Cedar Shake Siding & Roof Restoration in London, Ontario
Bear Property Cleaning provides cedar shake siding and cedar shake roof cleaning and full restoration options complete with sanding and oiling.
Cedar Shake Siding + Cedar Roof Clean & Restoration
Have you looked at your cedar roof or cedar siding and wondered what happened to the shakes? Many people make the mistake of assuming that as wood gets older, there is no hope - or that it simply needs to be replaced. This is completely untrue! Most wood can be restored to its former glory, all it takes is the correct approach.
Cedar Shake Refinishing
Having cedar shake siding or a cedar shake roof means that your property has character. This beautiful patchwork of wood often compliments a unique home design. What many people don't realize is that if properly maintained, cedar shake should never be dull, grey, or covered in moss or lichen. We can restore these surfaces to look brand new, and apply special wood oil to keep them looking fresh.
When we seal or stain wood, we focus on boosting the natural marks, knots, and grooves of every board. The result? A beautiful masterpiece that will make neighbors jealous left and right. Our oils are carefully chosen for Ontario weather, and we only use products that we deem will be a good investment for the money you pay. You can pick out your own tone, or have one of our experienced technicians help you decide what would look best with your home and landscaping.
We begin any cedar shake project by soft washing the wood. This step ensures any algae, dirt, mildew, and mold is removed from the wood. Our soft wash unit releases an environmentally friendly solution at under 100 psi onto your surface (using pressure on any type of wood is a big mistake as it can cause irreversible damage). Once this solution has eaten away at any organic growth, we restore the PH balance of the wood, which results in brightening.
Sanding & Shake Replacement
Once the wood has dried we begin sanding rough areas down. This part of the process is different for every project as some sections of wood need more touching up than others. Sanding is done to remove old paint and stain, areas where algae or mildew has penetrated deeply, and to smooth out splinters or any rough edges. The goal for this stage is to provide a smooth surface for oil penetration. Depending on the condition of the shakes, we may also replace some pieces in order to ensure the overall longevity of the roof. At times shakes are just too far gone when the moss or lichen penetrates too deep.
Once everything has been cleaned, sanded, and any necessary shakes replaced, we are then able to apply a boiled linseed oil product. This oil is used to rehydrate the shakes to ensure that they don't splinter, crack, or cup over time. As cedar shakes are raw wood, these oils are slowly broken down by UV rays and our application restores these natural oils. We have several different tones available, however, we most often recommend just the natural cedar look.
How Can We Serve You?
Bear Property Cleaning has earned a reputation in London, Ontario as being the go to company for cedar shake refinishing. What sets us apart? We pride ourselves on being leaders in the industry. Rather than using high pressure, we opt to use chemicals. Pressure washing wood can quickly destroy it, as the sheer force tears up fibers. We offer classes on how to use equipment safely, how to properly wash decks, siding, and roofs. Companies all around Canada look to us for guidance and advice. Our soft wash technique is revolutionizing the industry and setting a new standard for cleaning wood. Want to tune in? Check out our Facebook page to see what we are up to on a daily basis throughout the season.