Chicago Cedar Shake Roof Contractor - Wood Shingle Installation Experts
Cedar shake roofs are a great-looking and long-lasting alternative to traditional shingles. These tough and unique roofs have a style that can set them apart from others. And with a professional cedar shake roof installation company serving Chicago like Innovative, you can enjoy this type of roof for years to come with no risk.
However, while a cedar roof lasts for a long time, they don’t last forever. If you have a cedar shake roof, you need to know some of the common signs that show your roof needs to be replaced. This will keep you from having a bad roof which can lead to other problems.
How a Professional Cedar Shake Roofing Company knows if Your Roof Needs to Be Replaced...
Leaks are one of the most frequent signs of old or damaged cedar shake roofs. Water damage and leaks are signs that you need a roof replacement. However, these leaks should be caught early, which can be tricky, before it causes too much damage.
If you have an aging cedar roof, make sure you check for leaks regularly, especially after severe storms or heavy rains. Look for wall or ceiling discoloration or go into the attic and look for water or discolored plywood, inside the roof. These are common signs that water has entered the house.
Cupping or Curling
Cedar shakes warp and distorts with age. Some warping is natural and normal, however, too much distortion causes a roof to leak which can cause damage to the shingles. One common way for shingles to warp is cupping and curling.
Cupping and curling happen over time. Cedar shingles and shakes have to deal with heat, rain, UV radiation, and other natural elements and forces. Over time, shingle contraction and extraction can lead to cupping and curling. Excessive curling and cupping, for example, exposes the underlayment beneath the shingles or shakes. This is a sign that you need to have your roof repaired or replaced.
Please note that new cedar shakes or shingles will curl and cup slightly after installed. If there are extreme curling and cupping, it’s a sign of bad installation. That’s why it’s vital that you work with roofers who have experience maintaining and installing cedar roofing.
Elemental exposure and age, along with curling and cupping, can cause cedar shingles and shakes to split. The split may be gradual or can occur suddenly. In any case, a split shingle is a sign that you need a roof replacement or should at least consider getting your roof repaired.
If you notice a split in any of your shingles pay attention to how the split looks in comparison to the other shingles. If the split is a brighter color than the shingle’s exterior, this is a common sign of debris or storm damage. If this is the case, you should check your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if the roof repair is covered.
Algae, Moss, or Rot
Cedar shakes, unlike asphalt shingles, are made from organic material. Over time sun and water exposure can cause the cedar to start to break down or soften, just like any wood. Algae, mold, moss, and rot are common issues for cedar shingles and shakes, especially if they’re installed in a cool or shady location where there’s lots of water or rain.
You can check for growth or rot on your shingles, looking for symptoms or signs:
Discolored or streaky appearances on shingles or the wall of the house beneath them.
Furry or fuzzy textures between the shingle cracks or on the edges.
Split bottom or frayed edges.
Damaged or Missing Shingles
If you find your cedar shakes missing entirely or if pieces are damaged or missing, this may be the final sign your cedar shake roof needs to be replaced. Cedar shake roofs are durable, but they can’t stand up to excessive damage or missing shakes. If the roof leaks or if there are other problems inside your home, check to ensure the shakes are missing.
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Why a cedar shake installation might be right for you...
1. IT LOOKS GREAT!
No one wants their roof to look unappealing. Luckily, cedar shake roofs are beautiful, particularly if you give extra thought to the paint and siding materials that you want to use. Remember, if you want to sell your home one day, it has to look great in order to command top dollar. Therefore, the appearance of your roof is very important.
2. It PROVIDES INSULATION BENEFITS.
Running your heating and air conditioning unit costs a lot of money. However, if you install cedar roofing, you may be able to save quite a bit of cash each month. This is because cedar roofing helps to insulate your house. When it is hot outside, the house will stay cooler. When it is cold outside, the house will stay warmer. As a result, you do not have to pay as much on your power bill each month.
3. IT IS STRONG.
No two woods are the same. Some are stronger than others, and cedar happens to be near the top of the list. Therefore, it makes for a wonderful roof, as it can hold up even during terrible weather events. That is not to say that cedar wood cannot be damaged, however; there is no wood that is infallible. Still, it is very strong, and if you put a finish on it, you can help it to stand up to fungus and fire as well.
4. IT IS STABLE.
Roofing materials have a tendency to change over time when out in the rain and sun. For example, some materials contract while others move slightly. This happens with cedar roofing as well, but not to the same extent. As a result, you will not have to fix your roof as often if you choose a cedar material.
5. IT LASTS A LONG TIME.
A cedar shake roof can have a lifespan of up to forty years, depending on your unique circumstances. If you treat your roof well, you will not need to do much with it for quite a long time. Therefore, the money you put into the roof is well worth it.
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Why Innovative Home Concepts Is The ONLY Choice as Your Cedar Shake roof Installer...
If you are looking for a naturally beautiful roofing option, you can't go wrong with Wood shake. Both shingles (which are thin) and shakes (which are thicker) provide durable protection and a stately elegance to your building.
Why Innovative Is The Right Choice
- Properly installing cedar shake roofing takes specific skill and knowledge. From choosing the right materials to laying out and attaching the shingles or shakes, we are the experts. Our experience puts us at the top of the list when it comes to contractors offering wood shake roofing.
- We pick products that are of the highest quality to use on your roofing project. It's crucial to choose high-quality materials if you plan on having a wood shake roof. Our shakes are Blue label, Grade A, and certified to be 100% vertical grain as well as 100% edge grain. We know that is the only way to go to be true to our high standards.
- We evaluate options for products very carefully. Whether to use untreated or treated wood, old or new growth, are questions we decide based on each particular job. We will discuss your options to ensure we make the right choice.
- We will install your cedar roofing properly and in a cost-effective manner. Installing cedar shakes properly requires exact measurements of both types of overlap, head and side. Making these calculations accurately will save you money on your materials and ensures the roof is installed correctly.
- We also use the best fasteners. For wood shingle and shake roofs, nails and stainless steel staples are the fasteners that work the best. They don't rust, ensuring they last just as long as your roof does.
- Our expert installation ensures your manufacturer's warranty is valid. Making a poor choice when it comes to your contractor can result in a warranty that is void.
- We also provide a 5-year warranty on labor for our cedar shake and shingle roofs.
- We will take care of your home like it was our own. Our employees will exercise caution and respect when installing your roof. Don't settle for any less.
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