Cedar Restoration

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Cedar Soft Washing

The beautiful, natural look of cedar shingle and shake siding is one of the main reasons property owners choose to have it installed on their homes or businesses.

The warm color and classic look of cedar give the home a timeless appeal that never goes out of fashion. But over time, the look of these shingles can change as dirt, buildup, and mold growth make them appear darker and less vibrant. Due to the delicate nature of cedar, soft washing is the best kind of professional cleaning to get the job done without harming the delicate material.

For homes with cedar siding that hasn't been properly washed for many years, a deep, effective cleaning by a professional team will not only increase the longevity of your siding but restore its original warm color and vibrancy.

Why Clean Cedar Siding?

In addition to dirt, debris, and moss that can make your cedar siding or roof look prematurely old and discolored, that buildup of organic material can trap moisture and encourage decay. Not only is this look visually unappealing, but if left on the shingles too long, the spread of this bacteria will cause the siding to rot and can lead to them needing to be replaced sooner. Replacing these rotted shingles is expensive and time-consuming compared to simply having the shingles cleaned regularly.

Cleaning cedar shingles properly requires the tools and know-how of a professional soft washing service. Using the right equipment and approach, Gulf2Bay SoftWash can ensure your home is left looking clean, with your cedar siding or roof restored to a uniform, beautiful color.

Cedar Soft Washing

Cedar Restoration Process

A full cedar restoration package goes above and beyond a standard soft wash. Our trained technicians will assess the cedar to determine if the wood has been treated before in the past, whether it's been sealed, stained, painted, or all of the above.

Step 1: Inspect & Clean

Gulf2Bay will conduct an inspection to determine the condition of the cedar. For older wood, our specialists need to make sure there is no occurrence of rot or decay. Once the assessment is complete, our first step is to perform a thorough soft wash to kill the mold, mildew and other harmful pollutants growing on and below the surface. 

Step 2: Prep & Prime

Next, we pretreat the surface with oxalic acid to remove cedar bleed and those blue-black stains that occur when the zinc in galvanized fasteners weathers away. The surface may need to be sanded or scaped down to remove loose and peeling paint and chalk deposits. We then apply a stain-blocking primer to give the wood an extra layer of protection and allow the finish to properly adhere. Priming cedar helps the wood’s natural properties stay put, reduces the discoloration from tannins, and gives it a significantly longer service life before applying a coat of paint or solid stain. The surface then has to be left to thoroughly dry.

Step 3: Sealing & Staining

Once the surface is prepped and dry, our team can begin the finishing process. There are many different colors and shades available, and what you choose is largely based on preference. Whether you’re interested in a clear or transparent stain that allows the wood to gray naturally over time, or a solid or semi-solid finish that can transform the appearance of your cedar. All of the products we use provide great coverage with exceptional protection and resistance to peeling. 

For Siding & Trim: WoodScapes® by Sherwin-Williams

For Decks, Porches, & Outdoor Furniture: SuperDeck® by Sherwin-Williams

To learn more about these products or for a full list of color options, visit sherwin-williams.com. 

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