Cedar shingles are one of the most popular residential roofing materials available for your consideration. Homeowners tend to gravitate toward this roofing material due to its ability to mimic traditional shingles, without putting the system itself at risk from any form of damage. However, there are still some who are wary about this material due to maintenance concerns. Surprisingly enough, there isn’t actually much to worry about, as cedar roofs isn’t that hard to maintain.
In this post, American Roofing, Inc. discusses the various maintenance methods you can use on cedar roofs to prolong their lifespan.
Some woods have a natural resistance to various types of damage, such as rot, especially if the shingle uses a high-quality grade of wood. However, just because cedar roofs have this ability, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can completely avoid maintaining yours as it is still vulnerable to the weathering effects of rain, sun and wind.
To make your cedar roof’s lifespan last longer, it’s always recommended that you have a professional come over every now and then to conduct preventive maintenance inspections on your roof. That way, any budding problem can be spotted and repaired immediately.
Cleaning is always a must for roofs, no matter what material it’s made off. Moss, algae, mildew and loose wood fibers are always possible occurrences and can easily be removed by using a power washer. Alternatively, you can also install untreated copper, zinc or galvanized flashing to prevent the future growth of moss. Remove any dead leaves, twigs and loose wood particles that have fallen onto your roof as well to prevent moisture from being trapped against the shingles.
If you’re uncertain about cleaning the roof yourself, you can always call roof repair and maintenance experts like American Roofing, Inc. to get the job done.
In order to remain in top shape for years, wood shingles need to be able to breathe. To accomplish this, apply a preservative finish suitable for wood roofs, such as penetrating oil finishes. Avoid using waterproofing sealants or finishes that can form a film around the wood as they can trap unseen moisture against your shingles and allow rot to occur.
Make your search for roof repair pros easier by turning to American Roofing, Inc. We are your leading provider of residential and commercial roofing services. Give us a call at (216) 307-3898 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Cleveland and Mentor, OH, and other nearby areas.