Posted on: 24 January 2018Share
If you have a wood shake roof, proper maintenance will help ensure it lasts for generations. Throughout the life of wood shakes, you will be battling problems with fungus and rot. There are different maintenance and improvements that can be done to prevent these problems, such as regular cleaning and use of sealants. Here are some of the things that you can do to reduce problems with fungus on wood shake roofs:
1. Regular Cleaning to Keep Grime Out of Wood Grain
The worst enemy for your wood shakes is dirt, which can get into all the tiny cracks in the wood grain. This is where fungus will start to grow and take hold to your wood and the rot will begin. It is important that you do routine cleaning maintenance to keep the grime out of the grains of wood roofing. When you do clean your roof, use a broom to gently scrub between the cracks and remove all the dirt that will give fungus and other organisms a place to start to grow. Occasionally, you may want to pressure-wash shakes, but do not do this too frequently because it can damage the surface.
2. Using Specially Formulated Sealants to Protect Wood Shakes
Every few years, you can apply a specially formulated sealant to wood shakes, which is usually an oil-based product. This is when you will want to do thorough cleaning with a pressure washer. Clean the materials with pressure washer to restore color to faded and discolored wood. Apply a coat of sealant to the shakes to protect them for a few more years. This is also a good time to inspect your roof for damaged shakes and do any repairs that are needed.
3. Installing Zinc Strips and Flashing in Shaded Moist Conditions
Fungus on roofs can greatly reduce lifespans and cause rot, which is why you will want to prevent these problems. In conditions with a lot of shade and high rainfall, fungus can be difficult to stop. Zinc strips at the ridges and in areas with flashing will help to reduce these problems. Zinc will help protect any type of roofing materials that are vulnerable to damage from fungus like moss and lichen.
These are some of the things that you can do to combat problems with fungus and rot of wood shake roofing. If you need help with installation, repairs or replacement of wood shakes, contact professional roofing contractors to help.