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Cedar Roof Repair and Pressure Washing

By Ken Ward Subscribe to RSS | February 7th 2012 | Views:

Cedar shakes and shingles have been used for hundreds of years. They have been established their prolonged existence in adverse climatic conditions. Cedar shakes and shingles contain oils which make them decay resistant. Cedar’s insulative quality, artistic appeal, and wind and shock resistance makes the cedar shakes and shingle the best choice for your roofing.

Cedar shingle and shakes are very different. Shakes are either hand-split or resawn (split on the side) or tapersawn (sawn on both sides) and shingles are sawn on both the sides. There is variety of products available in both the broad categories. Shakes are typically used on roofs. Shingles are popularly used as side wall product; however they are also widely used on roofs.

Protect your roof from the dangers of cleaning and you can prevent cedar roof repairs. Extreme caution must be taken not only because of the slippery conditions but the cleaning itself (if done improperly) can damage the shakes. That may sound strange but it is important for the shakes to dry out as quickly as possible after a rain. Pine needles, leaves and other debris that builds up on the roof can trap moisture and hold it there. It’s important to have good air circulation above the roof line, so keep overhanging tree branches trimmed sufficiently high.

Roof construction plays an important role in determining the life span of cedar roofs. Maintaining the cedar roof is not an easy task. The surface should be clean and dry before finishing. Remove moss and mildew. If a bleach solution is used, neutralize it while rinsing. Stir coating product well and apply according to manufactures instruction.

Please understand the dangers involved while doing the pressure washing by you. One false step on some wet moss and you could end up in the gutter before you know it, or worse. Injuries are a very real threat. Cedar is a soft wood and when it’s wet, it’s even softer. If the nozzle of the pressure washer is too close to the shakes, the high-pressured water can cause the shingles to shred, come loose or crack.

Pressure washing needed a high flow machine to get the job done. A proper cleaner pH balancing chemical for the sealer and a ladder is required while doing pressure wash. It would also take your precious time. So it’s better to hire a company which will remove the entire burden from your shoulders.

Our roofing company would like to take the worry out of maintaining the distinctive look and lasting quality of the investment over your head. Call us for professional pressure washing and prevent future cedar roof repairs.

Ken Ward - About Author:
Roof Repair is a Roofers and Roof Replacement Company with top Roofing Contractors. We specialize in all types of Siding Repair in Northern Virginia our main offerings include: fixing leaks, performing inspections, roof emergency, ice dam prevention, repairing ventilation systems.

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