If you have cedar shakes, this material looks great and can last for many years. It is also a roofing material that needs to have regular maintenance to keep it in good shape. Some of the things that you may need to do are regular cleaning, pressure washing and replacing damaged shakes. If you want your cedar shakes to last for many more years, here are four tips to help you with the care of your cedar roofing:
1. Light Cleaning Of Your Cedar Roofing
One of the most basic things you can do to keep your roof in good shape is a periodic light cleaning. This is as simple as sweeping any debris that has gathered on the roof. If there are spots that you can not get the debris off with a broom, you can use a stick to get the debris out of the cracks and lightly wash it off with a garden hose.
2. Removing Moss From Your Cedar Shakes
Moss and mildew can be another problem that can affect a shake roof. You can clean this material off with a light bleach mixture and a garden hose. To scrub the moss off, use a wide bristle contractor's broom. You will want to start cleaning the roof from the top and work your way down. After you have scrubbed it with a mild bleach, wash it off with a garden hose. You can repeat this process until you do not see any more stains on the roof.
3. Pressure Washing Your Cedar Roofing Material
You can also rent a pressure washer from any tool rental service to give your roof a deep cleaning. You should use a mild detergent in the machine to do this. Do the above process with bleach, and then use the pressure washer to clean the cleaning mixture off. This is something that will get any dirt that is deep in the cracks of the shakes, and it will make them look like new again.
4. Replacing Damaged Shakes On Your Roof
Sometimes, cedar shakes can crack due to wear. When this happens they will need to be replaced. You will first have to remove the old shake, which you can use a roofers tool to do this by sliding it under the shake and removing the nails. Then you will want to slide the new shake in place, nail it in place and you are done. When doing this, it is important to be careful not to damage other shakes.
These are some things to help you with the maintenance of your cedar roofing. If you need help with installing more shakes or fixing a damaged roof, contact a cedar roofing contractor, such as Samra Bros Roofing Ltd, and they can do many of these things for you.