08:05AM | 09/04/01
Member Since: 09/03/01
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We are considering the purchase of a beautiful home that is about 15 years old in Wellington, Florida. The home is on a wooded 1/2 acre lot and is in a fantastic neighborhood.

Unfortunately, this house has a wood shake roof (with skylights), that we know will require routine maintenance and will eventually need to be replaced, even if no problems are present now. We're not sure about our options for replacement roofs, the benefits of each, or the cost of converting a wood shake roof.

Can you help us understand our options, likely investments required, and sources of further guidance to help us make a decision? Thanks!


01:48PM | 10/31/01
Member Since: 10/30/01
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Hope I can shed some light on your questions.

All red cedar shingles and shakes, commonly a 3/4" x 24" handsplit and resawn shake in your area - are available from the manufacturer with a pre-treatment of pressure impregnated CCA preservative treatment. The treating companys offer 30 and 40 year warrantees against rot and decay. The product works, and is used in many hot humid climates for all wood products used in construction. Other than keeping your roof clean, which needs to be done with any roof - the CCA treated shakes will need little maintenance.
The shakes do fit best in what sounds like a very nice rural setting.
The cost to replace with alternative products depends on how the current roof is constructed.
Contact me if you would like to follow up or visit my website @
Thanks and good luck.

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