It’s critical to follow certain dos and don’ts when it comes to roof maintenance and cleaning in order to keep your roof in top condition. In the event you don’t follow the instructions exactly, you run the risk of damaging your roof or, worse yet, injuring yourself. For years, we at Roof Solar Roofing have been honing our skills in residential roof installation and maintenance. To help you out, we’d like to pass along some of the knowledge we have. You may have heard the following common myths about roof cleaning over the years
Moss And Algae Are Simply Surface Issues
To the untrained eye, moss and algae may appear as if they can be wiped off your roof in a matter of seconds, but this is not always the case. Algae and moss can do a lot of damage to the environment. They can weaken your roof if you don’t take care of them right away because they reproduce and spread quickly. See, moss and algae consume the limestone in your asphalt shingles, causing it to degrade and crumble.
Roof Stains Are Caused By Dirt And Pollution
Older buildings are more likely to have roof stains. You could be forgiven for thinking that the stains are just dirt or the result of years of exposure to pollution. Moss and algae growth and spread are the most likely causes of roof stains. In places like Jacksonville, where the climate is warm and the air is moist, these microorganisms thrive.
Anyone Can Clean Their Roof
Most people have this misconception, and as a result, they cause significant damage to their roof, or even worse, to themselves. Forgetting what you’re doing and just “winging” it when cleaning your roof can cost you hundreds of dollars to have it professionally repaired. You also risk voiding your warranty by not following directions properly.
You Can Use A Power Washer To Clean Your Roof
Some roofing materials, such as metal and tile, can tolerate power washing, but not all. Slate or tile roofs can probably withstand a power wash, but if your roof is made of asphalt or cedar, the pressure of the water may damage it.
Consult with your local roofing company first before starting any roofing work. Get your no-obligation roof estimate from Roof Solar Roofings today.