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Cedar Shake Roof Maintenance: 7 Savvy Suggestions

cedar shake roof maintenance

Cedar shake roofing is one of the most attractive and durable options for your home, but do you know the best ways to maintain it to keep it looking and functioning its best? 

In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about the upkeep of your cedar shakes with our 7 savvy suggestions for professional cedar shake roof maintenance...

What Are Cedar Shakes?

Shakes are a type of roofing material used on pitched roofs. Shakes are split from logs and usually manufactured by hand. They add a rustic, rugged look to your property and are one of the most popular types of roofing option alongside shingles.

Cedar is the traditional material used for making shakes, adding a uniquely natural feel and softness to both classic and contemporary properties.

Cedar has many desirable qualities that make it perfect for building: an even grain, low density, and weather and rot resistance - the latter due to unique chemicals found naturally in the wood. 

Adequate care for your cedar shakes can extend their life and keep them looking their best, improving the overall quality and protecting the value of your home. So just what can you do to prolong the life and healthy appearance of your cedar shakes? It's time to find out...

cedar shake roof maintenance

One of the best ways to protect cedar from weathering is to use a cedar stain finish. Before installing your cedar shakes, they should ideally be treated with a special cedar finish oil. This helps seal in moisture, keeping the wood sleek, strong, and water-resistant

7 Ways to Maintain Cedar Shakes Roof Maintenance

Weathering is inevitable, but there are lots of things you can do to maintain your cedar roof to make sure you’re getting the most out of it. 

Here are 7 easy ways to look after cedar shakes.

1.    Reduce Moisture

Rain that is absorbed into your cedar shake roof is the most common cause behind many problems. When your roof gets wet frequently, it absorbs a lot of the moisture, which can cause the wood to expand. Then, when it dries out, it shrinks again, which causes cracks and leaks. 

Keeping your roof dry is essential for its health - read on to find out the best ways to do this.

2.    Cedar Stain Finish

One of the best ways to protect cedar from weathering is to use a cedar stain finish. Before installing your cedar shakes, they should ideally be treated with a special cedar finish oil. This helps seal in moisture, keeping the wood sleek, strong, and water-resistant. 

3.    Removing Debris

A build-up of debris on the roof can hold moisture and prevent air from reaching your cedar shakes. Debris like twigs, leaves and dirt can damage the health of your roof, so make sure you regularly check the valleys and surfaces for debris and remove as much as possible.

cedar shake roof maintenance

Branches from trees that overhang your roof can lead to a number of problems: as well as dropping excess leaves and twigs onto its surface, they limit the loss of moisture by condensation, which are two common reasons behind water damage

4.    Moss Control

Over time, moss and lichens will naturally start to form between the gaps of your cedar shake roof, which absorb moisture when it rains; this can lead to damage and, eventually, leaks. Reduce moss by regularly sweeping your roof and making sure it’s moisture-resistant to discourage its initial growth.

5.    Minimise Shade

Branches from trees that overhang your roof can lead to a number of problems: as well as dropping excess leaves and twigs onto its surface, they limit the loss of moisture by condensation, which are two common reasons behind water damage. 

Make sure to remove any low-hanging branches so that your roof gets plenty of light and air.

6.    Chemical Treatments

There are several chemicals you can use for maintaining cedar shake roofs: from simple cleaning solutions used with a pressure washer, to dilutions of bleach for mould removal, to preservatives designed to ward off moss and lichen growth.

7.    Roof Safety Precautions

Being careful when you’re on the roof is not only vital for your own safety, but for protecting the roof from damage. Make sure you wear shoes with plenty of grip, use a safety-regulated ladder, and transport tools using a bucket rather than trying to carry them by hand. 

Step carefully on your roof to avoid damaging it too much, and whenever possible perform cleaning jobs without putting your weight on the shakes themselves.

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If you want to know more about the fantastic qualities of cedar for use in shakes and other building materials, talk to our team today!

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Looking after the external part of your pitched cedar roof is only one side to the maintenance. Find out how to insulate your roof effectively and keep your roof free from damp and rot by contacting one of the Home Logic team today to learn more.

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