Cleaning your roof can not only make it look better, but can extend its life too. Whether your roof is brand-new or years old, here’s what you can to do to keep it in the best possible shape to prevent having to replace it prematurely.
During fall, trees begin to shed their leaves and branches. That’s why your roof could be at risk. This debris can cause dirt to accumulate on your roof, and they can also clog your gutters. Regularly clean out debris, and trim overhead branches and trees. This will also reduce moss growth. Leaves and pine needles are also a risk as they trap moisture causing mildew, gutter blockage, and extra weight on the roof.
Discolored streaks on your roof can mean mold, algae, or fungus which results in roof deterioration and ultimately leaks. A treatment of chlorine bleach or copper sulfate solution applied with a garden sprayer can kill the mold.
Do not power wash shingles as it can dislodge granules and cause premature shingle failure.
Check on the Shingles
The most important line of defense is provided by your shingles. They cover the top layer of your home, keeping the decking safe from the weather and debris. Any damage or loss of shingles is serious since it can lead to leaks or pest infestation. Always check on their status, and be ready to clean them when needed. If any shingles are damaged or missing, act fast, and have them replaced.
Safety Comes First
If you decide to take the task of cleaning the roof off on by yourself, safety procedures are important. Be sure to use a sturdy ladder and while your roof or shingles are not wet as they can become slippery. Wear shoes with slip resistant soles. Wear protective goggles and heavy rubber gloves. Be sure to rinse off the downspouts and the gutters in order to remove the corrosive cleaning solution from the metal.
Cleaning your roof is a dangerous job, and if you can, always go with a professional. In the case that you do it yourself, it’s very important to use reliable tools not only to help get the job done correctly but also to ensure your safety.
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