Information You Should Know


If you have found this web-site, you have found a place of information created to help you better understand how to care for and maintain a cedar shake roof. There is so much mixed information out there. What should you believe and what doesn't work?  The truth is, not everything will work for every roof. It is an organic material and is susceptible to the elements in which it exists. We at CedarRenew realize the importance in having an educated consumer and hope this space will help fill in the blanks and help you decide what is right for your roof.

Where to Find Help and Information

 The information provided is the most complete source for wood roof maintenance backed by decades of experience in the industry.  In addition, there are several reputable sources to get information about the proper installation and repair of your roof. The Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau is one such source. They have set industry standards for the installation of wood roofs  and have brochures that can be downloaded to give you insight as to shake sizes, styles and quality, and also detailed installation guidelines. The information they have provided on wood preservation is limited and incomplete and in their defense, it is not what they specialize in. There are other resources for that, this web-site being a culmination of that knowledge, including hands on information from the technicians themselves.

Rising Costs & Wood Quality

Less than 100 years ago, cedar shakes roofs were on many homes, barns and even commercial buildings.  It was an obvious choice since there were only a handful of options to choose from, and was at the time a very efficient and cost effective roofing application.  The Industrial Revolution changed all of that, creating many new possibilities that have evolved into most of the roofing applications used today.
Cedar now accounts for less than 3% of all roofing applications, and the expense has raised the importance and awareness of maintenance. People are looking for a solution to protect their investment.  The cost of cedar has gone up more than 200% in the last 5-10 years alone.  The quality of the wood has also been affected by harvesting younger trees that are less dense. Although still one of the best woods for withstanding the elements, this action has  compromised that natural ability, making regular maintenance essential  to protect the longevity of your roof.

We're Here to Help

Making you a more confident consumer will help you to find the right solutions for your roofing needs. That is why we are also available via phone or e-mail if you need help with additional questions or finding an applicator in your area. If there  isn't an applicator in your area yet, we can work with someone you have picked out or help you to locate a qualified roofing company to do the work for you.   

Keep in Mind

There are some roofing contractors that are  against doing any preserving to your cedar roof.  They simply don't know or understand this industry. They are roof installers, not roof maintenance technicians. If you have shade, you need to preserve and maintain your roof. If you have sun and heat, you need to maintain and preserve your cedar roof. This will extend its life and save you money.
There are many areas in North America that require some degree of maintenance no matter what roofing material you might select for your home.  Asphalt can be susceptible to too much moisture and buckle as well as grow fungus, and they naturally lose the granules over time. Tile roofs fade and eventually don’t look so vibrant. They also attract mildew growth so require regular cleaning. Taking all of this into consideration, there isn't any roofing system that is perfect.
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Roofs are not maintenance free. Your lawn needs to be mowed, your home needs to be painted, your deck needs to be preserved, and your gutters need cleaning.  This is where the idea of “out of sight, out of mind” comes in to play. A lot of people don’t do anything to their roof until it is too late. MAINTAIN YOUR ROOF, NO MATTER WHAT IT IS MADE OF.
With proper maintenance, you can extend the life of your cedar roof to last as long as other roofing systems. The difference is that your wood roof  offers a natural beauty that fits into the environment and to this day is unparalleled.