There has long been a saying “out of sight, out of mind” and that certainly rings true when it comes to the roof on most people's homes. Most of them are hard to see, or you can only see parts of them and the most difficult parts to see are often the parts needing the most help as well. While some people have the ladders and skills to climb up on a roof and walk around, they still might not have the experience to know where to look for problems, what problems consist of, and what to do about it either. Here are some tips you can use to inspect and clean your Florida roof and prevent the growth of moss and mildew.
Why It’s Extremely Important To Keep Your Roof Clean
®There are a variety of molds, mildews, mosses, and algae that grow on roofs, none of them are good for your roof, and some of them are bad. Most of them feed off the airborne dirt that lands on your roof, but some of them also eat away at your actual roofing, especially if you have a wooden roof, but other materials are also affected. The other problem with a build-up of these parasites is that they stop the natural flow of water off of your roof and into the downspouts.
In addition to this if your home is part of a home owners association or condo association, it is important to maintain your property to meet their rules and regulations. Also, if you own your own home, there are insurance companies that expect your roof to be clean and maintained so the integrity of the structure is not damaged.
The reason that’s so important is that the slower the flow of water, the more likely you are to get large amounts of sediment and debris accumulated which only compounds the problem. Then, if too much moss or debris is left on the roof, the backed up water can actually seep down between the shingles and cause huge amounts of damage inside the home. This may start slow and cause lots of hard to repair dry rot before it finally bursts through and ruins drywall ceilings, carpets, and furniture.
If You’re Skilled And Athletic, You Can Pressure Wash Your Roof
Climbing up on a roof is only for those with some strength and agility, plus it shouldn’t be done at all on really steep, mossy, or wet roofs because of the danger. Skilled roof cleaners in Florida have special ladders, shoes, safety harnesses, hardhats and insurance protecting them. Once you’re up on your roof, handling a power washer is far more difficult than just walking around.
You should always start near the peak of your roof and aim the high powered water stream down towards the gutters. If you point it upwards, you’re likely to get plenty of water inside your home. Using the power washer wand too close to the shingles can damage them so care must be taken in that aspect as well.
Once The Roof Is Clean There Are Preventative Measures
Roof-a-cide® is a long lasting treatment applied to a roof that prevents it from getting dirty for 2 years. So once the roof is cleaned and the treatment is applied, you don't have to worry about it for that long. So not only does Roof-a-cide® protect your roof from long term damage, but it save you time and money.
If you have a roof in Florida with some obviously visible problems, there are probably worse areas that you can’t see. Most roof cleaning services will happily climb up and inspect your roof, write you an estimate and give you some proper advice. You can get a couple of estimates for comparison so that you know you’re getting a fair price for a job well done. If you would like a free on site estimate for a roof cleaning and Roof-a-cide® treatment, we can help.