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We all have busy schedules and a to-do list that seems never-ending. Many of our household chores get thrown on the list with good intentions, but just don’t seem to make it to the top priority spot. And it’s easy to overlook many tasks as well. Sound familiar? Think back to your last roof cleaning. It’s not one of those regular items on your to-do list, is it? While it’s not something we often pay close attention to until it’s too late, it is an issue that can be very costly if not cared for properly. Let’s take a look at our top five secrets to keeping your roof clean and cared for to help limit the need for roof repairs.

  1. Keep Those Gutters Clean

While you may think of gutter cleaning as just a fall chore, it’s good practice to check on them bi-annually. This should be high on your roof maintenance list if you live in an area like Florida or Tennessee, where you’re more likely to have weather playing a role in your roof cleaning needs. Leaves and various debris can be a constant source of clogging for your gutters. A clogged gutter can lead to a long list of issues for your roof, including:

  • Clogging of your downspouts
  • Water becoming backed up
  • Risk of backed up water freezing
  • Risk of backed up water being diverted to unintended areas of your roofing system
  • Water damage leading to roof repairs or a new roof

Use caution if you’re cleaning out your gutters yourself. With a sturdy ladder, and preferably a partner, work your way around your gutter system, scooping out leaves and debris by hand.

  1. Pressure Washing the Clogs Away

If you already own a high-pressure hose or you’re considering investing in one, you’ll find several uses for it around your home, including cleaning and maintaining your roofing system. While dry leaves can easily be cleared out of your gutter with a leaf blower, a pressure washer is much more capable of tackling the soggy glop of leaves and debris that have been collecting up there for who knows how long.

This is another roof cleaning task you’ll want to exercise caution when completing. They’re called high-pressure washers for good reason. Trust us – with a powerful kickback, pressure washing from your ladder or on top of your roof is NOT the smartest idea. Pick up a handy Gutter Cleaning Wand to help do the job. These attachments are perfect for gutter cleaning since they are u-shaped to help reach up and into the gutters to take care of your mess. You can easily attach it to a Telescoping Wand if you need to extend your reach.

  1. Is Your Roof Free of Debris?

Make a careful trip up to your roof for a little roof cleaning check. Your roof should always be free and clear of leaves and various debris. Be sure to clear out anything that has gathered in corners or nestled in by your chimney, vents, or skylights. You want to be proactive by not allowing water to have the chance to collect on your roof. Pre-mature roof damage can be costly, so remove any potential hazard-makers before they even have a chance to create the need for roof repairs or a whole new roof. And if you’re in an area that experiences havoc-wreaking storms, you’ll want to be diligent with your roof cleaning and keeping an eye out for necessary roof repairs. We know how damaging weather can be here in the Tennessee and Florida areas, so more frequent trips to your roof can be very beneficial in limiting the need for a new roof.

  1. Shingle Cleaning with Major Benefits

Your shingles could use a little love and attention too. If you’re noticing algae, moss, or dark streaks on your shingles, it’s time to get cleaning. Adding a routine cleaning to your rooftop can do wonders and help prolong the need for roof repairs. It can also help:

  • Keep your electric bill down – algae build up retains heat
  • Lengthen the life of your shingles
  • Prevent excess debris from gathering or collecting in your gutters

A typical roof cleaning solution is a mix of high concentration chlorine bleach and various chemicals, such as trisodium phosphate. The solution is sprayed onto your roof several times, with drying periods in between. While some stains and algae come off during the wash, others may come off in the months following the wash.

  1. The Eco-Friendly Clean

Pressure washing your shingles is not recommended by the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association and the Roof Cleaning Institute of America (RCIA). The intense pressure can cause damage to your shingles. Instead, soft washing is a safer method to do the trick, while helping to keep your shingles intact and less likely to cause damage leading to roof repair. Soft washing is a way to clean your roof with a specially formulated, non-bleach solution and low water pressure. Don’t worry, you’ll still see amazing results. Soft washing takes care of the decomposers that may be lurking on your roof:

  • Algae
  • Bacteria
  • Mildew
  • Mold
  • Lichen
  • Moss
  • Fungi
  • Additional organic stains and streaks

Soft washing is eco-friendly and also acts as a preventative measure. While it cleans your roof, it is also providing protection. It can get deep into the stains and streaks you may be seeing on your roof. These stains are mostly caused by the bacteria Gloeocapsa Magma. A soft wash can get down into the area, clean away and sanitize, while also protecting you from the pre-mature need of a new roof.

By making the upkeep of your roof part of your regular routine, you’ll help prolong its lifespan. Besides, there’s no need to risk spending the money on unexpected repairs or a new roof when there are preventative measures you can take. Take a look at these helpful signs that may be telling you it’s time for repairs. If you do feel you may need a few roof repairs or would like us to help with an inspection, repair, or new roof estimate, give us a call.