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Cedar Shakes Roof Cleaning with Citrus Based Solution

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Sullivan Cedar Shake Roof Cleaning Offers a Different Solution

If you have cedar shakes on your roof, you know that they require special care to keep them looking their best. Over time, they can become stained and discolored from dirt, moss, and other debris. In the past, the only way to clean them was to use harsh chemicals that could damage the shingles and potentially harm the environment.

Now, there is a better way. Sullivan Roof Cleaning, Inc. now offers a non-toxic and caustic alternative for cedar shakes roof cleaning. With this citrus-based cleaning solution, all that is required is to apply with a 40 PSI 12V pump spray system, allow dwell time-based on the types of infestations and simply rinse with a garden hose pressure. Our designed runoff system directs all cleaning and rinsing solution off the property. The complete process is done from a ladder, never getting on your roof and causing damage or the potential for slips and falls.

This new citrus-based solution is safe for the environment and gentle on your cedar shakes, yet still effective at removing dirt, moss, and other debris.  With our cedar shakes roof cleaning process the days of harmful chemicals and the use of pressure cleaning are gone. Also gone is the high service cost related with other step and chemical processes which allows us to service the greater Midwest with under competition cedar cleaning pricing.

 Call us today to learn more about this new roof cleaning solution. Your cedar shakes will thank you!

Sullivan Roof Cleaning Service Area

Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio.

We will be expanding our coverage in the future.

We are privately owner and operated, not a franchise. We have teamed with a limited number of other roof cleaning services that use our same process and cleaning solution and work directly through our service for those cedar shakes home owners that are outside our service area.

Don’t replace your cedar roof when we can clean it. Go to our web site @ watch the videos, read the customer reviews and see the before & after pictures which have phsyical addresses, not something someone copied off the internet. Send us an e-mail or call with any questions, concerns or interest to maintain your cedar roof.

When considering a cedar roof cleaning, there are those that will clean cedar and there are those that are cedar cleaners. We are cedar roof cleaners.

After you have talked to the rest contact the best, Sullivan Roof Cleaning, Inc. Your cedar roof maintenance provider.

Cedar Shake Roof Cleaning in Des Moines Iowa
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.

Watch the Cedar Shakes Cleaning Process in Action in this video

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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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