5 Problems a Dirty Roof Can Cause
Everyone has driven through a Cincinnati neighborhood and seen a home’s aesthetic appearance tarnished by black streaks across the Cincinnati roof top. Ever wonder what those black streaks are? They’re usually algae, lichens, and moss. Yes, material eating organisms can find a home on roofs. It’s important that you’re aware that if these organisms get on your roof, they can dirty it and cause the following five problems:
- Shingle Deterioration
If left untreated, the material eating organisms described above will feed off the organic material in your roof’s shingles until they completely deteriorate. This can lead to you having to prematurely replace your home’s roof, which can be an unexpected and expensive cost. The main preventative measure you should take to ensure this doesn’t happen is to hire a Cincinnati exterior cleaning company to perform a complete exterior and roof cleaning of your home.
- Health Risks
Once shingle deterioration occurs, organisms will make their way into your roof’s wooden structure. It’s imperative that a roof’s wooden structure remain intact so that no moisture enters into the wood. If there are any cracks caused by organisms eating away at your wood, it will surely become wet and begin to rot. This leads to dreaded mold growth that can cause health problems such as nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing, and wheezing. It also should be mentioned that mold allergies exist and can be triggered by being in a moldy home.
- Decreased Aesthetic Appearance
There’s no doubt about it: black streaks across a home’s roof will make the entire home appear ugly. A Cincinnati roof cleaning service can perform a thorough pressure washing of the roof to eliminate any and all black streaks. Often times, a pressure or power washing can cause a once black roof to appear as if it were brand new again.
- Increased Cooling Costs
A roof covered with black streaks will not be able to properly reflect sunlight. Efficient reflection of sunlight is what naturally keeps your attic and home cool. Without efficient reflection, your attic will become “super-heated” and your home’s air conditioning system will need to work overtime. Electricity bills will be substantially higher as a result.
- Animal Invasion
Unfortunately, a rotting roof can attract animals. Animals love the smell of mold. If your home has it, they will make their way to it and will be allowed easy entry due to the roof’s deterioration. This can create numerous health, safety, and financial problems. The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to stay on top of things by performing an annual or semi annual power washing and roof inspection. The above mentioned five problems can occur if your roof is dirty. Key word: if. You should ensure that your home’s roof never gets dirty by hiring an experienced and trusted Cincinnati exterior cleaning company to perform a power washing/pressure washing and roof cleaning. In the long run, it will save you time and frustrations because your roof will always be in top condition. You also won’t have to worry about it ruining the appearance of your home.