Do You Have A Cedar Roof? Here’s What You Need To Know

Homeowners with cedar roofs are often confused about maintenance. Cedar Roofing installations require a special kind of maintenance in order to keep the roof intact for many years. Every homeowner needs to know that simply installing the roof is not enough to keep your home safe and dry for years to come. Since your roof does the toughest job of all the parts in your home sometimes it requires some TLC.

When do I need roofing maintenance?

Unless there has been hail or heavy rains or storm tending to your roof doesn’t mean checking its condition every day or week. routinely checking the roofing structure before and after every winter is a general rule of thumb but generally cedar roofing maintenance should be done in the fall. If strong winds, heavy storms and severe weather have occurred, assess the damage as soon as possible.  always have the phone number of a licensed and certified roofing contractor on hand for these emergencies.

Why do I need maintenance?

Cedar shakes and shingles contain oils that make them naturally decay resistant. Common cedar roofing problems include moss growth, mold and mildew, rotting shakes or shingles, cracks, distorted shakes and shingles and termites. Again you want to remember that every roofing material has its problems and there is no perfect roofing material that is get-out-of-jail-free. Cedar needs to breathe, and therefore needs to be kept clean. Do not allow leaves, branches or other debris to build up on the roof. Both surface areas and keyways (spaces between shakes and shingles) need to be kept clear. Ensure ventilation is available, year round.

The best roofing maintenance practices

Check your storm drainage, clear your gutters and downspouts, and cut back overhanging branches frequently. Pressure wash dirt and heavy debris as soon as you see it. Various treatments can be performed as part of the cedar shake roof maintenance every couple of years. This includes water repellents, fungicides, algaecides, and fire repellents. These treatments may claim a long life, but it is best to apply them every 1 to 3 years as part of the regular cedar shake roof maintenance. Without treatments, cedar shakes can degrade over time, with constant exposure to the sun’s UV rays, the elements, and water, of course. It also means that the cedar shakes can suffer from fungus and algae growth without proper treatment.  Most importantly, without treatment, cedar shake shingles can catch on fire. While these practices can be done DIY it is always best to consult professional help at least once every few years since some damage may be invisible to the naked eye.

For more information reach out to Daigle & Travers Insurance. We have two convenient locations in Connecticut: Darien and Westport. One of our many experienced insurance professionals will be able to guide you through the insurance process. We can be reached at 203-655-6974 or at

Sources Cited

Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau. Care And Maintenance Brochure,