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Old 03-20-2014, 07:49 PM   #1
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Can an 18 year old cedar shake roof be restored?


I dont think the roof has been well maintained. I just bought the house and I am trying to extend the life a year or two more? I called a couple of roofing companies and they basically said I need a new roof. They say they can fix some shingles and the ridges but no guarantees.

Do I have to just spend money on a new roof? Anyway to get a year or two out of it?

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Old 03-20-2014, 08:21 PM   #2
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They say they can fix some shingles and the ridges but no guarantees.
That is exactly what we would also tell you.

Depends on what they want for that work but it will still be cheaper than a new roof. If your roof was beyond repair, I would suspect they would not have offered the option.

Oh and wood shakes are popular in So Cal, we tear off 25-30yr old shake roofs all the time, yours is only 18yrs old but your location will have an impact also.

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Old 03-20-2014, 08:37 PM   #3
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Thanks for your response.

I am in Seattle, WA and it rains a lot here and hence it could be different. Around my neighborhood I think most folks have the original roof and they still look OK, but I think they maintained it well...

Is it worth spending the 2000 dollars for restoration or should I just get a new one.

Is there anyways to get some certification
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:52 PM   #4
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If the roof is small then I would rather put the 2k into a new roof. If the roof is large (40+ sqs) then the 2k repair may be better if your short funds.

I doubt any roofing company will offer a warranty on a repair to an old shake roof.

Do you have a lot of leaks ? looked in the attic during the last rain ?
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I keep on checking the attic (just from the door, I don't go in) and I have not seen any leakage. The plywood looks to be of the same color all around.
The roof is large, getting it fixed will be minimum 21K
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No leaks but in poor shape and its big hmmm.

Based on the fact you see nothing in the attic and no apparent active leaking or ceiling stains then your in a better position. I would keep people off the roof, foot traffic wont help it. Start planning the new roof but do nothing with it in the mean time.

You may or may not need a roof right now, the roofer may have just been using scare tactics. You said yourself it doesn't leak, may not look great, but its not really that old at 18yrs. Like I said, we usually re roof them in the 25 yrs of age + range.
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Every other person that walks the roof is a other possible leak.

21K is the repair or replacement?
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2k was the repair option, 21k was the new roof option I believe.
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2k was the repair option, 21k was the new roof option I believe.
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If I plan to put the house on the market without changing the roof, I am wondering if I can simply get it washed so that it atleast looks clean.

I think the roof is really gone. there is grass/algae growing on the side of the shingles. It must be really soft to promote this growth.

Should I just wash it so that it looks clean and when the inspector calls out then bargain with seller.

Is this a good idea?
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newRoofBlah,

I too am in the Seattle area, and bought a house a few years ago that had a cedar shake roof that was fifteen years old. Like your roof, it had been installed over a USB roof deck, not skip sheathing, so that the shakes couldn't 'breathe' when they were wet, and the shakes were toast. Why the home inspector didn't point out the solid roof deck and it's potential negatives is beyond comprehension.

A couple of roofing companies told me they could do spot repairs to the worst shakes, but then you end up with a roof with different colored shingles everywhere, and you are just applying bandaids to the problem.

I ended up re-roofing my house using asphalt shingles.

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Several years back I built a reproduction of an ole Williamsburg in Memphis, they wanted a shake roof. They settled for a shake roof made from treated pine, if I remember right. It didn't take long to weather and looked great, these were the thick butt type. I don't know how well they held up, I haven't been back in a few years.
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I have seen shake roofs that looked so bad and decrepit that one would think "no way is that not leaking" but, in fact they don't. I have also seen many that look great but leak.
Just because it's aged and has vegetation growing on it doesn't mean it's shot. Yes, the surface will be soft but if that is sprayed off you will see a solid piece of wood below that still. It all depends on the thickness of the shake as to how long it will last.

If it isn't leaking but just looks "bad" then I wouldn't be too concerned right now, unless it's purely for looks.
When I was still doing residential, we cleaned and repaired a lot of shakes. Pressure washed, repaired damage, oiled. (never seal shakes) After a few seasons the repairs blend right in. Has anyone suggested this? I can drive by some still today that are going strong. This really should only be done by someone who knows exactly what they are doing though.

Shakes over plywood is one of the worst advents in roofing. It will cut the useable lifespan of shakes in half or more. It really sucks because it is one of the best roofing materials for a pitched roof next to rocks.
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They can look like crappola and still be okay. Start walking them though...you can create your own nightmare.

See if it will clean up.

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