Everyone has driven through a Columbus neighborhood and seen a shingled roof tarnished by black streaks across the roof top. Ever wonder what those black streaks are? They’re usually algae, lichens, and moss. Yes, you have a live organism eating away at your roof. They won’t eat your pets but they can do damage. It’s important that you’re aware that if these organisms get on your roof, they can cause some issues.
Deterioration of Roofing Materials
If you don’t get them off, 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 replace your home’s roof and possibly your gutter system before its time, 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 professional roof washing company to perform a complete exterior and roof cleaning of your home.
Risk to your Health
Once the deterioration of the shingles occurs, organisms will make their way into the wooden structure of the roof. 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 cause the wood to retain moisture 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.
Uglifies your Home
There’s no doubt about it: black streaks across a home’s roof will make the entire home appear ugly. A 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.
Cooling Costs get cooled
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 home absorbs the heat instead of reflects it and your attic will become “super-heated”. This will cause your home’s air conditioning system to work overtime; electricity bills will be substantially higher as a result.
Invasion from the Animal Kingdom
Unfortunately, a damaged 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 cause health and more damage to your home. The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to stay on top of things by performing an annual or semiannual pressure washes and roof inspection.
The above mentioned five problems can occur on most roofs naturally. You can’t keep it from happening but you can stop it in its tracks. You can assure this by hiring an experienced and trusted Columbus exterior cleaning company to perform a power washing/pressure washing and roof cleaning. Over a long haul, it will save you time and maintenance expenses because your roof will always be in top condition. You also won’t have to worry about being the “Ugly” house in the neighborhood.