Cedar shakes, while durable, are an organic material that requires maintenance. Exposure to weather elements such as UV rays, moisture, and seasonal changes can cause deterioration and infestations of moss, mold, mildew, lichen, and brown rot fungi. To maintain the integrity of the cedar shake, these infestations must be removed.
To effectively clean a cedar shake roof, it is essential to follow the proper procedure. Begin by using a ladder to access the roof. Next, apply a specially formulated solution onto the shakes, ensuring thorough coverage. Once applied, rinse the roof using a garden hose with adequate pressure(Not power-washed). It is highly recommended to hire a professional cedar shake roof cleaner for this task, as it is not advisable for DIY attempts.
Would a pressure washer be a suitable tool for cleaning a cedar shake roof?
NO. It is not recommended to use a pressure washer to clean a cedar shake roof as it can cause harm to the shakes by requiring walking on them and even at its lowest setting, it can still cause damage.
How frequently should a cedar shake roof be cleaned?
It is recommended to clean cedar shakes approximately once every decade(10 years), taking into consideration factors such as the quality of the shakes and the extent of tree coverage in the vicinity.
It is not advisable to seal a cedar shake roof as cedar shakes require proper ventilation. They naturally expand and contract when exposed to rain, and sealing them can significantly reduce their lifespan, potentially leading to the need for premature replacement.
The preservation value of staining is negligible and it can potentially damage the structural integrity of shakes, which require adequate ventilation. Moreover, if the shakes are not thoroughly cleaned, staining can trap the decaying infestation inside the shakes.
Chemical cleaning agents are the primary focus of “soft washing” for surface cleaning, whereas “power washing” relies on water pressure to a greater extent. However, it’s important to note that neither method is universally applicable. In fact, as demonstrated in this video, a combination of both techniques is often necessary to achieve optimal results.
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