How To Maintain Wooden Shingles

19 June 2017
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Wooden shingles are an aesthetically unique type of roofing material that provides a high degree of protection to your roof. However, like all roofing materials, wooden shingles require a certain amount of maintenance in order to stay in good condition. Thankfully, maintenance of wooden shingles is a fairly simple process that you can complete yourself to extend the lifespan of your wooden shingle roof for as long as possible.

Trimming

One of the most important things that you can do to maintain the condition of your wooden shingles is to cut any branches that may overhang your roof. This is because twigs and leaves can fall off of trees and onto your roof, where they can hold onto water and clog up your gutter system, increasing the amount of exposure to water that your wooden shingles experience, which can cause warping and mold growth. In a similar vein, if you aren't able to trim down all the branches, you should at least get up on your roof and clean off any sort of twigs or leaves which may have fallen onto the roof and into the gutters.

Install Anti-Mold Strips

Because it's impossible to remove all sources of water from your roof, it is possible that mold and mildew can begin to grow on your wooden roof. Beyond being an eyesore, mold can actually eat away at individual shingles and leave your roof susceptible to leaks, as well as holding onto excessive amounts of water which can cause further growth and warping. In order to prevent this from happening, you can purchase anti-mold strips, which are made out of either zinc or copper, and install them on the peak of your roof. Water will take small amounts of the metal off of the strips and carry them over the surface of your roof, and the natural anti-bacterial qualities of the metal will prevent mold from growing.

Removing Mold

However, sometimes mold can begin to grow on a wooden roof despite your best efforts. If that is the case, you can remove it yourself using a mixture of one part bleach mixed into three parts water, with a little cleaning detergent added in for good measure. Then, all you have to do is scrub the affected area liberally with a sponge soaked in the solution until the mold is removed. Be sure to rinse the area off with plain water afterwards, as the bleach can remove the color from your wooden shingles if left to linger.

Do you need some help with your roof? Contact a business such as The Carroll County Roofing Company LLC.