Considering A Wood Roof? Three Additional Budget Factors You Need To Be Aware Of

Posted on: 2 April 2018

Wood roofing, most commonly made from cedar shakes, has many benefits: it can withstand hail, stands up to high winds, and gives your home a beautiful, rustic look. If you are considering this as a roofing option for your home, you may pay close attention to the cost of the roofing material and the installation costs. When it comes to wood roofing, there are also a few lesser known factors that need to be considered. Here are three additional monetary factors you need to know about if you are considering a wood roof:

The Cost of Added Decking

Wood shakes are heavy. Unfortunately, this means that not every roof can support the weight of these materials. If you love the look of them but have a roof that cannot support the weight, additional decking, such as trusses and sheathing, may need to be added to the roof in order to support the weight of heavier roofing materials. Adding decking to a roofing system is costly, so this is always something you should price out before you invest in wood shakes. 

Fire Retardant Costs

There are many advantages to wood shakes, but one of the disadvantages is that they are naturally susceptible to fire. To help minimize the fire risk, it is recommended that wood shakes be treated with a fire retardant after they are applied. The specific retardant that is used varies based on the climate in which you reside. In order to apply the retardant, you have to pay for both material costs and labor costs; as such, you need to be aware of this expense before settling on wood shakes. 

Increased Maintenance Expenses

The last added expense that you should consider, if you are thinking about installing wood roofing materials, is the increased maintenance cost of this material. Wood is susceptible to algae and mildew growth, wood-eating pests, and warping due to moisture. As such, this material needs to be inspected, maintained and repaired more often than other roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, ceramic tiles, and composite shakes. If money may be tight in the future, this is something to keep in mind as you look at wood roofing materials. You can contact a local contractor that specializes in wood roofing repair and installation for more information on maintenance costs and requirements. 

Wood roofing is beautiful, but it is also one of the more expensive roofing options on the market. Taking the time to learn about all of costs associated with this type of roof will help you determine if a real wood roof best meets your needs, or if a composite shake designed to look like wood may be the better choice for you.