Due to its appeal and durability, cedar has been a popular roof material found in many American homes. However, despite being sturdy and long-lasting, it’s still important to perform regular roof maintenance so that you can maximize its life span.
Hinkle Roofing, a trusted expert in roof repair and replacement, shares some tips on how to keep your cedar roof in good shape and make it last for years.
Cleaning and Preventive Maintenance
Keeping your cedar roof clean is often the first step to proper care and maintenance. Check for moss, mildew, algae and loose wood fibers. You can have these removed by using a power washer with pressure from 1,500 to 3,500 pounds per square inch. Also, don’t forget to inspect the gutters and remove dead leaves and other kinds of dirt that you find there. By doing these things on a regular basis, you can prevent dirt buildup that can cause problems in the long run.
Don’t forget to check for loose shingles as well. Repair any damage as soon as you notice it so that you can prevent moisture infiltration and the many problems it causes.
Applying the Right Finishes
Your choice of finishes can affect the longevity of your roofing. Ensure you’re getting an appropriate finish or pigment to protect the wood from moisture. It’s best to use a kind of finish that’s specifically intended for wood roofs. Finishes that form a film around the wood are not recommended because these can trap moisture and allow rot to occur. Penetrating oil finishes typically give better results while allowing the wood to breathe.
Hinkle Roofing has a team of roofing experts who will ensure top-notch results for your home improvement project. Call us at (205) 352-1940 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We offer our services to customers in Tuscaloosa, AL, and nearby areas.