Although roof maintenance is largely not a DIY project, there are a few simple tasks you can perform regularly to keep your home’s roof looking and functioning like new. Regular cleaning will prevent mold and algae growth, which can cause unsightly stains on your roof that detract from the look of your home. Furthermore, simple gutter maintenance will prevent problems during rain and snow, which could threaten the integrity of your roof. In addition to the regular cleaning tasks outlined below, don’t forget to schedule a yearly roof inspection and maintenance visit from a professional roofer to check for signs of wear and take care of the more extensive maintenance tasks you can’t perform on your own.
Why Roof Cleaning Is Important
A clean roof is a healthy and aesthetically-appealing roof. Your roof not only plays a vital role in the comfort and safety of your home, it is also an important aspect of its curb appeal. Keeping your roof clean and maintained will ensure its materials last for their full predicted lifetime, minimizing the amount of repairs needed and ensuring you get more out of your roof before it requires replacement. Regular cleaning will prevent dirt, debris, and stains from accumulating, which detract from the overall look of your home and your property. Because most roof “stains” are actually due to moss or algae, it’s especially important to address these marks as soon as you see them. Although you may think stains are only a cosmetic issue, the fact is that mold, moss, and algae growth on your roof can damage your roof’s structure over time if left unchecked. Removing the cause of these stains will protect your roof and its integrity so it can continue to perform its function for many years to come.
What You Can Do to Keep Your Roof Clean
There are a few basic roof-cleaning tasks that you can easily perform on your own. How often you need to clean your roof is generally determined by need—when your roof looks like it needs cleaning, it’s time to clean it. However, preventive maintenance should also be considered; cleaning your roof two to three times per year can prevent problems or stains from occurring and enhance the overall look of your home. If your roof is easily accessible by ladder, you can apply a cleaning solution yourself. Make sure any cleaner you choose is appropriate for use with the type of roofing material you have. Mix the cleaner as per the package instructions in an insecticide sprayer or power washer. If you choose to use a power washer, make sure to set the pressure to low to prevent damaging your roof. Spray the cleaner onto your roof, then let it sit for the recommended amount of time—typically half an hour. Rinse away any cleaning solution with fresh water and let your roof dry naturally. In addition to cleaning your roof, you should also regularly clean out your gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can easily overflow, causing water damage and stains on your gutters and your home’s siding. The weight of clogged gutters could also damage your roof, leading to the need for extensive repairs or even gutter and roof replacement.
In addition to these simple tasks, your Alexandria roofer can help you maintain a clean and beautiful roof with a regular maintenance plan. Visit our website for more information about our roof and gutter services for residential and commercial buildings, or fill out our online form to request an estimate.