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Residential Wood Roofing Guide To Help You Choose The Right Shake Materials For Your Asphalt Shingle Replacement

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Wood roofing materials are one of the best choices for alternatives to asphalt shingles when you get ready for a roof replacement. When it comes to wood roofing materials, there may be some restrictions and improvements that you will want to do when installing shake roofing on your home. Therefore, you will want to know more about wood roofing materials before replacing your asphalt shingles. The following residential roofing guide to wood roofing will help you choose the best materials and improvements to replace your asphalt shingles with a shake-style roof.

Find Out If There Are Restrictions In Your Area And Options For Installing Wood Roofing On Your Home

In some areas, there may be restrictions that govern the type of wood that can be used for residential roofing projects. Sometimes, the roofing may need to be treated with a fire-retardant in dry climates. If there is a ban on using wood roofing in your area, there are synthetic alternatives that can be used instead of natural wood roofing. In addition, you may want to use treated materials in wet climates to protect against fungus problems and rot.

Make Sure The Roof Decking Has A Good Moisture Barrier After Asphalt Shingles Have Been Torn Off

The roof decking will need to be exposed and the old shingles removed to repair damage and prepare for the installation of shakes. Once the roof decking has been exposed and repairs completed, you will want to install a durable moisture barrier. With shake roofing materials, this moisture barrier will need to be more durable to protect against moisture problems and water damage that are common with shake roofing.

Make Changes And Improvements That Help Reduce Water Traps And Areas That Can Cause Problems With Wood Roofing

Water traps can be a problem that causes wear and damage with any type of roofing material, but these problems can be worse with shake roofs. Therefore, you may want to make minor changes to the roof to correct areas where water can get caught in the shakes and cause problems with wear or damage. In addition, you may want to reinforce flashing in the most vulnerable areas with an impermeable rubber membrane to prevent leaks and damage to your home.

Choosing From The Different Types Of Wood Roofing Materials And Synthetic Shake Roofing If Needed

There are also many different types of wood roofing materials that you may want to have installed on your home. Some of these materials include wood shakes, shingles, and synthetic materials. If there are special needs for wood roofing due to the climate where you live, some of the wood roofing materials can also be treated to prevent problems and hazards of wood roofing materials.

These are some of the things that you want to know when you get ready to replace your old asphalt shingles with new wood roofing. Contact a residential roofing contractor and talk to them about some of these options for your home.