Cedar shake roofing is quickly gaining popularity in the Calgary area. With so many people opting to use cedar shake roofing on their homes and Alberta’s long winter approaching, it’s a good time to think about how best to care for those shake shingles. Here’s what you need to know.
Common Cedar Shake Problems
Cedar shake roofing is less prone to decay than some other roofing options. However, this doesn’t mean that cedar shake shingles won’t ever decay; they will, especially if not cared for properly. Neglect can lead to the growth of moss and mold, algae, and even fungi. While it may sound charming and whimsical to have toadstools and lush moss creating a woodland effect on your roof, this type of growth can cause significantly faster decay. Shake roofing should last anywhere from four to six decades if properly maintained; neglect can lead to failure in just a decade or two.
To maintain your cedar shake roof, it’s essential that you have a routine maintenance plan in place. A qualified roofer can help you determine how often your roof needs to be inspected, cleaned, and repaired. During wetter or stormier periods, for example, your roof might need to be inspected monthly, or even weekly, for new growth and problem areas. A maintenance routine is essential for handling these times of the year, as well as for spotting small issues before they become big ones.
While it’s not recommended that homeowners clamber onto their roof to look around, you can still be proactive. Take a stroll around the house, well back enough that you can get a decent look at the roof. Or, if you’re able, go into the attic during the day and look for sunlight leaking through—evidence of water damage, and other signs of roofing problems. If you see missing shingles, areas that look lifted or broken, or any other obvious issues, call your roofer immediately.
Working with Calgary’s Roofers
Your cedar shake roof may seem like it requires a lot of upkeep, but the trade-off is a beautiful, natural roof with a lifespan of up to sixty years. The experts at Hubbard Roofing have been caring for and repairing cedar shake roofs in Calgary for more than thirty years. Learn about this service today and keep your cedar shake roof in great condition for years to come.