Why Cleaning Your Roof is Important
The roof is an important part of any home or building. It is the essential component of providing ‘shelter’. It essentially provides protection from the external elements and of the extremes in weather. By virtue of being one of the exterior parts of a building or structure, the roof remains exposed to the wrath of nature. If not paid due attention it begins to degrade and at worst structurally fail. Don’t wait until your roof look dilapidated, at the first signs of wear or damage have the roof inspected. As part of your yearly home maintenance, the roof should be at least inspected and cleaned to prevent the growth of moss, mildew and even tree sap, which may accumulate on the roof. As a result, this makes it look old, unsightly, and neglected. Unfortunately, many homeowners focus more on cleaning the interiors of the house and tend to overlook the roof as it is out of sight thus out of mind. However, it is just as important to maintain a clean and appealing roof as it is to tend to the interiors of a home.
“As part of your yearly home maintenance, the roof should be at least inspected and cleaned to prevent the growth of moss, mildew and even tree sap…”
Cleaning roof tiles is something that most homeowner will have to do at some point in their properties roofs life cycle. The reason for this is that algae and fungi have a tendency of making roofs their safe havens. It only takes a nice humid roof to create habitable conditions for mould and algae. Contrary to popular belief, these organisms cause the black streaks we see on roofs and not debris from tree branches and leaves.
Keep in mind though that other types of organic growth can form on a roof besides algae and mould. There is also the chance of lichens and moss infestation, both of which thrive on humid surfaces. Lichens appear whitish in colour but can also have some tinge of green, brown, or yellow. They form small patches, typically the size of a coin. The growths are easy to spot since they appear raised from the roof surface. Unnoticed, it is only just a matter of time before they can colonize your entire roof. On the other hand, moss is green in colour. When left unattended, it forms a thick green carpet on roofs and sidings, and this is one of the hallmark signs of a neglected house.
Whether infested by mould, mildew, lichens, moss, or algae, the roof simply looks unappealing when filled with fungi or bacterial growth. Of course, no one would want his or her home to lose its curb side appeal. Hence, it becomes necessary to do periodic cleaning of the roof. This will prove to be a worthwhile venture because the benefits that come along with it span beyond reviving dirty roofs to their former aesthetic glory.
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