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Have your ever had your cedar shake roof inspected? If it is five years or older, it is due for a checkup and cleaning. Just like our teeth, cedar must also be cleaned and maintained. A well maintained cedar shake roof should last 40 to 60 years. However, if it is not properly cleaned and maintained, the cedar shakes will eventually decay. Why Should You Care? Your cedar roof was expensive to install, will be expensive to repair and eventually will be even more expensive to replace. It’s in your best interest to maximize its useful life by scheduling a routine maintenance cleaning treatment before moss, lichen, mold, algae and fungi ruin your cedar roof. Does your roof have dark gray, black or greenish color like this house shown below? Is there moss growing on your roof like on this house? If so, deterioration has begun and must be addressed immediately. Just like a dentist appointment, putting it off will only lead to further decay until it is too late and a costly replacement is the only option. Fortunately the owners of this Naperville house called Advantage Roof Cleaning Company for their cedar roof cleaning before it was too late. Do we use power washing? No. Power washing relies upon brute pressure to clean a surface. Cedar is a soft wood and power washing can do more harm than good. Our roof treatment offers a “non-pressure” cleaning process which is designed specifically for cedar shake roofs. Our non-pressure cleaning process stopped the present deteriorating condition by removing the infestations. The cedar shake roof was returned to its intended functioning condition. No costly repairs or roof replacement was needed. Cost of treatment, in most cases, is less than 5% of the replacement cost! To read more, go here. To contact us, go here.
Many of the cedar roofs we are asked to inspect and clean show signs of neglect from lack of proper maintenance. One case in point is not keeping the valleys clean of debris. As I have said many times before, cedar on its own will not decay. It takes some form of moisture combined with different infestations to decay cedar. In the above photo example, this was a roof we cleaned in Omaha, Nebraska. As you can see in the photo the valleys were full of debris. Once we cleaned out the debris there was damage to the shakes and the underlining felt. The felt protects the roof and the shakes protect the felt. This section had to be replaced/repaired. Proper cedar roof maintenance requires the yearly cleaning of the roof valleys which could be done at the same time your gutters are cleaned. Cedar shakes need to stay dry in order to function properly and to reach their full potential life span. Also it is important to keep all tree cover cut back from the cedar roof. Tree cover provides too much shade and moisture which doesnâ€™t allow the cedar roof to breathe and stay dry. Also a cedar roof should have a cleaning every six to eight years, which is subjective. Yearly maintenance of your cedar roof will go a long ways to extending the life span of your roof. This is just being pro-active and will save you from a premature roof replacement. So keep the valleys clean of debris, keep any tree cover cut back and have a routine cleaning schedule in place and your cedar roof will last decades.
We at Sullivan Roof Cleaning, Inc. specilize in the cleaning and preservation of wood/cedar shakes shingle roofs. We have been serving the Greater Midwest for years now and have expanded into the Northeast and now are expanding into the Mid Altantic Region with our wood/cedar shakes roof cleaning and preservation service. Visit www.cedarshakesroofcleaning.com for a complete over view of our process i.e. videos, results i.e. before & after pictures, and customer satisfaction i.e. testimonials. Not only does your wood/cedar roof need to be maintained/cleaned, it also has to be done with great care and knowledge of cedar roofs. There is a difference between those that will clean a wood/cedar roof and those that clean wood/cedar roofs. From viewing our web site and the hundreds of cleanings we have performed it is clear we are wood/cedar roof cleaners. We considering having your wood/cedar roof cleaned and maintained. Make sure to do your research as to the experience and knowledge of the service being provided and to verify. Wood/cedar roofs have been around for centuries and have a very long life span if properly maintained. If the provider does not have the knowledge and experience needed to maintain a wood/cedar roof the results could be a shorten life span. So always research and verify. When researching the need to care for a wood/cedar roof start with the http://www.cedarbureau.org/installation-and-maintenance/ and the USDA Foresty Service http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/fplgtr/fpl_gtr202.pdf. When researching a servcie provider with knowledge and experience and a proven track record start with www.cedarshakesroofcleaning.com .