July 2010
Search    

Caring for wood roof systems

Caring for wood roof systems not ratednot ratednot ratednot ratednot rated

Wood shakes and wood shingles require specialized maintenance

by Maciek Rupar
Be the first to comment


Currently, the appeal of a wood shake or wood shingle roof system principally is associated with its appearance. Other steep-slope roof coverings can imitate wood's textures, colors and shapes but rarely are mistaken for the genuine article.

Material property changes resulting from wood's interaction with the environment—referred to as "weathering"—are largely responsible for its aesthetic character. However, these same weathering effects provide indications of a wood roof system's physical condition. Early detection and appropriate response to certain conditions resulting from weathering can make a difference between a wood roof system's need for repair or complete replacement.

Weathering of wood

Wood degradation results from the cumulative effects of ultraviolet (UV) light, stresses from changing moisture content, leaching of natural wood preservatives and decay caused by fungi. The deterioration rate depends on roof slope, roof orientation, shading, climate, air circulation available for...



To read the article in its entirety, please log in or register (registration is free).

Log in or register for FREE access to this article and other Professional Roofing online content.

Not a professionalroofing.net user?

Register now for free access
  • Full access to every article
  • Online Web exclusive information
  • Photo gallery
  • Breaking news
  • Online classified ads

Already a professionalroofing.net user?

Log in now

User name:

Password:

 


Login help
Click here to have your user name and password emailed to you.




Comments (0) Login to post a comment or rating
There are no comments posted.

NRCA NRCA