The Importance of Cleaning Your Roof

Your Lake of the Ozarks roof is one of those things you don't think about until there's a problem with it. Many people wait until there's a roof leak to have it inspected. However, the roof is one of the most vital pieces of your home; it protects your home, it's contents and you from the elements. Therefore, it should be cared for like any other part of your home. In today's blog, your favorite roofer at the Lake of the Ozarks discusses the importance of roof cleaning.

Roof Discoloration from Moss, Algae and Lichen

If you notice your roof has some green spots or some black streaks, chances are you have an issue with moss, algae or lichen. Not only do these microorganisms look bad and hurt your curb appeal, they can cause serious damage to your home. They attack your roof, making it more vulnerable to the elements. If left untreated, they will eat away at your shingles, creating the opportunity for moisture, mold or insects to take up residence - or worse, cause structural damage to your home. Some examples of what moss, algae or lichen can do include: moisture seeping under the shingles making its way into your attic, mold growing unnoticed and causing health problems for your family, roof beams becoming rotted, and/or your home becoming much less energy efficient. If part of your roof is in the shade, the likelihood of moss and algae growth increases, as they like dark and slightly damp climates.

Cleaning Your Roof 

In order to get rid of the moss, algae and lichen, you'll need to clean your roof. While many people think that power washing will do the trick, the pressure of the water can actually cause more damage to your shingles. Instead, clean your roof with a safer alternative like a soft wash or chlorine-based mixture rinse. Your best option for cleaning your roof and ensuring it's done right is to hire a professional. Roof cleaning isn't your typical DIY project to add to the honey-do list; it takes a specialized skill set and the proper equipment. By keeping your roof clean and free of moss, algae and lichen, you'll be able to reduce the likelihood of costly repairs and keep your roof looking and operating great for years to come!

While roof cleaning may not be the most exciting home maintenance task or at the top of your list, it's important to consider, just like regular roof inspections. A roof inspection will allow you to catch issues such as moss, algae and lichen growth before it becomes a major problem. For a free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks, contact Above & Beyond Roofing at 573-302-0354 today!

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  1. Thank you for the inspiration. This article is very helpful and informative. You can also use water blaster to help you cleaning faster.

    Electric Water Blaster


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