Is It Necessary To Clean Your Roof?

Keeping your home clean is an important part of being a homeowner. But why should you worry about keeping your roof clean? Your roof protects your home from the elements, ensuring you’re happy and comfortable no matter the weather. If you don’t regularly clean your roof, moss, algae, debris, pests and leaks can cause damage to your roof, your house and even you or your family. Read on to learn more.

Why Should You Clean Your Roof?

Having your roof cleaned is an important part of roof maintenance. Having your roof cleaned also ensures it stays in great condition and continues to protect your home. If you don’t have your roof regularly cleaned, it can lead to serious issues such as:

  • Structural Damage

    If you neglect regular cleaning and maintenance of your roof, debris such as leaves, twigs, and branches can accumulate over time. This can lead to clogged gutters and downspouts, causing water to pool and potentially damaging the roof’s structure.
  • Water Leaks And Roof Deterioration

    When debris accumulates on the roof, it can trap moisture and create an environment conducive to the growth of mold, mildew, and algae. These organisms can degrade roofing materials and compromise their integrity, leading to leaks and further damage. 
  • Reduced Energy Efficiency

    A dirty roof can also impact the energy efficiency of your home. Moss and algae growth can retain heat, making your attic and living space warmer during hot weather. This can increase your reliance on air conditioning and raise your energy bills.
  • Pest Infestations

    Debris-filled roofs provide an ideal habitat for various pests, including birds, rodents, and insects. These creatures can nest in the accumulated debris and eventually find their way into your home, causing damage and health hazards.
  • Fire Hazards

    Dry leaves, branches, and other debris on the roof can become highly flammable, especially during dry summers. If a spark or ember lands on the accumulated debris, it can quickly ignite and potentially cause a fire that spreads to your home.
  • Decreased Curb Appeal

    A dirty roof covered in moss, algae, or stains can significantly diminish the overall appearance of your home. This can affect its curb appeal and potentially reduce its value when it comes to selling or renting the property.

When Does My Roof Need To Be Cleaned?

Just because your roof is a little bit dirty, doesn’t necessarily mean it needs a professional cleaning (unless you’re trying to sell your home, as a clean roof can really improve your home’s appeal). There are a few different problems that usually indicate your roof needs to be cleaned, including:

  • Leaf or piles of debris have built up on parts of your roof
  • Moss & algae growth on your roof
  • It looks overly dirty
  • Bird or animal droppings on your roof (bird droppings are quite acidic and can cause damage).
  • It’s been over a year since your previous cleaning (we recommend having your roof cleaned once every year).

Can I Clean My Own Roof?

While you can clean your roof yourself, in most cases this is a job for a professional. Working on any roof requires specific knowledge and skills to ensure you don’t cause more damage than good. Tiles can easily be cracked, metal roofs bent or warped etc. Incorrectly cleaning your roof can also cause water damage, open up your home to the elements and it’s easy to miss certain areas. Not only can working on your roof cause damage to your roof and home, but working from heights is very dangerous. Working at height is one of the leading causes of accidental injury and death around the home and in the workplace.

Roofing professionals have the knowledge, expertise and equipment to safely clean your home. Not only will they ensure your roof isn’t damaged and is properly cleaned, they will inspect your roof and make you aware of any other areas that might need special attention or repairs.

How Often Should I Have My Roof Cleaned?

You should have your roof inspected and cleaned at least once a year to ensure it will protect your home for longer. If you regularly clean your roof, you’ll ensure that any serious issues are caught before they can snowball into bigger problems such as:

  • Leaks
  • Water damage
  • Structural problems
  • Broken or cracked tiles
  • Storm or wind damage
  • Broken or damaged gutters

Ready To Have Your Roof Cleaned?

If you’re looking to have your roof cleaned in or around the Brisbane region, Right Roofing Restorations have a team of highly skilled roofing professionals with years of experience. Give us a call on 0431 962 819 for a free quote today!

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