Cedar Roofing Frequently Asked Questions
The major problems that homeowners may notice is loose shakes, moss covering, missing shingles, warping and cracking. Frequently those will signs will result in a large or small leak. However, having damaged cedar shakes or a leak doesn’t automatically mean that the whole roof must be replaced.
The average price range to install a 3,000-square foot shake roof is between $19,000 and $22,000, or about $650 to $690 per square. Low cost for installation is around $17,000 and high cost is about $29,000.
In most homes, the average life expectancy of a cedar shake roof will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 to 40 years. This can be slightly longer than asphalt shingles, but this will vary based on factors such as climate and the presence of overhanging trees.
A shingle that has lifted from the roof can simply be re-nailed down and the nailheads sealed with roofing cement. Repair a split shingle by closing the gap between the two pieces, nailing them to the roof deck, and sealing the crack and nailheads with roofing cement.
Cracked, warped, missing, or broken shingles need to be replaced. Here’s how to do this:
– Split the defective shingle along the wood grain
– Slide a flat bar up under the shingle
– Measure and cut a replacement shingle to fit the space
– Tap the replacement into place
– Drive two roofing nails just below the butt of the shingle