How To Preserve Wood Shingles

Wood shakes and shingles are always going to be among the most common materials for residential roofing. There is just something about the natural style of wood that homeowners and builders love. In fact, many people actually love the way that wood looks as it gets older. The antique wood style is very desirable. There are even some products that are made with a distressed look so that they will look older than they actually are.

Of course, if you actually have real wood shingles, they will eventually look old from natural aging. The problem is that, as the wood starts to look older, it also becomes weaker and the structural integrity is compromised. So, what do you do if you still love the way that your wooden roof looks, but it just isn't as strong as it used to be? There are quite a few options.

Working On Your Roof

Right off the bat, some people will tell you that it isn't worth doing any work on your roof because it is a pain in the neck. While roof renovation is always going to be hard work, it is not that difficult to work on wood.

Preserving the Wood

Almost every solution involves cleaning the wood as well as possible. By removing any dirt, algae, moss, or any other debris buildup on the shingles, you can slow down the aging process. Once this is done, you can also reinforce the wood by adding a clear coat. A clear wood sealant can basically cover and protect the wood grains. 

In the long run, this prevents the shingles from cracking, warping, fading, and rotting. It should basically freeze your wood so that it doesn't change anymore. Obviously, this clear coat will start to fade and wear off over time, but the sealant should prolong and protect the look.

Replacing the Wood

Many people, rather than spend money on repair, just to replace their wood. Wood shingle replacement is one of the cheapest projects, so it actually makes some logical sense if you can afford it. If your current shingles are in such bad shape that is going to cost thousands of dollars to fix them, it might be a more practical long-term solution to just replace them completely right now. This project will have a bigger impact on your property value, plus you won't have to worry about any repairs for decades to come.

For more information, contact your local roofing repair service.