McKinney Roofing: Article About Wooden Roofs For Historical Homes
Prior to the invention of asphalt shingles, most homes were roofed with wooden or tile shingles. Some lucky homeowners own houses with original wooden shingles intact, and have found that, with proper maintenance, this type of roofing system is more efficient than those featuring newer shingles. Homeowners that are considering putting a wooden shingle roof back onto their historic home should find a McKinney roofing company that can help restore their home to its former condition.
Asphalt shingles replaced wooden shingles due to the prevalence of roof fires involving coal furnaces and fireplaces. Many homes built after 1920 had their wooden roofs replaced with a safer asphalt option. The risk of fire is almost zero with modern heating appliances, so cedar shingles are widely available and a popular option for homeowners looking for durable roofing options.
To determine if a home originally had wooden shingles, the answer sits in the attic. If the house was built with wooden shingles, there will be a layer of wood shingles applied to the skipped decking. There will typically be a gap of a few inches between each board to allow the shingles to dry from the inside, and the shingles are visible between these gaps.
The roofers from Fairclaims Roofing and Construction of McKinney TX can answer your questions about gutters or windows.
When the decision has been made to install a cedar roof, there are a few things to think about when purchasing cedar shingles. The grade is important because there are two types of roof grade cedar shingles. Western red cedar shingles are considered "Number 1 Blue Label," while white cedar shingles are "A grade." One hundred square feet of shingles costs about 50 percent more than the same amount of asphalt shingles, and the price differs between the two grades. Length is another thing to consider. The shingles are random in width but come in the same length and thickness. What length a home's original shingles were depends on how they were cut during that time period.
The reveal of the shingles is usually the most important aspect of their value. The ratio of shingle length to reveal is the deciding factor in how long the roof will last. Ideally, the reveal should never be more than one third of the shingle length. If the home happens to retain its original roof and the ratio is not one third, the reveal should be preserved, whereas the shingle length should be increased to meet the maximum ratio.
A wood shingled roof can easily last over a hundred years if it's well maintained and installed properly. While the installation process may seem daunting, salvaging a historical home's character while saving money over a long period of time is well worth the process.