Active Steps Any Homeowner Can Take to Help Preserve Their Roof

Fall Cleanup - Leaves in Gutter #2Roof repairs and replacement are expensive, and barring severe damage from storms, are largely preventable with the right steps. Part of caring for and maintaining your home properly is preserving your roof. While expert Jacksonville, Florida roofing services can offer vital help, there are many things that you can do on your own to help ensure that your roof lasts as long as possible. Here are the most important active steps for a homeowner to take.

Clean Regularly

Ideally, you’ll clean your roof at least twice per year – during the spring and fall (or early summer and early winter). You might not think it, but your roof acts as a trap for a variety of things. Over time, these items build up and threaten the health and stability of your roof, and even your entire home. Clean your roof by inspecting it for leaves and branches – particularly in the valleys. Debris buildup within valleys can easily lead to mold growth on shingles, but can also dam up water and allow it to run under the shingles and into your home, where it will create serious problems.Continue reading

Is Pressure Cleaning my Roof Beneficial?

Getting It CleanIf your roof is made of asphalt shingles, you might sometimes spot black streaks and dark spots on your roof and wonder what they are. Most of us wrongly assume that these streaks are caused by the effects of weather and aging. The truth, however, is that they are the work of a very hardy algae species known as Gloeocapsa Magma, that loves feasting on the limestone in your roof shingles. Another wrong assumption that many people make is that those unsightly streaks are merely a cosmetic problem and do little harm to your roof. Nothing could be further from the truth. Those streaks do more than just make your roof look like some prehistoric artifact. The algae actually eats up your roof and gradually weakens its internal structure. The result: your roof breaks down and fails much earlier than should have been the case. That’s why it’s so important to periodically clean your roof. What’s more, moss flourishes on un-cleaned roofs and quickly builds up creating patches of green. This encourages excessive dampness to accumulate on the roof which eventually starts leaking water and it’s all downhill from here.Continue reading