Essex County Roofers: Article About Wood Roofing Materials

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For homeowners who are getting their roofs replaced, there are many options available in roofing materials. Each type of material has its own benefits and drawbacks. Homeowners should consider several different points when deciding on which roofing material is best for them, such as cost, style and structure of the home, desired roof colors, longevity, energy efficiency, and the local climate. Essex County roofers should be able to help the homeowner decide which roof material types will be best for their home.

Wood roofing materials have a long history of reliability, as they were one of the first types of roofing in North America. Wood makes a good shingle because it is lightweight and easily installed with simple tools. It has long been a popular roofing type on bungalow, ranch, and contemporary homes. They did, however, fall out of popularity due to their high flammability. Today, they can be treated with a fire resistant coating to significantly increase their fire resistance.

Many homeowners are attracted to the natural beauty of wood shingles. They are usually made from redwood or cedar, and sometimes even pine. They are available in different colors and sizes so that homeowners can customize their property. Wood is arguably the most natural looking roof material, even more so as it weathers to a soft gray hue.

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Its superior insulative value helps homeowners keep their energy costs down. Homeowners also appreciate the fact that wood shingles and shakes are relatively easy to repair and replace. They have a lifespan of 30 to 50 years if well maintained and inspected on a regular basis.

One problem with wood shingles and shakes is that they have a tendency to grow mold and mildew. This happens when shingles cannot dry out and moisture gets underneath them and then heats up. Homeowners should be on the lookout for any areas of their roof that is changing to a green, brown, or black color. If they do find this, they should call a professional roofer for a thorough roof cleaning to eradicate any mold or mildew growth. This treatment usually lasts about six to eight years.

To increase the lifespan of wooden roofing materials, homeowners can have their roofs sealed each year, which will enhance the moisture protection. They can also request that their roof be built using corrosion resistant fasteners instead of traditional steel nails. Hiring a reputable roofing company to complete the installation will also increase the lifespan of a roof as it will ensure that the installation is done correctly.

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