As temperatures start to decrease and we can spend more time outdoors, it is time to start planning your home improvement and maintenance projects. One of the most important aspects of your Arizona home is your roof and proper maintenance is crucial to keep it in working order. Many steps to proper roof maintenance requires a professional roofer to complete. Tasks such as exchanging old underlayment for new, fascia repair, and tile or shingle replacement are best when left to a professional.
However, there are tasks you can complete yourself, as a homeowner, to make sure your roof functions properly and lasts as long as possible. One task to add to your do-it-yourself list this fall is to clean your roof. While washing your roof may not seem like the most exciting or simple task, especially if you have a large home, it is necessary.
When washing a roof, there are a few key items to keep in mind. Safety is always the number one priority! To properly wash your roof, you will likely need a ladder to get up to the roof and hose to spray it down. Some materials are very slippery when wet and precautions should be taken to ensure your safety. You will also want to keep in mind that high pressure water could damage the roof more than clean it. If you are not experienced with a pressure washer, using your standard garden hose will get the job done.
Reasons To Clean Your Roof
Curb Appeal – Just like having clean clothes when you go for a job interview, a clean roof adds to the curb appeal of your home. When left untouched, debris and algae can leave stains on your roof. Washing them can help boost the curb appeal and help your home look great for the cooler months ahead.
Algae & Moss Growth – While we do not experience a lot of humid days and rain has been sparse this season, there is still a change for algae or moss to grow on your roof. If there are trees covering part of your home, your roof may be prone to growth. Algae and moss growth can shorten the lifespan of a roof quickly, so cleaning it regularly is important.
Clean Your Gutters – Washing your roof gives you the perfect opportunity to also clean your gutters. Debris such as leaves, sticks and twigs that may have fallen on your roof have likely found their way to your gutters. These pieces of nature can easily clog your gutters and possibly cause damage to your roof, home structure, and more.
Clear Debris From Roof – Carefully removing large sticks or branches and other debris that may have landed on your roof this summer can be done while you are washing your roof. This most important thing to remember is safety when doing this. If you are not able to safely reach and remove a branch or other object, do not do it.
This also gives you the opportunity to trim any trees that are hanging over your home. If or when we do get some rain, large branches have the chance to fall on your roof. Scaling these branches back can prevent damage.
Inspection – Being up close and personal with your roof gives you a great opportunity to examine the roof for any damage or areas of concern. If you notice missing shingles or tiles, cracked fascia, or other damage, you will want to contact a professional roofer immediately. The sooner you repair these areas, the better. Letting a necessary repair go untouched can cause more damage, likely resulting in a more expensive repair.
Most homeowners do not see cleaning their roofs as necessary, but doing so allows for greater curb appeal and preventative maintenance to be complete. Proper maintenance and repairs will make sure your roof lasts as long as it should, and possibly beyond its expected lifespan. Be sure when washing your roof to keep safety in mind and perform tasks you are comfortable doing.
If you discover damage while washing your roof or clearing debris, contact Craven Construction. Our team is highly skilled and experienced with all roofing materials. With over 19 years industry experience, we are your East Valley trusted roofer! Call our office today to discuss your roofing troubles and to schedule your FREE estimate.
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