Home Care Tip #8: Wood Shake Roofs

Maintaining your home’s wood shake roof is a good way to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. It also helps your home look fresh and new year round!

  • Clear debris from the roof valleys, roof fields, and spots where debris likes to snag, like the upper rim of skylights
  • Pressure washing of mildew from shakes if this hasn’t been done in the last 3-5 years
  • Replacement of any split or rotten shakes at roof fields and ridge-caps.
  • Check ridge-caps for stability and re-secure if loose.
  • Apply an anti-fungal spray with a pump sprayer. This does not have to be done every year. If it is put on thick it can last from 3-5 years. Caution: Wood shake roofs can be very slippery. Use a good quality ladder to access the roof, use golf shoes with metal spikes or extremely good lug soled boots to walk on the roof. Start spraying the anti-fungal spray at the highest spot on the roof and work your way back to your ladder. Watch out for the change in traction when the anti-fungal spray is applied. Never walk on any area with wet spray!

About Marti Reeder

I am a full-time, full-service REALTOR® for John L. Scott, Kent-Covington, Washington. Serving primarily the South Puget Sound, my goal is to provide my clients with first class service and to make the home buying or home selling process as simple as possible.

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