Blog - Cedar Roof Maintenance
Cedar Shakes and Shingles Maintenance
A wooden Cedar shake or shingle roof is still one of the most aesthetically beautiful roofs available today. It is considered a premium roofing material when compared to that of simple rolled or asphalt roofing materials. While a wooden shake or shingle roof provides superior protection against the elements, it does require routine maintenance to ensure it continues to perform as expected. And this is the perfect time of year for fall and wintertime cleaning of Cedar roofs. Spending a little time and money performing routine Cedar Roof Maintenance now, can extend the life of your wooden shingles or shakes. This can translate into real money savings over the life cycle of your roof, and will help prevent more costly repairs later on.
While pressure washing by inexperienced people can cause damage to your roof, it is the most effective maintenance tool for removing leaves, dirt, pine needles, and other debris that can gather and damage your roof. Professional roof washers will usually inspect the roof prior to washing to determine if a pressure washer is appropriate. If a pressure washer is used, it is recommended that they apply a topical treatment after washing. Cutting away or trimming overhanging branches, will also help cut down on the amount of debris that accumulates in the future.
Repairing Damaged Shingles or Shakes
If you live in a part of the country that experiences extreme heavy rain, snow, or hail, it may become necessary to replace cracked or broken shingles or shakes. Since all Cedar Shakes and Shingles are basically the same, the new shingles should not significantly differ from your current ones and will blend in nicely with your original roofline. If you are unfamiliar with how to properly replace broken or missing shakes or shingles, consult a professional who has experience with these types of repairs.
By performing your Cedar Roof Maintenance in the fall, you can ensure that your roof will continue to look great and perform as expected throughout the seasons. For leaks or major repairs, it is important to call a professional and have your roof inspected by someone who has experience with the installation and repair of wooden roofs.