The roof of your home is exposed to the elements every day. Debris and dirt collect and most of the time, the rainfall will wash most of it off. However, there is still dark stains and/or green areas that remain, caused by algae, fungus, lichen, and moss. And these are the things that cause damage like shingle deterioration and wood rot, shortening your roof’s lifespan.
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Roof shingles are made of the very things that feed the algae, fungus, lichen, and moss, which is asphalt and limestone. And what’s more, all of that absorbs heat, baking them to the roof, making it even hotter in your attic and reducing the shingle’s lifespan even more. It is a vicious cycle and the best way to beat it is cleaning the roof.
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Your Roof Shingles Are Feeding Those Things That Destroy It!
The lichen colonies have penetrating tentacles that create pockmarks. The moss will force the shingle edges to curl and lift as it holds in the moisture from rain or snow. When that moisture freezes in the winter, it breaks the shingles and the next thing you know, you’re getting quotes for a new roof.
Homeownership: Maintenance Is A Must
As a homeowner, there are outdoor chores to be completed, some are fun even, like getting the backyard ready for BBQ parties, planting flowerbeds, and getting the swimming pool ready. And while roof cleaning isn’t fun, it must be done, especially if your roof is in the shade.
While a shaded roof keeps your home cool in the summer, it also promotes more growth of those bacteria, trapping moisture and leading to decay. And when that bacteria are left there, it will start eating away at the shingles, and in time, it will begin to decay the structure of your roof.
Save Yourself Money Now And Get Your Roof Cleaned
With the above information, you can see why having your roof cleaned isn’t just for appearance and curb appeal. Regular cleaning of your roof extends the lifespan by years. And you can do it yourself or you can hire a professional service to the work.
If you decide to go with a professional company, choose one that follows the guidelines as established by the ARMA (Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association) and the Roof Cleaning Institute of America. A professional service team will have the equipment and environmentally safe products that will clean your shingles without damage. A reputable roof cleaning company will be careful not to harm your landscape, your house, or your neighbor’s house. If you’d like a quote from All-Clean! please click here to request a free estimate.
Keep The Growth From Returning
In addition to cleaning your roof on a regular basis, every 12 months is the recommended time frame, you also need to take the steps to keep that algae, fungus, lichen, and moss from returning. Keep trees trimmed back from the roof, clean off any debris such as leaves and limbs; make sure your roof has adequate airflow by way of vents, and clean the gutters quarterly at the very minimum.