Westerville Roofing: Article About The Importance Of Roof Cleaning
Cleaning the roof is not a task that homeowners often think about. One common yet incorrect assumption made is that rainwater should be enough to keep it clean. However, bacteria could still start growing on it. Failing to clean your roof when there's bacteria, moss, or algae on it shortens the life span of the shingles as well because they get eaten by the growing organisms.
Some homeowners mistake black streaks on the roof as normal wear and tear, leading them to replace their roofs when it's not necessary. Black streaks on the roof are a sign of a type of bacteria called gloeocapsa. Fortunately, this bacteria can be removed through a professional roof cleaning.
Cleaning your roof isn't as easy as grabbing the garden hose and spraying it down. High-pressure water can damage the shingles. You'll need to hire a professional. To know if a Westerville roofing contractor is reputable, ensure that they use cleaning methods approved by the Roof Cleaning Institute of America and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association. An example of a cleaning method that won't damage your roof is a soft wash with a biodegradable cleaning solution.
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If your roofers use a power washer or a pressure washing method, don't let them clean your roof. Pressure washing damages the roof shingles. Some roofing contractors jump on the roof cleaning bandwagon without taking the time to learn about how to correctly clean it. These contractors usually assume a power washer will do the job.
A high-pressure washer dislodges granules from asphalt shingles, which makes your home more susceptible to the heat and cold air. Shingles can crack, loosen, or be blown off completely during pressure washing. Pressure washing also scatters spores from mold, algae, and mildew in the air where they settle back down on the roof. Some of the spores are sprayed underneath the shingles from pressure washing where they can find their way into your home. All of this added up means that you may likely cause further damage when choosing to wash your roof with high pressure.
In order to get 20 to 25 years out of your roof, it's important to take good care of it. Part of maintaining your roof is having it cleaned when bacteria, mold, mildew, or algae start to grow on it. You may just want to have the roof cleaned when it becomes too dirty as well as have it maintained to prevent the growth of bacteria in the first place.