When you think of spring cleaning, you are probably planning on getting to those often neglected spaces inside your home. Your list might include the vents, the baseboards, the blinds, and more. But does it include roof cleaning?
While many people don’t think about roof cleaning, it is an essential task that can prolong the life of your roof. Moisture and shade make the perfect combination for moss, mildew, and more to grow on your roof.
If you live in the Twin Cities area, Advanced Roofing and Siding wants to be your roofing partner. With an expansive service area and a variety of services offered, you can trust Advanced Roofing and Siding to get any roofing job done right the first time.
Why Roof Cleaning?
There are a variety of things that affect your home and roof and lead to the need for a roof cleaning. Depending on the climate where you live and the type of roofing materials on your home, you might need to handle this task more often.
If you live in a place that experiences heavy rainfall, your roof probably needs cleaning. Water accumulation creates a perfect environment for bacteria, moss, and fungi to grow. Each of these loves a moist environment, and they thrive in areas where moisture builds.
If there are large trees around your home or anything that keeps your roof in the shade continually, your roof might need more regular cleaning. Because the sun is never able to dry out your roof thoroughly, all sorts of things are more likely to grow.
Along with extended shade, those trees might also drop leaves and other debris onto your roof. Wherever leaves and other things sit on your roof, moisture gets trapped beneath the piles. If you have noticed a buildup of gunk on your roof, consider a roof cleaning.
Of course, living in Minnesota means your home deals with snow, ice, and hail. All of these things can cause roof damage. If you have been through a hail storm, or snow stayed on your roof for an extended period, call a roofing professional.
Signs You Need Roof Cleaning
One of the most visible signs you need a roof cleaning is if you spot any growth on all or part of your roof. Pay attention to your roof throughout the year. If you notice moss, algae, or mildew growth, or if any section of the roof looks discolored, it’s probably time for a cleaning.
Also, pay attention to slight roof damage. If there are damaged shingles, sections that look warped, or any other places that don’t look normal, it is best to consult with a roofing professional.
An important note to remember, it is better to be safe and call for help rather than try to inspect your roof yourself. Each year many people injure themselves falling from their roof, even if they are taking precautions. Roofing professionals, like those at Advanced Roofing and Siding, have experience navigating rooftops and are happy to help you inspect and assess your roof.
How to Do a Roof Cleaning
After a thorough inspection to ensure that nothing needs immediate repairs, the roof cleaning can begin. In the case of moss or mildew, it is typical to use a leaf blower, high-pressure water, brushes, or a combination of these. The type of roof will determine what equipment is necessary.
If you have traditional shingles, tiles, or shakes, you will need to remove the moss. Most likely air and brushing will be used to remove the moss or mildew. Careful work prevents any damage to the existing shingles.
In the case of cedar shakes or cement roof tiles, power washers will probably be most effective. Do not use high-pressure water on certain materials, such as composition shingles. If you are unsure, reach out to the experts. An experienced roofer will take precautions to protect the roof.
After removing the bulk of the moss or mildew, a professional will apply a preventative treatment to ensure that moss and mildew cannot quickly grow on your roof again. Some solutions prevent any new growth from occurring.
When to Do a Roof Cleaning
When it comes to roof cleaning, there isn’t a particular “best” time to do the job. Many experts will tell you that fall is a great time to clean your roof to help prepare it for a potentially harsh winter.
You should not schedule a roof cleaning during severe or extreme weather. It is best to avoid extremely rainy or snowy seasons. But aside from those windows of time, plan a roof cleaning when you feel your roof needs it.
Call Advanced Roofing
has been family-owned and operated for three generations. We take pride in our service because our business is an extension of our family. We have provided high-quality roof repair and replacement to generations of Minnesotans.
If you live in Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, or Washington County, Advanced Roofing wants to be your trusted source for anything you need for your roof. Much of our business comes from referrals from satisfied customers who are happy to pass along our number to friends and families.
We founded our business with a focus on determination and customer satisfaction. We go out of our way on every job to ensure our clients are delighted with the service they receive.
We have the experience and knowledge to take on any roofing project, no matter how big or small. Whether you have a little roof problem like missing shingles or need an entirely new roof after severe storm damage, you can trust Advanced Roofing and Siding to get the job done right the first time.
If you live in the Twin Cities area and have any concerns about your roof, call Advanced Siding and Roofing today. You can request a free inspection so you will know what to expect before any work begins. We will work with you to make sure you are satisfied every step of the way.