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Winterizing Wooden Roofs

Roofs featuring shingles made from cedar and other woods need proper care to stay pristine. This guide will answer common questions about winterization for wooden roofs.

When Should I Winterize My Cedar or Wooden Roof?

As you will see, many of the methods used to winterize a roof involve maintenance that should happen regularly. If your roof doesn't experience much wear and tear, however, "regularly" may mean a few times a year at most. Regardless of how often you need to take care of your wooden roof, you should dedicate a session to preparing for winter. Proper timing is key to ensuring your work pays off.

We recommend completing the year's winterization before it gets cold, but not too early in the year. You want to get the most out of your winterization. Completing all the necessary steps before the temperature drops allows you to protect your roof throughout the winter. However, you don't want to get too hasty. Winterizing in the spring or summer leaves time for debris to build up and damage to occur.

Why Should I Winterize My Roof?

Winterization for cedar and wooden shingles brings a multitude of benefits. Winterizing your roof increases its longevity and maintains its appearance. When you extend your roof's lifespan, you get more time out of the investment you paid into it. Savings-savvy homeowners will enjoy the lower heating and electricity costs they pay after preparing for winter. Your cedar shingle winterization routine will reduce the chance of leaks, cracks and other expensive damage that could ruin your roof.

How Do I Properly Winterize a Wooden Roof?

During winterization, you want to remove any chance of ice accumulating and causing damage. Take the following steps to prepare your wooden roof for winter:

  • Examine your roof for damaged and missing shingles. Snow, wind and ice can remove loose shingles and get into vulnerable areas.

  • Pay attention to the state of metal parts, such as flashing and vents. The vents and flashing direct water and melted ice off your roof. They can't do their job efficiently when damaged.

  • Remove all dirt and debris from the roof and roof valley. Branches and leaves can block melting snow and ice from exiting the surface.

  • Completely clean all the gutters. Gutters have an essential part to play in getting rid of water and ice. Remove any blockages you find.

If you feel unsafe getting on top of your roof, look at it through your windows or hire professional help.

Can I Use a Sealant for Cedar and Other Woods?

A topical treatment makes shingles more resilient to ice and water. However, you must use the correct type of product. Waterproof sealants prevent cedar and other wood shingles from letting moisture evaporate. You should use a water-repellent treatment for the best protection.

Choose Certified Professionals When Winterizing a Cedar Roof

In most cases, you should hire a professional roofer to handle winterization for you. This guide will help you determine what services you need. If you need a complete replacement to prepare for winter, contact our premier artisans to turn your new roof into a work of art.