Cedar shakes give a home a distinct, natural and traditional look, and they are also an eco-friendly choice because they are biodegradable. However, some homeowners steer away from cedar shakes because they assume they are more difficult to maintain than asphalt shingles. Actually, cedar shakes are quite durable – perhaps more so than asphalt shingles. Read on to learn the truth behind cedar shake roof maintenance and gain a better perspective as to whether or not this is the right type of roof for your home.
Will cedar shakes be destroyed in high winds and heavy rain?
Though a strong hurricane is capable of damaging any roof, cedar shakes are one of the more resilient roofing materials you can choose in a storm-prone environment. They can withstand high winds, hail, driving rain, and even heavy snow. Yes, you may have to replace a few shakes after a particularly violent storm, but this would be true if you had asphalt shingles or tiles on your roof, too.
Does the roof need to be sprayed to keep bugs away?
One of the reasons why cedar is the wood of choice for roofs is because it repels bugs naturally. It gives off a scent that bees, termites, and other wood-loving pests do not enjoy. Even when your cedar roof is several decades old, you should not have to worry about bugs building nests in it or eating their way through the roof and into your home.
When the cedar turns gray, does that mean it needs to be replaced?
No. Cedar naturally takes on a silvery gray color as it ages. This is not a sign that it has worn out or will no longer protect your home. You do not need to treat the cedar with anything to prevent this process, and you do not have to replace shakes once they turn gray.
Will a cedar roof become overgrown with fungus?
Fungal growth is the one issue that does plague cedar roofs, particularly in moist environments. There are several ways to prevent fungal growth. One is to ensure that your roof is exposed to plenty of sunlight, rather than being shaded by trees. Fungus won't grow well in direct sun. If this is not an option, you can have the roof sprayed with fungicides on a regular basis. If you live in an area where rainfall in infrequent and humidity levels are low, you should not have to worry too much about fungal growth.
Cedar shakes are a rather low-maintenance roofing option. If you live in a humid, moist area, you may have to have your roof sprayed to prevent mold growth, but aside from this step, you can basically have your roof installed and leave it alone.
For more information, contact Gulfside Roofing Inc. or a similar company.
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