Cedar roofing is a traditional roofing material used worldwide due to its strength and beauty. However, regular maintenance is required to keep its attractive appearance.
In today’s post, your trusted roofing contractor, Roof Masters, discusses how to maintain a cedar roof.
Some wood species naturally resist rot and decay so it’s important to choose top-grade shingles.
Rainwater washes out the natural chemical preservatives in cedar, which can cause deterioration. Cedar shingles and shakes must have the right finish prior to installation. Using the right finish or pigment protects the wood from absorbing moisture through the sawn ends of the shingles. You can also opt for pressure-treated cedar with preservatives added at manufacturing.
A pressure washer can be used to remove moss, algae, mildew and loose wood fibers from the roof. Installing untreated copper, zinc or galvanized flashing on the ridgetop and roof angles prevents the recurring growth of moss and lichens.
Use a copper-based coating for areas that are prone to lichen growth. This can be used before the final coating is applied. Make sure the gutters are free from debris because clogging can cause an overflow. This can result in water damage on your roof as well as other parts of your exterior like the doors and windows.
Make sure the roof is free of dead leaves, twigs and loose wood particles because they can trap moisture against the shingles. Remove overhanging branches and vines for more direct sun exposure, which helps with the evaporation of rainwater and prevention of algae and moss.
Leave your roof maintenance needs to professionals for your safety and comfort. This also ensures your roofing system is thoroughly inspected and that all repairs are done correctly. At Master Roofers, we are your leading provider of roofing serves. We also specialize in door and window replacement. Call us at (888) 889-7551, or complete our online form for a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Beltsville, MD, and the surrounding areas.