How to Maintain Cedar Roof Shingles
Although cedar shingles or shakes used to be one of the few choices for roofing materials that a homeowner had, today, because they are typically a more expensive choice they are considered a premium roofing product.
The really nice thing about the look of natural wood shingles is how beautifully they blend into their surroundings, especially in Seattle in the Pacific NW where there are so many trees. Also, because no two shingles look alike, a wood shingle roof has a great textured look to it. The shingles, when they are new are a beautiful red color, and as they age and become weathered, they maintain their beauty as they fade from silvery gray to a deeper gray.
Your cedar roof can provide you with many years, 25 – 30, of great protection for your home as long as you maintain it properly just as you would any other roof or large investment that you make in your home.
Caring for your cedar shake roof
Begin by selecting wood shingles that have been treated to resist rotting.
- It is important to clear debris from your roof on a regular basis. Because wood is a natural organic material, mold and mildew can easily begin to grow if leaves and branches are left sitting on the roof too long. This is a task that should preferably be done late summer to early fall before winter weather sets in.
- If your home is in an area that has a lot of trees, be sure to keep the branches and limbs trimmed away from your roof, and definitely don’t allow tree limbs to lay directly on the shingles. This will help keep you roof dryer and prolong their life.
- Once a year you should “clean” your roof, not just blow it off. Pressure washers do a good job of removing small bits of debris that can get between and below the shingles, which promotes mold and mildew growth, shingle loosening and wood rot. Pressure washing can be tricky…you have to be careful not to damage the wood or injure yourself. If you haven’t had experience doing this, you’re uncomfortable being on the roof, or you don’t have the right equipment, hire a professional to do the work for you. It’s an investment in your investment.
- While you or a professional is on your roof, look for shingles that have begun to rot or are damaged and replace them.
- You can treat your roof with bleach solutions, clear coats or other formulations to clean and protect it – seek advice from a professional on what would be best to use.
Wood shingled roofs are a great choice for any homeowners, but they are not for everyone. Keep in mind that they are more flammable than other types of roofs and may not be right for dryer parts of the country.
Watch this short video for good information about cedar shingled roofs and how to care for them.
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