Wood has been a popular roofing material for hundreds of years and today it is still widely used for construction, in Minneapolis and everywhere else for that matter. Indeed, aside from asphalt, wood is probably the material you find most often protecting a home against the elements. But just like the other roofing materials we have discussed in this blog, it has just as many disadvantages as it does advantages. It is up to you to find out what these are; and it is up to us to help you get that knowledge. So let’s get started on this task.
What You Gain
As we mentioned before, wood has been one of the most popular materials to use for building roofs. It has been around just as long as tile but doesn’t carry the same sizeable initial cost. That is probably one of the primary advantages of wood shingles: they are cheap. Though they aren’t quite as cheap as asphalt, you get a value that is at least comparable in certain areas of the country and lasts much longer. If you are good about maintaining your roof, wood shingles can usually last up to fifty years. In addition, wood shingles are the easiest material to install, driving the price of construction in Minneapolis down substantially, and they are also very easy to replace: simply remove the damaged shingle and replace it with another one. Wood shingles are also especially appealing to Minneapolis homeowners in that they are quite durable in adverse conditions.
What You Must Put In
Wood shingles do come with their set of flaws, however. In addition to normal problems you will find with any roofing material, such as the formation of leaks, you do have one other thing to consider: mold and mildew. Wood is unique from other shingles in that it can rot away as a result of mold. Because it is a naturally occurring shingle type, you do have to keep in mind that moisture-proofing the roof is essential to prolonging its lifespan. If you don’t, you might as well put in asphalt instead. Wood is also a severe fire hazard, obviously, so you need to make sure that your heater is up to standards and that the wood itself is kept clear of any intense heat sources. Wood is also susceptible to decay from prolonged exposure to light, so you need to protect it against the sun as well.
Count on Coty
If properly maintained, a wood shingle roof can be a boon for your next construction project in Minneapolis. It lasts seemingly forever, is a sustainable resource for all your greenies out there, and comes in a variety of colors which make it attractive to many potential buyers. If you have any questions about wood shingles, be sure to contact Coty. We can provide all the answers you seek.