If you want to replace your asphalt shingles with a greener roofing material, wood shakes are a great choice. The wood shakes that you install on your roof will need maintenance and can have problems with leaks and wear. The following improvements will help protect your wood shakes from wear, leaks, and damage to your home:
1. Use a Better Moisture Barrier to Prevent Leaks That Cause Serious Water Damage
Old shake roofs are a serious of slats that the wood roofing is nailed to and often do not have a moisture barrier. This is something that makes the roof vulnerable to leaks and wear of the shake materials. To protect your home, invest a little more in a good moisture barrier that will help protect the shakes from wear and your home from leaks that cause damage.
2. Use Rubber Flashing to Protect Against Damage in Areas That Are Vulnerable to Wear
There are some areas of shake roofs that are more vulnerable to wear and leaks. These areas include penetrations for mechanical vents, chimneys and where walls meet the slope of the shake roof. In these vulnerable areas, add a layer of rubber flashing to provide your home with more protection against leaks that can cause serious water damage and excess wear of roping that leads to expensive repair bills.
3. Use Treated or Synthetic Shakes That Are Designed for the Climate in Your Area
Today, wood shakes are available with treatments to prevent mold and protect against fire. If you live in a wet climate, pressure-treated shakes are less vulnerable to wear due to moss and lichen. If you live in a drier climate, shakes treated with fire retardant can protect your home from fire, but if wood shakes are prohibited in your area, synthetic materials are the only choice you have for a shake roof.
4. Start the First Run with Rubber Membrane and Double Course to Prevent Wear and Damage
Starting the first course of your shakes is important to prevent wear that can lead to leaks and damage at the eaves. First, install a rubber membrane that covers the first several courses of shakes, which should cover the eaves that overhang past exterior walls. When you install the first shakes, run a course of roofing, and then, nail another layer directly over them to stagger joints.
These are some tips that will help with the maintenance wood shakes will need when replacing asphalt shingles. If you need to replace your old asphalt shingle, contact a roofing company like Liberty Exteriors LLC and talk to them about options for greener wood shakes for the roof of your home.