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Cedar Roof Cleaning Insurance Premium Discount

Cedar Roof Cleaning Insurance Premium Discount


Cedar Roof Cleaning Insurance Premium Discount

Here at Sullivan Cedar Roof Cleaning, over the past 2-3 years we have heard from more and more clients who need roof cleaning, so they can receive a discount from their insurance companies. While this is a great benefit to them, the other side of the coin is that if they don’t get the work done, some of these insurance companies actually cancel these insurance policies outright!

The Bottom Line

Wood roofing requires maintenance and the insurance companies know they lose a lot of money in early replacement, so they’re making sure that this isn’t an issue in the future. Although we’ve also heard from owners of other types of roofing, it is wood roofing which really seems to be their focus.

Recently, I spoke to an insurance underwriter. He needed some information from me in order to apply a discount to one of their clients. He was basically verifying the client had had the work done, and asked that I write a report on the roof. For that home owner, this translates to a significant savings over time. So, if you have recently had your roofing cleaned, or are planning on doing so, make sure to tell your insurance company, so you can take advantage of this discount!

A Win-Win Situation

If you have your roof cleaned (with the Soft-Wash process), then you are extending the life of your roof it seems only logical that your insurance company should be invested in rewarding you for that! While we have more clients because of this shift and the insurance companies have to replace fewer roofs, you, the homeowner, see the greatest benefit: a healthy and beautiful roof that lasts for the decades for which it was intended – and at a lower cost in the end!

Feel free to contact me if you want help finding out if this discount applies to you and how you can take advantage of it! Even if you are out of our area, we’ll help you find someone nearby that can clean your wood shake roofing.

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Cedar Shake Roof before & after cleaning

Meet Bruce

50 Years of Experience &
Over 2,000 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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