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Cedar Roof Cleaning, West Des Moines, Iowa

Cedar Roof Cleaning, West Des Moines, Iowa 850x433


Bruce Sullivan’s Cedar Roof Cleaning, West Des Moines, Iowa, offers the best Cedar Shake roof Cleaning.  His cleaning services can restore your cedar shake roof back to its natural beauty and ensure that it lasts as long as it is meant to. The damp atmosphere and conditions mean that the homes in the area need maintenance and upkeep so they last as long as possible. The houses vary in styles but ensuring you keep your cedar shake roof clean will help it to last for years to come.  You can take the time to clean the roof yourself but it is strongly advised not to use any type of pressure on the roof and not to walk on the roof.
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Testimonial about Cedar Shake Roof Cleaning in West Des Moines, Iowa

Left Quotes SignI am extremely satisfied with the result from the cleaning of my cedar shake roof performed by Sullivan Cedar Shake Roof Cleaning. I was uneducated about the importance of cleaning the roof as apparently are the contractors that sell and install cedar shake shingles in Iowa- at least they don’t seem to share this with homeowners. My shingles were curling and mold was obvious. After cleaning no mold and the shingles have flattened out again. The change in the appearance is amazing. Bruce provides this professional service himself . It is obvious he takes pride in a job well done. He is very knowledgable and provides references and education. I believe this service will extend the life of my roof one of the reasons I chose a cedar shake roof was a longer life expectancy compared to asphalt roofs and appearance when new and after cleaned is superior to asphalt . I believe the cost this company charges is fair. I strongly encourage the use of this company. I plan to contact Bruce when I need my next cleaning at 5 years after initial cleaning. I wish I had been aware of this service the first 20 years I owned this roof.

Bill Maxson, West Des Moines, Iowa

Cedar Shake Roof before & after cleaning

Meet Bruce

50 Years of Experience &
Over 1,500 Shake Roofs Cleaned

Bruce Sullivan has over 50 years of experience in maintaining, cleaning, and restoring cedar shake roofs. Making him one of the top authorities on cedar shake roofs in the US.

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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

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 are organic. Though a resilient material. Being organic they need to be maintained. Over time, like any organic material that are subjected to weather elements, they reach a stage of deterioration. Like UV exposure, moisture and seasonal changes. Which results in moss, mold, mildew, lichen and brown rot fungi. These infestations need to be removed to further preserve the integrity of the cedar shake.
The proper way to clean a cedar shake roof is from a ladder. By spraying a special formulated solution onto the shakes and then rinsed with a garden hose pressure. Best done by a professional cedar shake roof cleaner. Not DIY recommended.
No. Pressure washer will require walking on the shakes, which will harm them, and even at its lowest setting will also damage the shakes.
On average, cedar shakes should be cleaned every 10 ten years. Subjective to the grade of the shakes and the amount of surrounding tree cover.
Avoiding walking on a cedar shake roof, other than for repairs.
Never seal a cedar shake roof. Cedar shakes need to breathe. They expand and contract in rain conditions. Seal will shorten the lifespan, to the point of premature replacement.
Staining has no real preserve value and can also harm the integrity of shakes, as stated, they need to be able to breathe. Also, if the shakes are not properly cleaned staining can seal the deteriorating infestation within the shakes.
Depending on the grade of the shakes and installation, and if maintained properly, 40 to 60 years.


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