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Inspecting Cedar Shingles:

A properly installed wood roof should last for 30 to 40 years, or in some cases even longer. To determine if your cedar shingled roof needs to be reroofed look at the ends of the wood shingles to see if they are split or cupped. Make sure you inspect the side of the roof that faces south as it receives the most exposure to the sun and therefore weathers more quickly. If there is a significant amount of moss check the attic to see if moisture is leaking through.


Look, as well, along the ridge of the roof to see how straight and level it is. If there is sagging it could be an indication that the roof has too many layers, the roofing material is too heavy for the house, or that the rafters are undersized. If there is sagging, that looks like waves, between the roof trusses the sheathing should be replaced with thicker wood the next time your re-shingle your roof.


Regardless of the kind of roofing material you choose, have your roof professionally installed. A poorly installed roof will not live up to its maximum possible longevity. Roofing contractors should install materials according to the manufacturers specification so as not to void the warranty.