Cedar shingles and shakes are used in different parts of the world thanks to their natural beauty and durability. However, this roofing material requires regular maintenance to make it last longer and keep it attractive.
In this post, your local roofer, Blue Square Roofing & Construction, discusses how to maintain cedar roofs.
Old-growth western cedar heartwood is considered the best cedar shingle material. It’s important to coat the shingles with the right finish before installation. This is to prevent water from seeping into the wood, which can lead to deterioration. With the right finish, your cedar roof stays protected from moisture, sun, and wind. You may also opt for pressure-treated cedar with preservatives added during manufacturing.
Only use a finish that’s suitable for wood roofs. Using waterproofing sealants can trap moisture against the shingles and allow rot to develop. A penetrating oil finish with a sprayer adds protection to the wood while still allowing it to breathe.
A pressure washer can be used to remove algae, moss, mildew, and loose wood fibers. Prevent moss and lichen growth by installing untreated copper, zinc, or galvanized flashing for ridgetop. Use a copper-based coating for areas that are prone to these growths. Make sure that the roof is free from debris. Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow and damage the shingles, leaving you with a leaking roof.
Clean the roof on a regular basis. Inspect the roof for loose and damaged shingles after a weather event. Immediately replace or repair damaged areas to prevent moisture from affecting the roof. Cut overhanging vines and branches that cast shadows to the roof. Without direct sunlight, it can take longer for rainwater and moisture to evaporate.
For roof leak solutions and maintenance, choose Blue Roofing & Construction. Our team is trained to handle roof repairs for both residential and commercial roofs. Call us at (256) 203-1853 or fill out our online form for a free estimate.