If you need a new roof, there are many options to consider. JJ’s Roofing in Edmonton is a professional roofing company and can provide advice on a range of roofing products including asphalt, stone coated metal shingles, and cedar roofing. They can also assist with flat roofing systems, roof repairs, siding, soffits, and eavestroughs. Today, they’re going to talk about cedar roofing. If you have questions about the other roofing products and services they offer, please get in touch with them!
Cedar roofing: repair or replace?
Cedar shake roofs offer a beautiful and unique style that many homeowners love. While cedar does need more maintenance than other materials, it can also last upwards of 30 years. If it starts showing signs of wear and damage, don’t think a roof replacement is needed. Most of the time, the damage is easily repairable.
They share what types of cedar shake damage can be repaired by their professionals:
As with any roof, exposure to weather and harsh elements will eventually take its toll. Cedar shakes will show weather wear more readily, but only if the roof isn’t well maintained. Strong winds that shift the shakes can leave them loose and prone to moisture getting in. Exposure to the sun year-round can also lead to warped or cracked shingles. They can all be easily repaired by a professional, and this doesn’t call for a full replacement. As cedar roofs age, they also eventually turn to a silvery grey. That is still just as visually appealing to many homeowners, but it doesn’t mean a replacement is needed.
Cracks or splits
There are a few reasons cedar shakes can develop cracks or even split, and the type of risk also varies. Some cracks result from storms that have caused impact damage to the roof, like a loose tree branch. Severe hailstorms can also be a reason. The risk of a crack or split becomes serious when the damage extends the full length of the shake. If that happens, it risks loosening the shingle or exposing the underlayment beneath. Either risks further damage to the roof, sped up deterioration, or leaks. If the shakes have cracks, replace them right away to avoid a roof replacement or costly damage.
Cedar shake roofing can also suffer from unwanted moss growth on its surface. Areas that are humid and rainy are perfect conditions for moss to set in on a cedar roof. While it’s not too common in Edmonton’s climate, it can still happen. While it affects the visual aesthetics, it also does a lot of physical damage. As with any natural wood, the moisture from the moss will weaken the shakes. That affects their durability and eventually can shorten the roof’s overall lifespan. Excess moisture also risks seeping through the roof and leading to interior leaks and water damage. If you spot moss from a street-view inspection, don’t wait on the problem. Call a professional to clear the spots and handle any necessary repairs.
The best way to protect your cedar shake roof is through proactive maintenance and care. Visual DIY inspections will catch problems that have developed, but also get professional help. Annual roof inspections and cleaning by a professional will ensure minor issues are caught and repaired right away. Keeping the roof clean will also prevent moss growth or other unwanted visual and physical issues.
Roofers in Edmonton
JJ’s Roofing is committed to every part of their work, from roofing services to absolute customer satisfaction. They ensure all their work is done with quality and made to last, including their five-year guarantee. Their professionals can help with roof repairs, installations, re-roofing, and more.
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