The Importance of Cleaning Your Roof

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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. One maintenance to-do that many homeowners overlook is cleaning their roofs.

The importance of cleaning your roof cannot be overstated. While the gutters and the roof feels 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. 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 ice dams from forming is to have your roof regularly cleaned and maintained. 

Cleaning your roof and clearing away debris and snow prevents the formation of the ice dams in the first place. Please do not attempt to get on your roof yourself, especially in icy or wet conditions. Hire a professional who can prevent further damage to your roof, gutters, or self that would often stem from inexperience.

2. Prevent Roof Moss, Algae, and Lichens

Another way that the importance of cleaning your roof presents itself is in the appearance and growth of roof moss, algae, and lichens. Your roof protects your family and your home from the elements and from nature in general. This means your roof is exposed to the elements, fallen branches and limbs, acorns, and other debris that may 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.  

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 result from a multitude of conditions including: ice dams, fungal growth, falling debris, and extreme weather. Damaged or missing shingles can lead to:

  • Water damage to the underlayment of your roof or the inside of your home
  • Mold and fungal growth
  • Increased power bills from decreased efficiency

Maintaining your roof will go a long way towards the lifespan of it.

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.


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