Why Do Cedar Shake Roofs Require So Much Attention?

Showalter Roofing is frequently asked this cedar shake question and it all comes down to one solution: Preventative Maintenance.

Many homeowners are unaware of the complexities involved in a cedar shake roof system but if you understand the importance of preventative maintenance then you will increase the life span of your cedar shake roof.

Cedar shake crack with felt paper exposure

Cedar shake crack with felt paper exposure

Cedar shakes naturally repel water. The felt paper underneath acts as the key protector. After time, cedar becomes dry and splits. It’s inevitable!

The split causes exposure to the felt paper which gives access to UV rays as well as rain and snow. Eventually this causes deterioration of the felt paper, exposing the plywood sheathing. Exposure will eventually result in a roof leak.

Another common issue falls within the hip and ridge areas. You can find these areas at the connection point of two or more peaks. When these two pieces of cedar are stapled together a ridge cap is formed. Depending on the pitch of your roof, these ridge caps can become stressed and after time may spread apart. When this happens, often the attic space and interior of the home becomes exposed to harsh weather conditions. In some situations, insects can begin to build nests causing additional problems.

Hip and Ridge Cedar Shake Separation

Hip and Ridge Cedar Shake Separation

 

In order to extend the life span of your cedar shake roof system, preventive maintenance is key.

Here are the top three areas Showalter Roofing checks and repairs:

  1. Felt paper exposure: When any felt paper is exposed, cedar shakes need to be replaced.
  2. Hip and ridge: splitting or separation, repairs or replacements are done.
  3. Water saturates cedar shakes: removal of cedar shakes and replace.

 

Top 10 Common Commercial Roofing Problems

What common problems plague the commercial and industrial buildings each spring? Showalter has compiled a list of the top 10 problems that

Blown Off Roofing System

Blown Off Roofing System

occur regularly each spring. By familiarizing yourself with the list, you can watch for many of the issues before they cause damage to the   inside…and outside of your building.

  • Roof Leaks
  • Blow Offs—Portions of the roof is missing
  • Poor Installation and Workmanship
  • Lack of Maintenance– Wear & tear begins to show before its time.
  • Standing Water—Ponding
  • Punctures
  • Poorly Completed Repairs
  • Safety
  • Blistering
  • Shrinkage

To have your roof inspected for the top 10 common roofing problems, contact Showalter Roofing at 630.499.7700.

 

Spring Roof Inspection

Spring Roof Inspection

 

Spring $100 Commercial and Industrial Roof Inspection
Includes a 25 point inspection with full     report. If any issues are found, you can have Showalter Roofing repair the problem for you and apply the $100 roof inspection.   Offer expires: 5/15/12