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Roof Maintenance

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

Here are a few good reasons to have your roof cleaned:

1) Organisms such as algae, lichens and moss can be feeding off the organic material in your shingles. They need to be cleaned away to stop the damage to your roof.

2) Prevent wood rot by removing roof algae, lichens and moss. These organisms can eat through your shingles and into your roof deck causing moisture to get into cracks. This can result in mold growth.

3) Roofs covered with algae, moss or lichens do not efficiently reflect sunlight which causes shingles to absorb heat. This may increase the heat in your attic, raising cooling costs.

4) Your insurance company may require that homeowners clean their roofs as part of roof maintenance.

5) Cleaning your roof can save the homeowner the cost of re-roofing and increase a home's curb appeal.

6) Avoiding damage to your roof can prevent animal and insect invasion.

What Does Soft Wash Mean? Soft washing is a cleaning method using low pressure and specialized solutions (typically bleach, water, and sometimes a surfactant) to safely remove mildew, bacteria, algae and other organic stains from roofs and other building exteriors. It is so named to differentiate the method from power washing. Once the cleaning solution is applied, the growth turns white or grey in color and dissolves over time and blows off.

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