When it comes to roof replacement projects, you might be pleased to hear that you have an abundance of options in terms of material. One of these materials is cedar shakes, a wooden roofing material that can suit any home style. However, due to the fact that cedar shakes are an organic material, it’s vital that you maintain them as much as you can.
Here are the four different ways you can care for your roofing system’s cedar shakes:
Remove debris – Like any roofing system, cedar roofs can catch various kinds of debris, such as leaves, needles or moss, which can make it harder for water to runoff the roof and cause the roof to retain moisture. Eventually, this moisture can cause wood-destroying fungus to grow and weaken your shingles. Therefore, be sure to remove the debris from your roof to prevent this from occurring.
Trim your branches – If you have trees on your property, be sure to have their branches trimmed every now and then. By doing so, you can allow your roof to dry much faster and prevent it from retaining too much water that allows harmful fungi to grow and damage your roof.
Surface roof cleaning – In terms of maintaining your cedar roof’s aesthetic appeal, you need to have a roofing contractor clean its surface every now and then. While this may sound like it’s only for cosmetic purposes, cleaning its surface actually helps it maintain its strength and integrity as it removes the weaker pieces of wood and any remaining moss and fungi from the roof.
Clean the gutters – Cleaning your home’s gutters is another essential step in caring for a cedar roof. This is because the gutter’s main purpose is to take the water that runs off the roof and direct it away from your home. Should these gutters become clogged, the runoff water will have nowhere to go and will soak into your shake shingles, causing your roof to deteriorate.
Planning to make the switch to cedar shakes soon? Look no further than D-Wing Construction, your leading provider of roofing and siding. Give us a call at (630) 688-5160, or fill out our contact form to schedule an estimate. We serve homeowners in Naperville, IL, and other nearby areas.