Keeping a Roof Over Your Head
You probably don't think about your roof a whole lot, but it is probably the most functional part of your home, and when there are problems, they're likely to be expensive ones. You'll want to get the most out of your present roof and put off the expense of replacing it for as long as possible, and a maintenance plan including regular roof cleaning is a key factor. In fact, many new roof warranties require a roof maintenance plan with scheduled cleaning to not void the warranty. Keeping your roof clear of debris and damaging organisms can extend the life of your roof and prevent expensive roof replacement for many years to come and regular maintenance can catch potential problems before they cause damage and breaches in your roof.
Ohio House Washing wants to help keep the roof over your head at its peak with affordable, professional soft wash roof cleaning and maintenance designed to extend its life.
Here are a few basic tips to keep the roof over your head in tip-top shape:
No Fungus Among Us
Mold, mildew, algae or fungus can appear as discolored streaks on your roof. They are unsightly and ugly but look harmless, but actually these organisms can also eat away at roofing materials and cause leaks. Chlorine bleach or copper sulfate can be used to kill mold and mildew but your best bet is a roof cleaning specialist like Ohio House Washing with the proper pressure washing and soft washing tools and skills for your roof.
Leaves Must Leave
Branches, leaves and pine needles can collect on your roof and trap moisture that can burden your roof with extra weight, cause mildew and block gutters. A rake or blower can be used for the debris, but your best bet is to hire a pressure washing professional who can use the proper psi to remove stains and debris without damaging shingles and protective granules.
Get Lost Moss
Moss can also collect moisture and add weight to your roof. Cutting back trees and leaves will increase sunlight and reduce the moisture that moss needs to grow. You can use chemicals to kill moss on your roof, but they can be dangerous to use and the runoff can harm plants and grass. Zinc or copper strips can be installed on your ridgeline: as rain washes over the metal it creates a moss resistant effect.
Inspection Prevents Dissection
Missing shingles, or bent or damaged flashing around vents and chimneys can allow water to penetrate your roof, and once the water is in, the rot will begin. A roof inspection by a professional can catch these kinds of issues and fix the problem before that rot spreads. The professional roof cleaners at Ohio House Washing spend a lot of time on roofs and have the experience and knowledge to easily spot and alert you to flashing and shingle damage.
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