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Everything You Need to Know About Cleaning Your Roof

The average roof can last anywhere from 15–30 years, although this can change depending on the type and quality of materials used. Your roof is an incredibly important part of your home and neglecting your roof can lead to a lot of problems down the line—including expensive repairs and damage to your personal property.

Is it necessary to clean your roof? As you may have guessed, the answer is yes! A clean roof will add years to its lifespan and help prevent more pressing issues. Read on to learn more.

Why should I clean my roof?

Your roof is one of the main barriers between your home and the elements. A compromised roof won’t just reduce its lifespan, but can cause harm to you and your family. Routinely cleaning and inspecting your roof will go a long way in the overall maintenance of your home.

Although it’s important to regularly clean your roof, it shouldn’t be seen as a DIY job. Roof cleaning can be a hassle at best and dangerous at worst. In fact, the National Roofing Contractors Association advises against DIY cleaning, so this is one home improvement chore we recommend leaving to the professionals. There are many softwash companies in the area who can help with this task!

When should I clean my roof?

Have you ever looked at your roof and noticed black or green stuff growing on it? If you have, it means you most likely have algae or moss growing on your roof. These organisms feed on the materials in your roof, and can end up causing severe damage if not taken care of.

If your roof is looking worse for wear, contact a professional roofing contractor to see if it just needs a cleaning, or needs to be repaired. At Braswell Construction Group, we can inspect your roof and let you know what work needs to be done. We also specialize in cedar shake restoration, helping keep your cedar roof looking beautiful for longer.

How often should I clean it?

There’s no easy answer for this question, since it depends on specific factors that affect your roof—the current condition of your roof, type of roofing, weather conditions, age, and more. If you’re unsure about the best way to maintain your roof, it’s best to call a professional. Braswell Construction Group provides extensive roofing services that can help you protect your roof and enjoy it for longer.

Top Tips to Keep Your Roof in Great Shape

  • Check your roof from all angles to see if there’s any visible vegetation or damage. Keep an eye out for damage to your shingles, flashing, and gutters.

  • Make sure your gutters are clean, since clogged gutters and downspouts can cause the overflow to go onto your roof. Again, we suggest looking for a professional softwash company to handle this for you.

  • Remove any leaves and debris from your roof. If you have several overhanging trees, consider trimming them to reduce the buildup of debris on your roof.

Note: Never walk directly on your roof. Instead, work from the ground or use a ladder. Always practice proper ladder safety, and never work alone.

At Braswell Construction Group, we recognize the importance of making your roofing investment worth it. Our expert team has been serving Atlanta, Georgia, and surrounding areas for 25 years, so call us at (678) 283-2551 or contact us online to give your roof the maintenance it deserves!

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