A cedar roof is one of the most aesthetically pleasing roofing options on the market today. They offer homes a rich and warm texture, automatically improving any home’s curb appeal.
Cedar roofing is a great way to add some natural elements to your home. They provide homes with a woody aroma and are great temperature regulators, which means they are suitable for homes in cold and warm climates.
However, as marvellous 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 cedar is a natural material, there are some steps that homeowners need to take to preserve their natural aesthetic.
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 materials, your cedar roof needs to be regularly treated to keep it healthy and looking good.
There are many cedar treatments available for you to improve your cedar roofing system’s performance, some of which include fire repellents, water repellents, fungicides, algaecides, and more. These treatments can be applied to your roof every 1 to 3 years, depending on your home’s environment.
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.
Need help with keeping your cedar roofing system looking good and in working order? Give Texas Select Construction a call today for all your cedar roofing needs.