Understanding And Maintaining Your Home's Cedar Shingles

Posted on: 5 May 2016


Your roof is an essential part of your home's appeal, value, and security, but you may not be placing enough emphasis on maintaining its look and durability. Asphalt shingles are commonly used on roofs, but the use of cedar shingles can add texture, color, and value to your home. Understanding the benefits of these shingles is key to maintaining your roof. Using this guide, you will understand how cedar shingles improve your home's appeal and learn the best options for cleaning these durable roofing shingles.

The 411 on Cedar Shingles

Available in a variety of wood tones, cedar shingles will complement your home's specific design and look. From a deep redwood tone to a classic ebony, finding a color that works well with the exterior colors of your home is simple.

The durability of cedar shingles is also a great benefit of this roofing material. Moisture and other environmental conditions can quickly discolor, warp, and decay wood. However, certain woods are resistant to this damage. Cedar shingles are naturally resistant to decay, so they are excellent options for your roof. With proper installation and periodic maintenance, cedar shingles can last between 30 and 40 years, making them a smart investment for your home. Determining the exact lifespan of cedar shingles will depend on a few factors, including the method of installation, your local climate, the quality of the shingle manufacturer, and how well you clean and maintain your roof.

This longer lifespan and increased durability makes a home with cedar shingles more attractive and appealing to potential buyers. This added appeal will increase the total value of your home if you ever need to sell.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Protecting the durability and attractive look of your cedar shingles requires proper cleaning and maintenance. The use of TSP, or Trisodium Phosphate, is effective for cleaning your cedar shingles. This chemical is capable of removing heavy dirt and debris from you roof, but use precaution when mixing TSP, since it can irritate your eyes and skin. Wear long rubber gloves and safety goggles to protect yourself. Then, add the following to a sprayer container:

  • 5 Ounces of TSP
  • 5 Quarts of Water
  • 3 Ounces of Liquid Dish Detergent

Shake the sprayer container carefully to mix the ingredients. Wearing shoes with rubber soles that will grip your wet roof, climb up a ladder onto your roof. Be sure to ask a friend or family member to hold your ladder before climbing.

Spray the solution onto your shingles and allow it to soak your roof for a few minutes. Then, rinse the entire roof with your garden hose. Allow your shingles to dry overnight, but if you notice dirt and residue on your roof in the morning, wash and rinse your roof a second time.

Mold and algae growth is common in warm, moist climates, so if you notice dark green or brown patches of growth on your cedar roof, a more involved cleaning will be necessary. If this growth is left untreated, it can weaken the cedar shingles. This increases your risk of leaks and expensive repairs.

To remove patches and streaks of mold and algae, apply a solution containing 2 gallons of white vinegar and 1 gallon of water to the shingles. Allow the vinegar solution to sit and soak for a few minutes. Use a soft-bristled brush to scrub stubborn patches of growth before rinsing off your roof with a garden hose.

Cedar is a durable and attractive material for your roof, but proper care is necessary. Using this guide, you will understand the benefits of cedar shingles and learn how to keep your roof attractive and functional.

For more information or assistance in cleaning, contact residential roofing companies.