I Have Tree Needles All Over My Cedar Shake Roof - June 11th 2002



Question from Mike in Abbotsford, B.C. -----

Dear Shell,

Our house backs onto a green belt with lots of trees, the needles from these trees fills the grooves in between the cedar shakes on our roof. I've been told these needles hold moisture and will make the shakes rot and should be cleaned out. Is this true? If so who would you recommend for this job?

Thanks,

Mike

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Dear Mike,

Needles tend to make your roof look shabby rather then cause rot. To clean your roof use a leaf blower and stiff bristle brush to loosen the needles. Then you can follow with a garden hose flushing the needles from the ridge (top) down. Caution: Please be careful on the roof because it will be slippery. If you would like someone to do this job for you, please call the HouseSmart Centre at 604-542-2236 for one of our referral companies who can do the job for you.

Itís Just That Easy!

Shell Busey