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Replacement for Cedar Shingles: When Is It the Right Time?

Updated: Aug 17


If you have a cedar roof, you know that inevitably, you’re going to need to replace some of the shingles. Replacing cedar shingles as needed is a much better solution than waiting until you have to replace the whole roof. But what’s the best cedar shingle replacement time? Is there a specific cedar shingle replacement season? Here are some tips to consider.

When Should I Replace My Cedar Shingles?

If you notice any of the following phenomena with your shingles when examining your roof, you should replace them:

  • Splitting: There is natural splitting and unnatural splitting. A split with rounded edges and a gray interior is normal weathering for a shingle. If the split has sharp edges and is light orange inside, something has hit and broken your shingle, and you should replace it.

  • Curling: Some curling, where the edges of your shingle bend upward, is normal. Extreme curling, however, is a sign you probably want to replace the shingle.

  • Fraying: Frayed edges of your shingles mean the shingle is rotting and probably infested. You’ll want to get rid of those shingles and professionally clean the ones around them so they infestation doesn’t spread.

  • Missing: Naturally, if there’s a blank space where a shingle should be, or you can see a shingle has fallen off, you’ll want to replace that shingle.

When Should I Have My Cedar Roof Repaired During the Year?

Is there a specific season when you should have your roof repaired? You usually want to replace your cedar roof shingle in the spring or the fall. The reason for this is that in the winter, if you live somewhere where the temperature can drop below 45 degrees, there is a risk that your cedar roof shingles will become brittle and crack under the pressure of workers trying to replace other tiles.

If you notice multiple shingles appear to be infested with moss or mold, you should replace them as soon as possible, even in the winter or summer, because if you don’t, you may end up having to replace the whole roof. Just try to find a more temperate day where the thermometer is not predicted to drop below 45 or go above 85 for the best results.

Who Should Replace My Cedar Shingles?

It’s important you do not try to replace your cedar shingles yourself. First, if you do it incorrectly, you may end up with a more expensive repair job than you started with. Second, you can hurt yourself if you are untrained at working on a roof. Finally, if there is any warranty on your roof, you may void it if you damage the roof while working on it. Always call a profession to take care of your shingles.

Contact Cedar Roof Coatings for Your Shingle Needs

If your home is in Fairfield County, CT, or Westchester County, NY, there’s no need to worry about who is going to replace your cedar shingles because you have access to Cedar Roof Coatings. Cedar Roof Coatings has a team of trained professionals who can replace, repair and clean your cedar roof shingles to have them looking like new again.

With the proper care, cedar roofs can last decades, and that’s just the kind of treatment we offer, from full roof inspections to pressure washing to caulking and more. If you have shingles that need replacing, we’re ready to help. Contact Cedar Roof Coatings online for a free estimate on your cedar roof service today.


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