Shake, and wood roofs, in general, can be very pretty roofs. But, if they start going south, they can deteriorate real fast. Because they are wood, if rot begins and moisture levels stay at twenty percent or higher, that rot will continue. Shakes are popular in my Pacific Northwest Region, but our damp climate leads to moss, rot, algae and deterioration. In the fall, winter and early spring it is impossible to keep the moisture below 20 percent at almost any location outside the home. Our periodic high winds contribute to shakes that are soft or rotten being blown off. If you are a realtor, listing or representing a buyer, be skeptical if they tell you the shakes will last a lifetime. Do not assume this person knows what he or she is talking about. The photo below was taken on a roof that the seller insisted had at least 35 more years left in it. Wishful thinking!
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Steven L. Smith