Is It Possible To Restore A Wooden Shake Roof Instead Of Replace It?

Before metal became such a readily available roofing material, a lot of homeowners created roofing out of thin sheets of wood that are known as wooden shakes. Wooden shake roofs are resilient, natural, and quite aesthetically appealing. Therefore, if you have an older house that still boasts one of these traditional roofs, you probably like the idea of keeping it. The only problem is, replacing a wooden shake roof can be a little more costly than using other materials like metal or even asphalt shingles. This conundrum usually leads to one big question: is it possible to restore a wooden shake roof? Here's what you need to know about possibly restoring a wooden shake roof. 

Restoration can sometimes involve partial roof replacement. 

While restoring a wooden shake roof is a possibility in some cases, restoring does usually mean some of the shakes will have to be replaced. In really rare situations in which the roof has been expertly maintained and sealed regularly, you may be able to get by without having many of the shakes replaced, but these circumstances are not common with older homes. Before the restoration begins, the residential roofing contractor will go up on the roof and give you an idea of how much of it will have to be replaced. 

Sometimes it is better to have a full-on replacement for aesthetic purposes. 

As wood ages, it does two things; it changes shape and it changes color. Therefore, if you opt to have your wooden shake roof restored instead of fully replaced, the new shakes in with the old can make things look a little inconsistent. If you prefer the more natural wood look, this can be a problem. However, some homeowners do decide to add a layer of stain or colored sealer to the roofing shakes, which will give you that consistent appearance. 

Having your roof restored can be a more time-consuming process. 

When you have your wooden shake roof completely replaced with new materials, the contractor and those helping them will use special tools to slough away all of the old shakes, and this is not a very lengthy process. Right after, any necessary repairs will be made to the underlying platform and the new shakes will go in place. Restoring that involves replacing only some of the shingles can actually take a little longer to complete. This is because it takes a lot of extra time to get the new shakes aligned with the old and get them properly seated in place. 

Get in touch with a residential roofing business to learn more.