When it comes to cleaning your roof it's something you don’t really think about doing, because why would a roof need cleaning? Well, roof cleaning is an important part of home maintenance and may be the most important part of roof maintenance. Keeping your roof clean prevents decay, which could lead to expensive repairs or even a complete replacement of your roof. Roof cleaning will extend the lifespan of your roofing and help the roof stay more functional for longer time.
Here are five things about roof cleaning that you should know:
1. You Can Do Roof Cleaning Yourself-But Don't Take the Decision too Lightly
Doing it yourself can be done with the proper methods, tools, and cleaning products. When you're purchasing cleaning products, find a company you know you can trust to buy from. Look for a company that supplies multiple formulas and offers preventative solutions.
Remember: there's no easy way to get your roof cleaned. Set aside at least a full afternoon and be ready to work no matter what sort of cleaners you've bought for the job.
If you use the right chemicals, proper procedures, and rinsing techniques, you can count on the chemicals not doing any damage to your shingles or your landscape.
2. Roof Algae Is Much More Than an Aesthetic Concern
Having algae on your roof is an unattractive attribute. However, it's more than that, and it's not something you can put off taking care of. Roof algae is a living thing, and it's feeding off of your shingles (actually, it's feeding off of a limestone filler commonly used in shingle production). If it's not taken care of, it will take years off the life of your roofing.
If your roof isn't cleaned regularly, especially if the algae is noticeable, it can lead to rapid deterioration of your shingles, which has effects like:
Your shingles help block UV rays, you'll drop in your home's energy efficiency and steep rise in your AC bills.
You'll have to replace your roofing much sooner than you should need to, and that can cost thousands of dollars.
3. Roof Cleaning Is Not an Overpriced Service
On the contrary, roofing contractors typically charge a fair price, especially considering the cost of roof replacements. Considering the importance of the service, plus the amount you'll end up spending without it, it's well worth the cost of hiring a professional if you choose not to do it on your own.
4. Even If You Can't See the Algae, You May Still Need A Cleaning
In its earliest stages of development, algae is completely invisible. So even if your roof appears to be okay, there's a chance that the best time to have it cleaned is now. This is one of the reasons that professional roofers recommend you have a roof inspection-the earlier you're able to catch the problem, the better it is for your roof.
5. There Are Two Main Ways to Clean A Roof, And Each Are Viable for Different Reasons
The two main methods for roof cleaning are:
Pressure Washing - in which highly pressured water is sprayed on the roof to remove any mold, algae, dirt, or grime.
Chemical Cleaning - sometimes called Soft Washing, in which chemicals are the main thing that are removing those harmful things from your roof.
Each of these methods has their strengths and their own drawbacks.
Pressure washing is very effective but may be best for metal or concrete roofs. There is a chance that the pressured water could damage your shingles.
Of course, some chemicals can harm your roof as well, and the runoff could cause problems with your landscape or parts of your home. But if the contractor knows what they're working with, they should be able to find the right balance of effectiveness without harming any parts of your property.
As was the case with choosing your own DIY cleaning products, be selective about the professional that you hire. Make sure that they're ready to adequately clean your roof and can guarantee no damage will be done to your property!