Keeping your roof clean now in preparation for the spring and summer season. Winter weather can be a roof shingle’s enemy especially in Maryland because we deal with so many so many different types of storms. It’s important for roof contractors to reach out to homeowners to help them with their roof cleaning and inspection program. This will not only make a home look better, it can also extend the life of the roof. Here are some simply tips that are easy for you to look for during spring cleaning. It is very common for roof shingles to get loose during heavy storms, making your roof vulnerable to leaks in unexpected manner. While you’re cleaning off gutter or mold, check the shingles for loose or missing slates and replace them quickly.
Clean Roof Tip #1 Dealing With Tree Limbs
Make sure tree limbs don’t touch a roof. If they do, they can easily scrape over the shingles and loosen the protective granules. This will severely reduce the life of a roof. Trim trees close to the house to avoid any limbs touching the roof surface.
Clean Roof Tip #2 Leaves and Pine Needles
A little leaf or a few pine needles are fine, but a true clean roof if they collect and are deep enough to hold moisture, they need to be taken off the roof. Anything that traps moisture will cause mildew to form, block gutters, or cause extra weight on the roof. A rake or air blower can be used to clear the roof, but take care not to damage the shingles.
Clean Roof Tip #3 Moss
Cutting back trees and removing leaves will reduce moss growth, as it will allow sunlight to dry up the moisture that moss thrives on. While there are chemicals available on the market to get rid of moss, the runoff can cause damage to plants. Another solution is to nail zinc or copper strips to the ridgeline; as rain washes across, it creates an environment where moss cannot grow.
Clean Roof Tip #4 Mold
Discolored streaks on a roof indicate there is mold, algae, or fungus, which can eat away at the roofing material and, ultimately, cause leaks. A treatment of chlorine bleach or copper sulfate solution applied with a garden sprayer can kill the mold. GAF manufactures algae-resistant shingles that have a specially formulated granule that inhibits algae growth, in addition to shingles with StainGuard®Protection. Finally, do not power wash shingles! It can dislodge granules and cause premature shingle failure.
Clean Roof Tip #5 Gutter Damage
Heavy snow from the winter season can result in gutter damage while leftover fall leaves and debris can lead to clogged gutters. Before the springtime rain, check to make sure water can flow easily through the gutters and fix any loose nails that are preventing the gutters from sitting tightly along the roof line. I would also like to mention that having the roof and gutters prepared for winter in the fall can help prolong the life. When water and mold sit in a clogged gutter, it can attract pests like mosquitoes, flies and stinging
wasps. Having gutters thoroughly cleaned in the fall can help prevent ice damage during the winter. When leaves that have fallen into gutters during autumn clog the gutters and are left there, the winter snows can melt off the roof and fill the gutters with ice. It may even lead to having to replace your entire gutter system. Taking measures to clean gutters in the spring and fall can prolong your roof life.
Clean Roof Tip #6 Missing Shingles, Chimney, and Flashing.
A complete inspection by a contractor can uncover issues with missing shingles, chimney damage, or flashing around chimneys, vents, or other bends in the roof.
Dealing with these potential issues in a timely manner will allow your roof to stand strong through the next season of weather challenges—and for many years to come.