Should You Have Your Roof Cleaned?

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Should you have your roof professionally cleaned? The truth is, many homeowners aren’t aware that such a service even exists. However, an occasional roof cleaning is an important maintenance task that needs to be done on your roof periodically. A clean roof is less prone to damage and premature deterioration. That means having your roof cleaned can actually help you avoid the need for costly repairs. What’s more, cleaning will help extend the life of your roof, giving you more years before a roof replacement is needed.

About Roof Cleanings

Many experienced roofing contractors offer roof cleaning services. It’s important that you trust this service to a professional to ensure that the proper tools and methods for your roofing materials are used. If the wrong tools or cleaning products are used, it can damage your roof and the landscaping around your home.

During a roof cleaning, your contractor will target things such as roof algae and other buildups. Roof algae are not only unsightly, but it can also actually deteriorate your roof shingles over time, taking years of the lifespan of your roof. If left untreated, roof algae can spread very quickly. Plus, the longer roof algae is left on your roof, the harder it is to remove.

The unfortunate things about buildup such as roof algae are that it’s typically not visible. Many homeowners are not aware that they have an issue until they begin experiencing issues with their roof. Only then is the cause of their deteriorating roof shingles brought to light. This is one of the reasons why periodic roof inspections are so important.

Methods of Roof Cleaning

Chances are, your roofing contractor will probably employ a couple different methods to clean your roof. Typically, these include the use of specialized cleaning chemicals along with pressure washing tools.

The Cost of Roof Cleanings

Many homeowners are surprised at just how affordable roof cleaning can be. The cost of your roof cleaning will depend on a few factors. This includes the size of your roof and how easy it is to access. On average, roof cleaning can run several hundred dollars. However, when you consider how much money you can potentially save on roofing repairs in the future, this is a minimal cost.

Why DIY Roof Cleaning is a Bad Idea

Some homeowners will try to clean their roofs on their own. However, this is not always a good idea. First of all, working on your roof can be dangerous. Professional contractors are trained in the art of working on top of a roof safely. What’s more, even if you have your own pressure washer, you run the risk of damaging your roof if you use the wrong level of pressure while washing your roof. Damage to roofing tiles will not always be immediately noticeable. However, a DIY pressure washing job could leave your roof vulnerable to leaks and other issues down the road.

To learn more about roof cleaning and whether it’s right for your home, contact us today for a free quote.