Maintaining Your Cedar Roof

cedar roof on home Cedar roofs are one of the most aesthetically appealing roofing options available to homeowners. Along with the natural beauty offered by cedar shakes and shingles, cedar roofing is among one of the most durable roofing systems that you can install on your home. However, for your cedar roof to continue protecting your home for many years, you will need to complete routine maintenance.

Cedar roofs are unique and require more attention than other roofs. Completing regular maintenance inspections as well as a few other simple tasks will help maximize the lifespan of your roof. Cedar roofing can last up to 50 years or more.

What To Look For

When maintaining your cedar roof, it is helpful to know what to look for including various signs of wear and tear. It is important to inspect your roof twice annually to check for potential issues before they can become serious concerns.

  • Damaged and/or Missing Shakes/Shingles: Broken shingles and shakes can be a real problem. When shingles and shakes fall off of your roof, an underlayer of felt paper is left exposed to the elements.
  • Remove Debris From Your Rooftop: Cedar roofs are made of wood. Wood is porous and absorbs moisture. Cedar roofs need to be able to breathe to provide effective protection from the elements. Trimming trees to limit shade over your roof as well as removing any limbs that fall on your roof will help your wood roofing materials stay dry.
  • Schedule A Professional Cleaning: A professional roofer has specially designed equipment to wash cedar roofing that can help prevent the growth of mold, mildew, and mosses.