The roof on your home is there to provide shelter from the elements and aid in the insulation of your home. While everyone knows this to be true, few people take the time to check the condition of their roof. Unfortunately a lot of roof maintenance is overlooked until such time as the effects of a damaged roof are all too obvious.
Roof cleaning is not only necessary but also crucial in ensuring the longevity of your roof and is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent damage not only to the roof itself, but also to the interior of your home.
Top reasons why you should clean your roof and then keep it clean.
Clean Your Roof to Maintain Aesthetics
How clean your roof looks may not seem that important to many home owners. That’s probably fine if you simply plan to live in it forever but most of us don’t do that. The problem can really become an issue when we decide to sell or rent out the property.
The first thing many people will notice is the roof and could be the difference between entering the property or simply driving straight past. Not too big a concern if they were there to rent the property but if they were visiting with a view to purchasing, then the roof can and often does become a focal point of discussion and can lead to being offered a lower price.
Besides, having a clean roof looks nice and demonstrates that the home owner takes pride in their property.
Clean Your Roof to Uphold True Value
The single most important thing you can do to improve the curb appeal and reflect the true value of your home is to have your roof cleaned by a professional roof cleaning contractor. Until you clean that dirty roof, any work you do to the exterior of your home will be visually nullified the minute potential buyers see a dirty roof.
When it comes to selling your property, you will be wanting a quick sale at the right price. Having a clean roof will increase the value dramatically. It changes the entire appearance of the house! As the seller, having a clean roof will significantly increase your chances of a timely sale.
A clean roof is safer and more pleasant to look at than a roof covered in moss, mold, lichen and algae.
Clean Your Roof to Avoid Health Hazards
It’s not always just about the aesthetics. Dirty roofs lower a property’s value and may make it hard to sell, the “dirt” on a roof shortens its life span and can even present a health hazard.
Not all mold (fungi) and algae pose a health risk but there some that can be harmful, especially for older folks, younger children and people who suffer from asthma and respiratory problems. Their spores, from your roof, can make their way into your home because they end up on driveways and walkways via wind and rain. Of course once they reach your walkways they are easily tracked inside on the bottoms of shoes, etc.
I’ve never heard of anyone getting really ill because of a dirty roof but why take the chance right? The biggest safety risk I’ve found with mould and algae on roofs is that they makes the surface extremely slippery to walk on, especially when wet.
Clean Your Roof to Save Money
Moss, mold, lichen and algae can build up over time making your roof look unsightly but more importantly they can begin to lift tiles, grow into shingles and create leaks in your roof. As the problem gets worse, the life of your roof is substantially compromised.
The investment you make to clean your roof will be considerably less than the expense for repairing or replacing a damaged roof. Not only will roof cleaning extend the life of your roof, look more appealing to potential tenants or purchasers but it also shows that you take great care of the property which gives confidence that this is a property worth investing in.
At the very least, you should consider having your roof inspected once a year to determine it’s overall condition. A roof professional will be able to spot any existing or potential damage while they are up there.
If your roof is visibly dirty, then gives us a call. We’ll be happy to come round and discuss the best way to clean your roof, keep it clean and how you can save money by doing so.