Cedar shakes and shingles have been used for centuries. Cedar wood has proven its longevity in diverse weather climates. Cedar shakes and shingles contain oils that make them naturally resistant to decay. Cedar’s elegant look, insulating property and ability to hold up to wind and impact makes cedar shakes and shingles a great choice for roofing and siding material. You will find many houses with cedar shake roofs in communities such as Oak Brook and Hinsdale in DuPage County, Illinois.
A cedar shake roof can be expected to have a life span of 40 to 60 years. A long life begins with its installation. Proper installation will help maximize the life of cedar shake roof. On the flip side, improper installation will help to shorten the life of the cedar shake roof. Ensuring the maximum lifespan of a cedar shake roof does not stop with proper installation. Ongoing care and maintenance is equally import and a must!
Here are a few cleaning and maintenance tips to help preserve your cedar shake roof:
- Tree branches hanging over the roof should be kept trimmed away. This will prevent leaves, small branches and other debris from building up and keeping the roof wet. The overhanging branches also block the sun from keeping the cedar dry. Damp cedar promotes moss, algae and fungi infestations. Additionally overhanging branches help make easy access for animals and insects to the roof.
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