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If your wood shake roof is looking worn or has been leaking, consider a roof restoration from Roof Time. If your roof is nearing the end of its expected lifespan, you often can make one of two choices. You can either start from scratch and build a new roof, or you can choose to restore your existing roof and extend its life. The difference comes down to time and money as restorations cost less, but don’t come with the same lifespan as a brand new roof.
Our Three-Step Restoration Procedure
1. We professionally clean your entire roof with cold high-pressure water to remove dirt, leaves, moss, algae, and prep for a preservative treatment that we apply later.
2. Then, we will replace missing, damaged, and deteriorated shakes and ridge throughout the roof to make sure that it is watertight. We will also seal vents and flashings, and paint them with a rust-resistant paint.
3. Finally, we apply a high quality wood protectant to prevent excess water retention, ultra-violet penetration and premature deterioration from weathering.
Why Wood Roofs Weather
Western red cedar is an extremely durable material even under adverse conditions, but its useful life depends upon the environment. Cedar roofs left unprotected suffer photodegradation by ultraviolet light (sunlight), leaching, hydrolysis, shrinking and swelling by water, and discoloration and degradation by decay microorganisms.
Photodegradation by Sunlight
Solar radiation is the most damaging component of the outdoor environment. Photodegradation due to sunlight occurs fairly rapidly on the exposed shingle surface. The initial color change from the golden, orange-brown color to gray is related to the decomposition of lignin in the surface wood cells. (Lignin is Mother Nature's way of holding wood cells together.) The wood cells at the shingle surface lose their strength and eventually are washed away by rainwater. In addition, microscopic cracks and cheeks develop, allowing deeper water penetration.
Degradation by Moisture
Accompanying this loss of wood fiber at the shingle surface are the shrinking and swelling stresses set up by fluctuations in moisture content. These stresses cause deeper cheeks and splits to develop. The result shakes and shingles begin to cup, curl, split, and cheek at an accelerated rate.
Breathe new life into your home with a beautiful roof from Roof Time. We also provide repair and restoration services. Contact us today at 831-637-3168 to schedule a free estimate. We want to be the first and last call you make for all your roofing needs. We look forward to working with you!
Breathe new life into your home with a beautiful roof restoration from Roof Time. Contact us today at 831-637-3168 to schedule a free estimate. We want to be the first and last call you make for all your roofing needs. We look forward to working with you!