How to Replace Wood Shingles

Many homeowners in the last few years have been confronted by their insurance companies about their wood roofs. Wood shingles and wood roofing systems are being phased out as the dangers that come with them concern the insurance industry. Wood roofs are more susceptible to damage and offer less fire resistance. Let’s look at how to replace wood shingles and why you should consider it.

Replacing Wood Shingles

If you’re approached by your insurance company to replace your wood shingles roof, stay calm and call a roofer. Have a roofer come out and give you an estimate on what it would cost to replace your roof and meet your insurance company’s specifications for coverage. In some cases, your insurance company will actually pay for the replacement after you put forth the deductible so don’t ignore the notice.

When you have a roofer come out, they’ll inspect your roof and see if you have any other mitigating issues. They’ll be able to give you an estimate on replacing your wood shingle roofing system and upgrade you to an asphalt shingle roofing system that’s more industry standard. From there, you can get with your insurance company to see what they will and won’t cover.

Wood shingles are slowly becoming a thing of the past as homeowners are forced to upgrade to more modern roofs. While wood shingles are beautiful and offered a way for homes to be unique and stand out, they’re slowly going the way of the dinosaur. If you’re ready to replace your wooden roofing system, a roofer can help you get started.

Replacing wood shingles and your roof in general isn’t hard to do. It’s just a matter of working with a roofer to pick the style, color and type of shingles you’ll use. From there, it’s scheduling a time for the roof to be replaced and getting the job done. Once you sign with a roofer, it shouldn’t take long to replace your wooden roofing system.

Matching the Style of Your Home

Finding the right roofing material for your home can be a daunting task. A homeowner will just ask for shingles but then find out there is a variety of those as well. Don’t fear! Roofcorp is here with a quick introduction of the more common roofing materials and which style homes they tend to match up with.

Matching Your Roof to Your Home

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are now available in an extremely wide variety of colors. They can come in a uniform cut or an “architectural” style where they are cut in different sizes and shapes to add more character. It is tough to not find a shingle style that can match the style of your home unless you have already decided that asphalt shingles won’t work for you.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

One of the oldest forms of roofing known to man, clay and concrete tiles are still popular today. They still have roots in the style of homes from which they have long been covering. Tiles are an excellent choice for Mission, Spanish and Mediterranean style homes. They are also very popular in the American Southwest on adobe and stucco homes as they match the character very well. You will need to check with your contractor to see if your roofing structure meets the load bearing requirements for clay and concrete tiles.

Wood Shakes and Shingles

A popular style in the Pacific Northwest and here in Colorado, wood shakes are renowned for their rustic character and natural appeal. They flow very well in homes that are mostly constructed of wood or reside in a forest or mountain setting.

Slate Roofing

The style to choose for the most ostentatious of homes. Slate roofing has a striking beauty that is difficult to rival in the roofing world. Slate roofing caps off the look of regal homes and high value property. However slate is the most expensive of the more common roofing materials. Like tiles, the structure will need to meet certain load bearing requirements for slate.

Of course different homes call for different circumstances. If you just can’t figure out what you want, take a look at our products page or contact one of our roofing experts.