My wife & I are looking at buying a house in the Seattle area which has an
older shake shingle roof. I am trying to get a rough idea of what it would
cost to replace this roof. I know it is impossible to come up with an exact
figure without a professional actually coming out & doing an estimate, but
at this point I'm just trying to get a ball park figure. The house has a
1st floor of ~ 1900 sq'. It has an attached garage of ~ 600 sq'. Both are
covered with a straightforward, run of the mill sloped roof ending in
gables. The house was built on the mid 70's, the owner has disclosed that
the roof has been "repaired", I'm guessing if the majority is 30+ years old,
a replacement is in order. Whether we have them do this as a sale condition
or use it as a bargaining point to reduce the cost, it would benefit us to
have some idea of replacement costs. Also, while you see a lot of these
roofs around here in certain areas, the notion of bare wood being the best
possible roofing material in such a rainy climate seems a bit illogical to
me. I've seen several that look awfully mossy/mildewed/waterlogged/rotten
Are there any newer alternatives worth considering, metal, perhaps?
I'm gonna guess at something just south of ten grand.
If you're thinking about living in a jurisdiction that allows cedar shake
roofs, don't. You neighbor's shake roof will cause your house to burn to the
ground - especially if your house, too, has a cedar roof. When dry, those
shakes burn like a flame thrower and toss burning sparks way into the air
that come down everywhere.
Alternatives? Sure. Composition shingles are inexpensive, last for decades,
and are easy to install.
Bub & Deke-Thanks for the replies. I was thinking in the 10-15 range, so I
guess I wasn't too far off. I had always heard about the fire thing,
especially in Southern CA., an ember from one shake roof setting another
ablaze. Around here, they mostly just look like they're so wet you'd have
to turn a torch on them for half an hour just to dry the out ;-)
There will come a time - next month, next year, sometime - when your area
will experience a drought. Then, all the careless practices and defective
equipment that's been harmless for possibly decades will envelope you with a
I remember when a 300+ unit apartment house in my town had its cedar shake
roof catch on fire from some idiot's vat of boiling oil. The fire department
pulled SEVEN alarms - over fifty pieces of equipment, 200 firefighters.
Couldn't even save the cars in the parking lot!
And I'm in a city almost as humid as Seattle.
I would never put a wood roof on anything. It's so primitive. There are
modern alternatives. Composition comes to mind. 30+ year timberline comes
to mind. Check them out at :
"Dan" < email@example.com> wrote in message
It sounds like your roof is approximately 30 - 33 squares. A square is
100 square feet. Sounds like it is a pretty simple design.
I agree with you that wood shakes do not pose the fire risk up your
way that they do in other climates. But I also agree that wood shakes
are not the best performers in wet climates like yours.
Ultimately, the cost is going to have a lot to do with getting the old
shakes off and also whether you then have to deck the roof.
There are some metal shake facsimile products that are regularly
installed over old shakes. I have about 25 years experience with jobs
like that with no problems.
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whenever I can.
Thanks for the informative reply, I'll check out your site. I know people
find them esthetically pleasing, but the idea of wooden shingles just seems
nuts to me. I think COPPER would look really cool on this house, once it's
turned green, but probably cost damned near as much as the house itself.
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