Cedar shakes are one of the oldest roofing materials on the market, having been used in homes for centuries. Keep in mind that just because they’re older doesn’t necessarily mean they’re obsolete. For one thing, cedar shakes and shingles are naturally resistant decay, thanks to the oils they contain. However, this doesn’t mean that they don’t need maintenance. Remember: routine roof maintenance is essential to keeping your roof in good condition, regardless of the roofing materials used.

To help you keep your cedar shake roof in good condition, here are some maintenance tips:

Remove Debris From Your Roof
Twigs, leaves and other organic debris retain moisture, which is a key factor in the growth and propagation of mold and fungi. Left unattended, decaying organic debris might become a breeding ground for fungi, which could then spread to the cedar shingle and slowly eat away wood.

Avoid Using a Power Washer
Different manufacturers have conflicting recommendations about the use of power washers – some don’t recommend power washing while others allow it as long as it’s done by a roofing professional. In general, the use of a power washer should be decided on a case-by-case basis. And, it’s best to let professionals handle roofing maintenance.

Clean Your Gutters
Don’t forget to regularly clean your gutters. Gutters divert rainwater away from your roof. If gutter clogs are preventing rainwater from flowing into the drains, water might spill onto your roof and parts of your exterior, increasing the risk of rot and leaks.

Of course, no amount of maintenance can save a roof that wasn’t installed properly. That’s why if you’re considering installing a cedar roof, make sure only an experienced roofing contractor handles the installation. And, if you already have one installed, you should have it routinely inspected by a professional roofer.

1-800-RITE-ROOF, a contractor with more than two decades of experience, offers a wide range of professional roofing services, including roof repair and maintenance services. To get a free estimate, call us at (262) 373-3800, or fill out our form here. We serve homeowners in Milwaukee, WI, as well as the surrounding communities.