Cedar shingles and shakes are very popular roofing materials in the United States. They are durable and attractive, and are considered a traditional material in many parts of the world. Neumann Construction, your reliable roofing contractor, shows you how to make them last longer.
Start With Preventive Maintenance
Start with wood shingles with resistance to rot or decay to add years to your roof’s service life. Old-growth western cedar heartwood is the best. Rainwater leaches out the natural chemical preservatives in cedar, causing it to deteriorate. Coat all surfaces of cedar shingles and shakes with the right kind of finish because cedar deteriorates because of the rain, sun or wind. The right finish or pigment will protect the wood from moisture. Another option is to buy pressure-treated cedar with preservatives added during processing.
Stick to Periodic Cleaning
Cleaning is the first step in cedar roof maintenance. Power wash moss, algae, mildew and loose wood fibers at a pressure of 1,500 to 3,500 pounds per square inch. Use untreated copper, zinc or galvanized flashing on the ridge top and roof angles. This will prevent moss and lichen from growing. Remove all dead leaves, acorns, birds’ nests and other litter from the gutters. Clogged gutters can overflow during a heavy rainstorm or from melting snow. This can allow water to seep under the shingles, causing water damage.
Clear the Area of Potential Problems
Remove vines and tree branches that overhang the roof. Their shade encourages the growth of algae and moss. Regular clearing of leaves, twigs and wood particles prevents moisture on the shingles. Check for loose and damaged shingles, especially after a period of strong wind. Replace them, and repair other damage to prevent moisture infiltration.
You can trust Neumann Construction to handle your roof repair or roof replacement projects. We are your best option when it comes to cedar roofs. Call us today (218) 203-0760.