Caring For Cedar Roofing

Marvin Simmons

If you have just had cedar shakes placed on your rooftop, you will be enjoying a visually pleasing covering on your home. With the beauty, however, comes a little bit of extra maintenance over asphalt shingles or other roofing materials. Cedar roofing will need to be cared for throughout the year in order to keep its admirable qualities.

Here are some pointers you can use to make sure your roofing is kept in the best possible condition:

Checking For Damage

It is a good idea to get up on top of your roof every spring to see if winter weather left your roof with any areas that need repair. Cracking or curling cedar shingles will need to be replaced so that moisture does not have a chance to trickle through compromised areas. Do a complete evaluation by slowly walking back and forth across your roof to check each section for damage.

As soon as you notice something that needs repair, place a small marker on the location so you will be able to find all areas when the assessment is done. 

Keeping Color Bright

Cedar shakes come in a reddish hue, giving your rooftop a look that is favorable and unique. Use a chemical spray with preserving pigment enhancers on your roof to keep the color looking vibrant. Color preservation should be done at least two times a year to keep your cedar looking fresh. A pressure washer should be used to remove any debris buildup after you have applied the pigment enhancing spray.

Battling Mold Spores

Mold and mildew can grow very easily on cedar, so it is important to remove it at the first sign of a problem. If you notice areas that are green or black in color, a commercial-grade mold and mildew remover should be applied. Get on top of your roof and scrub the surfaces using a scrub brush dipped in the solution. Power wash to remove. Leaving areas of mold can lead to weakening of shingles, causing moisture to get underneath. This can cause leaking inside your home if not treated promptly.

Cleaning Debris

Keeping your cedar shakes free from moisture is important. After a storm, go outside and remove any twigs, sticks, leaves or other debris that may have been blown onto your rooftop. If left, the moisture within can seep into your shingles causing them to rot. Trim back all tree branches to help eliminate excessive debris from landing on your rooftop.

To learn more, contact a company such as Samra Bros Roofing with any questions or concerns you have.