Cedar Shake Roof Cleaning
We all want a home to be proud of. A cedar shake roof or siding looks great when it’s newly installed, but can be challenging to maintain over time. It's very common for cedar shake roofs to become wet and get fungi, mold, and lichen growing on the outside of the shingle, which can make the roof or siding look unsightly. Along with softwashing services by No Pressure Cleaning Solutions, maintaining your shake shingles with these tips can help them last for 60 or 70 years.
How to Encourage Water to Evaporate from the Shingles More Quickly
There are a few things that you can do to help the shakes dry out faster, which will help you go longer stretches of time between cleaning. First of all, try to cut down overhanging branches so that the sunlight can get at the shakes, which will help them dry faster after a storm, reducing fungi, mold, and lichen growth. Also, while it's okay to stain the shakes for aesthetic purposes, don't seal them, as this will cause the shakes to retain damaging moisture.
Should You Ever Use a Pressure Washer to Clean the Shakes?
A pressure washer is often used for cleaning shakes, but we don’t recommend it! You have to be careful about how much pressure you use to avoid knocking shakes off the roof or side of your house. A wash that is soft enough to run your hand through without the spray hurting you is ideal, and that rules out most pressure washers.
There are a few cleaning products that can help kill lichen, moss, and other types of growth. For instance, bleach and water sprayed onto shakes will kill moss growth. Bleach will also kill many types of mold and mildew. If you're concerned about bleaching the wood, you can also use a cleaner that's specifically designed for cedar.
Wood shakes are going to need cleaning about once every 10 years, or sooner if they have algae growth. Even if you do certain preventative maintenance, such as trimming trees back, this is about the amount of time that it takes for lichen, moss, mildew, and other organic materials to grow. But cleaning the shakes will let you keep your roof for decades longer.
Why Softwashing Is a Better Way to Clean Your Cedar Shakes
We’ve developed proprietary cleaning solutions that clean roofs and siding without any need for a ladder. Our cleaning methods are safer for humans and gentle on your cedar shakes, but tough on dirt, algae and built-up grime! In fact, softwashing gets rid of the algae, mold, mildew and other organic materials so they won’t grow back as fast as they would with regular pressure washing.
Contact us today for a quote on safe, effective cedar shake roof cleaning!