Wood shake roof systems, also known as cedar roofs, are known for their longevity, performance, and beauty, making them a popular choice for homeowners in Fresno, CA. Wood shake roof leaks are not an uncommon problem, and if you are experiencing one now, you are probably not alone. The good news is that Fresno wood shake repair is relatively easy to find and generally affordable. However, if you would rather do it yourself, we will show you how to get that done.
If you do not yet have any major leaks or noticeable damage to your wood shake roof, good maintenance is the way to go. Typically, a wood shake roof will last about 20 years, and some of the heavier wood shake types can even last as long as 30 years or more. With proper maintenance, the lifespan of your wood shake roof can be extended, without the need for an expensive roof replacement.
It is not always necessary to call in a professional contractor to take care of your wood shake shingle repair. With more minor types of damage, you may be able to effectively repair your wood shakes without much difficulty, especially if you follow this simple guide. A word of caution, however: if you do not know what you are doing, you may do more damage to your roof. Also, working on roofs is dangerous work, and not everyone should attempt it. If you have the skill and experience to attempt a DIY job, however, then read on.
Before you get started:
Accessing your roof safely should be the priority. In order to complete an effective repair to your shake roof system, you must safely gain access to the area of the roof where the repair needs to be made using a chicken ladder. Wood shake roofs also require specialized tools and equipment to complete the required project correctly. The better tools you have, the better the quality of your repair work. A list of the necessary tools includes:
● Electrical tape
● Tape measure
● Replacement shingles or shakes
● Galvanized roofing nails
● Coping saw
● Nail set
● Caulking compound
Step 1. Split damaged shakes
Use the hammer and chisel to split the damaged shake into two. Taking care not to damage the surrounding shakes, extract the split pieces of the damaged shake. Shakes are generally not flexible so you will not be able to pry the nails out of them. Instead, you will have to use a hacksaw to cut off the nail heads as far down as possible.
Step 2. Measure the gap
Once you have extracted the damaged shake, measure the gap that is left, and cut a new shake measuring approximately three-eighths of an inch short than the gap. This is because the new shake will swell once it comes in contact with water.
Step 3: Install a new shake.
Insert the new shake. Using galvanized nails, nail the new shake down in two places.
Step 4: Set the nail heads and apply the caulking compound to seal them.