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How To Take Care Of Cedar Shingles

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Cedar shingles have a unique charm, which will add a rustic flare to your home. Adding further value to a wood roof, cedar is full of natural rot-fighting compounds. On the other hand, wood is a natural material, and as such, it is biodegradable. In order to save yourself the expense of replacing your roof, you need to properly maintain it. 

Avoiding Moss Invasions

Moss will hold moisture against your roof, which will promote rot. Furthermore, moss can drive its root system into the wood grain in your shingles and wedge the grains apart. In order to prevent moss from destroying your roof, you need to cut away any limbs that shade your roof since moss thrives in cool, dark places. If you live in a humid environment, simply drenching your roof with sunlight might not be enough. Nailing a strip of zinc flashing will bathe your roof in metal salts every time it rains, and these metal salts act as a natural herbicide. 

Preventing Rot

While cedar has a natural ability to resist rot, the rot-resistant compounds in the wood will leach out over time. As the color of your roof fades, its ability to resist rot fades too. In order to keep your roof viable for decades to come, you need to apply a wood sealant to your roof any time the color of your roof starts to fade. 

Replace Damaged Shingles

Even if you seal your roof whenever it is needed, a falling limb or a large hailstone can still crack shingles. If a shingle splits along the grain, you can make a repair as long as the crack does not extend above the shingle below the damaged one. Simply drive a nail on either side of the crack, fill the crack with roof cement, and cover the nail heads with roof cement. On the other hand, if your crack runs across the grain, you will need to remove the damaged shingle and replace it. As long as you know what you are doing, you should be able to make the repairs on your own and save a little money. 

If you are looking for a unique roof for your home, you need look no further than cedar shingles. The natural look of cedar shingles looks great on rustic or green homes. As long as you take proper care of your roof, you can enjoy it for decades to come. 

For more information and options, talk with professional roofers in your area, such as those at Gulfside Roofing Inc.