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Roof Maintenance: Do I Need to Wash My Roof?

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Taking care of your roof might seem like a daunting task, but with a little emphasis on some basic roof maintenance, you can end up saving money and extra work while keeping your roof in great shape for as long as possible.

Just because your roof might appear unsightly, it may not need replacing. An in-depth roof washing and cleaning offers a fresh appearance and adds several years to the life of your roof. Does your lightly colored roof have black streaks running up and down it? Do you notice clumps of algae or mold in several areas of the roof? If so, there are plenty of washing options that will have it looking much better in no time at all.

A good, thorough washing will remove moss, algae, and black streaks from your roof. By using a professional roof cleaner to wash it, your roof will have a brand-new appearance. Most cleaners will continue to keep the roof clear of streaks and mold for over a year.

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To continue that protection, reapply the washing cleanser every 24 months, even if you don’t see problems on your roof. This is a preventative method of keeping the roof clean while avoiding the appearance of moss and other sediments on top of the shingles. This also saves money by extending the life span of the shingles. Most people think it is unnecessary to wash shingles because they have a warranty, but all manufacturers recommend they be washed regularly.

Another part of maintaining your roof involves routine inspections. Every now and then, take a good look at your roof to ensure it is maintaining itself effectively against the elements. At least once every three years you should inspect the shingles, asphalt, or composite. If a tile roof, inspect it every five years. As your roof ages, it is more susceptible to failure. Discovering problems early on can save lots of dollars on repairs.

Always inspect your roof after storms. Storms are the enemy of a roof. Use ladders and binoculars after storms to check the status of your roof. Any missing shingles should be replaced immediately. If large patches are missing, a professional should be called to help with repairs. Check for leaks and signs of moisture.

Obvious signs of damage are water leaking through the ceiling, but moisture can also collect in random areas where the roof may not be damaged. Visual inspection is needed to know where the leaks are coming from. Additionally, check all the flashing around the chimney, vents, and other joints on the roof. You want to ensure all flashing is undamaged.

Your roof is meant to protect your home by keeping the elements outside. It is not meant to hold up snow, branches, excess leaves and sticks. As a part of routine maintenance, make sure your roof remains free of debris. If storms pass through with extra debris is on the roof, it can lead to more damage by causing roof failure.

Your roof should always remain washed, clean and free of debris. By consistently keeping up with a little roof maintenance, you will reap the benefits of a longer lasting roof.

Do you know how often you need to maintain your roof? Add cleaning up your roof to this yearly maintenance checklist!