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Cedar Shakes: Essential Maintenance Tips

by Mar 4, 2020

Cedar shakes are generally long-lasting. But like all other roofing systems, its longevity depends on the quality of installation and maintenance. For installation, it’s crucial to hire a qualified and experienced professional. Meanwhile, to ensure proper maintenance, here are a few tips listed by roof replacement expert John Henderson Construction, LLC.

Basic Care

Here are some basic guidelines to protect your cedar roof from damage:

  1. Trim any overhanging branches away from your roof. Leaves, small branches, and other debris may fall on your roofing and accumulate over time.
  2. Clean the gutters and downspouts regularly. Ensure that the downspouts are running directly to the ground or to another gutter below. Downspouts should never drain directly onto a lower roof surface.
  3. Make sure there’s adequate roof ventilation all year round. This will prevent heat and moisture buildup in the attic, and it will also prevent water from accumulating at the bottom of the roof and then freezing during winter.

Topical Treatment Products

Some roofing contractors may offer topical roof spraying and cleaning services. Before agreeing to any of these, ensure that you’re dealing with an established and trustworthy business. Learn more about the topical treatment product as well. Check references, and ask to see the company’s workmanship guarantee and other relevant documents or credentials.


Power washing can be a divisive issue. Some roofers use this to clean roofs, while others prefer to use other methods. It is true, however, that high pressure washing can cause extensive damage to any material when done by inexperienced people. Moreover, there are also a few things to consider to determine if power washing would be appropriate for your roofing. For instance, roofers typically look into the age and condition of the roof as well as the gallons sprayed per minute, distance of the spray nozzle from the roof, pressure per inch, etc.

John Henderson Construction, LLC offers a range of home improvement services including roof leak repair, siding replacement, and window installation, among others. With our dedication to top-notch workmanship, you can rest assured that your job will be handled professionally. Call us at (401) 615-2224 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.

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