Over time, your roof will accumulate things like dirt, debris, mold, mildew, and algae. While these things may not have an immediate effect on the health of your home, they can lead to issues like leaks and water damage in the near future. As a result, it is important to clean your roof regularly in order to prevent harmful bacteria and other properties from damaging your roof. Luckily, there are a few cleaning tips that you can use to extend the life-expectancy of your roof.
Apply Zinc Strips to Your Roof
Zinc strips are effective at preventing moss and algae from growing on your roof. Moss and algae promote the growth of bacteria on your roof. This bacteria can slowly eat away and rot the roofing material if it is not removed. The zinc is applied to your entire roof in strips. When water is applied to the strips it washes down your roof and coats your entire roof with zinc. This gives your roof a protective barrier against future algae or moss growth.
Avoid Cleaning Your roof with a Power Washer
A power washer is an ideal way to remove a large buildup of dirt and debris from surfaces. However, power washers rely on a large amount of force to clean these surfaces; therefore, they can also be damaging. Using a power washer to clean your roof can end up damaging the shingles and any of your other roofing material. As a result, if you want to apply a cleaning solution or water, it should be sprayed on using a hose or bucket. This will allow you to control the amount of force that is applied to your roof.
Use Cleaning Solutions Regularly
You can effectively clean your roof by using bleach or vinegar cleaning solutions. These are household items that can be much cheaper than purchasing a cleaning agent from the store. Bleach and vinegar both contain properties that are used to kill off mold and other bacteria that are detrimental to the health of your roof. In order to use either ingredient, fill up a bucket with water and add a few capfuls of bleach or vinegar to the water. Use the solution to wet your entire roof. Once your roof is covered in the cleaning agent you should use a hose to rinse your entire roof. This process should be done yearly in order to keep your roof damage free.
With proper maintenance and care, your roof should not require very much cleaning. Therefore, use these cleaning tips to ensure that your roof lasts a long time. Contact a roofing company like Osmus Roofing when your roof gets too old and needs more serious repairs or replacement.