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Cedar Roof Restoration | (Everything You Must Know About Cedar Roofs)

Cedar Roof Restoration: (Everything You Must Know About Cedar Roofs)

When we talk about aesthetic roofs, the cedar roof always bags the top position. With its rustic look and comparatively long life. Cedar roof has been the choice of many property owners over the years. However, not many homeowners are aware of the process of maintaining their Cedar roofs.

A cedar roof restoration process includes the following steps; Roof Preparation, Wash, Replacing Damaged Shakes/Shingles, Handle Flashing and Sealing, Wood Conditioning and Oils.

In this article, I will discuss cedar roof restoration in detail. Covering topics like types of cedar roofs, their pros and cons, the entire cedar restoration process and its benefits. Along with some common questions related to the cedar roof.

What is A Cedar Roof?

A Cedar roof is a type of roofing system, which is primarily made up of cedar wood. Cedarwood itself is used in construction for centuries. As is a strong, durable and reliable material. And now-a-days it’s extensively used for roofing.

The majority of the cedar wood in North America is harvested in the Northwest United States or Southwest Canada. So now you know where the best cedar wood comes from.

Types of A Cedar Roof: (Cedar Roof Restoration)

There are 2 main types of cedar roofs; Cedar Shingles Roof and Cedar Shake Roof. Both of these types fulfil the same purpose. The only difference is in the way they are made and their appearance due to it.

Cedar shingles are machine cut and tapered to give a crisp clean even look.

Whereas, cedar shakes are hand split hence a bit rustic and uneven. They may not lay flat on the roof, leaving some penetrable gaps in between. Which need to be sealed off well.

Homeowners have a choice to choose from these two options. Based on their budget and aesthetical preference. Cedar shingles are less expensive compared to shakes which may cost a bit more.

Moreover, there are three main types of shake/ shingles;

Common Grade:

These are the cheapest and are low in quality. Made up of any part of the tree (mostly the cuts and leftovers). Due to their poor quality, they easily curl and crack.

But they are still a good option for buyers going for a cedar roofing system on a tight budget.

Selects grade:

These are 80% straight grain and 20% common grain cedar shingles. They are a mix and have the qualities of both.

They are an excellent option for homeowners looking for a long-term roofing solution, on a moderate budget.

100% Straight Grain:

These shingles/shakes are hand-picked. And they sit quite well on the roof, without easily curling or breaking.

They are the best cedar shakes /shingles available.

Steps Involved in The Cedar Roof Restoration Process –

Now that we know why the restoration process is needed and its benefits. Let’s see what is included in the cedar roof restoration process.

Step1 – Preparation.

Before beginning the work it’s necessary to secure the surrounding of your home with tarps. To avoid any damage to the landscape or any other parts of your home. It’s also wise to disconnect the drain or cover them in order to prevent clogging.

Step2 – Wash.

Power washing your cedar roof shingles or shakes is the first step in the restoration process. It thoroughly cleans the roof. Any dirt, animal droppings and other small debris are washed away, leaving the roof clean and ready for further processes.

As washing concentrates on every part of the roof, this is a great way to inspect the roof for any possible signs of damage or replacements.

Step3 – Replacing Damaged Shakes /Shingles.

The next step is to replace or repair the damaged shingles/shakes, which were identified while washing. This step also involves replacing missing or loose ridge caps.

Cedar shingles either crack, loosen and fall off or curl up. Once new shingles are in their place, we can proceed with the next step.

Step4 – Handle Flashing and Sealing.

The flashings and roofline openings are sealed in this step. It is done to preserve structural integrity.

Step5 – Wood Conditioning.

To bring out the natural beauty and colour of the roof, wood conditioning is done. It brightens the wood and restores its clean, crisp look. In this step, the hip and ridge caps are also replaced if needed.

To brighten the roof wood brighteners are used.

Step6 – Oils.

Special oils are used for further wood conditioning. These oils protect the wood from the elements and rehydrate it. These oils also prevent plant infestations, as they are antifungal and have anti-mould properties.

Note: Cedar roof restoration must be carried out after every 5-7 years. Depending upon the quality of the cedar used.

Roof maintenance and inspections, however, must be done annually or bi-annually for cedar roofs.

Pros of Cedar Roof.


The fact that cedar Roofs are made out of one of the most durable woods, itself explains a lot about it. This roof is designed to withstand strong winds, hurricanes, heavy rains, hail storms, snowstorms and other meteorological calamities.

Energy Efficient

Cedar roof provides natural insulation. It traps your home’s heating or cooling effect, reducing your energy bill. It allows the house to breathe, by circulating air.


No other roofing material is as eco-friendly as cedar. Therefore, it is not just good for your home its also good for the environment.

Long Life

It easily lasts a decade over other roofing systems. Making it an ideal roofing material to build a long-lasting roof.

Cons Of Cedar Roof.


Cedar shingles or shakes are expensive and costly to install. Plus, the maintenance cost of a cedar roof is slightly more than other roofs. Making it an expensive roofing material.

However, due to its longevity and durability, this roof gives a greater ROI.

Vulnerable To Fire

Cedar is not as fire resistant as other roofs. It may succumb to flames faster compared to other roofing systems.

Note: There are rules and regulations regarding cedar roofs all over North America and other countries of the world. It’s recommended to check in with your local authorities and read all the guidelines thoroughly before installing a cedar roof.


What Is The Cost Of A Cedar Roof?

It may cost about $12,400 to $22,400 to construct a 3000 sq. ft. cedar shingled roof and $18,200 to $28,700 for a cedar shake roof of the same size. Cedar shingles cost between $4.10 to $7.50 per square foot, while cedar shakes cost an average of $6 to $9.50 per square foot. These rates can differ depending upon your local labour prices.

What is the Lifespan of Cedar Roof?

On average, cedar roofs last about 20 years with proper maintenance and care.

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I hope this article has helped you understand the cedar roof restoration process in detail. However, if you still have questions or would like to add to the topic. Please leave a comment in the comment section.

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