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How to Protect Your Roof: Tips for Homeowners

How to Protect Your Roof


Your roof is one of the essential parts of your home. It protects you and your family from the elements and adds to your property’s aesthetic appeal. As a homeowner, protecting your roof from damage caused by heavy rain, high winds, and other severe weather conditions is crucial. In this article, we will discuss some practical tips to help you protect your roof and avoid costly repairs.

Protect Your Roof with Proper Gutter Maintenance

Gutters play a crucial role in protecting your roof from water damage. They channel water away from your roof and foundation, preventing water from seeping into your home. On the other hand, clogged gutters can cause water to accumulate on your roof and cause damage to your roofing material. To avoid this, keeping your gutters clean and free from debris is essential.

Inspect Your Roof Regularly

Inspecting your roof regularly can help you detect potential problems early on and prevent them from causing more extensive damage. You can do this by visually inspecting your roof for signs of damage, such as missing shingles, cracks, or leaks. You can also hire a professional roofing contractor to inspect your roof. A roofing contractor has the experience and expertise to identify potential problems you may not know.

Protect Your Roof from Severe Weather

Severe weather, such as heavy rain, high winds, and ice dams, can cause significant damage to your roof. You can take some proactive steps to protect your roof from these elements. For instance, you can trim tree branches that are close to your roof to prevent them from falling on your roof during high winds. You can also insulate your attic to prevent ice dams from forming. Additionally, you can choose roofing tiles designed to withstand severe weather conditions.

Keep Your Roof Clean

Keeping your roof clean is another way to protect it from damage. Dirt, debris, and algae can accumulate on your roof and cause damage over time. To prevent this, you can clean your roof regularly. However, it is essential to note that cleaning your roof can be dangerous, and it is advisable to hire a professional roofing contractor to do it for you.

Repair Roof Damage Promptly

If you detect any signs of roof damage, such as leaks or missing shingles, it is crucial to repair them promptly. Ignoring roof damage can lead to more extensive damage, which can be costly. You can either repair the damage yourself if you have the skills and tools or hire a professional roofing contractor to do it for you.

Protect Your Home by Protecting Your Roof

As a homeowner, protecting your home should be a top priority. One way to do this is by protecting your roof. Your roof not only protects you and your family from the elements but also adds to the value of your property. Following the tips above, you can protect your roof from damage and keep your home safe and secure.


Protecting your roof is essential to keeping your home safe and secure. Regular maintenance, such as gutter cleaning, roof inspection, and cleaning, can help prevent damage to your roof. Additionally, taking proactive steps to protect your roof from severe weather conditions and promptly repairing any damage can help you avoid costly repairs. As a homeowner, taking care of your roof is essential to protect your investment and keep your family safe.

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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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