Roofing

How to Install Cedar Shake Shingles

Cedar shake shingles are well-known for the classically rich, yet rustic look they provide when used to roof a home. They are also long lasting, low maintenance and provide natural insulation. They cost about the same as asphalt shingles, cover almost the same area as asphalt and even install right over an existing roof. Anyone with a little roofing experience can make this a weekend project once they learn about how to install cedar shake shingles.

Preparation

Slate Shingle Repair

Repairing the roof of your home is an art that most homeowners cannot honestly say that they can do without a helping hand from an expert. In fact, most people call in someone to help when they are missing a few tiles or have to repair a damaged one because they do not feel confident going on the roof to do it.

However, slate shingle repair is by no means a difficult task at all and is one that could save you a lot of money if you decide to do it yourself rather than calling in the professionals. If you want a quick guide to tell you how to carry out slate shingle repair then the one below will tell you everything you need to know.

Step By Step Guide

Fire Resistant Roofing Material

Are Asphalt Roofing Shingles Fireproof?The roof is the largest surface of a house that is exposed to the elements, including fire sparks. In order to protect your property and family it is wise to choose the right fire resistant roofing material for your home. If you are concerned about fire safety you may want to consider replacing your existing roof with a material that is more fire resistant.

When wildfires and brush fires spread to homes or businesses, it is often because burning branches, leaves, and other debris are buoyed by the heated air. They are then carried by the wind and land on rooftops where they start fires.

Roofing over Existing Shingles

Many home owners and roofing contractors often try to save a few dollars by roofing over existing shingles. This may or may not be a good option for the home you are working on. There are several considerations that you need to be aware of.

In many situations your warrantee will be null and voided if you add a second or third layer to your roof. If you already have a layered roof, adding yet another layer is not advised because of the additional weight on your home’s structure. Often times even roofing over a single layer of shingles can damage your roof’s structure over time.

Roof Drip Caps

A roof drip cap or drip edge is used to direct water away that would otherwise run behind your gutters. If the roof edge is too short to direct all rain water into the gutters this creates the problems of rotting of the fascia and roof, stains, flooding and erosion. Fortunately this problem is easily corrected by installing roof drip caps.