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Dangers of Woodshake Roofs in Boise

Boise, Idaho – A Treasure in the Treasure Valley

Boise, Idaho ranks No. 2 in top “100 of Best Places to Live in the U.S.” The city has a population of approximately 225,000 residents who enjoy all that Boise has to offer. One particularly attractive feature of Boise is the affordability of homes that range from $200,000 to $500,000 in price and the variety of home styles. Boise has a semi-arid

continental climate. In July, the high’s average about 90 degrees and in January the low averages around 23 degrees. Boise experiences all four seasons and it’s not uncommon to have rain, hail, snow, and warm sun all in one day. The average humidity in Boise is 51%.

Dangers of Woodshake Roofs in Boise, Idaho

Many homeowners choose woodshake roofs without considering the dangers. For example, wood in high humidity deteriorates faster than other types of roofing materials. It’s easy to see how such deterioration makes woodshake roofs prone to fire when wood begins to wear and dry out. Idaho is a lovely state with a lot of wooded areas among the foothills of the Rocky Mountains that cover the state north to south. Boise has its fair share of dry and windy weather, given its location at the foothills.

Woodshakes Damage Easily

When homeowners in Boise choose woodshake roofs for the rustic appearance, they may not consider the how insects can be attracted to wood roof materials. For example, wet wood is a magnet for the types of insects that feast on wood, such as the Idaho antlion and carpenter ants. Other insects nest in crevices under and between woodshakes like hornets, spiders and annoying stink bugs.

Replace Woodshake Roofs for Safety and Home Value

Given the potential for fire hazards and attracting insects, homeowners may find their homeowners’ insurance more costly. Not to mention constant cost for woodshake roof repairs. Rooftop Energy Solutions recommends replacing woodshake roofs.