Many of the wood shake roofs built in the Denver Metro area 20-30 years ago have not been treated properly creating an epidemic of failing roof systems. IEI Restoration Company specializes in evaluating the condition of wood shake shingles and developing solutions involving repair or replacement based on our findings.
Benefits of Shake Shingles:
- They’re attractive when brand new.
- They have a high wind rating.
- Very resilient to hail damage
Disadvantages of Shake Shingles:
- Very high maintenance (should be treated once a year).
- Significant fire hazard.
- High insurance premiums
The good news about shake roofs is that they’ll last through just about any storm, the bad news is that they’ll last until they rot off your roof. And right now many of the shake roofs installed in the late 80's and early 90's are at the end of their lifespan.
As shake shingles age you get feathering, breakage, erosion, and holes from erosion that expose the underlayment, which in turn will dry out and crack, creating penetration points for moisture. Examples of this kind of damage can be seen in the slideshow below.
This isn’t on some of the shake roofs we get on, this is on nearly all of them.
Also, after all the fires in recent years, individual municipalities around the state are beginning to require homeowners to replace their shake roofs with shingles that are more fire resistant, such as asphalt shingles or concrete tiles, giving them only 2 years to do so.
Replacement vs Repair
The wear and tear from these aging shake shingles is happening across at least 3 of the 4 slopes. There is often far too much damage to these slopes to make isolated repairs, full replacement is much better. If you live in a neighborhood with shake roofs, you may have seen neighbors who have had their ridge replaced and some isolated repairs done. They will have spent between $2000 and $3000 depending on the size of the roof… only to have an incomplete repair. Invariably we can go up on those roofs and point out many, many other shingles that should have been replaced but were not. The reason… because if you replaced all the shingles that needed to be replaced, you would have a new roof. Roofers can often sell repairs because a homeowner would much rather hear that the roof can be repaired for much cheaper than it can be replaced.
Roof replacement may be more affordable than you think.
Many homeowners association (HOA) in neighborhoods with shake roofs require their homeowners to go back with a minimum of a lifetime shingle. Recently, the product testing authority for shingles, Underwriter Laboratories, was able to grant dimensional 30 year shingles a lifetime status due to their excellent wind rating. Now it’s possible that a much more affordable shingle meets your HOA’s minimum requirements. Not only that, getting rid of your shakes will often help you save money on your insurance premiums.
Once the decision to replace your roof has been made, the process is very easy. Click here to see how installation works. Just pick a color and go. It only takes a day or two to install most roofs, we’ll be in and out before you know it.