Anyone in the business of professional roofing will tell you that regular roof cleaning can extend the life of your house. In fact, regular cleaning is a vital part of both old and new roof maintenance. Even if your roof is old and looks like it’s seen much better days, cleaning will make it look better, and it will give you a chance to assess its actual state. Wind, rain, hail, as well as tree branches are continuously affecting and damaging your roof. That damage diminishes the curb appeal of your home and can potentially put yourself and your family in danger. A badly maintained roof is the number one cause of all roofing issues in Texas. Frequent and regular roof cleaning gives you a chance to clear the debris, moss growth, algae, and lichen.
Is Roof Cleaning Necessary?
In a word — yes. Just like gutter cleaning is mandatory to avoid water and humidity, roof washing should definitely be a part of your home maintenance.
Have you looked at your roof lately? You really should. See if there are any dark marks on it, debris, broken roof shingles, or out-of-place roof tiles. Taking a quick peek is always a good idea, and you should do it regularly (every three to four months and after every big storm).
- removes the organic material from the roof that algae, moss, and lichen feed on (they can also eat through the shingles and cause cracks)
- prevents wood and roof rot
- prevents damage that would make way for water, humidity, insect, and animal invasion
- puts off re-roofing
- increases the curb appeal
How Often Should I Clean My Roof?
The answer to this question is as vast as it is complex. The rule of thumb is that you should clean your roof at least once every two to three years. However, that isn’t necessarily true for all types of roofs. What’s more, if you live near busy roads, warehouses, airports, or near the beach, you should do it more often. Finally, if there are a lot of trees around your home, then you probably have plenty of debris on your roof. That also requires more frequent cleaning.
The frequency of cleaning also depends on the roofing materials. Not to mention, the cleaning method also differs between different roofing materials. For example, if you have asphalt roof shingles, you can’t clean them with a pressure washer that often. They are fragile and can crumble out faster when they are wet. So, a high-pressure wash might help you get rid of those nasty dark marks and potential mold, but it will also shorten the lifespan of asphalt shingles. On the other hand, concrete shingles hold up much better (in terms of frequent cleaning). You should clean them every two to three years.
First Out Roofing Is There for All Your Roof Maintenance Needs
Roof cleaning and solving all your roof issues doesn’t have to be a hassle! If you want someone to inspect your roof, clean it, and maintain it, look no further than First Out Roofing. Contact us today and schedule your appointment. We are a synonym for affordability and excellence in North Texas, and, as our name says, we’re always the first ones out whenever a roof is in need of some care!