Homeowners often don’t think about their roof unless there is a problem, like a leak. You should think about it. Not only to inspect it at least yearly, but to make sure it is clean. Yes, it’s important for your roof to be clean, but do you know how often you should wash it? There is no hard and fast answer, but here are some guidelines.
Part of home maintenance
Homeowner associations would love to require you to do it once a year. It should be part of your regular home maintenance schedule. It keeps things like dirt, grime, mold and mildew from permanently damaging your shingles. Some homes should have it done more often and here’s what you should consider in deciding if yours is one of them.
If your home is in a humid climate, and what Florida home isn’t, you’ll need to have it cleaned more often. This is especially true if you have a lot of trees around your home. Trees provide shade, which is good for keeping your home cooler, but not good when trying to keep mold, mildew and algae from growing.
That mold, mildew and algae, as well as pollens, can cause health issues with yourself or your family members. Keeping the growth of those contaminates, as well as excess pollen off your roof also keeps it out of your home. If you or your family members suffer from allergies or respiratory issues this is very important. Molds especially can cause serious health problems or complications. Cleaning your roof more often isn’t a choice, it’s a necessity.
Another good time to add in a roof cleaning is before you start a home renovation project. If you are going to paint your home or refinish areas of it, a good cleaning will prepare surfaces, and also keep contaminants from interfering with the project. How well will your new paint adhere if mold spores and pollen keeps blowing into it?
Of course you or your homeowner’s associations, fondness for a sparkling, clean, tidy home can also mean you’ll want to have your roof washed more often. Pride in ownership may dictate it. Or neighborhood covenants might. Either way, maintaining your curb appeal is important