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Three Tips To Doing Your Own Minor Repairs To Cedar Shake Roofing

Cedar shake roofing can be a great roofing product to have on your home, but it may eventually need to have repairs done. For major repairs or replacement of your entire roof, you may want to contact a professional roofing contractor; minor repairs and maintenance are something that you can do yourself with a little skill. You can do things like clean the roof, replace a shake and putting loose shakes back in place. Doing these repairs yourself can help to keep your roof in good condition and reduce costs of repairs. Here are three tips to doing your own cedar roofing repairs for minor maintenance:

1. Cleaning And Removing Debris From A Cedar Shake Roof

Cleaning roofing shakes is one of the things you can do to increase their life.  Many people make the mistake of using pressure washers to clean shakes, which removes the sealant finish and exposes shakes to weather and decay. You can use a light bleach mixture and garden hose to clean your shakes, but first remove any debris and sweep the roof. If you choose to use a pressure washer, you may want to consider applying a new sealant to the roof to ensure that it is protected from the elements.

2. Removing And Replacing Damaged Shakes On Your Roof

Shakes can become damaged due to things like weathering, storm damage and wear. These damaged shakes need to be replaced to prevent other problems with your roof. Removing a shake is simple with a roofing flat-bar, which is a tool to remove shingles. You will want to slide the bar beneath the shingles, and press down on it to remove the nails. If it is difficult to remove a shake, you can remove the shakes above it. Tap on the bar where the nails are to drive them back into the roof. Now, slide the new shake into place and nail it in place.

3. Attaching Loose Shakes That Are Not Too Damaged

Sometimes, shakes can become loose, but may still be in good condition. You can slide these back into place and fasten them with new nails. They should line up with the adjacent shakes in an even line, or if there is a staggered pattern, they should line up with other shakes in the pattern. When nailing the shakes, try to nail the shake beneath the one above it by slightly lifting the upper shake and driving the nail at an angle, to keep the nails beneath the wood shakes. You can also use brackets like those used with slates to fasten the shakes in place and ensure that there are not exposed nails on your roofing.

These are some of the minor repairs and maintenance you can do to your roof on your own. If your roof is old and needs major repairs or maintenance, contact a professional shake roofing contractor like Purvis Home Improvement to get help with the repairs. You can also ask them about advice on doing some of these repairs and maintenance on your own, and get a hands-on lesson for shake roof repairs.