Roofing shakedown

Homeowner weighs repair options

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Q: We are trying to decide how to proceed on a possible roof repair. Our shake roof is a little more than 20 years old, and one roofer said he thought it would last five more years.

A few years ago we had a handyman replace a row of ridge caps that were missing or broken. We noticed recently that some more ridge cap shakes were split or damaged, and we contacted a licensed roofing contractor to replace these.