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Understanding How Environmental Factors Cause Damage to Cedar Shakes and Shingles

Updated: Jan 14


Cedar shingle roofing can be a beautiful addition to any home. Even though this roofing material is extremely durable, it can also be more easily damaged by environmental elements if not properly maintained. Learning about the factors that can play a role in the deteriorating of cedar roofing may help you protect your investment.

The Sun

Although it is common knowledge that the sun has an impact on human health, many people do not know UV rays can also deteriorate your cedar shingle roofing. The rays of the sun can quickly age the shakes, causing them to lose their golden color and turn gray. While you can’t stop the sun from shining on your roof, you can protect it from long-term damage with regular maintenance.

Moisture and Debris

Rain and snow can lead to the introduction of moisture into your cedar shingle roofing. In addition, dirt, leaves, and other debris can build up on the roof, trapping the moisture inside the shakes. When it comes to cedar roofs, it is important for the materials to dry completely in order to prevent mold, mildew, and rotting. Regularly clearing debris will allow your roof to dry out, helping your shingles last longer.

Animals and Insects

Other risks to your cedar roofing are animals and insects. These creatures can cause damage to your cedar shakes if they create a nest or eat into the wood. This damage often requires shingle replacement, which can be costly if the pests aren't eliminated. Cedar roofing specialists can help you determine how to protect the roof against animals and insects.


Cedar shingle roofing adds a stunning, natural beauty to your home; however, fundamental steps should be taken in order to protect your roof from damage due to environmental factors. With the help of an experienced cedar shingle roofing company, you can protect your roof and ensure it lasts for many years, avoiding the need for cedar roof replacement.

Contact Us

If you are looking for help protecting your cedar roofing, contact us. Our experienced and knowledgeable Stamford roofers will help you make the right choices to protect your roofing materials.


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