First impressions matter. When it comes to property valuation and community socializing, nothing is quite as unattractive as a decaying roof. Keeping your home clean and presentable is one way to impress potential buyers, renters, and guests.
Why should you clean your roof?
In an ideal world, your roof will be able to protect you from the harsh elements like the wind, rain, and sunlight without suffering any damage. In reality, the roof of your home accumulates many types of damage throughout the years.
During the early years, the damage can be barely visible. You might not even think about the value of regular maintenance because it looks like your roof is fine. However, if you look closer, you’ll see that there are already dents, uneven shingles, chipping, and discoloration littering your roof. A few more rainy seasons, and you’ll be able to spot signs of algae, moss, mildew, lichen, and more.
Not only are these stains and damages unattractive, they are also bad for the integrity of your roof. It’s time to consider investing in the regular maintenance and cleaning of your roof.
Top Benefits of Cleaning Your Roof
Remove unattractive dark stains.
If increasing curb appeal is one of your top priorities, then removing dark stains should be enough of a reason to clean your roof. Black streaks are usually caused by algae growing on your roof surface. Algae can grow even in dry conditions, so constant exposure to sunlight does not prevent black algae from ruining the appearance of your home.
Dark stains can also be caused by debris falling down during harsh weather, and water stains. Aside from being unattractive, dark stains make your roofing less energy efficient. It begins to absorb more heat, making indoor insulation more expensive.
Prevent water damage due to moss and mold growth.
Moss loves to grow on roofs. Unfortunately, surface cleaning won’t cut it. Moss easily grows underneath shingles and creates pits in the roof’s surface. If left untreated, moss can do extensive damage across the entire roof, leading to internal water damage.
Algae can also feed off limestone in asphalt shingles, resulting in weak roofing and further damage. Internal molding and water damage are inconvenient, costly to repair, and even unhealthy.
Keep the warranty on your shingles.
The roof is one of the most expensive parts of the home to repair or to replace. Having a warranty on your shingles helps a lot when it comes to expenses. However, most warranties are only honored if you maintain your roofing. If you don’t put any effort in roof maintenance, then you might have a problem negotiating with your manufacturer.
Extend the life of your roof.
Whether you’re looking forward to living in your neighborhood or selling your home, extending the life of your roof should be a priority. Aside from the foundation of a house, the roof is the next important consideration of most prospective buyers. It’s a big factor in providing comfort and safety.
By committing to regular maintenance, you are also saving thousands of dollars in roof repair or early replacement.
Keep your gutters clean and clog-free.
Leaves, debris, and other types of dirt clogging your gutters is a recipe for disaster. When the performance of gutters is compromised, you can expect water stains on your side walls. It can even damage your home’s foundation.
A clean up can prevent those catastrophes from happening.