Note: This is cleaning/treatment/restoration only. We do not offer roof repair services.

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The Best Cedar Roof Cleaning in Minneapolis

Remove stains, moss, organic matter, and fungus to bring your roof back to life!

Cedar Roof Cleaning in Minneapolis is important as cedar roofs need to be cleaned regularly to maintain their appearance and to prevent the growth of moss, algae, and fungus. Using a Mn cedar roof cleaning service is important for the long-term reliability and condition of your roof in and around Minneapolis.

Finding a company to clean cedar shake roofs is not always easy! But Bruce Sullivan has decades of experience in the industry and has personally cleaned thousands of cedar shake roofs using his safe and effective method. Mn cedar roof cleaning should be done by hand as pressure washing will damage the roof and the cedar shakes. This is a labor-intensive but effective method that has time-proven results and many happy customers.

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Testimonials

What can I say? Bruce and Keith provided an exceptional service, and they are really nice guys too. Found out at the last minute they were in Minneapolis, and they fit me in for a cedar shake roof cleaning the next evening after their regular job was done. Even cleaned up my gutters, small fence, and small deck at no charge. The place looks outstanding! Highly recommended.

Mike Richards
Minneapolis

I highly recommend this business. Due to the work performed we are going to get another 10-14 years out of our cedar shake roof. We were told by some roofing companies that the roof should be replaced in 2 years. I lucked out and found Sullivan Roof Cleaning while researching companies that perform this service, and was pleased to learn that the company does work outside of Iowa. If you need your cedar shakes cleaned, go with Sullivan Roof Cleaning.

Eric Oelrich, 
St Cloud, MN

Bruce did a great job cleaning the whole exterior of my house. The roof has new life! It looks practically brand new. All the mold and moss on the roof, on the gutters, under the eaves, completely gone. He exceeded all our expectations. When he tells you what he can do for your house, you can believe and trust him. Great guy, great service.

Stuart Malone
Kansas City, MO

Cedar Shakes have been popular in ice-cold Minneapolis (Mn) for their durability through the cold winters, which are typically hard on roofs. Cedar is an ideal wood for roofing material because it is resistant, a good thermal insulator, stands up well to UV exposure, and wind, rain, and snow. Cedar also has a natural oil in it that repels water and keeps it from getting into the wood. Cedar shakes are still viable as a roofing material today, but they need to be cleaned regularly or they can lose their effectiveness, attractiveness, and become damaged by weather conditions. Cedar roof cleaning should be performed every 5 – 10 years depending on the local weather conditions and the surrounding area.

Why do Cedar Shake Roofs need to be Cleaned?

There are generally 3 main motivators for cedar shake roof cleaning:

  1. To improve the “curb appeal” of the home and restore the aesthetics
  2. To remove organic infestations and materials from the roof such as moss, algae, and fungus.
  3. To improve the longevity of the roof.

Appearance

The curb appeal of a cedar roof is improved by carrying out a cedar roof cleaning. A professional cedar shake clean will remove all the moss, algae, fungus, organic matter that has built up, and any stains and lichens too. Moss-covered cedar shakes do look like something from a fairytale but it is not great for the roof! Restoring them to their natural beautiful color is also a great way to see them make your home look wonderful again.

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Removing Infestations

Removing the various infestations that can affect a cedar roof is important to extend and preserve the longevity of the roof. Mn Cedar roof cleaning will allow the roof to last for decades if the shakes can be dried out successfully after rain or a period of exposed moisture such as snow. If there is organic matter growing on the roof then the moisture in between the moss, brown rot fungi, mildew, or algae will start to cause the shake to deteriorate and it will lose its natural protective properties and ability to look after itself, a wet shake is not a happy shake!

With a little love and care, you can protect your cedar roof. The first step to slowing down the deterioration process is removing organic material like algae that want nothing more than for its host board (in this case wood) roofs are turned back into dirt again. 

Rotting or decay will affect all things alive eventually; don’t worry about it personally because no one knows when these species might start resolving–or what form they’ll take! But there have been many studies proving how harmful mosses are as well so make sure not only to clean off any old leaves from the roof but also keep the shakes dry by removing moisture sources such as overhanging trees (drips and leaves) and blocked gutters.

Longevity of the Roof

The longevity of a cedar roof is largely dependent on the quality/grade of wood it is made during its installation and if it has had regular cleaning and maintenance. Cedar shakes will last for longer if the initial build was made with a high-grade shake and they have been cleaned once every 5 – 10 years.

A cedar roof cleaning service will remove the debris, organic matter, and maintain the roof’s longevity. When organic debris such as leaves, pine needles, seeds, and other fallen matter settles on the shakes they start to biodegrade quickly. The rotting organic matter will trigger a series of events that result in a shorter lifespan and longevity of the cedar roof. This can even cut the lifespan in half! Maintaining the condition of the roof is key, hire a professional or professional company for this.

Moss and lichen can cause a lot of problems for homeowners, but luckily it is easy to fix. When you call Bruce with a concern about moss or other organic growth on your roof; Bruce takes care of it!

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Is Adding Preservatives or Oil Treatments to a Cedar Roof a Bad Idea?

In short… Yes.

Nothing needs to be added or done to a cedar roof for it to reach its optimum lifespan except to keep the shakes clean, allow them to “breathe” and keep them from rotting. Cedar roofs work through a system of natural oils and resins that protects the cedar shake so adding chemicals to your cedar roof will only harm it. Cedar roofs are naturally resistant to insects, mold, and mildew so you don’t need any extra protection.

Shingle roofs when maintained properly will do better without chemical preservatives than with.

These products are both upsells, they add to the profit margins of companies who prey on customers who know enough about cedar roofs that they need to be cleaned and maintained but not enough that they know of the issues and potential problems to your roof of sealing and adding preservative chemicals.

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Why is a Clean Cedar Roof Important?

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Life Span of 40 - 60 Years

A Cedar Shake Roof will last a long time, depending on the grade of the cedar, but it does need to be looked after and cleaned about once every 10 years or so. If the roof is neglected then it will need replacing before which will incur a huge amount of unnecessary costs.

Eco-Friendly

Cedar Shakes are a naturally renewable and sustainable resource that is also organic matter. They also last longer than other materials and can be composted once no longer in use. Ensuring they stay in optimal condition will help to reduce the impact on the environment.

Maintain Temperatures

A cedar shake roof that is not maintained will lose some of its natural ability to hold an abient temperature. They allow the home to breath, to stay cool in the summers, and help to keep them warmer in the winters. If the cedar shakes become damaged, degraded, or generally fall into disrepair then all of this is lost.

Family, Pet, & Garden Friendly

The formula is specially created and offers maximum efficiency for cleaning of cedar shake roofs whilst being harmless to those most important to you.

Prevents Damage

Keep the roof in the best condition possible by keeping your Cedar Shakes clean and free of organic material. We also use ladders rather than walking on the roof.

Restore Natural Beauty

Bring your Cedar Shakes back to their original look and color, while also increasing their longevity.

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What we do for Cedar Shake Roofs?

We clean, treat and restore cedar shake roofs in Des Moines and throughout the local area. We remove all algae, moss, mold, mildew, lichen, and brown rot fungi from the shakes. Along with our non-pressure cleaning process, we use a citrus-based solution that is non-toxic and non-caustic, this is safe for you, your family, your pets, and your garden. Which will extend the lifespan of your shake roof and also restore the added beauty of a shake roof. Contact today for a free estimate.

Extending the Life of Your Roof

In climates such as this, over time, shake roofs will start to deteriorate, in most cases due to lack of maintaining/cleaning. On average a shake roof should be cleaned every 10 years, if not, deterioration sets in. Roof cleaning can help extend the lifespan of your roof. Most importantly, we do so without walking on your roof, preventing further damage. We provide honest communication of your issues, reliable work for your service, and a long track record of successful work (visit our reviews section above). Talk to us today about a free quote for your service. this
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Whether your cedar shake roof has dark, ugly streaks or a bunch of moss and algae making it weak over time; get it clean with an expert cedar shake roof cleaning team and make it look brand new again.

We use low-pressure cedar shake roof cleaning techniques with the addition of our environment-friendly formula that amazingly removes all the damaging roof organic matter from your cedar roof without damaging your cedar shake roof in any way. The solution we use is biodegradable, making it safe for your garden, family, and pets. Don’t just contact any roof cleaning service provider to restore your cedar roofs as it may do more harm than good. Make sure to hire certified, insured, and decade-long experienced cedar roof cleaning experts to offer you a reliable cedar roof cleaning solution with proper inspection and execution.  

When is Cleaning a Cedar Roof a Bad Idea?

It can be a bad idea to clean a cedar roof if it is too far gone, if the shakes and shingles are too damaged, rotted, and deteriorated. The roof could be beyond saving if it has been neglected for years and years without any maintenance. This may be the case, but this is often a conclusion that is drawn too soon by “professionals” and owners. A cedar roof is a wonderful thing with an incredible ability to return to its former glory. Cedar roofs can be shiny and wonderful again with Cedar roof cleaning services in Minneapolis. Cedar roofs do not need replacing until the wood has deteriorated and rotted to such an extent that it is no longer efficient and protects the felt underlay below.

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How Does Cleaning my Roof Prevent Water Damage?

Having your cedar shake or shingle roof cleaned once every 10 years or so will ensure that it does not degrade faster than it naturally should. Cedar roofs need to be able to “breathe” so they shouldn’t be sealed like a deck, painted, or any form of staining. Cedar roofs will naturally not absorb water as this can cause big problems, if they are, this issue is caused by organic matter sitting on top of the cedar shakes and trapping moisture on top that would otherwise naturally evaporate.

Moss on a roof is inherently bad for a roof, it should be removed. It will cause your shingles to deteriorate faster and lead to rot which can be dangerous for your entire roof. Once your Cedar roof has been cleaned it will remove the causes of the infestation in the wood so the moss cannot grow back in the same way.

Too much damage by organic matter or a power washer will cause water to penetrate the inner layer of the felt underlay, the felt underlay will protect the inner structure of the roof but should not be solely relied upon.

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What Technique Should be Used on My MN Cedar Roof?

Do not ever use or employ someone (a company) who uses a power washer in their cedar roof cleaning service. People will tell you it is fine, it is efficient, it won’t damage the roof, it will clean the shakes perfectly. These statements have many issues and are incorrect.

  • A power washing will strip the infestations from the cedar roof… yes… but it will also likely damage the delicate edges of the shakes and break off parts of the wood. It is also likely to penetrate under the shakes and hit the felt underlay.
  • Power washing removes the surface and top layer of the infestations quickly but it does not kill the core of the issue, this is why a special formula and professional cedar roof cleaner are needed rather than a pressure washer.

A professional Mn cedar roof cleaning needs a professional soft wash technique, this will use a specially formulated cleaning solution, a ladder, water at the power of a garden hose, and a brush.

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The Benefits of Bruce Sullivan The Best Cedar Roof Cleaning in Minneapolis

  • Removal of unsightly stains and mildew.
  • A specialist technique that does not damage the shakes in any way – no high-pressure washing.
  • Guaranteed to extend the life of your cedar shake roof.
  • Eco-friendly and biodegradable cleaning solution.
  • Safe for families, pets, and your garden.
  • Safely removes moss, fungus, and other moisture harboring debris.
  • Certified roof inspector by the National Roof Certification and Inspection Association.
  • Conforms to the Cedar Shake Bureau Guidance

Testimonials

What can I say? Bruce and Keith provided an exceptional service, and they are really nice guys too. Found out at the last minute they were in Minneapolis, and they fit me in for a cedar shake roof cleaning the next evening after their regular job was done. Even cleaned up my gutters, small fence, and small deck at no charge. The place looks outstanding! Highly recommended.

Mike Richards
Minneapolis

I highly recommend this business. Due to the work performed we are going to get another 10-14 years out of our cedar shake roof. We were told by some roofing companies that the roof should be replaced in 2 years. I lucked out and found Sullivan Roof Cleaning while researching companies that perform this service, and was pleased to learn that the company does work outside of Iowa. If you need your cedar shakes cleaned, go with Sullivan Roof Cleaning.

Eric Oelrich, 
St Cloud, MN

Bruce did a great job cleaning the whole exterior of my house. The roof has new life! It looks practically brand new. All the mold and moss on the roof, on the gutters, under the eaves, completely gone. He exceeded all our expectations. When he tells you what he can do for your house, you can believe and trust him. Great guy, great service.

Stuart Malone
Kansas City, MO

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