What Happens If I Neglect My Cedar Shake Roof?
Here at Sullivan Cedar Roof Cleaning, we are often asked about the consequences of not maintaining your cedar shake or wood shake roofing; it’s a fair question, so I thought I’d answer it here.
The Clear Answer
Without any doubt, to neglect cleaning your wood shake roof on a regular basis means premature replacement. Half-life replacement is something roofing companies love! It is easy business for them, but it costs you, the roof owner, thousands upon thousands more than simply calling someone up to have your roof regularly cleaned.
A cedar shake roof is made of organic material. You wouldn’t go beyond the recommended time without cleaning your teeth. Why is that? By just having them cleaned and maintained regularly, they will last a whole life! Or we might compare it to why we change oil in a car. Certainly, if we never do, we may only see half its intended life because a car is also something designed to be regularly maintained which is exactly the case with a cedar shake roof.
The Only Roof that Needs Maintenance
Wood roofing happens to be the only kind that absolutely needs regular maintenance. A couple of unbiased sources for this information that I’d like to tell you about are both the USDA Forestry Service and Cedar Shake Bureau. The bottom line is that we are talking about less than 5% of the replacement cost to have your entire wood roof cleaned. And having that done once every eight to ten years will be the difference between having a wood roof replaced prematurely, and having a roof that most likely out-lives you or I.
As always, give us a call and we can help you ourselves or set you up with someone in our network of cleaners across the US and Canada who use our proprietary, non-invasive cleaning solution and method that will keep your roofing clean and healthy for years to come!