Welcome Plast Wood USA, your wood roofing experts. Plast Wood USA is capable of meeting all of your wood roof needs. Whether it is a new roof being installed or an old one that needs repairing, consulting with us will make your life much easier. Wood roofs are considered to be the nicest looking roof compared to any of the alternatives. However, if it is not installed or repaired properly, it can end up being more costly down the road. Therefore, using the expertise and guidance of well established wood roofing company such as Plast Wood USA will make matters much easier.
There are several different types of wood roofing options. However, the two most popular types are wood shakes and shingles. In most cases, wood shakes and shingles made out of cedar are the most widely used. This is because cedar has excellent natural resistance towards insects and it is also very durable. Pine is also used after it has been specially treated with insect resistant chemicals. On an aesthetic level, shingles will have a smoother looking appearance compared to shakes. Shakes can either be hand sawn or hand split. Hand split shakes will have more rugged appearance. Shakes are the longer lasting of the two, up to 50 years, because of their thicker construction. Shingles on the other hand typically last around 20 to 25 years.
When it comes time to repairing wood roofs of any type, there are a few things that need to be kept in mind. The good news is that wood roofs are not only easier but safer to repair or replace, compared to any other type of roof. The tools needed to replace them will also be minimal. In most cases, a ladder, galvanized roofing nails, hammer and chisel, hammer board and roofing cement are all that is needed. In most cases, wood shake or shingles need to be replaced because of damage caused by debris such as broken branches. If the roof has reached the end of its life expectancy then replacing is the best option. As mentioned earlier, shake roofs will typically need replacement after 50 years, whereas shingles will need to be replaced approximately after 20 years.
If the house is located in a fire-prone area, then the shakes and shingles will need to be pressure treated with special fire retarding materials, before they can be legally installed. In fact, in some areas where fire hazards are considered to be high, any type of wood roof may be illegal. Therefore, check with the local building codes before venturing forward with something like this. Wood roofs of any type are installed by nailing them with galvanized nails. This means when it is time to repair them, it will have to be pried loose. This can be a tricky process because there is always the chance of damaging the neighboring shingles or shakes. However, if it is done by experienced professionals, such as the ones found at Plast Wood USA, you can be rest assured that the job will be well done.