Maintaining and cleaning your roof is an essential task for homeowners that should be done frequently in order to prevent the growth of algae, moss, or other harmful substances on your roof. These substances can cause your home significant damage if left on your roof unattended, which can lead to expensive repairs or even a complete roof replacement.
Here are some tips on how to maintain and clean the roof to prevent the growth of algae, moss, and other growth:
The first course of action to maintaining a clean roof is to inspect it regularly. It is important to check for any signs of damage or day to day wear and tear that could lead to the growth of algae and moss. Keep an eye out for any cracks, broken shingles or any other damage that could allow moisture to seep into your roof.
–KEEP TREES AND DEBRIS AWAY
Overhanging tree branches and leaves can provide the ideal environment for algae and moss to grow. It is essential to keep larger trees trimmed and away from your roof if possible. Regularly remove debris such as leaves, branches, or any twigs that may accumulate on your roof.
Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow and seep into your roof, which allows for algae and moss growth. Keep your eyes peeled for any debris in your gutters that may be accumulating and clean them out regularly.
–PRESSURE WASH YOUR ROOF
Pressure washing your roof is an effective way to remove algae and moss. However, this should be done with extreme caution and care. High water pressure can damage your shingles, and more importantly, cause severe bodily injury if not operated right. It is best practice to hire a professional to pressure wash your roof to avoid causing any damage to your home or yourself.
–USE ZINC OR COPPER STRIPS
You, or a professional roofing contractor, can install zinc or copper strips on your roof to help prevent the growth of algae and moss. These strips will then release a natural chemical that will nip the growth of these organisms in the bud, thus keeping your home protected.
–HIRE PROFESSIONAL CLEANERS
If you are wary about damaging your roof, or are unable to clean it yourself, it is worth hiring professional roof cleaners to clean it on your behalf. It is important to find a roof cleaner that has the skills and necessary equipment available in order to clean your roof safely and effectively.
After reading these tips, you should be well prepared on what steps you can take in order to prevent the growth and spread of moss and algae on your roof, and how to clean it if these organisms have unfortunately grown on your home already. Excel Construction Group’s Texas, Colorado & Oklahoma Divisions are available 24/7 for regular inspections, copper or zinc strip installation, and pressure washing your roof if needed. Please contact us at (817) 380-1500 if you have any questions or are having trouble with moss or algae.
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