Most homeowners who have a cedar roof don't realize
until too late that they should have been taking better
care of the roof over their head. Unlike asphalt,
asbestos, or slate roofs, cedar can be cleaned and
preserved adding many years of life to the roof.
Cedar Roof- Before and After pressure cleaning and
preserving a cedar roof can dramatically change the
visual appearance. However proper care must be used
regarding water pressure and detergent selection so not
to damage the roof. Too much water pressure may loosen
shingles and drive contaminants deeper into the wood;
not enough pressure may not effectively remove the
damaging contaminants. The presence of a bleaching agent
in the detergent when washing natural cedar will change
the color of the cedar instead of cleaning it. In the
same way you should not bleach a dark article of
clothing because it will change it's color, we would not
bleach a cedar roof destroying its' golden brown natural
Unfortunately we cannot keep your roof looking like new
forever. Within a couple of years the cedar will start
turning gray again and go through its' natural aging
process. "Peace of mind" will come from knowing that
your newly cleaned roof will enjoy protection against
further rain and sun damage that will last many years.
The safety aspect of completing a job like this should
also be noted. Our trained and certified personnel can
safely complete the job using ladders, roof hooks,
ropes, life lines, body harnesses, and aerial boom lifts
when needed. An inexperienced person should never
attempt to scale a roof for pressure cleaning. It takes
many years of on the job practice to completely master
the safety issues of climbing on a wood roof.
In sum, spending the money to have your cedar roof
preserved every five to ten years will save you the cost
of prematurely replacing a section of your entire roof.
As anyone whose paid for a new cedar roof knows, this is
an extremely expensive job.