If you can see roof moss or a low crusty growth forming on your roof then it is time for a roof cleaning. These can become deep rooted into your shingles.
This is algae, it feeds off the moisture that certain types of shingles hold on to and can lead to water damage, not mention its not very appealing to the eye.
If your roof is simply just dirty and covered in filth, animal droppings, or other debris, a simple roof cleaning may be all it needs to look new again.
The most obvious reason to keep your roof clean is curb appeal; a nice clean roof can make all the difference in the word when pulling up to your home at the end of the day.
Algae, moss and lichens on a shingled roof can create space between shingles and cause the wood underneath to be exposed to moisture, which can cause rot and leaks. These types of growth can be removed by cleaning experts with the right chemical mixture and cleaning method.
Your roof is your home’s first layer of protection against the outside elements, meaning damage to your roof can lead to moisture damage, ceiling damage and potentially structural damage.
The exterior surfaces of your home such as your roof collect unwanted growth and germs all year long such as pollens, pollutants and animal droppings that can carry bacteria harmful to your family’s health. Roof cleaning is a great start on clearing buildup from outside your home, however using bleach mixtures and cleaning surfactants ensure that your areas are disinfected and future growth is diminished.
Keeping your roof clean extends its lifespan. Regardless of what kind of growth your roof has, in most cases, the cost of keeping your roof clean can pay for itself, many times over, by extending the lifespan of your roof and saving you money on repairs and replacements.
When house hunting, some people may see a dirty roof and be turned off, or automatically assume it needs to be replaced – when in fact it just needs to be cleaned!
The algae, Gloeocapsa Magma, the one that leaves those signature black streaks all over your shingles, thrives in humidity and hot temperatures and spreads out, having a destructive effect on your roof. It feeds off the moisture that certain types of shingles hold on to. While the roof is effected, it begins to lose its ability to reflect UV rays and eventually rots the shingles. This has been said to effect roofs severely and can take up to 10 years off the life of a roof.
When choosing a professional roof cleaner, it is important to ask about their cleaning methods, chemicals, and how they will protect your surrounding surfaces. The professionals here at Space Clean, use a cleaning method called soft washing, we also follow the roof cleaning method recommended by the Asphalt Roofing Manufactures Association, which can be found here. We do not use high pressure on your shingles, which can damage the surface and void their warranty.
Your roof is what protects your family from outside elements and the structural integrity of your home, it is important to take care of it!