Revitalizing your roof is easier than you think!
Your roof isn’t that old and doesn’t have a particular repair need at the moment. However, it just doesn’t look the way it used to. It’s showing signs of unsightly dark streaks or algae appearing on the roof shingles. While many homeowners often mistake this as weathering and age, that may not be the case. Your roof may not need a replacement. Your roof may just need a cleaning.
What is a roof cleaning?
In short, a roof cleaning is when a trained professional will remove moss, mold, mildew, and algae off your roof. Some roof cleaning companies also remove debris, tree limbs, and clean gutters.
Why should I clean my roof?
Most reasons for cleaning your roof will fall into two categories – enhancing the curb appeal of your home and stopping / preventing damage to the roof from the growth it’s experiencing. As you can imagine, cleaning an old-looking roof can reinvigorate its appearance. That can certainly help to improve your roof’s aesthetics without having a replace a roof that wouldn’t otherwise need it. By electing to clean your roof, you improve the resell values of your home. After all, many times a dark-stained, moss covered roof is the first thing people see. A roof cleaning can help your home make a much-better first impression.
While you certainly want your roof to put its best foot forward aesthetically, it’s even more important that you do what you can to keep your roof from failing sooner than it should. Elements such as moss and lichen break down your asphalt shingles by fighting against the roof granules, removing them, and causing premature failure. Even if your roof isn’t failing, algae buildup can retain heat, which will cause your air conditioner to work overtime. Cleaning your roof will help save money on your utility bill.
In addition to protecting your roof, and saving on your utility bill, you will also be protecting your homeowner’s insurance. Many insurance companies have started to cancel (and/or refuse new coverage) if there is any growth visible on your roof during an inspection. Cleaning your roof is an essential part of the roof maintenance process.
How should my roof be cleaned?
Quite often, when people think of roof cleaning, they think of pressure or power washing. However, power washing can be quite dangerous for your roof and jeopardize the well-being of your roof. Power washing involves using pressurized water, usually from 1000-3000 psi (pounds per square inch), to remove dirt, growth, and other debris from a surface. While power washing is great for areas such as your driveway, power washing your roof comes at a very high price.
Power washing can break off granules from the shingle- thus jeopardizing the life of your roof. Additionally, there is a risk of damaging the integrity of the installation, leading to leaks inside the home. While you run the risk of shortening the life span of your roof, or damaging the integrity of the installation, having your roof improperly cleaned can potentially jeopardize your roof’s warranty.
Using an eco-friendly, soft clean formula that is gently sprayed on the roof’s surface is the ideal way for your roof to be cleaned in such a way that won’t harm the integrity of your roof. More so, choosing a licensed and insured roofing contractor who understands the importance of navigating your roof correctly will help protect your roof during the cleaning process
What does a roof cleaning cost?
The price of a roof cleaning will be determined by the area of your roof and the amount of work is required. Consideration is given to whether your home is one story or multi-level and the pitch (steepness) of your roof. With that being said, the cost of a typical roof cleaning cost will be a fraction of the amount needed to replace your roof entirely. Additionally, at Roof Commander, we offer three years of our RoofPledge Protection Plan for FREE to anyone who schedules a roof cleaning. Therefore, beyond simply cleaning your roof, you are protecting it long term.
The cleaning conclusion
Properly cleaning your roof is a great way to maximize your roof’s life span, while improving its curb appeal. However, it is important to select the right contractor and the right cleaning type in order to protect your roof and your roof’s warranty- such as Roof Commander’s roof cleaning team. With Roof Commander, you have the peace of mind knowing that a licensed and fully trained roofer will be cleaning your roof in a safe and effective way.