If you’re reading this, chances are your roof is looking dull and a little dirty, and you need some roof cleaning tips. Many homeowners in The Woodlands, TX, tend to ignore the roof when doing general home exterior cleaning and maintenance. In reality, a poorly maintained and unattractive roof damages your home’s overall curb appeal. But cleaning it is not one of the easiest DIY projects out there.
If your roof is made of shingles, the black streaks you’re seeing are probably colonies of blue-green algae. If you notice thick, green patches on your roof, it could be moss. Moss is more likely to develop on the shaded parts of the roof and moist areas that receive less sunlight for whatever reason.
Moss and algae can seriously impact asphalt shingle performance by causing them to curl up and blow off, eventually resulting in leaks. Algae leave pits on the shingles that act as a foundation for water damage and cracks. When moss, algae, and debris are left to sit on your roof for too long, they often create unattractive discolorations.
Here are the five things you need to keep in mind when doing roof cleaning;
1. DIY Roof Cleaning Is Possible –But Proceed With Caution
Similar to home exterior painting, roof cleaning comes with plenty of opportunities for accidents, injuries, and the risk of damaging your roof. Cleaning your roof requires proper methods, tools, and cleaning products –and some elbow grease. Pretty much anything can go wrong here.
We’ve heard of numerous accidents involving ladders, and the results are often quite costly. Other than the risk of injury, using the wrong type of cleaning chemical could easily cause your shingles to warp or discolor. Roof replacement is a costly project. So if you don’t know the right chemicals, proper procedures, and rinsing techniques, you should probably hire a professional cleaner.
2. Roof Algae Is More Than Just Unattractive
Having algae on your roof is undoubtedly unattractive, but there is a deeper problem than that. As earlier mentioned, roof algae is a living thing, and it feeds off of your shingles. If you don’t regularly clean your roof and get rid of the algae, it can cause rapid deterioration of your roof. The shingle’s ability to block UV rays will reduce, and you will also end up replacing your roof sooner than you should.
3. Don’t Power Wash Tiled Roofs
Many homeowners make this mistake. Using strong water pressure will damage the concrete tiles. The coating on top of most roof tiles generally wears off gradually due to exposure to various weather elements. If you pressure wash your tiled roof, the process of wear and tear on the tile coating is accelerated. Additionally, pressure washing may cause water to seep through tiny gaps where tiles overlap triggering roof leakage. Professionals clean tiles manually using a special brush and moderate water flow.
4. Regular Inspection and Cleaning Is Critical
Other than keeping your roof clean, a regular cleaning schedule can help you catch roof damage issues before they develop into more serious problems. Inspect your roof 2-3 times a year, being alert to issues like;
· Cracked, fallen out or damaged tiles
· Moss, lichens and algae growth
· Stains and discolorations
· Clogged gutters and downspouts
· Accumulation of leaves, tree branches, snow, and other debris
Generally, replace any missing/damaged shingles or tiles, remove debris from the roof and the gutters, and have your roof cleaned at least twice a year.
The Bottom Line
Roof cleaning is often an overlooked home maintenance task by many homeowners. This is partly because the roof is not easily accessible and also because homeowners don’t understand the importance of roof cleaning. Regular roof cleaning and inspection will make your roof more durable and appealing throughout the seasons.
If you need any professional help with your home pressure washing and roof cleaning project in The Woodlands, Texas, our team at Streamline Painting & More can assist. Book a FREE estimate below or call us today on 936-718-8354 for more details.