Cedar shake roofs are some of the most beautiful and long lasting roof systems available on the market today, but unlike asphalt shingles they require more regular maintenance than other types of shingles on the market. You can expect a cedar or wood shake roof to last from 40-60 years if properly cared for but if no maintenance is done, you can lose half the life expectancy of your roof. Moisture is the enemy of cedar roofs even though they are designed to be extremely rot resistant. If exposed long enough to constant moisture, rot will begin to set in. In Springfield MO and surrounding areas, we have somewhat high moisture levels in the air on a constant basis and high moisture levels cause algae, lichen, moss, and bacteria growth on your cedar shake roof. The moisture isn’t so much the problem as the stuff that grows on them when moisture is around. Any type of growth on your cedar shake shingles will cause moisture to stay on your roof for longer periods of time, and make rot and breakdown of the shingles that much faster. Once the growth takes place, there is really only way to get rid of it. Hire a professional!
The average cedar shake shingle roof costs more than double what the average asphalt shingle roof does, but can last much longer if properly cared for. The cost of replacing a damaged or rotted roof is extremely high, whereas maintenance of them is cheap in comparison. So why not take care of your roof, make it look great, and save a bunch of money in not having to replace it 20 years earlier than need be.
- Onsite evaluation and estimate
- Setup ladders, attach drainage lines to gutter lines to direct waste water away from house
- Spray the roof with environmentally safe cleaning solution. Let solution set in and kill algae, lichen, moss, and bacteria.
- Use a low pressure rinse to insure it is well cleaned. No pressure washing used at all!
- Inspect roof for leak areas or damaged spots, replace shingles if needed, and do a total inspection to make sure your roof is in good working order. We can repair anything necessary to get your roof back in top shape!
- Clean job site and make sure we left everything better than before we arrived.
- You will have a brand new looking roof! Clients are always surprised at just how ‘NEW’ their old roof can really look.
We have some basic standard pricing for this service, but other charges maybe necessary if special conditions occur such as: very high pitched roof, excessive mold/lichen/moss, numerous dormers or very complicated roof, several stories tall, or anything that makes it especially difficult to clean the roof. But don’t worry, over 90% of the roofs we encounter don’t require any additional charges to meet our pricing requirements.
- 0-1000 sq ft= $750
- 1-2000 sq ft= $1200
- 2-3000 sq ft= $1800
- 3-5000 sq ft= $2500+
Why is cedar roof cleaning more expensive than asphalt shingle cleaning?
There is a lot of reason why we have to charge more for cedar roofs. One is due to the fact, that this type of wood shake roofing system is more brittle than others and most of our work must be done from a ladder. It is not advisable to walk on cedar shingles any more than is necessary so we prefer to do most of our work from the ladder. Another reason, is because the chemicals required are slightly different and more expensive than asphalt shingle roofs. Not to mention, the formula must be correct on cedar shingles or you can cause them damage so there is increased liability. You MUST be careful when choosing a roof cleaning contractor to clean your wood shingles, otherwise they can potentially damage or discolor your shingles permanently. This process is much more complicated than cleaning asphalt shingles. We have a custom in house blend of chemicals that we use specifically designed for cedar or wood shakes. None of the chemicals used in cleaning your roof will harm your plants or the environment.
How to get work scheduled?
All you need do is call us or email us and setup a consultation to get it done. You can assume our pricing won’t change much from what is advertised above unless your roof cleaning job is complicated. It can be difficult to know exactly how many square feet your roof is, so if you have no idea how many square feet your roof is then just give us a call and we will give you a custom quote!
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