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Roof Top Tips

Roof top tips

You probably don't think much about your roof, but it's probably the most functional part of your home, and when there are problems, they're likely to be expensive ones. If you want to get the most out of your present roof and put off the expense of replacing it for as long as possible, a maintenance plan including regular roof cleaning is a key necessity. In fact, many new roof warranties require a roof maintenance plan with regularly scheduled cleaning to maintain the warranty. Keeping your roof clear of debris and damaging organisms can extend the life of your roof and prevent expensive roof replacement for many years to come and regular maintenance can catch potential problems before they cause damage and holes in your roof.

The best way to clean, preserve, and maintain your roof is to hire The Water Boys, but till then, here are a few basic rooftop tips to keep the roof over your head in tip-top shape.

Regular Inspection Catches Future Problems

Missing shingles, or bent or damaged flashing around vents and chimneys can allow water to penetrate your roof, and once the water is in, the rot will begin. A roof inspection by a professional can catch these kinds of issues and fix the problem before that rot spreads. The professional roof cleaners at The Water Boys spend a lot of time on roofs and have the experience and knowledge to easily spot and alert you to flashing and shingle damage.

Moss Can Cause Roof Loss

Moss can collect moisture and add weight to your roof. Cutting back trees and leaves will increase sunlight and reduce the moisture that moss needs to grow. Zinc or copper strips can be installed on your ridgeline: as rain washes over the metal, it creates a moss-resistant effect. You can also use chemicals to kill moss on your roof, but they can be dangerous to use and the runoff can harm plants and grass, so it's best to hire pros like The Water Boys who only use safe, eco-friendly cleaning chemicals.

No Fun For Fungus

Mold, mildew, algae, or fungus can appear as discolored streaks on your roof. They are unsightly and ugly but look harmless, but actually, these organisms can also eat away at roofing materials and cause leaks. Chlorine bleach or copper sulfate can be used to kill mold and mildew but your best bet is a roof cleaning specialist like The Water Boys, with the proper pressure washing and soft washing tools and skills to safely and effectively clean, protect, and extend the life of your roof.

Time To Leave

Branches, leaves, pine needles, and other vegetative debris can collect on your roof and trap moisture that can burden your roof with extra weight, cause mildew, and block gutters. A rake or blower can be used for the debris, but your best bet is to hire a pressure washing professional who can use the proper psi to remove stains and debris without damaging shingles and the protective insulating granules on the shingles.

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