As a homeowner, you want to get the best value from your investment. There are several options you can have in the life of your cedar roof.
Do nothing to the roof for the life of it, then replace it.
Depending on the quality of shake, this can be anywhere from 10-25 years.
Repair the roof periodically.
Replacing broken shakes and ridge caps is essential to maintaining the integrity of the roof. Broken shakes and caps can allow water to ingress, potentially causing damage inside the house.
An important point, though, is that repairing only does not extend the life of the roof because it does nothing to retard the impact of the weather and sun on the remaining surfaces.
This process is of value if you start early enough though because it can be repeated as often as you choose, thereby re-roofing your home gradually over a long period of time.
Make sure you check your caulking and metal parts as part of your leak prevention strategy.
Repair the broken shakes and caps, then clean the roof and treat it with a good quality roof treatment.
This allows the roof to breathe but, at the same time, provides a protectant from the UV from the sun and from other environmental hazards.
If your roof is in restorable condition, the best value is to have the entire roof protected. It extends the life of the roof and gives a much more even appearance to the roof.
Application of a roof treatment is generally more valuable when applied to a middle age roof usually 10-14 years old. The benefit to a younger roof is primarily cosmetic only while the benefit to an older roof is one shot of extending the life of the roof.
Economics will always be the bottom line that decides what level of investment you make into your cedar roof.
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