A cedar roof is one of the most aesthetically pleasing and durable options for your home’s exterior. Cedar roofs offer a rich, warm texture to any house giving it an instant upgrade in curb appeal and interior aesthetics.
Cedar roofing is a great way to add some natural elements to your home. They provide homes with all the benefits of wood, such as an aromatic scent and temperature regulation capabilities that make them suitable for cold and warm climates alike.
However, as marvelous as cedar roofing systems are, they need to be regularly maintained for homeowners to reap all their benefits.
Maintaining a cedar roofing system is similar to maintaining just about any other roofing system. However, because it’s made of natural materials that can rot and decay over time, there are some steps homeowners need to take if they want their roofing to look good for years to come.
Removing Vegetation and Debris
Cedar is a natural material made from cedarwood. Because of this, organisms and other sorts of vegetation are more likely to grow on or in between cedar roofing shingles than other roofing materials. This growth is also more likely to occur if your roof is regularly exposed to moisture.
Things like mold, algae, and mildew require warm, moist environments to grow, and a place like your cedar roof is the perfect environment. These organisms and vegetation need to be removed to protect your roof from their damaging effects.
Roofing systems are often the landing spots for debris like fallen leaves, tree branches, and pine cones. These things, however, are not only fire hazards but also block water from escaping your roof. Regularly removing dirt and debris is the best solution for prolonging your roof’s lifespan and keeping it in working condition.
Treating Your Cedar Roof
Like any other wood material, your cedar roof needs to be regularly treated. Whether it’s an annual or quarterly treatment – depending on where you live and what the climate is like – this will ensure that not only does your home look good but also protects your home against pests such as termites.
There are many cedar treatments available for you to improve your roof’s performance, some of which include fire repellents, water repellents, fungicides, and more. These protective measures can be applied every 1-3 years, depending on your environment, the age of your roof, and more.
Maintaining Your Gutter System
It’s essential for homeowners to regularly maintain their gutters, especially if you have a cedar roofing system. Gutters are necessary for effectively transporting water away from your roof. Without a working gutter system, water will collect on your roof. Standing water on a cedar roof is a quick way to destroy your roofing system. Water causes mold and bacteria to grow, and these organisms rapidly eat away at the cedar. Keeping your gutters clear of any dirt and debris will help with the water drainage.
For all your cedar roofing needs, give Helsley Roofing Company a call today! With nearly 30 years of experience in the roofing industry, you know that we’ll get the job done right.