Taking time to maintain the roof highly decreases the chances of replacing the roof prematurely. Even if the roof is old, maintaining it will prevent it from damage. The roof is always under assault from bad weather like rain, storm, heat, cold and other living organisms that eat up the roof bit by bit.
Proper cleaning of the roof prevents the growth of algae, lichens, or moss. These organisms can cause stains and cause the shingles to degenerate and that decreases the life span of the roof.
STEPS OF CLEANING THE ROOF.
CLEAN THE GUTTERS.
Clogged gutters pose a risk to degrading of the roof. They allow water to stagnate and this allows the rusting process to begin. When leaves pile up in the gutters, water can wick into the roof making it to rot or even rot the rafters. Clearing the gutters regularly is an important step in maintaining a strong roof.
GET RID OF MOSS.
In most parts of the world, roofs are prone to be covered with black algae. A little detergent and chlorine mixed with water will kill the algae. Moss also traps water and this brings about favorable conditions for other living organisms to invade on the roof. A lot of moss buildup can be very disastrous and hence early elimination can save a lot of damage.
TRIM OVEHANGING BRANCHES.
Tall trees with hanging branches often drip water on the roof leaving the roof wet for long hours. Water combines with oxygen to form rust which can be very damaging. During a heavy downpour, branches can break and destroy the roof. Branches need to be a 10 feet away from the roof as this keeps pests and rodents from inhabiting the roof.
PREVENT ICE DAMS.
If the roof is invaded by ice, it is important to remove the ice as soon as possible to avoid the ice from damaging the roof. A roof rake can be used to dislodge the snow within three feet to four feet from the gutter. A telescoping pole can also be used to work from the ground if possible.
LOOK AND LISTEN.
Keeping an eye on the roof is very crucial. It is not hard to see something unusual that can be fixed. A damaged roof will often make some squeaking noise. Such noises should be addressed. Using binoculars is also important as eyes alone can miss small details.
REMOVE LEAVES REGULARLY.
If the roof is in a clear surrounding away from trees, wind will remove the leaves. However, complicated roofs or roofs in a tree zone will always trap huge amounts of leaves. These leaves will attract moisture that will eventually damage the roof.
PAINT THE ROOF.
Painting the roof is a very good remedy of combating rust. It also makes the roof much easier to clean. Living organisms find it very difficult to thrive on painted roofs.
BENEFITS OF CLEANING THE ROOF.
The main benefits of cleaning the roof include;
-Proper roof cleaning increases the life span of the roof.
-It ensures that any rain water collected from the roof is clean.
-Clean roof keeps pests and rodents away and this keeps the environment safe.
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