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Cedar Shake Roof and Siding Cleaning in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Most homeowners don’t realize it but cedar shake roofs need to be periodically cleaned. Believe it or not a well maintained cedar roof will last a minimum of 40 years. But again the key is to keep the cedar roof cleaned. It is similar to our teeth. If we don’t periodically have our teeth examined and cleaned, we get buildup on them. After a while, our teeth start to discolor and decay hence cavities. It’s the same principle with cedar shake roofs. Cedar has natural properties to protect it from rot. However if organisms are allowed to infest the cedar, those organisms start to break down the cedar causing it to rot and decay.

There are a number of homes with cedar shake roofs in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and surrounding communities in Lake county. We see a good number of those roofs infested with fungus, algae, lichen and moss. All of those organisms promote rot. How can one identify these infestations and determine that the cedar roof needs cleaning? A healthy cedar roof should have a silver or light gray color. It may have a reddish or other color is stained. An infested roof may have a charcoal gray or black color. You will also commonly see green and yellow spots or patches.

 

Be sure to yearly examine your cedar shake roof and cedar siding for signs of infestations. If you suspect you may need a roof cleaner contractor, be sure to contact a professional roofing and siding cleaner. The longer you put it off, the more damage will incur resulting in more costs to you.

For more information, photos and videos go here. Contact us now for a free assessment and quote. In addition to Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, we service the entire north and west suburbs of Chicago.

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Cedar Shake Roof and Cedar Siding Cleaning in Evanston Cook County

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Does your red cedar, cedar shake roof or cedar siding need to be cleaned? What color do you see – dark grey, black, brown, green, yellow? If you see any of these colors on your cedar shake roof or cedar siding, please take notice.

These colors are actually signs of infestations of mold, moss, algae, mildew, lichen, and fungus. We see this a lot in the north and west suburbs of Chicago such as in Evanston and Schaumburg in Cook County.  A professional roof cleaner will pay particular attention to any signs of infestation. These organisms spread across the cedar surface and if left untreated will cause the shingles to deteriorate.

Fungus commonly causes the wood to feel moist, soft, spongy, or stringy. It is dangerous because it simultaneously breaks down all the major wood components in your shingles.   This causes the shingle to gradually degrade to a spongy and stringy texture, causing it to weaken, shrink, break, and collapse.

Brown rot fungus, commonly known as “dry rot,” presents itself as a black or dirt brown color. It commonly causes the wood to be dry and fragile, cracking across the grain. It is dangerous because it rapidly decays the cellulose and hemicellulose in the shingles, leaving a brown residue of lignin (the substance that holds the wood cells together). Brown rot is generally more serious than white rot, as it can quickly weaken the shingle before any visible signs are detected.   If left untreated, the shingles will easily crumble into cubes, and turn into a powder when crushed.

Moss, which is appears green and spongy retains constant moisture on the cedar shake. Furthermore, it does not permit the red cedar to breathe as it should. This causes the cedar shake wood to deteriorate rapidly.

Be sure to periodically examine your cedar siding and cedar shake roof for the aforementioned colors. If you see any of them and suspect you may need a siding cleaner or roof cleaner contractor, be sure to contact a professional roofing and siding cleaner. The longer you put it off, the more damage will incur resulting in more costs to you.

For more information, photos and videos go here. Contact us now for a free assessment and quote.

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