Four factors steal the life out of your roof:
- Excessive moisture
- Excessive sunlight
- Excessive debris
- Moss & Fungal growth
Although natural cedar oil, "thujaplicin"
is probably the best wood preservative, it dissipates
from your wood roof within two to three years!
Hot sun and roof temperatures that can fry an egg cook
the oils and preservatives right out of the wood.
Then without those natural barriers:
- Roofs can't repel water as well
- The roof is much more susceptible to rot
- Curling, cupping, splitting and rotting of the shakes
- Moss & debris holds moisture and invite insect
- Insect infestations invite larger critter, like
shake roofs don't just look bad...
Fungus, mold, mildew, moss and algae all quickly and
persistently break down the surface of your roof. Left
to fester their root structure will eat away at your
roof in a variety of ways:
- Lifts the edges of your shingles on a shake
roof allowing water to:
- dam and wick up,
- run sideways underneath until it finds
a weakness in the felt (and finds its way into
- or make your roof more susceptible to
high wind -- ripping the shakes clean off.
- Carnivorous moss actually uses your shakes
as food, causing premature wear as it quite literally
"eats away" at your roof.
- Moss soaks up water, keeping your roof almost
permanently wet -- promoting further fungus, mold
& algae growth.
To avoid the early demise of your classic cedar
- Remove moss & fungus which act like a sponge
to hold water on shingles and shakes.
- Do so without harming the environment or risking
your pets or your children with toxic chemicals.
- Restore lost natural preservatives so that your
roof will again effectively repel water
- Prevent new growth by changing the pH level of the
- and once again look stupendous.
Aside from the cosmetic benefits of a well maintained
roof it's very important to note that cleaning, repairing
and treating your roof can double and sometimes triple
its service life.
A clean, healthy roof will add market value to your
home because, generally speaking, 50% of the exterior
view of your home consists of your roof.