Cedar shingles can be a beautiful addition to any home, but unlike other roofing materials, this type of shingle requires special care and consideration. Because of this, home owners should be familiar with the signs of damage that may lead to the need for cedar shingle replacement.
It is important that cedar shingles are inspected for damage and deterioration at least once a year to avoid more serious problems. Look for signs of cracking, warping and splitting as well as loose or missing shingles. Check for potential leaks by looking for water stains on walls and ceilings inside the home as well, as this will provide a general location of shingles that may need repair or replacement. Be especially on the lookout for a type of warping where the edges of the shingle curls up to expose the underlayment because this is often the source of leaks.
Be aware also that cedar is an organic material making it subject to moss growth, rot and decay over time. Decaying shingles will usually exhibit these signs:
- Bottom edges that are frayed or split
- Areas between cracks or splits have a fuzzy, furry texture
- Shingles or the walls below them are discolored or streaky in appearance
Missing shingles can cause serious roof damage as they allow the elements to invade the surrounding areas. Moisture in particular can seep under adjacent shingles leading to leaks and rot. While moss growth can generally be washed away, the above signs often indicate that shingle repair or replacement is necessary.
Finally, when it comes to the question of whether to repair or replace your shake shingles, know that cedar shingle replacement and repair is not a do-it-yourself project. Because of the complexities of the installation, doing it yourself could lead to more costly repairs in the future. Save time and money by consulting a roofing expert.