Roof Cleaning is often the most neglected task of the home. It's not something you interact with or even look at every day, so it is too easy to overlook problems when they arise. Unfortunately, minor issues become major complications quickly, and a problem with your roof can mean trouble for every other part of your home. Ask yourself, "When was the last time a professional cleaned or inspected my roof and gutters?" If you can't remember, or the answer is sometime during the George W. Bush administration, then you should schedule an appointment right away. Roofing professionals recommend having your roof inspected at least twice a year. Here are a few more reasons why you should get your roof cleaned or fixed at the first sign of a problem.
- Protect Your Family From Mold Mold and other organisms can pass through your roof and into your attic. According to CNN Money, just over 30% of brand new homes have mold of some form in them already, and Farmers Insurance has reported a 1,100% increase in mold-related claims over the past decade. All types of mold have the potential to cause harm, and in fact, 93% of chronic sinus infections have been attributed to mold.People assume they'll notice any leaks right away, but that's not true. Often, damaged flashing or missing shingles in your roof let water leak into your attic, walls, or insulation. By the time you notice mold or water damage, the problem has been spreading for months.
- Improve your home's curb appeal You don’t want your house to be an eyesore. A simple cleaning can go a long way towards increasing the value of your home.
- To extend your roof’s lifespan A well maintained roof can last over 20 years. With regular cleaning and maintenance you will prevent leaks and cracks from developing due to algae, moss, pests, and severe weather. With this in mind, you can rest assured that you won’t need a replacement for years to come.
- To lower utility costs By removing black stains, with the right chemicals and a power washing unit, you can provide your roof with a more reflective surface. This can cause temperatures to decrease, and thus keep energy bills down. Additionally, a significant portion of your home energy use may be attributed to air that leaks in and out of unseen gaps and cracks, especially in older homes. You can save energy by preventing this kind of damage in the first place.
If it has been a while since your last inspection, call your local roofing service. While you're at it, why not check your gutters or consider a whole exterior house cleaning?