As a homeowner, you do a lot to keep your home looking clean and attractive. Mowing the lawn, power washing the deck, repainting, shoveling the driveway – and that’s just the work you do on the exterior. But one maintenance to-do that many homeowners overlook is cleaning their roofs.
The importance of cleaning your roof cannot be overstated. While gutters and roofing feel like less of a factor in keeping your home looking good, it’s one of the most important areas to keep clean.
Your roof protects your entire home, as well as everything and everyone in it. And on top of debris being unsightly, it can also indicate that your roof has been damaged which compromises the integrity of your entire home. And unlike many aesthetic adjustments you make to beautify your home, cleaning your roof also serves a practical purpose – it helps you spot and fix any minor problems before you have to pay for expensive roof repairs or replacement.
1. Prevent Ice Dam Formation
Ice dams are the ridges of ice that can form on the edge of your roof during the winter. These can form as a result of snow and debris gathering on your roof during snowfall or after a storm. The piles form and then freeze over, creating an ice dam.
Ice dams can prevent water from draining off your roof properly, making the problem progressively worse the longer it sits. This can cause major damage to your roof and your home, cause dangerous icicles to form, and damage your gutters. The easiest way to prevent gutter dams from forming is to have your roof regularly cleaned and maintained.
Cleaning your roof and clearing away debris and snow prevent the formation of the ice dams in the first place. But please do not attempt to get on your roof yourself, especially in icy or wet conditions. Hire a professional who can prevent the damage often caused by inexperience to your roof, your gutters, or yourself.
2. Prevent Roof Moss, Algae, and Lichens
Another way that the importance of cleaning your roof presents itself is in the appearance and growth or roof moss, algae, and lichens. Your roof protects your family and your home from the elements and from nature in general. But this means your roof is exposed to the elements, fallen branches and limbs, acorns, and other debris that fall onto it at some point. Standing water, consistent dampness, and fallen leaves can all encourage the growth of lichen and moss on your shingles.
Unfortunately, lichen, moss, and algae can be very difficult to detect because rain and snow often make your roof appear clean when it’s not. The side of your roof that’s least exposed to the sun is particularly susceptible.
But even if you can’t see them, they can cause major problems. As the algae, moss, and lichen grow they put down little roots into your shingles, shortening their lifespan and increasing the likelihood that you’ll need a roof replacement sooner rather than later. They can also block and damage your gutters and downspouts.
Catching it before it covers your whole roof is the best way to prevent the need for costly repairs. Have a professional roofing company inspect your roof and perform routine maintenance to keep your roof healthy and algae, moss and lichen-free.
3. Avoid Shingle Damage
Shingle damage can be caused by a number of conditions including ice dams; algae, moss, and lichen; and falling debris among other environmental conditions like extreme weather and temperatures. Damaged or missing shingles can lead to:
- Mold growth
- Water damage to your roof or the inside of your home
- Mold and fungal growth
- Increased power bills from decreased efficiency
If your shingles are not cleaned properly, snow, debris, and ice can easily damage or remove shingles and lead to winter roof damage and water damage.
If you have questions about the importance of cleaning your roof or you would like to talk about creating a roof maintenance program for your home, contact Reliant Roof Pros. We’re more than happy to schedule a free consultation and provide you with an obligation-free quote.