Wooden Shingles

Wood ShinglesNew roofs and roof replacements are increasingly popular with natural wood shake shingles. There is a classic natural look to them that is perfect for certain types of businesses, and vacation properties. Unfortunately, some of their advantages are also accompanied by some disadvantages. Since they are made from real wood, they require more maintenance than most standard shingle options, for one. Synthetic wood shakes are an excellent alternative to real wood if you are on a budget or don’t want to commit to wood shakes. They still offer many benefits, but they are less expensive and come with fewer problems. It is almost impossible to distinguish between the two variations, but there are some significant differences between them.



Despite being relatively tough and resilient, wood shakes cannot compete with synthetic shakes when it comes to longevity and toughness. Natural shakes are subject to mold, mildew, and termites, but synthetic shakes are not. Synthetic shakes are more resistant to severe weather such as high winds and driving rain.

The maintenance process

Wood shingle roofs require significant maintenance in order to remain in good condition. The structures should be inspected regularly for signs of deterioration, such as water damage and rot. To prevent the growth of moss and algae, they should be thoroughly cleaned every few months. When it comes to synthetic shakes, they only need to be inspected once a year, which is a welcome advantage for most people.


There is a little more complexity involved in installing natural wooden shakes than other types of roofing. When wood gets wet, it expands, so during installation, that needs to be carefully taken into account. In addition, they take a lot of skill to install correctly, so your property receives the best protection while retaining that authentically organic look. In contrast, synthetic shakes are easier to install and less likely to be damaged than natural shakes.

Shingle replacement with wood

For hundreds of years, wood shingles were the roofer’s material of choice, although asphalt and slate shingles are now more common. Besides giving a building an old-world look, wood shingles are affordable and give a classic look to a property. Wood shingles are also very sturdy, and they can normally last for 25 years or more if they are well maintained by the owner.

Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid needing to replace wood shingles since they are susceptible to the same dangers as other roofing materials. There are many causes of shingle damage, including hail, high winds, and falling trees. Even though this isn’t something you’d like to think about, don’t let it frighten you. For a qualified roofer, replacing wood shingles is a simple process.

Wood ShinglesRoofing is a job that should be left to professionals, as with any other project. It is easy to damage a roof if you use the wrong tools to replace shingles, and if you place shingles incorrectly, they will break more often. Trying to repair your roof without a roofer can result in damage to your roof, and you’ll lose any savings you made. You should call an experienced roofer when it’s time for your wood shingles to be replaced.

Damage to Wood Shingles

Considering the fact that wood shingles age naturally, it’s important to keep that in mind. We should expect some weathering, and this does not indicate a problem. It may, however, be a sign of damage if shingles develop large cracks. Other signs of moisture damage such as water spots, lichens, or other evidence are also indicators that repairs are needed. The wrong installation of wood shingles can also cause them to crack or splinter prematurely, so it’s important to hire an expert roofer to do this.

Replace damaged roof shingles as soon as you notice them. Wood shingles can add ten years to your roof’s lifespan when replaced in a timely manner.

Process of replacing shingles

The roofer can replace your wood shingles once they’ve inspected the damage on your roof. The steps they will take are as follows:

  • When the broken shingle needs to be removed, the roofer will likely use a tool called a “ripper.” The ripper is a long, flat bar with hooks on the front that is used to remove the broken shingle. They will angle the ripper upwards so the nails can be pulled free, then place it beneath the shingle to remove it. Roofing debris may need to be carefully removed with a hammer or small pliers if the ripper cannot handle it.
  • When removing shingles, the roofer will carefully leave some extra space on either side of the gap in order to allow the wood to expand and contract. Once the space has been determined, the shingles will be selected.
  • In order to align the new shingle with those around it, the roofer carefully slides it into the space they measured. After the new shingle has been hung, the roofer will complete the job. In order to keep the block in the proper position, hammers, nail sets, and wooden blocks may be used. In this manner, they will replace all damaged shingles until all of them are replaced.

The best options for replacing commercial wood roofs

Durable material is the first recommendation we give to our customers. You should choose the wood that is resistant to decay because durability is one of the most important factors of your roof. In addition to being extremely durable, western red cedar is one of the most common woods used for shingles and shakes. A treated southern yellow pine roof is another popular option for replacing a commercial roof.

Choose only the best wood shakes and shingles manufactured with edge-grained heartwood or treated sapwood when you select your commercial roofing company. Commercial roofing companies should apply products that are both transparent and penetrating, such as semi-transparent oil-based stains or water-repellent preservatives. You will be able to preserve the appearance of your roof for years to come by doing this. Your roof replacement estimate should include a protective finishing product.