Updated: Jun 23, 2020
Your roof is one of the most important structures of your house. Find out why cleaning your roof can save you time, money and other costly repairs.
Your home's exterior provides a first impression about the condition of the rest of your property, both inside and out. The condition of both your roof and the siding/exterior are two parts to your home's exterior that should never be ignored.
1. Prevent Damage
In the Pacific Northwest, one of the most common culprits of roof degradation is moss.
While moss may look lovely, left untreated, it can cause any roofing material to deteriorate, whether it's wood, asphalt, metal, clay or even concrete. Moss starts as a thin, unnoticeable layer, but overtime lifts shingles as it grows, allowing water to accumulate underneath. Water accumulation can create it's own set of damaging side effects, including algae growth, cracking from freezing water, and rotting roof materials.
Bottom line: Regular roof cleaning is vital to preventing additional damage to your roof.
2. Cool Your Home
Most people don't think about their roof impacting their monthly bill, but keeping your roof clean can decrease your costs long term.
Roofs should reflect the sunlight. If your roof is covered with algae or moss, it's no longer able to reflect the sunlight and absorbs the heat. This will increase the heat to your attic and increase your summer cooling costs.
3. Increase Your Home's Value
A clean roof indicates that you value your home and have taken care of your home, inside and out. If you are planning to sell your home, professional roof cleaning can add to your home's market value. Home buyers don't want to assume the costs of replacing a roof, so first impressions matter.
4. Avoid Replacement Costs
Save thousands of dollars by having your roof professionally cleaned, rather than spending the money on a new roof. Many homeowners make the mistake of prematurely replacing their roof when a professionally cleaning can renew and extend the life of your roof.
5. Your Health
Bacteria can attach to your shingles, causing mold and other allergens to form. Mold is one of the causes that impact health that we don't immediately connect the root cause to.
6. Protect Your Warranty Even if you have a multi-year warranty on your roof, it doesn't exempt you, as the homeowner, from providing maintenance during the life of your roof. Neglecting the state of your roof may void the warranty that came with your roof when it was installed.