The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning and Caring for Cedar Roofs
Cedar is sturdy, enduring, and magnificent making it the perfect choice for roofing. Additionally, they provide excellent heat regulation benefits. On the flip side, cedar roofs are also prone to debris formation. If you’re someone who owns a cedar roof, you may know that they demand extensive cleaning and maintenance compared to other materials like asphalt or aluminum.
But with a few tips and tricks, you can preserve your roof and make it last decades. Here are some ways you can keep your cedar roof evergreen and long-lasting.
An essential step in cedar rooftop maintenance is watching out for potential harm. The actual problem starts when moisture sets in and forms fungus or debris on the roof. So, the best way to prevent this is to conduct regular checks. If you find something irregular or questionable during one of your checks, the smartest option would be to reach out to an expert to come in and fix it. But remember to choose someone who has prior experience with cedar roofing.
Ideally, you should get cedar roof maintenance services every three to four years. Regular maintenance with techniques like power-washing and deep cleaning can help prevent your roof from degrading, decaying, and weakening.
Preventing Overhanging Branches
If you have trees close to your home, make sure you prune back the branches hanging over the rooftop as soon as possible. This prevents leaves, twigs, and other plant waste that keep the rooftop wet from accumulating.
Eliminating Gutter Growth
Get rid of leaves, twigs, and other natural matter on your drains and downspouts. These things can build up and keep the drains from diverting water away from your home, eventually causing damage to your cedar rooftop.
Keeping a Check on the Cracks
Cracks are a normal phenomenon in cedar rooftops—wood tends to expand and contract due to moisture, which can cause small cracks to form on the surface. Also, in extreme climates, the wood tends to crack sooner than in milder weather. To keep the cracks under control, you should consider getting the cedar roof fixed by an expert at the earliest. It’s recommended you hire a professional to clean the roof every five to seven years to ensure the longevity of your cedar roofing. Also, resort to timely cleaning and inspection.
Contact Braswell Construction Group if you need to install a new, durable cedar roof or repair an existing one. We only use No. 1 Certi-split shake from Watkinsville Sawmill, which is the only cedar shake that is regulated by the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau. Call us at (678)283-2551 or fill out our online contact form for further information about our roofing services and to receive a free roof inspection.