A clean roof is more attractive, but aesthetics aren’t the only factor in roof cleaning. Your roof is continuously exposed to the elements and over time, dirt, debris, algae, and leaves can create flaws your shingles won’t be able to cope with.
Algae, Moss, And Other Damages
Algae is both extremely common and extremely damaging to your roof. This vegetation feeds off asphalt and limestone roofing and thrives in low light, making it especially common in humid climates and homes sheltered by large, shady trees. Its spores are transported by wind and animals, spreading from rooftop to rooftop easily. Algae not only wears away your roof but also affects the temperature inside your home. It turns into dark stains that soak up the sun and increase the temperature of your roof, transferring that heat into your home, eventually leading to a rise in cooling and energy costs during the warm months. Algae and moss also hold in moisture, causing structural damage to your roof from mold and to the shingles that lift, curl, and bend under the stress. Rot invites some pests, while the caused damage will open your attic to any critters looking to hide from extreme temperatures. When you have your roof washed, you’re also paying for a trained pair of eyes looking for damage to be repaired if your moss situation was serious.
Roof Cleaning Options
Realizing the importance of roof washing is the first step, but doing nothing is the most dangerous option. You can opt for cleaning your roof yourself, but this DIY undertaking can lead to expensive mistakes – both to yourself and your roof. Unless you’re a fan of heights, the idea of getting up and down a ladder and cleaning your roof yourself probably doesn’t sound very appealing. You’ll also need to mix your own cleaning solution that can kill algae and moss, and most likely spend all day under the hot sun or in the cold wind scrubbing tough stains. Not only do you need to recognize different hazards like moss, algae, lichen, and other dangerous organisms, but you’ll also need the right equipment. Power washing equipment may seem like a good idea at first, but some water pressures can be too aggressive for asphalt shingles.
Hiring professionals is the only real options for roof cleaning. The price may seem steep at first, but think on what you’re saving in equipment rentals, possible hospital bills, and shingle replacements from amateur cleaning techniques! If your roof is due for a cleaning, contact Valley Window Cleaning today! Our no pressure roof cleaning process will bring your roof back to its original shine at a fraction of the cost of replacing your roof. This technique is safe and does not damage your shingles while actually helping to increase their longevity!