Cedar Roof Maintenance: Common Problems & Solutions

Cedar Roof Maintenance

Cedar shake roofs have a unique and striking appearance, and make an excellent complement to rustic houses and homes with wooden exteriors. However, maintaining cedar roofs requires extra attention, and many homeowners eventually find themselves in need of cedar roof repairs. To preserve your cedar roof and minimize the need for roofing repairs, it’s important that you recognize common problems and learn how to address them.

Cedar Roof Maintenance: Common Problems & Solutions

Problem: Moss is building up on your cedar shake roof.

Solution: Affixing copper or zinc strips to your roof’s ridge caps will discourage the growth of moss. It is vital to prevent moss from building up, as it can trap moisture in your cedar roofing panels. Over time, excess moisture will damage the panels and may even cause leaks in the interior of your home.

Problem: Nearby coniferous trees shed their needles on your cedar roof.

Solution: Any accumulated debris in your cedar roofing panels can cause major problems. In addition to conifer needles, you need to keep your roof clear of dirt, branches and leaves. Professional cleaning is the recommended course of action.

Problem: You’re unsure of which preservatives to use on your cedar roof.

Solution: In addition to looking for preservatives and finishes that are specifically labeled for use on cedar shake roofs, be sure to choose a product that repels water, protects against UV damage and comes with a performance guarantee.

Problem: You want to wash your roof, but aren’t sure which techniques are and aren’t safe.

Solution: Power washers can be used on cedar roofs, so long as you follow proper techniques. Cedar roofs are subject to Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau (CSSB) guidelines and standards, so be sure to consult them before power-washing your roof. Better yet, entrust the job to a contractor.

Contact Your Local Roofing Contractor Today!

In addition to cleaning & regular maintenance, certain cedar roof problems require repairs by a professional roofer. If yours is in need of some expert care, contact All Roofing Solutions.

We are a leading roofing contractor serving residents of Delaware & southeastern Pennsylvania, and we’ll help get your cedar shake roof looking and performing good-as-new for an affordable price.

To schedule your free consultation, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania. And don’t forget to ask about our discounts!


  1. Posted May 20, 2015 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Cedar roof experiences adverse effects of weather which can deteriorate the beauty of roof. Regular maintenance of roof is necessary and carefully examine that water i8s not accumulated on the sides of roof.

  2. Posted May 25, 2015 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Inspecting your home’s roof regularly would help you identify the issue at the earliest. The blog is a good guide to help you repair the problem by yourself. I would say, a proper roof maintenance is the best way to prevent all roof problems.

  3. Posted May 27, 2015 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    My grandpa has a great looking cedar roof on his home. He has cared for it well over the years. I’ve been thinking about doing the same to my home, but want to make sure I know what I’m doing. I’ll be sure to follow your tip about which preservatives and finishes I should use.

  4. Posted June 30, 2015 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    While there are many things to look out for when doing a Cedar roof, I think the payoff looks amazing. Every time I see these roofs I think of driving down a local suburb in California. And nostalgia aside, it just looks so classy on a well done home! Thanks for posting these things to look out for!

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