedicated professionals are on hand to assist with everything from boiler assessment to insulation installation.

What sets us apart from our competitors? For one, we put the customer’s needs above all else. We ensure that each and every home improvement task we’re involved with is undertaken by the best people for the job.

We understand how stressful and time-consuming many home improvement tasks can be - our job is to take away that stress by getting everything up and running without causing disruption to your day

Home Logic also provides expert advice and tips on how to get the most from your product - whether it’s a boiler or a specific type of roofing insulation, and we aim to always answer your questions regarding saving energy.

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